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Adelina Marini
#EUCO This afternoon, in Brussels, will begin the last EU summit this year. It will be the first that will work on Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda (details in the link below). In his agenda two topics are planned for the December European Council - migration and the future of the EMU. Both have already created strong tensions between Tusk and the Commission after the European Council president came up with documents of his own, which are much more reduced than those of the Commission, and reactions in the building across the street were furious. The leaders will mark the launch by 25 member states of PESCO at a special ceremony today. Leaders will be joined by NATO secretary general to discuss EU-NATO cooperation. Leaders are also expected to extend sanctions against Russia after hearing a report by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Progress on the Brexit negotiations will be discussed on Friday. This is one of the toxic issues on the agenda. On Friday will take place also the expanded euro area summit, which is open for non-euro countries as well. Stay tuned for details and live updates throughout the day and tomorrow! euinsi.de/0Dcy
14 December 2017 10:17
Adelina Marini #EUCO What does it mean to work on Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda? There will be informal political discussions on the proposed topics. In this case those are migration and the EMU. There will be no formal conclusions or statements after these debates. There will be conclusions only on the following issues: Security and Defence, Social Dimension, Education and Culture, Brexit
14 December 2017 10:32
Adelina Marini #EUCO The Leaders' Agenda was approved at the October EU summit. Here you can read why does it contain a deeply rooted inter-institutional conflict euinsi.de/Tbbn
14 December 2017 11:01
Adelina Marini #EUCO And details on the very content of the Agenda you can read here euinsi.de/koMJ
14 December 2017 11:02
Adelina Marini #EUCO The December European Council is a debut for the Czech PM Andrej Babis. During the preparatory meeting of the Visegrad group he received an invitation by the Hungarian PM Victor Orban to visit Hungary
14 December 2017 12:24
Adelina Marini #EUCO Donald Tusk: This summit is a very clear illustration that only when we are united can we successfully handle the most difficult issues and tasks
14 December 2017 12:28
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: The real test for our unity will be the second phase of #Brexit talks
14 December 2017 12:28
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: Regarding the #EMU the division is between north and south, and regarding migration it is between east and west. These divisions are often accompanied by emotions which makes it harder to find even common language and rational arguments
14 December 2017 12:30
Adelina Marini #EUCO A while ago there was a meeting in Brussels between the Visegrad group countries, the PM of Italy Paolo Gentiloni and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker dedicated on migration. Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said the meeting was on V4 initiative to announce the decision of the group to participate with a "significant" amount of money in assisting the protection of EU's external borders and to finance operations in Libya. "We did it because we believe in the unity of the EU" said Mr Orban. This is the element of the European migration policy that has worked. "This is a proof that the V4 countries are completely in line when it comes to solidarity with Italy and others, so for once I am a happy man", said Jean-Claude Juncker
14 December 2017 12:46
Adelina Marini #EUCO Dalia Grybauskaite: No one is killing the quota system. Today we see that in some countries the quota system is inefficient or is implemented partially, which is why we have to search for more effective ways
14 December 2017 13:57
Adelina Marini #EUCO Mark Rutte: Theresa May is a remarkable politician. I believe in the UK society
14 December 2017 14:13
Adelina Marini #EUCO Rutte: Theresa May is holding her cards on future relations close to herself and that is a negotiating tactics
14 December 2017 14:15
Adelina Marini #EUCO #migration Rutte: We need solidarity. We can't allow some countries to shop certain policies and exclude themselves from others
14 December 2017 14:16
Adelina Marini #EUCO #Brexit Rutte: First of all we have to put the agreement reached last Friday with the #UK in a legally binding text
14 December 2017 14:18
Adelina Marini #EUCO Emmanuel Macron: This European Council has a lot of structural issues
14 December 2017 14:28
Adelina Marini #EUCO Macron: I'm very happy that the issue of #culture is included in the agenda because I emphasises on it in my Sorbonne speech and I believe we have to progress on it swiftly
14 December 2017 14:29
Adelina Marini #EUCO Angela Merkel: The selective solidarity is not good inside Europe
14 December 2017 14:32
Adelina Marini #EUCO Christian Kern: If we do not move to the next phase of #Brexit negotiations this could have tough consequences for the capital market
14 December 2017 14:42
Adelina Marini #EUCO Federica Mogherini: In the coming days I will create a task force to work on the establishment of a European security and defence union
14 December 2017 14:45
Adelina Marini #EUCO #migration Leo Varadkar: We want to show the same level of solidarity to the Mediterranean and Central European countries as they showed us in recent times
14 December 2017 15:15
Adelina Marini #EUCO Jens Stoltenberg: Today is an important day for the European defence. I think it will be good for Europe, EU and NATO. However, we should be careful not to allow conflicting requirements for capabilities between EU and NATO
14 December 2017 15:19
Adelina Marini #EUCO Stoltenberg: #Brexit only highlights the need of stronger EU-NATO cooperation
14 December 2017 15:21
Adelina Marini #EUCO #migration Andrej Plenkovic: For us the European solidarity principle is key. It is the foundation of the European project and has to spillover to the important issue of migration as well.
