EU environmental ministers were unanimous in their opposition to the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the pending Circular Economy package, as part of the executive's drive for “better regulation”.
EU leaders gather in Brussels for their last summit meeting of the year (18-19 December). On the agenda: the situation in Ukraine and the Juncker Commission's Investment Plan. Follow our live coverage, below.
European affairs ministers decided yesterday (16 December) that a “dialogue” would take place once a year in the Council, to discuss “the safeguard of the rule of law in the framework of EU treaties”, a diplomatic way to designate breaches to the rule of law, such as those which recently took place in Hungary and Romania.
EU environment ministers have signalled their support for waste rules, part of the Circular Economy package axed today from the European Commission’s 2015 work programme, and will discuss the pending legislation at their meeting in Brussels tomorrow (17 December).
Tuesday’s (16 December) meeting of the General Affairs Council is going to have to take a fresh look at the EU’s deteriorating relationship with Turkey. Turkey’s EU Accession Negotiations should now be suspended, writes Andrew Duff.