European policy expert Janis A. Emmanouilidis from the European Policy Centre (EPC) discusses the upcoming EU Summit with journalist Ellie Mears. Leaders from across Europe will gather to talk about the biggest challenges facing the Union: the United Kingdom’s future membership of the European Union and the migration crisis.
On Britain, heads of states and governments will discuss a list of proposals put forward by Donald Tusk in early February. British PM David Cameron’s hoping Tusk’s suggestions on how to reform the EU will be enough to convince UK voters to stay in the bloc. Negotiations are in full swing and hopes are high for EU leaders to find a solution that suits everyone. As things stand, an in/out referendum is tentatively planned for June 2016. On the migration crisis, leaders will look at how to implement decisions taken over the course of 2015. They will also prepare the ground for the next EU Summit planned for March.
The European Policy Centre (EPC) is a Brussels-based independent think tank focussing on European integration providing high-quality analysis on the EU policy agenda. The EPC has a strong multi-constituency approach. Its members include private companies, business federations, trade unions, public institutions and NGOs.
Janis A. Emmanouilidis has been working as the EPC’s Senior Policy Analyst since 1999 and was recently promoted to Director of Studies. His publications cover the EU’s overall political and institutional development, the sovereign debt crisis, EU integration, EU foreign policy as well as EU enlargement. Emmanouilidis also acts as an advisor to various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs.