EU Update Dr Leonard Mizzi Director General Malta Business Bureau Brussels

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EU Update Dr Leonard Mizzi Director General Malta Business Bureau Brussels Slide 2 WHAT IS THE MALTA BUSINESS BUREAU? INITIALLY OFFICE OF MALTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ENTEPRISE AND MALTA FEDERATION OF INDUSTRY IN BRUSSELS INITIALLY OFFICE OF MALTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ENTEPRISE AND MALTA FEDERATION OF INDUSTRY IN BRUSSELS SET UP IN OCTOBER 1996 SET UP IN OCTOBER 1996 INCLUSION OF MALTA HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION IN 2004 INCLUSION OF MALTA HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS ASSOCIATION IN 2004 POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN 2006 MEA AND GRTU POSSIBLE INCLUSION IN 2006 MEA AND GRTU Slide 3 MALTA BUSINESS BUREAU- contd 1996-1998 MALTAS EU APPLICATION FROZEN 1996-1998 MALTAS EU APPLICATION FROZEN 1998-2002 ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS 1998-2002 ACCESSION NEGOTIATIONS 2002-3 EU REFERENDUM 2002-3 EU REFERENDUM 2004-5 MALTAS ACCESSION AND POST-ACCESSION PHASE 2004-5 MALTAS ACCESSION AND POST-ACCESSION PHASE 6 MAY 2005 CONFERENCE QUO VADIS? 6 MAY 2005 CONFERENCE QUO VADIS? Slide 4 MALTA BUSINESS BUREAU - contd REPRESENTATION OFFICE TO UNICE AND EUROCHAMBRES AND SINCE 2005 TO HOTREC REPRESENTATION OFFICE TO UNICE AND EUROCHAMBRES AND SINCE 2005 TO HOTREC EU LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY EU LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS - 2 MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS - 2 ORGANISATION OF FAMILIARISATION VISITS TO BRUSSELS ORGANISATION OF FAMILIARISATION VISITS TO BRUSSELS EU INFORMATION MEETINGS IN MALTA - 15 per annum EU INFORMATION MEETINGS IN MALTA - 15 per annum POLICY POSITIONS - 3-5 per annum POLICY POSITIONS - 3-5 per annum WEBSITE AND MEDIA WEBSITE AND MEDIA Slide 5 ISSUES OF TOPICAL INTEREST AT A EU LEVEL TODAY EU CONSTITUTION EU CONSTITUTION FUTURE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES FUTURE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES A YEAR SINCE EU ENLARGEMENT _ WHERE IS THE EU HEADING? WHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF THE EU? A YEAR SINCE EU ENLARGEMENT _ WHERE IS THE EU HEADING? WHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF THE EU? Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, Other Balkan countries, Ukraine? SERVICES DIRECTIVE SERVICES DIRECTIVE NEW COMMISSION AND NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - INTERPLAY OF ROLES? NEW COMMISSION AND NEW EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - INTERPLAY OF ROLES? Slide 6 OTHER TOPICS -contd RENEWED LISBON STRATEGY RENEWED LISBON STRATEGY EU-US RELATIONS TRANS-ATLANTIC BUSINESS dialogue EU-US RELATIONS TRANS-ATLANTIC BUSINESS dialogue HK MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE IN DEC 2005 WTO HK MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE IN DEC 2005 WTO EURO-MEDITERRANEAN AND NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY EURO-MEDITERRANEAN AND NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICY HOW TO DEAL WITH GLOBALISATION? IN PARTICULAR CHINA AND INDIA? HOW TO DEAL WITH GLOBALISATION? IN PARTICULAR CHINA AND INDIA? Slide 7 SOCIAL AFFAIRS FRONT WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE OPT OUT AND REFERENCE PERIOD TO CALCULATE MAXIMUM WEEKLY WORKING WEEK WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE OPT OUT AND REFERENCE PERIOD TO CALCULATE MAXIMUM WEEKLY WORKING WEEK INTEGRATED GUIDELINES EMPLOYMENT POLICIES; NEW FORMS OF WORK ORGANISATION; flexi-security INTEGRATED GUIDELINES EMPLOYMENT POLICIES; NEW FORMS OF WORK ORGANISATION; flexi-security EDUCATION AND TRAINING DUE TO RESTRUCTURING EDUCATION AND TRAINING DUE TO RESTRUCTURING ECONOMIC