On 9 November 2016, Malta’s Permanent Representative to the European Union, Marlene Bonnici, participated in the 2604th meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee Part II, also known as COREPER II.

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:

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

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

= State of play

b) Follow-up to the European Council on 20/21 October 2016

c) Preparation of the European Council on 15/16 December 2016

= Annotated Draft Agenda

d) Legislative programming

– Commission’s Work Programme for 2017

= Presentation by the Commission

– Joint declaration on inter-institutional programming

= Information from the Presidency

e) Rule of Law – Evaluation of mechanism

= Exchange of views

f) European Semester 2017

– Roadmap

= Presentation by the Presidency and the incoming Presidency

g) Modification of the Common Provisions Regulation (Regulation (EU) No 1303/2013)

= State of play – Information from the Presidency

h) Results and New Elements of Cohesion Policy and the European Structural and Investment Funds

= Exchange of views

= Adoption of Council conclusions

i) Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Preparation of the Council meeting (Foreign Affairs) on 14/15 November 2016

a) Eastern Partnership

= Draft Council conclusions

b) Southern Neighbourhood

c) Global Strategy on the European Union’s Foreign and Security Policy

= Draft Council conclusions

d) EU-NATO cooperation

e) CSDP operations

f) Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Presentation of the agenda of the Council meeting (Foreign Affairs/Development) on 28 November 2016

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

a) ETIAS: Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (First reading)

= Policy debate

b) Information Exchange and Interoperability

– Evolution of the Schengen Information System (SIS): additional functionalities

= Exchange of views

– Roadmap to enhance information exchange and information management including interoperability solutions in the Justice and Home Affairs area [1]

= Implementation Report

– High Level Expert Group on Information Systems and Interoperability 1

= Progress Report

c) Fight against Terrorism 1

– Implementation of the statement of the Members of the European Council of 12 February 2015, the JHA Council Conclusions of 20 November 2015, and the Conclusions of the European Council of 18 December 2015

= State of play

d) EU Internet Forum: future steps

= Exchange of views

e) EU-PNR (Passenger Name Record) Directive: Implementation

= Exchange of views

f) Other items in connection with the Council meeting

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

a) TDI Modernisation and new anti-dumping methodology

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b) WTO: Post Nairobi

c) EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

= State of play

d) EU-Japan and EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreements

= State of play

e) Other items in connection with the Council meeting

– Follow-up to the Council meeting (Economic and Financial Affairs) on 8 November 2016

– Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 480/2009 establishing a Guarantee Fund for external actions (First reading)


Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Decision No 466/2014/EU granting an EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects outside the Union (First reading)

= Mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament

– Preparation Conciliation Committee meeting and ECOFIN/Budget Council on 16 November 2016

– 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 and Home Affairs; and Economic and Financial Affairs.

Source: Government of Malta