By Ata Ufuk ┼×eker
Brussels letter, March 27

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Brussels on Monday and meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.

Justice and Home Affairs Council will gather ministers from 28 EU countries on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels. In the Home Affairs session, ministers will exchange views on migration and on the returns policy. The Council will also take stock of progress regarding several legislative proposals to reform the common European asylum system,  European travel and information authorization system (ETIAS) and entry/exit system. In addition, in the Justice session of the meeting, the Council will review progress at a technical level on several legislative proposals on contracts for the supply of digital content.

The German Federal Minister of the Interior, Thomas de Maizière, and French Minister of the Interior, Matthias Fekl, will debate EU measures to improve the security situation in Europe as well as future challenges with the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament on Monday in Brussels.

The European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee will vote on measures to stop multinationals evading taxes by exploiting differences (hybrid mismatches) between tax systems in EU member states and third countries on Monday.

The third EU Energy Summit will take place in Brussels on Tuesday. Representatives from EU institutions and market players will discuss the recent EU initiatives and their impact on energy markets.

Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, will visit Brussels on Tuesday to meet with the heads of EU Institutions.

The U.K. will officially begin the process of leaving the European Union (Brexit) by triggering article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday.


-Last Week

EU Leaders signed the Rome declaration. This represents the beginning of a process in which leaders pledged that they would work towards a “safe and secure Europe, a prosperous and sustainable Europe, a social Europe, a stronger Europe.”

After the Rome Summit, the Commission will present a series of reflection papers on key issues for Europe: developing the social dimension of Europe; deepening the Economic and Monetary Union; harnessing globalization; the future of Europe's defense and of EU finances.

EU and Japan made a joint commitment to reach a speedy conclusion to trade negotiations after the EU-Japan leaders meeting in Brussels.

EU and Japanese negotiators will meet for a new round of talks in Tokyo in April, and the process will thereafter intensify further. Alongside the trade agreement, the EU and Japan are also negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement.

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new directive to ensure that all national competition authorities have at their disposal the powers they need to effectively enforce European competition law at home.

Negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council agreed on Wednesday on a revised energy efficiency label and to input a relevant regulatory framework. The current A+++ to G labels for products will be replaced by a clear and easier-to-use A to G labels.

The European Union leaders agreed to hold a summit on Brexit on April 29.

27 Mar,2017