MIGRATION AND THE CHALLENGES OF DEMOGRAPHICS ECONOMIC MIGRATION AND THE CHALLENGES OF DEMOGRAPHICS GENDER EQUALITY GENDER EQUALITY SOCIAL DIALOGUE SOCIAL DIALOGUE Slide 8 INDUSTRIAL AFFAIRS REACH (chemicals policy) REACH (chemicals policy) CLIMATE CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE CII COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED INVENTIONS CII COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED INVENTIONS RENEWABLE ENERGY RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSPORT POLICY TENs; PORT SERVICES; TRANSPORT POLICY TENs; PORT SERVICES; STATE AIDS low cost airlines and Reform of State aid STATE AIDS low cost airlines and Reform of State aid Slide 9 ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS REFORM OF THE STABILITY AND GROWTH PACT REFORM OF THE STABILITY AND GROWTH PACT TAXATION should one move to a harmonised tax system? VAT/Corporate Tax TAXATION should one move to a harmonised tax system? VAT/Corporate Tax ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK THE EURO (AND THE US DOLLAR) THE EURO (AND THE US DOLLAR) FINANCING OF DEVELOPMENT AID levy on air tickets (how to fund development aid?) FINANCING OF DEVELOPMENT AID levy on air tickets (how to fund development aid?) FINANCIAL SERVICES FINANCIAL SERVICES SAVINGS TAX DIRECTIVE SAVINGS TAX DIRECTIVE Slide 10 RENEWED LISBON STRATEGY WHAT IS THE LISBON STRATEGY? WHAT IS THE LISBON STRATEGY? WHY IS THERE THE NEED FOR A RENEWED STRATEGY? WHY IS THERE THE NEED FOR A RENEWED STRATEGY? WHAT WAS DECIDED IN MARCH 2005? WHAT WAS DECIDED IN MARCH 2005? INTEGRATED GUIDELINES APRIL 2005 INTEGRATED GUIDELINES APRIL 2005 NATIONAL REFORM PROGRAMMES - AUTUMN 2005 NATIONAL REFORM PROGRAMMES - AUTUMN 2005 Slide 11 MARCH 2005 CONCLUSIONS REFOCUS PRIORITIES ON GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT REFOCUS PRIORITIES ON GROWTH AND EMPLOYMENT THE THREE STRANDS OF THE RELAUNCH : THE THREE STRANDS OF THE RELAUNCH : KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION AN ATTRACTIVE AREA IN WHICH TO INVEST AND WORK AN ATTRACTIVE AREA IN WHICH TO INVEST AND WORK SOCIAL COHESION SOCIAL COHESION Slide 12 LISBON STRATEGY INTEGRATED GUIDELINES MACROECONOMIC GUIDELINES MACROECONOMIC GUIDELINES Secure economic stability Secure economic stability Safeguard economic sustainability Safeguard economic sustainability Promote efficient allocation of resources Promote efficient allocation of resources Cohesion Macroeconomic and structural policies Cohesion Macroeconomic and structural policies WAGES/Productivity WAGES/Productivity Dynamic and well-functioning EMU Dynamic and well-functioning EMU Slide 13 Microeconomic guidelines EXTEND AND DEEPEN INTERNAL MARKET IS THE INTERNAL MARKET PROJECT COMPLETED? Goods yes, services no EXTEND AND DEEPEN INTERNAL MARKET IS THE INTERNAL MARKET PROJECT COMPLETED? Goods yes, services no ENSURE OPEN AND COMPETITIVE MARKETS utilities (gas and electricity telecoms yes) ENSURE OPEN AND COMPETITIVE MARKETS utilities (gas and electricity telecoms yes) CREATE A MORE ATTRACTIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT better regulation/administrative simplification/Charter for Small Enterprise CREATE A MORE ATTRACTIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT better regulation/administrative simplification/Charter for Small Enterprise ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE:RISK TAKING (EU-US difference) Venture capital ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE:RISK TAKING (EU-US difference) Venture capital CROSS BORDER PROJECTS AND TRANS-EUROPEAN NETWORKS CROSS BORDER PROJECTS AND TRANS-EUROPEAN NETWORKS INCREASE AND IMPROVE INVESTMENT IN R&D INCREASE AND IMPROVE INVESTMENT IN R&D SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY STRONG INDUSTRIAL BASE DEBATE ON DE- INDUSTRIALISATION AND SECTOR APPROACH TO CHAMPIONS