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Cecilia Malmström © EU
18/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
18/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

MEPs called for safety rules for driverless cars during this year's first plenary session. They also urged the UK to clarify its Brexit position and backed a new investment fund. 

investEU banner © EU
16/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis.

Pesticides being sprayed on field © EU
16/01/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament.

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15/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs

The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. 

Günther Oettinger, George Ciamba © EU
08/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

The Council focused on the priorities of the Romanian presidency and plans for negotiations on the next long-term EU budget. Ministers also exchanged views on disinformation. 

Miguel Arias Canete, Elisabeth Kostinger, Karmenu Vella © EU
21/12/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

Environment ministers reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. They agreed on the Council position on the text and set the first-ever EU targets for CO2 emissions of trucks. 

Miguel Arias Cañete, Elizabeth Kostinger © EU
19/12/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council was updated on the state of play on the clean energy package, the Connecting Europe Facility and the gas directive. Ministers held a first exchange of views on the Commission's strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy. 

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19/12/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Transport and travel

This annual report shows that the visa liberalisation requirements for the concerned countries continue to be met but that action – in some cases immediate – is required for a number of countries in specific areas to ensure this continues to be the case. 

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Vĕra Jourová © EU
19/12/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

This year's report shows that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S. 

Karmenu Vella and Elisabeth Kostinger © EU
18/12/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached a political agreement on catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019, and had an exchange of views on the post 2020 Common Agricultural Policy reform package and the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy. 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
18/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Only two months after the launch of the Africa–Europe Alliance, the European Commission is presenting first progress on boosting investment and creating jobs in Africa. 

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14/12/2018 - Institutional affairs

The European Council on 13-14 December 2018 adopted conclusions on the MFF, the single market, migration and other items, namely external relations, climate change, security and defence, disinformation, the fight against racism and xenophobia and citizens' consultations. 

Christmas tree outside European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
14/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

MEPs backed a trade deal with Japan, awarded the Sakharov Prize to Oleg Sentsov and paid tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s terror attack in Strasbourg during December’s plenary session. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk © EU
13/12/2018 - Institutional affairs

The EU27 leaders held a special meeting of the European Council in Article 50 format to discuss Brexit. They reconfirmed the conclusions of 25 November 2018, in which they endorsed the withdrawal agreement and approved the political declaration. 

Combined European and Japanese flags © EU
12/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement will remove almost all custom duties adding up to €1 billion annually for EU companies.

‘EU budget for the future’ logo © EU
12/12/2018 - Economy and the euro

For next year’s budget, MEPs have secured better support for students, unemployed youngsters and researchers. Commitment appropriations for 2019 total €165.8 billion; payment appropriations total €148.2 billion.

View of Council meeting room © EU
11/12/2018 - Institutional affairs

The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework, prepared the December European Council and approved its 18-month programme. It also held a hearing on the rule of law in Poland and exchanged views under the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Hungary. 

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11/12/2018 - Security and defence

Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, but more efforts are needed.

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