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October in Brussels: Thrills and Spills

6 October 2017

Ever a busy time in politics and policy, October shows no signs of slowing down as the EU institutions continue their work on the biggest issues of the day. 

Plan for the month ahead with a handy guide from DeHavilland EU's Policy Analysts.

Financial Services

October is expected to bring a legislative package from the Commission on completing the EU's Banking Union, with measures on the Single Resolution Fund, reducing the level of non-performing loans, and a framework for covered bonds. This follows hot on the heels of September's overhaul of the EU's system of financial supervision which is set to bolster the powers of regulators and shift their funding from national authorities to financial institutions.

In the Parliament, MEPs will debate ongoing proposals on a common corporate tax base, and on the recovery and resolution of central counterparties, while discussions with the Council continue on the latest amendment to the EU anti-money laundering framework.

The first of two packages of reforms to the EU's VAT system is also foreseen, while the month will end with the publication of the annual European Commission Work Programme, setting the agenda for 2018.

Energy and Environment

The Parliament's Committee on Industry (ITRE) is expected to adopt its report on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, in October.

Climate-wise, during the upcoming Environment Council on 13 October, EU Ministers are expected to agree on their mandate to start informal negotiations with the Parliament on the non-ETS sectors and LULUCF dossiers. On a more advanced stage, trilogue discussions on the EU-ETS dossier and on the decision to extend the 'stop-the-clock decision' on international aviation in the EU-ETS will continue in October, with expectations to reach agreements before the end of the year.

Transport

The European Parliament Plenary is inching closer to completing its work on the Ship Safety Package as it prepares to discuss the proposals. For the road sector, discussions on the contentious type-approval proposals continue as the next trilogue takes place on 10 October, while a vote on a report on Intelligent transport systems is expected in the second week of the month.

For aviation, discussions on the EASA basic regulation proposal are still ongoing with the latest trilogue taking place on 26 September. The discussion on the proposal to cut emissions from international aviation will also continue at the trilogue stage.

Digital and Technology

October starts with opinion Committee votes on the important and controversial ePrivacy Regulation. The lead Committee on the file is scheduled to vote later this month, however it still remains to be seen whether Rapporteur Marju Lauristin will find compromises in time on the 800 amendments she received from her colleagues.

Other key votes this month will conclude Committee discussions on the recast of the Electronic Communications Code, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications and the 'SatCab' Regulation. Trilogues on the audiovisual media services directive revision and the geo-blocking proposal will continue, and the Parliament may kick off the debates on the newly proposed Cybersecurity Act and the proposal on free flow of non-personal data.

Health

October will kick off with a European Commission hearing of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health, on the 3rd, followed by a meeting of the Working Party on Public Health, to take place on the 4th.

On the 5th and the 6th, a further round of discussions on the substance glyphosate, is to take place in the Standing Committee of the Commission. Later in the month, from the 16th to the 18th, the Estonian Presidency is to hold its High-Level eHealth Conference.

In Brexit news, the middle of the month will bring a key moment for the European Medicines Agency, with discussions and a vote expected on the future location of this key EU regulator.

What's on your agenda? 

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