STRONG INDUSTRIAL BASE DEBATE ON DE- INDUSTRIALISATION AND SECTOR APPROACH TO CHAMPIONS Slide 14 EMPLOYMENT GUIDELINES FULL EMPLOYMENT FULL EMPLOYMENT LIFECYCLE APPROACH TO WORK LIFECYCLE APPROACH TO WORK INCLUSIVE LABOUR MARKET, ESPECIALLY FOR MARGINALISED GROUPS INCLUSIVE LABOUR MARKET, ESPECIALLY FOR MARGINALISED GROUPS INVESTMENT IN HUMAN CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN HUMAN CAPITAL ADAPTATION OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEMS ADAPTATION OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING SYSTEMS Slide 15 ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH MEMBER STATES NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH MEMBER STATES SIMPLIFICATION IN TERMS OF POLICY SETTING AND REPORTING WITHIN A SINGLE NATIONAL PROGRAMME SIMPLIFICATION IN TERMS OF POLICY SETTING AND REPORTING WITHIN A SINGLE NATIONAL PROGRAMME THREE YEAR CYCLE 2005-2008 THREE YEAR CYCLE 2005-2008 ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL - EQUAL RELEVANCE? ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL - EQUAL RELEVANCE? Slide 16 Economic Governance - contd MEMBER STATES SHOULD WORK ON A FORWARD LOOKING AGENDA a 3 year strategy TO DELIVER GROWTH AND JOBS MEMBER STATES SHOULD WORK ON A FORWARD LOOKING AGENDA a 3 year strategy TO DELIVER GROWTH AND JOBS OWN NEEDS AND SPECIFIC SITUATION ANALYSIS OWN NEEDS AND SPECIFIC SITUATION ANALYSIS LINK TARGETS WITH BUDGETARY RESOURCES FUTURE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES 2007-2013 LINK TARGETS WITH BUDGETARY RESOURCES FUTURE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVES 2007-2013 ROLE OF SOCIAL PARTNERS AND NATIONAL PARLIAMENT ROLE OF SOCIAL PARTNERS AND NATIONAL PARLIAMENT ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT END JANUARY 2006 ANNUAL PROGRESS REPORT END JANUARY 2006 EUROPEAN COUNCIL MARCH 2006 EUROPEAN COUNCIL MARCH 2006 Slide 17 ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE - contd FOSTER PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LISBON STRATEGY FOSTER PUBLIC DEBATE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LISBON STRATEGY RELEVANCE FOR ECONOMY RELEVANCE FOR ECONOMY RELEVANCE FOR REGIONS RELEVANCE FOR REGIONS RELEVANCE FOR FIRMS RELEVANCE FOR FIRMS RELEVANCE FOR SOCIAL PARTNERS RELEVANCE FOR SOCIAL PARTNERS CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Slide 18 EU CONSTITUTION as at June 6th RATIFIED BY 10 MEMBER STATES RATIFIED BY 10 MEMBER STATES REJECTED BY 2 MEMBER STATES REJECTED BY 2 MEMBER STATES STILL TO BE RATIFIED BY 13 STATES STILL TO BE RATIFIED BY 13 STATES QUO VADIS? QUO VADIS? DECISION TO BE TAKEN BY HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT THIS WEEK AT EUROPEAN COUNCIL DECISION TO BE TAKEN BY HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT THIS WEEK AT EUROPEAN COUNCIL VARIOUS OPTIONS POSSIBLE VARIOUS OPTIONS POSSIBLE WHAT IF PROCESS IS HALTED? WHAT IF PROCESS IS HALTED? Slide 19 Key Sections of EU Constitution TITLE I - DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE UNION TITLE I - DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE UNION TITLE I - DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE UNION TITLE I - DEFINITION AND OBJECTIVES OF THE UNION TITLE II - FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND CITIZENSHIP OF THE UNION TITLE II - FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND CITIZENSHIP OF THE UNION TITLE II - FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND CITIZENSHIP OF THE UNION TITLE II - FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS AND CITIZENSHIP OF THE UNION TITLE III - UNION COMPETENCES TITLE III - UNION COMPETENCES TITLE III - UNION COMPETENCES TITLE III - UNION COMPETENCES TITLE IV - THE UNION'S INSTITUTIONS AND BODIES TITLE IV - THE UNION'S INSTITUTIONS AND BODIES TITLE IV - THE UNION'S INSTITUTIONS