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Ministers exchanged views on the Commission's communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). During the debate, a large number of member states expressed their support for Presidency conclusions on the communication.
In a busy week in Strasbourg MEPs called for an ambitious EU budget, voted in favour of increasing transparency on parcel delivery prices and condemned new US tariffs on steel.
The Council discussed the future of social Europe post-2020. Ministers set out their views on how future employment and social policies can be designed to increase social and economic convergence.
Firms would be taxed where they earn their profits under a proposed harmonised corporate tax system which uses the online activities of digital firms to calculate their tax bills.
Erasmus+, one of the EU's iconic and most successful programmes, today adds an online version to its mobility actions, to link more students and young people from European countries and the Southern neighbourhood of the EU.
MEPs have set out their position on the next long-term EU budget, which should finance new priorities as well as make up for any shortfall caused by Brexit. The European Parliament adopted two resolutions on the expenditure and revenue sides of the next multi-annual financial framework (MFF), to apply from 2021.
Plenary endorses a resolution laying out a possible association framework for future EU-UK relations after Brexit. Taking into account red lines announced by the UK government, an association agreement between the EU and the UK could provide an appropriate framework for their future relationship, says the resolution.
The Commission is reporting today on progress made under the European Agenda on Migration and sets out further key actions to be taken, including as set out in the Commission's roadmap from December 2017 towards a comprehensive deal on migration by June 2018.
More specifically, the Commission presents its proposal for a European Labour Authority, as announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address, as well as an initiative to ensure access to social protection for all workers and self-employed.
Clearer information on the prices of parcel delivery services should help to increase consumer confidence in cross-border shopping and shipping. The new rules approved by the European Parliament are part of the e-commerce package.
The Council had a discussion on industrial policy and adopted conclusions on a future EU industrial policy strategy. The conclusions stress the urgent need for a long-term strategy for European industry in order to boost competitiveness, growth and innovation in Europe.
The European Commission is taking a major step towards the development of a Capital Markets Union (CMU) by promoting alternative sources of financing and removing barriers to cross-border investments.
The European Commission releases its 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. The report shows that in 2017, the Rapid Alert System was increasingly used by national authorities with more than 2,000 alerts on dangerous products circulated through the system.
Ministers agreed on the Council's position on the directive on combatting fraud of non-cash means of payments. They also exchanged views on cooperation with the Western Balkans in the area of internal security and counter-terrorism and discussed the Commission proposals on interoperability between EU information systems.