UNIC policy update 14/06/2019


    Single Market

    27/05: Council calls for an ambitious approach for a competitive single market - Council of the EU

    The Council adopted conclusions on "A new level of ambition for a competitive single market". These conclusions are the Council's response to recent calls from the European Council for an integrated, forward-looking approach to the single market, which should connect all relevant policies and remove remaining unjustified barriers and avoiding creating new ones, in particular on freedom to provide services and on digitalisation.

    2020 EU Budget

    05/06: EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security – European Commission

    The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond.

    05/06: Draft EU Budget 2020 – Questions and Answers – European Commission

    The goal of the proposed 2020 EU budget is to contribute to a more competitive European economy, and to ensure solidarity and security in the EU and beyond. It is designed to optimise funding for existing programmes as well as new initiatives and to boost the European added value in line with the Juncker Commission's priorities. See other questions and answers at the above link.

    European Commission

    06/06: Manfred Weber hits back at criticism of his suitability to be next European Commission president – The Parliament Magazine

    Weber’s comments come against a backdrop of growing calls from senior political figures for an alternative candidate for the EU’s top job.

    Council of the EU

    07/06: Post-2020 digital policy − Council adopts conclusions – Council of the EU

    Today the Council adopted conclusions on the future of a highly digitised Europe beyond 2020: 'Boosting digital and economic competitiveness across the Union and digital cohesion'.

    EU Elections 2019

    31/05 : A new European order - Setting the political agenda for the next 5 years – Europe Analytica

    The run-up to the 2019 European elections has been long and filled with projections, campaigning, debates and rallies - some more successful than others. After European citizens cast their votes between 23 and 26 May, it is now the time to take stock of the results and analyse their impact on the Parliament and the European Union as a whole.


    17-20 June: CineEurope 2019, Barcelona
    17 June: European film Forum @ CineEurope (Barcelona)
    17 June: EAO conference - "Cinema windows across Europe," Rome
    19-20 June: Conference on New Challenges regarding Copyright in the Digital Single Market, Bucharest
    20-21 June: European Council Summit
    21 June: Provisional deadline for Commission Presidency 
    24 June: Composition of European Parliament political groups
    1 July: Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
    2-4 July: First European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
    15-18 July: Second European Parliament Plenary, Strasbourg
    10-11 September: Finnish Presidency conference - Creation, innovation and promotion – competitiveness of European audiovisual industry, Helsinki 
    September/October: Hearings of candidate Commissioners 
    October/November: Election of new European Commission
    1 November: European Commission comes into office