EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 14 JANUARY

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS - 14 JANUARY
14 Jan 2016

EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 14 JANUARY

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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 adjustment programmes of Greece and Cyprus. It will discuss the draft European Semester recommendation for the euro area and the interim results of the IMF Article IV consultation on the euro area. It will also hold a thematic discussion on national insolvency frameworks. A press conference, which can be followed from EbS, will conclude the meeting. On Friday 15 January, the Commission will be represented by Vice-President Georgieva, Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Hill at the ECOFIN Council meeting. The Ministers will hold an exchange of views on the work programme of the Netherlands Presidency. On the legislative front, the Ministers will be updated on the implementation of the Banking Union at a very important juncture: the Single Resolution Mechanism (SRM) became fully operational on 1 January 2016. The Council will also hold a discussion on the reverse charge mechanism in the VAT framework. On the non-legislative front, the Council is due to adopt conclusions on the Commission’s Annual Growth Survey and on macroeconomic imbalances and to discuss a recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area. Terrorist financing will also be on the agenda. This ECOFIN Council meeting will be also followed by a press conference.

 

Consolidating peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border region of Ireland: launch of the PEACE programme

This afternoon, Commissioner for Regional policy Corina Creţu receives Mrs Emma Pengelly and Ms Jennifer McCann, Junior Ministers in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister of the Northern Ireland Executive, and Ambassador Declan Kelleher, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the EU, on behalf of Mr Seán Sherlock, Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation of Ireland, to officially launch the new PEACE programme which was adopted on 30 November 2015. This cross-border cooperation programme aims to deepen reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border region of Ireland and tackle remaining challenges through investments in shared education, shared spaces and services and projects that will bring people together. The signature ceremony will take place in the VIP Corner of the Berlaymont at 16:00 and will be broadcast live on EbS.  

OTHER NEWS

  • EU welcomes end of Ebola transmissions and will continue to support affected countries

  •  EUROSTAT: Household saving rate nearly stable at 12.8% in the euro area

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