The governments of the EU member states meet in the Council of the European Union, Monday to Tuesday (11 to 12 October 2010) in Luxembourg.
Yes, even when the Council presidency is in Belgian hands (Brussels), the October Council meetings are held in the Grand Duchy.
On Europe Day, 9 May 2010, professor Mario Monti delivered his report on the internal market to the president of the European Commmission, José Manuel Barroso: A new strategy for the Single Market – At the service of Europe’s economy and society (107 pages).
The election of President Obama has not improved transatlantic cooperation as many pundits claimed it would. Rather German-American relations could fall back into crisis, writes Prof Anderson of Georgetown for AICGS. “Drift and disappointment” rule the day. A return to the “old normal” is not possible, but we need to work towards a “new normal”:
The minority government of conservative Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has won a clear majority in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Latvia. Commentators say the results show approval for the country’s strict austerity policy and hope for greater integration of Russian-speaking Latvians, whose opposition party fared exceptionally well at the polls.
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
What the Barroso II Commission has presented as its make of break challenges (raison d’être) are sound public finances and growth-enhancing reforms leading to new jobs. However, a long time has passed since formal endorsement of the Europe 2020 strategy by the European Council (17 June 2010; EUCO 13/10).
The EU and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to eliminate most import tariffs and open their markets. The first such agreement with an Asian country, this deal is set to increase trade volume by 19 billion euros per year. A groundbreaking model, writes the press, despite the risks it entails for European industry.
The seven flagship initiatives promised by the European Commission under the Europe 2020 (EU2020) strategy are Innovation Union, Youth on the move, A digital agenda for Europe, Resource efficient Europe, An industrial policy for the globalisation era, An agenda for new skills and jobs, and a European platform against poverty. See the blog post: Europe 2020 strategy: Barroso’s reform flotilla (flagship initiatives) (20 June 2010).
The discussion about Treaty change, that is. As we’ve noted before, Germany continues to push for treaty change to allow for a permanent crisis resolution mechanism/orderly default procedure in the eurozone. Unable to stomach the prospect of another round of ad hoc bailouts in a few years time, which exposes its taxpayers to yet more unacceptable risks, Germany will next month publish the details of its proposal. The German government might seek to insert the new provisions into the Croation Accession Treaty, set for 2012. The FT has more.