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Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Progress on Priority ActionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Dimitris Avramopoulos © EU

10/02/2016

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

In view of next week's European Council, the Commission is today reporting on the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda for Migration and highlighting key areas where immediate action is needed to restore control.

 

Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

05/02/2016

Institutional affairs

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions.

 

Winter 2016 Economic Forecast: Weathering new challengesChoose translations of the previous link 

Pierre Moscovici © EU

04/02/2016

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The European economy is now entering its fourth year of recovery and growth continues at a moderate rate, driven mainly by consumption.

 

UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum

UK and EU flags and European Parliament background © EU

03/02/2016

Institutional affairs

What will the UK’s future in Europe be like? The day after European Council President Donald Tusk proposed a settlement in response to UK demands for reforms, MEPs discussed the issue as part of a debate on the EU summit on 18-19 February, which will be dedicated to the talks as well as the migration crisis.

 

TiSA must protect EU firms abroad and public services at home, say MEPs

Representation of trade in services © EU

03/02/2016

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The ongoing talks on a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), among countries representing 70% of world trade in services, should deliver a deal that eases EU firms' access to international markets but does not force EU, national and local authorities to open up public services to competition, or otherwise restrict their right to regulate in public interest, say MEPs.

 

Commission presents Action Plan to strengthen the fight against terrorist financingChoose translations of the previous link 

Person holding euro notes © EU

02/02/2016

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The recent terrorist attacks in the European Union and beyond demonstrate the need for a strong coordinated European response to combatting terrorism. The European Agenda for Security had identified a number of areas to improve the fight against terrorist financing.

 

December 2015 - Euro area unemployment rate at 10.4% - EU28 at 9.0%Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman in job centre © EU

02/02/2016

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.4% in December 2015, down from 10.5% in November 2015, and from 11.4% in December 2014. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since September 2011. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.0% in December 2015, stable compared to November 2015, and down from 9.9% in December 2014.

 

European Commission tightens rules for safer and cleaner carsChoose translations of the previous link 

View assembly line at car factory © EU

27/01/2016

Business, Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The European Commission has tabled legislative proposals to ensure car manufacturers comply strictly with all EU safety, environmental and production requirements.

 

Erasmus+: Providing more and better opportunities to support Europe's future generationsChoose translations of the previous link 

Tibor Navracsics © EU

26/01/2016

Culture, education and youth

In its first year, Erasmus+, the bigger and more fit-for-purpose programme for education, training, youth and sport, is already living up to expectations.

 

Fiscal Sustainability Report 2015Choose translations of the previous link 

Pen on graph © EU

25/01/2016

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Fiscal Sustainability Report 2015 provides an overview of the challenges to public finance sustainability faced by Member States in the short, medium and long term.

 

EU research funding boosts scientific excellence and competitiveness, report findsChoose translations of the previous link 

Scientist and representation of atoms © EU

25/01/2016

Science and technology

Investment in research and innovation from the EU budget between 2007 and 2013 has greatly improved scientific excellence in Europe and strengthened its competitiveness by improving industry's capacity to innovate.

 

Plenary highlights: Poland, terrorism, baby food, geo-blocking

European Parliament building in Strasbourg in winter © EU

22/01/2016

Institutional affairs

The rule of law and media independence in Poland was discussed during January's plenary session in Strasbourg this week. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło rejected criticism of her government's policies during the heated debate.

 

2015 Employment and Social Developments review: Investing in people is key to economic growthChoose translations of the previous link 

Marianne Thyssen © EU

21/01/2016

Employment and social rights

This year's review reveals further positive employment and social developments in the EU. However, despite recent improvements, huge disparities still exist between Member States, in terms of economic growth, employment and other key social and labour market indicators.

 

Commission proposes to strengthen the exchange of criminal records on non-EU citizensChoose translations of the previous link 

Statue of justice and EU flag © EU

19/01/2016

Justice and citizens rights

Today, the European Commission proposed to facilitate the exchange of criminal records of non-EU citizens in the EU by upgrading the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS).

 

Stop geo-blocking and boost e-commerce and digital innovation, says Parliament

Woman using tablet computer © EU

19/01/2016

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Geo-blocking consumers’ online access to goods and services on the basis of their IP address, postal address or the country of issue of credit cards is unjustified and it must stop, says Parliament in a resolution.

