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‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan.It will be built through concrete achievementswhich first create a de facto solidarity.’ Robert Schuman 9 May 1950

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Fumes from car exhaust © EU
23/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, won the support of MEPs.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
23/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

This proposal builds on existing EU banking rules and aims to complete the post-crisis regulatory agenda by making sure that the regulatory framework addresses any outstanding challenges to financial stability, while ensuring that banks can continue to support the real economy.

Tibor Navracsics and Peter Plavcan © EU
22/11/2016 - Culture, education and youth

The Council adopted a resolution on a New Skills Agenda, which highlights the main aspects that will guide Council work in this field, in response to the Commission's communication on the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness.

Plants in dry soil © EU
22/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade

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

Militärflugzeug auf Asphalt © EU
22/11/2016 - Security and defence

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.

Dimitrios Avramopoulos © EU
18/11/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission presented its proposal on the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS). Ministers considered that the system proposed is an appropriate tool for closing the information gap on visa exempt visitors and will therefore strengthen the EU's security and border management policy. 

17/11/2016 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Kristalina Georgieva et Ivan Lesay © UE
16/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

The Council and European Parliament reached agreement on a 2017 EU budget. Total commitments were set at €157.88 billion and payments at €134.49 billion. 

16/11/2016 - Institutional affairs
Valdis Dombrovskis and Marianne Thyssen © EU
16/11/2016 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Commission sets EU's economic and social priorities for the year ahead, confirms the need to move towards a more positive fiscal stance for the euro area, and completes assessment of euro area Member States' Draft Budgetary Plans.

Phil Hogan and Gabriela Matecna © EU
15/11/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached a political agreement on the fishing opportunities for deep sea stocks for 2017 and 2018. Ministers were briefed by the Commission on the results of the work of the agricultural markets task force and its final recommendations. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
15/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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. 

Karmenu Vella © EU
10/11/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion. Climate change, poverty and food security are some of the global challenges that can be effectively addressed, if oceans are better protected and sustainably managed.

Pierre Moscovici © EU
09/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

Economic growth in Europe is expected to continue at a moderate pace, as recent labour market gains and rising private consumption are being counterbalanced by a number of hindrances to growth and the weakening of supportive factors.

Johannes Hahn © EU
09/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Peter Kazimir © EU
08/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

The Council agreed on the criteria and the process for the establishment of an EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters. It also agreed on a proposal granting access for tax authorities to information held by authorities responsible for the prevention of money laundering. 


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