07 Mar 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 07 MARCHBrussels Daily
Preparation of the Eurogroup meeting and of the ECOFIN Council meeting
This afternoon, Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the Eurogroup meeting. The Eurogroup will take stock of the developments in the economic programmes of Greece and Cyprus. The Ministers are also due to hold a follow-up debate on the implementation of the draft budgetary plans for 2016. Finally, the Commission will take part in a discussion on the use of benchmarking in respect of structural policy aspects in order to work towards best practices. On Tuesday 8 March, Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Hill will represent the Commission at the ECOFIN Council meeting. On the legislative front, Ministers will be asked to reach a general approach on a draft directive on the exchange of tax-related information of multinational companies between tax administrations. They will also take note of progress on banking union files. In the context of the Semester discussion, the Commission will present Member states with findings regarding the implementation of structural reforms at national level to tackle barriers to investment, in line with the third pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe. Ministers will also exchange views on the Country reports published on 26 February, which take stock of the on the progress made in addressing their 2015 country specific recommendations. Finally, the Commission will report jointly with the Presidency on the outcome of the G20 meeting held in Shanghai. Commissioner Moscovici will represent the Commission at both press conferences (streamed live on EbS) following the Eurogroup and the ECOFIN meeting respectively
Ahead of today’s meeting of EU Heads of State and Government and Turkey
Today, EU Heads of State and Government will hold a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Davutoğlu as part of the reinforcement of high-level dialogue agreed in the statement of the EU-Turkey meeting on 29 November. The EU and Turkey are expected to underline the need to fully implement the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan to deliver a sustainable and sufficient reduction in the flow of irregular migration. The meeting will be followed by an informal European Council where leaders are expected to give their support to the proposals presented by the Commission last week for a faster, more targeted response to major crises, including helping Member States, such as Greece, to cope with large numbers of refugees and to endorse the Commission’s Roadmap for returning to a normal functioning of the Schengen area by the end of 2016 at the latest. The leaders are also expected to strengthen their commitment to implementing the resettlement and emergency relocation schemes agreed in 2015, based on the proposals presented under the Commission’s European Agenda on Migration. In this regard, the Commission welcomes the news that 214 successful relocations from Greece to France, Portugal and Lithuania over the weekend have brought the total number of relocations to date to 874. President Juncker will also highlight the importance of working quickly to deliver on the European Border and Coast Guard in order to have it operational this summer. Press conferences will take place following the working lunch with Turkey and following the informal European Council and can be followed live on EbS.
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