A new online register, launched on Tuesday 12 December, will make it easier to find and track EU decisions taken in the form of delegated acts. Delegated acts are used to supplement or amend EU laws.
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.
Weekly activities of the Commissioners in energy & climate, environment, digital, trade, and transport policy.
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.
A summary of the Council’s policy debate on the road charging aspects of the mobility package is now available.
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.
Update: The main results are available.
The agenda items concern energy, climate & environment, digital, transport, and general policy.
Approval of the joint text at the 3580th meeting of the Council of the European Union (Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space)) 30 November – 1 December 2017, Brussels
– Update of the table of the population of the Member States for the period from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018
A summary of the Council’s debate on the progress report is now available. Full article…
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.”
On 5 December 2017, the Council approved and published conclusions containing an EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters.
The agenda items include preparation for the Coreper meeting on 6 and 8 December 2017, information from the Presidency on planning for forthcoming Coreper meetings and information from the Commission on an update of College activities.
Work undertaken during the Presidency.
This infographic updates an earlier edition, of 3 May 2017.
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.