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June in Brussels: What's on the horizon

1 June 2017

With July fast approaching, Estonia is about to take the reins of the European Union rotating presidency. Meanwhile, the Union has pulled together in solidarity as it embarks on what promises to be a rough Brexit negotiating process.

But what else is on the agenda in the European institutions this June? DeHavilland EU's expert Policy Analysts present their highlights for the month ahead.

Financial Services

Alongside the opening of Brexit negotiations, June will see the beginning of a strategic shift in the EU's Capital Markets Union project.

A hugely controversial revision of the EU's derivatives regulation, EMIR, the European Market Infrastructure Regulation on derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories, may well see the Commission attempting to end London's dominance in the euro clearing market.

This will follow the CMU mid-term review, which will set out the overall direction of the initiative in light of the departure of the bloc's largest capital market.

A long-awaited proposal for a pan-European Personal Pension product, or PEPP, is expected towards the end of June, while the consultation on FinTech also closes in what promises to be a crucial month for the CMU

Energy and Environment

June will remain a busy month for energy, climate and environment topics. The European Parliament will continue discussions on the Governance of the Energy Union as well as revised frameworks for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, on the Council side, two busy meetings of Energy and Environment Ministers will seek to reach common grounds on non-ETS climate legislation and on energy efficiency ahead of informal discussions with the Parliament.

Finally, the Council and the Parliament are still struggling to agree upon dates for trilogue negotiations on the post-2020 Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS): a second trilogue meeting, initially expected to take place on 30 May, has been pushed back until 27 June.

Transport

For the aviation sector, June will begin with the presentation of a package of measures titled Aviation: Open and Connected Europe. Work will also continue in full force on the proposal to extend the limitations of scope for aviation activities and implement a global aviation emissions scheme. The JHA Council is provisionally scheduled to discuss and reach a general approach on establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS).

The automotive sector is now witnessing the final stages of work on the market surveillance and type approval legislation. With the Council having adopted its general approach, trilogues will start in the near future. The Council and the Parliament will also begin their work on the new mobility package that will include post-2020 strategies on road transport, road-toll services, and the posting of drivers in the road transport sector.

Digital and Technology

EU Digital & Telecoms Ministers are to hold their first and only formal Council meeting during the Maltese Presidency this month. A key topic of discussion for the e-commerce and postal sectors in particular is the proposed regulation on cross-border parcel delivery, on which Ministers are expected to agree their common position.

Important discussions will also be held on the ongoing revision of EU telecoms rules, and Ministers will also look at progress made so far on the proposed ePrivacy Regulation.

Meanwhile in Parliament, the discussions on these key files continue, as well as on the copyright reform package.

Health

Health Ministers of EU Member States are expected to hold their first formal Council meeting under the Maltese Presidency on 16 June. The agenda includes the adoption of conclusions on halting the rise of childhood obesity, as well as on encouraging Member State-driven Voluntary Cooperation between Health Systems.

Meanwhile, the Commission is to host the Second EU Mental Health Compass Forum, on the 8th and the 9th. The focus of this year’s Forum will be Mental Health at Work, Mental Health at Schools, and Prevention of Suicide.

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The DeHavilland EU Team

Based in London and Brussels, the DeHavilland EU Team is dedicated to bringing clients informative and timely political information in a format that suits their needs.