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03/12/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

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.

Christos Stylianides © EU
01/12/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

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 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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. 

Cecilia Malmström and Jean Asselborn © EU
27/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed preparations for the 10th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference, to be held in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December 2015.

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 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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 – family photo © EU
16/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

View of meeting room in Valetta © EU
12/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

Johannes Hahn © EU
10/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

Refugee camp in Traiskirchen © EU
27/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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%.

View of meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
26/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

Family photo of the European Council © EU
15/10/2015 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

Representation of people in EU countries © EU
14/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

Federica Mogherini © EU
12/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

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28/09/2015 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

Person pointing at flags and map © EU
25/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

Roundtable © EU
23/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

From left to right: Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS, Mr Frans TIMMERMANS and Mr Jean ASSELBORN © EU
22/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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

Afghani journalist © EU
22/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
16/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / 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.

From left to right: Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Ms - PARK GEUN HYE, President of South Korea © EU
15/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

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