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The 2017 edition of the Commission's Education and Training Monitor, published today, shows that national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective. Yet it also confirms that students' educational attainment largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds.
The euro area economy is on track to grow at its fastest pace in a decade this year, with real GDP growth forecast at 2.2%. This is substantially higher than expected in spring (1.7%). The EU economy as a whole is also set to beat expectations with robust growth of 2.3% this year (up from 1.9% in spring).
The Commission proposes new targets for the EU fleet wide average CO2 emissions of new passenger cars and vans to help accelerate the transition to low- and zero emission vehicles.
To improve the functioning of the EU internal energy market and enhance solidarity between Member States, the Commission today proposed to amend the EU Gas Directive.
Ministers discussed improved VAT rules to help facilitate electronic commerce and online businesses. They also discussed proposals aimed at strengthening financial supervision and encouraging capital market integration in Europe.
The Eurogroup meeting took place in two formats: the first part was a regular meeting of the euro area ministers, while the second part was a meeting of the ministers of 27 EU member states with the aim of preparing the December Euro Summit.
The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council.
Tackling sexual harassment, strengthening the EU’s external borders, banning glyphosate and acknowledging the efforts of Venezuela’s democratic opposition: check out our plenary overview.
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.