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EU October 2017 Summit - The European Council Takes Over

The times of crises in the EU are over and now is the right moment to start building the next floor of the common construction. This is the message of the October European Council, which opens a new page in the relations between the member states and the institutions. The EU summit on 19-20 October will remain in history as an inter-institutional battle for power at a time when a part of the EU members is ready to make a big step forward, but another part has waged a war against the others by pulling the brake to further integration.

The most crucial issue will be the change of working methods. Under this innocent name is hiding an attempt by the European Council president to score a point against the European Commission chief, and in the same time to try and overcome divisions within the EU between pro-European and eurosceptic states.

On the menu of the two-day summit are several tough issues: migration, digital economy, integration in the area of defence, external affairs. Regarding migration, the leaders will open a new chapter - financing of the facilities for keeping migrants away. On the digital economy there are also painful points - taxation of digital companies, for instance. When it comes to defence, the member states have by the end of the year to notify whether they will participate in the so called permanent structured cooperation (PESCO), which means in fact the beginning of a common European army.

The leaders will also discuss relations with Turkey, but the country's membership will not be the focus of the debate. They will condemn North Korea and will urge the country to keep its international obligations. The European Council will also welcome the conclusions of the foreign ministers in support of the deal with Iran.

The Brexit issue will this time find its way on the leaders' table since there has been no progress so far in the negotiations. This is also expected to be the conclusion - that there is no sufficient progress to enable negotiations to continue in phase 2, which discusses the future relations after UK's leaving. Nevertheless, the leaders are willing to give the British prime minister a chance. The initial plan was the beginning of the second phase to be announced at the October summit. The issue will be discussed during the working dinner, when French President Emmanuel Macron plans to raise the issue of trade. This is expected to be a toxic issue.

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Adelina Marini
#EUCO The leaders of the member states are gathering today in Brussels for the spring European Council. They have quite a lot of issues on their plates. One of the most sensitive topics will be the EU's answer to the #Salisbury attack. Some member states, including European Council President Donald Tusk, want a stronger reaction against Russia whereas others are more cautious. In the context of Syria, the leaders will discuss relations with Turkey. A decision is expected on whether the EU-Turkey summit in Varna is to take place. Another tough topic is what answer the EU should plan to the US tariffs on steel and aluminium. As the tradition goes, the spring European Council is the time to check the European semester. In addition, there will be a summit of the euro area but this time it will not be open for non-euro countries. The leaders will also discuss yesterday's proposal by the Commission to tax the digital economy. The summit is also expected to adopt conclusions on the Western Balkans on the occasion of the May summit with the six countries. On the menu is also the issue of Brexit. After a transitional agreement has been agreed the leaders now have to outline the guidelines for the future relations with the UK
22 March 2018 09:41
Adelina Marini
The European Commission will today unveil the long-expected proposal for taxation of the digital economy . Stay tuned for live updates
21 March 2018 12:23
Adelina Marini #FairTaxation #Moscovici: Half of those 120-150 companies falling in the scope of digital taxation are from the US
21 March 2018 13:24
Adelina Marini
Federica Mogherini: We've had 8-hour long, very intense Foreign Affairs Council. We expressed solidarity with the UK on the #Salisbury case
19 March 2018 17:12
Adelina Marini #FAC #Mogherini: Sometimes I feel it is we and the UN that insist on a political solution in #Syria
19 March 2018 17:33

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