EU Tracker

On the agenda
  • Today - Chips are down

    Industry ministers come together on 1 December for a council meeting. Topping the agenda are talks about an EU plan to boost semiconductor production under the so-called Chips Act.

  • Today - EU-US TTC

    The next round of the EU-US trade and technology council is scheduled for December.

  • 5 December - Networking

    Transport ministers meet 5 December and will aim to agree on updated rules for the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The aim is to have a completely seamless network in place by 2050.

  • 6 December - WB6 summit

    The EU’s latest Western Balkans summit will be held in Tirana, Albania.

  • 6 December - e-Robot

    Telecoms ministers will meet on 6 December and hope to agree on new rules for artificial intelligence and electronic identification documents. The AI act and eID regulation are both crucial elements of the EU’s broader digital agenda.

  • 7 December - Passenger rights fight

    A European Commission consultation on amending passenger rights rules closes on 7 December. Details here.

  • 7 December - EUgalité

    The European Commission will publish a package of new equality rules on 7 December, including provisions that will recognise parenthood between member states. Ursula von der Leyen pledged in 2020 to address this issue.

  • 7 December - Capital ideas

    The EU executive is also supposed to publish its capital markets package and a proposal on VAT in the digital age. A review of the tobacco taxation directive is also due on 7 December.

  • 9 December - Schengen push

    The Commission recommended (again) that Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania be admitted to the Schengen zone. Ministers meet 9 December where a vote is likely to be held, meaning the next couple of weeks will be time for one last diplomatic push.

  • 21 December - Disaster relief

    The Commission will publish its plans for the EU’s disaster resilience goals.

  • 31 December - Czech out time

    Czechia hands over the reins of the EU presidency to Sweden.

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