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Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at 2.2% in 2018, 2.0% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020.
The Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.
The Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year's fishing quotas.
Ministers discussed the state of play of negotiations on the digital services tax, adopted conclusions on climate finance and discussed the implementation of the 2017 EU budget.
According to the second annual report about the implementation of trade agreements issued today, these agreements – covering nearly 70 markets all over the world – are proving effective in removing barriers to trade and promoting high standards of labour and environment protection.
Improving drinking water quality, limiting the use of antibiotics on farm animals and a ban on plastic straws and cutlery were among the highlights of this week’s plenary session.
The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament.
For 2019, funds available for Erasmus+ are expected to increase by €300 million or 10% compared to 2018. From an expected budget of €3 billion for next year, €30 million has been set aside for dedicated European Universities.
The European Commission has identified in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018.
The European Commission today presented its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead.
MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in drinking water from the tap, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment compared to bottled water.
Leaders agreed to further connect both continents to boost trade, improve security, preserve the environment and bring societies closer. They also discussed foreign and security issues.
The European Council focused on migration and internal security. At the European Council (Art. 50) working dinner on 17 October, EU27 leaders reviewed the state of the negotiations with the UK.
The European Commission adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. Through this adoption, the Commission is demonstrating its commitment to putting these agreements in place as soon as possible.