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Jyrki Katainen, Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
22/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch. 

Margaritis Schinas, Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen, Pierre Moscovici © EU
21/11/2018 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the first time. 

20/11/2018 - Security and defence
European and Indian flags © EU
20/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

Federica Mogherini © EU
19/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018. 

19/11/2018 - Institutional affairs
European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France © EU
16/11/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Institutional affairs

The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary. Woman at War won this year’s Lux Film Prize. 

Woman and man talking on mobile phones © EU
14/11/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies. 

Frans Timmermans © EU
13/11/2018 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission issued its latest reports on steps taken by Bulgaria and Romania to meet their commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, and in the case of Bulgaria organised crime, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). 

British and European flags © EU
13/11/2018 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has published detailed information on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

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

The Council started preparations for the December European Council, discussed the next multiannual financial framework, held its annual rule of law dialogue and returned to the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Poland and Hungary. 

12/11/2018 - Institutional affairs
Cecilia Malmström and Margarete Schrambock © EU
09/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed efforts to modernise WTO, the implementation of free trade agreements and latest developments in ongoing bilateral trade negotiations. 

08/11/2018 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Pierre Moscovici © EU
08/11/2018 - Economy and the euro

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. 

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