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18/12/2014 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

EU leaders focused on Europe's two most important challenges: boosting investment, and the situation at its eastern borders. It was the first European Council chaired by Donald Tusk as President and it followed a shorter format, a 'one day summit'.

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17/12/2014 - Consumer affairs and public health

Meeting in Brussels, EU environment ministers reached an agreement on new EU-wide rules for CO2 emissions from ships. They also agreed on new rules to limit to use of lightweight plastic bags across the EU.

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17/12/2014 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014.

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16/12/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / EU regional and urban development

The General Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the EU enlargement process and on the role of the Council in safeguarding rule of law. It also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council.

Vytenis Pavilas Andriukaitis, Maurizio Martina and Phil Hogan © EU
16/12/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

Meeting in Brussels, ministers reached a political agreement on 2015 fishing opportunities for certain fish stocks in EU and non-EU waters and in the Black Sea. The Council also discussed agricultural issues, such as agricultural expenditure and young farmers.

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16/12/2014 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights / Institutional affairs

The European Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2015 – setting out the actions the Commission intends to take over the next 12 months to make a real difference for jobs, growth and investment and bring concrete benefits for citizens.

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15/12/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Syria and Iraq as well as the fight against ISIL were the main themes of the Foreign Affairs Council. In the margins of the Council meeting, the first EU-Ukraine Association Council was also organised.

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12/12/2014 - Culture, education and youth

At a meeting of the education, youth, culture and sport Council, ministers adopted conclusions on entrepreneurship in education and training. These conclusions highlight that entrepreneurship requires the development of a series of competences, which should be addressed at all levels of education and training. 

Federica Mogherini and Neven Mimica © EU
12/12/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

At a meeting of the Foreign Council Affairs on development issues, EU ministers discussed a new framework for the coordination of international aid efforts. They also adopted conclusions on migration in EU development cooperation.

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11/12/2014 - Employment and social rights

Meeting in Brussels, employment ministers agreed on the reform of the European network of employment services, or EURES, to provide better job search and recruitment services across Europe.

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11/12/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat.

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09/12/2014 - Economy and the euro

EU finance ministers gave their broad support to the Commission's recently announced €315 billion investment plan. They also approved two measures for combating tax fraud and tax avoidance, and agreed on the calculation of the contributions to the single resolution fund.

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09/12/2014 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

EU energy ministers discussed the follow-up to the 2030 climate and energy framework following the European Council meeting in October. They also adopted conclusions on the completion of the EU internal energy market.

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09/12/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The EU Task Force on Investment published a report showing that there is significant potential for investment in Europe. It identifies around 2,000 projects across Europe worth some €1.3 trillion of potential investments.

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05/12/2014 - Justice and citizens’ rights

At the Justice and Home Affairs Council, ministers reached a partial general approach on the proposed data protection regulation.

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05/12/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Transport and travel

At their meeting in Brussels, EU competitiveness ministers agreed on what needs to be done to develop the single market and step up Europe's economic integration.

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03/12/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Research and innovation

The Centres of Excellence initiative refers to the establishment of regional platforms in different regions of the world to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) risks.

Violeta Bulc and Maurizio Lupi © EU
03/12/2014 - Transport and travel

Meeting in Brussels, EU transport ministers adopted a general approach on the two proposals in the Single European Sky II+ package. They also discussed the 4th railway package and adopted a general approach on the repeal of a related obsolete regulation.

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01/12/2014 - Consumer affairs and public health

Meeting in Brussels, health ministers discussed draft legislation that seeks to improve the safety and innovation in medical and in vitro diagnostic devices in the EU.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen & Pierre Moscovici © EU
28/11/2014 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The 2015 Annual Growth Survey (AGS) published by the European Commission today focuses on putting Europe firmly back on a path of sustainable job creation and economic growth.


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