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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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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. 

Representation of people on EU map © EU
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.

Federica Mogherini and Jyrki Katainen © EU
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. 

Council meeting room © EU
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. 

Turkish flag © EU
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. 

Plants in dry soil © EU
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.

Military airplane on tarmac © EU
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. 

Johannes Hahn © EU
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.

Federica Mogherini © UE
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. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
18/10/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

The Council adopted conclusions on Syria, strongly condemning the attacks by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, in particular the disproportionate and deliberate targeting of civilians, and humanitarian and health care personnel. 

Brassard d’un membre du personnel de l’Agence européenne de garde-frontières et garde-côtes © UE
06/10/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs / Justice and citizens rights

Today the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.

Mr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Ms Federica Mogherini © EU
05/10/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

On 5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan co-hosted the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. This conference brought together 75 countries and 26 international organisations and agencies. 

27/09/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs

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