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The European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure.
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.
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.
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.
The Commission's proposal complements and modernises existing obligations to inform each worker of his or her working conditions.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Council reached a political agreement on a regulation concerning the 2018 fishing opportunities for the main commercial fish stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea.
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.
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.