06 Oct 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 06 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
College orientation debate: Commission discusses Internal Market and Labour Mobility
Today the College of Commissioners will hold an orientation debate on two key aspects of the Internal Market: the upcoming Internal Market Strategy and Labour Mobility Package. Both initiatives are foreseen in the Commission Work Programme for 2015. The debate will focus on how to further boost the cross-border exchange of goods and services; and how to set out a balanced approach to promote labour mobility whilst minimising its unintended consequences. These initiatives are two sides of the same coin: a deeper and fairer internal market. Today’s holistic debate will also provide a first opportunity for Commissioners to exchange views on a European Pillar of social rights as set out by President Juncker during his recent State of the Union address. There will be a press conference this afternoon in Strasbourg by Vice-President Katainen and Vice-President Dombrovskis at 16:00, live on EbS. A press release will be made available online.
Launch of public consultation on the future of the EU’s partnership with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries
Today, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the European Commission Mogherini and the European Commission will launch a public consultation on the future of the partnership between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries after 2020, when the EU-ACP Cotonou Agreement expires. The Cotonou Agreement is the most comprehensive partnership agreement that the EU has to govern the relationship between 78 developing countries in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, and the EU. Different stakeholders and interested parties will be consulted on more than 40 questions, going far beyond development cooperation and trade issues. This consultation will run for 12 weeks from now. The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President, Federica Mogherini said: “The relationship between the EU and ACP countries has moved beyond development cooperation and trade over the last two decades. So it’s time to assess our cooperation to identify new ways for our partnership on the common challenges and interests that we all share.” European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, added: “By launching the public consultation, we are opening a debate to see on which issues a future partnership could focus on and how this could be turned into an effective vehicle to promote our common interest, given the so many challenges we are confronted with.” The consultation document and a press release will be available from 15:30 today.
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