Monitoring pracovní skupiny Instituce

Instituce (23. 11. – 29. 11. 2015)

1.     Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

  1. State of Play: Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6134_en.htm)

  • 27/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • TheEuropean Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.
  • The list of priority actions set out the key measures immediately required in terms of: (i) operational measures; (ii) budgetary support and (iii) implementation of EU law.
    • Financial pledges
    • Relocation Schemes
    • Hotspot Approach
    • Returns
  1. Eurogroup, 23/11/2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/eurogroup/2015/11/23/)

  • 23/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • The Eurogroup discussed the euro area member states’ draft budgetary plans for 2016. These plans have to be submitted each year by 15 October, and the European Commission assesses whether they comply with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP).
  • According to the Commission’s findings, four countries -Austria, Italy, Lithuania and Spain – have budgetary plans that are at risk of non-compliance with the SGP rules.
  • Ministers also agreed with the Commission that theSGP rules provide for sufficient flexibility to address the budgetary implications of the country-specific developments such as the refugee inflow in certain member states.
  • The Eurogroup welcomed the assessment by the European Commission and the European Central Bank that the Greek authorities hadsuccessfully implemented the first set of milestones and the financial sector reform measures that are necessary for the successful recapitalisation of the Greek banking sector.
  • Following the positive assessment, the board of directors of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) formallyauthorised the disbursement of €2 billion in financial assistance to Greece, as provided for under the programme.
  • In addition, up to€10 billion of funds earmarked for the recapitalisation of Greek banks can now be made available too. These funds will be released to the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) on a case-by-case basis, as required, upon a decision of the ESM board of directors following the European Commission’s decisions relating to state aid.
  1. Plenary highlights: terrorism, the EU budget and the Lux prize

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151120STO03848/html/Plenary-highlights-terrorism-the-EU-budget-and-the-Lux-prize)

  • 27/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • Refugees should not be equated with terrorists, many MEPs said during a debate on the terrorist attacks in Paris during the November plenary session. They also approved the EU’s budget for next year, securing additional funding for tackling the refugee crisis and boosting economic growth. Meanwhile the Lux Prize, Parliament’s annual film award, was given to Mustang, a film directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven about five Turkish girls breaking with tradition.
  1. Opening: “Those who fail to reconcile freedom and security fail in everything”

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151120IPR03604/html/Opening-%E2%80%9CThose-who-fail-to-reconcile-freedom-and-security-fail-in-everything%E2%80%9D)

  • 23/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • “Those who fail to reconcile freedom and security fail in everything”, said President Schulz, citing the credo of late German statesman Helmut Schmidt, whose funeral he had just attended. “Security has to be organised, but we must not let our freedom be curtailed by those who want to scare us”. The brutal attacks on France ten days ago targeted Parliament’s values too. MEPs held a minute’s silence for terror victims everywhere, including Mali, Syria and Iraq.
  • Outgoing MEPs
    • Dawid Bohdan JACKIEWICZ (ECR, PL) and Marek Józef GRÓBARCZYK (ECR, PL) have been appointed ministers in the Polish government. Their seats were declared vacant as of 16 November.
  1. Italy’s President Mattarella to MEPs: “we need to tackle terrorism in the light of our values”

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151120IPR03615/html/%E2%80%9CTackle-terrorism-in-the-light-of-our-values%E2%80%9D-says-Italy%E2%80%99s-President-Mattarella)

  • 25/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • “It is by effectively increasing cooperation between member states – from security apparatus to intelligence activities – that we, together, can defeat terrorism, make our citizens safer and preserve our way of life”, President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella told MEPs during a formal sitting on Wednesday. Mr Mattarella spoke about the future of the EU, and in particular how EU countries should respond to the threat of terrorism and the challenges of migration.
  1. MEPs call on the EU to step up cooperation with Africa after the Valletta summit

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151120IPR03617/html/MEPs-call-on-the-EU-to-step-up-cooperation-with-Africa-after-the-Valletta-summit)

  • 25/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • The EU must take concrete steps to tackle the migration crisis and terrorism, such as building a partnership to this end with Africa, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Nicolas Schmit, representing the Council Presidency. The debate focused on the outcomes of the EU-Africa summit in Valletta (Malta) on 11-12 November and the G20 one in Antalya (Turkey) on 15-16 November.
  • ”We need a global approach to deal with terrorism”, said Mr Schmit commenting on the results of G20 summit. He stressed that blame for terrorism should not be pinned on religion or a specific nationality or ethnic origin.

Rada EU

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup

Evropský parlament

Evropská rada

  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the Brdo-Brijuni Process summit in Zagreb

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205533_en_635840742000000000.pdf)

  • 25/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • Today, twenty years after the Dayton agreement was reached, we concluded that Euro-Atlantic and European integration, will help transform southeast Europe.
  • Today, what we need most of all is real progress: to reinvigorate the EU enlargement process for candidate countries, and to step up the Euro-Atlantic integration process for countries aspiring to join NATO. I fully support the initiative of regular dialogue on security at the operational level between the European Union, the United States and the countries of southeast Europe.
  • Congratulation letter by President Donald Tusk to the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205504_en_635839929600000000.pdf)

  • 24/11/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • One such challenge is to strengthen the economic recovery, where it is crucial that Portugal ensures sounds public finances, and continues its programme of economic reforms that aim at promoting investment and bring about growth and jobs. I trust that under you leadership Portugal will continue to contribute to the development of the European Union, the completion of monetary union and the appropriate responses to geopolitical threats.
  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Dragan Čović, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205494_en_635839743000000000.pdf)

  • 24/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1strana
  • Together, we must ensure that hope and freedom prevail over fear and terror. This is a common responsibility. I appreciate your commitment to work together to face this challenge. This also includes working to prevent radicalisation and counter the extremists’ narrative.
  • Another current challenge we face is the migration and refugee crisis. The numbers are unprecedented and the situation is made even worse by ruthless and well-organisednetworks of smugglers. To regain control, we need a comprehensive plan and coordinated co-operation throughout the region.
  • Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the EU heads of state or government for a meeting with Turkey

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205479_en_635839585200000000.pdf)

  • 24/11/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • At our recent meeting in Malta, we discussed relations with Turkey and invited the Commission to continue negotiations with Ankara with a view to adopting a joint Action Plan. In the light of a positive recommendation of the Commission, I have now decided to call a meeting of the Heads of State or government of the EU with Turkey this coming Sunday (29 November). The meeting will mark an important step in developing our relations and contribute to managing the migration crisis.

2.     TT’s a NGO’s

The Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies

Big Brussels is Watching You? Enhancing Transparency in EU External Energy Deals

(https://www.sieps.se/en/publications/european-policy-analysis/big-brussels-is-watching-you-enhancing-transparency-in-eu)

  • 23/11/2015; 12 pages policy paper by Sijbren de Jong
  • At the height of the Ukraine crisis, amid mounting concerns about the security of Europe’s gas supply, Donald Tusk – then still Prime Minister of Poland – called for the creation of an ‘Energy Union’. An important element in the proposal for an Energy Union is to enhance the extent to which the EU ‘speaks with one voice’ on energy. To that effect, the European Commission seeks to increase its oversight over bilateral agreements that Member States strike with individual energy-exporting countries by revising the information exchange mechanism that exists between Member States and the Commission. This policy brief takes a closer look at the reasons for suggesting the revision of this mechanism, how the existing information exchange mechanism came about, the challenges that may lie ahead with respect to the implementation of the proposal, and how these may affect the outcome of the Energy Union

Open Europe

Will question of votes at 16 scupper prospects of a snap EU referendum?

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/will-question-of-votes-at-16-scupper-prospects-of-a-snap-eu-referendum/ )

  • 19/11/2015, 2 pages, responds by Pawel Swidlicky
  • As the world struggles to comprehend the brutality of the Paris terror attacks, Open Europe’s Nina Schick writes that in the EU, they will serve to deepen Europe’s existing divisions on the migration crisis.

European Student Think Tank

TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PLAY A ROLE IN CSDP AND DOES THIS ENHANCE DEMOCRATIC ACCOUNTABILITY?

(https://europeanstudentthinktank.com/2015/11/24/to-what-extent-does-the-european-parliament-play-a-role-in-csdp-and-does-this-enhance-democratic-accountability/ )

  • 24/11/2015, 3 pages, article by Onna Malou van der Broek
  • Since the establishment of the European Union, democratic accountability or the so-called democratic deficit has been an often debated subject. With the introduction of the European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) in 1999, new questions were raised about democratic accountability. This new policy area of security and defense however, differs from other policy areas in its main characteristics. First of all, it has a higher secrecy level and is therefore less open than other policy areas. Second, CSDP requires a process of fast decision-making. Thirdly, the area remains mainly intergovernmental. Decisions are made based on unanimous decision-making and the influence of supranational institutions has been marginalized. And finally, CSDP is a multi-level policy area: decisions are made in the Council, but for the enforcement of CSDP missions, national capabilities need to be drawn. Because of the unique character of this field, new forms of democratic accountability should be addressed.

European Policy Centre

The UK renegotiation from an EU perspective: the dog that hasn’t yet barked?

(https://www.epc.eu/pub_details.php?cat_id=4&pub_id=6133)

  • 20/11/2015, 2 pages, commentary by Fabian Zuleeg
  • Given the potential impact on the EU, the UK‘s in/out referendum and the associated reform agenda should be high up the Brussels agenda. But, curiously, so far there has been little obvious activity in Brussels, with few signs that it has the attention of the EU leadership. During the October Summit there was only a very short discussion of the UK referendum, with David Cameron pledging to set out the UK’s specific issues to be addressed (the EU reform agenda) in writing to President Tusk by early November, which he duly did on 10 November.

demosEUROPA

IF IT WERE UP TO MR. D’HONDT, THE NEXT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT WOULD BE A POLE

(https://www.demoseuropa.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1795%3Aif-it-were-up-to-mr-dhondt-the-next-european-parliament-president-would-be-a-pole&catid=152%3A2015kom&Itemid=179&lang=en)

  • 16/11/2015, 1 page, commentary by Piotr Maciej Kaczyński
  • Poles You must have heard about the Belgians hitting above their weight in European affairs.  A well-known Belgian mathematician has a major impact on how European political top jobs are distributed. According to the d’Hondt method, looking for who could be the European Parliament next president, we should look to the East…
  • In the aftermath of the European elections a pro-European grand coalition was formed. EPP and S&D forced the European Council to appoint Mr. Juncker as the head of the European Commission, and then smoothly followed with approval of the Juncker College dubbed as TeamJuncker (with a scheduled drop out of one of the candidates for Commissioners). As part of the deal, Mr. Schulz, S&D’s rival candidate for Commission’s top job, renewed his mandate as the President of the European Parliament.

European liberal forum

The ECI in Action – Austria & the UK

(https://www.liberalforum.eu/en/publications.html)

  • 11/2015, 68 pages, Report by Neos Lab (editor)
  • The overall aim of the study is to present the significant difficulties faced by organisers in Austria and the United Kingdom when setting up and running a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), to analyse possible solutions and to put forward recommendations for consideration during the ongoing review of Regulation (EU) No 211/2011 on the citizens’ initiative with a view to improving the ECI as an effective tool for participatory democracy in the EU.

Istituto Affari Internazionali

Italy and the Renegotiation of the UK’s EU Membership

(https://www.iai.it/en/pubblicazioni/italy-and-renegotiation-uks-eu-membership)

  • 24/11/2015, 9 pages, Working paper by Riccardo Alcaro
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to campaign for the UK to stay in the EU in the incoming in-or-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership, but only if London succeeds in recalibrating its relationship with the Union. As the EU’s fourth largest country, Italy will play a crucial role in the negotiation. The challenge for Rome is to balance its long-standing commitment to strengthening European integration with the interest in keeping a country the size and influence of the UK in the EU. Matteo Renzi’s government should be supportive of British proposals about competitiveness, pragmatic as far as sovereignty issues are concerned, constructive but cautious regarding economic governance, and understanding of British concerns but also firm about immigration.

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

  1. Governing a dysfunctional state: The challenges facing Romania’s new technocratic government

(https://bit.ly/1R549h7)

  • 25/11/2015, 4 pages, Blog article by Neculai-Cristian Surubaru
  • Following the resignation of Romania’s Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, a new ‘technocratic’ government led by former European Commissioner Dacian Cioloș entered office on 17 November. Neculai-Cristian Surubaru assesses some of the key challenges facing the new government. He argues the government may have a limited window of opportunity to implement reforms, but that it is becoming increasingly clear Romania’s established political parties are now facing significant public opposition, particularly from younger generations of Romanians.
  1. Junior partner no more: How the growth of the Lega Nord could reshape the right in Italy

(https://bit.ly/1MxxXA1)

  • 23/11/2015, 3 pages, Blog article by Daniele Albertazzi
  • In recent decades, the right of Italy’s party system has been dominated by Silvio Berlusconi, who currently heads a revived version of his Forza Italia party. As Daniele Albertazzi writes, however, Forza Italia has been pushed into fourth place in several opinion polls in 2015 by the growth of the Northern League (Lega Nord), which has traditionally advocated a political platform focused on the interests of regions in northern Italy. He notes that the party’s rise in popularity, which has been coupled with a strategy to win support in central and southern Italy, could indicate the start of an important shift in the Italian right.

Centre for Economic Policy Research

The political aftermath of financial crises: Going to extremes

(https://www.voxeu.org/article/political-aftermath-financial-crises-going-extremes)

  • 21/11/2015, 5 pages, Commentary by Manuel Funke, Moritz Schularick and Christoph Trebesch
  • Recent events in Europe provide ample evidence that the political aftershocks of financial crises can be severe. This column uses a new dataset that covers elections and crises in 20 advanced economies going back to 1870 to systematically study the political aftermath of financial crises. Far-right parties are the biggest beneficiaries of financial crises, while the fractionalisation of parliaments complicates post-crisis governance. These effects are not observed following normal recessions or severe non-financial macroeconomic shocks.

3.     Zpravodajství

Euobserver

  1. EU hopes €3bn will see Turkey halt migrants

(https://euobserver.com/justice/131294)

  • 27/11/2015
  • EU leaders and Turkey’s PM will, on Sunday (27 November), finalise a €3 billion deal to stop migrants coming to Europe, in talks held in the shadow of the Turkey-Russia confrontation.An EU official told press on Friday: “We have agreed on the Action Plan in principle, implementation is needed.”

 

  1. Commission mulls lower targets in ‘more ambitious’ waste bill

(https://euobserver.com/environment/131290)

  • 27/11/2015
  • The European Commission is considering to propose waste and recycling targets lower than those in the plan it withdrew last year, when it promised to come back with a “more ambitious” proposal.

 

  1. French PM: Europe can receive no more refugees

(https://euobserver.com/migration/131262)

  • 25/11/2015
  • France’s prime minister Manuel Valls told several newspapers Tuesday (24 November) he wants Europe to completely halt the influx of migrants from the Middle East, as Sweden announced it would become more strict with asylum seekers.

 

  1. Europe’s money-laundering machine: still spinning

(https://euobserver.com/opinion/131269)

  • 26/11/2015
  • When the first flames of the Arab Spring began to burn, a Tunisia suffering from decades of mismanagement, inequality and abuse broke free from under the long reign of Zine Al-Abidine Ben Ali. According to the World Bank, Ben Ali siphoned off $2.6 billion of public funds to pay for artwork, a yacht, luxury properties and bank accounts, much of it in the EU. The corrupt cannot operate alone. Ben Ali was helped by networks and financial structures in Europe.

 

  1. Juncker: Euro doesn’t make sense without Schengen

(https://euobserver.com/migration/131265)

  • 25/11/2015
  • Europe’s single currency would come under threat if the Schengen visa-free travel zone fails, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday, in his first speech to the European Parliament since the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.Juncker warned that the euro is pointless if people can’t move around freely to use it.

 

  1. EU calls Turkey summit despite security scare

(https://euobserver.com/justice/131241)

  • 24/11/2015
  • The Turkish PM and up to 28 EU leaders are to meet in Brussels on Sunday (29 November) to finalise a deal on slowing the flow of refugees.

 

  1. Any post-Brexit deal would be tough on the UK

(https://euobserver.com/political/131255)

  • 25/11/2015
  • Any post-Brexit deal would be very hard on the UK, warned Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP, who will lead her party’s campaign to stay in the European Union.The only LibDem member of the European Parliament after the party’s crushing results last year told EUobserver that she doubts a Norway-type of arrangement – being a member of the European Economic Area – is possible.

 

  1. Terror overshadows Greece at Eurogroup meeting

(https://euobserver.com/economic/131231)

  • 24/11/2015
  • Monday’s (23 November) Eurogroup meeting illustrated the shift of the EU’s priorities from the Greek financial crisis to refugees and terrorism.After many weeks of negotiations, Greece received €2 billion. But minds were elsewhere.The eurozone finance ministers meeting took place despite Brussels remaining on maximum alert.

 

  1. EU needs US-type refugee screening

(https://euobserver.com/opinion/131214)

  • 23/11/2015
  • One hundred and thirty. That’s how many deaths it has taken for European leaders to publically discuss the impact the migrant crisis is having on continental security.For those seeking refuge within America’s borders, the process is strikingly different. Migrants must first undergo and pass multiple security screenings in order to be considered for relocation. Their biographic and biometric details are passed through the databases of national and international security agencies.

 

  1. EU preparing to extend Russia sanctions for six months

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/131219)

  • 23/11/2015
  • EU countries are preparing to extend the life of Russia economic sanctions by six months in December, despite Moscow’s new role in fighting Islamic State (IS).

Euroskop

  1. Od roku 2017 se změní energetické štítky v EU

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8961/26629/clanek/od-roku-2017-se-zmeni-energeticke-stitky-v-eu/)

  • 27/11/2015
  • Snazší orientaci zákazníků ve významu štítků označujících energetickou účinnost výrobků by měly umožnit změny, se kterými souhlasily členské země EU. Od počátku roku 2017 by se měl například zjednodušit způsob označování jednotlivých kategorií výrobků.

 

  1. Evropský parlament schválil rozpočet na rok 2016

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26626/clanek/evropsky-parlament-schvalil-rozpocet-na-rok-2016/)

  • 26/11/2015
  • Evropský parlament schválil kompromisní návrh rozpočtu EUna rok 2016. S částkou 155 miliard eur (4,2 bilionu Kč) v závazcích a 143,9 miliardy eur (3,9 bilionu Kč) v platbách, je dosud největší, jaký Evropská unie měla. Více peněz má jít hlavně na bezpečnost a na problémy související s migrační krizí. Členské státy podobu rozpočtu odsouhlasily už dříve, hlasování europoslanců pak bylo závěrečným krokem schvalovacího procesu.

 

  1. Valls: EU nemůže nadále přijímat tolik imigrantů

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26625/clanek/valls-eu-nemuze-nadale-prijimat-tolik-imigrantu/)

  • 26/11/2015
  • Evropa podle francouzského premiéra Manuela Vallse nemůže nadále přijímat tolik migrantů, jako dosud, sdělil to premiérův úřad zástupcům zahraničních médií, když upřesňoval citace zahraničního tisku, podle něhož se premiér v úterý vyslovil proti přijímání dalších migrantů. Valls rovněž vyzval k lepší kontrole vnějších hranic EU.

 

  1. Migrační krize: Balkánské země se dohodly na spolupráci

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26622/clanek/migracni-krize-balkanske-zeme-se-dohodly-na-spolupraci/ )

  • 26/11/2015
  • Bývalé jugoslávské republiky a Albánie si na summitu v Záhřebu slíbily spolupráci za podpory Evropské unie a Spojených států při ochraně evropských hranic a při zvládání rekordní vlny žadatelů o azyl. Této otázce věnovaly velkou pozornost vzhledem k obavě, že mezi migranty se mohou do Evropy dostávat islamističtí radikálové k vzhledem k nedávným teroristickým útokům v Paříži.

 

  1. Juncker: Schengen je v kómatu

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26618/clanek/juncker-schengen-je-v-komatu/)

  • 25/11/2015
  • Schengenský systém volného pohybu upadl po teroristických útocích a kvůli migrační krizi do kómatu, proto je potřeba ho znovu vzkřísit. Dnes to na plenárním zasedání Evropského parlamentu ve Štrasburku prohlásil předseda Evropské komise Jean-Claude Juncker. Varoval, že pokud Schengen padne, přestane dávat jednotná Evropa smysl.

 

  1. Brusel bude v neděli hostit summit EU-Turecko

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8956/26615/clanek/brusel-bude-v-nedeli-hostit-summit-eu-turecko/)

  • 24/11/2015
  • V neděli odpoledne se v Bruselu uskuteční vrcholná schůzka představitelů Evropské unie a Turecka. Na Twitteru to oznámil šéf setkání členských zemí osmadvacítky Donald Tusk.

 

  1. Visegrád jedná s EU o obranných projektech

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8954/26609/clanek/visegrad-jedna-s-eu-o-obrannych-projektech/  )

  • 24/11/2015
  • V Praze budou jednat zástupci visegrádské čtyřky a Evropské obranné agentury (EDA). Mluvit budou o vzájemné spolupráci nebo společných projektech. Jednání potrvají do středy, informovalo tiskové oddělení ministerstva obrany.

 

  1. Řecko dělá reformy, dostane peníze

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/26603/clanek/recko-dela-reformy-dostane-penize/ )

  • 23/11/2015

Řecko uskutečnilo všechny reformy dohodnuté s věřiteli z eurozóny, a může tak dostat další splátku ze slíbeného úvěru i peníze na rekapitalizaci bank. Uvedl to šéf ministrů financí eurozóny JeroenDijsselbloem. Atény by tak nyní měly obdržet dvě miliardy eur z dohodnuté úvěrové pomoci a také deset miliard eur na rekapitalizaci bank.

Euractiv

  1. Commission to unveil Internet of Things plan by mid-2016

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-industry/commission-unveil-internet-things-plan-mid-2016-319886)

  • 27/11/2015
  • The European Commission is considering a comprehensive plan to support the growing connectivity between machines, but may settle for a more targeted initiative as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, EurActiv has learned.

 

  1. EIB boss: Cities and regions have crucial role in ensuring climate investment

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/cities-and-regions-against-climate-change/eib-boss-cities-and-regions-have-crucial-role)

  • 27/11/2015
  • Finance for developing nations will be central to successful negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, said Jonathan Taylor of the European Investment Bank.

 

  1. An EU-wide constituency: Be careful what you wish for!

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/elections/eu-wide-constituency-be-careful-what-you-wish-319868)

  • 26/11/2015
  • Calls have been made for the structure of the European elections to be altered. But the ramifications of such a move could have a huge impact on EU politics, writes Nicholas Whyte.

 

  1. TAXE committee to fight tax evasion for another six months

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/taxe-committee-fight-tax-evasion-another-six-months-319866)

  • The European Parliament yesterday (25 November) adopted the TAXE committee’s report on the tax practices of big businesses in Europe. But Europe’s work on tax evasion is only just beginning.

 

  1. Euro at risk if Schengen collapses, say Juncker

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/euro-risk-if-schengen-collapses-says-juncker-319829)

  • 25/11/2015
  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday (25 November) Europe’s single currency will be at risk if the Schengen passport-free travel zone unravels due to member states reimposing border controls to keep refugees out.

 

  1. December deal for EU reform difficult says Commission´s boss Faull

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/december-deal-eu-reform-difficult-says-commissions-brexit-boss-faull-319823)

  • 25/11/2015
  • It will be difficult but not impossible for officials renegotiating Britain’s EU membership to have a framework ready for substantial discussion at next month’s European Union summit, the EU’s chief negotiator said on Wednesday.

 

  1. MEP go on warpath over energy efficiency days before COP21

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/meps-go-warpath-over-energy-efficiency-days-cop21-319791)

  • 25/11/2015
  • MEPs have stepped up pressure on the European Commission over its decision to effectively cap any increase to the EU’s 2030 energy efficiency targets, just days before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) begins.

 

  1. Commission aims at having full European deposit insurance scheme by 2024

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-aims-having-full-european-deposit-insurance-scheme-2024-319792)

  • 24/11/2015
  • Bank deposits within the EU up to 100,000 euros, no matter which bank or country they are in, should be guaranteed by 2024 by a European fund, the European Commission proposed on Tuesday (24 November).

 

  1. Tusk calls EU-Turkey summit on 29 November

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/tusk-calls-eu-turkey-summit-29-november-319756)

  • 24/11/2015
  • European Union leaders and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will meet in Brussels on Sunday (29 November) to discuss refugee issues and improving relations between the EU and Ankara, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Monday (23 November).

 

  1. Liberal ALDE party elects Hans Van Baalen as new President

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/elections/liberal-alde-party-elects-hans-van-baalen-new-president-319727)

  • 23/11/2015

MEP Hans van Baalen (VVD), a Dutch member of the European Parliament, was elected the new President of the ALDE Party at the ALDE P

arty Congress in Budapest on Saturday (21 November), triumphing over former Estonian Commissioner SiimKallas.

Instituce (16. 11. – 22. 11. 2015)

1.     Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

  1. EP this week: Paris attacks, tax transparency, UK referendum, neighbourhood policy

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151112STO02490/html/EP-this-week-Paris-attacks-tax-rulings-UK-referendum-neighbourhood-policy)

  • 16/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • It’s a busy week ahead in Brussels as members attend committee and political group meetings. On Monday representatives of multinational companies share their views with MEPs on recent corporate tax developments in the EU and further afield. A delegation of MEPs heads to London to discuss the upcoming ‘Brexit’ referendum. Following Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, Monday has been designated an EU-wide day of mourning. A minute’s silence in memory of the victims is to be marked at noon CET.

 

  1. “We will not be poisoned by these criminals”: Parliament honours Paris victims

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151116STO02845/html/%E2%80%9CWe-will-not-be-poisoned-by-these-criminals%E2%80%9D-Parliament-honours-Paris-victims)

  • 17/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • MEPs and Parliament staff sang the Marseillaise and held a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of last week’s terrorist acts in Paris during a short ceremony on 17 November in Parliament’s plenary chamber in Brussels. “The attacks in Paris were an attack on our freedoms, an attack against our European values and our way of life, an attack against all of us,” said EP President Martin Schulz. “In our grief, we Europeans stand side to side with the French people.”

 

  1. Hübner: “Nobody wins if the UK leaves the European Union”

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151116STO02848/html/H%C3%BCbner-%E2%80%9CNobody-wins-if-the-UK-leaves-the-European-Union%E2%80%9D)

  • 18/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • In or out? Britain will decide on its future in Europe with a referendum once negotiations with the EU have been concluded. A delegation from the Parliament’s constitutional affairs committee went to London on 16 and 17 November to discuss the upcoming EU membership referendum with ministers, parliamentary committees and think-tanks. We spoke to committee chair Danuta Hübner, a Polish member of the EPP group, about her findings and the upcoming negotiations.

 

  1. G20 summit, Antalya, 15-16/11/2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2015/11/15-16/)

  • 16/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 2 strany
  • G20 leaders met in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, represented the EU at the summit.
  • The world’s leading economies adopted a comprehensive agenda including theimplementation of past commitments, boosting investment to drive growth and promoting inclusiveness to ensure the benefits of their actions can be shared by all.
  • Following the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris, G20 leaders also reaffirmed the need to work together to fight terrorism.G20 leaders adopted a statement highlighting the need to address:
    • the financing of terrorism
    • the conditions leading to terrorism, including radicalisation and recruitment
    • the threat posed by the growing flow of foreign terrorist fighters
    • Leaders also agreed that the scale of the ongoingrefugee crisis was of global concern with major humanitarian, political, social and economic consequences. It needs a coordinated and comprehensive response to tackle both this crisis, as well as its long term consequences. On 15 November, they discussed development and climate change, the global economy, investment and employment strategies. In preparation for the upcoming COP21 climate change conference in Paris, the EU urged all sides to overcome their differences for a legally-binding deal.

 

  1. November infringements package: key decisions

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-6006_en.htm)

  • 19/11/2015, fact sheet, 12 stran
  • In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering many sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
    • Commission refers GREECE to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
    • Commission requestsFRANCE and the NETHERLANDS to fully transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive
    • Commission requests FRANCE to fully transpose the Radioactive Waste Directive
    • Commission proposes fines and refers GREECE back to the Court of Justice of the EU over persistent poor waste water treatment
    • Commission proposes a fine and refers ROMANIA to the Court of Justice of the EU over failure to transpose EU rules on sulphur
    • Commission asks POLAND to comply with EU water legislation
    • Commission refers LUXEMBOURG to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to transpose EU legislation on reducing over-reliance on credit ratings
    • Financial Services: Commission requests five Member States to implement EU rules in the area of insurance
    • Commission opens infringement against HUNGARY for lack of compliance of the Paks nuclear power plant project with EU public procurement rules
    • Free movement of goods: Commission asks SLOVAKIA to withdraw requirements applicable for retailers with a large turnover to publish and report information on the origin of food products
    • Commission refers BELGIUM to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding the Single Permit Directive
    • Commission urges CYPRUS to implement the Recast Eurodac Regulation    

 

  1. State of Play: Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6114_en.htm)

  • 17/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • TheEuropean Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.
  • The list of priority actions set out the key measures immediately required in terms of: (i) operational measures; (ii) budgetary support and (iii) implementation of EU law.
    • Financial pledges
    • Relocation Schemes
    • Hotspot Approach
    • Returns
    • Support for Countries Triggering the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

 

Rada EU

  1. General Affairs Council, 17-18/11/2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/gac/2015/11/17/)

  • 18/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • The Council began preparations for the meeting of the European Council to take place on 17-18 December 2015 on the basis of an annotated draft agenda.
    • “Today we started preparing for the next European Council by looking at the six issues which European leaders will be invited to address. These are the fight against terrorism following the attacks in Paris; migration, on which heads of state and government will assess progress in implementing decisions already taken; the Presidents’ report on completing Economic and Monetary Union; the completion of the single market; the UK plans for a referendum; and relations with Russia and the situation in Ukraine”, said Jean Asselborn, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg and President of the Council.
  • Ministers held their first annualrule of law dialogue which was established in December 2014.
  • Ministers also took stock of the ongoing discussions on an agreement between the Council, the European Parliament and the Commission intended to improve the way the EU legislates. One of the main aims of theinterinstitutional agreement on better regulation is to ensure that EU legislation and policies achieve their objectives at minimum cost. The aim of the three institutions is to reach agreement by the end of the year.
  • In the view of the UN climate conference in Paris in December the Council adopted conclusions. These cover the contribution from cohesion policy and more generally from European structural and investment funds 2014-2020 to support the shift towards a low-carbon economy.

Evropský parlament

za sledované období žádný výstup

Evropská rada

  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205404_en_635837905800000000.pdf)

  • 22/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The Western Balkans and in fact all of Europe is facing an enormous challenge with the current influx of migrants and refugees. I appreciate Albania’s readiness to contribute to the management of the refugee crisis. The scale of this challenge, and the pace of events, means that we all have to work together, to address it in true partnership. The European Union is ready to provide support in this context.
  • In our meeting, we also reaffirmed our mutual commitment to Albania’s EU integration process, and welcomed the findings of the 2015 Albania Report, showing steady progress in addressing reform priorities.
  • We agreed on the importance of cross-party support to finalise key outstanding reforms, in particular a reform of the judiciary, which should strengthen the independence, accountability, efficiency and professionalism of the judicial system.
  • Finally, we discussed Albania’s commitment to regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations.

 

  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of Serbia AleksandarVučić

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205384_en_635837353800000000.pdf)

  • 21/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The reason for my visit is first and foremost the dramatic migration and refugee crisis that Serbia, the Western Balkans and the European Union face right now. Serbia is a crucial part of this. The figures are huge. Thousands of people are crossing your borders every day. This is not sustainable. Not for Serbia. Not for the European Union. And ultimately not for the refugees.

 

  • G20 Leaders’ communiqué Antalya summit, 15-16 November 2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205150_en_635832937800000000.pdf)

  • 16/11/2015, Press release, 1strana
  • At their meeting in Antalya on 15-16 November 2015, G20 leaders adopted a comprehensive agenda focusing on:
    • the decisive implementationof past commitments
    • boosting investmentsas a powerful driver of economic growth
    • promoting inclusiveness of the global economic growth

 

  • G20 statement on the fight against terrorism, Antalya, 16 November 2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/international-summit/2015/11/G20-Statement-on-the-Fight-Against-Terrorism_pdf/)

  • 16/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November and in Ankara on 10 October, G20 leaders adopted, at their meeting in Antalya, a statement on the fight against terrorism.

 

  • Press remarks by President Donald Tusk after the informal meeting of EU heads of state or government

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205010_en_635829513000000000.pdf)

  • 12/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • Let there be no doubt: the future of Schengen is at stake and time is running out. Every week decisions are taken in Europe, which testify to how grave the situation is: reintroduction of border controls, or “technical barriers” at the borders. This is a clear demonstration that we need to regain the control of our external border. Clearly not as the only action but as the first and most important action; as a precondition for a European migration policy.

 

  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the Valletta summit on migration

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204987_en_635829332400000000.pdf)

  • 12/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The elements of the Action Plan are designed to:
    – One, address the root causes of migration;
    – Two, enhance cooperation on legal migration and mobility;
    – Three, reinforce protection of displaced persons;
    – Four, prevent and fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings; and
    – Five, advance on returning persons that are not entitled to stay in Europe.

 

  • Opening statement by President Donald Tusk at the Valletta summit on migration

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204892_en_635828722800000000.pdf)

  • 11/11/2015,Statements and remarks, 2strana
  • Firstly, one of our biggest responsibilities is to address the root causes of the movements we are seeing. It is our job, as leaders, to ensure that people do not feel the need to risk their lives to achieve their aspirations. Security and opportunity are things that Europe and Africa already work on together. And we will continue to do so.

 

  • Speech by President Donald Tusk at the special session of the Parliament of Malta

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204833_en_635828831400000000.pdf)

  • 10/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 2strana
  • Malta has always been at the crossroads of European history. This was true in the Great Siege of 1565 and also during the pivotal defence of this nation in World War II. Today, it is again true – although in quite a different way – in this new age of great migrations. And that is why Valletta is a particularly fitting place for African and European leaders to meet this week to begin really managing the disruptive and dynamic migration phenomenon through a rekindled partnership.

 

  • Address by President Donald Tusk at Die Europa-Rede, Berlin

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204713_en_635830214400000000.pdf)

  • 10/11/2015, Speech, 3strana
  • To speak in Berlin on the 9th of November is always a great challenge for anyone. The history of Germany, and if of Germany, then inevitably of all Europe, is full of symbolic and meaningful dates. And yet the 9th of November is a special date: the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kristallnacht, the proclamation of the First Republic and the abdication of Wilhelm II. As you can imagine, I remember the fall of the Wall best. And not only because I was more engaged in this event than in the abdication of Wilhelm II.

2.     TT’s a NGO’s

Carnegie Europe

Are Referenda Blocking the EU’s Progress?

(https://carnegieeurope.eu/2015/11/18/are-referenda-blocking-eu-s-progress/im1n)

  • 18/11/2015, 8 pages article by Stefan Lehne
  • They are the national politician’s weapon of last resort against more European integration. When the Greek government feels cornered by the demands of its creditors, when British Prime Minister David Cameron faces mounting Euroskepticism in his party, when the French government needs to respond to popular fears concerning further EU enlargement, national referenda are scheduled—or at least threatened.

 

The European Parliamentary Research Service

The European Council and Developments in the European Energy and Climate Policy: European Council in Action

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2015)558795)

  • 13/11/2015, 8 pages brief by Susanna Tenhunen
  • Since 2007, the European Council has set the long-term strategic targets on the way towards a low-carbon economy. This briefing gives an overview of the actions taken by European leaders in building a European energy and climate policy. It deals mainly with the key strategic priorities and guidelines given during the past five years since the Lisbon Treaty came into force. The goal of limiting global warming to 2˚C above pre-industrial levels requires a profound transformation of the energy system. The EU 2020 climate and energy targets, adopted as part of the Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, and the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policy determine the course of further action at EU and national levels. The European Council has also set completion of the internal energy market as a priority and has played a central role in developing a European Energy Security Strategy. A resilient Energy Union with a forward-looking climate change policy is one of the top priorities of both the Commission Work Programme and the Strategic Agenda of the European Council annexed to the Conclusions of June 2014. The EU leaders backed the Commission framework strategy on the Energy Union at the beginning of 2015. Furthermore, the European Council has repeatedly highlighted the importance of coordinated EU action at global level. The forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015 is pivotal in terms of tackling the adverse effects of climate change in a way that takes into account the evolving geopolitical and economic situation in the world.

Open Europe

Don’t write off Cameron’s EU renegotiation yet

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/dont-write-off-the-renegotiation/ )

  • 13/11/2015, 2 pages, responds by David Frost
  • It’s fair to say that the reaction to David Cameron’s renegotiation proposals this week has not been particularly positive. David Frost – until recently the UK’s most senior trade diplomat, the CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association, and an Open Europe Advisory Council Member – argues that it is still too premature to write off the UK’s EU renegotiation.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Skating on Thin Ice: The Problematic “Renegotiation” of British EU Membership

(https://www.pism.pl/publications/bulletin/no-105-837)

  • 18/11/2015, 2 pages, report by Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka
  • This week, the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has officially launched a negotiation process between the EU and the United Kingdom on the latter’s proposals for EU reform. Yet the lack of precision as to the form in which British prime minister David Cameron would like the reforms to be implemented, as well as a fair dose of ambivalence in communicating his agenda to society, might have negative effects on the results of the British EU membership referendum. For this reason, more efforts need to be invested, both domestically and internationally, in providing British voters with credible information not only about the contents of the renegotiation but also on the “plan B” for the UK outside the EU.

The Centre for European Policy Studies

Resource Efficiency Indicators for Policy-Making

(https://www.ceps.eu/publications/resource-efficiency-indicators-policy-making)

  • 13/11/2015, 21 pages, working document by Arno Behrens, Igor Taranic and Vasileios Rizos
  • In the EU, resource efficiency has been high on the political agenda since 2011, when the European Commission first included it as one of the seven flagship initiatives in its Europe 2020 Strategy for “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. Resource efficiency is not only considered an environmental necessity, but also a political, economic and security opportunity. This paper first stresses the benefits and opportunities for the EU of improving its resource efficiency. It then explains the added value of the measuring-progress.eu web tool, which aims to improve the way policy-makers and others involved in the policy process can access, understand and use indicators for resource efficiency. It provides practical examples of relevant indicators in the form of the EU Resource Efficiency Scoreboard and a case study showing how the web tool established by NETGREEN can be used in practice. The paper concludes with a number of policy messages.

 

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

BREXIT: Jak se Česko staví ke Cameronovým požadavkům?

(https://www.europeum.org/articles/detail/203/brexit-jak-se-cesko-stavi-ke-cameronovym-pozadavkum)

  • Datum zveřejnění neuvedeno, 1 page, blogový příspěvek Vladimíra Bartovice
  • Snahy britského premiéra Camerona domluvit s evropskými zeměmi nové podmínky členství Británie v Evropské unii prozatím v České republice nevyvolaly větší zájem veřejnosti. Debata se stejně jako v ostatních zemích EU a zejména ve Střední Evropě točí kolem uprchlické krize a kvót na přesídlení. Prozatím tak žádný vrcholný představitel České republiky nekomentoval britské požadavky a vláda nemá připravenou vyjednávací pozici.

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

  1. Britain’s risky euro-out strategy

(https://bit.ly/1SFQImi)

  • 19/11/2015, 2 pages, Blog article by Iain Begg
  • In his letter to Donald Tusk, David Cameron stressed the importance of Eurozone and non-Eurozone members being on an equal footing. Iain Begg argues that this request is problematic. Among the issues raised, he writes that it would be a mistake to think that the interests of the nine member states that are out of the Eurozone are closely aligned and that the numerical balance will remain the same in the long term. As a consequence, the UK may find that support from the non-euro countries is more brittle than Cameron expects.
  1. UK influence in Europe series: Is the UK at the top table in EU negotiations?

              (https://bit.ly/1QEVoKx)

  • 16/11/2015, 5 pages, Blog article by Simon Hix
  • How influential is the UK in EU decision-making? In the third in a series of articles, Simon Hix presents evidence on the countries EU member states choose to cooperate with during negotiations in the Council of the European Union. He writes that UK officials appear to be the best connected of all the member states’ officials, with more member states indicating that they choose to work with the UK than for any other country. Overall, the data suggest that the UK is at the heart of EU policy-making alongside larger states such as Germany and France.
  1. Views on the UK’s renegotiation: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey

              (https://bit.ly/1HOQKTb)

  • 14/11/2015, 4 pages, Blog article by a collective of authors

Britain’s forthcoming referendum on its membership of the EU is being followed not only in the EU but also around the world. How might the rest of the world view a British exit from the EU? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP has been running a series of views from across the EU of the UK’s attempt at a renegotiation. The 2014 report also offered non-EU views of the UK-EU relationship from the United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, Brazil, Norway and Switzerland. As part of EUROPP’s updated series, compiled by the LSE’s Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions in each country, we turn to three of the EU’s neighbours: Russia, Ukraine and Turkey.

3.     Zpravodajství

Euractiv

  1. Commission gives member states report card on transport performance

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/transport/commission-gives-member-states-report-card-transport-performance-319708)

  • 20/11/2015
  • The European Commission is putting pressure on member states to step up their performance on transport–the Netherlands came in at the top of the list and Romania ranked last.

 

  1. Juncker opens the door to EU-Eurasian Union rapprochement

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/europes-east/juncker-opens-door-eu-eurasian-union-rapprochement-319681)

  • 20/11/2015
  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, suggesting closer trade ties between the EU and the Russian-led Eurasian Union once a ceasefire is implemented in Ukraine.

