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Main activities of the European institutions

Monday 5 December

  • EU Council. Eurogroup (Brussels) (see EUROPE B13075A16, B13077A14). - DBPs 2023: assessment of the euro area Member States’ draft budgetary plans for 2023 and of the euro area’s budgetary situation and prospects. - Euro area 2023: presentation by the Commission of its recommendations for the euro area for 2023. - Reform of the governance framework: Commission Communication on guidelines for a reform of the EU economic governance framework - draft work plan on euro area aspects. - Energy prices : update on emergency budgetary measures taken to support households and businesses affected by soaring energy prices. - Post-programme surveillance: reports on Cyprus, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Greece with conditional debt service reduction measures. - Eurogroup Presidency: re-election of Paschal Donhoe, the only candidate for this position. - Eurogroup work programme for the first half of 2023. - Miscellaneous.
  • EU Council. Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Brussels - and 06/12) (see EUROPE B13076A11, , B13077A1, B13077A2, B13077A3). *Transport: - TEN-T: adoption of a ‘general approach’ on the proposal for a revised regulation on the trans-European transport network (TEN-T). - Inland waterways: adoption of conclusions on the ongoing development of inland waterway transport (NAIADES III programme). - Miscellaneous: progress on current legislative dossiers (AFIR regulation, ReFuelEU Aviation and FuelEU Maritime regulations, CORSIA decision, Single European Sky package, revision of the TSI directive, directive on the stability of ro-ro passenger ships. - Ukraine: exchange of views on the situation and prospects in the field of transport (solidarity lanes). - CCAM: information by the Presidency on the meeting of the participating States in the Partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM). - Road safety : information by the Commission on efforts to achieve the objectives set. - Aviation: information provided by delegations on strengthening the sustainability of the sector. - Swedish Presidency: presentation of the work programme.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Coreper II. - Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (Civcom). - Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA). - Export Credits Group. - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG).
  • European Parliament. Committee activities (Brussels): - CONT: Public hearing on European instruments and tools developed at Member State level to prevent and tackle fraud and financial and economic crime (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4ev ). - ECON: exchange of views with Financial Services Commissioner Mairead McGuiness on work on sustainable finance (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4ey ) - LIBE: Exchange of views with the Director of Interpol on the role of Interpol in the Union’s Security Architecture; state of play of negotiations on readmission agreements and arrangements; presentation of the Interpol-Israel agreement on the exchange of personal data for anti-terrorism purposes (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4ez ). - AFCO: Hearing on the topic: “European sovereignty and the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality” (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4f0 ). - DROI-DEVE: Public hearing on the African Union and its human rights and democracy mechanisms; exchange of views on the demonstrations in China and on the state of democracy in Nigeria (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4f2 ). - SEDE: exchange of views on the EU military operation EUFOR Althea (Bosnia and Herzegovina); update on EU support for the supply of lethal military equipment to Ukraine (agenda : https://aeur.eu/f/4f3 ). - ITRE: exchanges of views with BEREC and the Director of the Energy Working Group on the state of play of the Energy Charter Treaty (agenda : https://aeur.eu/f/4f4 ). - CULT: Public hearing on best practices in the teaching of arts in schools (agenda : https://aeur.eu/f/4f5 ).
  • EU Council, European Parliament, European Commission. Interinstitutional negotiations (Brussels). - Trilogue on the Regulation on minimising the risk of global deforestation and forest degradation associated with certain commodities placed on the EU market or exported from the EU ) (see EUROPE B13077A5).

