2603RD MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES

The 2603rd meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee Part II, also known as COREPER II, took place.

In addition to approving ‘I’ items which are mostly issues that were agreed to at the Council’s technical Working Party level (see attached agenda), today’s meeting discussed the following:

Proposal for a Council Implementing Decision setting out a recommendation for prolonging temporary internal border control in exceptional circumstances putting the overall functioning of the Schengen area at risk

= Approval of the draft text of the recommendation

– Preparation of the Council meeting (Justice and Home Affairs) on 18 November 2016

– Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Preparation of the Council meeting (Economic and Financial Affairs) on

8 November 2016

a) Building a fair, competitive and stable corporate tax system for the EU

= Presentation by the Commission and exchange of views

b) Enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax

– Proposal for a Council Directive implementing enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax

= State of play

d) Criteria and process leading to the establishment of the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

= Draft Council conclusions

c) Statistics

– EU statistics

– Strengthening cooperation with Eurostat

– ESGAB Report on the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice

= Draft Council conclusions

e) Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 Review/Revision

= Exchange of views

– Preparation of the Council meeting (General Affairs) on 15-16 November 2016

– Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Relations with the European Parliament after the European Parliament session on

24-27 October 2016 in Strasbourg

– Preparation of the Council meeting (Foreign Affairs/Trade) on 11 November 2016

– Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– EU- Canada Summit on 30 October 2016

= Debriefing

– Any other business

For more details, please consult the attached agenda.

Note: COREPER meetings are held every week and are part of the Council’s legislative process. The items which are discussed follow technical work carried out on the respective files at the Council’s Working Party level. Working Parties are attended by technical officials from the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU or from the Ministries concerned. The issues discussed in COREPER are subsequently discussed and/or approved by Ministers from Member States at Council ministerial meetings.

There are two COREPER formations (I and II); COREPER II is attended by the Permanent Representative and covers issues which fall under the following Council formations: General Affairs; Foreign Affairs; Justice & Home Affairs; and Economic & Financial Affairs.

Source: Government of Malta.