On Tuesday 28 June 2016, High Representative Federica Mogherini presented the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy to EU leaders, meeting in Brussels at the EU summit. Mogherini was mandated to prepare the new strategy by the European Council in June 2015 and invited to present it to leaders in June of this year
Today, the European Commission is proposing improvements to the EU rules that protect children in the context of cross-border parental responsibility disputes related to custody, access rights and child abduction. The new rules will speed up the legal and administrative proceedings and ensure that the child's best interest is always taken into account. When families have disputes or international couples separate, cross-border judicial cooperation is crucial to give children a secure legal environment to maintain relations with both parents (and guardians) who may live in different European countries.
The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) today launched a €121 million guarantee initiative to support SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors via financial institutions. This scheme is expected to create more than €600 million worth of bank loans over the next six years.
The Commission has today proposed the 2017 draft EU Budget of €134.9 billion in payments focusing on the two main policy priorities for Europe: supporting the ongoing recovery of the European economy and addressing the security and humanitarian challenges in our neighbourhood. Increased funding will go to investments in growth, jobs and competitiveness in the European Union as well as to securing the necessary resources to protect the external borders of the EU, to reinforce security inside and outside the Union, to provide support for the reception and integration of refugees, and to address the root causes of migration in the countries of origin and transit.
Joint Statement by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mark Rutte, Holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom Referendum.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, was on an official two day visit to Malta on Thursday, 23rd and Friday, 24th June. During the visit, he engaged in exchanges with ministers and the Parliamentary Committee for Health, met stakeholders and hosted an open dialogue with Maltese citizens to discuss the issues under his portfolio and other EU matters.
On 23 and 24 June, the European Commission Representation, in collaboration with the Visitors' Centre of the Directorate-General for Communication of the European Commission, hosted a group of Maltese Senior Representatives of Civil Society to an information visit to the EU Institutions in Brussels.
On Thursday, 23 June, Commissioner Andriukaitis staged a very lively Citizens' Dialogue in Naxxar, together with Mr Roderick Galdes, Maltese Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights. This dialogue also provided the opportunity for an exchange of views with former Maltese Commissioner Tonio Borg, who had previously been responsible for the health portfolio. His presence there was very much appreciated by the audience.
What has been achieved so far and what does the future hold for the EFSI? One year after the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) as part of the Investment Plan launched by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission published a Communication which looks back at what has been achieved so far and also puts forward specific proposals related to the future of the EFSI. The results so far point that EFSI has been successful in creating new job opportunities and stimulating further investment in the European economy.
The Commission has welcomed today's agreement by Member States on their general approach for far-reaching new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. First proposed by the Commission in January, these legally-binding rules were agreed swiftly to spur global efforts to clamp down on aggressive tax planning. They are particularly timely given the recent Panama Papers revelations.