WSJ: Greece, CETA, Migration and the Future of Europe – EU Week Ahead

Eurozone finance ministers will meet to discuss Greece’s bailout, European lawmakers are set to debate the pros and cons of a trade deal between the European Union and Canada and the bloc’s interior and justice ministers will meet to discuss the bloc’s migration policies.

Later in the week, the chiefs of NATO, the European Parliament and the European Council will discuss the future of Europe and the EU’s antitrust chief will hold a speech at a competition conference.

Here are five things to watch in the week ahead:

Eurozone finance ministers will gather in Luxembourg on Monday for their monthly get-together. They will discuss whether Greece has successfully implemented the 15 key economic overhauls it needs to complete in order to receive its next slice of financial aid worth €2.8 bln. They will be joined by their counterparts from the rest of the EU on Tuesday to discuss funding for the global fight against climate change ahead of the next climate summit in November, as well as the implementation of the EU’s banking union.


European lawmakers will on Wednesday debate the pros and cons of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada with farmers, businesses and trade union representatives. Both sides hope to sign the deal at a summit in Brussels in late October and start implementing it provisionally at the start of next year. Still, the agreement needs the approval of the European Parliament before it can be applied provisionally. To come fully into force, it will have to be ratified by the EU’s more than 30 national and regional parliaments, a process which can take months.

At the end of the week, interior and justice ministers are gathering in Luxembourg for a regular October council. On Thursday, interior ministers will discuss the implementation of the bloc’s migration policies, as well as the newly launched European Border and Coast Guard Agency, which still requires contributions in staff and equipment from member states. They will also briefly review the information technology systems required to screen incoming and outgoing travelers to and from the bloc, as well as pending reforms of the bloc’s asylum system. On Friday, justice ministers will discuss the setting up of a European public prosecutor and measures to fight fraud with EU money.


Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, will join European Parliament President Martin Schulz and European Council President Donald Tusk for a discussion on the future of Europe on Monday evening in Passau, Germany. Later in the week, Mr. Stoltenberg and NATO ambassadors are scheduled to travel to Italy for the anniversary of the alliance’s defense college as well as meetings with senior Italian officials. Italy will be hosting the alliance’s fleet of surveillance drones at the base in Sigonella, Italy. The alliance is also discussing assisting the European Union’s mission aimed at deterring migration from Libya to Italy.

Also in Italy, the European Union’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager will open the 20th Annual Competition Conference of the International Bar Association in Florence on Friday. Company executives, regulators and lawyers will gather at the event, where they will discuss recent developments in EU antitrust cases.