 

  1. Schulz on collision course with Cameron over national parliaments´ role

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/schulz-collision-course-cameron-over-national-parliaments-role-319674)

  • 20/11/2015
  • European Parliament President Martin Schulz has said he is in favour of giving a greater role to national parliaments in EU decision-making, one of the key demands of David Cameron seeking a renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership, but it has to be exercised towards national governments not EU institutions.

 

  1. Council pushes for broad collection of flight passenger data after Paris attacks

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/digital/council-pushes-broad-collection-flight-passenger-data-after-paris-attacks-319676)

  • 20/11/2015
  • Justice and Home Affairs ministers from EU member states are meeting today (20 November) in Brussels to discuss new security measures following the terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend that left 129 people dead.

 

  1. Commission outlines Energy Union legislative path

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/commission-outlines-energy-union-legislative-path-319596)

  • 18/11/2015
  • Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič unveiled the executive’s plans for laying the foundations of the Energy Union, until the end of its term in 2019.

 

  1. Verhofstadt calls for creation of EU intelligence agency

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/verhofstadt-calls-creation-eu-intelligence-agency-319630)

  • 18/11/2015
  • Faced with the failure of European security cooperation, the leader of the Liberals in the European Parliament has called for the creation of an EU intelligence agency.

Euobserver

  1. Liberals debate their future in Budapest

(https://euobserver.com/political/131204)

  • 21/11/2015
  • There was an election mood at the Liberal congress in Budapest on Friday (20 November) night, as a rare debate took place between the two candidates running for the presidency of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe party.

 

  1. EU agrees on Schengen checks for all

(https://euobserver.com/justice/131202)

  • 20/11/2015
  • The EU will change the Schengen borders code to introduce systematic checks for EU citizens at the external borders of the EU free travel area.At an extraordinary meeting in Brussels Friday (20 November) EU justice and interior ministers asked the commission to make a proposal early next year when the commission presents its Smart Borders package to upgrade technologies at Schengen entry points.

 

  1. EU citizens to be checked at Schengen borders

(https://euobserver.com/justice/131195)

  • 20/11/2015
  • EU member states will today (20 November) call for systematic controls of EU citizens at the bloc’s external borders and for full use of available technology to counter terrorism inside the Schengen area.Justice and interior ministers are in Brussels on Friday holding an extraordinary meeting called after last week’s Paris attack and amid criticism of security failures in the bloc’s passport free-travel area.

 

  1. EU institutions reach out to Moscow

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/131193)

  • 20/11/2015
  • The EU Commission has proposed closer trade ties with Russia’s new economic bloc, as the EU Parliament invites back Russian MPs.The Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, in a letter sent to the Kremlin after last week’s G20 summit in Turkey, and seen by the Reuters news agency, said he’s asked officials to draft new proposals on cooperation with the Eurasian Economic Union.

 

  1. Liberal leaders try to rebuild influence

(https://euobserver.com/political/131180)

  • 20/11/2015
  • Liberals are aiming to make their presence bigger across Europe and their voices more relevant, as members of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) gather in Budapest for their annual congress on Thursday (19 November) to elect a new president.

 

  1. France and Commission push to fortify Schengen

(https://euobserver.com/justice/131165)

  • 18/11/2015
  • In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, France and the European Commission are pushing for intensified measures on fighting terrorism and radicalisation as well as on border controls and arms regulations.Ahead of an extraordinary meeting of interior ministers to be held on Friday (20 November), French authorities are asking for a strengthening of existing regulations and a quick adoption of plans already in the EU pipelines.

 

  1. Juncker foresees two-speed Europe

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/131172)

  • 19/11/2015
  • The European Union will have to develop a framework in which some core member states can do everything together and others will be less involved, Jean-Claude Juncker, EU commission president, said on Wednesday (18 November).

 

  1. Data dearth hampers analysis of ‘Energy Union’

(https://euobserver.com/energy/131162)

  • 18/11/2015
  • The European Commission has been unable to acquire all the required data needed to assess progress on its energy plans in time for the first State of the Energy Union report, which was presented by energy commissioner MarosSefcovic Wednesday (18 November).

 

  1. Hungary to challenge refugee quotas in EU court

(https://euobserver.com/migration/131158)

  • 18/11/2015
  • Hungary’s parliament obliged the government in a law passed on Tuesday (16 November) to challenge the EU decision on mandatory refugee relocation quotas in court next month.The bill, approved by 154 votes in favor from the ruling Fidesz party, and the opposition far-right Jobbik, with 41 against, states that the quota ignores the European principle of subsidiarity and fails to grant national parliaments the opportunity to express their opinion.

 

  1. EU activates mutual defence clause for France

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/131151)

  • 17/11/2015
  • EU member states agreed Tuesday (17 November) to grant military assistance to France following Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.For the first time in EU history, defence ministers unanimously decided to activate the “mutual defence clause” of the EU treaty.

 

  1. Olaf: four possible fraud cases with MEP assistants

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/131149)

  • 17/11/2015
  • The EU’s anti-fraud office is investigating four cases of possible misconduct by assistants of members of the European Parliament (MEPs), a spokesperson told this website.The office, known by its French acronym Olaf, received thirteen allegations in total this year. It has dismissed eight of them, either because there was no clear cause for an investigation or because Olaf lacked the jurisdiction.

 

  1. Greece reaches €2bn deal with creditors

(https://euobserver.com/economic/131144)

  • 17/11/2015
  • The Greek government and Greece’s creditors reached a middle of the night agreement Tuesday (17 November) that should allow a €2 billion payment in a week’s time.”We have reached agreement on everything, including the 48 prior actions,” finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos was quoted as saying by the ANA-AMP news agency.

 

  1. Juncker: Don’t mix up terrorists and refugees

(https://euobserver.com/political/131114)

  • 16/11/2015
  • The attackers in Paris and Middle East refugees should not be mixed up, warned EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday (15 November).He also called on member states not to reject people who are fleeing from the same terror that shocked the French capital on Friday night.

Euroskop

  1. Ministři vnitra proberou změny pravidel po útocích v Paříži

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26595/clanek/ministri-vnitra-proberou-zmeny-pravidel-po-utocich-v-parizi/)

  • 20/11/2015
  • Ministři vnitra a spravedlnosti Evropské unie dnes budou v Bruselu diskutovat o rychlé sérii opatření, kterými může EU reagovat na změněné bezpečnostní prostředí po teroristických útocích v Paříži. O mimořádnou schůzku požádala Francie.

 

  1. Juncker prý Putinovi signalizoval ochotu ke zlepšení vztahů

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8954/26564/clanek/v-praze-dnes-zaseda-v4-britove-a-balkanske-zeme/)

  • 20/11/2015
  • Předseda Evropské komise Jean-Claude Juncker v dopise ruskému prezidentovi Vladimiru Putinovi signalizoval možnost zlepšení obchodních vztahů mezi Evropskou unií a Ruskem v případě, že bude dodržováno příměří na Ukrajině. Informovala o tom agentura Reuters, která získala přístup k obsahu dopisu. Kreml ale oznámil, že souvislost mezi hospodářskou spoluprací a ukrajinskou krizí nevidí.

 

  1. Nizozemsko prý navrhuje vznik mini-Schengenu

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26597/clanek/nizozemsko-pry-navrhuje-vznik-mini-schengenu/)

  • 20/11/2015
  • Nizozemská vláda jedná interně, ale i s některými spojenci o plánu zavést pasové kontroly na hranicích několika západoevropských zemí s cílem omezit příval migrantů a uprchlíků. Vznik jakéhosi “mini-Schengenu” by ale znamenal porušení smlouvy zaručující volný pohyb uvnitř schengenského prostoru, který nyní tvoří 26 evropských států, uvedla agentura Reuters.

 

  1. EK žaluje pět zemí kvůli směrnici o řidičských průkazech

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8952/26592/clanek/ek-zaluje-pet-zemi-kvuli-smernici-o-ridicskych-prukazech/

  • 19/11/2015
  • Evropská komise poslala Česko a další čtyři země unie k Soudnímu dvoru EU. Státy podle komise nepřevedly správně do národních pravidel unijní směrnici o řidičských průkazech. Komise to oznámila v pravidelném balíčku přestupků zemí vůči unijnímu právu.

 

  1. Juncker podpořil projekt dvourychlostní Evropy

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26585/clanek/juncker-podporil-projekt-dvourychlostni-evropy/)

  • 19/11/2015
  • Evropská unie bude muset změnit svůj rámec, aby některé země mohly postupovat ve všem společně, a jiným aby umožnila menší účast. V Bruselu to prohlásil šéf Evropské komise Jean-Claude Juncker. Británie podle něj EU neopustí, unie ale musí umožnit různou míru sdílení společné politiky.

 

  1. Řecko se dohodlo na reformách s věřiteli

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/26581/clanek/recko-se-dohodlo-na-reformach-s-veriteli/ )

  • 17/11/2015
  • Řecko se dohodlo s mezinárodními věřiteli na prvním balíku požadovaných reforem, a otevřelo si tak cestu k další části finanční pomoci. Uvedl to podle agentury Reuters řecký ministr financí EuklidisTsakalotos po setkání se zástupci evropských institucí a Mezinárodního měnového fondu (MMF).

Instituce (9. 11. – 15. 11. 2015)

1.     Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

  1. State of Play: Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6063_en.htm)

  • 13/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • On 23 September, the European Commission presented a set ofpriority actions to implement the European Agenda on Migration to be taken within the next six months. This included both short term actions to stabilise the current situation as well as longer term measures to establish a robust system that will bear the test of time.
  • The list of priority actions set out the key measures immediately required in terms of: (i) operational measures; (ii) budgetary support and (iii) implementation of EU law.
    • Financial pledges
    • Relocation schemes
    • Hotspot approach
    • Returns
  1. Speech of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans at ‘Prague European Summit’ Conference

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-6079_en.htm)

  • 13/11/2015, proslov, 5 stran
  • The temptation on the national level to play to the fears of people is great.
    • It is I think a well-known psychological phenomenon, that fear as a fuel for political rhetoric but also political activity is both very tempting and very dangerous. It is tempting because fear has the characteristic of going out and looking for information to justify itself. So people are afraid and mostly open to facts or elements that confirm that they are right to be afraid. And for politicians that is very tempting: “people are afraid, they look for the confirmation of their fear, let’s cater to that, great fun, I’ll be popular!”
  • If there is one lesson we have learnt in European integration over the last 60 years, it is that treaties, laws, are a better alternative to power and imposition.
  • First and foremost we need to make sure that Europe’s external borders are better protected. That is of essential importance. And to do that we need to create more European activity there. We cannot just leave that to those Member States who happen to be on that border which now is used for people to come into Europe.
  • Secondly, we need to work closer together with those countries that are countries of transit before people arrive in the European Union. That is why I went to Turkey now twice to see if we can strengthen the agreements we have with Turkey to tackle this challenging issue jointly. It is absolutely clear that the European Union cannot solve or manage this issue without Turkey and it is equally clear that Turkey cannot manage this issue without the European Union too.
  • What we also need to do is, once people arrive, immediately fingerprint them and register them, so that you can immediately distinguish those who have right of asylum from those who don’t have the right of asylum. Because it takes too long and people start exchanging stories, buying false passports, doing all sorts of things that make it more and more difficult to distinguish those who have the right of asylum from those who don’t.
  1. EP elections: “Spitzenkandidaten”, mandatory thresholds, right to vote abroad

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151109IPR01698/html/EP-elections-Spitzenkandidaten-mandatory-thresholds-right-to-vote-abroad)

  • 11/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 2 strany
  • European elections should be fought with formally endorsed, EU-wide lead candidates (“Spitzenkandidaten”) for the Commission presidency, Parliament said on Wednesday in a formal proposal for a change to EU electoral law. It says these candidates should stand for election to the EP themselves, and be formally nominated at least 12 weeks before the elections.
  • All EU citizens living abroad must be able to vote in elections to the European Parliament and electronic, online and postal-voting systems should therefore be made available in all EU member states, says Parliament.
    • Four countries did not provide for citizens living abroad to vote in the 2014 European elections (Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, Slovakia). For the others, voting was either possible by post, or at the embassy, by proxy or electronically).
  • For bigger EU countries, the EP advocates mandatory thresholds for obtaining seats in the European Parliament, ranging from 3 to 5% of the vote. Compared to today’s system, this means that Spain and Germany would need to introduce thresholds.

 

 

  1. Informal meeting of heads of state or government, 12/11/2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2015/11/12/)

  • 12/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • EU leaders discussed the latest developments in the migration crisisand how to accelerate the implementation of the measures agreed in September and October:
    • stepping up cooperation with third countries, including Turkey
    • decisions on relocation
    • setting up hotspots in Greece and Italyand reinforcing FRONTEX and EASO
    • effectively reinforcing control of EU external borders
  • President Tusk warned that the future of Schengen is at stake. He repeated the need for the EU to regain the control of itsexternal borders and to effectively proceed to theregistration of migrants: “It must be clear that without registration there will be no rights”, said President Tusk.
  • EU leaders particularly focused their discussions oncooperation with Turkey.President Tusk announced a possible EU-Turkey summit to be organised as soon as possible.
  1. EP this week: Greece, quantitative easing, energy union, Syria, electoral law

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151106STO01540/html/EP-this-week-Greece-quantitative-easing-energy-union-Syria-electoral-law)

  • 9/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • It’s a busy week ahead in Brussels as members return from duties in their constituencies or with parliamentary delegations. In coming days committees deal with the macroeconomic programme for Greece, plans for energy union and the ECB’s quantitative easing programme. In plenary on Wednesday MEPs are set to discuss and vote on EU funding to deal with the Syrian conflict and irregular migration from Africa. The aviation sector and electoral law reform will also be on the agenda.
  1. European Court of Auditors signs off the EU accounts for 8th year in a row

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6024_en.htm?locale=en)

  • 10/11/2015,tisková zpráva, 2 strany
  • The European Court of Auditors has today given the EU accounts a clean bill of health for the 8thyear in a row. Both the revenue side and administrative expenditure are free from significant errors. The overall error rate in payments has declined for a second consecutive year, to 4.4% in 2014. The Court also, in its annual report on the implementation of the EU budget in 2014, stresses the progress made by the Commission to increase transparency and absorption concerning the management of EU funds.
  1. Commission strengthens top management in the Legal Service and in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6046_en.htm?locale=en)

  • 11/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • The European Commission decided today to appointMs Karen Banks as Deputy Director-General in its Legal Service and Mr Francisco Fonseca Morillo as Deputy Director-General in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers as of 16 November 2015. Both will strengthen the top management of these two important Commission’s departments by bringing highly relevant expertise to the jobs.
  1. Migration: Schulz pleads for long-term approach together with African partners

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151110STO01875/html/Migration-Schulz-pleads-for-long-term-approach-together-with-African-partners)

  • 11/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • Martin Schulz called for a comprehensive and long-term migration policy in cooperation with African countries in order to tackle the refugee crisis. The EP President made the plea on 10 November at the Maltese Parliament ahead of the Valletta summit on migration taking place today and tomorrow. Schulz said: “As long as war continues, people will continue to flee and won’t be able to return home.”
  1. Opening of November I session in Brussels – fire in Bucharest nightclub and Russian airliner crash

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151109IPR01696/html/Opening-of-session-fire-in-Bucharest-nightclub-and-Russian-airliner-crash)

  • 11/11/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • Vice-president Mairead McGuinness drew the House’s attention to the nightclub fire in Bucharest on 30 October in which at least 46 people died, with 100 or more still in hospital, and the Russian plane crash in Sinai on 31 October, which killed 224 people. She conveyed the House’s condolences to the friends and families of the victims of both tragedies and to the people of Romania and Russia.
  1. Schulz: The refugee crisis can only be tackled if all EU countries commit to dealing with it

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151112STO02462/html/Schulz-Refugee-crisis-can-only-be-tackled-if-all-EU-countries-commit-to-it)

  • 12/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • Martin Schulz called on member states to step up their efforts to relocate refugees from EU countries faced with a heavy influx. “European solidarity can work if we all commit to it, but not if we let a small number of countries do all the heavy lifting,” the EP President said at an informal meeting of leaders of EU countries in Malta on 12 November. The meeting took place following the Valletta summit on migration to discuss collaboration with other countries.

 

Rada EU

  • Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup

Evropský parlament

  • EU must align spending with political priorities, says budget control committee

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+IM-PRESS+20151109IPR01728+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN)

  • 10/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The EU should better align its spending with its political priorities, carefully considering the intended objectives before allocating EU funds. And this new approach should be adopted as quickly as possible, so the EU can better react to current and future crises, said MEPs in a debate on the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report on the 2014 budget on Tuesday.

Evropská rada

  • Statement of the EU heads and EU institutions on attacks in Paris / Déclaration des chefs d’état de l’UE et des dirigeants de ses institutions au sujet des attaquesterroristes de Paris

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205092_en_635831186400000000.pdf)

  • 14/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The European Union is deeply shocked and in mourning after the terrorist attacks in Paris. It is an attack against us all. We will face this threat together with all necessary means and ruthless determination.
  • Letter to President François Hollande of France from European Council President Donald Tusk on the attacks in Paris

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205085_en_635830665000000000.pdf)

  • 14/11/2015, Press release, 1strana
  • This attack is an outrage against France, and against Europe as a whole. Today, France is on the frontline of the fight against terrorism. But she is not alone. This fight is the fight of all Europeans, and all the other peoples of the free world, too.
  • Congratulation letter from President Donald Tusk to Dacian Cioloș on his nomination as Prime Minister of Romania

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204366_en_635821713000000000.pdf)

  • 13/11/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • On behalf of the European Council, I would like to convey my warm congratulations on your nomination as Prime Minister of Romania.
  • I am also confident that through your leadership, commitment and professionalism, the high expectations of the Romanian people in a new Government will be met. This will provide the necessary political stability to face all challenges at hand.
  • I wish you success in your mission and look forward to working closely with you.
  • Press remarks by President Donald Tusk after the informal meeting of EU heads of state or government

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802205010_en_635829513000000000.pdf)

  • 12/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • Let there be no doubt: the future of Schengen is at stake and time is running out. Every week decisions are taken in Europe, which testify to how grave the situation is: reintroduction of border controls, or “technical barriers” at the borders. This is a clear demonstration that we need to regain the control of our external border. Clearly not as the only action but as the first and most important action; as a precondition for a European migration policy.
  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the Valletta summit on migration

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204987_en_635829332400000000.pdf)

  • 12/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The elements of the Action Plan are designed to:
    – One, address the root causes of migration;
    – Two, enhance cooperation on legal migration and mobility;
    – Three, reinforce protection of displaced persons;
    – Four, prevent and fight against migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings; and
    – Five, advance on returning persons that are not entitled to stay in Europe.
  • Those are the goals. What is equally, or maybe even more important, is that we have agreed a long list of very concrete actions to be implemented by the end of 2016. Let me mention a few examples:
    – We will launch projects to enhance employment opportunities in regions of origin and transit of migrants in East, North and West Africa.
    – We will double the number of scholarships for students and researchers through the Erasmus+ programme.
    – We will establish Regional Development and Protection Programmes in the Horn of Africa and North Africa by mid-2016.
    – We will set up a joint investigation team in Niger against migrant smuggling and trafficking as a pilot project; possibly to be used in other countries or regions if useful.
    – We will facilitate returns, preferably voluntary, by a number of concrete steps, such as African immigration officials travelling to Europe to help verify and identify the nationalities of irregular migrants.
  • Opening statement by President Donald Tusk at the Valletta summit on migration

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204892_en_635828722800000000.pdf)

  • 11/11/2015,Statements and remarks, 2strana
  • Firstly, one of our biggest responsibilities is to address the root causes of the movements we are seeing. It is our job, as leaders, to ensure that people do not feel the need to risk their lives to achieve their aspirations. Security and opportunity are things that Europe and Africa already work on together. And we will continue to do so.
  • Secondly, people’s aspirations and needs have to be met first and foremost at home. Legal migration can offer opportunities for some, but not for all. Routes for legal migration to Europe should remain open; mobility between our continents is a driver for growth on both sides.
  • Thirdly, and this is a crucial area for urgent action, we must do more to prevent the trafficking of human beings and the illegal smuggling of migrants by criminal gangs whose only motive is their own profit.
  • Fourthly, the EU and African countries have a history of protecting those entitled to international protection. We are ready to step up our support to you to help you deal with the displaced persons within Africa. At the same time, we will continue to offer international protection to those entitled to it.
  • Last, but definitely not least, proper return and readmission of those not entitled to international protection is essential. This is an international norm, and a responsibility of states to citizens. To keep the doors open for refugees and legal migrants, irregular migrants should be returned effectively and quickly. Voluntary return is always preferable. But when it is not possible, non-voluntary return is a pre-requisite for a well-managed migration policy. And once returned, we must all work together to reintegrate these people and provide them with the means to meet their aspirations.
  • Speech by President Donald Tusk at the special session of the Parliament of Malta

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204833_en_635828831400000000.pdf)

  • 10/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 2strana
  • Malta has always been at the crossroads of European history. This was true in the Great Siege of 1565 and also during the pivotal defence of this nation in World War II. Today, it is again true – although in quite a different way – in this new age of great migrations. And that is why Valletta is a particularly fitting place for African and European leaders to meet this week to begin really managing the disruptive and dynamic migration phenomenon through a rekindled partnership.
  • Address by President Donald Tusk at Die Europa-Rede, Berlin

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204713_en_635830214400000000.pdf)

  • 10/11/2015, Speech, 3strana
  • To speak in Berlin on the 9th of November is always a great challenge for anyone. The history of Germany, and if of Germany, then inevitably of all Europe, is full of symbolic and meaningful dates. And yet the 9th of November is a special date: the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kristallnacht, the proclamation of the First Republic and the abdication of Wilhelm II. As you can imagine, I remember the fall of the Wall best. And not only because I was more engaged in this event than in the abdication of Wilhelm II.

2.     TT’s a NGO’s

The European Parliamentary Research Service

  1. The EU institutions and dialogue with non-confessional organisations

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2015)571316)

  • 10/11/2015, 2 pages brief by Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass
  • The European institutions hold dialogue sessions every year with churches and non-confessional and philosophical organisations. Based on Article 17 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFUE) the dialogue focuses on issues upon the European agenda.

 

  1. EU–Africa Summit on Migration: Valletta, 11-12 November 2015

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2015)571324)

  • 10/11/2015, 1 page overview by Alexandra Gatto
  • With the aim of responding to the increased challenge of migration across the Mediterranean Sea, the European Council called for an international summit to discuss migration issues with African states and other key countries. The meeting, which takes place on 11 and 12 November 2015 in Valletta (Malta), will discuss means to provide assistance to partner countries to address the root causes of migration, strengthening cooperation on fighting irregular migration, human trafficking and smuggling, and ways to boost the development benefits of migration.

Open Europe

  1. Don’t write off Cameron’s EU renegotiation yet

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/dont-write-off-the-renegotiation/ )

  • 13/11/2015, 2 pages, guest contribution by David Frost
  • It’s fair to say that the reaction to David Cameron’s renegotiation proposals this week has not been particularly positive. David Frost – until recently the UK’s most senior trade diplomat, the CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association, and an Open Europe Advisory Council Member – argues that it is still too premature to write off the UK’s EU renegotiation.
  1. Europe responds to Cameron’s reform proposals

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/europe-responds-to-camerons-eu-reform-proposals/ )

  • 11/11/2015, 2 pages, responds by Timm Luebben
  • Following Prime Minister David Cameron’s speech earlier today, which set out his reform and renegotiation demands ahead of the EU referendum, we have done a quick round-up of reactions from across Europe.
  1. Open Europe responds to David Cameron’s letter and speech on EU reform

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/open-europe-responds-to-david-camerons-letter-and-speech-on-eu-reform/ )

  • 10/11/2015, 2 pages, responds by Raoul Ruparel
  • Open Europe has today published its response to Prime Minister David Cameron’s letter to European Council President Donald Tusk as well as his speech earlier today, which set out his reform and renegotiation demands ahead of the EU referendum.

Robert Schuman Foundation

The “Better Regulation” Programme: expertise over politics?

(https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/doc/questions-d-europe/qe-370-en.pdf )

  • 9/11/2015, 7 pages, analysis by Charles de Marcilly and Matthias Touillon
  • The ““Better Regulation”” programme which received very little media coverage, was presented by the European Commission on 19th May last [1] in response to the second priority in Jean Claude Juncker’s programme which was “to make the Union more democratic” [2]. It intends to improve the efficiency of the European legislative process via greater transparency and the use of pertinent expertise. Hence a dialectic between democratic legitimacy and legitimacy through efficiency emerges here. This approach illustrates the degree to which the community’s institution is torn between the will to open up the decision making process and its technocratic leanings, which result from its organisational nature and also from the institutional power games that are specific to the European Union. Moreover agreement regarding the proposal to revise the existing inter-institutional agreement, which dates back to 2003, before the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, between the Parliament, the Commission and the Council, is hoped for before the end of 2015 [3].

 

European Policy Centre

What role for social investment in the new economic governance of the Eurozone?

(https://www.epc.eu/pub_details.php?cat_id=3&pub_id=6086)

  • 10/11/2015, 4 pages, policy paper by Jan David Schneider and Fabian Zuleeg
  • The EU, and the Eurozone in particular, has been going through a period of prolonged economic difficulty. While there are some signs of recovery, growth rates remain too low, only returning to the already modest growth rates of the pre-crisis period. This not only affects the creation of jobs, but also, through lower tax revenues and stagnant GDP levels, the consolidation of public finances. There are clear signs that Europe is not investing enough in its future productive capacity, which will have a significant impact on long-term growth rates in Europe. In this Policy Brief, Fabian Zuleeg and Jan David Schneider argue that the importance of social and other productive public investments should be reflected in Europe’s economic governance framework. This could be accomplished by introducing more flexibility into the system, in the form of a ‘Golden Rule’ – allowing member states to borrow more for investment purposes – alongside a European measurement framework to determine what constitutes investment. In addition, a fiscal capacity is needed, tied to economic reforms through contractual arrangements. According to Zuleeg and Schneider, creating a new space for social investment in the economic governance of the Eurozone might well be a crucial turning point in the political crisis that has followed the economic one.

 

Bruegel

The limitations of policy coordination in the euro area under the European Semester

(https://bruegel.org/2015/11/the-limitations-of-policy-coordination-in-the-euro-area-under-the-european-semester/)

  • 12/11/2015, 29 pages, policy contribution by Zsolt Darvas and Alvaro Leandro
  • This paper assesses economic policy coordination in the euro area under the European Semester. In sections 2 and 3, we make a positive (and not normative) assessment by taking Council recommendations made in the context of the European Semester as given and evaluating their implementation and consistency, without assessing their desirability. Section 4, which assesses options to improve compliance with the recommendations, is by definition more subjective.

 

The Centre for European Policy Studies

Dear Donald … Yours, David

(https://www.ceps.eu/publications/dear-donald-%E2%80%A6-yours-david )

  • 12/11/2015, 3 pages, commentary by Michael Emerson
  • The cordial letter of November 10th from the British Prime Minister to the President of the European Council is an important document. It sets the stage for deliberations on whether the UK stays in the EU, or quits in an historic act of destructive disintegration for the EU that condemns the UK to what has fittingly been called “the spectre of geo-political irrelevance”

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Nastal čas jednat? Výsledky jednání zemí balkánské migrační trasy

(https://www.europeum.org/articles/detail/191/nastal-cas-jednat-vysledky-jednani-zemi-balkanske-migracni-trasy )

  • 10/11/2015, 4 pages, blogový příspěvek Marka Stojiće
  • Lídři jedenácti zemí, jež se nacházejí podél západobalkánské migrační trasy, se sešli v neděli 25. října s cílem dohodnout se na jednotném plánu řešící krizovou situaci, se kterou se region potýká. Po napjaté osmihodinové schůzi se zástupci EU a balkánských států dohodli na 17 bodovém plánu spolupráce při řešení migrační krize. Plán navrhuje dosáhnout postupného, kontrolovaného a spořádaného pohybu osob přes region; skromný, ale proveditelný cíl uvážíme-li obtíže se zamezením přílivu uprchlíků. Summit se uskutečnil v době, kdy přes Balkán prochází rekordní počet migrantů: za víkend mezi 24. a 25. říjnem jich prošlo 9 000 Srbskem, 11 500 přes Chorvatsko a 13 000 přes Slovinsko.

Institut Français des Relations Internationales

UK-EU negotiations of 28, not 27 against one? (Royaume-Uni/Union européenne négociations à 28, pas à 27 contre un?) (francouzština)

(https://www.ifri.org/fr/publications/editoriaux/actuelles-de-lifri/royaume-uniunion-europeenne-negociations-28-27-contre-un)

  • 12/11/2015, 5 pages, editorial by Vivien Pertusot
  • David Cameron revealed his requests for renegotiation. It is wrong to see a negotiation of 27 against one, as so often presented. British claims could have a strong impact on European policies. Which opens is a European trading, where the concessions the British play much in the minds of the ramifications of the decisions taken at the political and institutional functioning of the EU.

 

COLLÈGE D‘EUROPE

The European Central Bank and the new European economic governance: the challenge of differentiated integration (La Banque centrale européenne et la nouvelle gouvernance économique européenne: le défi de l’intégration différenciée) (francouzština)

(https://www.coleurope.eu/study/european-legal-studies/research-activities)

  • 11/2015, 34 pages, Report by Frédéric Allemand
  • In their book The Law of the European Central Bank, Chiara Zilioli and Martin Selmayr notice opening the chapter entitled ‘The European Central Bank and Differentiated integration ‘: “EMU is the first comprehensive experiment is differentiated integration. And the two authors explai, for community law, represents a challenge this position. With more specific rules right on the ECB, they observe that the differentiation occupies a place much higher than in all other areas of the legal systém of the Union, the very fact that several Member States have not given up the exercise their monetary sovereignty to the EU. The ECB is the therefore much more differentiation than are subject to the Community and Its institutions.

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

  1. Cameron’s letter: European views on the UK’s renegotiation

(https://bit.ly/1Mxiy3T )

  • 10/11/2015, 32 pages, Overview article by a collective of authors
  • On 10 November, David Cameron formally sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, outlining his aims for the planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership. The success or failure of the renegotiation will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the process? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is running a series of overviews of the renegotiation from each of the EU’s member states. Compiled by the LSE’s Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions, the overviews set out what discussion – if any – there has been about the renegotiation and the wider views within each country on the renegotiation and a potential Brexit. This post compiles all of the responses in the series, with a final view from Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU institutions to be published on 11 November.

 

  1. David Cameron’s proposal to give national parliaments a ‘red card’ over EU laws is deeply flawed

(https://bit.ly/1WKpSjd )

  • 10/11/2015, 3 pages, Blog article by Valentin Kreilinger
  • David Cameron has sent a letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, outlining the key elements that he will seek in a renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership. As Valentin Kreilinger writes, one of Cameron’s demands is to strengthen the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process, with the provision of a so called ‘red card’ mechanism that would allow groups of parliaments to effectively veto new proposals. He argues that this system would be likely to create more problems than it would solve and could actively work against the UK’s interests by preventing the liberalisation of Europe’s services sector and reforms aimed at boosting competitiveness.
  1. European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU’s

(https://bit.ly/1PoKfya )

  • 11/11/2015, 7 pages, Overview article by a collective of authors
  • The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is running a series of overviews of the renegotiation from each of the EU’s member states. Compiled by the LSE’s Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions, the overviews will set out what discussion – if any – there has been about the renegotiation and the wider views within each country on the renegotiation and a potential Brexit. This post is the final part of the series and gives views from Germany, Greece, Slovakia and the EU’s institutions

3.     Zpravodajství

Euractiv

  1. Tusk calls Cameron´s demands “very, very tough”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/tusk-calls-camerons-demands-very-very-tough-319437)

  • 13/11/2015
  • European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Thursday (12 November) it would be “very, very tough” to reach a deal on reforms Prime Minister David Cameron has asked for to help keep Britain in the bloc.

 

  1. EU seeks deal with Africa to stem migrant flows

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/eu-seeks-deal-africa-stem-migrant-flows-319389)

  • 12/11/2015
  • EU leaders hope Thursday (12 November) to clinch an aid-for-cooperation deal with their African partners to tackle an unprecedented migration crisis and rebuff fears a “fortress” Europe is emerging.

 

  1. EU leaders to roll out red carpet for Turkey at summit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-leaders-roll-out-red-carpet-turkey-summit-319427)

  • 12/11/2015
  • European Union leaders will roll out the red carpet for Turkey’s newly re-elected President RecepTayipErdoğan at a summit about how to help the country stop the flow of Syrian refugees from its borders into the EU.

 

  1. Draghi: UK negotiations must preserve euro “achievements”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/draghi-uk-negotiations-must-preserve-euro-achievements-319415)

  • 12/11/2015
  • European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Thursday (12 November) that negotiations with Britain on changes to its relationship with the European Union must preserve the “extraordinary achievements” of the euro and the EU’s single market.

 

  1. EU´s migration cash for Africa falls short

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/eus-migration-cash-fund-africa-falls-short-319411)

  • 12/11/2015
  • The European Union’s efforts to stem the flow of refugees from Africa was undermined today (12 November) by member states who failed to match EU money for a €1.8 billion trust fund to the tune of €1.72 billion, raising just €78 million.

 

  1. Europol reform – but who polices the police?

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/digital/europol-reform-who-polices-police-319356)

  • 10/11/2015
  • A Europol reform is on the cards – confidential documents have shown that Europol’s internet surveillance capacity could be greatly expanded.

 

  1. Cameron sketches out EU reform demands, stays quiet on timing

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cameron-sketches-out-eu-reform-demands-stays-quiet-timing-319341)

  • 10/11/2015
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped to make good progress with reforms of the European Union when leaders from the bloc meet next month, but he gave no fresh sign of when he plans to hold Britain’s EU membership referendum.

 

  1. EU report slams Turkey over rule of free speech

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-report-slams-turkey-over-rule-law-free-speech-319339)

  • 10/11/2015
  • The EU accused Turkey on Tuesday (10 November) of backsliding on the rule of law, rights and the media, calling on the new government to take urgent action in a sensitive report that Brussels held back until after elections.

 

  1. EU auditors urge new thinking on spending

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/eu-auditors-urge-new-thinking-spending-319323)

  • 10/11/2015
  • Signing off on the 2014 accounts, the European Court of Auditors seemed to lose patience and urged the European Commission to come up with a whole new approach on spending.

 

  1. Parliament leaders sign joint refugee letter ahead of Valletta summit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/parliament-leaders-sign-joint-refugee-letter-ahead-valletta-summit-319324)

  • 10/11/2015
  • The heads of three political groups in the European Parliament sent a joint letter yesterday (9 November) to the 28 EU leaders urging them to back the European Commission’s proposals on refugees.

 

  1. Commission delays report on alcohol labelling – again

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/health-consumers/commission-delays-report-alcohol-labelling-again-319312)

  • 10/11/2015
  • The European Commission has again delayed the publication of a report on how to include alcoholic drinks under existing EU labelling rules on nutrition and ingredients.

 

  1. European elections reform backed MEPs from three groups only

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/elections/european-elections-reform-backed-meps-three-groups-only-319449)

  • 10/11/2015
  • Only MEPs from the EPP, the Socialists & Democrats, and ALDE have voted in favour of making the next European elections more “European”, according to a study published by VoteWatch Europe yesterday (12 November).

Euobserver

  1. Dispute over report EU officials brought VW scam to light

(https://euobserver.com/economic/131109)

  • 13/11/2015
  • A dispute arose on Friday (13 November) over a report by a German business weekly which stated the European Commission has known about Volkswagen’s emissions cheating since 2011.

 

  1. Some tips to help EU Parliament reduce its carbon footprint

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/131107)

  • 13/11/2015
  • The European Parliament said on Friday (13 November) it will be “100% carbon neutral” in 2016 by buying carbon credits to offset flights made by MEPs between their home countries and Brussels or Strasbourg.

 

  1. Tax rulings and energy top agenda This WEEK

(https://euobserver.com/agenda/131108)

  • 13/11/2015
  • Multinational companies, some of them are under investigation by the EU commission for alleged sweetheart tax deals with member states, will have a chance on Monday (16 November) to present their side of the story in the European Parliament.

 

  1. Schengen at risk of collapse, as EU looks to Turkey

(https://euobserver.com/migration/131093)

  • 12/11/2015
  • Amid warnings the EU’s passport free Schengen area is facing imminent collapse, EU leaders in Valletta are banking on shoring up billions in a broader migration plan with Turkey.EU Council chief Donald Tusk told reporters on Thursday (12 November) that “the future of Schengen is at stake,” before announcing that a summit with Turkey is likely to take place before the end of the month.

 

  1. Turkey overshadows EU-Africa summit

(https://euobserver.com/migration/131090)

  • 12/11/2015
  • The long red-carpeted corridors in the former Sacra Imfermeria of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in Malta’s capital city Valletta are crowded with EU leaders and other senior officials.Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite is leaning up against a wooden rail, surrounded by aides, as she reads through a document.

 

  1. MEPs seek to harmonize EU election law

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/131085)

  • 12/11/2015
  • MEPs endorsed a proposal on electoral reform Wednesday (11 November) that would have citizens vote for the EU Commission president and Europe-wide party lists in 2019.

 

  1. Making renminbi a world currency would not be bad for euro

(https://euobserver.com/economic/131069)

  • 12/11/2015
  • Behind the facade, there has been much debate about the inclusion of the Chinese currency – the renminbi (RMB) – as the fifth international reserve currency.

 

  1. EU copyright reforms kicked into 2016

(https://euobserver.com/digital/131051)

  • 10/11/2015
  • The European Commission appears to be postponing key reforms of the EU’s fragmented copyright system, according to a leaked paper.

 

  1. Cameron calls for EU migration curbs

(https://euobserver.com/political/131044)

  • 10/11/2015
  • British PM David Cameron has included a daring call to limit free movement in his long-awaited wish list of EU reforms.He set out his stall in a six-page letter sent to EU Council chief Donald Tusk and in a speech in London on Tuesday (10 November).

 

  1. Serbia advances on EU path, Macedonia stalls

(https://euobserver.com/enlargement/131049)

  • 10/11/2015
  • Serbia is likely to open EU membership talks this year. But Macedonia could go backwards due to its political crisis, according to EU enlargement assessments published on Tuesday (10 November).Presenting the reports, Johannes Hahn, the EU enlargement commissioner, said Serbia could open the first negotiating chapter soon.

Euroskop

  1. Tusk: Splnit britské požadavky bude těžké

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26565/clanek/tusk-splnit-britske-pozadavky-bude-tezke/)

  • 13/11/2015
  • Šéf Evropské rady Donald Tusk vyjádřil pochybnosti o tom, zda Evropská unie může splnit požadavky Británie, aby tato země mohla setrvat v unii. Podle zahraničních agentur řekl, že tyto požadavky jsou “tvrdé” a že bude velmi těžké dosáhnout dohody.

 

  1. V Praze dnes zasedá V4, Britové a balkánské země

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8954/26564/clanek/v-praze-dnes-zaseda-v4-britove-a-balkanske-zeme/)

  • 13/11/2015
  • Ministři zahraničí visegrádské čtyřky (V4), Británie, západního Balkánu, Slovinska, Chorvatska dnes budou v Praze jednat o migraci a o rozšiřování Evropské unie. Zasedání, na němž bude mimo jiné založen západobalkánský fond, se zúčastní i místopředseda Evropské komise Frans Timmermans.

 

  1. EU schválila fond pro Afriku a peníze pro Turecko

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8956/26570/clanek/eu-schvalila-fond-pro-afriku-a-penize-pro-turecko/)

  • 13/11/2015
  • Lídři evropských zemí se dohodli použít několik miliard eur na zastavení migrační vlny z Afriky a Blízkého východu. Na summitu ve Vallettě přijali dohodu o vzniku svěřeneckého fondu pro Afriku. Další tři miliardy eur (81 miliard Kč) mají jít v příštích dvou letech do Turecka, aby podpořily snahu zastavit přiliv uprchlíků ze Sýrie.

 

  1. Summit EU-Afrika ustaví svěřenecký fond

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26555/clanek/summit-eu–afrika-ustavi-sverenecky-fond/)

  • 11/11/2015
  • Maltský summit o migraci má podle premiéra Bohuslava Sobotky přispět k omezení pašeráctví a nastavení pravidel pro vracení uprchlíků. Sobotka, který očekává mimo jiné přijetí deklarace mezi Evropskou unií a africkými zeměmi, to uvedl v Praze před odletem do maltské metropole.

 

  1. Cameron požaduje omezení volného pohybu v EU

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8956/26545/clanek/cameron-pozaduje-omezeni-volneho-pohybu-v-eu/)

  • 10/11/2015
  • Britský premiér David Cameron vyzval k omezení volného pohybu osob uvnitř Evropské unie a k omezení sociálních dávek pro občany EU přicházející do Británie. Řekl to v projevu o požadavcích reforem unie, které jsou podmínkou pro setrvání Británie v EU před nadcházejícím referendem o členství v unii.

Monitoring WGI (2. 11. – 8. 11. 2015)

1.     Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

  1. State of Play: Measures to Address the Refugee Crisis

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-6021_en.htm)

  • 6/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • TheEuropean Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.
  • On 23 September, the European Commission presented a set ofpriority actions to implement the European Agenda on Migration to be taken within the next six months. This included both short term actions to stabilise the current situation as well as longer term measures to establish a robust system that will bear the test of time.
    • The list of priority actions set out the key measures immediately required in terms of: (i) operational measures; (ii) budgetary support and (iii) implementation of EU law.

 

  1. Dutch King meets Schulz on visit to Parliament

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151030STO00735/html/Dutch-King-meets-Schulz-on-visit-to-Parliament)

  • 3/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands met EP President Martin Schulz during a visit to Brussels on Tuesday 3 October. The Monarch was also due to visit the European Commission and the Council on the same day as part of his country taking over the presidency of the European Council on 1 January 2016.

