2604TH MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE OF PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVES PART I (DEPUTIES) – 9 AND 11 NOVEMBER 2016

On 9 and 11 November, Malta’s Deputy Permanent Representative, Neil Kerr, participated in the 2604th meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee Part I (Deputies), also known as COREPER I.

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:

WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2016 (10:00)

– Setting of the provisional agenda for the Council meeting “Competiveness” (Internal Market, Industry, Research and Space) on 28 and 29 November 2016 (1)

– Preparation for the Council meeting (Agriculture and Fisheries) on 14 and 15 November 2016

1. Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing a multi-annual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks and repealing Council Regulation (EC) 676/2007 and Council Regulation (EC) 1342/2008 (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

Presentation by the Commission

= Exchange of views

2. Proposal for a Council Regulation fixing for 2017 and 2018 the fishing opportunities for Union fishing vessels for certain deep-sea fish stocks (Non-legislative activity)

= Political agreement

– 20th special meeting of ICCAT (Vilamoura, Portugal, 14-21 November 2016)

Establishment of the EU position

– Preparation for the Council meeting (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport) on 21 and 22 November 2016

– Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

Progress report

– Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018) (First reading) ) (Legislative deliberation)

= General approach

– Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 445/2014/EU establishing a Union action for the European Capitals of Culture for the years 2020 to 2033 (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= General approach

– Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations (Non-legislative activity)

= Policy debate

(Public debate in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure [proposed by the Presidency])

– Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council on establishing an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements and non-binding instruments between Member States and third countries in the field of energy and repealing Decision No 994/2012/EU (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= Presidency debriefing on the outcome of the trilogue

– Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply and repealing Regulation (EU) No 994/2010 (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

Preparation for the trilogue

– Any other business

European Semester 2017 – Roadmap

= Presentation by the Presidency and the incoming Presidency

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FRIDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2016 (9:30)

– Preparation for the Council meeting (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport) on 21 and 22 November 2016 (continuation)

– Draft conclusions of the Council and of the representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on promoting new approaches in youth work to uncover and develop the potential of young people (Non-legislative activity)

= Adoption

– Young Europeans at the centre of a modern European Union (Non-legislative activity)

= Policy debate

(Public debate in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure [proposed by the Presidency])

– Proposal for a Council Recommendation on establishing a Skills Guarantee

(Non-legislative activity)

= Political agreement

– Draft conclusions of the Council and of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council, on the prevention of radicalisation leading to violent extremism (Non-legislative activity)

= Adoption

– Fostering and developing talent: Policies for discovering and drawing out the best in young people (Non-legislative activity)

= Policy debate

(Public debate in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure [proposed by the Presidency])

– Draft Council conclusions on sport diplomacy (Non-legislative activity)

= Adoption

– The impact of sport on personal development (Non-legislative activity)

= Policy debate

(Public debate in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure [proposed by the Presidency])

– Impact Assessment on Non-ETS sectors

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on binding annual greenhouse gas emission reductions by Member States from 2021 to 2030 for a resilient Energy Union and to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement and amending Regulation No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

a) Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework and amending Regulation No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= Exchange of views

– Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on mercury, and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1102/2008 (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= Presidency debriefing on the outcome of the trilogue

– Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2009/45/EC on safety rules and standards for passenger ships (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= General approach

– Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Directive 98/41/EC on the registration of persons sailing on board passenger ships operating to or from ports of the Member States of the Community and amending Directive 2010/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on reporting formalities for ships arriving in and/or departing from ports of the Member States (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= Progress report

– Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on a system of inspections for the safe operation of ro-ro ferry and high-speed passenger craft in regular service and amending Directive 2009/16/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on port State control and repealing Council Directive 1999/35/EC (First reading) (Legislative deliberation)

= General approach

– Any other business

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 adopted by Ministers from Member States at Council ministerial meetings.

There are two COREPER formations (I and II); COREPER I is attended by the Deputy Permanent Representative and covers issues which fall under the following Council formations: Competitiveness; Agriculture & Fisheries; Environment; Transport, Telecommunication & Energy; Employment, Social Policy, Health & Consumer Affairs; and Education, Youth, Culture & Sports.

Source: Government of Malta.