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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

€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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Federica Mogherini © EU

12/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Ministers took the opportunity of the Council meeting to welcome and express their support to the Libyan political agreement that the UN SRSG Bernardino Leon presented in Skhirat on 8 October.

 

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Budgetary measures under the European Agenda on MigrationChoose translations of the previous link 

Refugees walking across field © EU

30/09/2015

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

The European Commission has today made a first set of concrete proposals for €1.7 billion of EU funding in 2015 and 2016 in order to address the refugee crisis – money EU Heads of State and Government committed to matching last week.

 

Investment Plan for Europe goes global: China announces its contribution to #investEU Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro symbol, notes and coins © EU

28/09/2015

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

At the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing today, China announced its intention to contribute to the Investment Plan, as well as closer cooperation with the EU on investment issues in general.

 

European Commission welcomes new 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentChoose translations of the previous link 

Person pointing at flags and map © EU

25/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The 2030 Agenda, a universal framework for all countries to help eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030, includes an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and will be adopted today at a special UN Summit.

 

Informal meeting of heads of state or government

Roundtable © EU

23/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The EU, together with the member states, has taken a range of measures to address the challenges created by migration. The Council and European Council are intensifying efforts to ensure an adequate and appropriate response to the current refugee crisis and establish a credible European migration policy.

 

Managing the refugee crisis: Immediate operational, budgetary and legal measures under the European Agenda on MigrationChoose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker at College meeting © EU

23/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The College of Commissioners today set out a set of priority actions to be taken within the next six months. President Juncker will present these to European Heads of State and Government tonight at an informal Summit.

 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

From left to right: Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS, Mr Frans TIMMERMANS and Mr Jean ASSELBORN © EU

22/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council adopted a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece.

 

New framework for Gender Equality and Women's EmpowermentChoose translations of the previous link 

Afghani journalist © EU

22/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission and the European External Action Service adopted a new framework for the EU's activities on gender equality and women's empowerment in EU's external relations.

 

MEPs give go-ahead to relocate an additional 120,000 asylum seekers in the EU

Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and EC VP Frans Timmermans © EU

17/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

An emergency proposal to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers from Italy, Greece and Hungary among EU member states was backed by Parliament.

 

Commission proposes new Investment Court System for TTIP and other EU trade and investment negotiations Choose translations of the previous link 

Cecilia Malmström © EU

16/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has approved its proposal for a new and transparent system for resolving disputes between investors and states – the Investment Court System.

 

EU-Republic of Korea summit

From left to right: Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Ms - PARK GEUN HYE, President of South Korea © EU

15/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The 8th bilateral summit between the European Union and the Republic of Korea (ROK) took place on 15 September in Seoul. Leaders discussed the positive state of EU-ROK bilateral relations, cooperation on foreign and security policy and regional issues and global challenges, such as climate change and counter-terrorism.

 

Main results of the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council

From left to right: Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS, Mr Frans TIMMERMANS, and Mr Jean ASSELBORN © EU

14/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council adopted a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

View of Council meeting room © EU

14/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Council adopted a positive assessment that the conditions to move to the first step of phase two on the high seas of EUNAVFOR MED have been met. It also prolonged by six months EU sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.

 

Refugee Crisis: European Commission takes decisive action Choose translations of the previous link 

refugee camp in Traiskirchen © EU

09/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Delivering on the European Agenda on Migration from May, the European Commission is today putting forward a comprehensive package of proposals which will help address the refugee crisis.

 

European Commission adopts its position ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit 2016 Choose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope on globe © EU

02/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Today the European Commission has adopted a Communication 'Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: A global partnership for principled and effective humanitarian action'. The Communication sets out the EU's strategic vision for reshaping humanitarian action ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.

 

Managing migration: €2.4 billion to support Member States Choose translations of the previous link 

Representation of people in EU countries © EU

10/08/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Commission has approved 23 multiannual national programmes under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). €2.4 billion will flow to frontline Member States dealing with high migratory flows.

 

EU and Vietnam reach agreement on free trade dealChoose translations of the previous link 

Cecilia Malmström © EU

06/08/2015

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The EU and Vietnam have reached an agreement in principle for a free trade agreement (FTA), after two and a half years of intense negotiations.

 

Commission modernises EU customs procedures Choose translations of the previous link 

Vaalimaa customs checkpoint, Finland © EU

28/07/2015

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission has adopted today a legal act to create a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system to support cross-border trade and provide for more EU-wide cooperation in customs matters.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

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

20/07/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Ministers discussed Iran, Libya and the Middle East peace process, as well as Tunisia. The Council adopted a new action plan for human rights and democracy.

 

Plenary highlights: Greece, TTIP, emissions trading reform

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

10/07/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Greece debt crisis took centre stage during July's plenary session, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to Strasbourg to discuss the search for solutions. MEPs also adopted their recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and approved a reform of the EU's emissions trading scheme that should boost incentives for green investments.

 

TTIP: ease access to US market, protect EU standards, reform dispute settlement

EU and US flags © EU

08/07/2015

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

An EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but must not undermine EU standards, say MEPs in recommendations to EU trade negotiators.

 

EU-China summit

From left to right: Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Li Keqiang and Mr Donald Tusk © EU

29/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and China took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels. Leaders agreed to reinforce the EU-China 2020 strategic agenda, adopted at the 2013 summit in Beijing.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

26/06/2015

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

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on Greece, migration, the upcoming referendum in the UK, security and defence and economic issues.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ms Federica Mogherini © EU

22/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

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

 

EU-Mexico summit

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Enrique Peña Nieto and Mr Donald Tusk © EU

12/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Union and Mexico held the 7th EU-Mexico summit in Brussels. Leaders agreed to reinforce the strategic partnership and modernise the EU-Mexico global agreement. They also agreed to strengthen political dialogue between the EU and Mexico on bilateral and multilateral issues.

 

EU-CELAC summit

EU-CELAC family photo © EU

11/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The second EU-CELAC / 8th EU-LAC summit was held in Brussels on 10-11 June 2015 under the theme: "Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens".

 

After ACTA: EU needs new tools to protect EU intellectual property rights

Headphones with copyright symbol © EU

09/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The EU needs better tools to protect EU intellectual property in third countries, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They ask the EU Commission to look into appropriate means and methods to this end.

 

The EU at the G7 summit

G7 group photo © EU

08/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

On 7-8 June 2015, Germany hosted the meeting of the G7 heads of state and government. The summit focused on the global economy and climate change as well as on key foreign, security and development issues.

 

European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration Choose translations of the previous link 

Representation of people in EU countries © EU

27/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Two weeks after presenting the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission is today adopting the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU

26/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

EU development ministers exchanged views on financing for development in the context of the negotiations towards the new post-2015 development agenda.

 

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.