 

  1. Schulz in Lesbos: “People are really running for their lives”

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151105STO01436/html/Schulz-in-Lesbos-People-are-really-running-for-their-lives)

  • 5/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • EP President Martin Schulz travelled today to the Greek island of Lesbos in order to visit a refugee registration and identification centre where almost 2,500 people are recorded on a daily basis. Speaking at the so-called hotspot at Moria, he said: “We must urgently reinforce efforts to complete hotspots. To be effective, however, all member states must take part in the relocation.” While in Greece the President also visited Athens for the first relocation of refugees from Greece to Luxembourg.
  • Over 600,000 people have entered the EU through Greece so far this year, with most fleeing from Syria, Iraq and Eritrea. Parliament gave its backing in September to the relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers from Greece, Hungary and Italy to other EU member states.

 

  1. Snaps, filters and emojis: the European Parliament on Snapchat

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20151030STO00791/html/Snaps-filters-and-emojis-the-European-Parliament-on-Snapchat)

  • 6/11/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • Launched in 2011 Snapchat is currently the fastest growing social media network on the planet, its over 200 million users send almost 9,000 photos to each other every second. Roughly one third of Snapchat users come from Europe, and in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium, about 50% of teenagers use the app. In order to allow them to get a fun glimpse into the workings of the EU, Parliament set up its own account last May, and now has over 1,000 followers on the video messaging platform.

Rada EU

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup.

Evropský parlament

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup.

Evropská rada

  1. Remarks by President Donald Tusk following his meeting with Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204410_en_635822531400000000.pdf)

  • 4/11/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • Today, our discussions focused mainly on the refugee crisis. This might be the biggest challenge that the European Union has seen for decades and it has the potential to change the European Union as we know it. If we don’t handle it well, we will put Schengen at risk.

 

  1. The EU at the G20 summit in Antalya: Presidents Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker set out the EU’s agenda

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204391_en_635822370000000000.pdf)

  • 4/11/2015, Press release, 2 strana
  • The following six key issues are expected to be discussed:
  • A collective response to the refugee crisis
    • The G20 must rise to the challenge and lead a coordinated and innovative response to the crisis that recognises its global nature and economic consequences and promotes greater international solidarity in protecting refugees.
  • A jobs, growth and investment agenda
    • The main deliverable for Antalya should be the updated G20 growth strategies and corresponding employment plans. The EU supports the 2% growth ambition agreed in Brisbane last year. The EU also welcomes the G20 investment agenda which represents a useful complement to the Investment Plan for Europe. It is also important to keep financial regulation high on the G20 agenda. The G20 should take the collective decisions that are necessary to prevent another crisis such as the one from which we are emerging.
  • Youth employment and social inclusion
    • Youth employment remains a top priority for the EU and we will support the adoption of a G20 target to reduce by 15% by 2025 the share of young people who are most at risk of being left permanently behind in the labour market.
  • Moving forward the G20 work on tax transparency
    • In Antalya, there should be an ambitious agreement to take further global actions necessary to tackle cross-border tax avoidance and tax evasion, including on the finalisation and implementation of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting action plan (BEPS). The G20 should in particular show political leadership on the issue of harmful tax competition and the exchange of information on cross-border tax rulings to enhance transparency. The EU has shown leadership with its June Action Plan on Corporate Taxation and its proposal on the exchange of information on cross-border tax rulings of 18 March on which EU Finance Ministers have reached agreement on 6 October.
  • A political momentum for trade opening
    • In Antalya, the G20 must instruct negotiators to find a solution at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi on a meaningful set of issues to the benefit particularly of least-developed countries as well as on continuing work after Nairobi through new approaches on those issues that remain outstanding. The G20 should also better explain the benefits of trade to citizens.
  • Towards a strong outcome in the UN negotiations on climate change
    • This year is pivotal for international action on development and climate change. The EU will urge the G20 to work together closely with our partners to implement the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and maintain its efforts towards global food security. The G20 will have to show particular determination to conclude at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris a robust, ambitious and inclusive agreement to govern collective climate action after 2020. To put the right incentives in place to meet the EU’s goal of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius, the EU will also push for a phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies. Finally, the EU will seek closer cooperation within the G20 on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

 

  1. Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the members of the European Council

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204366_en_635821713000000000.pdf)

  • 3/11/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • The purpose of this meeting will primarily be to assess the state of implementation of the measures we have decided so far, notably as regards:
  • Stepping up our cooperation with third countries, including Turkey, in order to stem the flows;
  • Implementing the decisions we have taken on relocation;
  • Setting up hotspots in Greece and Italy, as well as reinforcing reception capacities and providing FRONTEX and EASO with the required additional expertise;
  • Finally, we should discuss how to effectively reinforce the control of our external borders.
  1. Congratulation letter by President Donald Tusk to Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu following the elections in Turkey

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/11/40802204354_en_635821609800000000.pdf)

  • 3/11/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • Let me convey my sincere congratulations on the election victory in Turkey. Although these elections took place in a difficult security environment, and against the background of an increasingly restrictive media situation, I welcome the fact that voters were given a real choice of competitive and credible political alternatives. The high voter turnout is testament to the active participation of the Turkish population in the country’s democratic life.

2.     Think tanky a NGOs

Open Europe

  1. The devil will be in the detail of Osborne’s EU reform proposals

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/osborne-seeks-german-backing-on-eu-reform/ )

  • 3/11/2015, 2 pages, responds by Stephen Booths
  • George Osborne has been accused of watering down his demands and setting the bar too low, but the truth is that he did not rule much in or out when it comes to redefining the relationship between the Eurozone and countries outside the single currency. He set out sound principles, but the devil will be in the detail.

 

  1. Merkel’s position safe for now but refugee crisis threatens to split German right

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/merkels-position-safe-for-now-but-refugee-crisis-threatens-to-split-german-right/ )

  • 30/10/2015, 3 pages, responds by Pawel Swidlicki
  • Following increasing tensions within the German government over Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handing of the refugee crisis, Pawel Swidlicki argues that while her position is secure, in the longer term the crisis could solidify the divide on the right of German politics with concerning implications.

The European Parliamentary Research Service

The CJEU’s Schrems Ruling On The Safe Harbour Decision (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2015)569050)

  • 4/11/2015, 2 pages overview by Shara Monteleone and Laura Puccio
  • On 6 October 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) declared invalid the European Commission’s decision on the adequacy of the US data protection system (Safe Harbour Decision). In this judgment, regarding the transfer of personal data from the EU to the USA, the Court also clarified that national supervisory authorities are always allowed to investigate the lawfulness of data transfers and, if necessary, to suspend them. The case underlines the requirement for ensuring high-level protection when EU citizens’ data are transferred to third countries. The implications for businesses, governments and EU institutions, as well as for EU-US relations, remain to be clarified.

 

Robert Schuman Foundation

Brexit or Britin: is it really colder outside?

(https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/doc/questions-d-europe/qe-355-bis-en.pdf  )

  • 26/10/2015, 16 pages, analysis by Jean-Claude PIRIS
  • The possibility that the United Kingdom (UK) might withdraw from the European Union (EU), after more than 40 years of membership, looks unreal to many1, but it has now become less so2. This has been the case since the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the organisation of a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU before the end of 2017, should his political party remain in power after the 8th May 2015 parliamentary elections. As the elections gave the Conservative Party a majority in the House of Commons, David Cameron confirmed that a referendum would indeed be organised. At the time of writing, the law has been adopted and the question will be: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or should it leave the European Union?”

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy

ELIAMEP Thesis analyses the current refugee crisis

(https://www.eliamep.gr/en/migration/%CE%BD%CE%AD%CE%BF-%CE%BA%CE%B5%CE%AF%CE%BC%CE%B5%CE%BD%CE%BF-%CE%B3%CE%B9%CE%B1-%CF%84%CE%B9%CF%82-%CE%B8%CE%AD%CF%83%CE%B5%CE%B9%CF%82-%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B9%CE%B1%CE%BC%CE%B5%CF%80-%CE%BC/  )

  • 31/10/2015, 7 pages, article by Angeliki Dimitriadi
  • The present paper written by Dr Angeliki Dimitriadi, discusses the current refugee crisis from its outbreak to its evolution, attempts to set current EU responses in a contextual setting, from the early response to the Lampedusa tragedy of 2013 with Task Force Mediterranean to today’s proposal for the redistribution of 160,000 refugees, critically discusses European Member States’ responses and the resurface of ‘Fortress Europe’ and proposes priorities and measures, stressing the need for a global response to the current refugee crisis.

Futurelab Europe

Poland: Eurosceptics take over

(https://www.futurelabeurope.eu/blog/poland-eurosceptics-take-over/ )

  • 4/11/2015, 5 pages, article by Hanna Pienczykowska
  • The national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party’s victory in the recent Polish parliamentary elections was no surprise, and came in spite of the Christian Democrat Civic Platform (PO) government’s implementation of the EU financial programmes; continuous economic growth during its eight years in power; and successfully cultivating an image of Poland as an important partner in Central Europe. Moreover, just before the elections, the unemployment rate became a one-digit number. Despite these successes, Polish voters got angry with Civic Platform, especially when they raised the retirement age up to 67 for both men and women, then tried to close down the mines, which are not very profitable but employ many people and have a strong trade union representation. Polish voters also grew tired of personal scandals involving some ministers and top politicians of the Civic Platform and Polish People’s Party. They were furthermore confused by contradicting messages on the new refugee quotas coming from Brussels. Although accepted by the Polish government, the public’s concerns about the refugee crisis were echoed not only by nationals holding Celtic crosses at anti-refugee manifestations, but also by Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of the Law and Justice party, saying that refugees can “bring parasites to Europe”. Polish voters wanted a change.

Nouvelle Europe

German-Hungarian Friendship Standing on Shaky Ground

(https://www.nouvelle-europe.eu/en/german-hungarian-friendship-standing-shaky-ground )

  • 2/11/2015, 3 pages, article by Daniela Neubacher
  • It has now been 26 years that Hungary opened its borders to refugees from the German Democratic Republic (GDR), thus making a first step towards German reunification. Ironically, fences at Hungary’s borders are now putting relations to her most important economic partner to a severe test. Commentary by Daniela Neubacher.

The Centre for European Policy Studies

Awkward partner once again? Repercussions for Europe of Poland´s elections

(https://www.ceps.eu/publications/awkward-partner-once-again-repercussions-europe-poland%E2%80%99s-elections)

  • 03/11/2015, 4 pages, commentary by Yann-Sven Rittelmeyer
  • A clear majority of Poles voted to end eight years of Civic Platform (PO) government on October 25th when they brought the national-conservative Law and Justice Party (PiS) back to power. This outcome might be difficult to understand for Poland’s West European partners and may also confuse some EU officials who have observed developments in Poland since it joined the EU in 2004. The implications of these elections for relations with Germany and France, and for Poland’s own EU policy, are a source of concern. Do the results herald a return to the country Poland was during its early years as EU member? In this EPIN commentary the author attempts to throw light on the reasons behind the return to power of Law and Justice Party and considers the wider implications for the EU and European cohesion.

EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

Federica Mogherini a její první rok ve funkci

(https://www.europeum.org/images/publikace/prvni_rok_mogherini.pdf)

  • 05/11/2015, 4 pages, policy brief by Tereza Novotná
  • Od jmenování Federiky Mogheriniové do funkce Vysoké představitelky Unie pro zahraniční a bezpečnostní politiku/Místopředsedkyně Komise (HRVP) uplynul jeden rok. Za tuto dobu se Evropská unie (EU) ocitla uprostřed celé řady zahraničně-politických krizí. Jak na východ, tak na jih od hranic EU se zatím nezdá řešení na dosah i přes osobní nasazení Vysoké představitelky. Na druhou stranu se Mogheriniové podařilo úspěšně dokončit to, co již započala její předchůdkyně, Catherine Ashtonová. Jeden rok je datum významné nejen z politického i symbolického hlediska, ale zejména proto, že jde o milník, od kterého je možné hodnotit výsledky práce Vysoké představitelky i v oblasti institucionální, tedy zda se jí podařilo zrestrukturalizovat evropskou diplomatickou službu (tj. Evropskou službu pro vnější činnost – ESVČ) a její vztahy s dalšími „unijními“ institucemi a srovnat kroky Mogheriniové s její předchůdkyní i v této oblasti.

 

Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik

And forever threatens the treaty change? (Und ewig droht die Vertragsänderung?) (němčina)

(https://www.swp-berlin.org/publikationen/swp-aktuell-de/swp-aktuell-detail/article/eu_reformperspektiven.html)

  • 11/2015, 8 pages, SWP Comment by Nicolai von Ondarza
  • The European Union faces a fundamental dilemma. On the one hand there is growing pressure to reform the EU structures. The recent struggle for Greece, the debate about a deepening euro zone reopened, while simultaneously urging the UK, at least for themselves to less integration. On the other hand reject the national capitals reform initiatives that make a treaty change is necessary (for example relocation of competence), from the outset as “impossible” from. Legally, there are indeed ways to avoid this dilemma and develop the EU indirectly. But even these require the unanimous political agreement of national governments – and medium term the prospect of treaty change to restore transparency and democratic legitimacy.

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

  1. Britain needs Europe a lot more than Europe needs Britain

(https://bit.ly/1RDV6l2)

  • 31/10/2015, 2 pages, Blog article by Dennis Novy
  • The UK will hold a referendum on its EU membership before the end of 2017. Dennis Novywrites that a divorce from the EU would risk putting the UK in a weaker economic position. Among the reasons he quotes, he mentions an often overlooked issue: that Britain simply does not have the administrative expertise to carry out some of the functions that the EU currently fulfils on behalf of its member states.

 

  1. Does the UK win or lose in the Council of Ministers?

(https://bit.ly/1HldH03)

  • 2/11/2015, 5 pages, Blog article by Simon Hix and Sara Hagemann
  • One of the key issues in the context of the UK’s debate over EU membership is the level of influence the country has within the EU’s institutions. In the second in a series of articles examining whether the UK is marginalised in EU decision-making, Simon Hix and Sara Hagemann present data on how the UK fares in decisions made in the EU’s Council of Ministers. They write that Council voting records suggest there has been a significant shift in the position of the UK government between 2004-09 and 2009-15, with the UK voting against the majority far more often in the latter period and being on the losing side more than any other state. Nevertheless, there remains a high level of agreement in the Council, with the UK still part of the winning majority in almost 87 per cent of cases.

 

  1. European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, and Lithuania

(https://bit.ly/1NOS3pu)

  • 4/11/2015, 6 pages, Blog article by a collective of authors
  • The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is running a series of overviews of the renegotiation from each of the EU’s member states. Compiled by the LSE’s Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions, the overviews will set out what discussion – if any – there has been about the renegotiation and the wider views within each country on the renegotiation and a potential Brexit. This post is the sixth in the series and gives views from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, and Lithuania.

 

  1. Hungary, Poland and Slovakia show the risks associated with mainstream parties co-opting the platforms of the radical right

(https://bit.ly/1NmDknx)

  • 3/11/2015, 2 pages, Blog article by Bartek Pytlas
  • The rise of the radical right has presented a challenge to mainstream parties in a number of European countries. As Bartek Pytlas writes, one of the strategies mainstream parties have adopted in several cases has been to co-opt the platforms of radical right parties in the hope of colonising their support. Based on an analysis of Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, he argues that adopting the policies of the radical right can prove counterproductive as it legitimises the underlying narrative used by radical right parties. Mainstream parties can see off this challenge to their electoral support only by simultaneously taking ownership of the broader narrative of the radical right. He notes that this strategy nevertheless poses a challenge for the quality of democratic discourse in Central and Eastern Europe.

 

ARENA – Centre for European Studies University of Oslo

Assessing Actually-Existing Trajectories of EU Politicisation

(https://www.sv.uio.no/arena/english/research/publications/publications-2015/lord-dewilde-eu-politicisation-wep.html) – stažení studie zpoplatněno

  • 2/11/2015, 18 pages, Article by Pieter De Wilde and Christopher Lord
  • Theoretical debate about the effects of politicisation on the democratic legitimacy of the European Union has tended to focus on the potential of conflict between European political parties or member state governments. At the same time, empirical sociological studies demonstrate that controversy about Europe continues to unfold primarily within national public spheres. There is as yet no genuine Europe-wide party system or public debate. This reveals a gap between the normative theoretical assessment of EU politicisation and empirical sociological analysis of this phenomenon. To reconcile this discrepancy, this paper develops three actually-existing trajectories of politicisation: the remote conflict, the international conflict and the domestic conflict. Each trajectory carries unique challenges and opportunities to the democratic legitimacy of the Union. It is argued that the domestic conflict trajectory is most promising from a normative democratic perspective. Paradoxically, this does not necessarily imply a renationalisation of the EU.

 

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Periphery under pressure : Morocco, Tunisia and the European Union’s Mobility Partnership on migration

(https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/37521)

  • 30/10/2015, 27 pages working paper by Mohamed Limam, Raffaella A. del Sartro
  • Morocco and Tunisia resisted for some time pressure from the European Union to sign readmission agreements. These agreements co-opt states into the EU’s migration governance, and include a commitment to cooperation on the expulsion of unwanted migrants in Europe. Their recent acceptance of a largely unbalanced arrangement on the issue, the Mobility Partnership, came at a crucial time in the political history of these two countries. This paper shows that the EU exploited the extremely fragile and uncertain political context after the start of the uprisings, in order to push Morocco and Tunisia to sign up to the Mobility Partnership. What is more, the EU anchored the pursuit of what is a clear EU priority in a normative discourse, effectively linking cooperation on migration to EU support for democratisation in the ‘neighbourhood’, after the Arab upheavals. The article thus highlights a concrete case in which the EU engaged in realpolitik, using norms and values strategically. However, the normative framing of EU policies also contributed to the construction of an (allegedly) normative EU identity. Hence, the article challenges simplistic notions of ‘normative power Europe’.

 

EU mobility regimes and visa policy towards ENP countries (https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/37538)

  • 2/11/2015, 24 pages working paper by Perrine Dumas and Iris Lang Goldner
  • The paper compares the instruments which enhance the mobility of ENP Mediterranean and Eastern citizens, by distinguishing between visa cooperation and legal migration matters. Our analysis would suggest that cooperation in the field of legal migration, and especially social security rights, is more developed with Mediterranean Partners than with Eastern ones. This can be explained by the fact that the Association Agreements concluded with Mediterranean states are a more fruitful framework for cooperation than the Partnership and Cooperation Agreements concluded with Eastern partners. As far as visa cooperation is concerned, it is, conversely, more developed with Eastern Partners. It appears that the instruments tailored in the context of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice are more appropriate to favouring the short stay of ENP nationals in the EU, to the Association Agreements. In any case, at this point, the opportunities provided by these instruments have not been fully exploited and cooperation levels remain weak.

 

Bloodlines and belonging : time to abandon “ius sanguinis”?

(https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/37578)

  • 4/11/2015, 59 pages working paper by Costica Dumbrava and Rainer Baubock
  • This EUDO CITIZENSHIP Forum Debate discusses whether the widespread legal rule of ius sanguinis, through which citizenship is transmitted at birth from parent to child, can still be justified in the contemporary world. Together with addressing more traditional objections to ius sanguinis, such as its alleged ethno-nationalist character or its negative effects on the global distribution of wealth and opportunities, the debate also looks into more recent challenges to ius sanguinis, such as those posed by dramatic changes in family norms and practices and the rapid development and spread of reproductive technologies. One major worry is that current forms of ius sanguinis are unable to deal adequately with uncertainties related to the establishment of legal parentage, especially in cross-border surrogacy arrangements. Whereas most contributors agree that ius sanguinis should be reformed in order to adapt to contemporary circumstances, plenty of disagreement remains as to how this reform should be done. The debate also tackles the questions of whether and in what way ius sanguinis could be justified as a normative principle for admission to citizenship. Authors discuss important normative considerations, such as the need to prevent statelessness of children, to ensure the preservation of family life and to provide opportunities for intergenerational membership.

3.     Zpravodajství

Euractiv

  1. Commission defends role as sole guardian of fiscal discipline

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-defends-role-sole-guardian-fiscal-discipline-319228)

  • 6/11/2015
  • Amid growing concerns in Berlin, Frankfurt and The Hague about flexible interpretations of the Stability and Growth Pact, the European Commission ruled out the possibility of transfering the assessment of national budgets to an independent external body.

 

  1. Schulz in row with Commission over parliament´s economic oversight

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/schulz-row-commission-over-parliaments-economic-overview-319216)

  • 6/11/2015
  • The European Commission promised MEPs a greater involvement in the so-called European Semester – but, according to Martin Schulz, the executive’s latest proposals do not live up to Parliament’s expectations

.

  1. Tusk calls migration summit number 5

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/tusk-calls-migration-summit-number-5-319143)

  • 4/11/2015
  • European Council President Donald Tusk has called another EU summit on the migrant crisis, the fifth this year, this time in Valletta, on 12 November. The summit of the EU leaders will be held back-to-back with an EU-Africa summit on migration, which will start the previous day.

 

  1. Juncker backs Schulz bid for Parliament chair

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/public-affairs/juncker-backs-schulzs-bid-parliament-chair-319137)

  • 4/11/2015
  • Martin Schulz has launched a discreet campaign to remain President of the European Parliament for a third consecutive term. One of his most fervent supporters is Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President.

 

  1. ECB attacks Commission´s easing of fiscal rules

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/ecb-attacks-commissions-easing-fiscal-rules-319100)

  • 3/11/2015
  • The European Central Bank has criticised the Commission’s easing of EU fiscal rules as “counter-productive”, in its latest economic bulletin published Monday (2 November).

 

  1. Juncker Commission: First year report card

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/juncker-commission-first-year-report-card-319063)

  • 2/11/2015
  • Sunday (1 November) marked the first-year anniversary of the Juncker Commission. The EurActiv team has looked over its achievements over the past twelve months, and written the executive’s end-of-year school report, grading it from A-F on different issues.

Euobserver

  1. Migration and Turkey top agenda This WEEK

(https://euobserver.com/agenda/131003)

  • 6/11/2015
  • As Europe’s refugee crisis heads into winter, EU leaders will discuss, again, how to tackle its causes and how to manage the flow of people without dismantling the visa-free Schengen zone.On Monday (9 November), EU interior ministers will discuss efforts made so far on relocations, after last week saw the first asylum seekers being transported out of Greece to Luxembourg.

 

  1. EU diplomats launch Russia ‘myth-busting’ weekly

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/131006)

  • 6/11/2015
  • Ukrainian operatives are going to shoot down a US jet in Syria and blame Russia; the US is planning to destroy Russia in a nuclear strike; Western firms implant microchips under the skin of office workers to make them subservient; Americans wish they were ruled by Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

 

  1. EU imposes deadline for new US data pact

(https://euobserver.com/justice/131004)

  • 6/11/2015
  • The European Commission has imposed a three-month deadline with the United States to get an agreement on reinforced data transfer rules.The decision, announced Friday (6 November), comes amid threats by national data protection authorities for possible “coordinated enforcement actions” against US firms should Washington fail to find a solution by the end of January 2016.

 

  1. EU wants promises on labour, environment in US trade pact

(https://euobserver.com/economic/131002)

  • 6/11/2015
  • The EU has proposed to the US that there should be a chapter on labour rights and environmental protection in their free trade agreement, the European Commission announced Friday (6 November).The EU presented its proposal to the Americans during the most recent round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), held from 19 to 23 October 2015 in Miami, trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said in a press conference.

 

  1. EU expects 3mn migrants by 2017

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130979)

  • 5/11/2015
  • The European Commission estimates that 3 million people will come to Europe by 2017, in its first assessment of the economic impact of the migration crisis.

 

  1. Brussels wants oversight on national car approvals

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130996)

  • 6/11/2015
  • The European Commission is eyeing new powers over the car industry, as it is prepares a proposal to create central oversight of national vehicle authorisations.

 

  1. EU wants actions, deadlines from Valletta summit

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130985)

  • 5/11/2015
  • The EU’s lead negotiator at next week’s Africa summit on migration, Pierre Vimont, wants actions backed by deadlines and oversight.Speaking in Brussels at a conference on Thursday (5 November), the former top official of the EU diplomatic service, said Valletta needs to mark a departure from previous dialogues.

 

  1. EU and Africa to clash on readmissions

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130960)

  • 4/11/2015
  • European and African leaders want different things from next week’s migration summit in Malta, as the EU lowers its humanitarian ambitions.

 

  1. EU will ‘assess rigorously’ new Russia-Germany pipelines

(https://euobserver.com/energy/130951)

  • 4/11/2015
  • The European Commission will scrutinise the plan to build additional natural gas pipelines between Russia and Germany, it said in a leaked draft of an assessment of the EU’s energy policies.

 

  1. Juncker promises US tough line on Russia sanctions

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/130952)

  • 4/11/2015
  • Jean-Claude Juncker, one of the EU’s more Russia-friendly leaders, has reiterated his commitment to upholding economic sanctions.The European Commission head made the pledge in a phone call with US vice president Joe Biden on Tuesday (3 November), according to a White House readout.

 

Euroskop

  1. Čína požádala o členství v EBRD

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26522/clanek/cina-pozadala-o-clenstvi-v-ebrd/)

  • 6/11/2015
  • Čína oficiálně požádala o přijetí mezi členy Evropské banky pro obnovu a rozvoj (EBRD). Vedení banky žádost zváží a konečné rozhodnutí by mělo padnout příští měsíc. V případě schválení žádosti by Peking podle agentury Reuters získal v EBRD symbolický podíl, banka by však v Číně neinvestovala.

 

  1. Předpověď Komise: Řecko spadne do recese 

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/26520/clanek/predpoved-komise-recko-spadne-do-recese/)

  • 5/11/2015
  • Řecká ekonomika letos po dlouhém období nejistoty opět sklouzne do recese, která potrvá i příští rok, uvedla ve své podzimní makroekonomické prognóze Evropská komise.

 

  1. STEM: Většina Čechů není pro federalizaci EU

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8952/26515/clanek/stem-vetsina-cechu-neni-pro-federalizaci-eu/)

  • 4/11/2015
  • Většina české veřejnosti nepodporuje proměnu Evropské unie ve federální instituci. Pro postupnou změnu ve stát s federalistickým uspořádáním členských zemí je pětina obyvatel České republiky. Vyplývá to ze zářijového průzkumu agentury STEM. Z dlouhodobého hlediska Češi nikdy nepatřili mezi velké zastánce federalizace unie.

 

  1. Maďarský parlament odmítl kvóty

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8954/26513/clanek/madarsky-parlament-odmitl-kvoty/)

  • 4/11/2015
  • Maďarský parlament odmítl povinné kvóty pro rozdělení migrantů mezi jednotlivé členské země Evropské unie. Podle agentury AP schválil usnesení, kterým vyslovil nesouhlas s tímto záměrem Bruselu, jenž se nelíbí ani české vládě a který důrazně odmítlo i Slovensko.

 

  1. Řeckým bankám bude stačit méně kapitálu, uvádí ECB

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/26504/clanek/reckym-bankam-bude-stacit-mene-kapitalu-uvadi-ecb/)

  • 2/11/2015
  • Čtyři hlavní řecké soukromé banky budou pro své přežití potřebovat méně nového kapitálu, než se původně předpokládalo. Banky budou muset pro rekapitalizaci získat maximálně 14,4 miliardy eur (390 miliard korun), uvedla Evropská centrální banka (ECB). Záchranný program pro Řecko přitom na rekapitalizaci počítal s částkou až 25 miliard eur.

 

 

Monitoring WGI (26. 10. – 1. 11. 2015)

 

1.    Instituce, agentury a orgány

 

Evropská Komise

a)      Three new Deputy Secretaries-General for the Juncker Commission

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5922_en.htm?locale=en)

  • 27/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • Based on a proposal by President Juncker, the European Commission has today decided to appoint Ilze Juhansone (as of 16 November 2015), Paraskevi Michou and Jean-Eric Paquet (both as of 1 November 2015) as Deputy Secretaries-General. Together with the nomination of Alexander Italianer as Secretary-General as of 1 September 2015, these appointments ensure a strong and diverse leadership team at the helm of the Secretariat-General.
  1. Your views: how the European elections should be improved (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151023STO98946/html/Your-views-how-the-European-elections-should- be-improved)
  • 27/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • European elections are your chance to decide how Europe should be run, but could they be run better? Although some basic principles are set down in EU law, Parliament is now

                 1                                  looking to improve them further. MEPs discussed on 27 October a report with

recommendations written by Polish EPP member Danuta Hübner and German S&D member Jo Leinen, but we were also keen to hear from you. Read on to find out what ideas people shared on our social media platforms.

  • One suggestion many people brought up is allowing people to vote at 16 at the European elections. At the moment only Austrians are able to do that. The idea sparked many comments both for and against. Many users felt that allowing younger people to vote might improve the turnout, but opponents felt 16-year-olds were not yet mature enough to go to the
  1. #EPlenary live: debate on refugee crisis with Presidents Juncker and Tusk (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151022IPR98824/html/Migration-debate-the-real-divide)
    • 27/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
    • Current migration challenges, including refugee flows on the Western Balkans route, cooperation with Turkey and talks with African countries, as well as the funds needed to tackle these challenges, were debated with European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday 27 October 2015 from 10 CET.
    • The real divide revealed by today’s migration challenges to the EU is between “pros”, who want to use the EU to solve these challenges, and “antis”, who want to use them to dissolve the EU, argued many MEPs in Tuesday’s debate. Most deplored EU member states’ slowness to deliver on their pledges to pay for more help for refugees, and more manpower to process them at EU borders. The €2.3 bn shortfall is the same as it was two months ago, noted Commission President Jean-Claude

d)     No time for “business as usual”: C ommission’s 2016 w ork programme

2

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151022IPR98825/html/No-time-for-%E2%80%9Cbusiness-as- usual%E2%80%9D-Commission%E2%80%99s-2016-work-programme)

  • 27/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
  • The European Commission’s plans for 2016, incorporating suggestions made by Parliament on 16 September, were presented by its First Vice-President Frans Timmermans on Tuesday
  • The ten priorities presented by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a year ago, “our mission statement on which we have been appointed by you”, form the foundations of 23 new Commission initiatives, said Mr
  • “The motto of our work programme this year is ‘no time for business as usual’”, he said, adding that “all the actions we propose are underpinned by our Better Regulation Agenda. We will make sure that when the EU intervenes, it delivers results”. Mr Timmermans listed five priorities: the migration and refugee crisis, a growth, jobs and investments agenda, energy, fair taxation and the labour
  • “2016 will be a year of real social progress”, he said, promising a series of initiatives, to include a new skills agenda (“to help people to get jobs, especially in the digital area”) and a proposal on labour mobility (because “free mobility can’t be a threat to the social model”).
  1. Reform of European electoral law: vote postponed (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151022IPR98812/html/Reform-of-European-electoral-law-vote-postponed)
    • 28/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana

2                          ·    Members voted to postpone the vote on the reform of the European electoral law (rule

190) to the first November plenary session, at the suggestion of co-rapporteurs Danuta

Hübner (EPP, PL) and Jo Leinen (S&D, DE).

  1. Plenary highlights: refugee crisis, roaming, GMOs, Sakharov Prize (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151023STO99027/html/Plenary-highlights-refugee-crisis-roaming-GMOs- Sakharov-Prize)
  • 30/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • The refugee crisis and its potential to disrupts politics in Europe was debated during October’s third plenary session, with MEPs warning that some could use the issue to undermine the EU. MEPs also adopted plans to abolish roaming charges and better regulate net neutrality as well as proposals to tighten rules on GMOs and simplify the approval of novel foods, such as for example insects. In addition Raif Badawi was announced as the laureate of this year’s Sakharov

g)      Progress following Western Balkans Route Leaders’ Meeting

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5924_en.htm)

  • 27/10/2015,tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • This Sunday, upon the initiative of President Juncker, leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia met in Brussels at the Commission. They agreed to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decided on pragmatic operational measures that could be implemented immediately to tackle the refugee crisis in the
  • All 12 leaders – including the President of the Commission – agreed to nominate contact points within 24 hours to allow daily exchanges and coordination to achieve the gradual, controlled and orderly movement of persons along the Western Balkans route and to
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monitor the implementation of the 17-point plan agreed on Sunday. A day later, all leaders have made good on their commitment and have nominated contact points (see Annex). President Juncker named the Diplomatic Advisor in his Cabinet as the contact point for the Commission. On Thursday 29 October, the Commission will organise a plenary videoconference of all contacts points to check the progress made.

h)     Juncker Commission adopts second annual Work Programme: Maintaining focus and delivering on 10 priorities

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5923_en.htm)

  • 27/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • This year’s Work Programme will deliver substantive legislative proposals to follow up on the strategic programmes adopted in 2015. In the past year, we have set out our vision for Investment, the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union, the European Agenda on Security, the European Agenda on Migration, the Capital Markets Union, the Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation, the new Trade Strategy and our most recent proposals to deepen and strengthen our Economic and Monetary Union. This Work Programme sets out the key initiatives we will take in the next twelve months to deliver on these
  • The new initiatives which the Commission will deliver in 2016 include:
    • Initiatives on Better Migration Management, and proposals on Border Management
    • Implementation of the Digital Single Market, Follow-up to the Single Market Strategy, a Space Strategy for Europe, and a European Defence Action Plan
    • A Circular Economy, Next Steps for a Sustainable European Future, and legislation to implement the Energy Union
    • A New Skills Agenda for Europe, a New Start for Working Parents, and a Pillar of

                 3                                  Social Rights as part of a deepening of Economic and Monetary Union

  • A Corporate Tax package and an Action Plan on VAT
  • Other key initiatives for 2016 will implement the European Security Agenda, follow up on the Trade and Investment Strategy and the Five Presidents’ Report on Deepening Economic and Monetary Union, and provide the Commission’s contribution to the Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy. The Commission will also present the mid-term review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework and a strategy to better focus the budget on
  1. Remarks of First Vice-President Timmermans at the European Parliament Plenary Session in Strasbourg on the European Citizen Initiative on 26/10/2015 (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/remarks-first- vice-president-timmermans-european-parliament-plenary-session-strasbourg-european_en)
    • 27/10/2015, proslov, 2 strany
    • We have said as the Juncker Commission that we would act on big things and concentrate our efforts there. That is what we do, but we also need to change how we do it and in that context I believe the ECI can be a valuable contribution. It is a tool with which citizens can directly try to influence policy. It allows citizens to influence the agenda at European level, and to bring to the fore the concrete issues which most concern them. It is therefore a tool to initiate political dialogue. As a Member of the European Convention, when I represented the Dutch Parliament, I was myself involved in the design of the citizens’ initiative. Today, it is part of my responsibilities to ensure that it works properly and thus works

j)       Presentation of the 2016 Commission Work Programme to the European Parliament Plenary by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-5936_en.htm)

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  • 27/10/2015, proslov, 3 strany
  • Last year we said we would do different things and do things differently. We are concentrating on the big things. We have set out our vision and the concrete measures necessary in various areas: the Investment Plan, the Digital Single Market, the Energy Union, the European Agenda on Security, the European Agenda on Migration, the Capital Markets Union, the Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation, the new Trade Strategy, the deepened and strengthened Economic and Monetary Union. Tomorrow we will present the Single Market
  • Still this year, we will complete the picture with our plans for a sustainable Circular Economy, Labour Mobility and better management of our external
  • The Work Programme the Commission adopted today – and its 23 key initiatives – is focussed on implementing these strategies. It represents a substantive legislative agenda. There will be a lot of work on the table for this

k)      Progress following Western Balkans Route Leaders’ Meeting: Contact Points Video Conference

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5952_en.htm)

  • 29/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • The Greek Government reported on their planning for the delivery of 50,000 reception places in Greece before the end of the year, including 20,000 through host family and rent subsidy arrangements in cooperation with the UNHCR (Leaders’ Statement Point 5).
  • Other countries notified the reception capacities they can immediately put in place in view of reaching the additional 50,000 reception places along the Western Balkans route by the end of the year (Leaders’ Statement Point 6):
  • o Austria committed 5,000
    • Serbia committed 3,000
    • Croatia committed 2,000
    • Slovenia committed 2,000
  • This brings the total places pledged to 12,000 so far.
  • Frontex informed the group that it has today sent letters to the national Frontex points of contact in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and Croatia, and to the Interior Ministers

of Croatia and Greece to follow up on the commitment to upscale Operation Poseidon and to reinforce Frontex support at the Bulgarian-Turkish border, at the Croatian-Serbian border and to support registration in Greece at its external land borders (Leaders’ Statement Point 13). The letters outline how Frontex envisages to provide that support and now require feedback and agreement from the national authorities.

l)       Statement of First Vice President Timmermans and Commissioners Thyssen and Jourova on European Equal Pay Day

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5953_en.htm)

  • 30/10/2015, prohlášení, 1 strana
  • Monday 2 November marks the day in the year when women across Europe stop being paid, while men will continue to earn money until 31 December. The average hourly wage for women in Europe is 16.3% lower than it is for men, so women effectively work 59 days for free each

 

Rada EU

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup

 

Evropský parlament

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup.

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Evropská rada

a)      Statement by European Council President Donald Tusk on the Colectiv club fire in Bucharest

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802204337_en_635819118600000000.pdf)

  • 31/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • ”I want to offer my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the Colectiv club fire in Bucharest on Friday night, also speaking as a I commend the public response to help the survivors through blood donations and other assistance. This is a terrible tragedy.”

b)      Statement by European Council President Donald Tusk on the crashed Russian aircraft in Sinai

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802204336_en_635819115000000000.pdf)

  • 31/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • ”I am very saddened at the news of a civilian passenger aircraft crashing in Sinai today with so many victims. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims and my sympathy with the Russian authorities and people.”

c)      Presentation of letters of credentials to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk

d)     Statement of the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission  and the New Zealand Prime Minister

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802204288_en_635817147000000000.pdf)

  • 29/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • The European Union and New Zealand are longstanding and close We share core values, common interests and a growing and mutually beneficial trade and economic relationship, reinforced by strong people-to-people and cultural ties. We came together today to agree to further deepen our political, security, trade and investment relations.

e)     Address by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the latest European Council of 15 October 2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802204185_en_635815606800000000.pdf)

  • 27/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 2 strana
  • Before debriefing on the European Council of the 15th October and the next steps ahead, I would like to say the

f)       Congratulation letter from the President of the European Council Mr Donald Tusk  to Deputy Chairman of the Law and Justice Party Ms Beata Szydło

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(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802204165_en_635814842400000000.pdf)

  • 26/10/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • On behalf of the European Council, I wish to congratulate you on winning the elections in Poland, which paves the way to your nomination as Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland.

 

 

2.    Think tanky a NGOs

 

The European Parliamentary Research Service

 

Outcome of the European Council of 15 October 2015: Post-European Council Briefing (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2015)558796)

  1. 23/10/2015, 2 pages briefing paper by Stanislas de Finance and Ralf Drachenberg
  2. The one-day European Council meeting held on 15 October 2015 again focused on the issue of migration, as indicated in the EPRS Pre-European Council Briefing. While assessing the state of implementation of the migration ‘orientations’ agreed upon by the informal European Council on 23 September 2015, EU Heads of State or Government concentrated on working to secure the European Union’s external The main decisions taken in this respect were: the agreement to work on an integrated border management system, and also the enhancement of Frontex’s mandate in relation to the development of a European Border

and Coast Guard System. The  European Council  also  considered further  cooperation    with

                 6                          third countries regarding migration issues, welcomed the agreement of an EU-Turkey joint

action plan, and looked at how to best ‘respond to the influx of refugees in Europe and ensuring returns’. Other agenda points addressed by Heads of State or Government were the situations in both Syria and Libya, the ‘Presidents’ report’ on completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union and the state of play concerning the UK referendum on EU membership.

 

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

 

Parliaments, public opinion and parliamentary : elections in Europe (https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/37462)

  1. 28/10/2015, 112 pages working paper by Cristina Fasone, Diane Fromage and Zoe Lefkofridi
  2. The contributions collected in this Max Weber Working Papers Special Issue were first delivered at a conference held at the European University Institute and jointly organised by the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies and the Robert Schuman Centre of Advanced Studies in March 2015 on ‘Parliaments and parliamentary elections in Europe’. Following the transformations undertaken by the European and national parliaments after the Treaty of Lisbon, the 2014 European elections, the unprecedented politicization and the challenges posed to representative democracy by the Eurozone crisis, the Special Issue aims to investigate three intertwined themes. (I) Parliamentary representation: European and national at the same time?; (II) national parliaments in EU policymaking; and (III) dynamics of Euroscepticism and its effects on law-making. In particular the papers deal with the ability of parliaments to democratically represent people in the European Union today and to affect the European integration process, with the asymmetric involvement of national parliaments in the EU, their dynamics of cooperation as well as between them and the European
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Parliament, and finally, with the implications on EU democratic legitimacy of recent developments regarding parliamentary input provided at a very early stage of the European policymaking. Other issues, such as transposition and the representation of eurosceptics in the European Parliament are also dealt with.

 

Exploring the constitutional possibilities for a European social model : some common constitutional traditions between liberalism and social intervention

(https://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/37500?show=full) (TEXT UNAVAILABLE)

  1. 29/10/2015, Article by Francisco Rodriguez Gonzalvez
  2. The European Social Model (ESM) is a rather vague concept, generally used for defining a certain combination between social concerns and the need for economic improvement and efficiency. This vagueness implies a weak conceptualisation, which influences perceptions about the current socio-economic juncture and the European integration. This article is aimed to identify specific contents for the conceptualisation of the European model, which are found in a number of common principles or values contained in the European constitutions. It is also aimed to explore the dynamic between the liberal and social protection elements that constitute a common starting point for a comparative   A process of convergence of constitutional principles is found, based on the constitutional migration of certain concepts at different historical moments. The induction of common categories from these concepts allows for the consideration of potential European common denominators, such as the duality between the free market and its limitations related to social concerns.

