What will occupy the EU for the rest of 2015?
The long summer recess has now come to an end, with the headlines mostly consumed by the ongoing Greek crisis and worsening situation in the Mediterranean for migrants. News over the past couple of weeks has been dominated by the collapse of Greece's far-left Syriza government and the calling of a general election in September. However, Greece can hope for some economic stability with a bailout being secured in mid-August, despite the political upheaval.
Increasing trouble at the UK-French border in Calais, further disasters and death off the coast of Italy and Greece, and a loud call from human rights organisations for Member States to step up and provide more resources to help has caught the world's attention.
The Luxembourg Presidency, despite not yet having had to manage Council meetings, has nonetheless been preoccupied with major political challenges.
As the EU kicks back into gear from September, there is a lot to look forward to. The European Parliament begins with a mixed Committee and group week, followed by the first plenary week of the autumn. Dominant issues for plenary include education and employment, human rights, trade, and the EU budget. DeHavilland EU will be following all developments closely.
The European Commission will have a fresh start with its reshuffled Directors-General taking up their positions today, 1 September. For those working in finance, the Capital Markets Union Action Plan will be keenly anticipated and can be expected on 30 September. In October, we will see a proposal on copyright reform, with a number of important digital consultations coming to an end.
In the third quarter, the delegated act to identify medicines, part of the Falsified Medicines Directive, is expected, and negotiations on medical devices will continue. Meanwhile Member States and world leaders will be focussed on the Sustainable Innovation Forum in France, or Paris COP21, where business, government, investors, NGOs, and the UN will take up the opportunity to bolster business innovation in the climate change arena.
The coming months are sure to be eventful. With a number of key dossiers on the table, it remains to be seen how much the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council can achieve before Christmas. Watch out for September's edition of the DeHavilland DeBrief, which will link to DeHavilland EU's political outlook for the next two quarters.
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Annie works for the EU team on the editorial side. She produces general political updates, manages data for the website, and maintains PeoplePoint.