Published on August 16th, 2018

👀 Until the elections in May next year, some tough battles are ahead of the European institutions [round 1] 🥊

📌 Brexit means Brexit !? 🇬🇧
📌 The EU’s next long-term budget: priorities and the size of the wallet 🗓💳⚖️
📌 Asylum: Revision of common asylum rules including a reform of the Dublin rules 🇪🇺🔒/🇪🇺🔓
📌 THE copyright reform: Copyright in the digital single market 🎬🎼📰
📌 Safer banks in the Banking Union 🏦📉
📌 Welfare: Coordination of social security systems 🔄🇪🇺

📌 Brexit means Brexit !? 🇬🇧
➡️ This autumn, the negotiations with the UK needs to be finalized, to allow time for the withdrawal deal to obtain the consent of the European Parliament, and the UK parliament’s approval, so that the UK EU membership can end on 29 March 2019. During the negotiation period, the European Parliament has adopted 3 opinions, were the Parliament called for addressing the issues of extending coverage of citizens’ rights to future partners, guaranteeing future free movement rights across the whole EU for UK citizens currently resident in an EU-27 Member State, and ensuring that the commitments made with respect to N. Ireland/Ireland are fully enforceable.
🔜 The remaining EU-27 and the UK can together (and only together) extend the deadline af Brexit by a common agreement.

📌 The EU’s next long-term budget: priorities and the size of the wallet 🗓💳⚖️
➡️ The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) grants the EU a longer period of time during which to carry out its policies and make them effective. Due to Brexit, the EU will be faced with a drop in membership fees from a net contributor, and the battle for the long-term budget 2021-2027 has begun. In March 2018, the European Parliament expressed their opinion on the matter: MEPs felt that that the next MFF should be embedded in a broader strategy for the future of Europe and should build on the Union’s well-established policies and priorities and address challenges such as youth unemployment, persistent poverty, and social exclusion, the phenomenon of migration and refugees, climate change and natural disasters, environmental degradation, terrorism and instability.
🔜 The budget proposal must be adopted by the Council of Ministers (the member states’ institution) by unanimity, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.

📌 Asylum: Revision of common asylum rules including a reform of the Dublin rules 🇪🇺🔒/🇪🇺🔓
➡️ The refugee and the migrant crisis in Europe have called into question existing EU legislation on asylum, in particular, the criteria according to which applicants for international protection can qualify for refugee or subsidiary protection status. The update of the Qualification Directive, aims at setting uniform standards for the recognition of people in need of protection and for the rights granted to beneficiaries of international protection, as it appears that the recognition rates and types of protection status granted still vary considerably across the EU.
🔜 The Parliament has emphasized that host Member States must offer refugees support and opportunities to integrate and build a life in their new society. Member states are divided on the subject of immigration, and a uniformed position in the Council is non-existent.

📌 THE copyright reform: Copyright in the digital single market 🎬🎼📰
➡️ It is time for a modernization of the EU copyright rules, including a new directive on copyright in the digital single market. Stakeholders and academics are strongly divided on the proposal - as are all the European institutions -, and much of the debate focuses on whether the measures will ensure fair remuneration for journalists, publishers and rights holders for the online use of their works, while others criticise, inter alia, a perceived 'link tax', and highlight the risk of filtering and control of the internet.
🔜 A debate in the European Parliament is scheduled for September

📌 Safer banks in the Banking Union 🏦📉
➡️ The non-performing loans (NPLs) are one of the main risks that still threaten the European banking system. NPLs are loans where the borrower is unable to make the scheduled payments to cover interest or capital reimbursements. While the primary responsibility for tackling high levels of NPLs remains with banks and the Member States, there is also a clear EU dimension to reduce current stocks of NPLs, as well as preventing any excessive build-up of NPLs in the future given the interconnectedness of the EU’s banking system and in particular that of the euro area. The purpose is to complement existing legislation to ensure that banks can adequately cover the losses they may incur on future non-performing loans.
🔜 The vote in the committee responsible in the European Parliament, is scheduled for Dec. 2018

📌 Welfare: Coordination of social security systems 🔄🇪🇺
There are approximately 14 million EU residents (mobile workers, unemployed and economically inactive citizens) who are not living in their home country. This proposal aims to establish a coherent regime for the coordination of long-term care benefits and to clarify the access. It proposes new arrangements for the coordination of unemployment benefits in order to enhance job-seeking, and provisions for the coordination of family benefits, such as parental leave allowances. However, it does not intend to change existing rules on the export of child benefits.
🔜 The European Parliament has, on several occasions, emphasized the persistence of obstacles to full freedom of movement, while some of the Member States with more generous welfare systems are keen to keep their services to their citizens only.

Written by Nadia Deis

Project Officer

Nadia is one of two project officers of the “YEP: Why European Parliament” project. Before working for AEGEE, she worked in the Directorate General for Communication in the European Parliament, and after for a Danish Member of the European Parliament, while on the side writing her master thesis on “Local level Europe”. She holds a master degree in Public Administration and a bachelor in EU Studies, and have ground game experience with national EU campaigns.