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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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Ms Vera JOUROVA, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; Mr Josef MOSER, Austrian Federal Minister for Justice © EU
12/10/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council adopted its position on the directive on insolvency, restructuring and second chance. Home affairs ministers discussed a Commission proposal on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG). They expressed their general wish to strengthen the mandate of the EBCG.

12/10/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel
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11/10/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

Today the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy. 

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10/10/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Today, the European Commission is reporting on the progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, calling on the European Parliament and the Council to finalise their work on priority security initiatives as a matter of urgency.

Commissioner Miguel Arias CANETE and Austrian Federal Minister of Sustainability and Tourism Elisabeth KOSTINGER © EU
10/10/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

Meeting in Luxembourg on 9 October, environment ministers succeeded in reaching an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans (recast). They agreed on the Council position on the text and set new targets for stricter CO2 emission standards.

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09/10/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

Today the Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Based on scientific advice, these new measures will enable stocks to gradually rebuild to sustainable levels.

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05/10/2018 - Institutional affairs

Cleaner cars, more European films on streaming services and concerns about the state of rule of law were among the highlights of this week’s plenary session. 

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04/10/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The new rules, already informally agreed between Parliament’s negotiators and EU ministers in June, will make it quicker and simpler for EU member states to ask each other to freeze criminal assets or confiscate criminal property.

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04/10/2018 - Business, taxation and competition

New rules aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU for companies and public authorities were adopted by MEPs.

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03/10/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

CO2 emissions from new cars should be cut by 40% by 2030 and market uptake of electric and low- emission cars should accelerate, say MEPs.

03/10/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
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02/10/2018 - Culture, education and youth

MEPs voted on updated rules on audiovisual media services, protecting children better, with stricter rules on advertising, and 30% European content in video-on-demand. 

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02/10/2018 - Economy and the euro

The Commission presented its proposal to strengthen the role of the European Banking Authority (EBA) in supervising EU financial institutions, so as to better address money laundering and terrorist financing threats. 

01/10/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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28/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

Ministers held a policy debate on the structure of the next EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, as well as on the Specific Programme implementing Horizon Europe. 

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27/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

New figures released by the European Commission today show that customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over €580 million.

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21/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition

While Member States' have carried out a lot of work to improve VAT collection, today's figures show that reform of the current EU VAT system combined with better cooperation at EU level are needed so that Member States can make full use of VAT revenues in their budgets.

20/09/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Federica Mogherini and Violeta Bulc © EU
19/09/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

With sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity at its core, the Communication will help to guide the EU's external action in this field and is a part of the implementation of its Global Strategy. 

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