 

Energy: EU invests €217 million in energy infrastructureChoose translations of the previous link 

Power lines © EU

19/01/2016

Energy and natural resources

Today Member States agreed on a Commission proposal to invest €217 million in key trans-European energy infrastructure projects, mainly in Central and South Eastern Europe.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Federica Mogherini © EU

18/01/2016

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council discussed Syria and developments in the region. It expressed full support for UN Security Council resolution 2254 endorsing a "roadmap" for a peace process in Syria and setting a timetable for talks.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Bert Koenders © EU

18/01/2016

Institutional affairs

The Council started preparations of the February European Council by examining an annotated draft agenda. At their meeting on 18 and 19 February 2016 EU leaders will aim to reach agreement on a compromise package to address the four items raised by the UK in view of an in/out referendum.

 

Iran: Council lifts all nuclear-related economic and financial EU sanctions

Federica Mogherini at the Iran Nuclear Talks © EU

16/01/2016

External relations and foreign affairs

On 16 January 2016, the Council lifted all nuclear-related economic and financial EU sanctions against Iran. This follows verification by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran has implemented the agreed nuclear-related measures as set out in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis and Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU

15/01/2016

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council discussed growth prospects and macroeconomic imbalances under the "European Semester", the EU's annual policy coordination process. It adopted conclusions, and approved a draft recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area.

 

Refugee crisis: Commission reviews 2015 actions and sets 2016 prioritiesChoose translations of the previous link 

Refugees at the Eleonas camp in Athens, Greece © EU

13/01/2016

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

At their weekly meeting today, the College of Commissioners discussed the refugee crisis, looking at the measures taken in 2015 and the initiatives to be presented in spring 2016.

 

November 2015 - Euro area unemployment rate at 10.5% - EU28 at 9.1%Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman working at desk © EU

07/01/2016

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.5% in November 2015, down from 10.6% in October 2015, and from 11.5% in November 2014. The EU28 unemployment rate was 9.1% in November 2015, down from 9.2% in October 2015, and from 10.0% in November 2014.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

18/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

European leaders met in Brussels on December 17 and 18 to discuss the migration crisis, the fight against terrorism, and Britain's reform demands.

 

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, the euro and border controls

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

18/12/2015

Institutional affairs

Ensaf Haidar accepted the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Wednesday on behalf of her husband Raif Badawi, a Saudi human rights activist who remains in prison. A day earlier, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem attended plenary for the first time to discuss the euro, while the European Commission presented its plan for reinforcing the EU's external borders.

 

Main results of the Environment Council

Mr Karmenu Vella and Ms Carole Dieschbourg © EU

16/12/2015

Environment, consumers and health

The Council agreed on a general approach for a new directive to reduce national emissions of certain pollutants. This agreement will serve as a basis to start negotiations with the European Parliament.

 

Commission endorses better law-making deal and appoints REFIT Platform members Choose translations of the previous link 

Draft documents in folder © EU

16/12/2015

Business, Institutional affairs

On 15 December, the Commission endorsed a new Inter-institutional Agreement (IIA) on Better Law-Making with the European Parliament and Council to improve the quality and the results of European legislation.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Council building © EU

15/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council held an opening session in the margins of the 10th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference in Nairobi. It adopted conclusions, setting out the EU's position.

 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Fishing nets and fish © EU

15/12/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Council reached agreement on the 2016 fishing opportunities for the stocks in the Atlantic, the North Sea, international fisheries in which EU vessels participate and in the Black Sea.

 

A European Border and Coast Guard to protect Europe's External BordersChoose translations of the previous link 

Ships at sea and compass background © EU

15/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission is today adopting an important set of measures to manage the EU's external borders and protect our Schengen area without internal borders.

 

Maximising the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds to the Commission's prioritiesChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro note on euro coins © EU

14/12/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Regions and local development

Today, the Commission adopted a Communication on the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) to the EU's growth strategy, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities over the next decade.

 

Main results of the Paris UN climate change conference

COP21 logo © EU

12/12/2015

Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs

On 12 December, the parties reached a new global agreement on climate change. The agreement presents a balanced outcome with an action plan to limit global warming 'well below' 2°C.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Gunther Oettinger and Mr Xavier Bettel © EU

11/12/2015

Energy and natural resources, Transport and travel

The Council held a policy debate on key issues of the upcoming review of EU telecoms rules. The presidency briefed ministers on the informal deal struck with the European Parliament on the draft directive on security of network and information systems on 7 December 2015.

