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Marianne Thyssen © EU
23/01/2017 - Employment and social rights

Today, the European Commission is taking a further step towards establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights with a high level conference in Brussels. 

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
20/01/2017 - Institutional affairs

Antonio Tajani was elected as the president for the second half of the parliamentary term during this week's plenary session while MEPs also chose 14 new vice-presidents. In addition they called for emergency aid to help refugees cope with freezing temperatures and told the European Commission to redraw its lists of countries at risk of money laundering as it was too limited. 

18/01/2017 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Antonio Tajani © EU
17/01/2017 - Institutional affairs

Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) won Parliament’s presidential election with 351 votes in a final face-off with Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT), who secured 282 votes. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
16/01/2017 - External relations and foreign affairs

The Council discussed developments in Syria, for the first time since an agreement for cessation of hostilities was announced. In their discussion, ministers welcomed the agreement brokered and guaranteed by Russia and Turkey. 

EU map with illustration of services © EU
10/01/2017 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

Today the Commission is presenting an ambitious and balanced package of measures that will make it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to a potential customer base of 500 million people in the EU. 

Une main posée sur un clavier d’ordinateur © UE
10/01/2017 - Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology

The measures presented today aim to update current rules, extending their scope to all electronic communication providers. They also aim to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market.

10/01/2017 - Employment and social rights / Environment, consumers and health
09/01/2017 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
Customs checkpoint on Finland-Russia border © EU
21/12/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission today adopted its long-term plan to give fresh impetus to the management of the Customs Union, a basic pillar of the European Union which supports and protects the Single Market.

Junge Frau arbeitet in einer Textilfabrik © EU
20/12/2016 - Employment and social rights

Around 3 million jobs have been created and employment has risen, pushing back poverty. However, unemployment remains high, with huge disparities across Member States. Labour markets and societies will need to adapt to new forms of work.

From left to right: Mr Miguel ARIAS CANETE, member of the European Commission, Mr Laszlo SOLYMOS, Slovak Minister of the Environment, and Mr Karmenu VELLA, member of the European Commission © EU
19/12/2016 - Environment, consumers and health

Ministers discussed the review of the emission trading system (ETS) and adopted conclusions on the sound management of chemicals.

Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive Sakharov prize © EU
16/12/2016 - Institutional affairs

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, received Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at the December plenary which was also the last one to be fully presided over by Martin Schulz. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Robert Fico © EU
15/12/2016 - Institutional affairs

The December European Council discussed the most pressing issues, including migration, security, economy and youth, and external relations. 

Jean-Claude Juncker and EP political group leaders © EU
14/12/2016 - Institutional affairs

Political group leaders discussed how to relieve the humanitarian tragedy in Aleppo, sanctions against Russia and ways to boost European defence capacities ahead of the European Summit. 

Two trains © EU
14/12/2016 - Transport and travel

Public contracts to supply domestic passenger rail services in EU countries will normally have to be put out to tender under new rules backed by Parliament.

14/12/2016 - Business / Energy and natural resources / Science and technology


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