The College discussed the state of play of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom and proposed to close the Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece.
Upon invitation of President Juncker, the Commission's Chief Negotiator for Article 50, Michel Barnier, debriefed the College on the state of play of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom in view of the next negotiation round which is due to start on 17 July.
Members of the College had the opportunity to share their points of view and to express their opinions. The Commission underlined that it is important now to engage substantially on all the issues of the first phase of negotiations, as agreed with the UK during the first round of negotiations on 19 June. Following the publication of nine EU position papers, the aim of the Commission is to make good progress in the next negotiation round.
President Juncker also took the opportunity to debrief the College and have a short discussion on the outcome of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, where leaders agreed on common action in a number of important areas, including trade, migration and climate.
The College was also debriefed by Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici on the results of this week's Eurogroup and Ecofin meetings. In that context, the Commission today recommended to the Council to close the Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece. This follows the substantial efforts in recent years made by the country to consolidate its public finances coupled with the progress made in the implementation of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) support programme for Greece.
The College also welcomed Mariya Gabriel, the new Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.
Article 50 negotiations
Questions and answers - State of play of Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom
Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece
Read-out of the College meeting, and press conference by Michel Barnier, the European Commission's Chief Negotiator on the state of play of Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom
Press statement by Commissioner Pierre Moscovici Commission recommends closing Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece
12 Julho 2017