 

All 118 Rural Development Programmes adoptedChoose translations of the previous link 

Phil Hogan © EU

11/12/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Regions and local development

Today's adoption of Greece's Rural Development Programme (RDP) marks the end of the adoption process for all 118 programmes for the 2014-2020 period.

 

December infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Gavel on table © EU

10/12/2015

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.

 

Giving Europeans more choice in financial services: the European Commission consultsChoose translations of the previous link 

Jonathan Hill © EU

10/12/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Environment, consumers and health

For the next three months, the European Commission will be consulting on how to create a stronger European market for consumer financial services. The aim is to find a system that works for consumers across the EU, giving them access to the best financial service deals, with more suitable products, a bigger choice and more competitive prices.

 

Commission proposes modern digital contract rules to simplify and promote access to digital content and online sales across the EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Günther Oettinger, Andrus Ansip, Vĕra Jourová © EU

09/12/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Delivering on its Digital Single Market strategy, the Commission today presents two proposals to better protect consumers who shop online across the EU and help businesses expand their online sales.

 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis and Mr Pierre Gramegna © EU

08/12/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council took a number of decisions on corporate taxation. It adopted a directive on cross-border tax rulings, which will improve transparency on tax rulings given by member states to companies about how taxation will be dealt with.

 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Ms Corinne Cahen, Ms Lydia Mutsch and Ms Vera Jourova © EU

07/12/2015

Employment and social rights

The Council held a detailed discussion on the women on company boards directive but was unable to reach an agreement. Given the continuing differences of views on the proposal, further work will be needed on possible options on a way forward.

 

Commission presents a new Aviation Strategy for EuropeChoose translations of the previous link 

Airplane landing © EU

07/12/2015

Transport and travel

Today the Commission adopted a new Aviation Strategy, a milestone initiative to boost Europe's economy, strengthen its industrial base and contribute to the EU global leadership.

 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

View of Council meeting room © EU

04/12/2015

Justice and citizens rights

The Council adopted a regulation reforming the General Court. The aim of the reform is to enable the General Court to face an increasing workload and to ensure that legal redress in the EU is guaranteed within a reasonable time.

 

Refugee Crisis: Greece activates EU Civil protection mechanismChoose translations of the previous link 

The reception camp for refugees of Moria © EU

04/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Greece has today taken three actions to address the refugee crisis, activating EU mechanisms designed to assist in crisis situations.

 

European Central Bank lowers interest rates

Euro coins and banknotes © EU

03/12/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the deposit facility will be decreased by 10 basis points to -0.30%, with effect from 9 December 2015. The interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rate on the marginal lending facility will remain unchanged at 0.05% and 0.30% respectively.

 

EU Internet Forum: Bringing together governments, Europol and technology companies to counter terrorist content and hate speech onlineChoose translations of the previous link 

Hand typing on laptop © EU

03/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

The forum brings together EU Interior Ministers, high-level representatives of major internet companies, Europol, the EU Counter Terrorism Co-ordinator and the European Parliament. The goal is to reach a joint, voluntary approach based on a public-private partnership to detect and address harmful material online.

 

Regional Policy: with all 2014-2020 programmes now adopted, the focus is on implementationChoose translations of the previous link 

Corina Creţu © EU

03/12/2015

Regions and local development

The Commission adopted a new Regional Policy programme for the Italian region of Campania, worth over €4 billion, with more than €3 billion coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

 

European Agenda on Security: Commission takes action to combat terrorism and illegal trafficking of firearms and explosivesChoose translations of the previous link 

Patrol vehicle and security fence © EU

02/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission adopted today a package of measures to step up the fight against terrorism and the illegal trafficking of firearms and explosives.

 

Closing the loop: Commission adopts ambitious new Circular Economy Package Choose translations of the previous link 

Frans Timmermans and Jyrki Katainen © EU

02/12/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Environment, consumers and health

Today the Commission adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

 

Commission proposes to make products and services more accessible to the disabled persons Choose translations of the previous link 

Marianne Thyssen © EU

02/12/2015

Employment and social rights, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission today proposed a European Accessibility Act, which will set common accessibility requirements for certain key products and services that will help people with disabilities at EU level to participate fully in society.

 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Carlos Moedas and Marc Hansen © EU

01/12/2015

Business, Science and technology

The Council adopted conclusions on research integrity, on advancing gender equality in the European Research Area (ERA) and on the review of the ERA advisory structure.

