Background notes from the Spokesperson’s service for journalists
The European Commission reserves the right to make changes
The Colleges of the African Union Commission and the European Commission will come together for their seventh annual meeting, which will take place in Brussels. This will be the first annual meeting since the new European Commission took office on 1 November 2014 and will provide an opportunity to maintain the positive momentum of the 4th EU-Africa Summit of April 2014.
The College-to-College meetings are held to provide regular political guidance to the Africa-EU Partnership by bringing together the colleges of the European Commission and the African Union (AU) Commission for political and policy dialogue. The meetings are held on an alternating basis in Brussels and Addis Ababa.
The event will be taking place on 22 April. A press conference is envisaged as well as a technical briefing for the accredited press (details to follow).
Catherine Ray, +32 229 69921, Catherine.Ray@ec.europa.eu
Irina Novakova, +32 229 57517, Irina.Novakova@ec.europa.eu
Sharon Zarb, +32 229 92256, Sharon.Zarb@ec.europa.eu
On 28 April, the Commission is set to adopt the European Agenda on Security, setting out key priorities and actions for the period 2015-2020. A genuine area of security, where fundamental rights and the rule of law are fully respected, requires a comprehensive and coherent approach covering the EU's internal and external policies. The three main priorities of the European Agenda on Security will be the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime. The Agenda will provide the basis for cooperation and joint action by the EU institutions and agencies, Member States, civil society and international partners.
The European Agenda on Security will renew the Internal Security Strategy, following the Strategic Guidelines of the European Council of June 2014, the Council Conclusions of December 2014, the Resolution of the European Parliament of December 2014 and the Political Guidelines of President Jean-Claude Juncker of July 2014.
The European Agenda on Security will be adopted by the College on 28 April at its meeting in Strasbourg, and subsequently presented to the press (specific arrangements tbc). The press conference can be followed on EbS.
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Natasha Bertaud, +32 229 67456, Natasha.Bertaud@ec.europa.eu
Tim McPhie, +32 229 58602, Tim.McPhie@ec.europa.eu
Milica Petrovic, +32 229 63020, Milica.Petrovic@ec.europa.eu
On Wednesday, 29 April 2015 the European Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions cover all Member States and most of EU policies and seek to enforce EU law across Europe in the interest of both citizens and businesses.
Article 258 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) gives the Commission the power to take legal action against a Member State that is not respecting its obligations under EU law.
There are three successive stages: Letter of formal notice, reasoned opinion and referral to the Court of Justice.
If, despite the ruling, a Member State still fails to act, the Commission may open a further infringement case under Article 260 of the TFEU. After only one written warning, Commission may refer a Member State back to the Court and it can propose that the Court imposes financial penalties based on the duration and severity on the infringement and the size of the Member State.
A comprehensive factsheet on all referrals and reasoned opinions, specific press release on each referral and a factsheet on the procedure will be available on the day in the Press Release Database.
- on monitoring the application of Union law;
- on all decisions please consult the infringement decisions register;
- on the general infringement procedure.
Alexander Winterstein, +32 229 93265, firstname.lastname@example.org
Justyna Milanowska, +32 229 94246, email@example.com
On specific infringements, please contact the Spokesperson in charge.
In early May 2015, the European Commission will publish its Spring European Economic Forecast. It will cover 2014, 2015 and 2016 and will include data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP), inflation, employment, budget deficits and public debt, amongst others. This forecast focuses on all 28 EU Member States, plus the candidate countries as well as major trading partners.
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs produces short-term macroeconomic forecasts three times a year: in the spring, autumn and in the winter. They serve as a basis for various economic surveillance procedures, such as in the context of the European Semester.
Early May (date to be confirmed): Press conference on the Spring European Economic Forecast (details to follow). Press release available on the day.
- Available on EBS
Annika Breidthardt, +32 229 56153, firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey Augier, +32 460 71607, email@example.com