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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

Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference after the European Councilpdf

Institutional affairs, Council of the EU | 19/12/2014

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the UNGA adoption of...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 20:45

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival to the...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 19:13

Statement by the HR/VP Federica Mogherini on the occasion of the International Migrants Day

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 19:08

Statement by the Spokesperson on the abduction of women and children, and killing of at...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 18:26

Q&A's for the European Union Maritime Security Strategy and Action PlanpdfChoose translations of the previous link 

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 18:00

Article - Schulz: “Investing is about building bridges to a successful future”

Institutional affairs, European Parliament | 18/12/2014 17:19

Statement by the Spokesperson on the announcement by the FARC of a unilateral ceasefire for...

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 18/12/2014 15:05

Press release - European Parliament approves EU-Georgia association deal

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

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19/12/2014 03:56

Portuguese national briefing by Pedro PASSOS COELHO, Portuguese Prime Minister

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Departure doorstep (in Greek) by Yannakis OMIROU, President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus

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Departure doorstep (in English) by David CAMERON, British Prime Minister

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Departure doorstep (in Bulgarian) by Boyko BORISOV, Bulgarian Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 03:56

Slovak national briefing by Robert FICO, Slovak Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 03:56

Spanish national briefing by Mariano RAJOY, Spanish Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 03:56

European Court of Justice judgment C-202/13 McCarthy and Others (Freedom of movement for persons):

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European Court of Justice judgment C-364/13 International Stem Cell Corporation (Intellectual property):

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European Court of Justice opinion Avis 2/13 Avis au titre de l'article 218, paragraphe 11, TFUE (Law governing the institutions):

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Address by Johannes HAHN, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, to Georgian citizens on the occasion of the ratification of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement by the European Parliament:

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Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, receives Hashim THACI, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kosovo:

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Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, meets with Miro CERAR, Slovenian Prime Minister:

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Persecution of the democratic opposition in Venezuela: extracts from the debate on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law

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19/12/2014 03:56

Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC, and Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional, Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, meet with Edmund STOIBER, former Chairman of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens:

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19/12/2014 03:56

Departure doorstep (in Hungarian) by Viktor ORBÁN, Hungarian Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 03:56

Swedish national briefing by Stefan LÖFVEN, Swedish Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 03:56

Austrian national briefing by Werner FAYMANN, Austrian Federal Chancellor

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Departure doorstep (in English) by Enda KENNY, Irish Prime Minister

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Departure doorstep (in Luxembourgish and in French) by Xavier BETTEL, Prime Minister of Luxembourg

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European Council Roundup

19/12/2014 02:34

This is a video summary of the European Council in Brussels on 18 December 2014. The main topics are investment and the conflict in Ukraine.

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