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Council reaches political agreements on CO2 emissions from ships and plastic bag use

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17/12/2014

Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Brussels, EU environment ministers reached an agreement on new EU-wide rules for CO2 emissions from ships. They also agreed on new rules to limit to use of lightweight plastic bags across the EU.

 

Parliament approves EU budgets for 2014 and 2015

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17/12/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014.

 
 

Special coverage

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EU response to Ebola

In response to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the EU is contributing humanitarian aid, expertise, international coordination and longer-term development assistance.

 
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EU sanctions against Russia over Ukraine crisis

In response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and deliberate destabilisation of a neighbouring sovereign country, the EU has imposed restrictive measures against the Russian Federation.

 
The economic crisis – The EU’s response

The economic crisis – The EU’s response

The European Union has been responding to the global economic crisis through actions on different levels.

 
Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020

Multiannual financial framework 2014-2020

The multiannual financial framework (MFF, formerly ‘financial perspectives’) is a spending plan that translates the EU priorities into financial terms.

 
Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy

Europe 2020 – Europe's growth strategy

The strategy should ensure that Europe’s high quality of life, underpinned by its unique social model, is sustained and further enhanced.

 
EU Enlargement – State of play

EU Enlargement – State of play

EU Enlargement – State of play

 
 

Latest press releases and statements

Press release - European Parliament approves EU-Georgia association deal

External relations and foreign affairs, European Parliament | 18/12/2014 12:11

Daily News 18 / 12 / 2014Choose translations of the previous link 

European Commission | 18/12/2014 12:00

Press release - Human rights: Venezuela; Sudan and Mauritania

External relations and foreign affairs, European Parliament | 18/12/2014 11:52

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 11:37

Third quarter of 2014 - Euro area job vacancy stable at 1.6% - EU28 also stable at 1.6%Choose translations of the previous link 

Statistics, Eurostat - Statistical Office | 18/12/2014 11:00

184/2014 : 18 December 2014 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-449/13

Justice and citizens rights, Court of Justice of the EU | 18/12/2014 10:14

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Kristalina GEORGIEVA, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Budget and Human Resources welcoming the plenary vote on the EU budget:

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Vote on the recognition of Palestine statehood: extracts from the vote

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Award of the LUX Prize: Interview of the winnerPaweł Pawlikowski, director of the film "Ida"

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Award of the LUX Prize: extracts from the ceremony

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Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with the finalists of the Lux Prize : arrivals and roundtable

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Preparations for the European Council meeting (18-19 December 2014): MEPs debate

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Environment Council: extracts from the doorsteps (Italy, Austria, Germany) and the arrivals (Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, EC, Czech Republic, Malta, Croatia, Lithuania, Hungary, Belgium, France)

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EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Council: roundtable

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Environment Council: roundtable

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Preparations for the European Council meeting (18-19 December 2014): extracts from the Council and Commission statements

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Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy Union, participates in the EUFORES breakfast meeting roundtable on renewable energy and energy efficiency:

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Agriculture and Fisheries Council (16/12/2014): extracts from the press conference by Giuseppe CASTIGLIONE, Italian State Secretary for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policy, and Karmenu VELLA, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

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EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Council: exracts from the press conference by Edgars RINKEVICS, Foreign Minister of Latvia, Christian DANIELSSON, Director-General of the DG Enlargement of the EC, and Jadranka JOKSIMOVICJ, Serbian Minister without portfolio responsible for European Integration

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Donald Tusk meets the PM of Slovenia

18/12/2014 12:58

Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, meets with Miro CERAR, Prime Minister of Slovenia, on 18 December 2014, in Brussels.

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