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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on 14 September 2016.

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22/02/2017 - Business / External relations and foreign affairs
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15/02/2017 - Business / External relations and foreign affairs

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017.

09/02/2017 - External relations and foreign affairs
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08/02/2017 - External relations and foreign affairs

Today, the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016.

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06/02/2017 - External relations and foreign affairs

EU foreign ministers reaffirmed the importance of Libya regaining its stability through an inclusive political settlement under the framework of the Libyan political agreement. The Council also discussed the Middle East peace process and the situation in Ukraine and in Egypt.

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25/01/2017 - External relations and foreign affairs

Ahead of the meeting of Heads of State and Government in Malta on 3 February 2017, the Commission and the High Representative have today set out their contribution to the discussion on how to better manage migration and save lives along the Central Mediterranean route. 

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. 

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08/12/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The Commission is today reporting on progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and on the EU's relocation and resettlement schemes.

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30/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs / Institutional affairs

The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States' more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens' security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. 

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28/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The Council discussed the revision of the European consensus on development, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission. This revision will implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Petro Poroshenko and Donald Tusk © EU
24/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

Leaders' discussions focused on reforms in Ukraine. Since the last summit in 2015 Ukraine has worked on an ambitious reform agenda, with strong EU support. 

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24/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the "disproportionate repressive measures" under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted. 

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22/11/2016 - Environment, consumers and health / External relations and foreign affairs

Today, the European Commission is setting out a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world.

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22/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs / Institutional affairs

Terrorism, hybrid threats and cyber- and energy insecurity leave EU countries no choice but to step up their security and defence cooperation efforts, thus paving the way to a European Defence Union, say MEPs in a resolution.

Federica Mogherini © EU
15/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The Council had a discussion on EU-NATO cooperation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers also adopted conclusions setting out the level of ambition and the way forward on the future development of EU security and defence policy. 

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09/11/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package. It assesses where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in implementing key political and economic reforms, and what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Justin Trudeau, Donald Tusk and Robert Fico © EU
30/10/2016 - Business / Environment, consumers and health / External relations and foreign affairs / Institutional affairs

The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.

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18/10/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The Commission presents its first progress report on the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries to more effectively manage migration together. 

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