14 December 2017 15:28
Adelina Marini #EUCO Theresa May: Among the challenges to our security is the misinformation #Russia is sowing
14 December 2017 15:40
Adelina Marini It's the second day of December #EUCO. The two main issues on the agenda are the future of the euro area and the #Brexit negotiations. Future is unclear on both
15 December 2017 10:15
Adelina Marini #EUCO #EMU Before the summit #Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite said what the EU institutions feared the most regarding the reform in the eurozone: "Today it is quite peaceful time, so I think that we will not be under pressure to be very very fast"
15 December 2017 10:22
Adelina Marini #EUCO An agreement has been reached the #Brexit negotiations to enter phase too which covers future relations between the UK and EU
15 December 2017 12:46
Adelina Marini #EUCO Donald Tusk: Yesterday's discussion on #migration confirmed the hierarchy of priorities. Most important is the protection of the external borders
15 December 2017 14:11
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: There are still big differences as regards quotas but tensions are significantly lower
15 December 2017 14:12
Adelina Marini #EUCO #migration Tusk: We have to work hard to find a compromise by June
15 December 2017 14:13
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: The next euro area summit will be in March to continue the discussion $EMU
15 December 2017 14:14
Adelina Marini #EUCO Jean-Claude Juncker praised Estonian PM Juri Ratas for keeping the unity at a time when some wanted to impose on the others
15 December 2017 14:17
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: On #migration, it all depends on the point of view. To me relocation was a success
15 December 2017 14:21
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I don't understand why relocation could be a threat for our civilisation
15 December 2017 14:22
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: To those who call for protection of the external borders I will say it is already a fact
15 December 2017 14:22
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I would say nothing on #Brexit
15 December 2017 14:24
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juri Ratas: #Migration is still a very sensitive issue in Europe
15 December 2017 14:27
Adelina Marini #EUCO #EMU Ratas: On the reform of the eurozone it is a long way to go
15 December 2017 14:28
Adelina Marini #EUCO Ratas: #Brexit is not among our priorities
15 December 2017 14:28
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: Mandatory quotas are not the solution of the problem. On the other hand, this is the most time-consuming issue. The most important objective for me is to keep Europe united
15 December 2017 14:33
Adelina Marini #EUCO #migration Tusk: I am not taking the side of any group of countries or a region, even my own region
15 December 2017 14:34
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: QMV is an efficient method but it is not a synonym of solidarity
15 December 2017 14:35
Adelina Marini #EUCO #migration Juncker: The debate last night was not that controversial and dramatic. The problem is relocation not mandatory relocation. I stick to the Council decisions
15 December 2017 14:37
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I don't think the forming of a coalition in #Germany will take a long time nor that this weakens Europe
15 December 2017 14:39
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I'm not a fan of QMV but t's in the Treaty and should be used
15 December 2017 14:44
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: I'm extremely pro-European
15 December 2017 14:47
Adelina Marini #EUCO Tusk: The Polish PM left the summit earlier but I'm sure he had his reasons
15 December 2017 14:48
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I'm sure Avramopoulos's words are a misunderstanding and we should not pay so much attention
15 December 2017 14:49
 
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Adelina Marini
#FAC EU foreign ministers discussed a report by the EU HR for foreign and security policy Federica Mogherini on her visit in #Libya, where the Union re-opened its offices in Tripoli
16 July 2018 15:01
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini on #QMV: We never never in these almost 4 years had a problem with unanimity. I don't exclude in the future this to become a problem but now even on defence we decide with unanimity, even with UK still in. What I can indicate as a problem is the problem of inconsistency. On other issues, yes, indeed
16 July 2018 15:20
Adelina Marini
The #Eurogroup will discuss today the outcome of the European Council in the end of June and in particular the future of the euro area
12 July 2018 14:46
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Mario Centeno: It's quite impressive the list of commitments Bulgaria has put forward to join both the ERMII and the banking union and it is something worth to praise
12 July 2018 15:01
Adelina Marini
The European Commission is proposing new proposals for a reforms programme for the euro area and a eurozone budget. Stay tuned for live updates
31 May 2018 11:33
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31 May 2018 12:15
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