EPC’s leading European politics expert Janis A. Emmanouilidis gives Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclusive pre-summit analysis of the European Council meeting – for the first time chaired by Donald Tusk, the new President of the European Council – taking place on 18 and 19 December in Brussels.
Topics on the agenda include:
– Juncker’s €315 billion package: no big discussions expected as the investment fund “is already being put on track“. However, everybody’s eyes will be on “how much money Member States individually will be ready to put into the pot”
– Tackling tax evasion: “Political pressure on the Member States needed” to make progress in fight against tax avoidance
– Situation in Ukraine: heads of state will underline that they are committed to “defending their position vis-a-vis Russia” and that they want “Ukraine to go forward with reforms”
Further issues on the agenda: Energy Union, Digital Single Market & report on better economic governance.
The next European Council will be held in Brussels on 12 and 13 February 2015.
The European Policy Centre (EPC) is a Brussels-based independent think tank focusing on European integration and provides high-quality analysis on the EU policy agenda. The EPC has a strong multi-constituency approach and has a wide range of private companies, business federations, trade unions, public institutions as well as NGOs as its members.
Janis A. Emmanouilidis works for the EPC since 2009 as a Senior Policy Analyst and was recently promoted as EPC’s Director of Studies. His publications cover the EU’s overall political and institutional development, the sovereign debt crisis, EU integration, the EU’s foreign policy as well as EU enlargement. Emmanouilidis is also active as an advisor of various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs.