17-02-16

EU leaders will try to water down Tusk's welfare proposal, Telegraph says

According to the British paper, there exist plans to limit the "emergency brake" to only newly-arrived migrants

EU leaders will seek to reach a deal on proposed EU reforms

European Council President Donald Tusk said eastern EU member states remain ambivalent about plans to restrict social benefits for non-British EU workers, Bloomberg reported. Tusk said his offer to grant Britain an “emergency brake” on welfare for new migrants from the EU remains a contentious issue for Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. According to the Telegraph, EU leaders at their summit on Thursday and Friday will seek to water-down this welfare reform, making it limited to only newly-arrived migrants. “This is a critical moment,” Tusk said on Monday according to AP. “The risk of break-up is real,” he was quoted by the news agency. See also our cepAdhoc on the matter.