Tuesday 6 December

  • EU Council. EU ‘Economic and Financial Affairs’ Council (Brussels) (see EUROPE B13075A20 , B13076A24, B13077A13). - Economic Governance: Presentation by the Commission and debate by ministers on its Communication on the Economic Governance Review. - European Semester 2023: presentation by the Commission followed by an exchange of views by ministers on the 2023 Annual Review of Sustainable Growth, the 2023 Report on the Early Warning System and the recommendation for an EU Council Recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area. Energy taxation: policy debate on the revision of the energy taxation directive. - New EU own resources: presentation by the Presidency of its report on the discussions on this dossier. - Financial services : Presidency update on the legislative proposals under discussion. - Implementation of the 2021 budget : presentation of the Court of Auditors’ report. - Company taxation: adoption of conclusions on the progress made by the Code of Conduct Group. - Tax issues: approval without debate of the report on tax issues to be sent to the European Council. - Hungary: exchange of views on the proposal to suspend €7.5 billion of EU cohesion funds to Hungary for failure to respect the principles of the Rule of law; discussion on the Hungarian post-Covid19 recovery plan worth €5.8 billion.
  • EU Council. EU ‘Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Brussels). *Telecommunications: - Artificial Intelligence : adoption of general approaches on the regulation on harmonised rules on artificial intelligence. - Electronic identification: adoption of general approaches on the revised regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions (eIDAS regulation). - Miscellaneous: state of play on ongoing legislative dossiers (data regulation, cyber security and cyber resilience legislation); policy debate on e-skills and related professional development. - informal lunch on international Digital Engagement. - Ukraine: information on support to Ukraine in the field of telecommunications. - Privacy and electronic communications: progress on the regulation on privacy and personal data protection and on the European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles. - EU Digital Governance and Rules: report on the High Level Expert Meeting of 17/10 and the Digital Future Conference (Prague, 3-4/11). - International digital initiatives: information by the Commission. - Swedish Presidency: work programme.
  • European Council. EU-Western Balkans Summit (Tirana) (see EUROPE B13077A9). - Strategic Partnership: reaffirmation of the importance of the EU-Western Balkans Strategic Partnership. - War in Ukraine: seek better cooperation to address the consequences of the war together (energy, food security). - Policies and actions: intensify engagement at political level and in policy areas (progress in the internal market, modernisation of payment systems, digital, green lanes). - Security: discussion on coordinated actions on security and defence issues, the fight against disinformation and the improvement of collective cyber security. - Migration flows: exchange of views on joint migration management efforts, alignment with EU visa policy and cooperation on return systems. - Counter-terrorism and radicalisation: discussion on enhanced collaboration between the parties. - Joint statement: leaders are expected to issue a statement at the end of the summit.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Antici Group. - Headline Goal Task Force (HTF). - Mertens Group. - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Political and Security Committee (PSC). - Working Party on the United Kingdom.
  • EU Council, European Parliament, European Commission. Interinstitutional negotiations (Brussels). - Trilogue on the revision of the directive on specific stability requirements for ro-ro passenger ships. - Trilogue on the revision of the Aviation Emissions Trading Scheme (AETS) Directive (see EUROPE B13077A4).
  • European Court of Auditors (Luxembourg). Publication of the report on access to digital public services in the EU.

Wednesday 7 December

  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Coreper I. - Coreper II. - Trade Policy Committee (Experts - services and investments). - Financial Services Committee (FSC). - Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (Civcom). - Security Committee. - Political and Security Committee (PSC). - European Union Military Committee (EUMC).
  • EN European Commission. Weekly meeting of the College of Commissioners (Brussels). - VAT in the Digital Age (Dombrovskis). - Administrative cooperation in taxation (DAC 8) (Dombrovskis). - Strengthening capital markets package : + Listing Act (Dombrovskis). + Review of the European market infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) (Dombrovskis). + Initiative on harmonising certain aspects of substantive law on insolvency proceeding (Jourová / Dombrovskis). - Equality package : + Recognition of parenthood between Member States. + Strengthening the role and independence of equality bodies (Jourová).

