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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.

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
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.

16/05/2017 - Institutional affairs
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.

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. 

Cecilia Malmström and Christian Cardona © EU
11/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and all ministers confirmed their support for the Council's negotiating mandate agreed on 3 May by EU Ambassadors. 

11/05/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries
Pierre Moscovici © EU
11/05/2017 - Economy and the euro

The European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. This is expected to continue at a largely steady pace this year and next. 

Frans Timmermans, Jyrki Katainen © EU
10/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Following the Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe presented on 1 March, the Commission is publishing today its Reflection Paper on Harnessing Globalisation. 

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