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Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Federica Mogherini © EU

18/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council established an EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean, EUNAVFOR Med. This decision is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge.

 

Managing migration better in all aspects: A European Agenda on Migration Choose translations of the previous link 

Dimitris Avramopoulos,Frans Timmermans and Federica Mogherini © EU

13/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Today, the European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Cecilia Malmstrom and Edgars Rinkevics © EU

07/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council discussed progress in negotiations on TTIP, the transatlantic trade and investment partnership with the United States, with a focus on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

 

Nepal: EU increases its financial support in the aftermath of the earthquakeChoose translations of the previous link 

EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides in Nepal © EU

04/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Today, the European Commission has approved financial support worth €16.6 million to assist Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit the country just over a week ago.

 

Nepal Earthquake: EU mobilises all emergency response meansChoose translations of the previous link 

Man working on computer in emergency response coordination centre © EU

26/04/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission is making available €3 million in its immediate response to the vast devastation caused by the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday.

 

Main results of the extraordinary Foreign and Home Affairs Council

From left to right: Mr Rihards KOZLOVSKIS, Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, and Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS © EU

20/04/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Ministers agreed to reinforce the fight against trafficking of human beings, to strengthen EU action to save lives at sea as well as enhance support for countries on the front line, by sharing the resettlement of refugees.

 

Commission report shows that SMEs stand to make significant gains from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Choose translations of the previous link 

Cecilia Malmström © EU

20/04/2015

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has significant potential for small and medium sized enterprises, according to a report released in Brussels today.

 

EU continues its strong support for the victims of Syria's crisisChoose translations of the previous link 

Christos Stylianides meets Dr Abdullah Maatouq during Third Pledging Conference for Syria © EU

31/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Union significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to € 1.1 billion - double the overall EU pledge at the 2014 Conference.

 

Adoption of the 2014 European Neighbourhood ReportsChoose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope on globe © EU

25/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

In a set of annual reports, the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy assessed the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with the 16 partner countries in the East and the South and made recommendations for the year ahead.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

19/03/2015

Energy and natural resources, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

During the meeting, EU leaders agreed to create an Energy Union. They also discussed economic topics and external relations, the situation in Libya, relations with Russia and Ukraine, and the objectives of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU

16/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council held an in-depth discussion on EU relations with Africa, covering peace and security, prosperity and partnership. The Council also adopted a strategy outlining how the EU and Member States are planning to counter the threat posed by ISIL/Da'esh and help restore peace and security in Syria and Iraq.

 

Commission makes progress on a European Agenda on MigrationChoose translations of the previous link 

Person pointing on EU flags and map © EU

04/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission launched its work on a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration. The College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate on key actions to step up the EU's efforts to implement the existing tools and cooperation in managing migration flows from third countries.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Council building © EU

09/02/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council unanimously adopted additional listings concerning separatists in Eastern Ukraine and their supporters in Russia. These consist of an asset freeze and a travel ban on 19 persons and 9 entities involved in action against Ukraine's territorial integrity. 

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Federica Mogherini at the press conference © EU

29/01/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council met in an extraordinary session to discuss the latest escalation of violence in Ukraine. It strongly condemned the indiscriminate shelling of residential areas, especially in Mariupol, and the escalation of fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

 

European Commission publishes TTIP legal texts as part of transparency initiative Choose translations of the previous link 

Documents in folder on table © EU

07/01/2015

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

The European Commission today published a raft of texts setting out EU proposals for legal text in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) it is negotiating with the US.

 

2 major challenges for Europe: investment and Eastern neighbourhood

European Council group photo © EU

18/12/2014

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

EU leaders focused on Europe's two most important challenges: boosting investment, and the situation at its eastern borders. It was the first European Council chaired by Donald Tusk as President and it followed a shorter format, a 'one day summit'.

 

Enlargement process crucial to the EU

Karte Europas © EU

16/12/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs, Regions and local development

The General Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the EU enlargement process and on the role of the Council in safeguarding rule of law. It also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council.

 

A EU regional strategy for Syria and Iraq

Federica Mogherini © EU

15/12/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Syria and Iraq as well as the fight against ISIL were the main themes of the Foreign Affairs Council. In the margins of the Council meeting, the first EU-Ukraine Association Council was also organised.

 

Council discussed EU's post-2015 development framework

Federica Mogherini and Neven Mimica © EU

12/12/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

At a meeting of the Foreign Council Affairs on development issues, EU ministers discussed a new framework for the coordination of international aid efforts. They also adopted conclusions on migration in EU development cooperation.

 

The EU’s Centres of Excellence Initiative to tackle safety threats should be carefully nurtured

European Court of Auditors logo © EU

03/12/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Science and technology

The Centres of Excellence initiative refers to the establishment of regional platforms in different regions of the world to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks.

 

Moving forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Cecilia Malmstrom and Carlo Calenda © EU

21/11/2014

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on trade issues, the Council confirmed its determination to conclude an agreement with the US as soon as possible.