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Open Europe

 

a.       What would a ‘Norway-style’ relationship with the EU entail?

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/what-would-a-norway-style-relationship-with-the-eu-entail/)

  1. 28/10/2015, 2 pages, fact check by Stephen Booth
  2. In a change of tactics, David Cameron has decided to take on those advocating UK withdrawal from the EU based on the ‘Norway model’. Open Europe’s Stephen Booth explains what a Norway-style relationship with the EU might

 

b.      Law and Justice triumph in Polish elections – what does it mean?

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/law-and-justice-triumph-in-polish-elections-what-does-it-mean/  )

  • 25/10/2015, 2 pages, responds by Pawel Swidlicki
  • Polish voters have voted for sweeping change with Law and Justice winning today’s elections by a wide Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki looks at what comes next for Poland and the EU, and also what it could mean for Cameron’s EU renegotiation.

 

c.       All change in Warsaw? The potential impact of the elections on Polish domestic and European policy

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/all-change-in-warsaw-the-potential-impact-of-the-elections-on- polish-domestic-and-european-policy/ )

  • 22/10/2015, 4 pages, responds by Pawel Swidlicki
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  • Ahead of Sunday’s Polish elections, Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki assesses the prospects for a change of government and looks at the likely implications of this for Poland’s EU policies and its stance towards David Cameron’s EU

 

Robert Schuman Foundation

 

  1. The Law and Justice Party win the parliamentary elections and the absolute majority (https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/1614-the-law-and-justice-party-win-the-parliamentary- elections-and-the-absolute-majority )
  • 27/10/2015, 1,5 pages, analysis by Corinne Deloy
  • Five months after having been elected Andrzej Duda (PiS) as President of the Republic on 24th May last (with 51.55% of the vote) the Law and Justice Party (PiS) won the parliamentary elections that took place in Poland on 25th It won the absolute majority and should therefore be able to govern Poland alone over the next four years – a first in the country’s history since the fall of communism in 1989.

 

Centre for Liberal Strategies

 

a.    How to Avoid Europe’s Disintegration

(https://www.cls-sofia.org/en/media/how-to-avoid-europe-s-disintegration-820.html  )

  • 27/10/2015, 3 pages, article by Ivan Krastev
  • There is a new trend that is developing in Europe – a rebellion against the elite. In my view, this rebellion represents the biggest challenge that Europe faces today. This type of anti-elite

sentiment is becoming stronger and stronger while there is no clear positive agenda of what those who rebel really want. It is clear, however, that perpetuating the status quo will only make this group angrier.

 

The Centre for European Policy Studies

 

Will Cameron get what he wants? Anticipating reactions to Britain´s EU reform proposals (https://www.ceps.eu/publications/will-cameron-get-what-he-wants-anticipating-reactions- britain%E2%80%99s-eu-reform-proposals)

  • 29/10/2015, 7 pages, commentary by Steven Blockmans and Stefani Weiss
  • In this Commentary the authors consider how far the other EU member states might be willing to accommodate Cameron’s demands and provide him with the political capital he seeks to lead the ‘in’ campaign. They distinguish four different attitudes among EU countries, and advocate a constructive approach that sets the scene for a Convention after 2017 – one that opens the treaty for a revision that could accommodate both the British demands for an ‘opt- out’ from ever closer union and gives leeway to those who wish to integrate further. Putting emphasis on strengthening the single market in the more immediate term would allow the Prime Minister to show his home audience that he is a leading reformer and that the EU gives oxygen to the British economy.This is an obvious area where he might be able to seal deals during the UK’s Presidency of the Council of the EU in the second half of
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Egmont – The Royal Institute for International Relations

 

The Better Regulation Package: Creating Better Regulations, but for what kind of EU politics? (https://www.egmontinstitute.be/publication_article/the-better-regulation-package-creating-better- regulations-but-for-what-kind-of-eu-politics/)

  • 29/10/2015, 5 pages, policy brief by Fabian Willermain and Anca Cioriciu
  • On the 19 May 2015, the European Commission presented its Better Regulation Subsequently the Luxembourg presidency put the negotiations on the Better Regulation packageas well as on the Interinstitutional Agreement on the top of its priorities. This paper is a mid-term look at the advances made. The authors argue that if the Better Regulation package pursues a key issue for the EU, at the end of the day, the result will generate more bureaucracy rather than enhance the EU legitimacy.

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

 

European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Spain, Finland, Estonia and Cyprus (https://bit.ly/1WiilI6)

  • 29/10/2015, 5 pages, Blog article by a collective of authors
  • The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is running a series of
  • overviews of the renegotiation from each of the EU’s member states. Compiled by the LSE’s Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions, the overviews will set out what discussion – if any – there has been about the renegotiation and

the wider views within each country on the renegotiation and a potential Brexit. This post is the fifth in the series and gives views from Spain, Finland, Estonia and Cyprus.

 

 

3.    Zpravodajství

 

Euractiv

a.      Parliament w ants EU drones to “c onquer the w orld”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/transport/parliament-wants-eu-drones-conquer-world-319043)

  • 30/10/2015
    • The European Parliament has called on the executive to table legislation ensuring the safe use of drones in civil aviation, hoping to boost an industry expected to reach €80 billion by

 

  1. MEPs approv e rules s hining a light on “s hadow banking” (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/meps-approve-rules-shining-light-shadow-banking- 319023)
  • 30/10/2015
    • Financial transactions using shares, or other assets, to secure credit, will come under greater scrutiny after the European Parliament approved a new law on Thursday (29 October) on the ‘shadow banking’
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  1. New circular economy package takes shape (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/new-circular-economy-package-takes-shape- 319006)
  • 29/10/2015
    • The European Commission’s new circular economy package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, “strong commitments” on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and “major” funding for innovation, EurActiv has learnt.

 

  1. Commission vague about fiscal leeway for refugees (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-vague-about-fiscal-leeway-refugees- 319003)
  • 29/10/2015
    • Member states face billions of euros in expenses for assisting refugees arriving in While the European Commission is ready to take this into account, the criteria remain unclear.

 

e.      Cameron admits Norway no model for Britain in Europe

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cameron-admits-norway-no-model-britain-europe- 318989)

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  • 29/10/2015
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday (28 October) launched his most open defence to date of Britain remaining in the European Union, telling Eurosceptics that EU-outsider Norway was no model to

 

  1. EU lawmakers reject national bans on GM food, feed imports (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/eu-lawmakers-reject-national-bans-gm-food- feed-imports-318985)
  • 29/10/2015
    • Legislators on Wednesday (28 October) rejected by a huge majority a hard-won compromise that would have allowed member states to decide for themselves whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms for use in food and animal

 

  1. Commission accused of playing “hide and s eek” w ith A nkara (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/commission-accused-playing-hide-and- seek-erdogan-318958)
  • 28/10/2015
    • Berlin is unhappy that the European Commission is allegedly withholding its new progress report on Turkey for political

 

h.      Parliament green lights roaming and net neutrality

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(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/digital/parliament-green-lights-roaming-and-net-neutrality- 318931)

  • 28/10/2015
  • MEPs voted yesterday (27 October) against amendments to the telecoms single market legislation, passing the new law without last minute changes lodged against its measures on net

 

i.        Commission leaves door open for Greek bail-in

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-leaves-door-open-greek-bail-318929)

  • 28/10/2015
  • European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis warned Athens on Tuesday (27 October) of a possible haircut in Greek deposits in the event that the first bailout review was not completed this

 

  1. Juncker: Member states should pay for refugees (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/juncker-member-states-should-pay-refugees- 318914)
  • 27/10/2015
    • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker made an appeal to the European Parliament, and to member states, to find innovative ways of financing the migrant crisis,
  • as the EU coffers are running

 

  1. Cameron rules out second EU referendum if UK votes to leave (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cameron-rules-out-second-eu-referendum-if-uk- votes-leave-318847)
  • 26/10/2015
    • Britain will not hold a second “In-Out” vote on its membership of the European Union if the public opt to leave the bloc at a referendum due by the end of 2017, a senior aide to Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday (25 October).

 

l.        Leaders clash at migration mini-summit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/leaders-clash-migration-mini-summit-318840)

  • 26/10/2015
  • Leaders of the countries of the so-called “Balkan route” clashed on Sunday (25 October) with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with some of them using the argument that the Union may fall apart because of the refugee

 

Euobserver

a.      Turkey votes again, as EU seeks help on refugees

(https://euobserver.com/political/130905)

  • 31/10/2015
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  • Turkish voters will head to the polls, again, on Sunday (1 November), as Europe seeks help from Ankara on stemming the flow of refugees.The snap election was called just five months after the last one failed to produce an absolute majority for presidentRecepTayyipErdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).

 

b.      Junc ker’s first EU anniv ersary T his WEEK

(https://euobserver.com/agenda/130903)

  • 30/10/2015
  • The asylum and refugee crisis continues to dominate this four-day WEEK as the European Commission marks its one-year anniversary under Jean-Claude Juncker. The former Luxembourg prime minister took the helm of the Brussels executive 12 months ago on Sunday (1 November) amid media revelations that the Grand Duchy had facilitated corporate tax evasion on a massive

 

c.       When the EU shuts up, Erdogan moves in

(https://euobserver.com/beyond-brussels/130901)

  • 30/10/2015
  • Almost a week after German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Istanbul, Turkish police together with judiciary seized one of the country’s largest media groups on the eve of the faithful elections on Sunday.Of course, the media group was one of the few
  • remaining critical voices in today’s Turkey, where 60-70% of the press is already controlled by President RecepTayyipErdogan and his

 

d.      EU states let cars exceed pollution limits

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130879)

  • 29/10/2015
    • The Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal has done little to reduce the influence of the auto industry lobby, as EU countries on Wednesday (28 October) decided that diesel car makers will be allowed to exceed emission limits for 2017 and

 

e.      Turkey raises price on EU refugee deal

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/130880)

  • 29/10/2015
  • Turkish negotiators are asking the EU to pay €3 billion a year in bilateral aid in return for cooperation on slowing the flow of refugees, according to a senior EU diplomat familar with the

 

f.       MEPs reject Commission plan on GMO opt-outs

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130869)

  • 28/10/2015
  • Food safety commissioner VytenisAndriukaitis failed on Wednesday (28 October) to convince the European Parliament to adopt a plan which would give member states the power to ban the use of genetically modified food ingredients.In a Strasbourg plenary
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vote Wednesday afternoon 579 of 751 MEPs said the Commission should withdraw it, which the Commission refused to do. Following the Commission’s refusal, the plenary voted again, inching towards unanimity, with 619 MEPs rejecting the plan.

 

g.      EP refuses to give farmers free pass on air quality rules

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130871)

  • 28/10/2015
  • The agriculture sector should not be exempt from new EU rules that limit air pollution, the plenary session of the European Parliament decided on Wednesday (28 October).It voted to include emission limits for the agriculture-related pollutants methane and ammonia, defying a lobby from the agriculture industry. The legislation deals with ceilings for six pollutants which EU member states are not allowed to exceed by

 

h.      EU must press Turkey on press freedom

(https://euobserver.com/opinion/130829)

  • 26/10/2015
  • Turkish president RecepTayyipErdogan’s visit to Brussels earlier this month came at an exceptionally challenging time for both Turkey and the European Union.As hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to cue up at Europe’s borders, fleeing atrocities in their homelands and encountering a continent unprepared (or unwilling) to admit their

staggering numbers, the EU needs to work with Turkey toward a sustainable solution to

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this humanitarian crisis.

 

 

Euroskop

a.      EU poz astav í sankce v ůči Bělorusku

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8956/26498/clanek/eu-pozastavi-sankce-vuci-belorusku/)

  • 29/10/2015
  • Evropská unie od soboty pozastaví na čtyři měsíce sankce vůči třem běloruským společnostem a 170 Bělorusům, včetně autoritářského prezidenta Alexandra Lukašenka. Oficiálně o tom informovala Evropská

 

  1. EU a Nov ý Zéland z ač nou jednat o v olném obc hodu (https://www.euroskop.cz/8956/26497/clanek/eu-a-novy-zeland-zacnou-jednat-o-volnem- obchodu/)
  • 29/10/2015
    • Evropská unie a Nový Zéland začnou vyjednávat o dohodě o volném obchodu. Po jednání to v Bruselu oznámili šéf Evropské komise Jean-Claude Juncker a novozélandský premiér John

 

c.       Evropská komise odmítla Babišův daňový návrh

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8952/26495/clanek/evropska-komise-odmitla-babisuv-danovy-navrh/)

  • 29/10/2015
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  • Evropská komise zamítla žádost ministra financí Andreje Babiše (ANO) na rozšíření přenesené daňové povinnosti u daně z přidané hodnoty (DPH). Informoval o tom Český rozhlas Radiožurnál. Kromě žádosti Česka Evropská komise odmítla stejný požadavek Rakouska, Bulharska a Slovenska. Vyjádření ministerstva financí zatím není k

 

d.      Junc ker: Dublin nefunguj e, musí s e z měnit

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26492/clanek/juncker-dublin-nefunguje-musi-se-zmenit/)

  • 29/10/2015
  • Dublinský systém, podle kterého nyní Evropská unie určuje, která země má řešit žádosti o azyl, již nefunguje a je třeba ho změnit. Prohlásil to v Paříži předseda Evropské komise Jean-Claude Juncker. Oznámil, že komise předloží návrhy změn nejpozději na jaře

 

e.      Europoslanci odmítli kompromis o GMO

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26490/clanek/europoslanci-odmitli-kompromis-o-gmo/)

  • 29/10/2015
  • Evropský parlament zamítl návrh, aby členské státy mohly zakázat na svém území prodej geneticky modifikovaných (GM) potravin schválených Evropskou unií. Státům to chtěla umožnit Evropská komise. Mnozí europoslanci ale namítali, že by to mohlo vést k obnovení hraničních kontrol mezi zeměmi nebo zasáhnout

 

14                  f.     EP potvrdil konec roamingu

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26465/clanek/ep-potvrdil-konec-roamingu/)

  • 27/10/2015
  • Poplatky za volání mobilním telefonem v zahraničí budou v rámci zemí Evropské unie od léta 2017 zakázány. V konečném hlasování to potvrdil Evropský parlament (EP). Evropská unie bude mít pod hlasování také první zákon zaručující neutralitu sítí.

Monitoring WGI (19. 10. – 25. 10. 2015)

 

1.    Instituce, agentury a orgány

 

Evropská Komise

  1. Commission Issues Opinion on Temporary Reintroduction of Controls at Internal Borders: Germany and Austria acting in compliance with Schengen Borders Code (https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5900_en.htm)
    • 23/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
    • The European Commission has published today its Opinion on the temporary reintroduction of controls at internal borders by Germany and Austria. The Commission has concluded that the initial reintroduction of controls at internal borders by Germany and Austria, as well as the subsequent prolongations, are in compliance with the Schengen Borders
    • The Commission is of the opinion that the sudden increase in the number of persons seeking international protection at the borders of these countries did lead to a threat of public policy and internal security, which justified the application of the extraordinary measures available under the Schengen Borders Code. Therefore, according to the Commission, the decisions taken by the German and Austrian authorities were necessary and the measures were proportionate. The Opinion also makes clear that it does not prejudge the assessment of any future

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b)     October infringements package: key decisions

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-5826_en.htm)

  • 22/10/2015, fact sheet, 9 stran
  • In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU These decisions, covering many sectors and EU policy areas (see Annex 1), aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
    • Commission requests eleven Member States to fully transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive
    • Commission asks the CZECH REPUBLIC to take back a shipment of toxic waste
    • Commission refers six Member States to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose EU rules on Bank Recovery and Resolution
    • Commission refers the CZECH REPUBLIC, LUXEMBOURG, and PORTUGAL to the Court of Justice of the EU over the interconnection of electronic transport registers
    • Taxation: Commission asks POLAND to stop discriminatory tax treatment of pensions contributions paid to Individual Pension Insurance Accounts (IKZE)

 

  1. EP this week: preventing radicalisation, Iran deal, Ukraine, EU banking sector (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151019STO98322/html/EP-this-week-preventing-radicalisation-Iran-deal- Ukraine-EU-banking-sector)
  • 19/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
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  • This week MEPs vote on a resolution on the prevention of radicalisation and the recruitment of young Europeans by terrorist organisations. The European banking system and financial stability will be the subject of a debate in the economic and monetary affairs committee, while the foreign affairs committee is set to discuss the EU’s strategy towards Iran following the nuclear deal. A delegation of MEPs travels to Ukraine to observe the local elections there on 25

 

  1. Estonian President discusses migration and security with Schulz (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151021STO98639/html/Estonian-President-discusses-migration-and- security-with-Schulz)
  • 21/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves visited the European Parliament on 21 October to discuss the challenges facing Europe, including migration, security and the digital single market, with EP President Martin Schulz. They also discussed the Estonian president’s participation in February’s plenary session in Strasbourg where he will make a speech. During his visit to Brussels, Ilves is also due to meet Donald Tusk, president of  the European

 

  1. Slovenian President discusses refugee crisis with Schulz (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151021STO98638/html/Slovenian-President-discusses-refugee-crisis-with- Schulz)

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  • Slovenian President Borut Pahor discussed the EU’s common approach to the refugee crisis with EP President Martin Schulz during a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels on 21 October. They also specifically discussed the situation in the Western Balkan countries, which have experienced a significant influx of refugees recently, as well as enlargement, Ukraine and EU-Russia

 

  1. Guest photographer contest: meet the winners (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151022STO98702/html/Guest-photographer-contest-meet-the-winners)
  • 22/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • Our guest photographer contest ran from January until September, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development. We received hundreds of outstanding photos from all around Europe, the best of which will feature in an exposition at the Parliament’s Bronisław Geremek Agora in Strasbourg this November. The public winner, whose photo received the most likes on Facebook and Google+, is Rosabella De Angelis, while the jury prize winner is Éva Szabó.

 

  1. Plenary session live (Strasbourg) – 28/10/2015 (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151023IPR98935/html/Plenary-session-live-(Strasbourg)-28102015)
    • 23/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
    • Video

 

h)     Your views: how the European elections should be improved

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(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151023STO98946/html/Your-views-how-the-European-elections-should- be-improved)

  • 23/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • European elections are your chance to decide how Europe should be run, but could they be run better? Although some basic principles are set down in EU law, Parliament is now looking to improve them further. Next week MEPs vote on a report with recommendations written by Polish EPP member Danuta Hübner and German S&D member Jo Leinen. We were keen to hear from you. Read on to find out what ideas people shared on our social media
  • One suggestion many people brought up is allowing people to vote at 16 at the European elections. At the moment only Austrians are able to do that. The idea sparked many comments both for and against. Many users felt that allowing younger people to vote might improve the turnout, but opponents felt 16-year-olds were not yet mature enough to go to the

 

Rada EU

Za sledované období žádné výstupy

 

Evropský parlament

Za sledované období žádné výstupy

 

Evropská rada

3                  a)   Speech by President Donald Tusk at the EPP congress in Madrid

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-

pdf/2015/10/40802203947_en_635811319800000000.pdf)

  • 22/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • First of all, I would like to thank and applaud Prime Minister Rajoy. In many ways, Mariano is a role model for many of During his term, the reform policies introduced by his party, Partido Popular, have been responsible for Spain’s recovery and strong economic performance. Spain has also achieved unprecedented results when it comes to fighting terrorism and, importantly, it has coped with containing illegal migration. Your experiences should be an example for all the members of the EPP family. Congratulations, Mariano.

 

  1. Speech by President Donald Tusk at VVD Europadag event, The Hague (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802204022_en_635812944000000000.pdf)
  • 24/10/2015, Speech, 2 strana
    • So, why am I here? The reasons are quite simple. One year ago, Mark came to see me for a private visit to my home town, to When we went to the National Museum to see the famous painting by Hans Memling called “The Last Judgment”, he told me that he had only one request of me. In Poland, a guest’s wish is treated like an order, so of course I answered that I would do anything he wanted me to. To which he promptly asked the question : “Will you come to the Hague for our party meeting?” I was left with no choice. Incidentally, when we were admiring the great work by Memling, we had no idea that Europe, within a year, would come to resemble some bits of “The Last Judgment”. If you remember the painting, you will know exactly what I have in mind.
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  • There is also a second As a Danziger of many generations, I am in some sense also a Dutchman. Mark himself seemed quite surprised at how much the old part of Gdansk reminded him of some of your towns. Come to think of it, nearly everything beautiful in Gdansk was built in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Dutch.
  • The third reason is perhaps the most important It is for your ears only and I kindly ask you to keep it a secret. I was born and will die a liberal.

 

 

2.    Think tanky a NGOs

 

The European Parliamentary Research Service

Review of the EU copyright Framework: European Implementation Assessment

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_STU(2015)558762)

  • 19/10/2015, 356 pages, Study, Input was received from three independent external contractors: 1) A consortium led by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) with Economisti Associati as consortium partner; 2) Milieu Ltd; and, 3) Valdani Vicari & Associati (VVA) with the involvement of KEA European Affairs as a
  • This European Implementation Assessment aims to provide briefing for the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) ahead of the publication of the Commission’s legislative proposals concerning the modernisation of the EU copyright framework, which are expected towards the end of

 

                 4          The European Council and the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris 2015 (COP 21): European Council in Action (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2015)558794)

  • 22/10/2015, 2 pages, Briefing by Susanna Tenhunen
  • In its March 2015 Conclusions, the European Council supported joint EU action ahead of the UN Paris Climate Change Conference. In particular, EU Leaders supported both commitments by individual states towards intended climate actions, known as “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDC), and coordinated EU-level action within the context of climate diplomacy. The objective of the Paris Climate Change Conference, to be held from 30 November to 11 December 2015, is to reach a comprehensive universal agreement with a view to keeping global warming below a threshold of 2 ˚C. This strategy is based upon the Commission communication on the Paris Protocol and the Climate Diplomacy Action Plan, which guides the EU in building alliances with international partners within the context of the upcoming Paris

 

Open Europe

  1. Let’s not overdo comparisons between the Scottish referendum and the EU referendum (https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/lets-not-overdo-comparisons-between-the-scottish-referendum- and-the-eu-referendum/ )
    • 8/10/2015, 2 pages, article by Raoul Ruparel
    • There is no doubt that there are some important and useful lessons to be learnt from the Scottish referendum ahead of the upcoming EU referendum in the UK. However, it
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should not be overdone. It is important to remember that these are very different issues which encapsulate different histories, emotions and economics.

 

  1. New poll: Majority of German voters back red card for national parliaments (https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/new-poll-majority-of-german-voters-back-red-card-for-national- parliaments/ )
    • 13/10/2015, 1 page, article by Nina Schick
    • A new poll released by Open Europe Berlin in cooperation with the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, and conducted by Forsa, finds widespread support for key elements of the UK’s renegotiation agenda among German public

 

  1. Is Ever Closer Union just a symbolic phrase with no meaningful application? (https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/is-ever-closer-union-just-a-symbolic-phrase-with-no-meaningful- application/)
    • 14/10/2015, 1 page, message by Pawel Swidlicki
    • Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki argues that a rare interview with the President of the European Court of Justice demonstrates that the Court interprets EU law in favour of greater integration, and that this explains why Cameron is keen to extricate the UK from the commitment to ‘Ever Closer Union’.

 

d.      Open Europe poses ten questions for the EU referendum Remain and Leave campaigns

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(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/open-europe-poses-ten-questions-for-the-eu-referendum-remain-

and-leave-campaigns/ )

  • 14/10/2015, 1 page, fact sheet by Raoul Ruparel
  • We have now seen the launch of both the ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ campaigns (with two in the latter camp) ahead of the EU referendum. There are a number of tough questions that both sides will have to answer, especially if they are to appeal to all-important swing voters in this referendum. So far, there have been too many clichés, dubious statistics and much preaching to the converted. It remains early days in the campaign, but below Open Europe lays out ten questions or issues which each side will have to answer or counter if they are to present a convincing and honest

 

Robert Schuman Foundation

BREXIT: What Fair Deal between UK and EU Member States?

(https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/european-issues/0368-brexit-is-a-compromise-possible- between-the-uk-and-the-member-states )

  • 19/10/2015, 1,5 pages, analysis by Louise Borjes, etc. (collective of authors)
  • UK’s relationship with the European Union has never been a bed of roses. In 1975, barely two years after joining, Harold Wilson’s Labour government consulted the British population by referendum asking them whether they wanted to remain in the European Community. At that time 67% answered “yes”. For the 42 years of membership, taking part in Europe has, for most British governments, comprised preventing Europe’s institutions from having too much power and negotiating exemptions and derogations
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to protect national sovereignty. There are three areas in which the UK has made a strong contribution to the European Union without playing a wild-card: the creation of the internal market, enlargement and defence. The British have always felt comfortable with a European Union defined as a vast market, but much less so with one of political union. Since a market can never exist without regulation the governments in London have accepted however, whether they have liked it or not, for the European Union to regulate trade, financial services and capital. Hence enlargements have often been viewed as positive extensions to the market. Since UK, along with France, are the only ones to have an army that can project itself outside of the European Union, it has been able to make a significant contribution to European Defence without committing strongly to the institutionalisation of a European Defence Policy, which might have competed against NATO.

 

Friends of Europe

Franz Timmermans opens State of Europe 2015

(https://www.friendsofeurope.org/future-europe/ec-vice-president-timmermans-opens-state-of- europe-2015/)

  • 22/10/2015, 1 pages, press article by unknown author
  • Brussels, 22 October 2015 – Politicians face an urgent task to overcome both public distrust and tensions among governments that threaten the future of Europe, European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans warned Thursday at the opening of Friends of

6          Europe’s annual State of Europe debate.

 

Centre for European Reform

Power to the parliaments! But will Cameron´s EU partners join his crusade?

(https://www.cer.org.uk/insights/power-parliaments-will-camerons-eu-partners-join-his-crusade)

  • 16/10/2015, 4 pages, policy brief by Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska
  • The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has been touring European capitals to present his package for reforming the EU. Among other things, he wants a stronger role for national parliaments in the EU, but he has yet to make detailed proposals. Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, calls this the “scoping stage” during which Cameron is testing Europe’s appetite for

 

COLLÈGE D‘EUROPE

a.      The role of emotions in the countryside of the National Front and the Democratic Movement for the European elections 2014 (La place des émotions dans les campagnes du Front national et du Mouvement démocrate pour les élections européennes de 2014) (francouzština)

(https://www.coleurope.eu/website/study/european-political-and-administrative-studies/research- activities/bruges-political)

  • 10/2015, 59 pages, Political research paper by Marta Pabian
  • “Voters have never seen so few constraints weigh on the performance of their political rights ” nor were faced with such embarrassment of choice in their sources The XXI century has provided the citizens that we are a considerable amount of
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information and channels of expression, thus creating a huge public space. The countless television stations, newspapers, magazines, we constantly provide information on the most recent political events. Citizens could well make their choices in a conscious way and it would become more difficult for any authority, even if it economic, political or social, to manipulate them.

 

b.      A Pan-European District for the European Elections? The Rise and Fall of the Duff Proposal for the Electoral Reform of the European Parliament

(https://www.coleurope.eu/system/files_force/research-paper/bprpaper_44.pdf?download=1)

  • 10/2015, fultext nedostupný, Political research paper by Lorenzo Donatelli

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

a.      Asking the public twice: why do voters change their minds in second referendums on EU treaties?

(https://bit.ly/1GkkXOv)

  • 19/10/2015, 3 pages, Blog article by Ece Özlem Atikcan
  • On three occasions – Denmark on the Maastricht Treaty, Ireland on the Nice Treaty and Ireland again on the Lisbon Treaty – voters have initially rejected an EU treaty only to vote in favour of it in a second referendum. Based on research conducted in Denmark and Ireland, Ece Özlem Atikcan assesses the reasons why voters changed their minds in each case. She illustrates that ‘Yes’ campaigners in both states learned from previous referendums and

                 7                          developed an approach that reframed the issue by emphasizing concessions gained from the

EU and the risks of rejecting a treaty for a second time.

 

  1. European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Ireland, Portugal, Austria and Croatia (https://bit.ly/1RmA76b)
  • 21/10/2015, 5 pages, Blog article by a collective of authors
  • The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is running a series of overviews of the renegotiation from each of the EU’s member states. Compiled by Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions, the overviews will set out what discussion – if any – there has been about the renegotiation and the wider views within each country on the renegotiation and a potential Brexit. This post is the fourth in the series and gives views from Ireland, Portugal, Austria and

 

  1. Is the UK marginalised in the EU? (https://bit.ly/1RSPxzW)
  • 20/10/2015, 5 pages, Blog article by Simon Hix
  • How influential is the UK in negotiations over EU legislation? Simon Hix writes that while there is a perception among some actors within the UK that the country is marginalised during EU negotiations, the best available data on EU decision-making would suggest that
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this is not the case. Citing figures from the DEUII dataset on EU decision-making, he illustrates that the UK’s stated negotiating position is on average closer to the agreed outcome in EU legislative decisions than most other member states. Nevertheless, as these figures only run until 2008 and do not relate to more high profile negotiations such as those over the EU budget or EU treaties, more research is required to assess the true nature of the UK’s influence in Europe.

 

 

3.    Zpravodajství

Euractiv

a.      Beijing drops hint it would like UK to stay in EU

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/beijing-drops-hint-it-would-uk-stay-eu-318818)

  • 23/10/2015
    • China hopes to see a united European Union in which Britain plays a prominent role in promoting Chinese relations with the bloc, President Xi Jinping told Britain’s premier – making in an indirect plea for the country to remain part of the

 

  1. Tusk and Orbán on collision with Merkel over refugee crisis (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/tusk-and-orban-collision-course-merkel-over- refugee-crisis-318796)

8                          ·    23/10/2015

  • EU Council President Donald Tusk and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán indirectly rebuked German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday (22 October), calling arguments over how to accommodate refugees “naïve” as long as Europe fails to stop

 

  1. Orbán s lams EU migration policies ahead of Junker’s mi ni -summit (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/orban-slams-eus-migration-policies-preparation- junckers-mini-summit-318776)
  • 22/10/2015
    • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged European leaders late yesterday (21 October) to change their “politically correct” immigration policies and involve voters in a debate about the continent’s future, saying they would otherwise face a political crisis and a threat to the democratic

 

  1. Mendelson: B rexit renegotiati ons w ould take ‘ up to 10 y ears’ (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/mandelson-brexit-renegotations-would-take-10- years-318769)
  • 22/10/2015
    • Former EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson has warned eurosceptics that a British renegotiation of its relationship with Europe after a ‘Brexit’ would take up to a

 

e.      No European army now, says S&D VP

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(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/no-european-army-now-says-sd-vp-318719)

  • 21/10/2015
  • During a meeting with journalists on Tuesday (20 October), Knut Fleckenstein, the Vice- President of the Socialists and Democrats, said that now was not the time to discuss a European army, arguing that it would provoke

 

  1. Juncker calls EU-Balkans mini-summit over refugee crisis (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/juncker-calls-eu-balkans-mini-summit-over- refugee-crisis-318722)
  • 21/10/2015
    • European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has called a mini-summit in Brussels for Sunday (25 October) to tackle the migrant crisis along the Western Balkans route, his office said.The leaders of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia will meet their counterparts from non-EU states Macedonia and Serbia, Juncker’s office stated on Wednesday (21 October).

 

  1. Battling migrant crisis, EU urges Eritrea to respect human rights (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/battling-migrant-crisis-eu-urges-eritrea- respect-human-rights-318708)
  • 21/10/2015

9                          ·    European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Tuesday (20 October) for greater respect for human rights in Eritrea, a major source of refugees who risk their

lives trying to to reach Europe.

 

  1. EU paid 600% too much for foreign fish, auditors find (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-paid-600-too-much-foreign-fish-auditors-find- 318694)
  • 21/10/2015
    • The EU paid up to six times too much for fish under its flagship ‘fishing partnership agreements’, a new report by the Court of Auditors found Tuesday (20 October).

 

  1. Merkel says ready to support Turkey EU accession process (https://www.euractiv.com/sections/enlargement/merkel-says-ready-support-turkey-eu-accession- process-318615)
  • 19/10/2015
    • Germany is ready to help drive forward Turkey’s European Union accession process, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday (18 October), extending support to Ankara in exchange for Turkish help in stemming the flow of refugees to

 

Euobserver

a.      China urges Britain to stay inside EU

(https://euobserver.com/eu-china/130810)

  • 23/10/2015
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  • Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged the UK not to leave the EU in a rare intervention in a foreign country’s internal affairs. He told British PM David Cameron on Friday (23 October): “China hopes to see a prosperous Europe and a united EU, and hopes Britain, as an important member of the EU, can play an even more positive and constructive role in promoting the deepening development of China-EU ties”.

 

b.      Centre-right leaders close ranks on migration

(https://euobserver.com/political/130804)

  • 22/10/2015
  • At its congress in Madrid on Wednesday and Thursday (October 21-22) , the centre-right European Popular Party (EPP) demonstrated a united front and reached a synthesis of antagonistic positions over the migrant

 

c.       Balkan summit highlights Juncker-Tusk leadership gap

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130784)

  • 22/10/2015
  • By calling a mini summit on Sunday (25 October), European Commission president Jean- Claude Juncker has decided to push forward the Commission’s role in addressing the migrant

 

10                           d. EU battle for open Internet rules rages on

(https://euobserver.com/connected/130797)

  • 22/10/2015
  • The European battle to maintain the open character of the Internet is not over yet.Several Liberal and left-wing members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are trying to convince colleagues to support amendments that they say would close loopholes in new legislation that will be put to a vote in a plenary session in Strasbourg next

 

e.      EU data chiefs failed to report US privacy complaints

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130792)

  • 22/10/2015
  • The US top privacy enforcer Jessica Rich on Wednesday (21 October) said EU national data protection authorities did little to help crack down on violations under Safe

 

f.       EPP calls for Dublin overhaul and hotspots outside the EU

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130791)

  • 22/10/2015
  • The centre-right European Popular Party (EPP) adopted a resolution on migration policy at its congress on Wednesday (21 October), calling for a “complete reform of the European asylum system”, a separation of refugees and economic migrants “before their arrival in the EU”, a legal migration policy based on labour market needs and a revision of the family reunification EU
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g.      EU: Starbucks and Fiat must repay €20-30mn on illegal tax deals

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130779)

  • 21/10/2015
  • Starbucks and Fiat have to pay millions of euros in back taxes to the Netherlands and Luxembourg, because their tax deals amounted to illegal state aid, the EU Commission said on Wednesday (21 October).

 

h.      Commission proposes single euro seat in IMF

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130782)

  • 21/10/2015
  • The European Commission on Wednesday (21 October) proposed a single seat for the eurozone in the International monetary Fund (IMF) by 2025, in an effort to deepen the monetary union and give the currency bloc a unified voice in the global

 

i.        EU overpaid for fishing rights, auditor says

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130752)

  • 20/10/2015
  • The European Union has in one year overpaid by almost €34 million for the right to fish in the seas of Madagascar, Mauritania, Mozambique, and the Seychelles, the European
  • Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report published on Tuesday (20 October).

 

Euroskop

a.      Kongres lidovc ů: Orbán vyz ýv al k obraně Ev ropy

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26454/clanek/kongres-lidovcu-orban-vyzyval-k-obrane-evropy/)

  • 23/10/2015
    • Maďarský premiér Viktor Orbán na kongresu Evropské lidové strany v Madridu uvedl, že uprchlická krize je vážný problém Evropy a že Evropa musí bránit své

 

  1. Kypr bude v etov at přístupov é r oz hov ory T urec ka s EU (https://www.euroskop.cz/8953/26444/clanek/kypr-bude-vetovat-pristupove-rozhovory-turecka-s- eu/)
  • 20/10/2015
    • Kypr varoval, že hodlá i nadále vetovat přístupová jednání Turecka s Evropskou unií. Podle agentury Reuters tak potenciálně ohrožuje plány vedoucích představitelů EU na oživení vztahů s Ankarou výměnou za tureckou pomoc v řešení evropské migrační

 

c.       FT: Pl án na r oz dělení 200 tisíc uprc hlíků?

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26443/clanek/ft-plan-na-rozdeleni-200-tisic-uprchliku/)

  • 19/10/2015
  • Evropská komise připravuje plán, podle kterého by si členské státy mohly přerozdělit

200.000 běženců z táborů v zemích jako Turecko, Jordánsko či Libanon. Napsal to v

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neděli list FinancialTimes. Brusel by prý návrh mohl představit již příští rok v březnu v rámci reforem zaměřených na omezení přílivu běženců z Turecka a okolních zemí do EU.

 

d.      Řecký parlament odsouhlasil úsporný balíček

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8953/26441/clanek/recky-parlament-odsouhlasil-usporny-balicek/)

  • 19/10/2015
  • Řecký parlament schválil balík reforem zahrnující tvrdá úsporná opatření požadovaná mezinárodními věřiteli výměnou za třetí záchranný plán. Reformy obsahují snížení důchodů, zvyšování věku pro odchod do důchodu, zvýšení trestů za daňové úniky a liberalizaci trhu s energií.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monitoring WG Instituce (5. 10. – 18. 10. 2015)

  1. Instituce, agentury a orgány

 

EvropskáKomise

  1. First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová ‘s press conference on Safe Harbour following the Court ruling in case C-362/14 (Schrems) (https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5782_en.htm)
    • 6/10/2015, prohlášení, 2 strany
    • In the meantime, transatlantic data flows between companies can continue using other mechanisms for international transfers of personal data available under EU data protection law.
    • Our priorities as Commission are now:
      • the protection of personal data transferred across the Atlantic;
      • the continuation of transatlantic data flows, which are important for our economy, with adequate safeguards;
      • and the uniform application of EU law in the internal market.
    • VěraJourová:
      • First, we have to guarantee that EU citizens’ data are protected by sufficient safeguards when they are transferred.
      • Then, it is important that transatlantic data flows can continue, as they are the backbone of our economy.
      • Finally, we will work together with the national Data protection authorities to ensure a coordinated response on alternative ways to transfer data. This is important for European businesses.
  1. First Vice-President FransTimmermans and Commissioner Johannes Hahn visit to Turkey postponed after attacks in Ankara

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5822_en.htm)

  • 11/10/2015, prohlášení, 1 strana
  • In view of the tragic events that took place in Ankara yesterday, this visit on request of the Turkish authorities has now been postponed to respect the nation’s three days of mourning.

We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. Our sympathy goes to the Turkish people and authorities.

  • The Commission hopes to be able to reschedule the visit for Wednesday 14 October. c) Things we learnt in plenary: Hollande and Merkel, Volkswagen scandal and Kunduz

bombing

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151007STO96560/html/Things-we-learnt-in-plenary-Hollande-and-Merkel- Volkswagen-and-Kunduz-bombing)

  • 9/10/2015, článek, 1 strana

 

  • French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated with MEPs the challenges facing Europe, from the refugee crisis to the situation in Syria, during October’s first plenary session. MEPs also discussed the Volkswagen scandal with the European Commission, which is preparing new legislation to tighten vehicle testing. In addition the refugee crisis was discussed with European Council President Donald Tusk, following September’s extraordinary EU summit.
  1. Opening: air strikes against Afghan hospital added to debate with Mogherini (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151002IPR95302/html/Opening-air-strikes-against-Afghan-hospital-added- to-debate-with-Mogherini)
    • 5/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 1 strana
    • A debate on the 3 October air strikes on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which killed 12 Médecins Sans Frontières staff and 10 patients including three children, has been added to the agenda on Wednesday at 08.30, announced Vice-President Mairead McGuinness at the opening of the plenary session. It will start with a statement by EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini.
  2. Today in plenary: President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel to address MEPs (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151001STO95136/html/Today-in-plenary-President-Hollande-and- Chancellor-Merkel-to-address-MEPs)
    • 7/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a historic joint appearance in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. They will speak on topical European issues and debate with political group leaders. It is the first joint address of French and German leaders since November 1989, when President François Mitterrand and Chancellor Helmut Kohl debated the end of the Cold War with MEPs. Follow our coverage live from 15.00 CET.
  3. King Felipe of Spain: Europe cannot let refugees down (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151007STO96397/html/King-Felipe-of-Spain-Europe-cannot-let-refugees- down)
    • 7/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • Spanish King Felipe VI called on the EU to treat the current refugee crisis with “generosity, solidarity and responsibility” in an address to the plenary on Wednesday 7 October. The monarch stressed the suffering of those who come to Europe “fleeing violence and fanaticism”. “[There are] hundreds of thousands of refugees who pursue a project of hope, and see the Union as a land area of peace, prosperity and justice,” he said. “We cannot let them down.”
  4. François Hollande and Angela Merkel face MEPs (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20150929IPR94921/html/Fran%C3%A7ois-Hollande-and-Angela-Merkel-face- MEPs)
    • 7/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 4 strany
    • The current situation in the European Union and challenges to be tackled together, and notably migration, were at the heart of Wednesday afternoon’s debate between

 

European Parliament political group leaders, President of the French Republic François Hollande and Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.

  • President of the French Republic François Hollande
    • Against the temptation for EU countries “to retreat into their national shells”, which condemns Europe to “powerlessness”, MrHollande advocated an “outgoing Europe”, able to “reaffirm the simple and clear principles of solidarity, responsibility and firmness”. Firmness in the face of the “brutal violation of international law” in Ukraine. And responsibility against terrorism, “which threatens the soul of our continent”. MrHollande also defended the principle of solidarity with refugees.
    • “Faced with these challenges, I am convinced that if we do not move ahead with integration, we shall stop or slip back”, said MrHollande. He therefore proposed “consolidating the Euro area” in order to “coordinate policies, promote fiscal convergence and harmonisation, investment, and tax and social policy”, adding that “Institutional choices will be necessary”.
  • Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel
    • “The huge number of refugees is a test of historic proportions. And to allow these people a dignified life in their homelands, is a European and a global challenge” , said Ms Merkel.
    • “We must now resist the temptation to fall back into national government action.

