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Following a debate on open science, the Council adopted conclusions on the transition towards an open science system. It also adopted conclusions on the lessons learnt from 7th research framework programme and the future outlook and on the creation of a friendly regulatory environment for research and innovation.
On 26-27 May, Japan hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The summit focused on the global economy, foreign policy and the migration and refugee crisis.
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.
The Council discussed a draft directive addressing tax avoidance practices commonly used by large companies. After lengthy discussions, it agreed to postpone an agreement on the dossier to its meeting on 17 June 2016.
The European Commission today tabled a package of measures to allow consumers and companies to buy and sell products and services online more easily and confidently across the EU.
The Eurogroup welcomed a staff-level agreement between Greece and the institutions, paving the way for the finalisation of the first review of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment programme.
The Council adopted conclusions on the EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq as well as the Da'esh threat, outlining its priorities in working to achieve lasting peace, stability, security in Syria, Iraq and the wider region.
Ministers held a general debate on visa policy in the light of the recent proposals by the Commission related to visa liberalisation.
The European Commission is today reporting on progress in the fight against trafficking in human beings. The report presents trends and challenges in addressing trafficking in human beings, examines progress made and highlights key challenges that the EU and its Member States need to address as a priority.
The European Commission has published its Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2015. The report gives an overview of how fundamental rights have been applied across a range of EU policies and in Member States.
Member States are making progress with reforms and addressing macroeconomic imbalances, but more is needed to consolidate Europe's recovery.
The Council discussed the relation between agriculture and climate, in light of the outcome of the Paris climate agreement of December 2015.
Cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths in the EU, accounting for 53% of the total and therefore the single biggest health risk to workers in the European Union.
New powers for Europol to fight terrorism and international crime were approved by MEPs during May's plenary session in Strasbourg. They also called for any reform of EU asylum rules to be based on solidarity among member states and warned that Turkey still has to fulfil a number of conditions before its citizens can be granted visa-free travel to the EU.