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Friday, 19 May 2017

EU Council: Waste package: Council agrees its negotiating stance

Waste package: Council agrees its negotiating stance

On 19 May 2017, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed on a negotiating mandate to start negotiations with the European Parliament on all four legislative proposals on waste, which are part of the Circular economy package submitted by the Commission on 3 December 2015. 

The four legislative proposals introduce additional measures to reduce waste generation, control waste management, boost recycling and cut resource use. They aim at bringing benefits to our economy, environment and health.  

These new proposals amend six waste related legislation as follows: 

  • Waste framework directive
  • Packaging waste directive
  • Landfill directive
  • Directive on electrical and electronic waste, on end-of-life vehicles; and on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators

Today's Council mandate is the result of intensive work and discussions on all four proposals during three Council Presidencies (NL, SK and MT). The Maltese Presidency has now obtained support to initiate talks with the European Parliament with a view to a possible first reading agreement. A first trilogue meeting is scheduled on 30 May.

Negotiations are expected to focus on a number of outstanding elements, including the definitions, the setting of binding targets and their calculation rules, end-of-waste criteria, extended producer responsibility schemes and waste prevention. 


The European Commission presented a new revised circular economy package on 3 December 2015. It consists of four waste legislative proposals and an Action Plan in the form of a Commission Communication. 

The action plan was discussed during the Competitiveness Council on 29 February 2016 and the Environment Council on 4 March 2016. Taking into account both discussions from an economic and environmental perspective, and following further discussions in the working group, the Council adopted conclusions on the plan in the Environment Council of 20 June 2016. 

The Council has been intensively discussing the legislative proposals since the revised package was submitted with the aim of reaching a balanced compromise text.

At its plenary session last 14 March 2017, the European Parliament voted on a mandate to open negotiations with the Council. 

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Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting of 23 May 2017

Place:        Justus Lipsius building, Brussels
Chair:        Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance of Malta

All times are approximate and subject to change.

from 07.00
Arrivals (live streaming)

+/- 07.45 (time to be confirmed)
Doorstep by Minister Scicluna

Annual EIB governors meeting  (Roundtable)

Beginning of the Council meeting
Adoption of the agenda
Adoption of legislative A items (public session)

Dispute Resolution Mechanisms (public session)

Common Corporate Tax Base (public session)

Any other business
-   Current financial services legislative proposals (public session)

Approval of non-legislative A items

Movement of capital:
-   2016 EFC Report on the movement of capital and the freedom of payments
-   Report from the Commission - accelerating the Capitals Markets Union: Addressing national barriers to capital flows

European Semester 2017
- Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP)

Follow-up to the G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on 20-21 April 2017 and of the IMF and World Bank Spring meetings on 21-23 April 2017 in Washington

At the end of the meeting
Press conference
(live streaming)

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In the margins of the Council:

22 May - Eurogroup meeting


At the end of the meeting
Press conference

23 May

Annual EIB governors meeting (Roundtable)

Ministerial breakfast

Economic and Financial Dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey  (Roundtable)

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Indicative programme - Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council of 22 and 23 May 2017

Place:        Europa building, Brussels 

Chair(s):    Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment of Malta
                   Dr Owen Bonnici, Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government 

All times are approximate and subject to change 

MONDAY, 22 MAY 2017

 +/- 09.30      
Doorstep by Minister Bartolo 

+/- 10.00      
Beginning of Council meeting
Adoption of the agenda
Adoption of legislative A Items (public session)
Adoption of non-legislative A items 


+/- 10.35 
Conclusions on the role of youth work in supporting young people's development of essential life skills  Adoption 
+/- 10.45 
Conclusions on the strategic perspectives for European cooperation in the youth field post-2018 - Adoption 
+/- 10.55      
Resolution on the Structured Dialogue and the future development of the dialogue with young people  -Adoption
+/- 11.05      
Building Europe's future - listening to and supporting young people (public session) -Debate 


+/- 15.15      
Decision on a common framework for the provision of better services for skills and qualifications (Europass) (public session) - Progress report
+/- 15.25      
Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning - Adoption
+/- 15.35
Giving learners a voice: how to improve and modernise our systems to provide high quality education for all - Debate

+/- 18.00      
Press conference
(live streaming) - main press room Justus Lipsius building 

TUESDAY, 22 MAY 2017

+/- 09.15      
Doorstep by Minister Bonnici 

+/- 10.00      
Beginning of Council meeting


+/- 10.10      
Directive on the coordination of certain provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action in Member States concerning the provision of audiovisual media services in view of changing market realities (public session
+/- 11.40      
Council conclusions on an EU strategic approach to international cultural relations -Adoption 

+/- 13.15      
Press conference - tbc
(live streaming) - - main press room Justus Lipsius building  


+/- 15.15      
Conclusionson sport as a platform for social inclusion through volunteering -Adoption 
+/- 15.30      
Resolution on the European Union Work Plan for Sport (1 July 2017 - 31 December 2020) - Adoption
+/- 15.40      
Sports media and its role in strengthening social inclusion (public session) - Debate

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Media advisory for the EU-China Summit on 1 and 2 June 2017

Europa and Justus Lipsius building - Brussels

The 19th bilateral summit between the EU and China will take place on 1-2 June in Brussels. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will represent the European Union. China will be represented by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

Media Programme 

The media programme will be available in the coming days. The meeting is expected to start late afternoon on 1 June and finish around lunchtime on 2 June. 


  • Journalists holding a 6-month badge (01.01.2017 - 30.06.2017) do not need to register.
    Journalists without the above badge must apply on https://eventaccreditationjour.consilium.europa.eu
  • Media representatives applying for the first time or who have not been recently screened will be the subject of a comprehensive and detailed verification by our security service. Considering the time and resources needed for these verifications, not all requests may be processed. Media are therefore advised to avoid sending representatives falling into these categories. 
  • You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by email. Please read it carefully as it includes the list of original documents you will be asked to present when collecting your badge. Depending on your profile, the requested documents will include: Passport or ID card, press card and/or a signed original letter from your editor-in chief as well as the signed original of your authorisation for security screening (only for media representatives resident in Belgium). The press centre may contact you to request additional information if necessary. No accreditation badge will be issued if you cannot provide all required documents.

Collection of badges

Accreditation badges must be collected in person from the LEX building (145 rue de la Loi, Brussels)  

  • Thursday 1 June - 14.00 - 19.00
  • Friday 2 June - 8.30 to the end of the final press conference

Photos and video coverage of the event will be available for preview and download on http://tvnewsroom.consilium.europa.eu

Live streaming will be available on http://video.consilium.europa.eu

For more details on the EU-China Summit,  see the meeting page.

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Indicative programme - General affairs Council (Art. 50) of 22 May 2017

Place:         Justus Lipsius building, Brussels
Chair:         Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for European Affairs of Malta

All times are approximate and subject to change

+/- 09.30
Arrivals (live streaming)

+/- 10.15
Doorstep by Deputy Prime Minister Grech

Beginning of Council meeting
Adoption of the agenda

Decision to create a working party on Article 50

Decision to authorise the opening of Brexit negotiations and nominate the Commission as EU negotiator. Adoption of negotiating directives

Preparation of the European Council (Art. 50) in June 2017

+/- 12.00
Press conference
(live streaming)

+/- 12.30
Working lunch

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