Brexit and the EU’s ReactionThe October regular meeting of the European Council, on October 20-21, was British Prime Minister Theresa May’s first. She gave a presentation on the UK Government’s current state of preparation for the Brexit negotiations. Since Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union has not yet been triggered, the other Member States did not react or comment, faithful to their position that no negotiation, even informal, may start before the UK’s formal notification of its intention to leave under that Article.The European Council held a debate on the state of implementation of EU migration policy and on the relationship with Russia—in light of the so-called “Normandy format” summit on Ukraine that had taken place the day before, and of the ongoing bombardments of the Syrian city of Aleppo by the Russian armed forces. They also discussed various aspects of EU trade policy (see Section 8 of this Policy Update).On October 25, the European Commission presented its 2017 Work Program, outlining its legislative program for the coming year—see here. Tech and Digital Single Market PoliciesOn October 25, as part of its 2017 Work Program, the Commission announced that it will produce a framework for adequacy decisions on the exchange of personal data… Read full this story
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