Right now we need more Europe! Germany and France are ready. Only together will we in Europe succeed in reducing the global causes of flight and expulsion. We can protect our external borders successfully only if we do something to deal with the many crises in our neighborhood – Turkey plays a key role”, said Ms Merkel, adding that “EU-wide return programmes are also important. The Dublin process, in its current form, is obsolete”.

  1. Remarks of First Vice President Timmermans at the press conference following the college meeting on 14/10/2015

(https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/remarks-first- vice-president-timmermans-press-conference-following-college-meeting-14102015_en)

  • 14/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 2 strany
  • Today in the college we discussed the preparation of the European Council. We adopted a report which sets out the progress made so far on the list of priority actions we proposed, and that the Heads of State and Government endorsed, on 23 September. These are the steps that we all agreed that we need to take, and take urgently. Our report shows what has been done.
  • What we need to do is make identification, fingerprinting, relocation and return a systematic process in Italy and Greece. We should also see a substantial number of relocations taking place every month. This outcome is within reach, but it will  not happen without the support of all Member States. In particular, we need them to respond quickly to the call for around 1000 national experts to support the work in the hotspots.

 

  1. Refugee Crisis: European Commission reports on progress in implementation of priority actions

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5839_en.htm)

 

  • 14/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 3 strany
  • Ahead of the European Council of 15 October, the Commission has today put on the table a Communication describing the State of Play of the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda on Migration. This Communication to the European Council sets out the progress made on the operational measures, budgetary commitments and actions to implement EU law that were proposed by the Commission and endorsed by Heads of State and Government on 23 September
  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “As Europe’s leaders, we came together three weeks ago to agree on a concrete list of steps we need to take, and to take urgently. The Commission has lived up to all its commitments. We have dedicated more money to the refugee crisis – with our amending budget already adopted by both co- legislators. We have sent our experts to Greece and Italy to make the hotspots and relocation scheme function, and pushed all Member States to properly apply the EU’s common asylum rules. We have seen concrete results, but we still need Member States to do more. Noble words need to be followed by concrete actions back home.
  1. European Council, 15/10/2015 (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2015/10/15- 16/?utm_source=dsms- auto&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=European+Council%2c+15%2f10%2f2015)
    • 15/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 2 strany
    • EU leaders met on Thursday 15 October 2015 against the background of the migration and refugee crisis in Europe. The European Council was the fourth in only six months to focus on the response to the crisis.
    • Migration
      • cooperation with the countries of origin and transit to stem the migratory flows: EU leaders welcomed the agreement on a EU-Turkey joint action plan and agreed to achieve concrete operational measures at the forthcoming Valletta Summitwith African heads of state or government
      • strengthening of the EU’s external borders with an integrated border management system that will go beyond the Frontex mandate, and the addition of hundreds more border guards to secure the hotspot areas in Greece and Italy
      • the issue of return and readmission
      • President Tusk also initiated a discussion on broader challenges for an EU migration policy in the medium to long term. EU leaders addressed the sensitive questions of the future of the Dublin regulation, the EU border guard system and the specific role ofhotspots.
    • EU leaders were informed about the state of play and the next steps on the (in/out) referendum. Prime Minister Cameron is committed to setting out the UK’s specific concerns in writing by early November.
  2. Opening of October session: bomb attack in Ankara and Safe Harbour (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151013IPR97323/html/Opening-of-October-session-bomb-attack-in- Ankara-and-Safe-Harbour)
    • 14/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 1 strana

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • President Schulz condemned the brutal terrorist attack on peaceful demonstrators as an attack on democracy and voiced concern at the escalating violence and polarisation in Turkey ahead of the elections.
  1. Refugee crisis: member states urged to deliver fast on their financial pledges (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151014IPR97646/html/Refugee-crisis-member-states-urged-to-deliver-fast- on-their-financial-pledges)
    • 14/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 1 strana
    • A comprehensive long-term approach on migration and asylum policies, in cooperation with third countries, as well as immediate delivery on agreed urgent measures, must take centre stage at Thursday’s meeting of EU leaders, said MEPs in a debate with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg’s presidency representative Nicolas Schmit on Wednesday.
    • “It’s not enough to promise, it’s deeds that count!” said MrJuncker, echoed by most political group speakers who criticised member states for failing so far to deliver money pledged in the 23 September European Council decisions, and their slowness to increase staff at EU agencies dealing with migration.
  2. Migration challenges are best tackled at EU level, says Eurobarometer poll (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151015IPR97847/html/Migration-challenges-are-best-tackled-at-EU-level- says-Eurobarometer-poll)
    • 15/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 1 strana
    • Immigration and terrorism are EU citizens’ fastest-growing concerns, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Wednesday. An EU average of 66% of respondents said that more decisions on migration should be taken at EU level, rather than by national governments alone, but the survey found marked differences among countries on all the issues addressed.
    • The survey, of 28,150 Europeans aged over 15, took place between 19 and 29 September, a period when refugee arrivals at EU borders and tragic migrant deaths were being widely reported in the media.
  3. European Citizen’s Prize 2015 winners honoured in Brussels (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151015STO97852/html/European-Citizen%E2%80%99s-Prize-2015- winners-honoured-in-Brussels)
  • 15/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • They are the people and organisations making Europe a better place by promoting contribution and mutual understanding. On 14 October the laureates of the 2015 European Citizen’s Prize were honoured for their efforts at a ceremony held in the European Parliament . A jury headed by EP Vice President Sylvie Guillaume selected the 47 laureates from 26 EU countries in June.
  1. Romanian president discusses refugee crisis and EU reforms with Schulz (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151015STO97932/html/Romanian-president-discusses-refugee-crisis-and- EU-reforms-with-Schulz)

 

  • 15/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • Romanian President Klaus Iohannis met EP President Martin Schulz on 15 October to discuss the refugee crisis, EU reforms that might be needed in the near future and the freedom of movement within the Union. This was the Romanian president’s first visit to the European Parliament, after taking up office last December. The meeting was followed by a short press conference.

 

 

Rada EU

  1. General Affairs Council, 13/10/2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/gac/2015/10/13/)

  • 13/10/2015, tiskovázpráva, 1 strana
  • The Council finalised preparations for the European Council meeting which will take place on 15 and 16 October 2015 and discussed draft conclusions for agreement by EU leaders.
  • “Addressing the migration issue is a challenge, and there is no one easy solution. We all agree that it is only through a balanced and comprehensive package of measures that Europe will be able to offer a response which is not only effective but which also respects our core values. Today’s discussions have helped prepare the ground for the right decisions to be taken at the European Council later this week”, said the minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg and President of the Council, Jean Asselborn.
  • The Council took stock of the views expressed in its preparatory bodies on the Commission’s priorities for its Work Programme for 2016. The Commission is expected to adopt the Work Programme on 27 October.
  • The presidency informed ministers of the state of play of the negotiations on an agreement between the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council on better regulation. The Commission’s proposal is aimed at reaching a shared commitment between the three institutions on improving the way the EU legislates.

 

 

Evropskýparlament

  1. Budgets MEPs want more money for migration and jobs in 2016 (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+IM- PRESS+20151012IPR97194+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN)
    • 13/10/2015, Press release, 2 strany
    • The budgets committee on Tuesday demanded more funds to handle the migration and refugee crisis, help young people into jobs, and fully offset the cuts to the EU’s research and transport networks programs, in a political resolution on the 2016 budget. The committee had earlier reversed all the Council’s cuts to the Commission’s initial proposal.
  2. Budget MEPs approv e extra € 401. 3 million for migration i n 2015 budget (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-

%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bIM- PRESS%2b20151012IPR97191%2b0%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN)

  • 12/10/2015, Press release, 2 strany

 

  • Budget MEPs on Monday endorsed the Commission’s proposal for new funds of €330.7 million and a redeployment of €70.6 million in commitment appropriations to cope with the refugee crisis. At the same time, the committee said a long-term solution to finance migration measures must be found when the EU’s multiannual budget is reviewed in 2016.

 

Evropskárada

  1. Statement by European Council President Donald Tusk on the bomb attack in Ankara (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203419_en_635800936200000000.pdf)
    • 10/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
    • I condemn in the strongest possible terms the brutal bomb attack in Ankara today. I extend my sincere condolences to the victims and their loved ones. The attack on a peaceful march cynically exploits a sensitive moment for Turkey and the region. The European Union stands side by side with Turkey, its people and authorities in its efforts against terrorism and for reconciliation.
  2. Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting in Varna with Prime Minister BoykoBorissov

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203375_en_635799902400000000.pdf)

  • 9/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • Bulgaria borders Turkey, Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – all countries under great migratory pressure. Bulgaria has so far managed the situation at your borders well. These are also EU borders and I really respect your efforts. We are fully aware of how many resources you spend to protect Turkish and Greek borders. For me this is clear evidence that you are ready to be part of the Schengen area. And you deserve praise for actively participating in Frontex operations in other Member States. This is another proof of your commitment to European solidarity. Solidarity goes both ways. Should further difficulties arise on Bulgaria’s borders, EU support in terms of financial assistance or otherwise, can be explored. Simply speaking, today Bulgaria is perhaps the best example, also for other Member States, of how to protect its borders.
  • We need to be realistic and refocus the debate away from how to address the symptoms to how to address the root causes. As a result of our special European Council on September 23rd, there is now a shared understanding between all EU heads of state or government that restoring the control of the EU´s external borders is a primary task. Regaining control of our external borders is a sine qua non condition for an effective, humanitarian and safe migratory policy.
  • At the informal meeting of the Heads of States and Governments last month, we also made progress towards finding solutions to the chaos that we see at our external borders. We will meet again next week to review what has been done and agree on further orientations. This will include increasedcooperation with Turkey.
  • In this context, it is a positive step that Bernardino Leon has proposed a national government of unity in Libya. I strongly encourage all parties not to waste this opportunity. Libya has too few opportunities for lasting peace.

 

  • Today, we also discussed energy issues. Energy security remains a priority for the EU. The key infrastructure projects, which the EU agreed with Bulgaria and other countries of the region should be swiftly implemented to create a resilient network, which will shield us from external risks. We should continue our efforts to diversify energy supplies and decrease our dependence on a single supplier. To this end we should robustly enforce energy legislation and make sure that all agreements are compliant with the EU energy security provisions. This is a priority of the European Council and the Commission, whether in the south or in the north.
  • Finally, another word on the Schengen enlargement. I know that many in Bulgaria consider this should have happened by now. I can assure you of my support for your accession, but we need all Member States’ agreement. We work hard to make it happen. In the meantime, Bulgaria needs to ensure that judicial reforms, fight against corruption and organised crime continue at a robust pace. Not just because the EU requests it but first and foremost because it will make Bulgaria stronger. Thank you.
  1. Congratulation letter by President Donald Tusk to the Prime Minister of Portugal Pedro Passos Coelho

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203309_en_635798314800000000.pdf)

  • 7/10/2015, Press release, 1 strana
  • On behalf of the European Council, I wish to congratulate you on winning the elections in Portugal, which paves the way for your second term as Prime Minister. The recent economic results of Portugal, and these elections, show that the ambitious programme of economic reforms and the measures to ensure sound public finances that your government has adopted over that last four year have paid off.
  1. Address by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the informal meeting of heads of state or government of 23 September 2015 (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203242_en_635799181800000000.pdf)
    • 6/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 2 strana
    • The real test for any community comes in a time of crisis. Just like we check our banks using stress tests, today life itself is using a dramatic migration stress test to check our community. And that is what the last European Council was about. You know its results. Allow me then to share a more general thought with you – especially that in ten days the next European Council will be dealing with the same problem.
  2. Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of Turkey RecepTayyipErdoğan

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203215_en_635796626400000000.pdf)

  • 5/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
  • In view of the refugee crisis I decided several weeks ago to intensify our contacts. It is already our second meeting in a month after we met in Ankara in September. I also met Prime Minister Davutoğlu in New York last week. And our staffs have been very engaged in talks the last days and weeks. We have a shared challenge at hand, which is the many refugees and migrants in and crossing through Turkey to EU countries.

 

  • It is indisputable that Europe has to manage its borders better. We expect Turkey to do the same.
  • In order to solve this crisis we discussed financial assistance, border management, fight against smugglers, integration policies and visa liberalisation. The European Union is ready to take up all issues with Turkey so we also discussed a possible buffer zone in Syria.
  • However, Turkey needs to be equally ready to act. The situation where hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing to the EU via Turkey must be stopped. And we cannot do it on our own, we need the Turkish side. Strengthened cooperation will benefit both sides. Europe wants a real solution to this very real crisis.
  • We also discussed the urgent need to find a solution to the conflict in Syria. We agree that the solution cannot happen through having Russia, allied with President Assad, bombing legitimate opposition forces. We agree on the need to fight Daesh. In this context, President Erdogan also updated me on the worrying news also for us of Russian warplanes violating Turkish territory.
  1. European Council conclusions, 15 October 2015 (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2015/10/15-euco- conclusions/)
    • 16/10/2015, Press release, 7 strana
    • Tackling the migration and refugee crisis is a common obligation which requires a comprehensive strategy and a determined effort over time in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility. The orientations agreed by Heads of State or Government on 23 September focused on the most pressing issues. Their implementation is advancing rapidly, as evidenced by work undertaken within the Council and by the Commission report of 14 October. This will be kept under close review, including as concerns the financial pledges and possible further needs.
    • The orientations set out above represent a further important step towards our comprehensive strategy, consistent with the right to seek asylum, fundamental rights and international obligations. There are however other important priority actions that require further discussions in the relevant fora, including the Commission proposals. And there is a need for continuing reflection on the overall migration and asylum policy of the EU. The European Council will keep developments under review.
    • The European Council discussed political and military developments in Syria, including their impact on migration. The Assad regime bears the greatest responsibility for the

250.000 deaths of the conflict and the millions of displaced people. The  European Council agreed on the need to focus on the fight against DAESH and other UN-designated terrorist groups in the framework of a united and coordinated strategy and a political process on the basis of the Geneva Communiqué of 2012. The EU is fully engaged in finding a political solution to the conflict in close cooperation with the UN and the countries of the region and calls on all parties involved to work to that effect. There cannot be a lasting peace in Syria under the present leadership and until the legitimate grievances and aspirations of all components of Syrian society are addressed. The European Council expressed its concern about the Russian attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians and the risk of further military escalation.

 

  • As regards Libya, the European Council welcomed the announcement made by the UN and called on all parties to swiftly endorse it. The EU reiterates its offer of substantial political and financial support to the Government of National Accord as soon as it takes office.
  • The European Council took stock of the discussions on the Presidents’ report on completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union. The European Council reiterates that the process of completing the Economic and Monetary Union must be taken forward in full respect of the single market and in an open and transparent manner. The European Council will revert to these issues at its December meeting.
  • The European Council was informed about the process ahead concerning the UK plans for an (in/out) referendum. The European Council will revert to the matter in December.
  • The European Council welcomes the international and independent report, conducted by the Dutch Safety Board, published on 13 October into the downing of flight MH17 and supports the ongoing efforts to hold to account those responsible for the downing of MH17, in accordance with UNSC Resolution 2166.
  1. Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the European Council meeting of 15 October 2015 (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203728_en_635805540600000000.pdf)
    • 15/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
    • First of all, allow me to express cautious optimism, and I have to underline of course the word cautious. Tonight leaders took important decisions that will help secure the Union’s external borders.
    • Third, we also discussed broader challenges in order to be ready for a new influx of refugees next year. We had a debate on the future of the Dublin regulation, on the EU border guard system and on the specific role of hotspots. These are all divisive issues and the goal today was to have a first serious exchange of views on them. If we are not able to find humanitarian and efficient solutions, then others will find solutions which are inhumane, nationalistic and for sure not European.
    • And finally on Britain: I briefed leaders on the preparatory discussions between my officials and the UK over the last months. We welcomed Prime Minister Cameron’s commitment to set out the UK’s specific concerns in writing by early November. Thank you
  2. Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the tripartite social summit (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203712_en_635805163800000000.pdf)
    • 15/10/2015, Statements and remarks, 1 strana
    • First, I expect leaders to agree a set of conclusions that will make full use of Frontex now and develop it into a more operational body, including the right to initiate and conduct returns, and be pro-active when it comes to protecting external borders.
    • Second, in the context of Valetta Summit with the African countries, Turkey and the wider Middle East region, we will discuss what the “more for more” principle should mean in practice. The aim of all these talks will be an effective return and readmission policy, prevention of illegal migration, and creating legal migration channels.
    • Third, we will address the very complex situation in the region. Our talks with Turkey are ongoing. Libya is still volatile. And the situation in Syria is deteriorating. All this may lead

 

to a new massive exodus of refugees. It is our obligation to be prepared for all possible scenarios. We must ask ourselves if the decisions we are going to take are sufficient to contain a new migratory wave.

  • Finally, leaders need to start discussing, together, some of the big challenges in the medium and long term. On the future of the Dublin system, which is now in force. On the specific role of hotspots in light of different opinions regarding their character and purpose. And on the strengthening of our external borders, including a possible EU border and coast guard system. We will not find a solution today but we need to start a serious discussion.
  1. Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the members of the European Council (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/10/40802203597_en_635803626000000000.pdf)
    • 13/10/2015, Press release, 1 strana
    • We will meet on Thursday against the background of refugee pressure that has been increasing in recent months. We agreed in September that our priority should be strengthening of the EU’s external borders, as well as increasing our support for the countries in the neighbourhood and the refugees there.

 

  1. TT’s a NGO’s

 

Open Europe

Majority of Tory MPs remain open-minded about EU membership and are waiting to assess Cameron’s reform package

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/majority-of-tory-mps-remain-open-minded-about-eu-membership- and-are-waiting-to-assess-camerons-reform-package/ )

  • 2/10/2015, 4 pages, article by PawelSwidlicki
  • Ahead of the Conservative Party conference, Open Europe’s PawelSwidlicki argues that most Tory MPs have not yet made their minds up about which side to support in the EU referendum campaign, and that much will hinge on the credibility of Cameron’s EU reform package.

 

 

CONCORD: the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development

CSO Open letter to vice-president Timmermans on the 2030 agenda (https://www.concordeurope.org/publications/item/460-cso-open-letter-to-first-vice-president-frans- timmermans-on-the-2030-agenda )

  • 9/2015, 2 pages, working paper by the NGOs
  • Dear First Vice-President Timmermans, We, European Civil Society Organisations working on both international and domestic EU policies across a variety of sectors ranging from Youth, Sustainability, Social Justice, Fair Trade, International cooperation, Health, Culture, Environment, Gender Equality, Migration, Climate Change, Local Democracy, Human Rights and Media Development, are writing to you in your capacity as Vice-President of the European Commission, mandated with the horizontal responsibility for sustainable development.At the UN Summit in New York taking place from 25-27 of September, Heads of State and Government will adopt the universal, people- and planet-centered 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (‘Agenda 2030’). As European civil society, we now expect the EU to match the ambition of this Agenda with a clear

 

EU implementation strategy, which reflects the integrated, interlinked and comprehensive nature of the Agenda, in order to ensure well-being for all within planetary boundaries.

 

 

InstitutFrançais des Relations Internationales

TheAlternative for Germany:The partythatwill establishthe rightof the Germanpolitical spectrum (L’« Alternative pour l’Allemagne» : Le partis’établira-t-ilsur la droite de l’échiquierpolitiqueallemand?) (francouzština)

(https://www.ifri.org/fr/publications/enotes/notes-cerfa/l-alternative-lallemagne-parti-setablira-t-de- lechiquier-politique)

  • 05/10/2005, 33 pages, brief by NeleWissmann
  • In recent years,throughout Europe, new parties emergedon the rightfringeof the political spectrumand managed tomobilize votersby theirpopulistcontent andtheirposition asanti- establishmentmovement.Germany haslong seemedto be an exceptionin this regard.The creationof the party “Alternative fürDeutschland” (“Alternative for Germany” AFD) in 2013haschanged,at leastin the medium term, the German landscapeof political parties.

 

 

Istitutoper gliStudi di PoliticaInternazionale

National identity 25 years after German reunification (L’identitànazionaletedesca 25 annidopo la riunificazione) (italština)

(https://www.ispionline.it/it/pubblicazione/lidentita-nazionale-tedesca-25-anni-dopo-la-riunificazione-     13935)

  • 3/10/2015, 3 pages, Commentary by UbaldoVillani-Lubelli
  • The story of the evolution of Germany is summarized in two pictures from a distance of seventy years. The first of a scared little boy in the Warsaw ghetto in front of a Nazi soldier, the second of another boy with the hat of a German policeman, happy to be accepted as a refugee in Germany. Two pictures that symbolize the long process of rehabilitation of a country that since the Second World War could disappear and become a mere “geographical entity” (Stalin).

 

 

The Policy Association for an Open Society

  1. European Integration and the Regional State Administrations. How is the EU Promoted on the Regional Level?

(https://pasos.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/policy_brif_oblasti_eng-3.pdf)

  • 2/10/2015, 9 pages, Policy brief by Daria Gaidai
  • Although “ensuring public and media access to relevant information on the implementation of the Association Agreement” is an essential point of all regional action plans for the implementation of Ukraine’s AA with the EU, only few regional administrations are concerned with informing their communities about the process of European integration on a regular basis, according to this Institute of World Policy report.
  1. Open Government Data: Key to a Transparent, Accountable, and Participatory Society

(https://pasos.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/policy_brif_oblasti_eng-3.pdf)

  • 6/10/2015, 10 pages, Policy brief by Riinvest Institute

 

  • Kosovo needs to amend its public-information law to increase the amount of government data available to its citizens online, according to this Riinvest Institute policy  “This could raise the awareness about the value of availability and accessibility of information on official websites of institutions,” the brief states. “Consequently, this would also contribute to the number of public documents requested to the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, which for 2014 was about 85,120 requests in total.

 

 

The Institute for International and European Affairs

Comments on the Five Presidents’ Report, “Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union” (https://www.iiea.com/ftp/Publications/2015/comments_on_five_presidents_report_2015.pdf  )

  • 8/10/2015, 6 pages, Commentary Paper by IIEA Economic Governance Group
  • In March 2015, following an invitation from the European Commission, the IIEA Economic Governance Group made a submission on the Analytical Note, “Preparing for Next Steps on Better Economic Governance in the Euro Area” of 12 February 2015. Subsequently, the Five Presidents’ Report, “Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union” was published on 22 June 2015. This paper examines which elements of the IIEA Economic Governance Group’s previous submission were adopted in the report as well as evaluating the proposals in the report.

 

The Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies

Benefit tourism? The EU Court of Justice’s latest praxis regarding economically non-active union citizens and their right to social benefits (Swedish) (https://www.sieps.se/en/publications/european-policy-analysis/benefit-tourism-the-eu-court-of- justice-s-latest-praxis)

  • 12/10/2015, 8 pages, Analysis by Emma Holm
  • The free mobility of EU citizens imply a right to be treated equally with respect to social benefits in the new host country. However, some member states have attempted to restrict the ability of economically non-active persons to make use of these benefits. In this publication the author explains how the European Court of Justice over time has changed its position and increasingly given its consent to this view. Possibly a reaction to the rising apprehension among member states with respect to social tourism.

 

 

The European Parliamentary Research Service

Outlook for the 15-16 October 2015 European Council: Pre-European Council Briefing

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2015)558793)

  • 12/10/2015, 2 pages, Briefing paper by Ralf Drachenberg
  • The 15/16 October 2015 European Council is expected to focus on migration, following up on progress made since the 25/26 June 2015 European Council and on the results of the Eastern Mediterranean – Western Balkans route conference. It will also examine the European Commission’s Draft Action Plan on support of refugees and migration management, and consider the creation of a European coast-and border-guard. The implementation of the results of the extraordinary, informal European Council of 23 September 2015, such as increasing financial assistance to EU external relations initiatives and to United Nations’ programmes, will

 

also be examined. EU Heads of State or Government are also expected to hear an update on the various issues surrounding the planned (in/out) referendum in the United Kingdom and a progress report on the follow-up of the five Presidents’ report on ‘Completing  Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union’

 

 

Robert Schuman Foundation

Just one month before the general elections in Croatia the opposition coalitions and that of the outgoing government are running neck and neck in the polls.

(https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/1612-just-one-month-before-the-general-elections-in- croatia-the-opposition-coalitions-and-that-of-the-outgoing-government-are-running-neck-and-neck- in-the-polls )

  • 13/10/2015, 3 pages, analysis by Corinne Deloy
  • The Croats are being called to ballot on 8th November next to renew the deputies in the HrvatskiSabor, the only chamber in Parliament. On 28th September last the 123 MPs present voted unanimously for the dissolution of parliament.
  • Just a month before the election the gap separating the right and left-wing forces is tight. According to a survey by Promocija+, published on 4th October, the opposition coalition (right) led by the Democratic Union (HDZ) and TomislavKaramako is due to win 32.9% of the vote, with 31.9% going to the government coalition (left) led by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic’s Social Democratic Party (SDP). The latter immediately recalled that just a year ago the polls all forecast victory for Ivo Josipovic (SDP) in the presidential election that took place on 28th December and 11th January last, whilst in the end it was won by Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic (HDZ). This victory might have been the first step in the return to office on the part of HDZ.

 

 

Policy Network

Britain’s EU renegotiation: The view from our partners

(https://www.policy-network.net/publications/4984/Britains-EU-renegotiation-The-view-from-our- partners)

  • 9/10/2015, 31 pages, Policy paper by Policy Network
  • Before holding its in-or-out referendum on EU membership in 2016 or 2017, David Cameron has embarked on a very uncertain renegotiation. This report aims to provide an objective assessment of where the UK’s main partners stand at the start of the discussions, and of the type of concessions they would most likely contemplate. On top of substantial institutional analysis and literature review, Policy Network’s research team conducted around 40 interviews with senior policymakers, politicians and opinion leaders in six European countries that will play a pivotal role in the discussions: Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland. The analysis distinguishes between ‘low-hanging fruits’ and sticking points, and warns against the limits of an uncompromising approach by the British prime minister.

 

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

  1. European views on the UK’s renegotiation: Romania, Denmark, Belgium and Luxembourg (https://bit.ly/1Lt0Cqv)

 

  • 14/10/2015, 6 pages, Overview article by a collective of authors
  • The success or failure of David Cameron’s planned renegotiation of the UK’s EU membership

will depend to a large extent on how the other 27 EU member states respond to his proposals. But how do countries across the EU view the UK’s renegotiation? Building on a report published in 2014 by the German Council on Foreign Relations, EUROPP is running a series of overviews of the renegotiation from each of the EU’s member states. Compiled by the LSE’s Tim Oliver and written by authors based at universities and research institutions, the overviews will set out what discussion – if any – there has been about the renegotiation and the wider views within each country on a potential Brexit. This post is the third in the series and gives views from Romania, Denmark, Belgium and Luxembourg.

  1. Lies, damned lies and statistics on the UK’s EU membership (https://bit.ly/1Ls16NN)
    • 13/10/2015, 2 pages, Blog article by Iain Begg
    • How would leaving the European Union affect the UK’s economy? Iain Beggwrites that with pro-EU and anti-EU campaigning groups now officially up and running ahead of the UK’s planned referendum, British voters will undoubtedly be confronted with a series of contradictory claims and counter-claims on the costs and benefits of membership. He argues that it would be unwise to take any of these claims at face value and that the best any researcher can hope to produce is a range of projections, hedged with health- warnings about the reliability of the estimates or the accuracy of the scenario depicted.
  2. United by Reformation: Why northern European Euroscepticism is rooted in religious history (https://bit.ly/1LlGpCS)
    • 10/10/2015, 2 pages, Blog article by Margarete Scherer
    • Why is public opinion in some countries principally pro-European while largely eurosceptic in others? Although the debate on EU integration has mainly formed around economic and identity-based arguments, Margarete Scherer draws on the European Social Survey to highlight religion as another dimension. She suggests political culture is explained in part by historical associations between church and state, and that the divergence in Catholic and Protestant conventions still affects sentiments not only on EU integration but on social protection as well.

 

  1. Zpravodajství

Euractiv

  1. EU data privacy reforms speed up

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/digital/eu-data-privacy-reforms-speed-318394)

  • 9/10/2015
    • Justice and home affairs ministers today (9 October) reached an agreement on the EU data protection directive in a meeting in Luxembourg. The directive will frame how law enforcement agencies in Europe share personal data across borders but negotiations with the European Parliament will be hard-fought.

 

  1. Avramopoulos oversees first relocation of asylum seekers

 

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/avramopoulos-oversees-first-relocation- asylum-seekers-318377)

  • 9/10/2015
    • Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos will travel to Italy today (9 October), to oversee the first-ever relocation of asylum-seekers, from Lampedusa to Sweden, where they will have their asylum applications processed.

 

  1. Commission´s proposal to put T urkey on “s afe c ountries” list under attac k

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/commissions-proposal-put-turkey-safe- countries-list-under-attack)

  • 9/10/2015
    • Commission plans to put Turkey on a list of “safe countries”, to which migrants can be quickly returned as they would not risk oppression, have run into opposition from several European nations, sources said on Thursday (8 October).

 

  1. MEPs green light new online payment rules

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/digital/meps-green-light-new-online-payment-rules-318362)

  • 9/10/2015
    • MEPs approved rules on Wednesday (7 October) to cut costs imposed on online payment services and to make them safer and more resistant to fraud. Legislators say the new measures will boost the growth of innovative online services in the payments sector.

 

  1. MEPs condemn Thai junta

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/cross-party-condemnation-thai-junta- european-parliament-318348)

  • 9/10/2015
    • Thailand’s military junta came under cross-party attack at the European parliament on Thursday (8 October), with MEPs demanding a return to democratic rule, the release of political detainees, and an end to human rights and labour abuses.

 

  1. Member states blame the Commission for being shortsighted in research

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-industry/member-states-blame-commission- being-shortsighted-reseach-318322)

  • 8/10/2015
    • Under Jean-Claude Juncker’s leadership, the European Commission promised to deliver ‘smart’ growth and new jobs to regain the European citizens’ trust.

 

  1. Parliament approves Alitalia request for EU aid fund

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/parliament-approves-alitalia-request-eu- aid-fund-318303)

 

  • 7/10/2015
    • The European Parliament has approved a request to use the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help ex-Alitalia employees.

 

  1. MEPs demand geographical protection for artisanal products

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/meps-demand-geographical-protection- artisanal-products-318305)

  • 7/10/2015
    • A majority of MEPs has asked the Commission to extend the European system of geographical indications to artisanal products to Bohemian Crystal. This protection currently only exists for food products.

 

  1. EU finance ministers approve new tax transparency rules

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/eu-finance-ministers-approve-new-tax- transparency-rules-318281)

  • 7/10/2015
    • EU finance ministers approved the automatic sharing of information on tax rulings between member states on 6 October, in a bid to cut tax competition.

 

  1. Commission rebukes Moscovici´s hawkish stance on Spanish budget

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-rebukes-moscovicis-hawkish- stance-spanish-budget-318284)

  • 7/10/2015
    • The European Commission decided on Tuesday (6 October) to postpone a negative opinion on the Spanish budget for 2016, contradicting Economic and Taxation Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, who had told the press otherwise.

 

  1. Three million people unite to derail TTIP

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/three-million-people-unite-derail-ttip-318282)

  • 6/10/2015
    • A petition signed by three million people against the EU-US trade deal will be handed to the European Commission on Wednesday (7 October).

 

  1. European Parliament calls for inquiry into Volkswagen scandal

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/transport/european-parliament-calls-inquiry-volkswagen- scandal-318264)

  • 6/10/2015
    • The presidents of four parliamentary committees have asked the European Commission to open an inquiry into the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

 

  1. EU watchdogs to scrutinise use of data by financial players

 

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/eu-watchdogs-scrutinise-use-data-financial- players-318238)

  • 6/10/2015
    • European banks and insurers could face new rules to control their use of “big data” to target customers with products, after EU watchdogs said that how they used the information would be investigated.

 

  1. EU urged to include health in all policies

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/european-health-forum-gastein-2015/eu-urged-include- health-all-policies-318226)

  • 6/10/2015
    • The European Commission is required by the EU treaty to follow a “health in all policies” approach, but this principle is often put aside due to inconsistency of single market rules, according to health advocates.

 

  1. Commission in breach of UN tobacco lobbying rules, says EU Ombudsman

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/science-policymaking/commission-breach-un-tobacco- lobbying-rules-says-eu)

  • 5/10/2015
    • The European Commission fails to meet United Nations transparency obligations over tobacco lobbying the EU Ombudsman has found, in the latest of a string of embarrassments over the executive’s relationship with Big Tobacco.
  1. EPP leaders bang drum for European army

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/epp-leaders-bang-drum-european-army- 318571)

  • 16/10/2015
    • Centre-right leaders will greenlight a plan to move towards an EU defence union at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid next week, EurActiv.com has learned.

 

  1. Human Rights Court: Denial of Armenian genocide is not a crime

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/human-rights-court-denial-armenian- genocide-not-crime-318582)

  • 16/10/2015
    • The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday (15 October) that a Turkish politician should not have been prosecuted for denying that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was a genocide.

 

  1. EU doesn´t need a CIA – but better intelligence would help

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-doesnt-need-cia-better-intelligence- would-help-318570)

 

  • 16/10/2015
    • Intelligence analysis is one of several ways to reduce uncertainty about a security problem. As the EU is today cornered by security problems – from Russia’s aggressions in the east to the mayhem caused by IS and Assad in the Levant and the turbulence of North Africa – the demand for sound intelligence clearly exists.

 

  1. Juncker and Draghi fail to win support for euro zone reform

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/juncker-and-draghi-fail-win-support-euro- zone-reform-318573)

  • 16/10/2015
    • The piecemeal approach orchestrated by Jean-Claude Juncker and Mario Draghi to address the root causes of the euro zone debt crisis and complete the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) has not yielded any positive results so far, EurActiv.com has learned.

 

  1. Cameron told to do his homework on EU membership renegotiation

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/cameron-told-do-his-homework-renegotiation- eu-membership-318579)

  • 16/10/2015
    • David Cameron was sent home from last night’s (15 October) summit with the request to to submit a proper list of detailed demands for new membership terms by early November – a demand the UK leader had so far been resisting putting in writing for fear of Brussels’ leaks aiding the euroscepting wing of his own Conservative party.

 

  1. “Circular economy” must be regulation-light and market-driven, says EPP

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/circular-economy-must-be-regulation-light- and-market-driven-says-epp-318577)

  • 16/10/2015
    • Centre right EU leaders will demand the European Commission ensures its new ‘circular economy’ package of waste, recycling and incineration laws is based on a light regulatory touch and is driven by market forces.

 

  1. Juncker expects EU leaders to pledge €2.25 billion for refugee fund

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/juncker-expects-eu-leaders-pledge-eu225- billion-refugee-fund-318545)

  • 15/10/2015
    • Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today (15 October) – just hours before the start of the EU summit – that the heads of state and government need to deliver on their promise to contribute a total of €2.25 billion to help address the refugee crisis.

 

  1. EU Commission is blinded by fake science

 

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/science-policymaking/eu-commission-blinded-fake-science- 318522)

  • 15/10/2015
    • Much of the data on which the EU Commission bases its policy-making on reducing harmful emissions is fake, writes Dick Roche.

 

  1. LIVE: EU summit on migration, Brexit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/live-eu-summit-migration-brexit-318466)

  • 15/10/2015
    • Follow EurActiv’s rolling coverage of the European Council taking place in Brussels on 15- 16 October 2015.

 

  1. Parliament lifts Hungrian MEP´s immunity over Russia spy probe

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/europes-east/parliament-lifts-hungarian-meps-immunity- over-russia-spy-probe-318523)

  • 15/10/2015
    • The European Parliament on Wednesday (14 October) agreed to lift the parliamentary immunity of Béla Kovács, a member of the Hungarian far-right Jobbik party, amid allegations he has spied for Russia.

 

  1. EU leaders put EMU reform on the backburner

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/eu-leaders-put-emu-reform-backburner- 318518)

  • 15/10/2015
    • European Union leaders have postponed a deeper discussion of the future of the eurozone until December because of divergent views in the biggest countries and because of the more pressing migration issue, diplomats said.

 

  1. Junc ker mumble s tumble on B ritain “needing” EU

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/uk-downplays-progress-eu-reforms-318504)

  • 14/10/2015
  • On the eve on a European Council summit that will look at Britain’s on-going renegotiations of its membership of the bloc, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to stumble over his words Wednesday (14 October) on whether the UK even needed Brussels.

 

  1. MEPs r ej ect GM crop c ompromi se “on tec hnic al grounds”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/meps-reject-gm-crop-compromise- technical-grounds-318482)

  • 14/10/2015

 

  • EU lawmakers rejected yesterday (13 October) a hard-won compromise which allows member states to decide for themselves whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms for use in food and animal feed.

 

  1. EU courts Turkey on migration crisis ahead of summit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-courts-turkey-migration-crisis-ahead- summit-318476)

  • 14/10/2015
  • European Council President Donald Tusk told Turkey yesterday (13 October) that it could win concessions from the EU, such as visa-free travel, if it successfully reduces the flow of refugees reaching Europe. Three EU Commissioners are due to visit Ankara today, ahead of Thursday’s (15 October) EU summit.

 

  1. Commission plays “pivot to Asia” trade card

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/commission-plays-pivot-asia-trade-card- 318468)

  • 14/10/2015
  • European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström will today (14 October) present the new forward-looking trade and investment strategy – turning its focus to Asia, EurActiv has learned.

 

  1. Commission calls on Rajoy to meet deficit targets before elections

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-calls-rajoy-meet-deficit-targets- elections-318432)

  • 13/10/2015
  • The Spanish government is “somewhat optimistic” about its growth forecast for 2016. Therefore, Madrid should make additional efforts to meet its deficit targets for 2015, as well as next year, the European Commission said on Monday (12 October).

 

  1. MEPs fire bac k at Commission for “bad l awmaking” on Safe Harbour

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/digital/meps-fire-back-commission-bad-lawmaking-safe- harbour-318435)

  • 13/10/2015
  • MEPs in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee lashed out on Monday (12 October) against the European Commission for agreeing to the now-invalid Safe Harbour data sharing deal between the EU and the US.

Euobserver

  1. France wants all travelling EU nationals fingerprinted

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130622)

  • 09/10/2015

 

  • French authorities are calling for EU-wide rules requiring travelling EU nationals to give their fingerprints and possibly also have their faces scanned.The proposal, which is part of a much larger digital dragnet known as the ‘smart borders’ package, was discussed at an EU interior ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday (8 October).

 

  1. EU summit on migrants and Syria This WEEK

(https://euobserver.com/agenda/130624)

  • 09/10/2015
    • Though EU summits have recently become an almost monthly feature, there is nothing pedestrian about meetings of the 28 heads of state and government, and they never fail to dominate the week’s agenda. The 15-16 October summit will be no exception.

 

  1. EU ministers want more migrant deportations

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130613)

  • 08/10/2015
    • More money and more people will be sent to help reinforce the EU’s external border as ministers in Luxembourg vow to send unwanted migrants packing.The plan is part of a broader EU migration policy that involves making sure African and Middle Eastern states readmit their own nationals.

 

  1. Liberal MEPs refuse to back down on Orban

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130592)

  • 07/10/2015
    • Liberal MEPs will try to revive plans to stress-test Hungary’s democratic standards, after being voted down, including by socialist deputies, on Monday.

 

  1. EU ministers to disc uss ‘smart borders’

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130600)

  • 07/10/2015
    • EU interior ministers are meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday (8 October) to discuss how to ramp up external border controls and expedite returns of unwanted migrants.

 

  1. Cameron belittles EU institutions

(https://euobserver.com/political/130593)

  • 7/10/2015
    • David Cameron bashed the EU for being “too bossy” in a speech on Wednesday (7 October), but gave few details on his plan for European reform.He told the Tory Party conference in Manchester: “I have no romantic attachment to the European Union and its institutions. I’m only interested in two things: Britain’s prosperity and Britain’s influence”.

 

  1. Merkel and Holland to lay out EU vision in Strasbourg

(https://euobserver.com/political/130583)

  • 7/10/2015
    • German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Francois Hollande will address the European Parliament together for the first time on Wednesday (7 October).They are expected to talk about the refugees crisis, the euro, and European values.

 

  1. EU Commission faces infighting on Spanish budget

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130586)

  • 7/10/2015
    • The evaluation of Spain’s 2016 budget is proving to be an embarrassment for the European Commission, after finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici appeared to be rebuked by EU executive president Jean-Claude Juncker.

 

  1. EU countries to accept new train rules

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130585)

  • 6/10/2015
    • European transport ministers are expected to agree on new rules for passenger railway services on Thursday (8 October), more than 2 and a half years after the European Commission proposed the rules.Sources say they are optimistic that the ministers will rally behind a revised version of the Commission’s legislation that allows more differences to continue to exist throughout the EU.

 

  1. EU states to exchange sweetheart tax deal data

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130576)

  • 6/10/2015
    • EU member states agreed on Tuesday (6 October) to automatically exchange information on tax rulings, in a move to combat tax evasion by businesses.Finance ministers decided at a meeting in Luxembourg that starting from 1 January 2017, member states will have to exchange information on advance cross-border tax rulings and advance pricing arrangements.¨
  1. More EU s tates oppose ‘ permanent’ r efugee quotas

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130723)

  • 16/10/2015
    • Poland is hoping Spain will help block a European Commission proposal on a “permanent” mechanism for refugee-sharing.The topic came up at Thursday’s (15 October) summit, in what one EU source called a “heated” debate.

 

  1. EU parliament staff object to canteen price hikes

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130722)

 

  • 16/10/2015
    • The EP is not only an institution of the European Union, but it is also a workplace for around 8,000 people – and they also need to eat.One difference with the average company canteen may be the cacophony of languages that can be distilled from the eating crowd.

