RESULTS OF TODAY’S GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL – 14 MAY

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RESULTS OF TODAY'S GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL - 14 MAY
14 May 2018

RESULTS OF TODAY’S GENERAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL – 14 MAY

Brussels, Brussels Daily

 

Main results

Multiannual financial framework after 2020

The Commission presented to the Council its proposals for the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the years 2021 to 2027, and ministers had a first round of discussions.

The EU budget is a vital building block for the future of Europe, and an expression of our values and aspirations. Today’s debate has kicked off negotiations on the next MFF, which will help us guarantee a stable and secure Europe to the benefit of us all. The Bulgarian Presidency is committed to ensuring rapid progress on this important issue.

Ekaterina Zaharieva, deputy prime minister for judicial reform and minister of foreign affairs of Bulgaria
June European Council

The Council began preparations for the European Council meeting, which will take place on 28 and 29 June, by discussing an annotated draft agenda.

At its meeting, the European Council is expected to

aim at reaching a consensus on migration
address a number of issues related to security and defence
conclude the 2018 European Semester
adopt conclusions on taxation, and on innovation and digital issues, as part of the follow-up to the leaders’ debates on these topics
have a first exchange of views on the next multiannual financial framework and decide on the timeline for completing the negotiations
Rule of law in Poland

The Council discussed the situation with regard to the rule of law in Poland.

The Commission updated ministers on the latest developments in its dialogue with the Polish authorities.

The Council will return to this issue at its next meeting.

Climate action and clean energy

The Council adopted without discussion four legislative acts concerning

‘effort sharing’ of emissions
land use, land use change and forestry
environmental reporting
energy performance of buildings

This legislative package forms part of the EU’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and fulfil its Paris climate commitment of a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

The Council adopted without discussion a directive strengthening EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.

These new rules respond to the need for increased security in Europe by further removing the means available to terrorists. They will enable us to disrupt criminal networks without compromising fundamental rights and economic freedoms.

Vladislav Goranov, minister for finance of Bulgaria
Money laundering and terrorist financing: new rules adopted (press release, 14 May 2018)

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