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Volume 621: debated on Tuesday 21 February 2017

A meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) will be held in Brussels on 21 February 2017. EU Finance Ministers are due to discuss the following items:

Early morning session

Ministers will be briefed on the outcomes of the 20 February meeting of the Eurogroup, and the European Commission will present an update on the current economic situation following the publication of the Commission’s winter forecasts on 13 February. Ministers are also expected to discuss points of clarification in relation to the intergovernmental agreement on the single resolution fund.

Anti-tax avoidance directive

Ministers will be invited to reach a general approach to the second anti-tax avoidance directive (ATAD2).

Current financial services legislative proposals

The Council presidency will provide an update on current legislative proposals in the field of financial services.

Criteria and process leading to the establishment of the EU list of non-co-operative jurisdictions for tax purposes

Council will take stock of further work that has taken place following the Council conclusions agreed at ECOFIN on 8 November 2016.

Preparation of the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and central bank governors on 17 and 18 March 2017 in Baden-Baden

Ministers will be asked to mandate the Economic and Finance Committee (EFC) to finalise the EU terms of reference for the next G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and central bank governors.

Discharge to be given to the Commission in respect of the implementation of the budget for 2015

On the basis of a report from the European Court of Auditors, Ministers will be asked to approve a recommendation—to be forwarded to the European Parliament.

Budget guidelines for 2018

Ministers will be asked to adopt Council conclusions on the guidelines for the 2018 budget, which will serve as a point of reference in the forthcoming budgetary cycle.

European defence fund

The Commission will provide information on its European defence action plan, focusing in particular on the proposed launch of a European defence fund.