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17/11/2017 - Institutional affairs

This year’s Lux Film Prize winner, tax avoidance, and protection for online shoppers were among the issues being dealt with during this week's plenary session. Read on for our overview.

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15/11/2017 - Asylum and migration

In the run-up to the European Council in December, the Commission and the High Representative are today setting out the work still required to consolidate the positive results achieved over the past years. 

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15/11/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Tougher EU rules to fight dumped and subsidised imports from third countries were voted by MEPs on Wednesday. For the first time worldwide, EU trade rules will require trade partners outside the EU to meet international social and environmental standards, so as to prevent dumping. 

Margaritis Schinas, on the right, and Jyrki Katainen © EU
14/11/2017 - Culture, education and youth

With the debate on the future of Europe in full swing, the European Commission is today setting out its vision for how we can create a European Education Area by 2025.

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14/11/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

EU-wide rules to better protect consumers against scams and detect and stop rogue traders more swiftly were approved by MEPs. National enforcement authorities will have more powers to detect and halt online breaches of consumer protection laws and be able to coordinate their actions better across the EU. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
14/11/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Foreign affairs ministers and defence ministers discussed on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy in the area of security and defence. The Council then adopted conclusions on security and defence highlighting the progress achieved and looking at the next steps. 

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13/11/2017 - Culture, education and youth / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission launched today a public consultation on fake news and online disinformation and set up a High-Level Expert Group representing academics, online platforms, news media and civil society organisations.

10/11/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Military troops and airplane © EU
10/11/2017 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

As part of the drive to better protect citizens and improve the Union's security environment, the European Commission and the High Representative are proposing a number of actions to improving military mobility within the European Union.

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09/11/2017 - Culture, education and youth

The 2017 edition of the Commission's Education and Training Monitor, published today, shows that national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective. Yet it also confirms that students' educational attainment largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
09/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

The euro area economy is on track to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this year, with real GDP growth forecast at 2.2%. This is substantially higher than expected in spring (1.7%). The EU economy as a whole is also set to beat expectations with robust growth of 2.3% this year (up from 1.9% in spring).

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08/11/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles. 

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08/11/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

To improve the functioning of the EU internal energy market and enhance solidarity between Member States, the Commission today proposed to amend the EU Gas Directive.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Toomas Toniste © EU
07/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

Ministers discussed improved VAT rules to help facilitate electronic commerce and online businesses. They also discussed proposals aimed at strengthening financial supervision and encouraging capital market integration in Europe. 

Pierre Moscovici and Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU
06/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Eurogroup meeting took place in two formats: the first part was a regular meeting of the euro area ministers, while the second part was a meeting of the ministers of 27 EU member states with the aim of preparing the December Euro Summit. 

06/11/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries
31/10/2017 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
Carlos Moedas © EU
27/10/2017 - Research and innovation

The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. 

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
27/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Tackling sexual harassment, strengthening the EU’s external borders, banning glyphosate and acknowledging the efforts of Venezuela’s democratic opposition: check out our plenary overview. 


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