The European institutions are closed for Labour Day (1 May). 

There are two important papers to be published this week.  Firstly the enlargement paper entitled "Enlargement- two years on" will assess the impact of the bloc's expansion to take on ten new member states in May 2004.  Eight of the old member states still have restrictions on workers from Central and Eastern Europe crossing their borders.  The Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday is also set to adopt a green paper on transparency.

Wednesday will also see the 25 Commissioners adopting the EU budget.  The budget draft will  be discussed by EU finance ministers in Brussels on Friday. The ministers will also discuss EU financial services and taxation.

In the Parliament on Tuesday, the Temporary Committee on alleged illegal activities by the CIA in Europe will hear Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief, on the CIA flights and alleged holding of prisoners in Europe.  In the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, MEPs will discuss the future status of Kosovo.

Meanwhile, representatives from France, Germany and the UK will, on behalf of the EU, meet counterparts from China, Russia and the US in Paris this week to discuss a report by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mohamed El Baradei.

The UN atomic watchdog chief said Tehran had failed to comply with the UN Security Council's demand and his report could pave the way for the UN to eventually punish the Islamic Republic with economic sanctions.

 

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