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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.
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.
The Council agreed on a draft decision establishing a temporary and exceptional relocation mechanism from Italy and Greece to other member states of persons in clear need of international protection.
The Commission has today taken 85 decisions including 15 reasoned opinions and 2 referrals to the EU Court of Justice. The Commission is also closing 59 cases where the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support programme for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans today to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds.
As part of the Energy Union strategy, today the Commission presented proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System.
The Council issued country-specific recommendations and opinions on the economic, fiscal and employment policies planned by the member states, as well as a specific recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area.
Ministers held a follow-up discussion on the agreement negotiated at the Eurogroup and the Euro Summit over the previous two days following the request by Greece for financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism, which had been submitted on 9 July 2015.
The Council was briefed by the Commission on a proposal for a regulation on the possibility for the member states to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory; as well as on agricultural market developments, in particular on the impact the import ban has had on EU agricultural products imposed by Russia since August 2014.
On 13 July 2015, the leaders from the euro area member states agreed in principle that they are ready to start negotiations on an ESM financial assistance programme for Greece.
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.
The 32nd 'Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law' reviews the Member States’ performance on key aspects of the application of Union law and highlights the main enforcement policy developments of 2014.
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.
The leaders of the euro area member states discussed the situation in Greece following the referendum held on 5 July. After the meeting President of the Euro Summit Donald Tusk confirmed that the euro area authorities were ready to do all that is necessary to ensure the financial stability in the euro area.
The European Commission takes note of and respects the result of the referendum in Greece. President Juncker is consulting tonight and tomorrow with the democratically elected leaders of the other 18 Eurozone members as well as with the Heads of the EU institutions.