 

  1. Microsoft says EU should fund cloud computing

(https://euobserver.com/connected/130719)

  • 16/10/2015
    • The European Union’s Structural Funds make up around a third of the bloc’s annual budget, but the rules for funding projects need to change to reflect the new digital world, DejanCvetkovic of technology company Microsoft said recently.

 

  1. Cameron to set out EU reforms in November

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130712)

  • 16/10/2015
    • UK prime minister David Cameron said on Thursday (15 October) that he will outline the changes he wants to see in the UK’s relations with the EU in early November, setting up the next stage of negotiations on his country’s membership of the bloc.

 

  1. EU leaders reach minimal agreement on Syria

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/130714)

  • 16/10/2015
    • EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (15 October) agreed that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad bears “the greatest responsibility” for the conflict deaths and the displacement of refugees. The leaders also agreed to “express concern” at Russia’s military involvement in Syria.

 

  1. EU courts Turkey ahead of summit

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130695)

  • 15/10/2015
    • EU leaders will discuss ways to get Turkey’s help on stemming the flow of refugees at a summit in Brussels on Thursday (15 October).“Syria and Turkey are the real topics”, said one diplomat ahead of the EU event.

 

  1. Brexit talks must get political, or face delay

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130681)

  • 14/10/2015
    • EU leaders will hear a preliminary assessment of the UK’s EU membership negotiations at the summit in Brussels on Thursday (15 October), but the real political discussions might be delayed until March, as London has not produced specific demands so far.

 

 

  1. EP transparency ‘would require 40-75 new staff’

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130683)

  • 14/10/2015
    • The European Parliament’s own wording of an adopted text on its budget is hampering its expressed wish for greater transparency of a €4,299 monthly allowance which each MEP receives to cover office costs.

 

  1. Frontex double counts migrants entering EU

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130661)

  • 13/10/2015
    • The number of migrants crossing into the EU is likely to be much lower than that cited by the EU’s border agency, Frontex.The Warsaw-based agency said in a tweet on Tuesday (13 October) that it double counts detections.

 

  1. Commission: German transit zones only temporary

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130664)

  • 13/10/2015
    • German government plans to establish transit zones for registering people seeking protection will have to be temporary and can only lead to a limited reintroduction of border checks, the European Commission said on Tuesday (13 October).

 

  1. MEPs to lift immunity of alleged Russian spy

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130648)

  • 12/10/2015
    • MEPs on Monday (12 October) voted to lift the immunity of Bela Kovacs, a Hungarian far- right MEP accused of spying on EU institutions for Russia.Members of the legal affairs committee voted, in a closed session, on a draft report by Polish centre right MEP Tadeusz Zwiefka which recommended the waiver.

 

Euroskop

  1. Juncker: Evropa potřebuje lepší vztahy s Ruskem

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26406/clanek/juncker-evropa-potrebuje-lepsi-vztahy-s- ruskem/)

  • 09/10/2015
    • Evropa musí zlepšit své vztahy s Ruskem, i když to není populární. Řekl to v bavorském Pasově při pódiové diskusi pořádané deníkem PassauerNeuePresse předseda Evropské komise Jean-Claude Juncker. Podle něj by o této věci neměl rozhodovat Washington.

 

  1. EU řeší, jak bránit šíření nenávisti po Internetu

 

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26404/clanek/eu-resi-jak-branit-sireni-nenavisti-po-internetu/)

  • 09/10/2015
    • Možnosti, jak bránit šíření nenávisti na internetu, v Lucemburku probírají ministři spravedlnosti členských zemí Evropské unie. Podle eurokomisařky pro spravedlnost Věry Jourové by jako příklad způsobu, jak by velké internetové firmy měly postupovat, mohl sloužit jejich postup proti šíření dětské pornografie.

 

  1. Prezidenti V4 jednají o migraci

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8954/26397/clanek/prezidenti-v4-jednaji-o-migraci/)

  • 08/10/2015
    • Migrační politika a strategická spolupráce uvnitř visegrádské skupiny (V4) budou patřit k hlavním bodům dvoudenní schůzky prezidentů Česka, Slovenska, Maďarska a Polska, která začíná v maďarském městě Balatonfüred. Důležitým tématem má být i problematika energetiky.

 

  1. Soud zamítl žalobu investorů na ECB

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/26389/clanek/soud-zamitl-zalobu-investoru-na-ecb/  )

  • 07/10/2015
    • Tribunál Soudního dvora EU dnes zamítl požadavky více než dvou stovek italských investorů na odškodné za ztráty, které jim způsobila restrukturalizace řeckého dluhu v roce 2012.

 

  1. EU: s tř edomořská Operac e Sofie s tartuj e

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26350/clanek/orban-navrhuje-globalni-system-kvot-pro- migranty/)

  • 07/10/2015
    • Evropská unie zahajuje novou námořní operaci proti převáděčům uprchlíků v mezinárodních vodách Středozemního moře v oblasti mezi Itálií a Libyí. Operace Sofie se mj. zaměří i na boj proti pašerákům.

 

  1. V EU bude automatic ká výměna dat o daňov ýc h roz hodnutí c h

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26377/clanek/v-eu-bude-automaticka-vymena-dat-o-danovych- rozhodnutich/)

  • 07/10/2015
    • Ministři financí Evropské unie dosáhli politické shody nad návrhem automatické výměny informací o daňových rozhodnutích mezi členskými státy EU. Nová pravidla by mohla platit od počátku roku 2017, uvedl ministr financí předsednického Lucemburska PierreGramegna.

 

  1. EP: Merkelová a Hollande budou mít projevy o stavu unie

 

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26379/clanek/ep-merkelova-a-hollande-budou-mit-projevy-o- stavu-unie/)

  • 07/10/2015
    • Ústředním bodem dnešního jednání Evropského parlamentu ve Štrasburku bude společné vystoupení německé kancléřky Angely Merkelové a francouzského prezidenta FrançoiseHollandea. Oba státníci představí poslancům svůj pohled na stav Evropské unie, přičemž se nevyhnou současné uprchlické krizi.
  1. Europol a Interpol posiluj í boj proti pašerác tv í

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26434/clanek/europol-a-interpol-posiluji-boj-proti-paseractvi- migrantu-do-eu/)

  • 16/10/2015
    • Mezinárodní policejní organizace Interpol a Europol posilují společný boj proti zločineckým sítím, které pašují migranty do Evropy, uvedla to v prohlášení ústředna Interpolu ve francouzském Lyonu.

 

  1. Komi se: Státy EU neplní z áv az ek z výšit pomoc pro uprc hlíky

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26431/clanek/komise-staty-eu-neplni-zavazek-zvysit-pomoc- pro-uprchliky/)

  • 15/10/2015
    • Evropskou komisi znepokojuje, že státy unijní osmadvacítky jen velmi chabě plní své zářijové sliby výrazně zvýšit financování programů na pomoc a podporu uprchlíkům v krizových oblastech, první místopředseda komise Frans Timmermans. Unijní státy také prý zatím příliš nevyslyšely volání agentury Frontex, která žádá poskytnutí odborníků, například pro registraci a identifikaci migrantů.

 

  1. Jaký je mandát premiéra pro Evropskou radu?

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8952/26428/clanek/jaky-je-mandat-premiera-pro-evropskou-radu/)

  • 14/10/2015
    • Premiér Bohuslav Sobotka před odletem do Bruselu seznámil poslance Výboru pro evropské záležitosti s mandátem, se kterým odjíždí vyjednávat. Summit lídrů EU začíná tento čtvrtek. Mandát pro premiéra schválil kabinet na svém pondělním jednání.

 

  1. 16 miliard eur pro výzkum v EU

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26427/clanek/16-miliard-eur-pro-vyzkum-v-eu/ )

  • 14/10/2015
    • Prostřednictvím programu Horizont 2020 hodlá Evropská komise v letech 2016 a 2017 investovat do výzkumu a inovací celkem 16 miliard eur. Na tiskové konferenci o tom informoval eurokomisař pro vědu a výzkum Carlos Moedas.

 

  1. Nov á i niciativ a c hc e j edno s ídlo europarlamentu v e Štr asburku

 

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26419/clanek/nova-iniciativa-chce-jedno-sidlo-europarlamentu- ve-strasburku/)

  • 13/10/2015
    • Nová iniciativa navrhuje, aby si Evropský parlament ponechal pouze sídlo ve Štrasburku. Dosud existovaly pouze požadavky, aby si instituce ze svých současných dvou center vybralo to bruselské.

 

  1. Rada ministrů EU by měla jednat o Turecku, Sýrii a Bělorusku

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26414/clanek/rada-ministru-eu-by-mela-jednat-o-turecku-syrii- a-belorusku/)

  • 12/10/2015
    • Situace v Sýrii a další mezinárodní souvislosti nynější migrační krize budou dnes v Lucemburku probírat ministři zahraničí Evropské unie. Zřejmě budou jednat i vývoji v Turecku po sobotním tragickém teroristickém útoku v Ankaře.

 

  1. Ansip: Bez digitálního trhu EU přichází o 415 mld. eur ročně

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26421/clanek/ansip-bez-digitalniho-trhu-eu-prichazi-o-415-mld- eur-rocne/)

  • 13/10/2015
    • Neexistence jednotného digitálního trhu znamená pro EU roční náklady 415 miliard eur. Vytvoření trhu brání rozdílný přístup jednotlivých národních regulačních orgánů evropské osmadvacítky. Po setkání s premiérem Bohuslavem Sobotkou to řekl místopředseda Evropské komise AndrusAnsip.

 

 

 

Monitoring WG Instituce (27. 9. – 4. 10. 2015)

1.     Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

  1. Opening Remarks by First Vice President Timmermans at the high level event of the LGBT Core Group on 29/10/2015 – United Nations General Assembly (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/opening- remarks-first-vice-president-timmermans-high-level-event-lgbt-core-group-29102015- united_en)
    • 29/9/2015, proslov, 2 strany
    • I want to salute the fact that the core group is growing. I understand that last year Columbia, Uruguay and the UK joined. This year we can welcome Australia and Chile. I’m also happy to welcome Albania as an observer to our core group. I think that is a great development.
    • Human rights for everyone. LGBTI people should be treated the same way as other people, have the same opportunities, the same rights, the rights they are entitled to. No more, no less.
  2. Commission holds Colloquium on combatting antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred, as survey shows 50% of Europeans believe religious discrimination is widespread (https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5737_en.htm)
    • 1/10/2015, tisková zpráva, 2 strany
    • First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Věra Jourová will lead discussions on how to fight antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe and foster tolerance and respect in our
    • The challenge is highlighted by data from the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights on antisemitic offences, published yesterday, and by a new Eurobarometer survey on discrimination, published
    • 50% of Europeans believe discrimination based on religion or beliefs is widespread (up from 39% in 2012);
    • 33% believe that expressing a religious belief can be a disadvantage when applying for a job (up from 23% in 2012);
    • Muslims suffer from the lowest levels of social acceptance among religious groups, with only 61% of respondents stating that they would be fully comfortable with a colleague at work being Muslim, and only 43% being fully comfortable if their adult children had a relationship with a Muslim
    • The EU Fundamental Rights Agency survey on discrimination and hate crime against Jews shows rising antisemitism in Europe; 73% of respondents felt that antisemitism online has become worse over the last five

c)       Opening remarks of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans at the First Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-5754_en.htm)

  • 1/10/2015, proslov, 3 strany
  • It was a crucial topic then and today, as hundreds of thousands in need of refuge are arriving on our shores and the capacity of our society for tolerance and inclusion is put to the test like never before. There couldn’t be a more burning issue. Europe is going

 

through a period of crisis and turmoil, which is challenging the very values on which it was built. It is challenging the very fabric of European society and therefore the very fabric of European cooperation. The rise of antisemitism, the rise of Islamophobia, each in their own way are symptoms.

  • At the bottom of all forms of hatred, is the fact that you are targeted purely for who you are. No matter what you do, or what you say, you are targeted for who you are, something you can do nothing about. It’s just who you are. Whether it’s being scared of wearing your headscarf in public places, or covering your kippa with a baseball cap. Not being able to go about your daily business without a knot in your stomach, knowing the casual insults, the jokes, the abuse won’t go away. The fear that your child’s school, your local supermarket might be targeted by people who hate you for who you

d)      Managing the Refugee Crisis: Budgetary measures under the European Agenda on Migration

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5729_en.htm)

  • 30/9/2015, tisková zpráva, 3 strany
  • Today’s proposals involve €801.3 million for 2015, and will be funded in part from new funding in the form of a proposed draft amending budget for 2015. In this regard, the Commission is proposing additional commitments of €330.7 million from Member Second, the Commission is proposing that funds are relocated from other areas. For this, the Commission foresees €70.6 million from other programmes and actions and €400 million originally foreseen for humanitarian aid and funding for European neighbourhood policies.
  • The second set of proposals for the remaining €900 million for 2016 announced last week will be included in an amendment to the draft budget 2016 in October
  • Last week, the European Commission committed to reinforcing its financial support for the crisis. In a first step, for the remainder of 2015, the Commission is mobilising €801.3 million to support the following priority actions:
    • €100 million to reinforce the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) for emergency assistance to the most affected EU Member States. This is in addition to the €73 million already exhausted;
    • €1.3 million to increase the funding for the three relevant EU agencies to cover 60 staff for FRONTEX, 30 for the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and 30 for Europol for 2015;
    • €300 million to reinforce the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) to allow an increase of the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis and provide assistance to third countries hosting refugees from Syria. Together with the further

€200 million being redeployed, the total funding for the Trust Fund for Syria will reach more than €500 million. Member State contributions should match the EU funding: so that the Fund would reach a total of at least €1 billion.

  • €200 million to provide immediate resources to respond to the needs of the UNHCR and the World Food Programme and other relevant organisations in order to help refugees immediately. This money has already been planned for humanitarian aid and civil protection and will now be used specifically to address the refugee

Member State contributions should match the EU funding.

e)      Capital Markets Union: an Action Plan to boost business funding and investment financing

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5731_en.htm)

  • 30/9/2015, tisková zpráva, 5 stran
  • The European Commission is launching the Capital Markets Union Action Plan today to help build a true single market for capital across the 28 EU Member
  • The Action Plan is built around the following key principles:

 

  • Creating more opportunities for investors: the CMU should help mobilise capital in Europe and channel it to companies, including SMEs, and infrastructure projects that need it to expand and create jobs. It should give households better options to meet their retirement
  • Connecting financing to the real economy: the CMU is a classic single market project for the benefit of all 28 Member States. Member States have a lot to gain from channelling capital and investment into their
  • Fostering a stronger and more resilient financial system: Opening up a wider range of funding sources and more long-term investment, ensuring that EU citizens and companies are no longer as vulnerable to financial shocks as they were during the crisis.
  • Deepening financial integration and increasing competition: the CMU should lead to more cross-border risk-sharing and more liquid markets which will deepen financial integration, lower costs and increase European
  • Key early actions are:
    • New rules on securitisation
    • New rules on Solvency II treatment of infrastructure projects
    • Public consultation on venture capital
    • Public consultation on covered bonds
    • Cumulative impact of financial legislation
  1. EP this week: the EU budget, novel food and the Sakharov Prize (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20150928STO94716/html/EP-this-week-the-EU-budget-novel-food-and-the- Sakharov-Prize)
    • 28/9/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • This week in Parliament, the Budgets committee members vote their amendments to next year’s EU budget. The nominees for the Sakharov Prize are to be officially presented by the members sponsoring them, and Parliament’s political groups are set to prepare for the plenary session to be held in Strasbourg this 5-8
  2. Press Conference: Martin SCHULZ – President of EU Parliament – 01/10/2015 (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20150930IPR95016/html/Press-Conference-Martin-SCHULZ-President-of-EU- Parliament-01102015)
    • 30/9/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana
    • Just a video, only the original speech or the revised written translation of that speech is authentic.
  3. Ready, set, vote: choose your favourite in our guest photographer contest (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151001STO95132/html/Choose-who-will-be-the-public-winner-of-the- guest-photographer-contest)
    • 1/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
    • The 2015 guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year for Development, is coming to an end. Every month until September we have announced a different topic linked to development and selected the 10 best photos. The jury will pick one winner, the second winner is chosen by you. Both winners will be invited to Strasbourg during the November
  4. 25 years since German reunification: The role of the European Parliament (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news- room/content/20151001STO95135/html/25-years-since-German-reunification-The-role-of- the-European-Parliament)
    • 2/10/2015, článek, 2 strany

 

  • Germany celebrates on 3 October 25 years of reunification. After the Berlin wall fell in 1989, East and West Germany reuniting became an obvious next step. Parliament set up a special committee to look at the possible impact of this. “German reunification was, in a way, an informal form of enlargement of the European Union,” said Elmar Brok, who was a committee member and is still an MEP today. He and other MEPs share with us their memories of this

j)        Next week in plenary: President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel to address MEPs

  • 2/10/2015, článek, 1 strana
  • French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will make a historic joint appearance in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 7 October. They will speak on topical European issues and will have a debate with political group It is the first joint address of French and German leaders since November 1989, when President François Mitrterand and Chancellor Helmut Kohl debated the end of the Cold War with MEPs. Follow our coverage live on Wednesday from 15.00 CET.

 

Rada EU

 

  • Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup

 

Evropský parlament

a      EP adds funds for migration, jobs, youth to draft EU budget 2016

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-

%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bIM- PRESS%2b20150929IPR94907%2b0%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN)

  • 29/9/2015, Press release, 2 strana
  • Council cuts in EU 2016 budget funding for refugees and agencies dealing with migrants were reversed by Budgets Committee MEPs in votes on Monday and Tuesday. MEPs also added funding for youth employment programmes, the Erasmus + student mobility programme and for research, transport and energy
  • The committee proposed a budget of €157.4 billion in commitments and €146.5 billion in payments. It voted to reverse all the Council cuts in the European Commission’s initial proposal. The Council had reduced the €153.8 billion commitments proposal by €564 million, and the €143.5 billion payments proposal by 1.42

 

Evropská rada

  • Address by President Donald Tusk at the 70th UN General Assembly debate (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/9/40802202963_en_635791550400000000.pdf)
    • 29/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 2 strana
    • I am here today to reassure you that Europe is as committed to its values and objectives now, as it has ever been: Europe will stay the course, even though it is now confronting challenges unseen and unheard of since for Wars are raging both to the South and to the East of our borders. European leaders are tackling the consequences of borders being changed on our continent by force, like in Ukraine, in violation of the Charter of the United Nations. We are also dealing with the refugee crisis, with terrorist attacks inside Europe and with economic difficulties in some Member States. As difficult as the situation is, I am sure that we will cope with it, and most importantly, we will, at the same time, remain dedicated to helping make the whole world a better place.
  • Statement by President Donald Tusk at the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases- pdf/2015/9/40802202911_en_635792083800000000.pdf)

 

  • 28/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana
  • I am pleased to be here today and make a pledge on behalf of the European Union to strengthen UN peacekeeping operations. EU Member States remain the main financial contributors to UN peacekeeping, covering more than one third of the total peacekeeping budget for the period 2014-2015.

 

 

2.     TT’s a NGO’s

The European Parliamentary Research Service

 

The Reform Of The Electoral Law Of The European Union: European Added Value Assessment Accompanying The Legislative Own-Initiative Report

(https://epthinktank.eu/2015/09/30/the-reform-of-the-electoral-law-of-the-european-union- european-added-value-assessment-accompanying-the-legislative-own-initiative-report/)

  • 30/9/2015, 32 pages, research by Monika Nogaj and Eva-Maria Poptcheva
  • Although the Treaties foresee the possibility of a uniform electoral procedure, elections to the European Parliament are determined by national electoral rules, which differ considerably from one Member State to the next. The discrepancies in national procedures make for a very complex overall process of electing Members of the European Parliament. Moreover, problems arise given the nature of political debates ahead of the European elections, tending to focus on domestic issues and ignoring to a large extent, the impact, which decisions at EU level have on national These deficiencies touch upon core founding principles of the EU, such as the equality of citizens, the notion of European citizenship and the democratic character of the elections. They also prevent matters that concern the livelihoods of all Europeans from being brought to the forefront of the debate, as well as hindering the development of a genuine European dimension to the elections.

 

The Centre for European Policy Studies

 

Cameron’s ‘renegotiations’ (or Russian roulette) with the EU

(https://www.ceps.eu/system/files/WD413%20ME%20Camerons%20renegotiations_0.pdf)

  • 9/2015, 9 pages, Working document by Michael Emerson
  • Since the May 2015 general election when the Tory Party gained an absolute majority in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Cameron has put his campaign into high gear to get a ‘new settlement’ with the EU and invested much personal diplomacy to try to advance his “What does he really want?” is still heard from other EU leaders, yet his agenda is taking rough shape with calls for results under four headings: “competitiveness, sovereignty, social security and economic governance”. These are however only code words for a mixed bag of more specific desiderata, which overall seem to be moderate. Impossible demands have been quietly dropped. Some items will still be tricky to negotiate while others can be placed on the agenda for ongoing EU ‘reform’ that can be widely supported.

 

Centre for European Reform

 

With or without you: Will Catalonia be Europe’s next crisis?

(https://www.cer.org.uk/insights/or-without-you-will-catalonia-be-europes-next-crisis)

  • 30/9/2015, 2 pages, Commentary by Camino Mortera-Martinez

 

  • Catalonia’s elections have caused more problems than they have solved. It is time for both Spain and Catalonia to start a national dialogue to reform Spain’s model of regional Otherwise, Catalonia will become Europe’s next crisis.

 

LSE European Politics and Policy Blog

 

  1. Nietzsche, Europe and the German question (https://bit.ly/1KMXTqr)

1/10/2015, 4 pages, blog article by Simon Glendinning

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his critical texts on religion and morality, but how did he view Europe? Simon Glendinning notes that Nietzsche’s thought consistently exhibited a distinctively European orientation, with a conception of his own work as belonging to a European context, and not simply a German one or a more universal and global one. He writes that Nietzsche’s reflections on Europe provide insights into the nature of Germany – the so called ‘German question’ – as well as raising questions about what it means to be ‘European’.

b.      The UK should follow the Dutch example and share European policy across Parliament’s committees

(https://bit.ly/1PDoAin)

1/10/2015, 3 pages, blog article by Julie Smith

The UK currently has dedicated European affairs committees in both houses of Parliament, despite the EU’s permeation into most areas of Government policy. Julie Smith, based on evidence from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the House of Lords, argues that the UK should follow the Dutch example, and share the European portfolio across all committees rather than merging it into one.

 

Heinrich Böll Foundation

 

The Rise of the Right in Europe and the Decline and Fall of Practically Everything Else (https://eu.boell.org/sites/default/files/event_report_rise_of_the_right.pdf)

  • 9/2015, 4 pages, Event report by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union
  • Sixteen months have gone by since the last election to the European Parliament; twelve months since the new European Commission, the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security and the new European Council President took up their duties. So far it has been a bumpy ride for the new parliamentarians and leaders of Europe. The eurozone crisis has developed into an ongoing thriller whose likely ending, a Grexit, keeps being postponed by breath-taking and unexpected plot developments; the conflict in Ukraine in the eastern neighbourhood of the European Union keeps deteriorating and the migration and refugee crisis originating in the EU’s southern neighbourhood has reached dramatic proportions. The European Union hasn’t looked very good in its attempts to solve any of these major crises to put it mildly: its actions either came too late or nothing happened at all; they didn’t go far enough or went in the wrong direction.

3.     Zpravodajství

Euractiv

a.       Commission says blending of funds produces “huge” results

 

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/commission-says-blending-funds- produces-huge-results-318197)

  • 2/10/2015
    • A senior European Commission official said that recent experience with the blending of funds, combining grant aid with non-grant resources, has shown results that are “too good”.

 

b.      Letter: Juncker warned about Luxembourg tax deals in 1997

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/letter-juncker-warned-about-luxembourg-tax- deals-1997-318174)

  • 2/10/2015
  • European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was alerted in 1997 about the risks of tax breaks his then-government in Luxembourg granted multinationals, according to a document obtained by AFP on Thursday (1 October).

 

c.       Commission wants member states to criminalise hate speech

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/commission-wants-member-states- criminalise-hate-speech-318173)

  • 2/10/2015
  • Justice Commissioner VěraJourová said on Thursday (1 October) that member states have the obligation to criminalise hate speech and make sure the law is

 

d.      European Commission intensifies charm offensive to court startups

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-industry/commission-intensifies-charm- offensive-court-startups-318172)

  • 2/10/2015
  • The Commission’s initiative on startups has revamped its image, and is speeding up a campaign to catch the attention of Europe’s

 

e.      Commission pressures Thailand over illegal fishing

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/commission-pressures-thailand-over- illegal-fishing-318160)

  • 1/10/2015
  • The European Commission issued yellow cards to Comoros and Taiwan on Thursday (1 October) , as they risk being identified as uncooperative in the fight against illegal

 

f.        European executive promises convergence on social rights

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/european-executive-promises- convergence-social-rights-318104)

 

  • The European Commission wants to establish minimum social rights as part of a package due to be unveiled in Spring Paris and Berlin are exploring plans for a “social Eurogroup”, the French President said.

 

g.       Juncker warns Commissioners not to skip College meeting

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/juncker-warns-commissioners-not-skip- college-meetings-318087)

  • 30/9/2015
  • Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has sent a letter to all 27 Commissioners warning them not to skip the weekly College meetings, which is the executive’s most important decision-making

 

h.      Commission presents piecemeal Capital Markets Union strategy

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-present-piecemeal-capital- markets-union-strategy-318085)

  • 30/9/2015
  • The European Commission unveiled on Wednesday (30 September) its strategy to strengthen capital markets in Europe, and thus reduce the “very high dependence on bank funding”, as President, Jean-Claude Juncker put it, when he took office last

 

i.        Aitalia request for EGF funds approved

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/alitalia-request-egf-funds-approved- 318083)

  • 30/9/2015
  • The European Parliament’s Committee on Budgets has approved a request to use the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help ex-Alitalia

 

j.        Luxleaks: Did Jean-Claude Juncker lie to MEPs?

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/luxleaks-did-jean-claude-juncker-lie-meps- 318070)

  • 29/9/2015
  • According to Der Spiegel, Jean-Claude Juncker knew about Luxembourg’s tax rulings as early as 1997, an accusation he denied to

 

k.       Journalists ask EU to create a “rule of law” mechanism

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/journalists-ask-eu-put-place-rule-law- mechanism-318055)

  • 29/9/2015
  • A report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) recommends that the EU establishes a Rule of Law mechanism, to keep member states responsible for upholding

 

fundamental values and freedom of expression, and that Article 7 be used to punish countries that curtail media freedoms.

 

l.        Commission sends out more than 200 surveys in energy probe

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/climate-environment/commission-sends-out-more-200- surveys-energy-probe-318029)

  • 28/9/2015
  • EU regulators have sent out more than 200 questionnaires to companies and government agencies as part of an investigation into state subsidies offered to avoid power blackouts, the bloc’s competition chief said on Monday (28 September).

Euobserver

a.       More than half of EU countries ask for GMO opt-out

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130522)

  • 02/10/2015
  • More than half of the European Union’s member states have requested to be allowed to ban genetically modified crops on their territory, including Germany and

 

b.      Taiwan could face EU fish ban

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130528)

  • 02/10/2015
  • Taiwanese fish products could face an import ban in Europe after the European Commission issued a yellow card on Thursday (1 October) over illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).Taiwan, as well as the Comoros, which also received a yellow card, have now six months to commit to regulate their fishing

 

c.       EU courts upholds prostitutes’ language rights

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130520)

  • 01/10/2015
  • EU judges have said a Dutch mayor is right to insist brothel owners can speak to the prostitutes they work with in a common language to help stop

 

d.      Commission: Most Muslims not a threat to Europe

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130518)

  • 01/10/2015
  • The EU Commission warned on Thursday (1 October) that the “age-old monster” of anti- Semitism and Islamophobia are on the rise in Europe amid the refugee crisis and vowed to fight them, albeit with a limited legal

 

e.      EP debate flares up on extending tax probe

 

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130516)

  • 01/10/2015
  • An internal debate at the European Parliament on whether to extend a probe on unfair tax rulings is likely to be decided next week.A lack of access to documents and a total lack of cooperation from some member states [Bulgaria, Denmark, Slovenia] as well as numerous multinationals have obstructed the

 

f.        Juncker produces missing page on tax rulings

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130501)

  • 30/9/2015
  • Two weeks after telling MEPs he didn’t know about a missing page in a report on Luxembourg tax rulings, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker sent it on Wednesday (30 September) to an

 

g.       EU endorses controversial finance tool

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130497)

  • 30/9/2015
  • The European Commission announced on Wednesday (30 September) it wants to revive the securitisation market, embracing a financial practice which in the United States led to the 2008 financial crisis.Capital markets commissioner Jonathan Hill told journalists in Brussels on Wednesday afternoon that the European economy needs more securitisation, which is the process of packaging loans, mortgages, or other contractual debts, and then selling them as

 

h.      MEPs beef up 2016 EU budget for migration and farmers

(https://euobserver.com/institutional/130478)

  • 29/9/2015
  • Members of the European Parliament’s budget committee voted on Tuesday (29 September) not only to reverse the previous cuts from the 2016 EU budget, but to pledge new funds to tackle the refugee crisis, help European farmers and restore funding for innovation and research

Euroskop

a.       Jourová jedná s formami o omezení nenávisti na internetu

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8952/26356/clanek/jourova-jedna-s-firmami-o-omezeni-nenavisti-na- internetu/)

  • 02/10/2015
  • Způsoby, jak omezit šíření nenávistných výlevů na internetu a zároveň respektovat svobodu projevu, bude v pátek hledat eurokomisařka pro spravedlnost Věra Jourová na setkání s členy vedení některých velkých internetových firem. V první řadě je podle české

 

zástupkyně v Evropské komisi třeba definovat, které projevy skutečně mají potenciál nenávist vyvolávat.

 

b.      V č erv nu 2017 maj í v EU s konč it poplatky z a roami ng

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26354/clanek/v-cervnu-2017-maji-v-eu-skoncit-poplatky-za- roaming/)

  • 02/10/2015
  • Od 15. června 2017 mají být v celé Evropské unii zrušeny poplatky za volání mobilními telefony v zahraničí, takzvaný roaming. Sdělilo to bruselské sídlo Rady EU. Potvrdilo tak červnovou dohodu zástupců členských zemí EU a Evropského parlamentu, kterou oznámilo tehdy předsedající Lotyšsko.

 

c.       EU zmírní kapitálová pravidla pro banky

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26351/clanek/eu-zmirni-kapitalova-pravidla-pro-banky/)

  • 01/10/2015
  • Evropská unie zmírní kapitálová pravidla pro banky a pojišťovny, která zavedla po vypuknutí finanční krize. Chce tak podpořit příliv finančních prostředků na trh a oživit hospodářský růst. Příslušný plán představil eurokomisař pro finanční služby Jonathan Základy takzvané unie kapitálových trhů by podle něj měly být položeny do roku 2019.

 

d.      EBRD schválila půjčku Ukrajině na nákup plynu

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8956/26349/clanek/ebrd-schvalila-pujcku-ukrajine-na-nakup-plynu/)

  • 01/10/2015
  • Evropská banka pro obnovu a rozvoj (EBRD) schválila Ukrajině půjčku 300 milionů USD (7,3 miliardy Kč) na koupi plynu před blížící se zimou. EBRD slíbila půjčit ukrajinské státní energetické firmě Naftogaz na koupi plynu výměnou za reformy energetického

 

e.      Orbán navrhuje „globální systém kvót“ pro migranty

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26350/clanek/orban-navrhuje-globalni-system-kvot-pro- migranty/)

  • 01/10/2015
  • Maďarský premiér Viktor Orbán, který v zahraničí čelí kritice kvůli tvrdému postoji k migrantům, navrhl, aby se o velkou masu lidí, kteří migrují z Blízkého východu, Asie a Afriky do Evropy, podělil celý svět. V projevu na zasedání Valného shromáždění OSN podle agentury MTI upozornil, že Evropa toto břímě sama nezvládne.

 

Instituce (7. 9. – 20. 9.2015)

a.  Instituce, agentury aorgány

Evropská Komise

a)      Plenary highlights: State of the Union debate, migration, cloningban (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/pdfs/news/public/story/20150910STO92651/20150910STO92651_en.pdf)

·         11/9/2015, Article, 2strana

·         Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, gave his first State ofthe Union speech in plenary on Wednesday morning, focusing on migration andthe situation in Greece. MEPs also supported a emergency scheme for relocatingasylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other member states and welcomed theCommission’s new proposals for dealing with the growing influx of refugees. They also approved aban on cloning farm animals and a stricter ban on sealproducts.

b)      King Felipe VI of Spain to address EP plenary on 7October

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150910IPR92710/pdf)

·         10/9/2015, Press release, 1strana

·         King Felipe VI of Spain will address the European Parliament in a solemn sessionduring the next Strasbourg plenary, the Conference of Presidents has confirmedtoday.

c)       Refugee crisis must be first priority, says Juncker in 2015 State of the Uniondebate

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150909STO92301/pdf)

·         9/9/2015, Article, 2strana

·         “The first priority today is and must be tackling the refugee crisis,” saidEuropean Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during the 2015 State of the Union debateat the European Parliament on Wednesday 9 September. “The EU is facing migration,the economic crisis and wars in its neighbourhood. We have to contribute to a solutionto these challenges,” said EP President Martin Schulz, EP’s President in his openingremarks

d)      State of the Union Address by President Juncker: Time for Honesty, Unity andSolidarity

(https://ec.europa.eu/news/2015/09/20150909_2_en.htm)

·         9/9/2015, Speech, 1strana

·         President Juncker focused on big challenges such as the refugee crisis, the future ofthe euro and foreign policy. In the speech, President Juncker outlined his political visionfor the future of the EU and set out the main elements guiding the preparation ofthe Commission’s Work Programme for 2016 andbeyond.

e)      Refugee Crisis: European Commission takes decisiveaction

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5596_en.pdf)

·         9/9/2015, Press release, 4strana

·         Delivering on the European Agenda on Migration from May, the EuropeanCommission istodayputtingforwardacomprehensivepackageofproposalswhichwillhelpaddress the refugeecrisis.

f)       Opening: migrants put Europe to thetest

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5620_en.pdf)

·         7/9/2015, Press release, 1strana


 

 

·         Migrants who make it to Europe are setting it an historic test. Hundreds ofthousands look to it for protection from war and persecution. The right response to thisglobal challenge is not walls or deterrence, national selfishness or national measures, buta common asylum and refugee policy, President Schulz urged in his opening address.Plans for sharing asylum seekers among EU countries will be presented to Parliamenton Wednesday by Commission President Juncker, headded.

g)      European Commission Statement following the temporary reintroduction ofborder

controls by Germany, particularly at the German-Austrianborder

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5638_en.htm)

·         13/9/2015, prohlášení, 1strana

·         President Jean-Claude Juncker this afternoon spoke on the phone with ChancellorAngela Merkel where she informed him about the temporary reintroduction of controls atthe borders with other EU-Member States, particularly at the German-Austrianborder.

·         The temporary reintroduction of border controls between Member States isan exceptional possibility explicitly foreseen in and regulated by the SchengenBorders Code, in case of a crisissituation.

h)      Statement of the European Commission following the Extraordinary Justice andHomeAffairs Council

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-15-5646_en.htm)

·         14/9/2015, prohlášení, 2strany

·         Interior Ministers meeting for an Extraordinary Council today offered their supportfor the comprehensive agenda the Commission put forth in May and September toaddress the refugee crisis. Member States have agreed to express their solidarity withone another by deciding to relocate throughout the EU 40,000 refugees, based onthe European Commission’s first emergency relocation proposal of 27 May. Anoperational meeting will be organised this week to start implementing the relocation decision onthe 40,000 in the shortest possibletimeframe.

·         The European Commission also appreciates the willingness of the majority ofMember States to move forward as soon as possible towards an agreement on relocatinganother 120,000 people in clear need of international protection, as proposed by theEuropeanCommission on 9September.

i)        Statement at the European Parliament’s Plenary Session following the Justice andHomeAffairs Council – 16 September2015

(https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/statement-european-parliaments-plenary-session-following-justice-and-home-affairs-council-16_en)

·         16/9/2015, prohlášení, 1strana

·         „Thank you, Mr. President. Those of you who know Game of Thrones will knowthe expression “Winter is coming”. It is meant quite literally and it is meant metaphorically.I think this expression can be applied to the situation the European Union is in nowvis-à- vis the refugees. Winter is coming, quite literally. The winter may also becoming metaphorically for the European Union if we are incapable of action in the next coupleof days andweeks.“

·         I want to add one more point, which to me is very important. The Commission iswilling to build bridges between the different positions of Member States. We cannot affordthe luxury of finger pointing. We cannot afford the luxury of accusing one another ofnot wanting to reach a solution. There is no time for that. We have to have the skill andthe openness and the willingness to build bridges, to help countries come to acommon solution which will express solidarity andresponsibility.


 

 

j)        Remarks by First Vice President Timmermans at the European Parliament’s PlenarySession on 16/09/2015 concerning the UN Sustainable Development summit anddevelopment- related aspects of COP21

(https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/remarks-first-vice-president-timmermans-european-parliaments-plenary-session-16092015-concerning-un_en)

·         17/9/2015, proslov, 5stran

·         I think my first plea today would be let’s work together to create coherence betweenthe actions of Directorates-General in the Commission as well as the different Committeesin the European Parliament. Let’s face it: sometimes the polices that come out ofdifferentDGs and different committees have some contradictions. That is a reality. I’m atyour disposal, Members of this parliament, to do better than we have done now. I reallywant to make sure that we are coherent because sustainable development has threemain aspects – obviously environmental but also economic andsocial.

·         The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is going to be alandmark achievement. It has an inclusive nature already and it is something the EU hasbeen advocating for a long time, and I think this time for once citizens, parliaments,civil society made their contributions, not just governments. The way this parliamentwas involved in the process testifies to that different approach. The EU had aninstrumental role in shaping the Agenda, and a lot will be expected of the EU in NY andPresident Juncker has asked me to lead thedelegation.

k)      “Une solidarité de fait” – Speech by First Vice President Timmermans at Clingendael- Netherlands Institute of International Relations -18/09/2015 (https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/une-solidarite-de-fait-speech-first-vice-president-timmermans-clingendael-netherlands-institute_en)

·    18/9/2015, proslov, 14stran

·         „’De facto solidarity’: after all these years it remains a wonderfully elegant, but alsoa slightly cheeky expression. On the one hand, it sums up the honourable goal ofconcrete, tangible, genuine solidarity between nations who otherwise, and all too often, fail tosee their common interests. On the other hand, there’s also a hint of the ‘solidarity of thefait accompli‘: a grudging but unavoidable acceptance of interdependence andmutual responsibility – both because the cost of European nations fighting each other wastoo great to ever countenance again, but also because following two attempts atcollective suicide in less than half a century, which effectively put an end to the status ofindividual European states as great powers, the only way for Europe to remain relevant wasto stand as one. The experience of interdependence is what still today continues to fuelthe virtuous circle of European integration – or not. Solidarity, in that sense, isboth

a product of and aprecondition for Europeancooperation.“

l)        EP this week: migration, agriculture,taxation(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150914STO93037/html/EP-this-week-migration-agriculture-taxation)

·         14/9/2015, článek, 2strany

·         Migration, development and the crisis on the agricultural markets will be debatedbyMEPs during the plenary session on Wednesday. Jean-Claude Juncker, president ofthe European Commission, will discuss taxation regulations for multinational companieswith the economic committee and the special committee on tax rulings on Thursday. Hewill be joined by commissioners Pierre Moscovici and MargretheVestager.

m)    “An example to follow”: Schulz praises Sweden’s refugee policy duringvisit


 

 

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150915STO93205/html/An-example-to-follow-Schulz-praises-Sweden’s-refugee-policy-during-visit)

·         15/9/2015, článek, 1strana

·         EP President Martin Schulz praised Sweden’s response to the refugee crisis during avisit to the country on Monday 14 September. Migration and the refugee crisis toppedthe agenda when he met his counterpart Urban Ahlin, the Speaker of theSwedishParliament. Schulz also had meetings with King Carl XVI Gustaf and with PrimeMinister StefanLöfven.

n)      Opening: Parliament fast-tracks vote on 120,000 refugee relocationplan (https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150915IPR93224/html/Opening-Parliament-fast-tracks-vote-on-120000-refugee-relocation-plan)

·         16/9/2015, tisková zpráva, 1strana

·         An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Greece, Italyand Hungary to other EU member states will be put to a vote, as a matter of urgency,at

10.00 on Thursday. This recourse to the urgency procedure (Rule 154) was proposedbyPresident Schulz and approved in a plenary vote at theopening.

o)      Parliament urges Commission to show strong leadership in2016(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150915IPR93233/html/Parliament-urges-Commission-to-show-strong-leadership-in-2016)

·         16/9/2015, tisková zpráva, 1stran.

·         A clear political vision to tackle the challenges of energy supply, climatechange, transition to a digital society, job creation, migration, the rule of democracyand fundamental law should be at the core of the 2016 Commission’s work programme.So say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution, voted on Wednesday, which setsout Parliament’s recommendations for the European Commission’s 2016 workprogramme.

 

RadaEU

a)      General Affairs Council, 14/09/2015

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/gac/2015/09/14/)

·         14/9/2015, tisková zpráva, 2strany

·         The Council began preparations for the October European Council on the basisof discussions on an annotated draft agenda. The October meeting (15-16October) will concentrate primarily on the issue ofmigration.

·         Ministers took note of a letter from the Commission outlining its intentions regardingits 2016 work programme. This is part of the preparatory process leading up to theadoption by the Commission of its work programme for the comingyear.

 ·    The Council adopted a positive assessment that the conditions to move to the firststep of phase two on the high seas of EUNAVFOR MED have been met, the navaloperation having fulfilled all military objectives related to phase 1 focusing upon the collectionand analysis of information andintelligence.

