The group will prepare for the Coreper meeting on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March 2018.
Today, the Commission adopted the 2018 Annual Work Programme defining reform support measures that will be funded through the Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP). In 2018, the SRSP will provide technical support to 24 Member States to carry out more than 140 projects. This comes in addition to more than 150 projects selected in 2017.
The Greens/EFA group has welcomed a series of reports from the European Commission, naming and shaming seven EU Member States for their role in facilitating tax avoidance. The Commission used today’s Member States reports – part of their European Semester package – to single out Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands for their aggressive tax planning schemes. The Commission also published a study on aggressive tax planning indicators across all EU Member States.
On 7 March 2018, EU ambassadors endorsed an agreement reached with the European Parliament on a targeted revision of the rules for the funding of European political parties. This paves the way for the final adoption of the new rules by the Council, once the deal has been voted in the Parliament.
The agenda includes a presentation of the Council legal service opinion on laying down the rules and general principles concerning mechanisms for control by Member States of the Commission’s exercise of implementing powers.