On 7 December 2017 the DCU Brexit Institute organised, in partnership with Ibec, a workshop on “Moving on? From the Divorce to Future EU – UK Relations”. This was a general survey of the first phase of the Brexit talks, concluding a series of workshops addressing the three key issues which had to be addressed before moving on to the second phase. (As it happens, on 8 December, the morning after the workshop, it was revealed that an agreement had been reached that apparently signalled sufficient progress to allow the talks to move on to Phase 2.)
Alojz Peterle, MEP and former Prime Minister of Slovenia, gives a keynote speech at the DCU Brexit Institute
On 7 December 2017, Alojz Peterle MEP and former Prime Minister of Slovenia, gave a keynote speech, which closed the DCU Brexit Institute event discussing the next phase of the Brexit negotiations.
Pat Cox former President of the European Parliament gives a keynote speech at the DCU Brexit Institute
On 7 December 2017, Pat Cox, former President of the DCU Brexit Institute, gave a keynote speech, which opened the event discussing the next phase of the Brexit negotiations.
Next week, on 14-15 December 2017 the European Council is set to decide whether sufficient progress has been made in the negotiations on the UK withdrawal from the EU to begin a discussion on the terms of the future relations between the UK and the EU. As is well known, the European Council concluded in October 2017 that, given the uncertainties of the UK Government, not enough progress had taken place by then in the negotiations and that therefore the beginning of phase 2 in the Brexit talks had to be postponed.
On November 23, the DCU Brexit Institute organized a workshop on the subject, “Brexit, the Financial Settlement and the Future of EU Finances.”
This was the third in a series of workshops addressing the three key issues of the first stage of the Brexit talks. The previous two workshops were concerned with citizens’ rights (October 6) and the Irish border question (October 26).
Baroness Falkner (EU Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs, UK House of Lords) and Mairead McGuinness (Vice-President of the European Parliament) give keynote speeches at the DCU Brexit Institute
On 23 November 2017, Baroness Falkner, chairwoman of the EU Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs of the UK House of Lords, and Mairead McGuinness, Vice-president of the European Parliament, participated to the Event on Brexit, the Financial settlement and the future of EU finances, organised by the DCU Brexit Institute and supported the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.
On 7 December 2017, the DCU Brexit Institute will host an event on “Moving on? From the Divorce to the Future Relations”.
The question of the financial settlement is looming large over the Brexit negotiations. At its December summit, the European Council must decide whether ‘sufficient progress’ has been made on this question (along with citizens’ rights and the Irish border) in order to proceed to the next stage of the Brexit talks. Here is a short introduction to the UK’s contribution to EU finances, the likely effect of Brexit and the possible contours of the ‘divorce bill’.
On the 4th October 2017, the European Commission referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for failing to collect tax debts from Apple, following a Commission decision deeming the tax reliefs provided amounted to a breach of EU Competition Law. Ireland allowed Apple to pay between 0.05% and 2% in tax from 2003 to 2014, which, according to the Commission, amounted to up to €13 billion in illegal state aid. Luxembourg was also referred to the ECJ, after giving Amazon €250 million in tax breaks was also deemed to be illegal state aid. Neither country collected the debt, resulting in the recent referrals, and Ireland has appealed the decision to the ECJ.
On 23 November 2017, the DCU Brexit Institute will host an event on “Brexit, the Financial Settlement and the Future of EU Finances”, organised in cooperation with the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland.