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15/02/2019 - Institutional affairs

MEPs approved a trade deal with Singapore as well plans to screen foreign investment and better protect the victims of road accidents during this week's plenary session.

15/02/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights

As of tomorrow, new EU rules to cut costs and formalities for citizens living outside their home country will start to apply across the European Union.

14/02/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules.

Andrus Ansip © EU
14/02/2019 - Business, taxation and competition

Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for businesses and traders when using online platforms. 

14/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Věra Jourová © EU
13/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks. 

13/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Jyrki Katainen © EU
12/02/2019 - Security and defence

Once the Commission adopts the work programme for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, it will launch calls for proposals under the EU budget for 2019-2020. This will help pave the way for the future European Defence Fund for the period 2021-2027. 

Workers at European Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) © EU
12/02/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Security and defence

An upgrade of the EU’s civil defence mechanism, tested to its limits by 2017 and 2018 forest fires, storms and floods, received the support of the House.

Packets of falsified drugs © EU
08/02/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health

The falsification of medicines has remained a serious threat to public health in the EU for too long. As of tomorrow, the new rules on safety features for prescription medicines sold in the EU will apply.

Pierre Moscovici © EU
07/02/2019 - Economy and the euro

The European economy is expected to grow for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with expansion forecast in every Member State. The pace of growth overall is projected to moderate compared to the high rates of recent years and the outlook is subject to large uncertainty. 

Margaritis Schinas, Mariya Gabriel, Vytenis Andriukaitis © EU
06/02/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission presents a set of recommendations for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across Member States.

06/02/2019 - Business, taxation and competition
Vĕra Jourová © EU
05/02/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

With the majority of criminal investigations requiring access to evidence based online and often outside the EU, there is an urgent need to equip police and judicial authorities with quick and efficient tools fit for modern reality. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
04/02/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights

IT companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech is removed, compared to 40% and 28% respectively when the Code was first launched in 2016. 

Brussels © EU
31/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Parliament adopted changes to its internal rules to operate more efficiently and in a more transparent way. The new rules provide that Members must refrain from improper behaviour, offensive language, and psychological or sexual harassment. The key actors of the legislative process will be required to publish online all scheduled meetings with interest representatives named on the Transparency Register.

31/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
31/01/2019 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
Combined European and Japanese flags © EU
31/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

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