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Erasmus+ students at Free University of Berlin © EU
24/10/2018 - Culture, education and youth

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.

Pierre Moscovici and Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
23/10/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

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. 

Person filling glass with water from water fountain © EU
23/10/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

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.

19/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit family photo © EU
19/10/2018 - Business / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

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. 

View of European Council meeting room © EU
18/10/2018 - Asylum and migration / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

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. 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
17/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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.

16/10/2018 - Institutional affairs
Federica Mogherini © EU
15/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda; among them the case of the missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, where the EU expects full and transparent investigation by the Saudi authorities in full cooperation with the Turkish authorities. 

Karmenu Vella and Elisabeth Kostinger ©EU
15/10/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2019. Ministers also exchanged views on the position to be taken by the EU at the annual consultations with Norway in the framework of their bilateral fisheries agreement.  

Ms Vera JOUROVA, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; Mr Josef MOSER, Austrian Federal Minister for Justice © EU
12/10/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council adopted its position on the directive on insolvency, restructuring and second chance. Home affairs ministers discussed a Commission proposal on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG). They expressed their general wish to strengthen the mandate of the EBCG.

12/10/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel
Windmill and fields © EU
11/10/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

Today the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy. 

Commission meeting room © EU
10/10/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Today, the European Commission is reporting on the progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, calling on the European Parliament and the Council to finalise their work on priority security initiatives as a matter of urgency.

Commissioner Miguel Arias CANETE and Austrian Federal Minister of Sustainability and Tourism Elisabeth KOSTINGER © EU
10/10/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

Meeting in Luxembourg on 9 October, environment ministers succeeded in reaching an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans (recast). They agreed on the Council position on the text and set new targets for stricter CO2 emission standards.

Fisheries © EU
09/10/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

Today the Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Based on scientific advice, these new measures will enable stocks to gradually rebuild to sustainable levels.

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
05/10/2018 - Institutional affairs

Cleaner cars, more European films on streaming services and concerns about the state of rule of law were among the highlights of this week’s plenary session. 

Padlock on laptop and hand on keyboard © EU
04/10/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The new rules, already informally agreed between Parliament’s negotiators and EU ministers in June, will make it quicker and simpler for EU member states to ask each other to freeze criminal assets or confiscate criminal property.


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