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European Court of Justice building © EU
22/07/2016 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens rights

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.

Maros Sefcovic und Marianne Thyssen © EU
20/07/2016 - Employment and social rights

The College adopted a Communication re-examining its proposal for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive in the context of the subsidiarity control mechanism that several national parliaments triggered in May. 

19/07/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Transport and travel
Federica Mogherini © EU
18/07/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

In the aftermath of the attack in Nice, ministers discussed the fight against terrorism. EU ministers discussed the latest development in Turkey. The EU condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterates its full support to the legitimate institutions of the country. 

Book of Law, gavel and EU emblem © EU
18/07/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has reiterated its commitment to ensure the effective application of the whole range of European legislation and, in particular, the world's biggest single market of 500 million citizens.

Donald Tusk, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj and Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
16/07/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

At the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia on 15-16 July, with a reference to the terrorist attack in Nice, leaders reiterated their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and reaffirmed their commitment to join forces to fight it.

Electricity pilons © EU
15/07/2016 - Energy and natural resources

Today EU Member States agreed on the European Commission's proposal to invest €263 million in key European energy infrastructure projects. The lion's share of the investment will support the building of gas infrastructure in the Baltic Sea region as well as supporting the electricity sector across Europe.

Faded EU and French flags © EU
15/07/2016 - Institutional affairs

‘France can count on the European Commission continuing to support it and the other EU countries in the fight against terrorism both within and outside the Union. We will remain as determined as we are united.’

Jonathan Hill © EU
14/07/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has today proposed amendments to the European Venture Capital Funds (EuVECA) and the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds (EuSEF) regulations, marking another step towards the creation of the Capital Markets Union. 

Graph showing European Innovation Scoreboard 2016 country ranking © EU
14/07/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Science and technology

The main findings are that EU innovation is catching up with Japan and the US, Sweden is once again the innovation leader, and Latvia has become the fastest growing innovator.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Xi Jinping and Donald Tusk © EU
13/07/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

Leaders moved forward the strategic partnership between the EU and China. They provided political guidance for the completion of the comprehensive agreement on investment and signed an energy roadmap. Leaders also agreed to have another round of the human rights dialogue between the EU and China still this year in Brussels. 

Representation of people in EU countries © EU
13/07/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission is today presenting proposals to complete the reform of the Common European Asylum System in order to move towards a fully efficient, fair and humane asylum policy – one which can function effectively both in times of normal and in times of high migratory pressure.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Peter Kazimir © EU
12/07/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council found that Portugal and Spain had not taken effective action in response to its recommendations on measures to correct their excessive deficits. The Council also adopted new rules addressing corporate tax avoidance practices, following an agreement reached on 21 June 2016. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
12/07/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs / Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology

Today the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This new framework protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
08/07/2016 - Institutional affairs

Brexit and its consequences were discussed during a plenary debate on last week's EU summit with MEPs saying it is now time for Europe's leaders to speak up for the EU. MEPs also insisted on the need to protect whistle-blowers exposing scandals such as the Panama papers and approved a proposal to help better protect the EU's external borders. 


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