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Pre-EU Summit Insights: Refugee crisis, Economic and Monetary Union and the UK referendum

October 13, 2015 - EU Institutions

European policy expert Janis A. Emmanouilidis from the EPC discusses the upcoming EU leaders’ summit.

Top of the agenda is migration: a political hot-potato, but one that leaders will want to appear united on, at least for now. Whilst no concrete policy decisions are likely to come out of this month’s summit, Emmanouilidis explains the leaders will probably flesh out guidelines proposed during the last EU summit in September. Meanwhile, the Economic and Monetary Union is stuck in red-tape limbo due to Member States’ lack of readiness, and it’s been completely overshadowed by the migration issue. Plans for a technical discussion on Brexit are now off the table: current British PM David Cameron is refusing to state what Britain actually wants from the EU.

The following summit of the Council of the EU will be held in Brussels on 17-18 December.

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. 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.

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