News from Brussels / Week 19-25 June 2017
Last week, the European Commission proposed new transparency rules for tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers. The European Parliament auditioned the Bulgarian commissioner-designate in charge of the digital portfolio Maria Gabriel. The Council extended its sanctions on Russia and reaffirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement as a response to Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal. The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier held his first talks with U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis. The Maltese presidency reached an agreement with the European Parliament to strengthen consumer protection law.
News from Brussels / Week 12-18 June 2017
Last week, the College of Commissioners met in Strasbourg to discuss a proposal to amend the so-called European Market Infrastructure Regulation and President Juncker addressed the plenary of the European Parliament on the Commission's preparations ahead of the European Council. Also, EU institutions welcomed the end of roaming charges in the EU and MEPs discussed EU cohesion policy for the next funding period from 2020 onwards. Besides, the Commission welcomed the agreement reached at the Eurogroup between Greece and the institutions.
News from Brussels / Week 03-12 June 2017
Last week, the first meeting of the EU Animal Protection Platform took place in Brussels. Also, general elections were held in the UK, leading to uncertainty for the start of Brexit talks. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker opened this year's European Development Days, at which EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Federica Mogherini, First Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans, EU Consumer Protection Commissioner Neven Mimica and Vytentis Andiukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety attended. Furthermore, 20 Member States reached a political agreement on the establishment of the new European Public Prosecutor's Office under enhanced cooperation and the Commission presented a number of important new initiatives for the completition of the Capital Markets Union. Besides, French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party is on course to win a massive majority after the first round of parliamentary elections.
News from Brussels / Week 15-21 May 2017
Last week, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker allocated the digital dossier to the Bulgarian MEP Mariya Gabriel, who was nominated by the Bulgarian government. MEPs took the final vote on new rules enabling EU citizens with subscriptions for online films, TV series, games and sport events to access this content while temporarily in another EU country. Besides, they advocated a halving of food waste in the EU and debated Brexit. As a follow-up on proposals made by the EU Commission, MEPs also discussed how the EU can tackle the negative effects of globalisation.
News from Brussels / Week 08-14 May 2017
Last week, Bulgaria nominated MEP Mariya Gabriel as Commissioner. The EU Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and took stock of trade relations with Chile, New Zealand and Australia. It also debated the state of play of trade negotiations with Japan, Mexico and Mercosur and discussed about the EU-Myanmar/Burma Investment Protection Agreement. The Commission identified three main action points in the Digital Single Market and published its final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry. The European Parliament held a hearing on the situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK.
News from Brussels / Week 18 – 24 February 2017
Last week the European Commission published the annual review of the economic and social situation in the Member States within the framework of the European Semester. Meanwhile, the Council agreed on further measures to tackle tax avoidance at international level and discussed new ways to strengthen consumer protection cooperation in the digital age.