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Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen , Pierre Moscovici © EU
23/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The European Commission presents the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance for Member States for the next 12 to 18 months. 

Günther Oettinger © EU
23/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Commission proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's borders.

Cecilia Malmström, Emil Karanikolov © EU
23/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The Council authorised the Commission to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. It also adopted conclusions on the negotiation and conclusion of EU trade agreements. 

Tibor Navracsics © EU
22/05/2018 - Culture, education and youth

The Commission is advancing work to build a European Education Area by 2025, reinforce the cultural dimension of the European Union and bolster youth participation, with a new set of measures, including a new Youth Strategy and a new Agenda for Culture.

Christos Stylianides © EU
18/05/2018 - Culture, education and youth / International aid, development and cooperation

The Commission has adopted a new policy framework that aims to increase humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and crises to 10% of its overall humanitarian aid budget as of 2019. The policy also aims to bring children caught up in humanitarian crises back to learning within 3 months. 

Fiber optic cables © EU
18/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is publishing the results of the 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), a tool which monitors the performance of Member States in digital connectivity, digital skills online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services.

EU-Balkans summit family photo © EU
17/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

On 17 May, EU leaders met with their partners from the Western Balkans. On this occasion, they reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the European perspective. 

Driverless electric Autonom Shuttle in Lyon, France © EU
17/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system. The objective is to allow all Europeans to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry.

Karmenu Vella © EU
17/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

The Commission is providing national, regional and local actors with practical help to improve air quality in Europe, and stepping up its enforcement against 7 Member States who have breached agreed EU rules on air pollution limits and type approval for cars.

17/05/2018 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Jyrki Katainen, Carlos Moedas © EU
15/05/2018 - Research and innovation

The Commission presents its contribution to the informal discussion that Heads of State and Government will hold in Sofia on 16 May 2018 on research and innovation and the steps needed to ensure Europe's global competitiveness.

Tablet computer with lock attached © EU
15/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Ten days ahead of the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission is presenting a set of concrete actions that European leaders can take to protect citizens' privacy and make the EU's Digital Single Market a reality before the end of 2018.

Frans Timmermans and Ekaterina Zaharieva © EU
14/05/2018 - Institutional affairs

The Council discussed the EU's long-term budget for the 2021-2027 period. It also began preparations for the June European Council and exchanged views on the rule of law in Poland. 

People voting by show of hands in an assembly © EU
09/05/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

On Europe Day, the European Commission is launching an online public consultation addressed to all Europeans, asking them what direction they want the European Union to take in the future. This unique consultation was prepared by a panel of 96 citizens from 27 Member States.

Scientist injecting laboratory mouse © EU
03/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation

The EU should launch a diplomatic drive for a worldwide ban on testing cosmetics on animals before 2023, Parliament urged. Within the EU itself, the sale of all animal-tested cosmetics has been banned since 2013. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
03/05/2018 - Economy and the euro

Growth rates for the EU and the euro area beat expectations in 2017 to reach a 10-year high at 2.4%. Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and ease only slightly in 2019, with growth of 2.3% and 2.0% respectively in both the EU and the euro area. 


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