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2 major challenges for Europe: investment and Eastern neighbourhood

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18/12/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders focused on Europe's two most important challenges: boosting investment, and the situation at its eastern borders. It was the first European Council chaired by Donald Tusk as President and it followed a shorter format, a 'one day summit'.

 

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.

 
 

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

EUROPE IN HARMONY

Employment and social rights, European Economic and Social Committee | 19/12/2014 12:30

EUROPE IN HARMONY

Employment and social rights, European Economic and Social Committee | 19/12/2014 12:30

HR/VP Mogherini visits Iraq

External relations and foreign affairs, European External Action Service (EEAS) | 19/12/2014 12:29

Commission to recover €102 million of CAP expenditure from the Member StatesChoose translations of the previous link 

Agriculture, fisheries and food, European Commission | 19/12/2014 12:12

CALENDRIER du 22 décembre 2014 au 11 janvier 2015Choose translations of the previous link 

European Commission | 19/12/2014 12:00

Daily News 19 / 12 / 2014Choose translations of the previous link 

European Commission | 19/12/2014 12:00

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European Council: extracts from the press conference by Donald TUSK, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the EC, and Matteo RENZI, Italian Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 17:23

Danish national briefing by Helle THORNING-SCHMIDT, Danish Prime Minister

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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 17:23

Slovak national briefing by Robert FICO, Slovak Prime Minister

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19/12/2014 17:23

Spanish national briefing by Mariano RAJOY, Spanish Prime Minister

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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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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 17:23

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

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RECORDED European Council - Swedish national briefing

19/12/2014 17:23

Swedish national briefing by Stefan LÖFVEN, Swedish Prime Minister

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RECORDED European Council - Austrian national briefing

19/12/2014 17:23

Austrian national briefing by Werner FAYMANN, Austrian Federal Chancellor

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

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Departure doorstep (in English) by Enda KENNY, Irish 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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19/12/2014 17:23

Portuguese national briefing by Pedro PASSOS COELHO, Portuguese Prime Minister

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

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