What’s happening this week: The European Commission college is traveling to Strasbourg.
On the agenda: The Commission will introduce its plastics strategy on Tuesday, which will include a communication as well as a monitoring framework legislative proposal regarding waste from ships.
Value-added tax and fair taxation: Pierre Moscovici, the European commissioner for economic affairs, will introduce the Commission’s plans on Thursday, followed by a progress report on risk reduction in the banking sector on non-performing loans.
Education: The Commission will also announce an education plan, following up on Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s pledges at the Gothenburg Social Summit last year, including a digital education action plan and proposals for “lifelong learning.” The press briefing will be on Wednesday at noon.
Refugees: The Commission also announced a €5 million program to support Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, whose numbers have swollen to more than half a million, fleeing violence in their native Myanmar.
Commission won’t talk about: The Romanian prime minister threatening ethnic Hungarians, Iran, or the topics of conversation at a meeting later Monday between the EU’s chief Brexit negotiatior Michel Barnier and British MPs who rebelled on Brexit against Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.
On U.S. President Donald Trump’s ‘shithole countries’ comment: Quoting Juncker, Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein said: “‘Our partnership is an investment in our shared future … we support each other, and help each other if possible.’ That’s what Juncker thinks about Africa.”