EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 11 MARCH

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 11 MARCH
11 Mar 2019

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 11 MARCH

Brussels Daily

Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings, 11 and 12 March 2019

Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici will represent the Commission at today’s Eurogroup and tomorrow’s ECOFIN meetings. The Commission will present the second Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece, published on 27 February, which assesses progress with implementing policy commitments made at the Eurogroup of June 2018. The Eurogroup will discuss the updated Draft Budgetary Plan of Latvia for 2019, on the basis of the Opinion adopted by the Commission, which found it to be broadly compliant with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact. There will also be a discussion on housing markets in the euro area following a presentation by Professor Lars E.O. Svensson, Professor of Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. The Eurogroup will then continue in an inclusive format to follow up on the December 2018 Euro Summit and discuss the state of play of the ongoing work on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union. Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the press conference following the meeting. At tomorrow’s ECOFIN meeting, Ministers are expected to agree on an updated list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. First conceived as part of the Commission’s EU external strategy for effective taxation in 2016, the list is an important tool to tackle risks of tax abuse and unfair tax competition globally. The updated list follows the original agreement amongst Member States in December 2017. Ministers will discuss the taxation of the digital economy, following the proposals made by the Commission in March 2018and in view of international developments. The Council is also set to agree on new rules to simplify VAT collection on online sales and will aim to reach a political agreement on the Commission proposals for new rules on excise duty for alcohol. The Commission will present its assessment of the economic and social situation of each Member State for 2019 following the presentation of the European Semester Winter Package in February. Ministers will also discuss InvestEU, the proposed programme which aims to boost private and public investment in Europe in the next long-term EU budget. A press conference with Vice-President Dombrovskis will follow the meeting. (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229-56153; Johannes Bahrke – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Annikky Lamp – Tel.: +32 229 56151; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 58615; Letizia Lupini – Tel.: +32 229 51958)

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