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10/01/2018 - Institutional affairs

In the first meeting of 2018, the College of Commissioners discussed today the institutional priorities for this year, a year to deliver on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union, secure the EU's borders, overhaul the EU's asylum system, get back to Schengen, complete the Digital Single Market, and bring the Western Balkans closer to the Union.

Graph showing evolution of euro area and EU 28 unemployment rates © EU
09/01/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in November 2017, down from 8.8% in October 2017 and from 9.8% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.3% in November 2017, down from 7.4% in October 2017.

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08/01/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Today, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication proposing an EU strategy for Iraq in order to address the many challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of Da'esh.

Marianne Thyssen © EU
21/12/2017 - Employment and social rights

The Commission's proposal complements and modernises existing obligations to inform each worker of his or her working conditions. 

Frans Timmermans © EU
20/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

20/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
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20/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights / Transport and travel

The European Court of Justice finds that that intermediation service must be regarded as forming an integral part of an overall service whose main component is a transport service and, accordingly, must be classified not as ‘an information society service’ but as ‘a service in the field of transport’.

Jyrki Katainen and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
19/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers.

18/12/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights
Miguel Arias Canete and Kadri Simson © EU
18/12/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council agreed its negotiating positions on four legislative proposals of the Clean energy package. This is an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy and reaching the European Union's 2030 energy and climate goals. 

Infographic showing the Netherlands’ tax treatment of Inter Ikea © EU
18/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The Commission has concerns that two Dutch tax rulings may have allowed Inter IKEA to pay less tax and given them an unfair advantage over other companies, in breach of EU State aid rules.

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15/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

On 14 December, EU leaders adopted conclusions on security and defence, social issues, education and culture, climate change, and Jerusalem. On 15 December, EU27 leaders assessed the progress of Brexit negotiations and agreed it was sufficient to move to the next phase. They adopted guidelines for the second phase of the Brexit negotiations. 

Antonio Tajani and Venezuelan opposition leaders © EU
15/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

The Venezuelan opposition receives Parliament's Sakharov Prize, while MEPs also approved the reform of the EU's agricultural policy during December's plenary session. 

Antonio Tajani, Jüri Ratas, Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
14/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

The Declaration sets out 31 new legislative proposals tabled by the Commission which will be given priority treatment by the Parliament and Council for adoption or substantial progress by the time of the European Parliament elections in 2019.

Guy Verhofstadt and Antonio Tajani © EU
13/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

In a resolution voted on Wednesday, Parliament welcomes the joint Brexit progress report, as presented by EU and UK negotiators on 8 December. The resolution was passed by 556 votes to 62, with 68 abstentions. MEPs recommend that the EU27 heads of state or government decide on 15 December to move to phase two.

Group holding #stopglysophate banner © EU
12/12/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries / Justice and citizens’ rights

With the Communication adopted today, the Commission replies to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) "Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides" and commits to presenting a legislative proposal in 2018.

View of Commission college meeting room © EU
12/12/2017 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Today, the European Commission has proposed to close information gaps by upgrading EU information systems for security, border and migration management and making them work together in a smarter and more efficient way.

One planet summit meeting room © EU
12/12/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

Two years after the Paris Agreement, the EU is firmly in the lead in fighting climate change. To that end the Commission announced a series of initiatives for a modern and clean economy at the One Planet Summit in Paris today. 

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