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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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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. 

EU leaders and MEPs during debate in European Parliament © EU
05/10/2016 - Institutional affairs

Action to stop massacres in Syria, implement migration policies and border controls, and ensure a balanced approach to trade deals while defending EU industry are the key challenges that EU heads of state or government should tackle at their 20-21 October meeting in Brussels, said Parliament’s political group leaders. 

Cérémonie de ratification de l’accord de Paris (COP21) ©UE
04/10/2016 - Environment, consumers and health

With today’s European Parliament approval of the Paris Agreement ratification – in the presence of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the United Nation's Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the President of COP 21 Ségolène Royal – the last hurdle is cleared.

Wind turbines © EU
30/09/2016 - Environment, consumers and health

The Council agreed to speed up the process of ratification of the Paris Agreement. This agreement sets the framework for global action on climate change. 

30/09/2016 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
Elzbieta Bienkowska and Peter Ziga © EU
29/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

Ministers discussed the collaborative economy. The debate showed considerable encouragement for a balanced development of the collaborative economy in Europe to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. 

View of courtroom © Court of Justice of the European Union
29/09/2016 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Frans Timmermans © EU
28/09/2016 - Institutional affairs

The European Commission is today proposing a mandatory Transparency Register covering all three EU institutions – the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission - delivering on a key transparency commitment of the Juncker Commission.

27/09/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs
Slim Kallas and Corina Creţu © EU
27/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

In line with the initiative "EU budget focused on results" and with the efforts for Better Regulation, today the Commission is taking stock of the work conducted by the High Level Group on Simplification for the beneficiaries of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds).

Counterfeit goods seized in Genoa, Italy © EU
23/09/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to new figures released today by the European Commission.

Woman using a mobile phone © EU
21/09/2016 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology

As announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Address, Members of the College today discussed a revised draft of the rules needed to avoid abuses of the end of roaming charges in time for June 2017.

Council meeting room © EU
20/09/2016 - External relations and foreign affairs / Institutional affairs

The Council held its first discussion on the Commission's mid-term review of the EU's budgetary framework covering the years 2014 to 2020.

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