 

Council supports a relaunch of the dialogue on Ukraine

Federica Mogherini © EU

17/11/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

At a Foreign Council Affairs meeting, chaired by Federica Mogherini, the new EU High Representative, EU foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Ukraine. The situation in Middle East was also high on the agenda.

 

Ebola response: EU scales up aid with planes, material aid and research supportChoose translations of the previous link 

Fahrzeuge bei einer Luftverlastung © EU

06/11/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Union and its Member States have now pledged more than €1 billion in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This means the Union has already gone beyond the target set by the European Council on 24 October for €1 billion in assistance to stem the epidemic.

 

Europe leads the way in the fight against climate change and Ebola

European Council group photo © EU

24/10/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders agreed to the world's most ambitious 2030 climate energy policy. They also decided to increase EU financial help to €1 billion to fight Ebola and discussed the state of the European economy. Euro area leaders also met in the Euro Summit format to discuss the euro area.

 

EU auditors warn the incoming Commission on the use of blending pdf

Map showing investment facilities © EU

22/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

While the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report delivers a positive verdict on the set-up and general effectiveness of blending regional investment facility grants with financial institution loans, it points out a number of key issues which need to be urgently addressed.

 

EU response to Ebola

Catherine Ashton © EU

20/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg, EU ministers discussed joint strategies to contain the Ebola virus. Latest developments in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Middle east were also on the agenda.

 

Council discusses further action regarding foreign fighters

Cecilia Malmstrom, Angelino Alfano and Stefano Sannino © EU

10/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

Meeting in Luxembourg, home affairs and justice ministers held an in-depth discussion on the issue of foreign fighters. They also adopted conclusions on better managing migratory flows.

 

EU enlargement in 2014 and beyond: progress and challengesChoose translations of the previous link 

Map of Europe in form of puzzle © EU

08/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

In a set of annual reports adopted today, the European Commission has assessed the progress made over the past year by the countries wishing to join the EU in the Western Balkans and by Turkey, and the challenges ahead.

 

European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

European Parliament in Strasbourg © EU

16/09/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

 

Adoption of agreed EU sanctions over Russia's role in Eastern Ukraine

EU flags outside Justus Lipsius building © EU

31/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Council has adopted further EU restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Additional restrictive measures against Russia

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU

29/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

On 29 July, the EU agreed a package of significant additional restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Council takes actions on the downing of flight MH17

Ms. Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU

22/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine following the downing of flight MH17 as well as further sanctions against Russia. Gaza was also discussed.

 

Special meeting of the European Council

Family photo © EU

16/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The European Council met to discuss a number of key appointments to be made for top EU positions. They also discussed new sanctions on Russia and the situation in Gaza.

 

Maritime surveillance: Joining forces with Member States for safer seas and oceans Choose translations of the previous link 

Ships at sea and compass design in water © EU

08/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission today took a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas.

 

EU-Japan Summit 2014

José Manuel Barroso, Akie Abe, Herman Van Rompuy © EU

07/05/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in Brussels, EU and Japan leaders discussed economic and political partnership, neighborhood policy, the crisis in Ukraine, and key global challenges.

 

EU-Africa Summit 2014

Photo de groupe du sommet UE-Afrique © UE

03/04/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The 4th EU-Africa Summit brought together more than 60 EU and African leaders, and a total of 90 delegations, to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents.

 

More flexible visa rules to boost growth and job creationChoose translations of the previous link 

Visa being scanned © EU

01/04/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The proposals presented will seriously shorten and simplify the procedures for those wanting to come to the EU for short stays, and induce more cost savings and less bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security.

 

Neighbourhood at the crossroads – taking stock of a year of challenges Choose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope on Globe © EU

27/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Although 2013 has been a year of crises in some of its partners, reflecting political instability and difficult socio-economic conditions, the EU has continued to support efforts to enhance democratic governance, build security and support sustainable and inclusive development.

 

EU-US Summit

Handshake between Herman van Rompuy, Barack Obama and José Manuel Barroso © EU

26/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting at the occasion of the EU US Brussels summit, Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso, and President Barack Obama discussed the strong EU-US partnership, International foreign policy, the crisis in Ukraine and key global challenges.

 

EU/Ukraine: Commission proposes a further €1 billion in macro-financial assistanceChoose translations of the previous link 

EU flag in front of Commission building © EU

19/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The new MFA programme, expected to be approved by the EU's Council of Ministers in the coming weeks, is part of the package of support to Ukraine announced by the European Commission on 5 March and endorsed by the European Council on 6 March.

 

European Parliament calls on Russia to withdraw military forces from Ukraine

MEPs in plenary meeting room in Strasbourg © EU

13/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Russia must immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory, say MEPs in a resolution.

 

Customs officer removing boxes from container © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

EU proposes responsible trading strategy for minerals from conflict zones

05/03/2014

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The package of measures will make it more difficult for armed groups in conflict-affected and high-risk areas to finance their activities through the mining of and trade in minerals.

