DRIVING THE DAY — (ANOTHER) BREXIT SHOWDOWN
NI D-DAY: Some two years for the reason that Northern Ireland protocol — probably the most contentious a part of the Brexit divorce deal — was negotiated, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič will current revised proposals at this time. The goal is to supply adjustments — although not a whole transforming — of post-Brexit preparations for Northern Ireland, to assuage the considerations of the U.Ok. authorities and NI unionists.
FROST UPS ANTE: It comes after a defiant speech by U.Ok. Brexit Minister David Frost in Lisbon on Tuesday, by which he known as for a “new” protocol to be agreed. Our colleagues Cristina Gallardo and Hans von der Burchard have the complete report.
TIMING: The Commission will transient the College of Commissioners, all 27 EU ambassadors and the European Parliament at this time. Šefčovič will then maintain a press convention outlining the package deal of measures at 6:30 p.m. Brussels time. EU officers will then journey to London on Thursday.
‘BLOOD ON THE FLOOR’: According to a senior EU diplomat, the talk inside the European Commission over the revised proposal has been extremely contentious. All directorates common solely signed off on the revisions on Monday.
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LIMIT OF SINGLE MARKET: The ensuing four-part proposal is at the “boundary of what the system can bear” with regards to defending the one market, the official stated, including there was “blood on the floor” when it got here to getting the revised proposals by way of the Commission. In explicit, the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety took difficulty with proposed adjustments to customs preparations.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN TODAY’S PROPOSAL …
Food security and phytosanitary guidelines: The Commission will supply kind of unhindered entry to meals merchandise together with “national identity” items comparable to sausages, although labeling can be required.
Customs: The Commission is open to increasing the listing of products deemed “not at risk,” and can change the customs procedures and controls that apply to items coming from Britain to Northern Ireland, resulting in a “massive” discount in purple tape. Šefčovič is anticipated to provide particular examples of how customized checks can be eased.
Governance points: The Commission will deal with considerations that Northern Ireland doesn’t have a say in laws. This might embody a formalization of structured dialogue between the EU and key stakeholders, adjustments within the joint consultative working group and presumably the creation of a sub-structure inside the EU-U.Ok. parliamentary meeting.
Medicines: The Commission will suggest legislative amendments to EU legislation governing medicines, to make sure generic and life-saving medication will transfer freely between Britain and Northern Ireland.
AUDIENCE OF 1: An individual briefed on the proposals stated Šefčovič can be talking on to the individuals of Northern Ireland, constructing on his go to there final month when he met numerous enterprise, civil society and political stakeholders. “This package is for Northern Ireland. It’s not for London,” the official stated. “It’s not designed to cater for Lord Frost’s each want.”
NEXT STEPS: Playbook has been informed the proposals can be comparatively common in nature, and are being introduced as a place to begin for a dialogue — not a case of “take it or leave it.” Brussels is eager to proceed the dialogue (although not renegotiation) with London, with some diplomats seeing a silver lining in Frost’s declare on Tuesday that the U.Ok. will contemplate the proposals “seriously, fully and positively,” regardless of the bombast of his speech.
PATIENCE WEARING THIN: But a number of nations have indicated their persistence with London will solely stretch to this point. One particular person aware of the discussions expects a “difficult discussion” at at this time’s assembly of ambassadors.
PREPARATIONS FOR TRADE WAR: Some nations — together with France — are contemplating retaliatory measures, and have been reassured by the actual fact the Commission has already ready a set of authorized actions. This ranges from launching infringement proceedings to a full-on commerce struggle. “If the British want to play hardball, so will we,” stated a diplomat.
NOW READ THIS — GETTING FISHY: John Lichfield has this glorious explainer in regards to the significance of fish in European — and Brexit — politics.
ARCTIC IN FOCUS
EU WANTS SEAT AT THE NORTH POLE: Brussels desires to spice up ties with the Arctic, to ensure it has entry to vital rare-earth parts within the area, and to finish oil and fuel explorations, in line with the EU Arctic Policy to be unveiled at this time and obtained by Playbook.
