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Image of Simone Veil displayed in European Parliament © EU
07/07/2017 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session dealt with issues such as Turkey, the first ever EU-Cuba deal and anti-dumping measures. MEPs paid tribute to Simone Veil, a noted French politician and the first president of the directly-elected European Parliament who passed away on 30 June. 

06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 July EU and Japanese leaders announced a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values. 

Turkish flag and EU flags in background © EU
06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Turkey’s EU accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to the constitution go ahead, as these go against EU membership criteria, warned MEPs on Thursday. 

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05/07/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

MEPs urged the Commission to address the increase in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis cases in the EU and to develop long-term programmes. 

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05/07/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

To achieve sustainable growth and create jobs in the EU, boosting investment in research, innovation, infrastructure, education and SMEs is key, say MEPs.

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04/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative inviting the Commission "to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)" ('Stop TTIP' Initiative). 

Table of defective electrical appliances © EU
04/07/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

The EU Commission, member states and producers should take measures to ensure consumers can enjoy durable, high-quality products that can be repaired and upgraded.

Pascal Lamy, Carlos Moedas © EU
03/07/2017 - Research and innovation

Europe must capitalise better on the knowledge it produces, and turn its innovation potential into economic growth. Research and innovation should be prioritised in EU and national budgets, with a doubling of the budget of the successor to Horizon 2020, the current EU research and innovation programme. 

Vĕra Jourová, Julian King © EU
29/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Security and defence

The Commission is today delivering on its commitment to ensure interoperability and address the existing shortcomings of EU information systems for security and border management. 

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
29/06/2017 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

European consumers will soon benefit from more choice when saving for retirement, thanks to Commission plans to create a new class of pension products.

Older couple on beach © EU
29/06/2017 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

European consumers will soon benefit from more choice when saving for retirement, thanks to Commission plans to create a new class of pension products.

'Corina Creţu, Günther Oettinger © EU
28/06/2017 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Europeans expect their Union to do more. At a time when the EU is doing more than ever before to protect, empower and defend its citizens, resources continue to be stretched at the seams.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
27/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

Miguel Arias Canete and Joe Mizzi © EU
26/06/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council adopted, without debate, a regulation on Energy efficiency labelling which allows customers to be more aware of the energy efficiency and energy consumption of household appliances. 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
26/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

European exporters reported a 10% increase in the number of trade barriers they encountered in 2016 alone. 372 such barriers were in place at the end of last year in over 50 trade destinations across the world. 

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23/06/2017 - Institutional affairs

On the first day of the European Council, EU leaders adopted conclusions on security and climate change. They also discussed foreign affairs issues. On Friday, the EU leaders met again to discuss economy and trade issues, as well as migration. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
21/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has today proposed tough new transparency rules for intermediaries - such as tax advisors, accountants, banks and lawyers - who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients. 

Marianne Thyssen © EU
20/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Culture, education and youth

On the occasion of the United Nations' World Refugee Day, the European Commission is today releasing the 'EU Skills Profile Tool for Third-Country Nationals'.

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19/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU foreign ministers discussed the current crisis in the Gulf region. EU ministers urged de-escalation of the crisis through dialogue and negotiation. They expressed their full support for the mediation efforts of Kuwait. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Edward Scicluna © EU
16/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council agreed its stance on part of a package of proposals aimed at reducing risk in the banking industry. The Council closed excessive deficit procedures for Croatia and Portugal, confirming their deficits have dropped below the EU's 3% of GDP reference value. 

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