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Tibor Navracsics © EU
09/11/2017 - Culture, education and youth

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. 

Pierre Moscovici © EU
09/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

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).

Petrol pump nozzle and sunflower on car © EU
08/11/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

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. 

Gas pipelines © EU
08/11/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

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.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Toomas Toniste © EU
07/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

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. 

Pierre Moscovici and Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU
06/11/2017 - Economy and the euro

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. 

06/11/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries
31/10/2017 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
Carlos Moedas © EU
27/10/2017 - Research and innovation

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. 

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
27/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

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. 

Passport being electronically scanned © EU
25/10/2017 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

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.

24/10/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights
Andrus Ansip and Urve Palo © EU
24/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

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. 

View of EC college meeting © EU
24/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

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. 

Crop duster spraying chemicals on field of crops © EU
24/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries

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.

Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk © EU
20/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

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. 

Vĕra Jourová © EU
18/10/2017 - Business / Justice and citizens’ rights

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. 

Julian King © EU
18/10/2017 - Security and defence

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.

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