Important EU Events: 4th Dec — 10th Dec

This is a fairly busy week for the EU. Not only is there many Council meetings and the Eurogroup, there is also many EP committee meetings and the College of Commissioners, which will feature the much anticipated Economic and Monetary Union package, among other things in preparation for the December European Council next week.

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Monday, 4th December:

Eurogroup:

  • Election of a new Eurogroup President
  • Greece’s adjustment programme: state of play
  • Post-programme surveillance: Cyprus and Spain
  • Thematic discussion on growth and jobs: tax wedge on labour
  • Draft budgetary plans and overall budgetary situation
  • Eurogroup work programme
  • [EU27] Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (Telecom) Council:

  • General approach on the Body of European Regulations for Electronic Communication (BEREC)
  • Progress on ePrivacy rules
  • Policy debate on the free flow of non-personal data

EU-Canada joint ministerial meeting

EP committees:

Meetings between President of the European Council Donald Tusk and:

  • Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism Klaus Regling
  • President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem
  • President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi
  • Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May
  • Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama

Meeting between President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May

Meeting between President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker and President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament Gianni Pittella

Meeting between Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar

Meeting between Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vĕra Jourová and President of the ANO Party Andrej Babiš

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Tuesday, 5th December:

Economic and Financial Affairs Council:

  • EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions
  • Conclusions on taxation of profits in the digital economy
  • Discussion on banking proposals
  • Decisions about the United Kingdom and Romania under the Stability and Growth Pact

Transport, Telecommunications and Energy (Transport) Council:

  • Progress on mobility package (market access, social aspects)
  • Policy debate on the road charging proposals of the same package
  • Progress made on safeguarding competition in air transport regulation
  • 3 sets of conclusions

Informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers:

  • Secretary of State of the United States Rex Tillerson in attendance for an informal lunch

NATO Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (HR/VP Mogherini to participate)

Meeting between President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama

Meeting between High Representative Federica Mogherini and Secretary of State of the United States Rex Tillerson

Meeting between High Representative Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama

Meeting between President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

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Wednesday, 6th December:

Weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners:

  • Economic and Monetary Union Package
  • Preparation of the December European Council (Defence; Social issues, Education and Culture) and of the Euro Summit
  • Commission contribution to the Leaders’ Meeting on a way forward on the external and internal dimension of migration policy
  • Preparation of the Article 50 European Council: Commission assessment of “sufficient progress”

Meeting between President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev

Meeting between High Representative Federica Mogherini and Prime Minister of the former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev

Meeting between President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Prime Minister of Palestine Rami Hamdallah

Acceptance speech by President of the European Council Donald Tusk at the ceremony of the Friends of Zion Museum Award

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Thursday, 7th December:

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (Social Policy) Council:

  • General approach on the accessibility for products and services
  • Partial general approach on the coordination of social security systems
  • Progress on equal treatment directive, and the work-life balance directive
  • Political agreement on the maritime labour convention
  • European Semester 2018 discussion, and 3 sets of conclusions

Justice and Home Affairs (Home Affairs) Council:

  • Cooperation between CSDP missions and EU agencies in justice and home affairs
  • General approach on the eu-LISA Regulation
  • Progress on reform of the Common European Asylum System and interoperability of EU information systems
  • With justice ministers, discussion on data retention and encryption

EP committees:

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker recieves a group of representives of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR)

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presents medals awarded to European Commission officials for 20 years of service

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker recieves a group of students of the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE)

Meeting between Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici and Secretary-General of the OECD José Angel Gurría

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Friday, 8th Deccember:

Justice and Home Affairs (Justice) Council:

  • General approach on ECRIS
  • General approach on freezing and confiscation
  • Brussels IIa regulation
  • Directive on insolvency

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs (Health) Council:

  • Pharmaceutical policy in the EU
  • Conclusions on digital health & cross-border aspects in alcohol policy

EU-Georgia Association Council

EU-Ukraine Association Council

Acceptance speech by President of the European Council Donald Tusk upon receiving Honorary Doctorate from the University of Pécs

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Saturday, 9th December:

Nothing.

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Sunday, 10th December:

Foreign Affairs (Trade) Council:

  • Coordinating the EU’s position during the 11th WTO ministerial conference