Fossil exploration moratorium: Brussels will search to persuade associate nations to comply with an finish to grease and fuel explorations. “The EU shall work with partners towards a multilateral legal obligation not to allow any further hydrocarbon reserve development in the Arctic or contiguous regions, nor to purchase such hydrocarbons if they were to be produced,” the draft reads. “The EU will … push for oil, coal and gas to remain in the ground.”
Background: The area is geostrategically vital as a result of it’s believed to be resource-rich, notably in uncommon earths. As the ice-cover melts, there can be a world competitors to mine these riches and to discover new transport routes. China, Russia and the U.S. are already fiercely competing for affect within the area.
FOOTHOLD IN GREENLAND: Donald Trump could now not need a piece of Greenland … however the EU does. That’s, in brief, the opposite large message of the EU’s Arctic technique, which vows to spice up financial, academic and analysis ties with the territory.
New EU Embassy: The EU will “set up a European Commission Office in Nuuk, Greenland with a purpose to strengthen and improve EU-Greenland cooperation,” the draft reads.
While Greenland is just not a member of the EU, it’s an autonomous Danish dependent territory, and the one direct connection any EU nation has with the Arctic ocean. Having a everlasting presence there would assist the EU construct stronger ties and anticipate strikes by rivals, Commission officers informed Playbook.
From Vienna to Nuuk? Perhaps the brand new EU illustration up north might also be an elaborate plan by Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen to do away with potential rivals — by actually placing them on ice.
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BRUSSELS SEEKS TO TACKLE ENERGY PRICE SHOCK: Today at midday, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson will unveil her vitality worth “toolbox” — largely a set of reminders of what EU nations can already do, comparable to slicing taxes. Our colleague Aitor Hernández-Morales has the main points right here, and writes in with the highlights …
Don’t anticipate radical measures, Aitor says. A draft of the “toolbox” exhibits that whereas there are some Commission-led actions included within the textual content, it’s principally an explainer of current choices.
Short-term measures: When it involves the right here and now, EU members are informed they will slash taxes, tweak levies and subsidize hard-hit industries for a restricted time with out violating the bloc’s state support guidelines. National governments are additionally licensed to move focused measures to assist out poor individuals, together with by utilizing Emissions Trading System revenues to finance vouchers. Countries also can move laws to cease households from being left at nighttime if they will’t pay the facility invoice.
Mid-term choices: Here’s the place it will get fascinating. The Commission says it should look into joint procurement of fuel — which might give the EU extra bargaining energy with regards to Russia. It will accomplish that by the tip of this yr, in time for the revamp of the EU’s third vitality package deal for fuel.
Long-term priorities are all about renewables: The extra clear vitality there may be, the much less customers must depend upon risky fossil gasoline costs, Brussels argues. The Commission is eyeing tweaks to fast-track permits for brand new inexperienced vitality initiatives — and stopping NIMBYs from stopping new windmills and photo voltaic farms.
Will this be sufficient for EU members? The Commission’s communication will present some momentary rhetorical cowl for EU leaders — however the measures highlighted within the doc are unlikely to truly decrease fuel costs within the coming months. As we warned you final month: Winter is coming.
PRICE SURGE HITS HOME: It’s not simply heating payments which can be rising because of the vitality disaster — your meals might be dearer within the coming months too, report our colleagues Eddy Wax, Zosia Wanat and Gabriela Galindo.
MACRON SHOWERS INDUSTRY WITH €30B INVESTMENT PACKAGE: French corporations will obtain a complete of €30 billion over 5 years to construct nuclear reactors, produce inexperienced hydrogen and develop new electrical automobiles in addition to a low-emissions aircraft, President Emmanuel Macron introduced Tuesday.
MEANWHILE, IN BELGIUM: Another authorities disaster is looming — over nuclear energy. The authorities set to resolve subsequent month whether or not to go forward with a plan to close down all nuclear reactors by 2025 or delay the lifespan of the 2 latest reactors. POLITICO’s Barbara Moens and Camille Gijs have extra.
IN OTHER NEWS
G20 AFGHANISTAN MEETING: The EU is not going to transfer towards any type of unconditional worldwide recognition of the Taliban — that’s the message from Tuesday’s G20 assembly on Afghanistan hosted by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and attended by European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, amongst others. Our colleague Jacopo Barigazzi has the story.
