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EXME 14 / 14.08
14 / 08 / 14
Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting (Brussels, 15 August)
High Representative / Vice President Catherine Ashton has convened an Extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council meeting taking place tomorrow, Friday 15th of August, in Brussels. Ministers will discuss the situation in the Southern neighbourhood (notably Iraq) and the Eastern neighbourhood (Ukraine).
The FAC meeting is preceded by a background briefing today at 13:00 CET in the Justus Lipsius building of the Council of the EU.
A press conference will take place following the meeting tomorrow, also in the Justus Lipsius building of the Council of the EU, and will be live broadcast via EBS .
Seasonally adjusted GDP remained stable in the euro area (EA18) and rose by 0.2% in the EU28 during the second quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates2 published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2014, GDP grew by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28. Compared with the same quarter of the previous year, seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.7% in the euro area and by 1.2% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2014, after +0.9% and +1.4% respectively in the previous quarter.
Euro area annual inflation was 0.4% in July 2014, down from 0.5% in June. This is the lowest annual inflation rate since October 2009. In July 2013 the rate was 1.6%. Monthly inflation was -0.7% in July 2014. European Union annual inflation was 0.6% in July 2014, down from 0.7% in June. A year earlier the rate was 1.7%. Monthly inflation was -0.5% in July 2014.