Highlights of the January I plenary session included the latest debate on the future of Europe, with Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Spain’s prime minister, and a debate on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Members also debated the reform of EU asylum and migration policy, reviewed the Austrian Council Presidency and discussed the incoming Romanian Presidency’s programme. Among the subjects debated and voted, Parliament adopted positions on 12 more of the three dozen funding programmes proposed for the 2021-2027 period, enabling negotiations with the Council to be launched on each proposal as and when the latter has agreed its position.
The Belgian-Chinese chamber of Commerce and the Africa Business Club – Brussels decided to bring the topic to the table and attempt to answer following questions: What are the challenges and opportunities for both sides? How can China’s presence be beneficial to Africa, and what can African countries bring to the cooperation? And what is the response of Europe? What are the main drivers of the success of this relationship? How is this relationship evolving? And last but not least, is this a win-win relationship?
The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.
Romania will organize over 140 coordination meetings of the EU Member States’ delegations to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, during its six months Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Orgalime, Brussels, 17 January 2019.