EUROPOL EXPANDED: MEPs within the Parliament’s civil liberties committee on Tuesday voted to boost the powers of Europol, the EU’s legislation enforcement company. The measures embody a proposal that might increase Europol’s capacity to course of massive knowledge units and change data with personal corporations. POLITICO’s Vincent Manancourt has extra.
POLISH GAME OF CHESS: The Polish authorities has revealed final week’s ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal in its official journal, which means it has now formally come into impact, our colleague Paola Tamma writes in to report. The ruling, which discovered sure tenets of EU legislation incompatible with the Polish structure’s, despatched shockwaves by way of Brussels and past.
Brussels’ subsequent transfer? Beyond withholding restoration funds, Brussels’ choices are to launch new infringement proceedings and to make use of the rule-of-law conditionality mechanism to dam the circulate of all EU funds. Asked by POLITICO on Tuesday whether or not the Commission would launch infringement proceedings, Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn stated: “As always we have to look carefully into it and to assess it, but of course there will be, and there have to be reactions on our side.” Our colleague Jan Cienski has extra.
FIRST EU GREEN BONDS: The Commission on Tuesday issued €12 billion in inexperienced bonds, Paola Tamma additionally stories. The bonds can be used to finance initiatives associated to local weather mitigation and environmental safety beneath the bloc’s restoration fund. The issuance was oversubscribed by 11 instances, granting the Commission destructive borrowing prices which can be handed on to member nations.
Further borrowing: The Commission is planning to difficulty one other €23.5 billion in bonds (though not essentially inexperienced ones) this yr, in line with a presentation by DG Budget dated final week and obtained by our Pro Competition colleagues.
GERMAN GOVERNMENT UPDATE: The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) and the Green Party signaled Tuesday that formal authorities talks might begin ahead of anticipated — a sign that the brand new coalition might be sworn in earlier than yr finish, stories our colleague Laurenz Gehrke.
NOT IN FOR THE LONG HAUL: As the EU tries to clamp down on greenhouse fuel emissions, there’s been an effort to ban the shortest flights. But as POLITICO’s Mari Eccles writes that the massive polluters are the long-haul ones.
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— European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas, French President Emmanuel Macron and Swedish PM Stefan Löfven take part within the International Forum on Holocaust remembrance and combating anti-Semitism in Malmö, Sweden. Program.
— European Committee of the Regions plenary (9 a.m.). Watch.
— WTO TRIPS Council assembly in Geneva (10 a.m.).
— Weekly assembly of College of Commissioners (10:30 a.m.).
— Russian Energy Week discussion board in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin will converse at midday Brussels time. Watch.
— European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson unveils vitality worth “toolbox” (midday).
— Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius presents Arctic Strategy (1 p.m.). Watch.
— Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič press convention on the Northern Ireland protocol. 6:30 p.m. Watch.
— Eurostat industrial manufacturing figures.
— G20 finance ministers and central financial institution governors meet in Italy. ECB President Christine Lagarde and government board member Fabio Panetta take part.
— G7 finance ministers assembly, Washington D.C. Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni participates. He may also attend the annual conferences of the boards of governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.
TAXING TIMES: The Belgian authorities is ready to vary its tax regime for expats as a part of its finances for 2022. Currently, foreigners dwelling in Belgium on a brief work project are solely taxed on the times they really work within the nation — however they’ll quickly should pay increased social safety contributions. Full particulars from our colleague Sarah Huemer.
AND THEN THERE WAS ONE: Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld on Tuesday introduced she was withdrawing from the race to develop into chief of the centrist Renew Europe group, leaving her French rival Stéphane Séjourné the one candidate. POLITICO’s Maïa de La Baume has the story.
BIRTHDAYS: Former MEP Lance Forman; European Commission’s Lina Cuccovia; Greek pop star and politician Nana Mouskouri; Luc Van den Brande, former president of the Committee of the Regions; European Parliament’s Monika Strasser.
PLAYBOOK CULPA: Friday’s Playbook was amended to appropriate the title of the Directorate-General for External Relations of the Council of the European Union.
MANY THANKS: Vincent Manancourt, Paola Tamma, Aitor Hernández-Morales, Cristina Gallardo and our producer Grace Stranger.
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