Press Release: Council approves the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019

On 12 December, the Council approved the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019 which have been agreed with the European Parliament and the Commission. The priorities are set out in a joint declaration due to be signed by the Presidents of the three institutions on 14 December. The declaration lists the main legislative initiatives on which the three institutions aim to achieve substantial progress and, where possible, agreement, before the 2019 European elections.

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Possible items for College agendas (20 December 2017 – 29 May 2018)

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Summary Record: Coreper 1 Meeting (15 & 16 November 2017)

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Briefing: Priority dossiers under the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency

Bulgaria will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to June 2018. This will be the first time Bulgaria has held the rotating presidency since it joined the EU in 2007. Its Presidency is part of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. It is to be noted that a new Joint Declaration is being prepared and will be negotiated by the three Presidents in early December 2017. It is likely that the new Joint Declaration will cover January 2018-May 2019, to coincide with the legislative cycle of the European Parliament. Taking into account the need for active dialogue with EU citizens, Bulgaria will strive to achieve progress in the field of security, employment, sustainable growth and ensuring a stronger EU presence on the world stage. In particular, it tasks itself with focusing on youth questions and security issues as horizontal priorities. The Bulgarian government has announced three broad messages for its programme: Consensus, Competitiveness and Cohesion.

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OPP Meeting Summary: Transport Council – Mobility Package I: Road charging (5 December 2017)

A summary of the Council’s policy debate on the road charging aspects of the mobility package is now available.

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Press Release: Transparency register: Council agrees mandate for negotiations

On 6 December 2017, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed on the Council’s position on the Commission proposal for a mandatory transparency register. This gives the presidency a mandate to begin negotiations with the Parliament and Commission on the Council’s participation in the transparency register alongside the other two institutions.

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UPDATED – Agenda: Transport Council (5 December 2017)

Update: The main results are available.

The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.

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Agenda: Working Party on General Affairs (8 December 2017)

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Press Release: EU Finance Ministers agree on whitewashed blacklist

Greens/EFA: “The EU Finance Ministers have today approved the EU’s tax haven blacklist. This lists 17 countries that have not responded to information requests from the European Council or that have not committed themselves to make their tax policy compliant with EU criteria.”

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Overview of the EU policy of the Estonian government by Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on 5 December

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Press Release: Civil society call for an inclusive and coherent long term sustainable post-2020 strategy

The Europe 2020 Strategy is soon coming to an end at a time when Europe is facing major challenges. Civil society should provide contribution to the shaping of the new post-2020 participatory long term strategy, as well as to its governance and implementation, was the event’s message. Key priority for the future strategy should be to respond more effectively to rising inequality, to create trust and confidence across Europe and to ensure a fair transition for all.

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