16 Jun 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 JUNEBrussels Daily
Statement by Commissioner Andriukaitis on the political agreement reached on the EU proposal for revising the provisions on official controls along the food chain
“I welcome the political agreement reached yesterday, Wednesday 15 June, at the last trilogue between the co-legislators on the Official Controls proposal. This brings us a step closer towards smarter rules for the enforcement of agri-food legislation. The EU is equipping itself with a simpler and more effective control system in the areas of food and feed safety rules, veterinary and phytosanitary requirements, organic production and protected geographical indication rules. This regulation is part of a comprehensive package which includes major reviews to improve both animal and plant health legislation,” said Commissioner Andriukaitis. The full statement is available online.
Preparation of the Eurogroup and ECOFIN meetings, Luxembourg 16-17 June
Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici will represent the European Commission at today’s Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg. The Eurogroup will discuss the IMF’s annual review and recommendation to the euro area, inflation and exchange rate developments as well as the sustainability of pensions systems in the euro area. Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the press conference concluding the meeting. Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Moscovici and Commissioner Hill will represent the Commission at the ECOFIN meeting tomorrow, where the agenda will cover corporate tax avoidance, the Banking Union, the Financial Transaction Tax, the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and VAT. More specifically, Member States will be asked to agree on far-reaching new rules to tackle loopholes which some multinational companies use to avoid paying their fair share of tax. An exchange of views will be held on a roadmap to strengthen the Banking Union, which will be presented by the Dutch Presidency. Ministers will also be updated on the current state-of-play on the ongoing enhanced cooperation procedure towards a Financial Transaction Tax, following today’s meeting of the ten participating Member States.Ministers will discuss the latest economic package comprising the Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) and countries that would exit the Excessive Deficit Procedure (Cyprus, Ireland, Slovenia). They will also take stock of the first stage of deepening the Economic and Monetary Union in view of the upcoming European Council. The Commission will set out its first assessment of requests for a derogation to put in place a reverse charge mechanism for VAT in certain countries. It will also present the first results of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), following the June 1 Communication Taking stock of the Investment Plan for Europe and next steps. Ministers will also take stock of EU progress in fighting terrorist financing.
The June infringements package: Commission acts for full, proper and timely implementation of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses
To help citizens and businesses benefit fully from the internal market, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against Member States which do not respect European law. The European Commission also closes pending cases where the Member State concerned, in cooperation with the Commission, has solved the problem and ensured compliance with EU law, thus rendering a referral to the Court of Justice of the EU unnecessary. This month, as part of its monthly package of infringement decisions, the Commission took a number of decisions (including on 2 letters of formal notice, 11 reasoned opinions, 5 referrals to the Court of Justice of the EU, and on 44 closures). A summary of the key decisions as well as the contact details of the relevant Spokespeople and the corresponding press releases can be found in the fact sheet. On the general EU infringement procedure, a memo is also available here.