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Disused border crossing between France and Spain © EU
29/11/2018 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Margaritis Schinas © EU
28/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission takes stock of the latest developments as regards risk reduction in the banking sector and progress towards an even more integrated and stable EU financial system.

Maroš Šefčovič, Miguel Arias Cañete © EU
28/11/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All.

28/11/2018 - Culture, education and youth

The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. Ministers also took note of a progress report on a proposal for a new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.

Alan Beattie, Cecilia Malmström © EU
27/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Michel Barnier © EU
25/11/2018 - Institutional affairs

EU27 leaders met for a special meeting of the European Council (Art.50) on Sunday 25 November 2018. They endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies and is referred to in the withdrawal agreement. 

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.


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