·         The Council prolonged by six months EU sanctions over actions againstUkraine’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence. The asset freeze and travelbans against 149 persons and 37 entities were extended until 15 March2016.

 

Evropskýparlament

a.       Budgets Committee approves €16.3 million in disaster aid for Bulgaria andGreece


 

 

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+IM-PRESS+20150914IPR93025+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN)

·         14/9/2015, Press release, 2strany

·         Bulgaria and Greece should get €16.3 million in EU aid to help repair damage doneto public and private infrastructure by exceptionally severe weather conditions earlyin 2015, said the Budgets Committee on Monday. This European Solidarity Fund aidstill needs to be approved by Parliament as a whole inOctober.

 

Evropskárada

a.       PresidentoftheEuropeanCouncil,andJean-ClaudeJuncker,PresidentoftheEuropean Commission, on Singapore GeneralElections

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202290_en_635776455600000000.pdf)

·         12/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         “We would like to sincerely congratulate Prime Minister Lee on his reappointment inthis historic year for the people of Singapore. We wish him every success in hisrenewed mandate and look forward to continuing the excellent cooperation weenjoy.

·         OurFreeTradeandPartnershipandCooperationAgreementswilldeepenourbilateral tiesandenableustobetteraddressemergingglobalchallenges.TheseAgreementswill alsoserveassteppingstonesforgreaterengagementbetweentheEUandSoutheast Asia.

·         As Singapore prepares for the future, we look forward to meeting Prime Minister Leeto discuss the next chapter of ourrelationship.”

b.      Statement by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President Nicos Anastasiadesin Cyprus

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202254_en_635775745800000000.pdf)

·         11/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         We also discussed the Middle East and the role of Cyprus as a regional player. Iam gratefulforPresidentAnastasiades’constructivecontributiontohelpresolvecrisesin ourneighbourhood.Europehasahugeinterestinthispartoftheworld.Recentevents have underlined how deeply we are all affected by what happens in ourneighbourhood.

·         In this context we also discussed the refugee crisis. This visit is part of myconsultations with Member States on how to tackle this huge challenge, incl. the questionsof relocation and resettlement. Cyprus is a good example of a country that is ready tohelp andshowsolidarity.Thetimehascometotakedecisions.JusticeandHomeAffairs ministers are meeting Monday at an emergency session. From that meeting we willneed aconcrete,positivesignofsolidarityandunity.AftercontactsthatIhadwithMember States the last few days, I feel more hopeful today that we are closer to finding asolution based on consensus and genuine solidarity. Without such a decision, I will have to callan emergency meeting of the European Council still inSeptember.

·         President Anastasiades and I also discussed the economic development of Cyprus. Iwas pleasedtohearhowtheeffortsbythepeopleofCyprusarebringingpositiveresults.It will be important to maintain this momentum and to advance on structural reforms.This will strengthen public finances and lay the ground for sustained growth and jobcreation nowandinthefuture.Iamthankfulfortheconstructiveroleyouhaveplayedandwill continue to play in the European Union. Thankyou.

c.       Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of TurkeyAhmetDavutoğlu


 

 

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202147_en_635775018000000000.pdf)

·         10/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         We discussed terrorism where I reiterated my condemnation of the recent terrorist attackshereinTurkey.AndwhereIassuredthePM,asIdidtothePresidentyesterday, of Europe’s continued strong commitment to fighting terrorism from PKK toDa’esh. WhenwediscussedtheterroristthreatfromPKK,Ialsostressedhowimportantitisto get the Kurdish peace process back ontrack.

·         We discussed the challenges of the war in Syria. Instability elsewhere in the region.And the refugee flows that have followed from these crises. All challenges that none of uscan handle alone; where we are bound tocooperate.

d.      Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of Turkey,Recep TayyipErdoğan

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202129_en_635774262000000000.pdf)

·         9/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         Today, the main reason I am here is the refugee crisis. The first condition ofeffective actionistherebuildingofinternationalsolidarity.ThisiswhyIcallonallofustostop blamingeachother,andinsteadtofocusonfullandcomprehensivecooperation.Thisongoingblamegamewillnotmoveusevenastepclosertowardssolvingthemigration crisis.

e.      Remarks by President Donald Tusk before his meeting with Prime Minister ofIsrael BenjaminNetanyahu

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202002_en_635774201400000000.pdf)

·         8/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         OurmeetingtakesplaceataverychallengingtimefortheMiddleEast.Devastating conflicts continue in many countries, with serious consequences across theborders. Failed or failing states. Extremist movements and terrorists like Da’esh. So muchhuman suffering. So many fleeing conflict and terror. So little peace, democracy, prosperityand rule of law.

·         I also hope to discuss the agreement reached with Iran in July. The common viewin EuropeisthatitmayleadtoabreakthroughintherelationsbetweenIranandthe internationalcommunity.Butarealbreakthroughinthelong-timeprospectivewillnot besustainableifIrandoesnotchangeitsattitudetowardsIsrael.ThesecurityofIsrael mustremainoneofourEuropeanpriorities.ItisalsomywishthatthevoiceofIsraelin the debate on the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran is both heardand respected inEurope.

·         Ourmeetingwillalsobeanopportunitytotalkaboutbilateralcooperationbetween Israel and the European Union. As you know, our relations are among themost developedwithanon-Europeancountry.TheEuropeanUnionisIsrael’sbiggesttrading partner and we enjoy close relations in many fields. Only recently we signedagreements on research cooperation (the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme) and liberalised ouraviation markets (the “open skies” agreement). These agreements create huge benefits forboth of us, Europe andIsrael.

f.        Speech by President Donald Tusk at the Bruegel AnnualDinner (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802201971_en_635773042800000000.pdf)

·         7/9/2015, Speech, 3strana


 

 

·         On every issue on today’s agenda: migration, the Greek crisis, war in Ukraine,terrorism, a potential Brexit; we take action, which – if only we are sufficiently loyal to oneanother andstandunited-willbringaboutpositiveresults.Wewillcontinuetolivewiththe problemslongerthanwewouldliketo-butthisisnotthereasontoquestionour Europeanprinciples.

g.       Press remarks by President Donald Tusk following his meeting with H.M. the Kingof Jordan, Abdullah II binal-Hussein

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meetings/european-council/2015/06/EUCO-conclusions-pdf/)

·         20/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1stran

·         Today’s meeting with King Abdullah II was fruitful and constructive. It was animportant opportunity to discuss topics of common concern, such as the Syria crisis and theimpact of refugees, the fight against terrorism, and developments in ourneighbourhood including in the Middle East PeaceProcess.

h.      PressremarksbyPresidentDonaldTuskfollowingthemeetingwithPresidentofEgypt,

Abdel Fattahal-Sisi (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202609_en_635783496600000000.pdf)

·         19/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         Today President Al-Sisi and I had the opportunity to discuss important issues ofcommon concern, and ways to tackle them together. First and foremost, we discussed thecurrent migration and refugee crisis affecting Europe, Egypt and the whole region. Ioutlined whattheEUisdoingandplanstodotoaddressthischallenge.Iwasinterestedtohear the President’s thoughts on how the current crisis, and its root causes, couldbe managed. I feel it is important to hear the views of our partners as we face thischallenge together. I will share the important input of our discussions today withEuropean leaders at next week’s extraordinary European Council. I look forward to ourcontinued cooperationinthisarea,andIverymuchwelcomeEgypt’scontributiontotheValletta Summit inNovember.

·         We also discussed the scourge of terrorism, which affects both Egypt and theEuropean Union. I can only reiterate my condemnation of all acts of terrorism, whereverthey occur. The European Union is committed to fighting terrorism with our partners. Wewill continue to do so, based on the rule oflaw.

i.         Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the members of the EuropeanCouncil (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202608_en_635782062000000000.pdf)

·         18/9/2015, Press release, 1strana

·         Thecrisisweareallwitnessingisatestofourhumanityandresponsibility.Itcausesmany tensions and accusations among politicians and people in Europe. I haveno illusions that Europe will need to deal with this challenge for many years tocome. Therefore I would like us to focus on the overall approach to thiscrisis.

·         Besides discussing our overall approach to the crisis I want to address issues such  as: helptothefrontlineMemberStates;cooperationwiththeWesternBalkancountries, with Turkey and the countries bordering Syria; budgetary assistance to theHigh Commissioner for Refugees and the World Food Programme; and theimplementation of our conclusions on return and readmission. We must also discuss diplomaticefforts insolvingtheSyriacrisis.Iwillsharewithyoumyassessmentofthesituationaftermy visits in the countries of the Mediterranean region and the MiddleEast.

j.        Joint Press Statement, 8th Republic of Korea-EU Summit. Seoul, 15 September2015


 

 

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/6/40802199931_en.pdf)

·         15/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 6strana

·         The Eighth Summit between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the European Union(EU) took place in Seoul on September 15, 2015. The ROK was represented by PresidentPark Geun-hyeandtheEUwasrepresentedbyMr.DonaldTusk,PresidentoftheEuropean Council and Commissioner Cecilia Malmström representing the President of  the EuropeanCommission.

k.       Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the 8th EU-Republic of Korea summit inSeoul (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202382_en_635779164000000000.pdf)

·         15/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 2strana

·         And,indeed,theEuropeanUnionandtheRepublicofKoreaareclose.Wesharethe sameprinciplesandhopes.Andwesharethesamevalues,whichlieattheheartofour strategicpartnership.Europeisnowthiscountry’slargestinvestor,helpingtogenerate jobs and wealth here. We are working closely on shared foreign policychallenges. Together, we are breaking new ground in science andtechnology.

l.         MessagefromPresidentDonaldTusktoMajestyKingSalmanbinAbdulazizofSaudiArabia (https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releases-pdf/2015/9/40802202387_en_635779158600000000.pdf)

·         14/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1strana

·         I have learnt with great sorrow of the horrific accident provoked by the collapse of a crane at the Grand Mosque inMecca.

·         Mythoughtsarewiththefamiliesofthevictims.OnbehalfoftheEuropeanUnion,I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the bereaved families and wish aprompt recovery to thewounded.

 

 

b.  TT’s aNGO’s

The Swedish Institute for European PolicyStudies Union regulatory criminal lawcompetence (https://www.sieps.se/en/publications/reports/2019)

·         9/2015, 114 pages, report by JacobÖberg

·         Theauthorofthisreportraisescritiqueagainstthedevelopmentofcriminallaw,arguingthatit hasevolvedthroughanillegitimateprocess,wherebytheEUlegislaturehasproceededinthe areaevenbeforeaclearlegalcompetenceintheareawasgiventotheEU,throughaso-called competencecreep.Inhisview,suchcompetencecreepsblurthelegalmandatesoftheEUand may result in an expansion of EU policy areas that goes far beyond what was intended for bythe Treatydrafters.Afterhavingexpressedhisconcernforthisdevelopment,theauthorsuggests someinterestingideasonhowtheEUjudiciarymaybettercontroltheuseofcriminallawatEU level.

 

OpenEurope

Juncker prepares new push for refugeequotas

(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/juncker-prepares-new-push-for-refugee-quotas/  )

·         04/09/2015, 1 page, article by VincenzoScarpetta

·         European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will next week unveil a revamped planfor redistributingtensofthousandsofrefugeesacrossEUmemberstates.Hisrenewedpushlooks more likely to succeed now that France and Germany have both endorsed bindingquotas.


 

 

a.     What are the implications of Corbyn´s win for the EU debate and referendumcampaign?(https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/what-are-the-implications-of-corbyns-win-for-the-eu-debate-and-referendum-campaign/)

·         12/09/2015, 2 pages, article by PawelSwidlicki

·         FollowingtheofficialconfirmationthatJeremyCorbynhaswontheLabourleadershiprace, Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki looks the implications for the UK’s EU debate andreferendum campaign and weighs up whether it makes Brexit more or lesslikely.

b.      Is the ECJ´s latest ruling on access to benefits helpful of unhelpful for DavidCameron? (https://openeurope.org.uk/blog/is-ecjs-latest-ruling-on-access-to-benefits-helpful-or-unhelpful-for-david-cameron/)

·         15/09/2015, 1 page, article by PawelSwidlicki

·         Open Europe’s Pawel Swidlicki argues that today’s EU court ruling on migrants’ access towelfare shouldbewelcomedbytheUKbutcrucialissuessuchasaccesstoin-workbenefitsremain unresolved.

 

LSE European Politics and PolicyBlog

a.       Delegating political powers to regulatory agencies does not guarantee betterpolicy enforcement

(https://bit.ly/1NZ3NZ2)

·         9/9/2015, 4 pages, Commentary by MattiaGuidi

·         A large number of independent regulatory agencies, which are detached from the electoralcycle, have been set up by governments to ensure sound, stable and impartial policy enforcement.But has their independence actually made a difference? Outlining results from a recent study,MattiaGuidi assesses the impact national competition agencies (NCAs) have had on tworelevant indicators, foreign direct investment and inflation, finding that there is no correlation atall between these indicators and the independence ofNCAs.

b.      Why European integration remains the best option for meeting the challenges posedby globalisation

(https://bit.ly/1LexTBv)

·         7/9/2015, 4 pages, blog article by Lukas Hakelberg and ZoeLefkofridi

·         Faced with a debt crisis in Greece and a refugee crisis on Europe’s borders, the European Unionis currentlynavigatingoneofthemostdifficultperiodsinitshistory.Butdothesecrisesofferjustification for scaling back European integration? Lukas Hakelberg and Zoe Lefkofridi writethat moreintegrationnotonlyoffersthemostnaturalsolutionforresolvingtheseissues,butalso remains the best mechanism for managing the wider challenges posed byglobalisation.

c.       Independence and the distribution of resources within Spain will once again take centrestage in Catalonia’selections

(https://bit.ly/1NCmj9H)

·         16/9/2015, 4 pages, blog article by Mireia Borrell¨

·         Catalonia will hold parliamentary elections on 27 September, with a number of  Catalan politicianspresentingtheelectionsasaneffectivevoteontheterritory’sindependencefrom Spain. Mireia Borrell Porta writes that two issues in particular are at the heart of the debateover independence: fiscal redistribution within Spain and Catalan identity. She notes that whilethe Spanish government has rejected the idea that the elections are a de facto voteon independence, the result will go some way to indicating the views of Catalan voters on theissue.


 

 

d.      Voter experience of corrupt officials is an overlooked reason for the electoral successof radical rightparties

(https://bit.ly/1ETiHgI)

·         12/9/2015, 4 pages, blog article by Conrad Ziller and ThomasSchübel

·         The radical right has had a good few years, with the economic crisis providing fertile ground fora political discourse centred around immigration and economic injustice. Conrad Ziller andThomasSchübelshareresearchwhichshowsthatoneofthekey,thoughoverlooked,driversoftherise ofpartiesliketheFinnsPartyinFinlandandtheFreedomPartyofAustriaisvoterexperienceof corruption byofficials.

 

e.      Who won Poland’s ‘referendum war’ and how will it affect the Octoberelection? (https://bit.ly/1KispF4)

·         15/9/2015, 3 pages, blog article by AleksSzczerbiak

·         A three part referendum was held in Poland on 6 September, which included a proposalto introducesingle-member‘firstpastthepost’constituenciesinPolish  parliamentary elections. Aleks Szczerbiak writes that the referendum, which was called by the rulingCivic Platform party and was supposed to benefit charismatic ‘anti-system’ politicalindependent PawełKukiz,endedinfiascowithfewerthanone-in-tenPolesturningouttovote–wellbelow therequired50percentturnoutforthevotetobelegallybinding.Instead,aidedbyPoland’s popular new right-wing President, Andrzej Duda, the referendum allowed the oppositionLaw and Justice party to successfully refocus the debate onto socio-economic issues, particularlythe government’s deeply unpopular pension reforms, ahead of parliamentary elections inOctober.

 

PolicyNetwork

 Mixedfeelings:Britain’sconflictedattitudes tothe EUbeforethereferendum

(https://www.policy-network.net/publications/4964/Mixed-feelings-Britains-conflicted-attitudes-to-the-EU-before-the-referendum)

·         7/9/2015, 17 pages, report SofiaVasilopoulou

·         Euroscepticism will weigh heavily in the UK’s referendum debate on EU membership, but dowe know exactly what we are talking about? Beyond general assertions, it is necessaryto understand the sources, patterns and effects of Euroscepticism among the British people.Thispaper aims to provide a detailed picture of how Britons think about the EU based on anonline survey conducted two weeks before the 2015 general election. It shows that there issignificant variation in UK support for different EU policies. Beyond economic calculations, emotionsalso form a key component of people’s attitudes towards theEU.

 

Centre for Economic PolicyResearch

Identification and Estimation of Preference Distributions When Voters AreIdeological

(https://www.voxeu.org/article/firms-transaction-networks-new-evidence-japan)

·         9/2015, fulltext nedostupný, discussion paper by Áureo De Paula, AntonioMerlo

·         This paper studies the nonparametric identification and estimation of voters’ preferenceswhen voters are ideological. We establish that voter preference distributions and other parametersof interest can be identified from aggregate electoral data. We also show that these objects canbe consistently estimated and illustrate our analysis by performing an actual estimation usingdata from the 1999 European Parliamentelections.


 

 

EUROPEUM

 Karetní hry atrikynárodníchparlamentů vEvropskéunii

(https://www.europeum.org/images/pdf/slosarcik_-_hry_a_triky.pdf)

·         15/9/2015, 6 pages, Policy Brief by Ivo Šlosarík

·         Zavedení systému žluté, oranžové a červené karty, kterými mohou vnitrostátníparlamenty přímo vstoupit do rozhodovacího procesu na úrovni EU, jsou reakcí post-lisabonskéEvropské unie na dřívější oslabení národních parlamentů členských států způsobené evropskouintegrací. Národníparlamentypotenciálpostlisabonskéžlutékartyvpraxinevyužívají(kvů-lipotížíms koordinací aktivace decentralizované procedury) a zároveň překračují limitykartového mechanismu (kvůli záběru svých námitek). Reforma kartového mechanismu tak můžev budoucnosti zahrnovat zlepšení meziparlamentních koordinačních procedur, rozšířenía zpřesnění záběru kontrolovaných unijních dokumentů a důvodů jejich přezkumu, čidokonce zavedení mechanismu „zelené karty“, který by národním parlamentům umožnilapřimět Evropskou komisi k legislativníaktivitě.

 

Barcelona Centre for InternationalAffaires

The Brexit Negotiations: Stretching Europe to fit UK PublicOpinion?

(https://www.cidob.org/en/publications/publication_series/notes_internacionals/n1_126_the_brexit

_negotiations_stretching_europe_to_fit_uk_public_opinion/the_brexit_negotiations_stretching_europe_to_fit_uk_public_opinion)

·         09/2015, 6 pages, note by PolMorillas

·         Public debates in the United Kingdom (UK) over the next year will be dominated by thein-or-out referendum on its membership to the European Union (EU). After winning the generalelections on7May2015,DavidCameronrecalledhisintentiontoholdthereferendumbefore2017,but hinted at the possibility of bringing this deadline forward. In June 2015, he inaugurated therun- up to the Brexit referendum and presented to the European Council his demands forthe “renegotiation”oftheUK’srelationswiththeEU.Thedateofthereferendumisstilltobe announcedbut,untilthen,Cameron’sgovernmentwillputforwardaseriesofdemandsaimed at regaining sovereignty, watering down the immigration and mobility rights of EU citizens inthe UKandbolsteringUK-friendlyeconomicandfinancialmeasures.WhetherCameronsecuresa fairdealwiththeEUreformsandregainspowersfortheUKwilldependonthewillingnessof other member States to accommodate his demands. But this will also be the testing groundfor Cameron’sabilitytoconvincedomesticpublicopinionthattheUKhassecuredafairdealand, accordingly, that citizens should vote to stay in theEU.

European PolicyCentre

 HowtodealwithEurope’sBritishproblem

(https://www.epc.eu/pub_details.php?cat_id=13&pub_id=5915)

·         11/9/2015, 4 pages, discussion paper by AndrewDuff

·         InthisDiscussionPaper,EPCVisitingFellowandformerMEPAndrewDuffarguesthattheUK government’srenegotiationbidistoofeebletobedeservingofconcessionsbyitsEUpartners, but that the rest of the EU can give the British what they seem to want by pressing  on themselvestofederalunion.IsDavidCameronreallyseriousaboutrenegotiatingthetermsof theBritishmembership?Onehastobegintoaskthequestion.Formuchhasbeenboastedbut


 

 

little done. British officials are still trotting around foreign ministries of EU capitals, but itis reported that their inquiries about what might be acceptable to Britain’s partners  are increasingly lame, narrow andfew.

 

 

Notre Europe Jacques DelorsInstitute

The EU and referenda: structuralincompatibility?

(https://www.delorsinstitute.eu/011-21908-The-EU-and-referenda-a-structural-antagonism.html  )

·         17/9/2015, 14 pages, policy paper by Yves Bertoncini and NicoleKoenig

·         This Policy Paper underlines that there is no inconsistency between national referendaand decisions made by the European authorities, including as regards the Greek case,particularly atypical when compared with all the 48 referenda on European issues. It also leads to recallthat several different national political wills have of necessity to coexist side by side in theFederation of Nation States that is the EU, and which no referendum will ever be able tochange.

 

 

c.  Zpravodajství

Euractiv

a.       EU privacy watchdog planning international board on techethics

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/eu-privacy-watchdog-planning-international-board-tech-ethics-317582)

·    11/9/2015

·         The EU’s Data Protection Supervisor made an unexpected move today (11 September)by releasing an opinion on technology and ethics, aimed to fill in gaps inconsumer protection rules left unaddressed by the ongoing EU privacyreforms.

 

b.      Tusk threatens leaders with anothersummit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/tusk-threatens-leaders-another-summit-317575)

·    11/9/2015

·         Council President Donald Tusk tweeted today (11 September) that he will callan extraordinarysummitiftheUnion’sjusticeandhomeaffairsministersfailtoreachan agreement, based on the Commission’s plan to redistribute 160,000 refugees among them.

 

c.       Avramopolous: Refugee crisis a “crash test” forEurope

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/refugee-crisis-crash-test-europe-317572)

·    11/9/2015

·         AllcountriesthatbelongtotheEuropeanfamilymustabidebyEUpolicy,saysDimitris Avramopolous. Hungary should be more cooperative in registeringrefugees.


 

 

 

 

d.      Nemtsov and others nominated for Sakharovprize

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/nemtsov-and-others-nominated-sakharov-prize-317550)

·    11/9/2015

·         AssassinatedRussianoppositionleaderBorisNemtsov,aUkrainemilitarypilotheldon murder charges by Moscow, and jailed Saudi Arabian blogger RaifBadawi  were shortlisted yesterday (10 September) for the European Parliament’s prestigiousSakharov Prize for Freedom ofThought.

 

e.      EU official: Greek bailout deal still open for finetuning

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/eu-official-greek-bailout-deal-still-open-fine-tuning-317524)

·    10/9/2015

·         ThethirdbailoutpackageagreedonbyAthensandinternationallendersinJulyisstill open for adjustment, a high-ranking eurozone official told journalists yesterday(9September) ahead of a meeting of finance ministers in Luxembourg on Saturday(12 September).

 

f.        Serbia happy to help EU, ambivalent about refugee hubstatus

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/serbia-happy-help-eu-not-be-converted-refugee-hub-317523)

·    10/9/2015

·         The EU has praised Serbia for coping with the refugee crisis. However, this contributedto widespread speculation inside the country that it will host a large refugeecamp.

 

g.       VanRompuy:“EUleadersonlytakebolddecisionswhentheyhaveaknifeagainsttheir throats”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/van-rompuy-eu-leaders-only-take-bold-decisions-when-they-have-knife)

·    10/9/2015

·         InacandidinterviewwithEurActiv,theformerPresidentoftheEuropeanCouncilsaid theEUtakestheboldestdecisionsonlyincrisissituations,”whenwehaveourbacks against the wall and are staring at the abyss with a knife against ourthroats”.

 

h.      EU-Cuba talks unlikely to conclude before Decemberdeadline

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-cuba-talks-unlikely-conclude-december-deadline-317515)

·    10/9/2015


 

 

·         The European Union and Cuba opened a new round of talks on normalizing  ties yesterday (9 September) in Havana, taking on the sensitive subjects of politicsand humanrights.

 

i.        Juncker defies EU countries with distribution plan for 160,000refugees

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/juncker-defies-eu-countries-distribution-plan-160000-refugees-317502)

·    10/9/2015

·         The President of the European Commission used his State of the Union speech to callfor memberstatestoadoptanemergencyrefugeedistributionsystem,ignoringthathis similar plan of a lesser scale was rejected lastMay.

 

j.        ECB accuses Germany of obstructing supervisoryrole

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/ecb-accuses-germany-obstructing-supervisory-role-317487)

·    10/9/2015

·         The European Central Bank has criticised a draft German law relating to themanagement and regulation of the bankingsector.

 

k.       EU-counter-terrorism czar: Terrorists among asylum seekers?Unlikely

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/eu-counter-terrorism-czar-terrorists-among-asylum-seekers-unlikely)

·    9/9/2015

·         Therefugeecrisisisamajorchallengebyitself.Ifyoustartmixingitwithterrorism,you confuse the logic, EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove toldEurActiv Czech Republic in an exclusiveinterview.

 

l.        Parliament deals heavy blow to Commission´s cloningproposal

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/parliament-deals-heavy-blow-commissions-cloning-proposal-317483)

·    9/9/2015

·         TheEuropeanUnionimports500,000tonnesofbeefeveryyear,largelyfromcountries wherecloningisauthorised.Butlawmakerswanttostopclonesfromendingupon Europeanplates.

 

m.    LIVE: State of the European Uniondebate

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/future-eu/live-state-european-union-debate-317444)

·    9/9/2015


 

 

·         Therefugeecrisistookcentrestageinamuch-awaitedStateoftheEuropeanUnion addressbyCommissionPresidentJean-ClaudeJunckerintheEuropeanParliamenton Wednesday morning (9September).

 

n.      Juncker: We need more Union in ourUnion

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/juncker-we-need-more-union-our-union-317484)

·    9/9/2015

·         In a much anticipated State of the Union speech, Commission PresidentJean-Claude Juncker appealed for the preservation of the traditional values of solidarity on whichthe EuropeanUnionisbuilt,atatimewhennationalegoismsprevailinmanycountries, faced with the unprecedented refugeecrisis.

 

o.      Greece “lost in translation” over EUfunds

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/greece-lost-translation-over-eu-funds-317475)

·    9/9/2015

·         TheEuropeanCommissiondeniesaGreekclaimthatitrejectedanofficialrequestby Athens for an extension of the 2007-2013 Multiannual Financial Framework. Inthe meantime, the debt-ridden country risks losing 1.4 billioneuros.

 

p.      Europe strengthens ban on seal products after WTOchallenge

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/europe-strengthens-ban-seal-products-after-wto-challenge-317469)

·    9/9/2015

·         MEPs voted to tighten a ban on seal products on Tuesday (8 September), in a movethat campaignerssaywillprotectmillionsofsealsfromcommercialslaughter.Thevotein Strasbourg brings an existing EU embargo into line with WTOrules.

 

q.      Parliament calls for stricter controls over surveillance techexports

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/parliament-calls-stricter-controls-over-surveillance-tech-exports-317456)

·    9/9/2015

·         The European Parliament gave the green light on Tuesday (8 September) to anon- binding resolution calling for safeguards to ensure technology isn’t implicated inhuman rights abuse, especially when it’s exported outside of Europe for surveillanceor censorship purposes. A European Commission proposal is expected nextyear.

 

r.        Commission clears partial takeover of Alstom byGE

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-industry/commission-clears-partial-takeover-alstom-ge-317454)


 

 

·    8/9/2015

·         The European Commission today (8 September) gave its blessing to GE’s partialtakeover of Alstom’s power generationportfolio.

 

s.       Commission won´t ask EU judges to decide on legality ofISDS

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/commission-wont-ask-eu-judges-decide-legality-isds-317445)

·    8/9/2015

·         The European Commission will not ask EU judges to decide on the legality ofthe investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in free trade agreements such asthe Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership(TTIP).

 

t.        Commission targets new Asian markets for EU dairyexports

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/commission-targets-new-asian-markets-eu-dairy-exports-317442)

·    8/9/2015

·         A €500 million agricultural aid package adopted by the European Commission onMonday (7 September) will aim to develop new dairy export markets in Asia, an EU sourcesaid.

 

u.      Verhofstadt slamsTusk for “notdoing hisjob”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/verhofstadt-slams-tusk-not-doing-his-job-317424)

·    8/9/2015

·         Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the liberal ALDE group in the EuropeanParliament, slammed Council President Donald Tusk yesterday (7 September) for not playing hisrole in solving the refugeecrisis.

 

v.       EU businesses warn China over “slow”reforms

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/eu-businesses-warn-china-over-slow-reforms-317420)

·    8/9/2015

·         The main European business lobby in China warned on Tuesday (8 September)that “slow” implementation of market reforms risks plunging the country into stagnation,as concerns mount about slowing growth in the world’s second-largesteconomy.

 

w.     Commission mulls new measures in divisive inquiry of onlinegiants

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/commission-mulls-new-measures-divisive-inquiry-online-giants-317409)

·    8/9/2015


 

 

·         Eyeing the growing influence of online platforms, and the risk they’ll abusetheir dominant positions, the European Commission is considering whether new measuresare needed to limit firms that could include Google and Facebook, or Apple’s appstore.

 

x.       Juncker to announce African trustfund

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/juncker-announce-african-trust-fund-317405)

·    7/9/2015

·         Speaking to a small number of journalists today (7 September)Development Commissioner Neven Mimica said that Commission President will announceon Wednesday (9 September) a special “trust fund” for Africa, aimed at dealing withthe root causes of the refugeecrisis.

 

y.       EU throws lifeline to farmers as protests bring Brussels to astandstill

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/eu-throws-lifeline-farmers-protests-bring-brussels-standstill-317402)

·    7/9/2015

·         The European Commission has unlocked €500 million in aid to farmers  hit byfalling prices and a ban on exports to Russia, as angry protestors took the streets ofBrussels.

 

z.       Tory tipped to leads ETS reform in EUParliament

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/uk-europe/tory-tipped-lead-ets-reform-eu-parliament-317395)

·    7/9/2015

·         A Conservative MEP is hotly tipped to lead the European Parliament debate overreforms to the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS), a cornerstone of the bloc’sfight against climatechange.

 

aa.  Commission mulls VAT gapreform

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/commission-mulls-reform-close-vat-gap-317369)

·    7/9/2015

·         TheEuropeanCommissionhaspublisheditsthirdreportonthe’VATgap’.Thesituation has not improved since2011.

bb. Footballers ask Commission to abolish transfersystem

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/footballers-ask-commission-abolish-transfer-system-317774)

·    18/9/2015


 

 

·         The world union for footballers called for the transfer system to be “abolished” onFriday (18September),andslappedinanEUlegalchallengetoFIFAthatcouldbantransferwindows and drive down the price ofplayers.

 

cc.  Ministers unite on mandate for Paris climatetalks

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/eu-ministers-unite-mandate-paris-climate-talks-317778)

·    18/9/2015

·         EUministersonFriday(18September)agreeduponthebloc’snegotiatingmandatefor the upcoming COP21 talks, including a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030over 1990 levels, overcoming resistance from eastern memberstates.

 

dd. Challenges for EU soft power in MiddleEast

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/challenges-eu-soft-power-middle-east-317781)

·    18/9/2015

·         Diplomacy and development are the foundations of the EU’s influence in the world.But theycanonlybeeffectiveifwetrulyunderstandtheculturalandpoliticallandscapesof the countries we are trying to influence, writes HansGustafWessberg.

 

ee. EU expands Tunisian olive oil imports ahead of tradetalks

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/eu-expands-tunisian-olive-oil-imports-ahead-trade-talks-317780)

·    18/9/2015

·         With its announcement on Thursday (17 September) that it is expanding its importquota of olive oil from Tunisia, the European Union signaled it is preparing for fresh tradetalks with the North African country. Borderlexreports.

 

ff.   Commission unwilling to let illegal Thai fishing off thehook

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/commission-unwilling-let-illegal-thai-fishing-hook-317775)

·    18/9/2015

·         The European Commission has officially warned Bangkok about dragging its feetin combatting illegal fishing, and the horrifying work conditions in the fisheries sector.Now an EU import ban on Thai fish products looms on thehorizon.

 

gg.  Hill woos bankers ahead of capital marketsannouncement

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/hill-woos-bankers-ahead-capital-markets-announcement-317758)


 

 

·    18/9/2015

·         Days before the European Commission presents its long-awaited proposal to reducethe “very high” dependence on bank funding from European businesses, theexecutive appeared to have softened its tone towards the bankingsector.

 

hh. Parliament tax committee threatens to blacklist uncooperativelobbyists

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/tax-committee-threatens-blacklist-uncooperative-lobbyists-317756)

·    18/9/2015

·         TheEuropeanParliament’sTaxRulingsCommitteehascalledforsanctionstobeplaced on multinationals that refused to attend hearings on their taxpractices.

 

ii.       Multinational border protection teams to be rolledout

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/multinational-border-protection-teams-be-rolled-out-317754)

·    18/9/2015

·         Giventhecontinuingrefugeecrisis,theEuropeanCommissionwantstosecuretheEU’s external borders with a European border surveillance system. Until it canbe implemented, Frontex will commit extrapersonnel.

 

jj.   Tusk calls emergency summit on refugeecrisis

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/tusk-calls-emergency-summit-refugee-crisis-317752)

·    17/9/2015

·         European Council President Donald Tusk has summoned EU leaders to anemergency summit next Wednesday (23 September) to discuss migration and a proposed schemeto distribute 120,000 asylum seekers across the 28-nationbloc.

 

kk.  Grumpy Juncker: “Call it EUleaks, notLuxleaks”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/grumpy-juncker-demands-call-it-euleaks-not-luxleaks-317743)

·    17/9/2015

·         European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today (17 September) gaveMEPs an occasionally short-tempered defence of his alleged role in the Luxleaks taxscandal.

 

ll.    EU rebukes Hungary as refugee crisis tensionsescalate

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-rebukes-hungary-refugee-crisis-tensions-escalate-317740)

·    17/9/2015


 

 

·         The European Union’s migration chief rebuked Hungary on Thursday (17 September)for itstoughhandlingofrefugees,asasylumseekersthwartedbyanewHungarianborder fence, and repelled by riot police, poured intoCroatia.

 

mm.              Commission ready to drop mandatory quotas forrefugees

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/commission-ready-drop-mandatory-quotas-refugees-317723)

·    17/9/2015

·         European authorities are prepared to drop the idea of a mandatory schemeto redistribute120,000asylumseekersaroundthebloc,infavourofavoluntarysystem favoured by Eastern European states, officials said on Wednesday (16September).

 

nn. EU to impose compulsory flight tracking after MH370disappearance

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/transport/eu-impose-mandatory-flight-tracking-after-mh370-disappearance-317727)

·    17/9/2015

·         The European Union is pursuing plans to impose mandatory flight-tracking in responseto the disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner, but will not mandate a specific intervalfor positionupdates.

 

oo. Trade secrets trialogue underlines the EU´s democraticdeficit

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/trade-secrets-trialogue-underlines-eus-democratic-deficit-317714)

·    17/9/2015

·         Trialogues – secret three-way talks between the major EU institutions to finalise EU law- areafarcryfromhowlawmakingissupposedtowork,underlinethebloc’sdemocratic deficit and breach the Treaties, writes AnaïsBerthier.

 

pp. Rodrigues: Juncker must flex muscle with memberstates

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/rodrigues-juncker-must-flex-muscle-member-states-317719)

·    17/9/2015

·         AstheEuropeanParliamentadoptsitsfirstjointresolutionontheCommissionwork programme to be presented in October, Portuguese MEP Maria João Rodriguessaid Juncker must take leadership and restore political dynamism in theEU.

 

qq. Commission proposes public court to settle investmentdisputes

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/commission-proposes-public-court-system-settle-investment-disputes-317707)


 

 

·    16/9/2015

·         The European Union on Wednesday (16 September) proposed a special court toresolve disputesarisingfromahugetradedealwiththeUnitedStates,insteadofthewidely criticised tribunals Washingtonwants.

 

rr.   EU ministers´ “deal” on emissions leaves little time for COP21diplomacy

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/eu-ministers-deal-emissions-leaves-little-time-cop21-diplomacy-317702)

·    16/9/2015

·         OnFriday(18September),EUenvironmentministerswillovercomedivisionsoverthe bloc’s negotiating stance for international talks to limit global warming, but areexpected to warn that progress must speed up to secure a worldwide climate changedeal.

 

ss.  EU ban on aging boilers expected to bring “mammoth” energysaving

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/eu-ban-aging-boilers-expected-bring-mammoth-energy-savings-317698)

·    16/9/2015

·         Newenergystandardsforhomeboilersenteringintoforcethismonthareexpectedto take offline the equivalent of 47 Fukushima-type nuclear power stations in Europeby 2020,accordingtoofficialEUdatacompiledbytheEuropeanEnvironmentalBureau (EEB).

 

tt.   Commission proposes “flexible” use of new agricultureaid

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/commission-proposes-flexible-use-new-agriculture-aid-317683)

·    16/9/2015

·         The European Commission announced the details of a “flexible” €500 millionagriculture aid package on Tuesday (15 September), in an effort to tackle the food crisis EUfarmers are facing.

 

uu. Positive effects of TTIP tribunals for investmentunclear

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/positive-effects-ttip-tribunals-investment-unclear-317665)

·    16/9/2015

·         According to EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström, “no direct relationship”can be seen between the controversial arbitration tribunals in the draft EU-UStrade agreement and increased investment, adding fuel to its critics’fires.

 

x.       Nine out of ten new diesel cars exceed EU pollution limits, reportfinds


 

 

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/transport/nine-out-ten-new-diesel-cars-exceed-eu- pollution-limits-report-finds-317657)

·    15/9/2015

·         Nine out of 10 new diesel cars break new EU pollution limits when tested on roadsrather than test tracks, according to a newreport.

 

ww.               Trialogues: What goes on behind closeddoors?

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/trialogues-what-goes-behind-closed-doors-317658)

·    15/9/2015

·         As a young institution, it is important that the European Parliament acts swiftly tomake trialogue talks more democratic before they become ingrained as a tradition, arguesCarlDolan.

 

xx.   EU migrants can be denied social benefits, says topcourt

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/eu-migrants-can-be-denied-social-benefits-says-top-court-317654)

·    15/9/2015

·         The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday (15 September) ruled that a countrycan withhold basic benefits from EU migrants if they travel from another membercountry with no intention of finding a newjob.

 

yy. Auditors slam “serious” and “persistent” errors in awarding of EU cohesionfunds

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/auditors-slam-serious-and-persistent-errors-awarding-eu-cohesion-funds-317650)

·    15/9/2015

·         Serious errors in the awarding of €349 billion of EU public funds meant thatcontracts were given to undeserving companies in tendering processes that were notcompetitive, the European Court of Auditors hassaid.

 

zz.  EU fails to agree on migrant redistributionsystem

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eu-fails-agree-migrant-redistribution-system-317635)

·    15/9/2015

·         EU ministers failed on Monday (14 September) to break a deadlock over sharingout responsibility for sheltering the hundreds of thousands of people who havesought asylum in Europe this year, leaving the shape of a final deal indoubt.

 

aaa.               Berlin and London play hardball in shaping vision for theEMU


 

 

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/berlin-and-london-play-hardball-shaping-vision-emu-317630)

·    15/9/2015

·         The eurozone’s rulebook and its anti-crisis mechanisms have been bolstered sincethe sovereign debt crisis hit Europe at the end of 2009. But serious risks still loom large,as growth potential remains low and the bloc’s governance framework is “not fitfor purpose”, BenoîtCœuré said after a meeting of EU finance ministers this weekend(12 September).

 

bbb.              EU calls into question Germany´s brown coalcompromise

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/eu-calls-question-germanys-brown-coal-compromise-317627)

·    15/9/2015

·         The European Commission fears that Germany’s new electricity market reformswill breach EU guidelines by giving environmentally-harmful brown coal power plantsspecial treatment.

 

ccc.EasternmemberstatesblockingresolutionofEUmigrantcrisis

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/global-europe/eastern-member-states-blocking-resolution-eu-migrant-crisis-317620)

·    14/9/2015

·         European Union members were on collision course on Monday (14 September)over proposals to distribute refugees across the continent, a plan backed bysafe-haven Germany, but resisted by several ex-Communist states in theeast.

 

ddd.              EU court ruling toughens regulations on chemicals of “very highconcern”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/science-policymaking/eu-court-ruling-toughens-regulations-chemicals-very-high-concern)

·    14/9/2015

·         The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on 10 September tostrengthen the obligations of manufacturers to declare the presence of ‘substances of veryhigh concern’ in theirproducts.

 

eee.              Commission approves German border controls, urges backing of migrantplan

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/commission-oks-german-border-controls-urges-backing-migrant-plan)

·    14/9/2015

·         The European Commission said that Germany is legally justified in reimposingborder controls with Austria on Sunday (13 September), stating that the move showed theneed for EU states to back the executive’s proposed plans forrefugees.


 

 

 

 

fff. Hogan: Empowering women farmers in developing countries is “absolutelycrucial”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovations-instead-assistance-farming/hogan-empowering-women-farmers-developing-countries)

·    14/9/2015

·         In a wide-ranging exclusive interview, Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan sharedhisvision of how the EU and developing countries could greatly improve global foodsecurity togther, through innovation and sustainable farmingpractices.

