A EUROPE THAT ADDRESSES THE MIGRATION CHALLENGE
Gradual roll-out of border police
On 12 September, the Commission set out a proposal to strengthen the capabilities of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) in order to enable it to create a permanent body of 10,000 EU border guards by 2020 and to give it more power to return illegal immigrants to their countries of origin. The goal was to adopt this new legislation in early 2019.
AN EXEMPLARY EUROPE REGARDING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
A more transparent and independent European scientific assessment
With lessons learnt from the debates on the review of glyphosate, in April 2018 the Commission proposed reviewing the health and food safety assessment to ensure greater transparency and to make expertise more independent.
Effective energy interconnections
The Bay of Biscay electricity interconnection will double interconnection capacity between France and Spain. It is due to be in place by 2025. With the challenge of the energy transition, the goal is to make use of the complementarity of European electricity networks in order to supply safer, more affordable and more sustainable electricity. The Energy Interconnections Summit in Lisbon on 27 July brought together France, Spain, Portugal and the European Commission to develop interconnections in the interests of ecological transition.
A EUROPE STANDING AS AN ECONOMIC AND MONETARY POWER
Enhancing the euro area
A historic French-German agreement was reached in Meseberg on 19 June 2020 to create a euro area budget in 2021. The aim is to strengthen investment and convergence between euro area economies to allow them to better withstand economic shocks and make the euro area more stable. With this in mind, France and Germany also agreed to finalize banking union and reform of the European Stability Mechanism. This momentum driven by France and Germany must lead to a series of decisions on the future of the euro area during the December 2018 summit.
On 21 March 2018 the Commission proposed a directive to introduce a 3% tax on certain revenues resulting from digital activities, such as online advertising or the sale of data supplied by users, in order to put an end to the undertaxation of major digital firms. The aim is to adopt the directive in early 2019.
Harmonizing corporation tax
A French-German agreement was reached in Meseberg to set up genuine convergence of the corporate tax base between France and Germany and to uphold a joint position on the proposed directive submitted by the Commission with a view to creating a common corporate tax base across the EU.
“It is precisely because Europe is in danger, impacted by the actions of certain parties, that we must show courage and work tirelessly to overhaul it.”
Emmanuel Macron, Salzburg, 20 September 2018
A EUROPE OF SOCIAL EQUITY
Revision of the posted workers directive
With the revision of the posted workers directive, we made progress in three main areas: limiting the duration of postings to 12 months (long-term postings run contrary to the spirit of postings and are a source of fraud), applying the “equal pay for equal work at the same workplace” principle and strengthening anti-fraud tools. All of this progress has been approved and will come into force within two years.