Brussels Daily
19 Nov 2018


Brussels Daily


Eurogroup meeting, 19 November 2018

Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici will represent the Commission at today’s meeting of the Eurogroup. The Eurogroup will meet in an inclusive format of 27 EU Member States to discuss further steps in deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union ahead of the December Euro Summit. The discussions will focus on reforms of the European Stability Mechanism, the completion of the Banking Union, including the establishment of a common backstop facility to the Single Resolution Fund, and the introduction of euro area budgetary instruments. Commissioner Moscovici will participate in the press conference following the meeting.

President Juncker and Commissioner Andriukaitis meet the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom

Today in Brussels, President Juncker and Commissioner for health and food safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, meet with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom. During their bilateral meeting, Commissioner Andriukaitis will refer to the many and essential common areas of interest such as: the importance of health remaining high on the international agenda; WHO’s engagement to prioritise work around universal health coverage, health emergencies and heathier populations; our commitment to support WHO in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; health systems in developing countries as well as vaccination,and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Andriukaitis said: “Cooperation between the Commission and the WHO remains crucial to tackle global threats such as the Antimicrobial Resistance and to support international harmonisation of food safety standards. To that goal the EU has recently committed to finance scientific advice of FAO/WHO with a grant agreement. It is also important that together we advocate in favour of vaccination, as children should not die of diseases that can be prevented through vaccination”. A statement will be available online shortly after the meeting.

Security Union: Strengthened Schengen Information System adopted

Today, the Council adopted the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the Schengen Information System (SIS), Europe’s most widely used information sharing system for migration, security and border management. A political priority for 2018-2019 and a key element for the future interoperability of EU information systems, the reinforced SIS will help border guards and police to better track down dangerous criminals and terrorists. Welcoming the adoption, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “The Schengen Information System lies at the very heart of Schengen, safeguarding the free movement of people within the area, but also protecting our citizens from those who wish to abuse that freedom. The system is running 24/7, and once it becomes interoperable with our other migration and security systems, it will even more help border guards and police identify dangerous criminals and terrorists and prevent them from entering the Schengen area. Today, we take another step forward in effectively delivering on our citizens’ fundamental right to feel safe where they live, work and travel, delivering a Europe that protects.” Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King said: “From preventing terror attacks to missing children, the SIS is the centrepiece of information exchange in the EU, with more than 200,000 criminals tracked down and 50,000 arrests made underlining its importance to cross-border security cooperation. I welcome today’s adoption of a strengthened mandate to make the SIS even more effective. This is all the more important given the crucial role it will play in our efforts to make all our information systems properly interoperable.” More information is available in the press release and the factsheet on the Schengen Information System (SIS).

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