 

€200mn humanitarian aid package for Syria crisis and Iraq delivered by CommissionChoose translations of the previous link 

Christos Stylianides © EU

01/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission has successfully delivered the €200 million humanitarian aid package for the Syria Crisis, and Iraq, which was announced in September by President Juncker.

 

The Commission proposes to overhaul prospectus rules to improve access to finance for companies and simplify information for investorsChoose translations of the previous link 

Jonathan Hill © EU

30/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Small and medium-sized companies in particular will find it easier to raise funding when issuing shares or debt. Companies already listed on public markets will also benefit when they want to list additional shares or issue corporate bonds.

 

Main results of the EU-Turkey meeting

From left to right: Mr Ahmet DAVUTOGLU, Prime Minister of Turkey; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission © EU

29/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

On 29 November 2015, EU heads of state or government held a meeting with Turkey. The meeting marked an important step in developing EU-Turkey relations and contributing to managing the migration crisis. 

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Cecilia Malmström and Jean Asselborn © EU

27/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council discussed preparations for the 10th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference, to be held in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December 2015.

 

Plenary highlights: terrorism, the EU budget and the Lux prize

European Parliament building in Strasbourg lit up in orange © EU

27/11/2015

Institutional affairs

Refugees should not be equated with terrorists, many MEPs said during a debate on the terrorist attacks in Paris during the November plenary session. They also approved the EU's budget for next year, securing additional funding for tackling the refugee crisis and boosting economic growth.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete and Mr Etienne Schneider © EU

26/11/2015

Energy and natural resources, Science and technology, Transport and travel

The Council reached a general approach on the proposal for a regulation setting a framework for energy efficiency labelling, and adopted conclusions on the Energy Union governance.

 

Annual Growth Survey 2016: Strengthening the recovery and fostering convergenceChoose translations of the previous link 

Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen and Pierre Moscovici © EU

26/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Today’s package launches the annual cycle of economic governance. It sets out general economic and social priorities for the EU and gives Member States policy guidance for the following year.

 

Don’t equate refugees with terrorists – boost security instead, urge MEPs

MEPs and President Juncker at plenary session © EU

25/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

“Political grandstanding” that equates refugees with terrorists only foments the hatred and disillusion that inspires those who join terrorist groups, argued many MEPs in Wednesday’s debate.

 

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council

Mr Romain SCHNEIDER, Minister of Social Security, Humanitarian Action and Sport of Luxembourg and Mr Tibor NAVRACSICS, Member of the European Commission © EU

25/11/2015

Culture, education and youth

The current migratory and refugee crisis was a common theme to the Council discussions on both days of the EYCS Council. Ministers adopted conclusions on the way in which development cooperation and intercultural dialogue can improve the integration of migrants and refugees. 

 

A stronger Banking Union: New measures to reinforce deposit protection and further reduce banking risksChoose translations of the previous link 

Jonathan Hill © EU

24/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Today, the Commission has proposed a euro-area wide insurance scheme for bank deposits and has set out further measures to reduce remaining risks in the banking sector in parallel.

 

EP backs deal on better information, advice and protection for insurance buyers

Euro note on euro coins © EU

24/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Environment, consumers and health

Buying insurance will be made easier and safer following Parliament's vote on Tuesday tightening EU rules on the information and advice provided by insurance sales staff.

 

Main results of the Eurogroup

Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup © EU

23/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The Eurogroup discussed the euro area member states' draft budgetary plans for 2016. These plans have to be submitted each year by 15 October, and the European Commission assesses whether they comply with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). 

 

Main results of the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council

Ms Christiane Taubira, Mr Bernard Cazaneuve, Mr Etienne Schneider, Mr Felix Braz, Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Ms Vera Jourova © EU

20/11/2015

Justice and citizens rights

Following the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, justice and home affairs ministers met in Brussels to ensure the follow-up of existing measures and discussed how to strengthen the EU response by adopting a set of conclusions.

 

EU Transport Scoreboard shows Transport is improving in the Member StatesChoose translations of the previous link 

EU map and graph © EU

20/11/2015

Transport and travel

Today, the European Commission published the second edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", which compares how Member States perform in 29 transport categories.

 

November infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

European Court of Justice building © EU

19/11/2015

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.

