European Parliament Press Kit
for the European Council of 28-29 June 2018
This press kit has a selection of European Parliament press releases that show MEPs’ priorities and what they have been pushing for in relation to topics on the summit agenda.
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will represent the European Parliament and hold the following meetings at the European Council today 28 June:
14:15 Meeting with Spanish PM, Pedro Sánchez
14:45 Meeting with Italian PM, Giuseppe Conte
15:15 Speech to assembled heads of state or government
16:00 Press conference
Follow President Tajani’s live press conference by clicking on the following link.
MEPs urge EU leaders to work out a solution to the current impasse on migration and asylum. Parliament is ready to start talks to reform existing rules. Actually, it adopted its mandate on the reform of the Dublin Regulation, which is the centerpiece of EU asylum policy, already in November 2017, but negotiations on the final form of the text could not start since member states have not agreed their position.
On the 2021-2027 multi-annual financial framework (MFF) reform, Parliament asks for the Erasmus+ programme budget to be tripled, specific funding for SMEs and tackling youth unemployment to be doubled as well as the research and innovation budget to be increased by at least 50%. Additional funding is likewise needed for security, migration and external relations.
As to reforming the EU’s sources of revenue (“own resources”), MEPs welcome the proposed introduction of three new EU own resources, based on a new corporate tax scheme, revenues from the Emissions Trading System and a plastic tax, to reduce gross national income-based direct contributions from member states.
Regarding EU security and defence, Parliament stressed that it is vital to reinforce EU cyber defence with a rapid cyber response team, noting that Russia, China and North Korea, but also non-state actors, have already carried out malicious cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure in the EU, engaged in cyber espionage and mass surveillance of EU citizens, run disinformation campaigns and taken internet access hostage.
On EU-NATO relations, MEPs stress that neither organisation has the full range of tools to tackle new security challenges, which are increasingly less conventional and more hybrid. MEPs want EU-NATO strategic ties to focus on strategic communication, counter-terrorism, situational awareness, sharing classified information, stemming irregular migration and removing obstacles to the swift movement of military personnel and assets within the EU.
The new European Defence Industrial Development Programme, with a €500 million budget for 2019-2020, was recently agreed by MEPs and Council negotiators and provides for the development of new and upgraded products and technologies to make the EU more independent, make budget spending more efficient and spur innovation in defence.
Finally, Parliament laid out its possible association framework for future EU-UK relations after Brexit, which, taken into account the red lines announced by the UK government, could have the shape of an association agreement. It could be based on trade and economic relations (FTA), internal security, cooperation in foreign policy and defence and thematic cooperation, for example on cross-border research and innovation projects.