 

MEPs displaying Ukrainian and European flags during plenary session © EU

Ukraine: MEPs urge EU to help financial rescue, but enact targeted sanctions too

27/02/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The EU must help Ukraine with urgent financial aid while enforcing targeted sanctions against those responsible for violence there, say MEPs in a resolution.

 

Catherine Ashton © EU

Council lifts certain EU sanctions on Iran

20/01/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Ministers in the Foreign Affairs Council suspended certain EU restrictive measures against Iran, following confirmation of Iran's compliance with nuclear measures in the agreed joint action plan.

 

Mr Stefan FULE, Member of the European Commission; Mr Linas LINKEVICIUS, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs © EUpdf

Main results of the General Affairs Council

18/12/2013

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Council discussed enlargement and the stabilisation and association process. "Enlargement remains a key policy of our Union" said Linas Linkevičius, the President of the Council after the meeting.

 

Catherine Ashton at the press conference © EU

Ukraine protests and humanitarian issues discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council

17/12/2013

External relations and foreign affairs

Foreign Affairs ministers discussed a wide range of issues, including the latest developments in the Syrian crisis and recent events in Ukraine.

 

Stethoscope on Globe © EU

Council discusses development policy

13/12/2013

External relations and foreign affairs

The Foreign Affairs Council dedicated to development issues decided to resume development cooperation with the Republic of Guinea. It also discussed the post-2015 agenda and policy coherence for development.

 

Water bomber plane in action © EU

Parliament backs stronger EU disaster response

10/12/2013

Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs

New rules upgrading the EU's civil protection mechanism, which coordinates the EU's response to natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes, oil spills or forest fires, were backed by MEPs.

 

Cecilia Malmström © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Lampedusa follow up: concrete actions to prevent loss of life in the Mediterranean

04/12/2013

External relations and foreign affairs, Regions and local development

The Commission is proposing ways to increase solidarity and mutual support in order to prevent migrants' death in the Mediterranean.

 

Summit banner and flags of EU and South Korea © EU

EU-Korea summit marks 50 years of cooperation

08/11/2013

External relations and foreign affairs

The 7th EU-Republic of Korea summit, which took place in Brussels, celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations between the EU and South Korea. Leaders marked the occasion with the adoption of a joint declaration.

 

Maroš Šefčovič and Linas Linkevicius © EUpdf

Main results of the General Affairs Council

22/10/2013

The Council adopted a regulation establishing the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) and agreed to confirm the EU common position for the opening of chapter 22 on regional policy and coordination of structural instruments with Turkey.

 

Stephen Harper and José Manuel Barroso © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

EU and Canada strike trade deal

18/10/2013

Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have today reached a political agreement on the key elements of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after months of intense negotiations between EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht and Canadian trade Minister Ed Fast.

 

Štefan Füle © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

EU enlargement: priorities for 2014

16/10/2013

In a set of annual reports, the European Commission recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania and, for the fifth time in a row, the opening of accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

 

Security agents watching monitors © EU

EU border surveillance: MEPs approve Eurosur operating rules

10/10/2013

EU member states will be better equipped to prevent, detect and combat irregular migration, but also to save migrants' lives, thanks to the "Eurosur" border surveillance system, whose operating rules were approved by Parliament.

 

Woman holding folder © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Trade protectionism still on rise across the world

02/09/2013

In a report released today, the European Commission identified about 150 new trade restrictions introduced over the last year, whereas only 18 existing measures have been dismantled.
 

Council meeting room © EUpdf

Egypt: extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council

21/08/2013

In the light of recent developments in Egypt, an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council was held on Wednesday 21 August. The meeting was chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.

 

Soldiers holding EU flag © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Towards a more competitive and efficient European defence and security sector

24/07/2013

The European Commission has presented a Communication which contains an Action Plan to enhance the efficiency and competitiveness of Europe’s defence and security sector. The Communication foresees measures to strengthen the internal market for defence, to promote a more competitive defence industry and to foster synergies between civil and military research.

 

Viviane Reding at the EP © EU

Parliament to launch in-depth inquiry into US surveillance programmes

04/07/2013

Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee will conduct an "in-depth inquiry" into the US surveillance programmes, including the bugging of EU premises and other spying allegations, and present its results by the end of this year, says a resolution passed by the full House. Parliament's President and political group leaders formally confirmed the launch of the inquiry. MEPs also call for more protection for whistleblowers.

 

General Affairs Council © EUpdf

Main results of the General Affairs Council

25/06/2013

The Council agreed to recommend to the European Council to open accession negotiations with Serbia. The Council also agreed in principle on draft Council decisions authorising the opening of negotiations on a stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo, to be adopted on 28 June 2013, following the necessary procedures.

 

Family photo © EU

G8 summit: promoting global fairness through trade, transparency and tax compliance

18/06/2013

Advancing global trade, fighting tax evasion and tax avoidance, and increasing transparency were the main themes at the 39th G8 summit held in Lough Erne (UK) on 17 and 18 June.