|Commission President delivers State of the European Union address
Ursula von der Leyen delivered her first State of the European Union speech on 16 September, setting out her policy agenda for the year ahead (link). As well as describing her plans for Europe’s economic recovery, she reconfirmed the Commission’s commitment to support Member States to set up a framework for minimum wages through collective agreements or statutory minimum wages.
Commission anti-racism action plan to tackle discrimination by law enforcement authorities
Employment and Social Developments review highlights benefits of collective bargaining
|Council President calls for more commitment on migration
Following a visit to Lesvos, Council President Charles Michel has called for EU Members to be “more committed” around migration, including strengthening control over European borders and working more closely with non-EU countries (link).
|European Parliament discusses child exploitation proposals
Ylva Johansson, the EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner, addressed the European Parliament on 17
September to highlight the new rules proposed on 10 September to address child sexual exploitation, saying “we need to do much more to support police” (link). The Commission will propose more measures in the coming months to require companies to detect and report child sexual abuse materials and to establish a European centre against child sexual abuse.
The Commissioner also spoke about the refugee camp in Moria, highlighting the EU’s efforts to support those affected (link). A New Pact on migration and Asylum is expected shortly, which will have a strong focus on the return of migrants whose asylum claims have failed.
European Parliament support for investigations into violence against journalists
|· Cyprus: Police Chief and Israeli Ambassador discuss cooperation on training (link)
· Germany: Police officers suspected of extremist chat groups (link)
· Greece: Police move migrants to new camp (link)
· UK: Home Secretary backs campaign to share body-worn video footage with the public (link)
|ETUC welcomes von der Leyen vow to protect collective bargaining
The ETUC has welcomed a pledge by Commission President von der Leyen in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nhyeter to “strengthen collective agreements in countries that have a lot left to do” (link).
|· 21 September: European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee discusses the European Arrest Warrant and the Surrender Procedures between member States (link)
· 22 September: German Presidency conference on the EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights (link)
· 22 September: European parliament joint meeting on Racial equity, equality and justice with the goal of reinforcing US-EU parliamentary coordination to combat racism and systemic discrimination (link)
· 22 September: European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee discusses Prüm framework (link)
· 23 September: Commissioner Johansson participates in the 2020 European Drug Report launch event (link)
· 24 September: Vice-President Schinas and Commissioner Johansson present The New Pact on Asylum and Migration to the European Parliament Civil Liberties Committee (link).
· 24-25 September: European Council Summit (link)