Thursday 8 December

  • EU Council. EU ‘Justice and Home Affairs’ Council (Brussels - and 09/12)(EUROPE B13077A19). *Home Affairs. - Schengen area: review of the acquis in Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania with a view to their accession. - Asylum and Migration: Exchange of views on the external dimension of migration and the situation along the main migratory routes and state of play on EU asylum and migration policy. - Ukraine: exchange of views on the situation of Ukrainian refugees and winter contingency plans and on the security dialogue with Ukraine. - Sexual exploitation of children: progress on the draft regulation on preventing and combating sexual abuse of children online. - Resilience of critical infrastructure: progress report by the Presidency on the proposal for an EU Council Recommendation on this issue.
  • EU Council. EU ‘Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs’ Council (Brussels - and 09/12). *Employment and Social Affairs: - Platform work and asbestos: search for a common position (general approach) on the directives on the improvement of working conditions in platforms and on the protection of workers against exposure to asbestos. - European Care Strategy: discussion on the strategy and recommendations for affordable long-term care. - European Semester 2023: policy debate and approval of recommendations on the integration of the long-term unemployed into the labour market. - Equality and social inclusion: approval of conclusions on gender equality in disrupted economies and on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Security Committee. - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Political and Security Committee (PSC).
  • European Parliament. Committee activities (Brussels): - INTA: exchange of views with Executive Vice Presidents Vestager (Competition) and Dombrovskis (Economy that Works for People and Trade) on the recent work of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4f7 ). - IMCO: Public hearing on the right to redress (agenda: https://aeur.eu/f/4f8 ). - COVI: debate on the pandemic on children and adolescents’ mental health and learning conditions. - FEMM: Inter-parliamentary meeting on gender mainstreaming.
  • EU Council, European Parliament, European Commission. Interinstitutional negotiations (Brussels). – Trilogue sur la proposition de règlement sur la limitation des émissions des navires (FuelEU Maritime). – Trilogue sur la proposition de règlement sur l’augmentation de la part des biocarburants avancés et des carburants synthétiques dans les carburants pour l’aviation (ReFuelEU Aviation) .
  • European Court of Auditors (Luxembourg). - publication of the report on payments to the EU budget based on gross national income (GNI).
  • Court of Justice of the EU (Luxembourg). #Judgments: - C-460/20 (Google - dereferencing of allegedly inaccurate content - must the operator of a search engine dereference information contained in the referenced content where the applicant proves that it is inaccurate?). - C-694/20 (Orde van Vlaamse Balies and others - does the obligation for lawyers to notify intermediaries involved in aggressive tax planning of their reporting obligations violate the professional secrecy of lawyers?) - C-731/21 (National Pension Insurance Fund - is a national law making the granting of a survivor’s pension conditional on the registration in the civil status register of a civil partnership validly concluded in another Member State liable to introduce inequality of treatment indirectly based on nationality?).

Friday 9 December

  • EU Council. EU ‘Justice and Home Affairs’ Council (Brussels). *Justice: - Ukraine: adoption of conclusions on the fight against impunity for crimes committed in the context of the war in Ukraine. - Recovery and confiscation of assets: discussion on the draft directive on the subject. - Environmental crime: adoption of a general approach on the draft directive in this area. - Digitalisation of justice: adoption of general approaches on the directive and the regulation on digitalisation of judicial cooperation and access to justice. - SLAPP: examination of the draft directive against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. - Fight against antisemitism: exchange of views over lunch.
  • EU Council. EU ‘Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs’ Council (Brussels). *Health: - Beating Cancer Plan and vaccination: update of the EU Council recommendation on cancer screening (from 2003) and approval of conclusions on vaccination. - Ongoing legislative dossiers: progress on the proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space and on the draft regulation on quality and safety standards for substances of human origin intended for human use.
  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Trade Policy Committee. - Military Committee Working Group (EUMCWG). - Working Party on the United Kingdom.
  • EU Council, European Parliament, European Commission. Interinstitutional negotiations (Brussels). - Trilogue on the proposal for a regulation on the design, production and disposal of batteries, celles and their waste (see EUROPE B13040A1).

Saturday 10 December

  • EU Council. Preparatory bodies (Brussels): - Coreper I.