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18/03/2019 - Research and innovation

Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).

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16/03/2019 - Employment and social rights

Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

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15/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. 

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15/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act. 

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13/03/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

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13/03/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

13/03/2019 - Transport and travel

The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.

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12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. 

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12/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council adopted new conclusions on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Ministers also discussed excise duty regime, the digital services tax, InvestEU and the European Semester. 

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12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.

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12/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Food, farming and fisheries

New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information.

12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence
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11/03/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

The "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment" that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be made.

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08/03/2019 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights

On 7 March, the Council reviewed where the EU stands in its cooperation with North African countries, discussed the way forward on the EU's response to terrorism, and adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. On 8 March, it agreed its position on the directive on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering of evidence in criminal proceedings.

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08/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing.

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07/03/2019 - Employment and social rights

On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.

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07/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications.


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