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euinside is covering the European Council onJune 23 and 24, 2011

euinside is again in Brussels to follow closely the European Council on June 23 and 24. Each council is interesting, but this one seems to be different both in format and in content. Although it was envisaged the council to be one day, then it had to be extended because of the Greek crisis. This will be the main topic of the first day of the council, together with the package of measures, aimed at enhancing the economic governance of the EU, including the European Stability Mechanism and the bank stress tests. The leaders will discuss the recommendations to the member states in the framework of the European semester, as well as the commitments made under the Euro Plus Pact. The 27 heads of state and government will arrive in Brussels in the late afternoon and will start work in 19.30 local time (20.30 Bulgarian time), so we will probably be able to learn the first news around midnight.

The second day of the council is dedicated to migration, the south neighbourhood of the Union and Schengen. The issue of justice and home affairs will be a subject of a serious discussion at the European Council for the first time in many years, because of the immigrants from North Africa and because of Bulgaria's and Romania's accession to Schengen. It is expected the leaders to welcome the ending of the negotiations for Croatia's accession in the end of this month and to confirm the date, proposed by the Commission for accession - July 1st 2013.

14 July 2011 11:59 First defeat of EU's electoral reform

The proposal for an electoral reform in the European Union of Andrew Duff, a member of the European Parliament (ALDE, Britain) has been rejected because of disputes in Parliament over "for" or "against" more Europe. The disputes reached philosophical and even poetical dimensions, but in the end ...

8 July 2011 09:18 MEPs insist to have a say in changing Schengen rules

Migratory influx from North Africa should not be used as a pretext for reintroduction of internal borders within the European Union - this has been unanimously stated by MEPs from all groups and countries during the debate on Schengen in the European Parliament on 6 July. Maros Sefcovic, Vice Pr ...

29 June 2011 10:08 Number 28? Let him come in

Many are the reasons why the European Union has decided to accelerate Croatia's accession process. For example, because indeed Croatia demonstrates something more than a "momentum for reforms" and "political will" (as is the case of Bulgaria) to tackle corruption and organised crime. Or because, ...

24 June 2011 14:57 EU is introducing a safeguard clase in Schengen

The leaders of the European Union recommend the introduction of a safeguard clause as part of a new mechanism, aimed at triggering certain rules in the cases when the Schengen area is put at risk. This becomes clear from the draft conclusions from the two-day summit in Brussels, which euinside h ...

23 June 2011 20:44 Greek economic plan lacks 5.5 billion euros

Before being approved the Greek economic plan, worth 28 billion euros, is already insufficient. This has been revealed by the Troika team, sent to Athens this week, The Financial Times reports citing Greek officials. Before the plan is approved by Parliament next week, a "black hole" of 5.5 bill ...

10 July 2011 12:11 Sven Giegold: Deficit reduction but socially justified

European Union's economic governance has been the leading topic for Europe for the past year. It will continue to be since a compromise has not been reached between the European Parliament and the Council on European Commission's six pack, aimed at tightening member states' fiscal discipline an ...

29 June 2011 13:17 Schengen is for the lighter greens

During the Apartheid in South Africa there was a political anecdote, which was more or less about the following: In an attempt to eradicate racial division, the authorities in South Africa have decided that there will be no more blacks and whites, all people will be green. As a result, at a bus ...

29 June 2011 09:55 The EP rebuked member states for the "six pack" and Schengen

The latest European Council was of key importance - maybe it was the only point on which MEPs proved to agree with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. They reported to Parliament on the council's results, but were sharply criticised ...

24 June 2011 10:50 The European Council called for national unity in Greece

The European leaders have urged the Greek Parliament to adopt as a matter of urgency" the reform package, as well as the key laws on fiscal strategy and privatisation agreed with the EU, the ECB and IMF. Avoiding the word "condition", the European Council's conclusions state that "this will prov ...

23 June 2011 19:31 EU leaders are expected to endorse Commission`s proposal to help Greece with the EU structural funds

The European Commission expects the EU leaders to endorse the proposal of Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, EU structural funds to be used in support of Greece, euinside has learned. Greece has a great need for technical assistance, because it suffers from a lack of administrative capaci ...

 
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