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European Union General Affairs Council Discussed Adoption of Cohesion Policy Package and Preparations for October’s European Council


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Today’s European Union General Affairs Council agenda included the current state of play of the negotiations on the cohesion policy package and an examination of an annotated draft agenda for the European Council taking place on 24-25 October.

According to Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union Matti Maasikas, who represented Estonia at the meeting, there was discussion about some unresolved questions in the package of statutes for the next programme period (2014-2020) of the European Union Cohesion Policy; the chairman received a strong mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament. “It is necessary to reach confirmation about all of the statutes, so that the member states’ planning offices as well as project implementers can prepare for the new budget period and begin to substantially apply the resources of the European Union agencies,” noted the permanent representative of Estonia to the European Union. A trilateral agreement between the Council of the European Union, European Parliament, and European Commission has yet to be reached on important questions such as macro-economic conditionality and the performance reserve.

Ambassador Maasikas confirms that the main points of discussion in October’s European Council will be related to the digital economy, innovation, and services. According to Matti Maasikas, the European Council will examine the current status of the action plan for digital development in order to provide initial guidelines for the completion of the common digital market by 2015. “The European Council must be ambitious in its decisions and set concrete deadlines for the acceptance of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) as well as the e-identity statute. It is just as important to move forward rapidly with the problems associated with digital security,” said Ambassador Maasikas.

Additionally, the European Council is scheduled to provide an assessment of the financing of economic growth and employment as well as to examine the developments in the strengthening of the economic and monetary union, including an evaluation of the state of play in the completion of the banking union. The Lithuanian Presidency will inform the European Council about the preparations for the high-level meeting of the Eastern Partnership taking place in Vilnius in November.

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Marika Post
Spokesperson of the Representation of Estonia to the EU
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