As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt activities worldwide, including the negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom on their future partnership, the EPP Group in the European Parliament wants to discuss an extension of the transition period beyond its current deadline at the end of this year.
Digital – Consideration of the draft opinion on Artificial intelligence in education, culture and the audiovisual sector is on the agenda.
General – There will be an exchange of views with Commissioner Breton on the EU response to the COVID-19 outbreak, followed by the consideration of the draft opinion on the Recommendations on the negotiations for a new partnership with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Statement by David McAllister, Chair of the European Parliament’s UK Coordination Group, on the publication of a draft legal agreement on the future EU-UK partnership.
Last year the European Investment Bank Group – the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund – made EUR 1.08 billion of new financing commitments for social, infrastructure and business investments across Ireland.
Given the latest COVID-19 developments, EU and UK negotiators have today jointly decided not to hold next week’s round of negotiations in London, in the form originally scheduled. Both sides are currently exploring alternative ways to continue discussions, including if possible the use of video conferences.
Statement by David McAllister, Chair of Parliament’s UK Coordination Group, following the start of EU-UK negotiations on a future partnership on Monday 2 March.
Brussels, 26 February 2020
The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision today, as expected, to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK.
The Council today adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK, and formally nominating the Commission as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives which constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.