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ECOFIN (28 November)

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

Items on the agenda are as follows:

Stability and Growth Pact

Ministers will be invited to adopt a 104(8) Council Decision regarding Poland's Excessive Deficit Procedure.

Economic Reform

ECOFIN will be invited to adopt conclusions on multilateral surveillance of the first progress reports on the Lisbon National Reform Programmes and on Global Factor Flows, in preparation for the European Council on 14-15 December.

Statistical burdens

Ministers will be invited to adopt Conclusions on reducing the administrative burdens caused by statistics in the EU.

Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Investment and Partnership (FEMIP)-

ECOFIN will be invited to adopt Conclusions on the review of FEMIP.

European Investment Bank (EIB) External Lending Mandates

Ministers will be invited to agree on a general approach on the future of the EIB External Lending Mandates.

Payment Services

ECOFIN will receive a progress report from the Finnish Presidency on the Directive on Payment Services in the Internal Market.

Clearing and Settlement

Ministers will receive a presentation from the Commission on its approach to tackling barriers in the clearing and settlement industry and will be invited to adopt Conclusions on this approach.

Combating Tax Fraud

ECOFIN will be invited to agree on Conclusions on future work to combat tax fraud.

Minimum Rates on Alcoholic Beverages

Ministers will discuss further issues relating to the minimum excise rates on alcoholic beverages.

Travellers' Allowance Directive

ECOFIN will discuss issues relating to the Travellers' Allowance Directive.

VAT Package

Ministers will be invited to adopt a general approach to extend the 2003 e-Commerce arrangements and to agree Council Conclusions on continuing with the work to modernise and simplify the VAT system.

Code of Conduct on Harmful Tax Competition

ECOFIN will be invited to take note of a progress report from the Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation and adopt Conclusions on the future work of the Group.

Company Tax

Ministers will hear an oral progress report from the Commission on company tax obstacles hindering the function of the internal market.