 

European Commission strengthens control of firearms across the EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Dimitris Avramopoulos and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU

18/11/2015

Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered irreversibly inoperable.

 

The Energy Union on track to deliverChoose translations of the previous link 

Maroš Šefčovič © EU

18/11/2015

Energy and natural resources

The first State of the Energy Union Report shows that much progress has already been made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy 9 months ago. Still much remains to be done, and 2016 will be an important year of delivery.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Mr Alain LE ROY, Secretary General of the EEAS; Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU

17/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Defence ministers discussed the reaction to the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015. They expressed their unanimous and full support to France and their readiness to provide all the necessary aid and assistance.

 

G20 summit, Antalya

G20 summit – family photo © EU

16/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The world's leading economies adopted a comprehensive agenda including the implementation of past commitments, boosting investment to drive growth and promoting inclusiveness to ensure the benefits of their actions can be shared by all.

 

Main results of the Informal meeting of heads of state or government

View of meeting room in Valetta © EU

12/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders discussed the latest developments in the migration crisis and how to accelerate the implementation of the measures agreed in September and October.

 

Valetta Summit on migration

Valetta Summit on migration – family photo © EU

12/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Valletta summit on migration brought together European and African Heads of State and Government in an effort to strengthen cooperation and address the current challenges but also the opportunities of migration.

 

EU finalises proposal for investment protection and Court System for TTIPChoose translations of the previous link 

Judge carrying folder © EU

12/11/2015

Business, Justice and citizens rights

The EU has formally presented to the US its proposal for a reformed approach on investment protection and a new and more transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and states: the Investment Court System.

 

EP elections: "Spitzenkandidaten", mandatory thresholds, right to vote abroad

Man scanning ID card in electronic card reader © EU

11/11/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

European elections should be fought with formally endorsed, EU-wide lead candidates (“Spitzenkandidaten”) for the Commission presidency, Parliament said in a formal proposal for a change to EU electoral law.

 

European Commission holds orientation debate on how to complete the Banking UnionChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro symbol made of coins © EU

11/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

This debate is an indispensable part of achieving a full and deep Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), and in particular about bringing forward a proposal for a European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS).

 

Western Balkans and Turkey: enlargement process key to strengthened economic and political stability in the regionChoose translations of the previous link 

Johannes Hahn © EU

10/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

In a set of annual reports adopted today, the European Commission has assessed where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in preparing to meet EU membership requirements, and sets out what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges.

 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Council meeting room © EU

09/11/2015

Justice and citizens rights

Home affairs ministers were debriefed on the latest information on migratory flows and the situation on the ground, and had a wide-ranging discussion on progress in implementing the most recent EU measures.

 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Mr Jyrki Katainen and Mr Etienne Schneider © EU

09/11/2015

Business

The extraordinary Competitiveness Council, convened by the Luxembourg Presidency, discussed the serious challenges that the European steel industry is currently facing and the steps needed to improve its competitiveness.

 

EU to pursue the most ambitious sustainable development, labour and environment provisions in TTIP Choose translations of the previous link 

Cecilia Malmstrom © EU

06/11/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission published today its proposal for a chapter on trade and sustainable development, including labour and the environment, in the ongoing EU-US trade talks.

 

Commission issues guidance on transatlantic data transfers and urges the swift establishment of a new framework Choose translations of the previous link 

Andrus Ansip and Vĕra Jourová © EU

06/11/2015

Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

The European Court of Justice's ruling of 6 October on the Schrems case underlined the importance of the fundamental right to data protection, including where personal data is transferred to third countries.

 

Autumn 2015 Economic Forecast: Moderate recovery despite challengesChoose translations of the previous link 

Pierre Moscovici © EU

05/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The economic recovery in the euro area and the European Union as a whole is now in its third year. It should continue at a modest pace next year despite more challenging conditions in the global economy.

 

€7.6 Billion of European Investment to Support Key Transport ProjectsChoose translations of the previous link 

Jyrki Katainen and Violeta Bulc © EU

05/11/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Transport and travel

The Commission is launching the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility, with more than €7.6 billion of investment to finance transport projects. €6.5 billion are earmarked for countries with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

 

Plenary highlights: refugee crisis, roaming, GMOs, Sakharov Prize

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

30/10/2015

Institutional affairs

The refugee crisis and its potential to disrupts politics in Europe was debated during October's third plenary session, with MEPs warning that some could use the issue to undermine the EU.

