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G7 family photo © EU
27/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

On 26 and 27 May 2017, Italy hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The summit focused on foreign policy, the global economy and the reduction of inequalities, and the migration crisis. 

Soldiers carrying EU flag © EU
24/05/2017 - Security and defence

Feeding into the discussion on the future direction of the EU at 27, the Commission today held an orientation debate on the future of European defence. 

23/05/2017 - Culture, education and youth
Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
23/05/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council agreed on a new system for resolving double taxation disputes between member states. Ministers also discussed a proposal for a common corporate tax base (CCTB) in the EU, aimed at reducing the administrative burden of multinational companies. 

Michel Barnier and Louis Grech © EU
22/05/2017 - Institutional affairs

The Council, meeting in an EU27 format, adopted a decision authorising the beginning of talks with the UK following the notification of its intention to leave the EU. The Commission was nominated as the EU negotiator. 

Valdis Dombrovskis , Marianne Thyssen, Pierre Moscovici © EU
22/05/2017 - Economy and the euro

Member States should use the window of opportunity offered by the economic recovery to pursue structural reforms, boost investment and strengthen their public finances.

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
19/05/2017 - Institutional affairs

During Wednesday's debate on the European Council of 29 April dedicated to Brexit, MEPs welcomed the unity shown by EU countries ahead of negotiations with the UK, but also insisted on a reform of the EU taking place at the same time. 

Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Carmel Abela © EU
18/05/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council adopted conclusions on setting the EU's priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-2021 policy cycle. 

Person watching television © EU
18/05/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Parliament approved new rules allowing EU citizens to access online subscription content while abroad. EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country.

Map of EU and neighboring countries © EU
18/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The ENP was reviewed in 2015 to respond to the new challenges of an evolving neighbourhood. Today's report shows results following a new approach based on differentiation, joint ownership and flexibility.

Gavel on book of law and EU flag © EU
17/05/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The situation in Hungary justifies the triggering of the procedure which may result in sanctions for Hungary, MEPs say in a resolution.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
17/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has approved new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and the outermost regions from prior Commission scrutiny. 

17/05/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights
Boxes of waste food © EU
16/05/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

MEPs advocate efforts to halve by 2030 food waste in the EU, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about “best before” and “use by” labels.

16/05/2017 - Institutional affairs
Federica Mogherini © EU
15/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa, a region facing destabilisation in particular in Somalia and South Sudan. In light of the recent worrying developments in the country, the Council adopted conclusions on Venezuela. 

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