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July in Brussels: what's on the horizon

4 July 2016

Despite the outcome of the British referendum, EU officials have stated that the EU rules continue to apply until the Brexit negotiations are complete. Find out more in our Notes from Brussels and Unsettling Times posts, published in the wake of the UK's shock decision.

Financial Services

The UK’s vote to leave the EU will continue to dominate the agenda in July, as Brussels fits in a hectic last month before the long summer recess. Financial Services Commissioner Jonathan Hill will step down prematurely on the 15th, with Valdis Dombrovskis taking charge. 

Meanwhile, the Commission is planning a revision of the European Venture Capital Fund and European Social Entrepreneurship Fund Regulations as part of the Capital Markets Union project. Amendments to the only recently-agreed money laundering framework have already been proposed this month, and MEPs and ministers will both begin discussions on this next week. 

July is also the first month of the new Slovak Presidency of the Council, which will be keen to make an impression and ensure that the legislative agenda stays on track in these challenging times.

Energy

EU energy and climate policies have started to suffer from the consequences of the UK's vote to leave the EU as Ian Duncan MEP stepped down from its Rapporteurship of the EU ETS. It remains to be seen to what extent the UK's vote will disrupt current or planned initiatives. Already, it can be assumed that, until the UK formally announces its decision to leave the EU, the ETS debate will be put on ice. Expected initiatives, including the review of the Effort Sharing Decision (ESD), initially scheduled in July, will be postponed. 

Other initiatives such as the energy efficiency labelling reform are less likely to suffer the effect of the Leave vote and may go ahead, with a Parliament decision to enter into informal negotiations with the Council expected in the beginning of July.

Transport

Transport sector stakeholders will continue calling on the UK to progress in improving interoperability of transport networks with EU counterparts.

Air sector legislation will remain relatively inactive. Air Passenger Rights Regulation is not due to be acted on by the Council for the foreseeable future while the first reading of Revision of the EASA regulations will be held in September. Preparations for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) high-level meeting, however, are  continuing.

Meanwhile, the review of the posted workers Directive is in limbo as the Commission reconsiders its position, after several Member States objected under the “yellow card” procedure.

The Commission has also recently adopted legislative proposals to simplify and improve passenger ship safety rules which are now going to be discussed within the Parliament and Council.

Digital

The Commission in June presented its proposal for a review of the wholesale roaming market rules, while the UK's vote to leave the EU has left the position of UK MEPs leading key Committees uncertain - such as that of IMCO Chair Vicky Ford and LIBE Chair Claude Moraes

The Council and Parliament are meanwhile continuing work on the Digital Single Market proposals presented earlier this year and in late 2015. 

For July, the Commission is expected to finalise the EU-US Privacy Shield on data protection at the beginning of the month. Additionally, the European Commission has published its Communication on the cybersecurity public-private partnership, following a public consultation. 

Health

June saw a number of developments in the area of health, as the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament unanimously voted in favour of the informal agreement reached by the Council on the Medical Devices Package. The Committee of the Permanent Representatives (COREPER) followed suit, by approving the agreement. 

Separately, the EPSCO Council on Health produced conclusions on a number of topics, pertaining to a 'One Health Approach' on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the balance of the pharmaceutical systems, as well as to food safety. During the Council, Commissioner Andriukaitis presented Health Ministers the State of Health in the EU, laying down a number of upcoming policy initiatives. 

July will see the Slovak Presidency of the Council taking over, with an arranged Working Party on Public Health at a Senior Level taking place on the 15th, where members are expected to tackle the issue of availability of human medicines, AMR, as well as cooperation in health systems.

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