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A common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external borders and to register all non-EU travellers was backed by Parliament.
In line with the European Council conclusions of 19 October, the Council held a policy debate on speeding up work on the digital single market to ensure its completion by the end of 2018. Ministers also held a policy debate on the EU's response to the crucial challenge of cybersecurity.
Following on from the announcements made in President Juncker's 2017 State of the Union Address, the European Commission is today presenting its plans for completing the work on President Juncker's ten political priorities before the end of its mandate, as well as a series of forward-looking initiatives for the future of Europe.
Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance. Parliament opposes the European Commission’s proposal to renew the controversial herbicide licence for 10 years.
The Council reached an agreement on posting of workers directive. The new piece of law ensures the rights of posted workers, fair competition and a well functioning Single Market.
On 19 October, EU leaders agreed to consolidate the current strategy to control migration flows. They also said they were "ready to do what it takes for Europe to go digital". On 20 October, they endorsed the Leaders' Agenda and they agreed to start internal preparations for the 2nd phase of the Brexit talks.
Today the European Commission publishes its first annual report on the functioning of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield, the aim of which is to protect the personal data of anyone in the EU transferred to companies in the U.S. for commercial purposes.
As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects.
The Council discussed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal. EU foreign ministers agreed on a statement on the JCPOA. The Council also addressed the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocative acts by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The Commission adopted today guidelines to facilitate food donation in the EU, a key deliverable of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The aim is to clarify relevant EU legislation and help lift barriers to food donation.
The Council agreed its negotiating positions on the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). The Council adopted conclusions on the Paris Agreement and in preparation for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23).
Ministers held a first exchange of views on the European Commission proposal to amend the Schengen Borders Code. Meanwhile, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was adopted by those member states taking part in enhanced cooperation.
Building on the significant progress already achieved, the Commission is today publishing a Communication that sets out an ambitious yet realistic path to ensure agreement on all the outstanding elements of the Banking Union, based on existing commitments by the Council.
The Council adopted a directive introducing a new system for resolving double taxation disputes between Member States. The Council also adopted conclusions setting out the EU position on climate change ahead of the next conference of the parties to the UN climate change convention.