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‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan.It will be built through concrete achievementswhich first create a de facto solidarity.’ Robert Schuman 9 May 1950

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Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
23/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is today presenting an Action Plan that sets out ways to provide European consumers with greater choice and better access to financial services across the EU. 

Valdis Dombrovskis et Edward Scicluna © UE
21/03/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council discussed the implementation of country-specific recommendations under the 'European Semester', focusing on the reform experiences in this area in the member states. 

Gebäude des Europäischen Parlaments in Straßburg © EU
17/03/2017 - Institutional affairs

Modern threats and ancient prejudices dominated Parliament’s March 2017 plenary session. The need to ensure that our food is safe was debated as were the threats and opportunities of melting polar ice. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
16/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

Today, the European Commission presented its latest report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. In 2016, the system was more actively used by national authorities, who removed more dangerous products from stores. 

Person eating salad with fork © EU
15/03/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, were adopted by Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.

Police dog discovers drugs in luggage © EU
15/03/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Building on the findings of the evaluation of the EU Drugs Strategy for 2013-2020 and the Action Plan for 2013-2016, the new Action Plan on Drugs provides a strengthened response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, Federica Mogherini © EU
14/03/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a Joint Communication proposing a forward- looking EU strategy for Syria. 

Firearms in display cabinet © EU
14/03/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons, like those used in the Paris terror attacks, and an obligation for EU member states to have an appropriate monitoring system in place for the issuance or renewal of licences and to exchange information, are among the updates approved by MEPs to the 1991 firearms directive.

Brokers at Frankfurt stock exchange © EU
14/03/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights

New tools to sharpen big EU firms’ focus on their long-run performance, by fostering their shareholders’ commitment to it, were approved by Parliament. They will include giving shareholders a say on directors’ pay and making it easier for firms to identify their shareholders.

European Council meeting room © EU
10/03/2017 - Institutional affairs

The EU leaders looked at a number of the most pressing issues, including economy, security, migration and the situation in Western Balkans. 

Donald Tusk © EU
10/03/2017 - Institutional affairs

The European Council today re-elected Donald Tusk as its president for a second term of two and a half years, from 1 June 2017 to 30 November 2019. Donald Tusk was also re-appointed as President of the Euro Summit for the same period. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
08/03/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission is marking International Women's Day with the publication of a new report on equality between men and women, which shows that EU legislation, guidelines, actions and funding possibilities are supporting noticeable but uneven progress in EU Member States. 

Louis Grech, Maltese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs © EU
07/03/2017 -

The Council agreed to adjust the EU's multi-annual financial framework for 2014-2020 to bring it in line with new priorities: tackling the migration crisis, strengthening security, boosting growth and creating jobs. The Council also adopted a directive updating and extending the legal tools available to respond to the evolving terrorist threat across the EU.

06/03/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries
Federica Mogherini © EU
06/03/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Ministers reconfirmed the EU engagement and focus on the Western Balkans, including through political and economic links. The Council also adopted conclusions setting out the progress achieved in implementing the EU global strategy in the area of security and defence.

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