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Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen & Pierre Moscovici © EU
07/03/2018 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission today publishes its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including progress in implementing country-specific recommendations and an assessment of possible imbalances.

Council meeting room © EU
07/03/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Defence ministers met in "PESCO format" for the first time. They adopted a decision formally establishing the list of projects to be developed under PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) and a recommendation on an implementation roadmap. 

06/03/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Technical assistants in a laboratory © EU
05/03/2018 - Research and innovation

For the last 10 years, the key EU law on chemicals ("REACH") has significantly enhanced the protection of human health and the environment and promoted alternatives to animal testing. Building on this, the Commission today proposes actions to further facilitate its implementation.

Lock attached to a computer © EU
01/03/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Research and innovation

Today's Recommendation sets out operational measures to ensure faster detection and removal of illegal content online, to reinforce the cooperation between companies, trusted flaggers and law enforcement authorities, and to increase transparency and safeguards for citizens.

A bee on a flower © EU
01/03/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

MEPs urge the EU and its member states to invest more in protecting bee health, fighting honey adulteration and supporting beekeepers.

01/03/2018 - Business, taxation and competition
British and European flags © EU
28/02/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The draft Withdrawal Agreement consists of six parts – including introductory provisions, citizens' rights, other separation issues such as goods placed on the market before the withdrawal date, the financial settlement, transitional arrangements, and institutional provisions – and a protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.

28/02/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation
Frans Timmermans, Vice President of the European Commission © EU
27/02/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council began preparations for the European Council meeting on 22 and 23 March. The Council also adopted a regulation to ban unjustified geo-blocking in the internal market and approved the reform of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the period after 2020.

Federica Mogherini © EU
26/02/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

At the beginning of their meeting, the High Representative and the EU foreign ministers discussed the situation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. The Council also spoke about the latest developments in Venezuela, including the dire humanitarian situation in the country and its neighbours. 

High level conference on Sahel – group photo © EU
23/02/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The International High Level Conference on the Sahel, co-chaired today by the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group of countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger), has mobilised political support for the Sahel region, €414 million to support the Joint security Force of the G5 Sahel whilst reinforcing the coordination of sustainable development efforts in the region. 

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