Main topics and media events 20 February - 5 March 2017
Overview of the main subjects to be discussed at meetings of the Council of the EU over the next two weeks.
Competitiveness Council (Internal market and industry), 20 February 2017
The Council will try to agree on rules to strengthen consumer protection cooperation. Ministers will have debates on ways to help start-ups and to boost intangible investments in EU businesses. The Presidency will report on the ongoing reform of the type-approval system for cars.
Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 21 February 2017
The Council will be called on to agree on a proposal on 'hybrid mismatches' with the tax systems of third countries. It will also take stock of work on an EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters.
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy), 27 February 2017
The Council will discuss eight legislative proposals which are part of the Commission's Clean Energy package. These are implementing proposals, addressing energy efficiency, electricity market design, security of supply, renewables and energy and governance which are the five strands of the Energy Union Strategy.
It will also hear the Commission presentation of its recent report on the State of the Energy Union.
Environment Council, 28 February 2017
EU environment ministers will discuss the revision of the emission trading system (ETS) to cut greenhouse gas emissions and they will try to agree on the Council's position.
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Employment and Social policy), 3 March 2017
The Council will hold a policy debate on an amended regulation on the coordination of social security systems. The Council will also hold a policy debate on European Semester 2017.