 

European Parliament adopts Commission proposal to improve transparency of the shadow banking sector Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro notes © EU

29/10/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Following a vote in the European Parliament, new EU rules are set to improve the transparency of certain financial transactions and help supervisors and investors better understand risks.

 

A deeper and fairer Single Market: Commission boosts opportunities for citizens and businessChoose translations of the previous link 

Map of Europe with cable connections © EU

28/10/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Environment, consumers and health

Today the European Commission has presented a roadmap to deliver on President Juncker’s political commitment to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launchpad for Europe to thrive in the global economy.

 

Parliament rejects national GMO bans proposal

Maize being injected with new gene © EU

28/10/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

A draft EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was rejected by the European Parliament.

 

Juncker Commission adopts second annual Work Programme: Maintaining focus and delivering on 10 priorities Choose translations of the previous link 

Person holding folder © EU

27/10/2015

Institutional affairs

The European Commission adopted its 2016 Work Programme, the second of the Juncker Commission, reaffirming the commitment to the ten political priorities of its Political Guidelines.

 

End in sight for mobile phone “roaming” fees and unequal internet access

Mobile phone on passports, euro notes and map © EU

27/10/2015

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final approval of the new telecoms package.

 

Progress following Western Balkans Route Leaders' MeetingChoose translations of the previous link 

Refugee camp in Traiskirchen © EU

27/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The European Commission has today decided to increase the level of co-financing for transport of the assistance delivered via the EU Civil protection Mechanism for the countries needing help in the refugee crisis from 55% to 85%.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

View of meeting room, Luxembourg © EU

26/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Ministers had an in-depth debate on migration, focusing on how development cooperation can help address the common challenges currently facing Europe and its partner countries.

 

Main results of the Environment Council

Mr Karmenu VELLA, Ms Elzbieta BIENKOWSKA and Ms Carole DIESCHBOURG © EU

26/10/2015

Environment, consumers and health

The Council held a debate on the review of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS), the main tool of the EU's climate policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Meeting on the Western Balkans Migration Route: Leaders Agree on 17-point plan of actionChoose translations of the previous link 

Migrants on the Croatian-Serbian border © EU

25/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia met in Brussels agreed to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decided on pragmatic operational measures that can be implemented as of tomorrow to tackle the refugee crisis in the region.

 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Fishermen with their catch © EU

22/10/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Ministers reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea which fixed for 2016 the maximum quantities of fish which can be caught for the commercially most important stocks in the Baltic Sea.

 

October infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Judge holding folder © EU

22/10/2015

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.

 

Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes concrete steps to strengthen EMUChoose translations of the previous link 

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU

21/10/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The package of measures adopted by the College of Commissioners entails a revised approach to the European Semester, including through enhanced democratic dialogue and further improved economic governance, such as the introduction of national Competitiveness Boards and an advisory European Fiscal Board.

 

Commission decides selective tax advantages for Fiat in Luxembourg and Starbucks in the Netherlands are illegalChoose translations of the previous link 

Margrethe Vestager © EU

21/10/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has decided that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted selective tax advantages to Fiat Finance and Trade and Starbucks, respectively. These are illegal under EU state aid rules.

 

Climate change: EU shows leadership ahead of Paris with 23% emissions cutChoose translations of the previous link 

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, Miguel Arias Cañete and Hans Bruyninckx © EU

20/10/2015

Environment, consumers and health

The European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

 

Main results of the European Council

Family photo of the European Council © EU

15/10/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on the migration and refugee crisis, the upcoming referendum in the UK, and the president’s report on the Economic and Monetary Union.

 

First gas interconnector Poland – Lithuania ends energy isolation of the Baltic States Choose translations of the previous link 

Gas interconnector © EU

15/10/2015

Energy and natural resources

The first gas interconnector between Poland and Lithuania will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a new economic dynamism to the region.

 

Refugee Crisis: European Commission reports on progress in implementation of priority actions Choose translations of the previous link 

Representation of people in EU countries © EU

14/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Ahead of the European Council of 15 October, the Commission has today put on the table a Communication describing the State of Play of the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda on Migration.

 

Trade for All: European Commission presents new trade and investment strategy Choose translations of the previous link 

Cecilia Malmström © EU

14/10/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

This more responsible approach responds to new economic realities in line with the EU's foreign policy. Based on three key principles - effectiveness, transparency and values - it ensures trade policy benefits as many people as possible.