EU Post-Summit Takeaways – A Summit of Little Substance
The European Policy Centre’s (EPC) leading EU politics expert Janis A. Emmanouilidis gives Lénaïc Vaudin d’Imécourt an exclusive post-summit analysis, following the 24-25 October 2013 European Summit.
The summit of the Council of the EU took place in Brussels on 24-25 October 2013. As predicted, no major decisions were taken on the official items up for discussion – youth unemployment, the digital economy and the economic monetary union. Movements did however take place behind the scenes: Germany and the European Central Bank are pushing for an agreement to be reached on the single resolution mechanism and on the so-called contractual arrangements. Decisions on both issues are expected in December 2013 at the earliest. The summit was overshadowed by allegations that the NSA has been spying on Angela Merkel’s cell phone, leading both Germany and France to seek a “no-spying” deal with the US. Migration policy was another big topic of last week’s summit following the Lampedusa tragedy. Despite discussions taking place on this issue, Italy’s call for EU solidarity remained unheard. Migration policy is expected to be again on the table at the next summit in December 2013, but a broader discussion on reviewing the EU’s policies in that area will only take place in June 2014. European Elections in May 2014 and the rise in Europe of far-right parties could justify postponing decisions on sensitive issues such as migration.
The European Policy Center (EPC) is a Brussels-based independent think tank focusing on European integration. It provides high-quality analysis on the EU policy agenda. The EPC has a strong multi-constituency approach and has a wide range of private companies, business federations, trade unions, public institutions as well as NGOs as its members.
Janis A. Emmanouilidis has been working for the EPC since 2009 as a Senior Policy Analyst and was recently promoted as EPC’s Director of Studies. His publications cover the EU’s overall political and institutional development, the sovereign debt crisis, EU integration, the EU’s foreign policy as well as EU enlargement. Emmanouilidis is also active as an advisor of various governments, EU institutions, European parties and NGOs.
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