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Michel Barnier and Ekaterina Zaharieva © EU
29/01/2018 - Institutional affairs

EU27 ministers adopt a new set of negotiating directives for the Brexit talks, which detail the EU27 position on the transition period. 

Gavel on book of law and EU flag © EU
25/01/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Vĕra Jourová © EU
24/01/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission publishes guidance to facilitate a direct and smooth application of the new data protection rules across the EU as of 25 May. The Commission also launches a new online tool dedicated to SMEs.

Des soldats portant le drapeau européen © UE
24/01/2018 - Security and defence

Today, the European Commission reports on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, including priorities like countering radicalisation, enhancing cybersecurity and protecting public spaces.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Vladislav Goranov © EU
23/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council removed 8 jurisdictions from the EU's list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns. 

22/01/2018 - Economy and the euro
Vĕra Jourová © EU
19/01/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The third evaluation of the Code of Conduct on countering illegal online hate speech carried out by NGOs and public bodies released today shows that IT companies removed on average 70% of illegal hate speech notified to them.

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
19/01/2018 - Institutional affairs

The future of Europe, the influence of Russian propaganda, new renewable energy targets: check out our overview of Parliament’s first plenary session of 2018. 

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
18/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has welcomed the headway made in tackling non-performing loans (NPLs) in the EU as part of ongoing work at the national and EU level to reduce remaining risks in parts of the European banking sector.

Pierre Moscovici © EU
18/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has proposed new rules to give Member States more flexibility to set Value Added Tax (VAT) rates and to create a better tax environment to help SMEs flourish.

Young people working on computers © EU
17/01/2018 - Culture, education and youth

To follow up on the Gothenburg Summit, the European Commission has adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the European Union. 

Windmills and solar panels on green map of Europe © EU
17/01/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

MEPs are ready to negotiate binding targets with EU ministers to boost energy efficiency by 35% and the share of renewables in the total energy mix by 35%, by 2030. 

Plastic waste in park © EU
16/01/2018 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe.

Fishing boat at sea © EU
16/01/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

New EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, were voted on Tuesday. MEPs inserted an amendment to ban the use of pulsed electric current for fishing.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Boyko Borrisov © EU
12/01/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries / Institutional affairs

The loan guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will create more than 200 jobs in rural areas and strengthen the agriculture sector in Bulgaria. The deal was signed in Sofia in the presence of President Juncker and Prime Minister Borissov. 

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
12/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

European consumers will be able to reap the full benefits of paying online for goods and services, thanks to new rules that will it make it cheaper, easier and safer to make electronic payments.

Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas © EU
11/01/2018 - Research and innovation

The European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure. 


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