Euobserver

a.       Juncker’s environment omissions betray truepriorities

(https://euobserver.com/opinion/130218)

·    11/9/2015

·         The State of the Union speech given by European Commission PresidentJean-Claude Juncker earlier this week has received mixed reactions. In the immediateaftermath, most praised his call for action to help the refugees arriving in Europe and his linkingof climate change and the refugee crisis was welcomed in environmentalcircles

 

b.      EU court says work journey can be workingtime

(https://euobserver.com/social/130208)

·    10/9/2015

·         The journeys made by workers with no fixed or habitual place of work at thebeginning and the end of the day are to be considered as working time, the European Courtof Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday (10September).

 

c.       EU publishes guide to ejecting rejected asylumseekers

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130196)

·    10/9/2015

·         A draft 100-page guide by the European Commission provides details on how bestto boot out rejected asylum seekers from theEU.

 

d.      Juncker sets out 2016plan

(https://euobserver.com/political/130185)

·    9/9/2015

·         In addition to his State of the Union address mainly focused on migration and climate,EUCommission president Jean-Claude Juncker also set out his broader intentions fornextyear.

 

e.      How national parliaments could gain EU influence without treatychange


 

 

(https://euobserver.com/opinion/130134)

·    8/9/2015

·         One of David Cameron’s postulates for EU reform is to strengthen nationalparliaments in EU policy-making. Yet, the proposals to date either require treaty changes orare merely technical adjustments. In fact, much more could be achieved by enhancingthe mechanisms of inter-parliamentary cooperation within the existing scope of thetreaties.

 

f.        EU approves US takeover of French engineeringgiant

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130163)

·    8/9/2015

·         After a six-month competition probe, the European Commission approved Tuesday(8September) the acquisition of France’s Alstom by General Electric (GE) of theUS.

g.       EU agrees common position for climatesummit

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130326)

·    18/9/2015

·         EU environment ministers adopted on Friday (18 September) the bloc’snegotiating position ahead of the November-December climate conference in Paris.The EUwill demand a “legally-binding agreement” and “a comprehensive package of decisionsto enable implementation”, say the meetingconclusions.

 

h.      Refugee crisis prompts snap EUsummit

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130316)

·    17/9/2015

·         EU leaders will hold an emergency summit on the migrant crisis on Wednesday(23 September), amid crackdowns on EU borders and disagreement on how to share120,000 refugees.The “extraordinary, informal meeting” will discuss how to deal with therefugee crisis”, EU Council president Donald Tusksaid.

 

i.        Juncker denies role in taxscams

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130315)

·    17/9/2015

·         European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has denied any role inallowing multinational corporations broker deals in Luxembourg to evade paying taxeselsewhere.

 

j.        EU court curbs welfarerights

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130291)

·    16/9/2015

·         EU judges have tightened rules on welfare for non-nationals in a move welcomed bythe British government.The Court of Justice in Luxembourg, on Tuesday (15 September),said


 

 

host countries can stop welfare payments to people from other EU states even ifthey’ve spent some time working in the hostcountry.

 

k.       Frontex in dire need of borderguards

(https://euobserver.com/justice/130276)

·    15/9/2015

·         As Europe’s refugee crisis intensifies, the EU border agency, Frontex, is suffering froma drastic shortage of border guards on the Greek islands, on the land borderbetween Greece and Turkey, between Bulgaria and Turkey, and along the Hungarian borderwith Serbia, according to an investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism(BIJ).

 

l.        Agricultural ministers accept Commission aidplan

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130282)

·    15/9/2015

·         Most of the EU’s agriculture ministers were cautiously optimistic about theEUcommission’s €500 million aid package for Europe’s struggling farmers, afterreceiving additional details on the plan at a meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday (15September).

 

Euroskop

a.       Zeman: Kvóty by měla schvalovat Evropskárada

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8952/26264/clanek/zeman-kvoty-by-mela-schvalovat-evropska-rada/)

·    10/9/2015

·         Prezident Miloš Zeman si přeje, aby se otázka migrace a kvót řešila na úrovniEvropské rady. Tady by o ní rozhodovali preméři. Česko a zbylé země visegrádské skupiny bytak mohly podle Zemana nesmyslný návrhblokovat.

 

b.      Bude z europarlamentu centrum prouprchlíky?

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26262/clanek/bude-z-europarlamentu-centrum-pro-uprchliky/)

·    9/9/2015

·         Německá europoslankyně Beatrix von Storch z frakce Evropských konzervativcůa reformistů navrhla, aby bylo sídlo Evropského parlamentu ve Štrasburku využitojako dočasné centrum pro ubytování uprchlíků. Informuje o tom portálPolitico.eu.

 

c.       EBRD v Řecku bude řídit SabinaDziurmanová

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/26256/clanek/ebrd-v-recku-bude-ridit-sabina-dziurmanova/)

·    9/9/2015


 

 

·         Evropská banka pro obnovu a rozvoj jmenovala ředitelku pro své operace v Řecku,kde bude nově investovat. Stane se jí současná vyšší úřednice banky na KypruSabina Dziurmanová. Kromě aktivit v Řecku bude dohlížet také na Kypr, uvedl mluvčíEBRD.

 

d.      Tuskvarovalpředtlakem nafederalizaci

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26245/clanek/tusk-varoval-pred-tlakem-na-federalizaci/)

·    8/9/2015

·         Před urychlováním centralizačního procesu v Evropské unii varoval v pondělípředseda Evropské rady Donald Tusk. Ti, kdo volají po změnách v unijních smlouvách, majív dohledné době “nulovou” šanci na úspěch, prohlásil podle agentury Reuters v projevupři výroční večeři, kterou uspořádalo bruselské analytické střediskoBruegel.

 

e.      Schulz vyzval k přijetíjednotnéazylovépolitiky

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26246/clanek/schulz-vyzval-k-prijeti-jednotne-azylove-politiky/)

·    8/9/2015

·         Předseda Evropského parlamentu Martin Schulz zahájil plenární zasedání veŠtrasburku výzvou k přijetí jednotné evropské azylové politiky a odmítnutím budování bariérna hranicích.

f.        Eurokomisař: maďarský plot není trvaléřešení

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26299/clanek/eurokomisar-madarsky-plot-neni-trvale-reseni/)

·    18/9/2015

·         Komisař Evropské unie pro migraci DimitrisAvramopulos v Budapešti upozornil,že překážky jako maďarský plot na hranicích se Srbskem představují jen dočasnéřešení, které pouze odkloní uprchlíky a migranty do jiných zemí a vystupňují napětí.Šéf maďarské diplomacie kritikuodmítl.

 

g.       Oxford získal půjčku od Evropské investičníbanky

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26298/clanek/oxford-ziskal-pujcku-od-evropske-investicni-banky/)

·    18/9/2015

·         Oxfordská univerzita získala půjčku 200 milionů liber (7,4 miliardy Kč) odEvropské investiční banky na renovaci svých 500 let starých budov a na rozšířenívýzkumných zařízení. Je to zatím největší půjčka, jakou kdy EIB poskytla evropskéuniverzitě.

 

h.       Tusksvolal nastředumimořádný summit

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26295/clanek/tusk-svolal-na-stredu-mimoradny-summit/)

·    17/9/2015

·         Lídři zemí Evropské unie se kvůli nynější migrační krizi mimořádně sejdou ve středu23. září večer. Na twitteru to oznámil předseda jednání šéfů států a vlád zemíevropské


 

 

osmadvacítky Donald Tusk. Mimořádný summit EU žádala například německákancléřka Angela Merkelová či slovenský premiér RobertFico.

 

i.        EP podpořil návrh na přerozdělení 120 tisícuprchlíků

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26294/clanek/ep-podporil-navrh-na-prerozdeleni-120-tisic-uprchliku/)

·    17/9/2015

·         Evropský parlament v hlasování velkou většinou podpořil návrh Evropské komisena přerozdělení 120.000 žadatelů o azyl z Řecka, Itálie a Maďarska. Učinil tak jen několikdní před jednáním ministrů vnitra členských zemíEU.

 

j.        Moscovici: Dohoda o dani zfinančníchtransakcíjeblízko

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8958/26268/clanek/moscovici-dohoda-o-dani-z-financnich-transakci-je-blizko/)

·    14/9/2015

 

·         Politická dohoda o dani z finančních transakcí je na dosah ruky. Po schůzceministrů financí 11 zemí EU, které tuto daň hodlají zavést, to řekl evropský komisařpro hospodářské a finanční záležitostiPierreMoscovici.

Instituce (31. 8. – 6. 9. 2015)

1. Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

a) European Commission in Calais: Advancing on a European approach to migration

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5555_en.htm)

· 31/8/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana

· European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for

Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos visited Calais, alongside French Prime

Minister Manuel Valls and Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve.

b) Introduction à la conférence de presse par Premier Vice-Président Timmermans à Calais

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-5558_en.htm) (ve francouzštině)

· 31/8/2015, proslov, 3 strany

c) The European Union and the Rule of Law – Keynote speech at Conference on the Rule of

Law, Tilburg University, 31 August 2015

(https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/europeanunion-

and-rule-law-keynote-speech-conference-rule-law-tilburg-university-31-august-

2015_en)

· 1/9/2015, proslov, 15 stran

· Ladies and gentlemen, I have some very fond memories from this hall – my political

father, Max van der Stoel, accepted a position at this university and he spoke in this very

hall when he accepted this professorship. I think it’s right for me to start with him when

talking on the rule of law.

d) Opening Remarks of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Dimitris

Avramopoulos at Kos Press Conference

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-5595_en.htm)

· 4/9/2015, proslov, 5 stran

· Dimitris Avramopoulos and I are today at the place where Europe begins. We are at the

place closest to the other parts of the world, where now conflict is rampant. The effects

of those conflicts are felt all across Europe. There is not one single European nation that

is not affected by the tragedies as a consequence of people fleeing for their lives from

other parts of the world, especially from Syria.

e) EP this week: Greece, migration crisis, GMOs and budget 2016

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90914/html/EP-this-week-Greece-migration-crisis-GMOs-andbudget-

2016)

· 31/8/2015, článek, 1 strana

· A Greek government request for EP involvement in the regular review of the country’s

third loan programme is to be discussed on Thursday at a meeting of the President and

political group chairs. In the committees, members are to discuss migration and vote on

the use of genetically modified food and on the next year’s EU budget. Parliament’s

political groups also prepare for the plenary, including Commission president Jean-Claude

Juncker’s first State of the European Union speech and debate.

f) EU’s 2016 budget: parliamentary committees determine their positions

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90929/html/EU’s-2016-budget-parliamentary-committeesdetermine-

their-positions)

· 2/9/2015, článek, 1 strana

· The EU’s budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week

parliamentary committees adopts their opinions on the budget, followed by the budget

committee drafting its recommendation to MEPs. Meanwhile the Council will present its

position during next week’s plenary. Check our infographic for all the steps of the

budgetary procedure.

g) September guest photographer contest topic: demography and migration

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90935/html/September-guest-photographer-contest-topicdemography-

and-migration)

· 4/9/2015, článek, 1 strana

· Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year

for Development. From January until September we have been announcing different

topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the latest theme, along

with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo

reportage.

h) State of the EU: Commission President Juncker to address Parliament

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90936/html/State-of-the-EU-Commission-President-Juncker-toaddress-

Parliament)

· 4/9/2015, článek, 2 strany

· European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will discuss the challenges facing

Europe on 9 September from 9.00 CET. It will be his first State of the European Union

speech since Parliament elected him to the post following the EU elections in May 2014.

It has been a testing time for Europe with lacklustre economic growth, high debt and

unemployment levels and a serious refugee crisis. Find out what leading MEPs expect

from the address and follow our live coverage on Wednesday.

Rada EU

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup

Evropský parlament

Za sledované období žádné aktivní výstupy.

Evropská rada

a Address by President Donald Tusk at the annual EU Ambassadors’ conference

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201921_en_635768796600000000.pdf)

· 3/9/2015, Speech, 3 strana

· I am very happy to be here with you today. The more difficult the times, the more

important it is to be in good company. The timing could not be better. Nor could you

have chosen a more fitting theme for your annual conference: “The European Union in a

changing global environment”. The Union’s representatives, delegations and missions

abroad are our eyes and ears – and our voice – on the ground. Perhaps it sounds like a

slogan but I really mean it. And I know it not only in theory or from documents and

articles but also from my own experience. You are an indispensable part of Europe’s

response to a global environment that has grown more challenging and you will have an

even more crucial role to play in the coming months. I will speak in more detail about the

priorities in a minute

b Remarks by President Donald Tusk before his meeting with Prime Minister of Hungary

Viktor Orbán

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201922_en_635769726000000000.pdf)

· 3/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Good morning. Prime Minister Orbán has requested to see me and other leaders of the

European institutions to discuss the situation in Hungary as a matter of urgency. Not

everyone is a fan of the controversial solutions proposed by Prime Minister Orbán and I

can understand why. However, one thing is clear, Prime Minister Orbán took action to

strengthen the protection of the EU borders.

c Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of Croatia Zoran

Milanovid

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201902_en_635767217400000000.pdf)

· 1/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Good afternoon. Let me begin by thanking Prime Minister Milanovid for his hospitality

and welcoming me in Zagreb. Today, we had a very fruitful discussion about the policy

challenges facing Europe in the coming months.

· We talked at length about the ongoing migration crisis. We had a good exchange on

what the European Union is already doing and how we can better and more effectively

target our efforts. Especially on how to support front-line EU countries under the

greatest migratory pressure. In two weeks the European Union’s justice and home affairs

ministers will meet in an emergency council to assess the situation on the ground and

discuss the next steps. This will include Frontex, the EU border agency, the European

Asylum Office, more work on our return policy, international cooperation as well as how

to fight and prevent the trafficking and smuggling of migrants. Migration will also be on

the agenda of the European Council in October. And later this autumn, European and

African leaders will meet in Valletta to discuss cooperation with the countries of transit

and origin. Likewise is a high-level conference on migration routes in the Western

Balkans being organised. Migration is a shared European challenge, and therefore we

need a common European answer in a spirit of unity, solidarity, and responsibility.

d Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of Croatia Kolinda

Grabar-Kitarovid

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201897_en_635767152000000000.pdf)

· 1/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Let me first thank President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovid for her kind invitation to Zagreb,

the warm welcome I have received, and the good exchange of views we had. Equally, I

look forward to meeting Prime Minister Milanovid later today.

· Our discussions focused on challenges facing Europe both within our continent and

beyond. Many challenges stand out. I have no doubt that creating and keeping unity

within the European Union is key to responding to any of them.

e Speech by President Donald Tusk at the 2015 Bled Strategic Forum

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/8/40802201888_en_635766396600000000.pdf)

· 31/8/2015, Speech, 2 strana

· I have recently read an article by Ivan Krastev, which reminded me of a book I came

across more than thirty years ago, written by Raymond Aron and entitled “In Defence of

Decadent Europe.” As a then editor of an illegal periodical, (it was the time of the

Communist regime in Poland) I was looking for inspiration, something that would help

me go beyond the simple division: the political power versus the underground

opposition. The reflections on freedom of authors such as Raymond Aron, Michael

Novak, Friedrich Hayek, Karl Popper or Isaiah Berlin formed a foundation for my personal

and political optimism, mixed with cautious scepticism. Today, I feel duty-bound to

undertake an effort, both intellectual and political, to once again defend the decadent

Europe along with her old-fashioned values, above all freedom and democratic

capitalism. By a fortunate coincidence, I am saying these words on the 35th anniversary

of the birth of the Solidarity Movement, which was also my experience, maybe the most

important in my life.

f Press statement by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Miro Cerar, Prime

Minister of Slovenia

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/8/40802201884_en_635766259800000000.pdf)

· 31/8/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Let me start by thanking Prime Minister Cerar for his invitation, hospitality and for

welcoming me in Bled. This place is one of the most beautiful in Europe and the world.

Unfortunately, the reality is not as nice as this place.

· My visit to Slovenia, and later to Croatia, is the first one after the summer break. But the

challenges facing Europe take no holidays. First of all, we talked at length about the

ongoing migration crisis. This is the most important issue for Europe today. The summer

has confirmed that migration will remain a key issue for Europe in the years to come.

2. TT’s a NGO’s

Carnegie Europe

France Has a Few Ideas for Europe

(https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=61155)

· 1/9/2015, 2 pages, article by Jan Techau

· Someone somewhere in France must have had a European epiphany this summer. At some point

between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s vacation and the third bailout package for Greece,

somebody in President François Hollande’s inner circle decided that France needed to lead on

Europe, that the German silence over Europe’s future offered a great chance for Paris, and that a

bold plan for Europe might be the only tool to unlock the stalemate on economic reform back

home.

Judy Asks: Is This Europe’s Time for Political Union?

(https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=61171)

· 2/9/2015, 6 pages, article by Judy Dempsey

· Rarely has Europe been in such dire need of more integration and cooperation, but rarely have

Europeans been so far apart from each other. It was refreshing, after years of stale debates on

(non)treaty reform, to hear French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron on August 31 make

brave proposals for a new economic government within the eurozone.

The European Parliamentary Research Service

EGovernment: Using Technology To Improve Public Services And Democratic Participation

(https://epthinktank.eu/2015/09/03/egovernment-using-technology-to-improve-public-services-anddemocratic-

participation/)

· 3/9/2015, 23 pages, research by Ron Davies

· eGovernment refers to efforts by public authorities to use information and communication

technologies (ICTs) to improve public services and increase democratic participation.

eGovernment aims to improve government efficiency through the reduced cost of electronic

information management and communications, the reorganisation of government agencies and

the reduction of administrative silos of information. Even more importantly, it can reduce

administrative burdens on citizens and businesses by making their interactions with public

authorities faster, more convenient and less costly, thereby spurring competitiveness and

economic growth. More recently, open data and collaboration with third parties has offered

governments new insights into issues and possible new services. In addition, the opportunities

that eGovernment provides for citizens to dialogue with public authorities (to suggest, comment

on and influence policies and policy agendas) can increase transparency and foster greater

participation in democratic public life.

Egmont- the Royal Institute for European Policy

Towards a European Commission with fewer competencies for more political power?

(https://www.egmontinstitute.be/publication_article/towards-a-european-commission-with-fewercompetencies-

for-more-political-power/)

· 2/9/2015, 2 pages, Commentary by Fabian Willermain

· This commentary is a contribution to the debate regarding the idea of a ‘eurozone government’

and the last suggestion from German minister Wolfgang Schäuble concerning Commission

competencies. The author argues that the only institution from which a ‘eurozone government’

could emerge is the Commission, with, as a consequence, an externalization of some of its

competencies.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Technical Differences or Power Play? EU Inter-institutional (Dis)agreements over Better Regulation

(https://www.pism.pl/publications/bulletin/no-78-810 )

· 2/9/2015, 2 pages, report by Karolina Borooska-Hryniewiecka

· Negotiations between the European Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament

on the new Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Regulation are unlikely to be concluded, as

originally planned, before the end of 2015. An overview of the positions of these three parties

reveals conflicting approaches to how the EU legislative process should work. It also exposes a

clear case of power play between the institutions, and poses the question of whether EU

policymaking should evolve in a more political or technocratic direction. It is in the interest of

Poland, as a member of the Council supporting the community method, to advocate for more

expertise in EU policymaking, but not to the detriment of democratic principles of EU

governance.

3. Zpravodajství

Euractiv

a. Autonomous driving takes back seat as connected car rules prepared

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/autonomous-driving-takes-back-seat-prep-workeu-

connected-car-law-gets-under)

· 4/9/2015

· European Commission and Parliament officials said on Thursday (3 September) that they

were moving towards regulating connected cars, but are still a long way off from sealing

new legislation on autonomous vehicles.

b. Capital Markets Union another obstacle for FTT

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/capital-markets-union-another-obstacle-ftt-

317366)

· 4/9/2015

· As the 11 countries considering the Financial Transaction Tax prepare to finalise the

details its details at the next Ecofin Council, many aspects of the tax are still hazy.

c. Europe must come to grips with the CAP

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/europe-must-come-grips-cap-317335)

· 4/9/2015

· The European Union has adopted a piecemeal approach to the crises hitting the bloc’s

milk and livestock sector, write Yves Madre and Luc Vernet.

d. Agriculture MEPs vote for safeguard GM food and feed imports

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/agriculture-meps-vote-safeguard-gm-foodand-

feed-imports-317362)

· 4/9/2015

· The European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee has added to the confusion

surrounding GM crops in Europe by recommending rejection of a proposal that would

allow member states to limit or ban imports of genetically modified food and feed.

e. Scottish minimum alcohol pricing may breach EU law

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/health-consumers/scottish-minimum-alcohol-pricing-maybreach-

eu-law-317325)

· 4/9/2015

· Scotland’s plan to introduce a minimum price for alcohol risks breaching European Union

law. Edinburgh should explore other ways to protect public health such as increasing tax,

a senior adviser to the European Court of Justice said on Thursday (3 September).

f. UK´s Cameron stays tough on refugees, draws Council of Europe criticism

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/uks-cameron-stays-tough-refugeesdraws-

council-europe-criticism-317322)

· 3/9/2015

· British Prime Minister David Cameron resisted calls on Thursday to take in refugees in

much greater numbers after the image of a dead Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish

beach raised the emotional temperature of the debate.

g. Tusk calls for at least 100,000 refugees to be redistributed

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/tusk-calls-least-100000-refugees-beredistributed-

317311)

· 3/9/2015

· Member states should sharply increase offers to share asylum seekers, to relocate at

least 100,000, and should set up refugee centres outside Europe, European Council

President Donald Tusk said on Thursday (3 September).

h. Health Commissioner accused of snubbing invitation to Greek islands

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/health-consumers/health-commissioner-accused-snubbinginvitation-

greek-islands-317308)

· 3/9/2015

· Panagiotis Kouroumplis, Minister for Health and Social Solidarity in Alexis Tsipras’

government, has accused EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis of damaging the

bloc’s image by ignoring his invitation to visit Greek islands.

i. Young translators compete for Commission crown

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/languages-culture/young-translators-compete-commissioncrown-

317282)

· 3/9/2015

· The 2015 edition of the European Commission-promoted JuvenesTranslatores

competition will focus on the European Year of Development.

j. Officials warn Juncker Plan could overlook small-scale infrastructure

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/officials-warn-juncker-plan-couldoverlook-

small-scale-infrastructure)

· 3/9/2015

· EU officials are making noise about the Juncker Plan, which some say might give cash

loans more favourably to large infrastructure projects and leave behind small, local

proposals.

k. Returning Europe to competitiveness through energy productivity and efficiency

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/returning-europe-competitiveness-through-energyproductivity-

and-efficiency-317284)

· 3/9/2015

· The Juncker Commission’s investment plan is an unprecedented opportunity to improve

the EU’s energy productivity and efficiency, writes Ingrid Holmes.

l. Disputes reignited over milk prices ahead of EU crisis meeting

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/agriculture-food/disputes-reignited-over-milk-prices-aheadeu-

crisis-meeting-317277)

· 2/9/2015

· Ahead of the meeting between EU agricultural ministers next week, disputes over the

regulation of milk prices have once again come to the fore.

m. Big pharma complains about French law pushing cheap eye drug

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/health-consumers/big-pharma-complains-about-french-lawpushing-

cheap-eye-drug-317261)

· 2/9/2015

· Europe’s pharmaceuticals industry said on Tuesday (1 September) it had filed a complaint

with the European Commission against a French law promoting the use of Roche’s cancer

drug Avastin as an alternative to more expensive eye treatments.

n. Human rights court slows rushed migrant repatriation

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/human-rights-court-slows-rushedmigrant-

repatriation-317263)

· 2/9/2015

· Fast-tracking the repatriation of migrants who did not qualify as asylum seekers is likely

to contravene EU rules, according to a ruling by the Strasbourg-based European Court of

Human Rights.

o. Berlin puts brakes on French push for Eurozone fiscal transfers

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/berlin-puts-brakes-french-push-eurozonefiscal-

transfers-317251)

· 2/9/2015

· Germany yesterday (1 September) put the brakes on a French push for the eurozone to

appoint a new Commissioner with powers to coordinate economic policy across the bloc

and preside over fiscal transfers between its 19 members.

p. EU institutions are less transparent than many member states

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/trade-society/eu-institutions-are-less-transparent-manymember-

states-317240)

· 2/9/2015

· Providing access to legislative documents should be standard practice for a wellfunctioning

democracy, but the European Union is less transparent than many of its

member states, argue Daniel Freund and Alex Johnson.

q. Hahn: Migration crisis demands pan-European response

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/social-europe-jobs/hahn-migration-crisis-demands-paneuropean-

response-317235)

· 2/9/2015

· Johannes Hahn, the EU’s Enlargement Commissioner, has urged member states to

engage fully in refugee policy. After all the tragedies, there is no longer time for

hesitation, insisted the Austrian in an interview with EurActiv Germany.

r. Investors demand energy giants quit “anti-climate” EU lobby groups

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/investors-demand-energy-giants-quit-anti-climateeu-

lobby-groups-317249)

· 2/9/2015

· International institutional investors with assets worth more than €61 billion in assets

under management have called on nine multinational energy and mining companies to

leave EU lobbying associations, because of their “regressive” climate change policies.

s. Region push for better access to Juncker Plan

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/regions-push-better-access-juncker-plan-

317250)

· 2/9/2015

· The European Investment Bank is trying to cool local governments’ scepticism over the

Juncker Plan, an investment strategy that EU officials hope will pump €315 billion into

infrastructure projects around the EU by 2017.

t. Moscovici optimistic about Greece´s future and Eurozone recovery

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/euro-finance/moscovici-optimistic-about-greeces-futureand-

eurozone-recovery-317237)

· 1/9/2015

· European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici has said he

has “no reason to doubt” the eurozone’s economic growth prediction of 1.5% for 2015.

u. EU official: Big data “here forever and in all sectors”

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/innovation-industry/eu-official-big-data-here-forever-andall-

sectors-317189)

· 1/9/2015

· The data revolution is so pervasive that it’s hard to predict which sectors of the economy

are going to be hit first, said Robert Madelin in an interview with EurActiv. The senior EU

official warned lawmakers against being too restrictive on privacy protection, saying it

was “utopian” to believe that citizens should always be “enabled to hide”.

v. EU struggles to reconcile values barbed wire fences

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/eu-struggles-reconcile-europeanvalues-

barbed-wire-fences-317207)

· 1/9/2015

· European politicians gathered in Calais on Monday (31 August) to make assurances that

the EU will not abandon those who need protection. But they also reaffirmed the need to

protect the bloc’s external borders.

w. EU bonus payments for countries taking in refugees mooted

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/justice-home-affairs/eu-bonus-payments-countries-takingrefugees-

mooted-317209)

· 1/9/2015

· German centre-right MEP ElmarBrok has proposed a bonus system for individual

member states, paid for by the EU budget, for countries taking in large numbers of

asylum seekers.

Euobserver

a. Juncker’s State of the Union on EU agenda This WEEK

(https://euobserver.com/agenda/130118)

· 4/9/2015

· The coming week will be marked by Jean-Claude Juncker’s return to the centre stage on

Wednesday (9 September), when he will give his first state of the union address to the

European Parliament in Strasbourg.

b. EU reform in Ukraine: prosecuting the prosecutor

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/130123)

· 4/9/2015

· Ukraine’s own prosecutor service is the “backbone” of a corrupt system holding it back

from normality, the EU diplomat tasked with cleaning things up has said.

c. EU ready to destroy smuggler boats at sea

(https://euobserver.com/foreign/130114)

· 4/9/2015

· The EU wants to step up its boat-sinking operation against smugglers in the

Mediterranean sea.

d. New EU proposal to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130105)

· 3/9/2015

· The European Commission plans to redistribute 160,000 asylum seekers arriving in

Greece, Italy, and Hungary among other member states.

e. EU parliament claims role in Greek bailout supervision

(https://euobserver.com/economic/130108)

· 3/9/2015

· The European Parliament and the European Commission are set to discuss the

parliament’s role in the supervision of the Greek bailout programme after parliament

leaders gave the green light to proceed.

f. Agriculture MEPs call for rejection of GMO plan

(https://euobserver.com/environment/130100)

· 3/9/2015

· MEPs from the agriculture committee spoke out on Thursday (3 September) against a

proposal by the European Commission to allow member states to ban the use of

genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the first legal protest following an already

widely verbalised opposition to the plan.

g. UK proposes new EU free movement rules

(https://euobserver.com/migration/130047)

· 31/8/2015

· The British government has said EU free movement should be limited to people who

have a job to go to.

Euroskop

a. Europol: Převaděčskou síť tvoří až 30 tisíc pašeráků

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26231/clanek/europol-prevadecskou-sit-tvori-az-30-tisicpaseraku/)

· 4/9/2015

· Na transportu uprchlíků do Evropy se podle statistik Europolu podílí až 30.000 pašeráků,

zástupce ředitele Europolu a bývalý policejní prezident Oldřich Martinů to uvedl v

rozhovoru pro rádio Impuls. Dodal, že činnost pašeráků lidí je většinou- a někdy velmi

důmyslně- organizovaná.

b. Komise začíná chystat kroky vedoucí k “unii kapitálových trhů”

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8955/26229/clanek/komise-zacina-chystat-kroky-vedouci-k-uniikapitalovych-

trhu/)

· 4/9/2015

· Evropská komise začala připravovat opatření, která mají vést k vytvoření “unie

kapitálových trhů”. Navrhované změny by měly mimo jiné zlevnit uvádění akcií na burzu,

umožnit celounijní penzijní produkty a zahájit sjednocování pravidel pro firemní

bankroty, podle agentury Reuters to plyne z dokumentu, který vypracoval odbor pro

finanční služby.

c. Juncker: EU potřebuje dodržovat pravidla, nikoliv další summit k migraci

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8962/26225/clanek/juncker-eu-potrebuje-dodrzovat-pravidla-nikolivdalsi-

summit-k-migraci/)

· 3/9/2015

· Evropská unie nepotřebuje další mimořádný summit k migraci, členské země ale musejí

skutečně uvést do života už přijatá evropská pravidla, uvedl předseda Evropské komise

Jean-Claude Juncker pro irský deník TheIrishTimes. Komise už také v minulých dnech

poslala některým unijním zemím dopis, ve kterém upozorpuje na související nedostatky v

jejich právu.

d. Francouzský ministr žádá transfery v eurozóně

(https://www.euroskop.cz/8959/Instituce (31. 8. – 6. 9. 2015)

1. Instituce, agentury a orgány

Evropská Komise

a) European Commission in Calais: Advancing on a European approach to migration

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5555_en.htm)

· 31/8/2015, tisková zpráva, 1 strana

· European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for

Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos visited Calais, alongside French Prime

Minister Manuel Valls and Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve.

b) Introduction à la conférence de presse par Premier Vice-Président Timmermans à Calais

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-5558_en.htm) (ve francouzštině)

· 31/8/2015, proslov, 3 strany

c) The European Union and the Rule of Law – Keynote speech at Conference on the Rule of

Law, Tilburg University, 31 August 2015

(https://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/timmermans/announcements/europeanunion-

and-rule-law-keynote-speech-conference-rule-law-tilburg-university-31-august-

2015_en)

· 1/9/2015, proslov, 15 stran

· Ladies and gentlemen, I have some very fond memories from this hall – my political

father, Max van der Stoel, accepted a position at this university and he spoke in this very

hall when he accepted this professorship. I think it’s right for me to start with him when

talking on the rule of law.

d) Opening Remarks of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Dimitris

Avramopoulos at Kos Press Conference

(https://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-15-5595_en.htm)

· 4/9/2015, proslov, 5 stran

· Dimitris Avramopoulos and I are today at the place where Europe begins. We are at the

place closest to the other parts of the world, where now conflict is rampant. The effects

of those conflicts are felt all across Europe. There is not one single European nation that

is not affected by the tragedies as a consequence of people fleeing for their lives from

other parts of the world, especially from Syria.

e) EP this week: Greece, migration crisis, GMOs and budget 2016

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90914/html/EP-this-week-Greece-migration-crisis-GMOs-andbudget-

2016)

· 31/8/2015, článek, 1 strana

· A Greek government request for EP involvement in the regular review of the country’s

third loan programme is to be discussed on Thursday at a meeting of the President and

political group chairs. In the committees, members are to discuss migration and vote on

the use of genetically modified food and on the next year’s EU budget. Parliament’s

political groups also prepare for the plenary, including Commission president Jean-Claude

Juncker’s first State of the European Union speech and debate.

f) EU’s 2016 budget: parliamentary committees determine their positions

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90929/html/EU’s-2016-budget-parliamentary-committeesdetermine-

their-positions)

· 2/9/2015, článek, 1 strana

· The EU’s budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week

parliamentary committees adopts their opinions on the budget, followed by the budget

committee drafting its recommendation to MEPs. Meanwhile the Council will present its

position during next week’s plenary. Check our infographic for all the steps of the

budgetary procedure.

g) September guest photographer contest topic: demography and migration

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90935/html/September-guest-photographer-contest-topicdemography-

and-migration)

· 4/9/2015, článek, 1 strana

· Take part in our guest photographer contest, inspired by 2015 being the European Year

for Development. From January until September we have been announcing different

topics linked to development. Send us your photo inspired by the latest theme, along

with the submission form and you could be invited to Strasbourg to do a photo

reportage.

h) State of the EU: Commission President Juncker to address Parliament

(https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/newsroom/

content/20150828STO90936/html/State-of-the-EU-Commission-President-Juncker-toaddress-

Parliament)

· 4/9/2015, článek, 2 strany

· European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will discuss the challenges facing

Europe on 9 September from 9.00 CET. It will be his first State of the European Union

speech since Parliament elected him to the post following the EU elections in May 2014.

It has been a testing time for Europe with lacklustre economic growth, high debt and

unemployment levels and a serious refugee crisis. Find out what leading MEPs expect

from the address and follow our live coverage on Wednesday.

Rada EU

Za sledované období žádný aktivní výstup

Evropský parlament

Za sledované období žádné aktivní výstupy.

Evropská rada

a Address by President Donald Tusk at the annual EU Ambassadors’ conference

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201921_en_635768796600000000.pdf)

· 3/9/2015, Speech, 3 strana

· I am very happy to be here with you today. The more difficult the times, the more

important it is to be in good company. The timing could not be better. Nor could you

have chosen a more fitting theme for your annual conference: “The European Union in a

changing global environment”. The Union’s representatives, delegations and missions

abroad are our eyes and ears – and our voice – on the ground. Perhaps it sounds like a

slogan but I really mean it. And I know it not only in theory or from documents and

articles but also from my own experience. You are an indispensable part of Europe’s

response to a global environment that has grown more challenging and you will have an

even more crucial role to play in the coming months. I will speak in more detail about the

priorities in a minute

b Remarks by President Donald Tusk before his meeting with Prime Minister of Hungary

Viktor Orbán

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201922_en_635769726000000000.pdf)

· 3/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Good morning. Prime Minister Orbán has requested to see me and other leaders of the

European institutions to discuss the situation in Hungary as a matter of urgency. Not

everyone is a fan of the controversial solutions proposed by Prime Minister Orbán and I

can understand why. However, one thing is clear, Prime Minister Orbán took action to

strengthen the protection of the EU borders.

c Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of Croatia Zoran

Milanovid

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201902_en_635767217400000000.pdf)

· 1/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Good afternoon. Let me begin by thanking Prime Minister Milanovid for his hospitality

and welcoming me in Zagreb. Today, we had a very fruitful discussion about the policy

challenges facing Europe in the coming months.

· We talked at length about the ongoing migration crisis. We had a good exchange on

what the European Union is already doing and how we can better and more effectively

target our efforts. Especially on how to support front-line EU countries under the

greatest migratory pressure. In two weeks the European Union’s justice and home affairs

ministers will meet in an emergency council to assess the situation on the ground and

discuss the next steps. This will include Frontex, the EU border agency, the European

Asylum Office, more work on our return policy, international cooperation as well as how

to fight and prevent the trafficking and smuggling of migrants. Migration will also be on

the agenda of the European Council in October. And later this autumn, European and

African leaders will meet in Valletta to discuss cooperation with the countries of transit

and origin. Likewise is a high-level conference on migration routes in the Western

Balkans being organised. Migration is a shared European challenge, and therefore we

need a common European answer in a spirit of unity, solidarity, and responsibility.

d Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of Croatia Kolinda

Grabar-Kitarovid

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/9/40802201897_en_635767152000000000.pdf)

· 1/9/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Let me first thank President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovid for her kind invitation to Zagreb,

the warm welcome I have received, and the good exchange of views we had. Equally, I

look forward to meeting Prime Minister Milanovid later today.

· Our discussions focused on challenges facing Europe both within our continent and

beyond. Many challenges stand out. I have no doubt that creating and keeping unity

within the European Union is key to responding to any of them.

e Speech by President Donald Tusk at the 2015 Bled Strategic Forum

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/8/40802201888_en_635766396600000000.pdf)

· 31/8/2015, Speech, 2 strana

· I have recently read an article by Ivan Krastev, which reminded me of a book I came

across more than thirty years ago, written by Raymond Aron and entitled “In Defence of

Decadent Europe.” As a then editor of an illegal periodical, (it was the time of the

Communist regime in Poland) I was looking for inspiration, something that would help

me go beyond the simple division: the political power versus the underground

opposition. The reflections on freedom of authors such as Raymond Aron, Michael

Novak, Friedrich Hayek, Karl Popper or Isaiah Berlin formed a foundation for my personal

and political optimism, mixed with cautious scepticism. Today, I feel duty-bound to

undertake an effort, both intellectual and political, to once again defend the decadent

Europe along with her old-fashioned values, above all freedom and democratic

capitalism. By a fortunate coincidence, I am saying these words on the 35th anniversary

of the birth of the Solidarity Movement, which was also my experience, maybe the most

important in my life.

f Press statement by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Miro Cerar, Prime

Minister of Slovenia

(https://www.consilium.europa.eu/press-releasespdf/

2015/8/40802201884_en_635766259800000000.pdf)

· 31/8/2015, Statement and remarks, 1 strana

· Let me start by thanking Prime Minister Cerar for his invitation, hospitality and for

welcoming me in Bled. This place is one of the most beautiful in Europe and the world.

Unfortunately, the reality is not as nice as this place.

· My visit to Slovenia, and later to Croatia, is the first one after the summer break. But the

challenges facing Europe take no holidays. First of all, we talked at length about the

ongoing migration crisis. This is the most important issue for Europe today. The summer

has confirmed that migration will remain a key issue for Europe in the years to come.

2. TT’s a NGO’s

Carnegie Europe

France Has a Few Ideas for Europe

(https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=61155)

· 1/9/2015, 2 pages, article by Jan Techau

· Someone somewhere in France must have had a European epiphany this summer. At some point

between German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s vacation and the third bailout package for Greece,

somebody in President François Hollande’s inner circle decided that France needed to lead on

Europe, that the German silence over Europe’s future offered a great chance for Paris, and that a

bold plan for Europe might be the only tool to unlock the stalemate on economic reform back

home.

Judy Asks: Is This Europe’s Time for Political Union?

(https://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/?fa=61171)

· 2/9/2015, 6 pages, article by Judy Dempsey

· Rarely has Europe been in such dire need of more integration and cooperation, but rarely have

Europeans been so far apart from each other. It was refreshing, after years of stale debates on

(non)treaty reform, to hear French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron on August 31 make

brave proposals for a new economic government within the eurozone.

The European Parliamentary Research Service

EGovernment: Using Technology To Improve Public Services And Democratic Participation

(https://epthinktank.eu/2015/09/03/egovernment-using-technology-to-improve-public-services-anddemocratic-

participation/)

· 3/9/2015, 23 pages, research by Ron Davies

· eGovernment refers to efforts by public authorities to use information and communication

technologies (ICTs) to improve public services and increase democratic participation.

eGovernment aims to improve government efficiency through the reduced cost of electronic

information management and communications, the reorganisation of government agencies and

the reduction of administrative silos of information. Even more importantly, it can reduce

administrative burdens on citizens and businesses by making their interactions with public

authorities faster, more convenient and less costly, thereby spurring competitiveness and

economic growth. More recently, open data and collaboration with third parties has offered

governments new insights into issues and possible new services. In addition, the opportunities

that eGovernment provides for citizens to dialogue with public authorities (to suggest, comment

on and influence policies and policy agendas) can increase transparency and foster greater

participation in democratic public life.

Egmont- the Royal Institute for European Policy

Towards a European Commission with fewer competencies for more political power?

(https://www.egmontinstitute.be/publication_article/towards-a-european-commission-with-fewercompetencies-

for-more-political-power/)

· 2/9/2015, 2 pages, Commentary by Fabian Willermain

· This commentary is a contribution to the debate regarding the idea of a ‘eurozone government’

and the last suggestion from German minister Wolfgang Schäuble concerning Commission

competencies. The author argues that the only institution from which a ‘eurozone government’

could emerge is the Commission, with, as a consequence, an externalization of some of its

competencies.

The Polish Institute of International Affairs

Technical Differences or Power Play? EU Inter-institutional (Dis)agreements over Better Regulation

(https://www.pism.pl/publications/bulletin/no-78-810 )

· 2/9/2015, 2 pages, report by Karolina Borooska-Hryniewiecka

· Negotiations between the European Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament

on the new Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Regulation are unlikely to be concluded, as

originally planned, before the end of 2015. An overview of the positions of these three parties

reveals conflicting approaches to how the EU legislative process should work. It also exposes a

clear case of power play between the institutions, and poses the question of whether EU

policymaking should evolve in a more political or technocratic direction. It is in the interest of

Poland, as a member of the Council supporting the community method, to advocate for more

expertise in EU policymaking, but not to the detriment of democratic principles of EU

governance.

3. Zpravodajství

Euractiv

a. Autonomous driving takes back seat as connected car rules prepared

(https://www.euractiv.com/sections/infosociety/autonomous-driving-takes-back-seat-prep-workeu-

connected-car-law-gets-under)

· 4/9/2015

· European Commission and Parliament officials said on Thursday (3 September) that they

were moving towards regulating connected cars, but are still a long way off from sealing

new legislation on autonomous vehicles.

b. Capital Markets Union another obstacle for FTT