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Federica Mogherini © EU
16/10/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal. EU foreign ministers agreed on a statement on the JCPOA. The Council also addressed the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocative acts by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Food in storage facility © EU
16/10/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Commission adopted today guidelines to facilitate food donation in the EU, a key deliverable of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The aim is to clarify relevant EU legislation and help lift barriers to food donation. 

Miguel Arias Canete, Siim Kiisler © EU
13/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed its negotiating positions on the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). The Council adopted conclusions on the Paris Agreement and in preparation for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23). 

Vera Jourova and Urmas Reinsalu © EU
13/10/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers held a first exchange of views on the European Commission proposal to amend the Schengen Borders Code. Meanwhile, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was adopted by those member states taking part in enhanced cooperation. 

Graphic illustration of the Banking Union © EU
11/10/2017 - Economy and the euro

Building on the significant progress already achieved, the Commission is today publishing a Communication that sets out an ambitious yet realistic path to ensure agreement on all the outstanding elements of the Banking Union, based on existing commitments by the Council.

Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Euro and Social Dialogue and Mr Toomas TONISTE, Estonian Minister for Finance © EU
10/10/2017 - Economy and the euro

The Council adopted a directive introducing a new system for resolving double taxation disputes between Member States. The Council also adopted conclusions setting out the EU position on climate change ahead of the next conference of the parties to the UN climate change convention.

10/10/2017 - Business, taxation and competition
Karmenu VELLA, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety © EU
09/10/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018 and agreed with the Commission’s assessment that agricultural markets were in the process of recovering.

Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Narendra MODI, Prime Minister of India; Mr Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission. © EU
06/10/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 October 2017, India hosted the 14th EU-India Summit in New Delhi. Leaders discussed foreign and security policy, migration, trade, climate, research and innovation.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
06/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Lack of progress in Brexit talks, Catalonia question, endocrine disruptors and better protection of air passengers’ and workers’ rights were among the points discussed during the European Parliament plenary session.

Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis and Marianne Thyssen © EU
05/10/2017 - Employment and social rights

This initiative is part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, launched in June 2016. It also ties in with the European Pillar of Social Rights, which foresees a right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning. 

An apprentice in a workshop receiving training advice from a senior employee © EU
05/10/2017 - Employment and social rights

The EU remains on a firm path towards more employment and growth according to the latest Quarterly Review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe.

05/10/2017 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
05/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries
Pierre Moscovici © EU
04/10/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The reboot would improve and modernise the system for governments and businesses alike. Overall, over €150 billion of VAT is lost every year, meaning that Member States miss out on revenue that could be used for schools, roads and healthcare.

Jyrki Katainen, Elzbieta Bienkowska © EU
03/10/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs

To strengthen the Single Market and as part of the continuous effort to stimulate investment in the EU, the Commission has put forward an initiative to carry out procurement more efficiently and in a sustainable manner, while making full use of digital technologies to simplify and accelerate procedures. 

UK and EU flags © EU
03/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Sufficient progress on the EU’s priority aims, a prerequisite for negotiating any transition period or future relationship between the EU and UK, has not been achieved, MEPs say. 


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