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Federica Mogherini © EU
28/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Foreign Affairs Council held a debate on Iran, in particular the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following the US withdrawal from the agreement as announced on 8 May. 

Jyrki Katainen & Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
28/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission is proposing a targeted adjustment to intellectual property rules to help Europe's pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and foster jobs, growth and investments in the EU. 

28/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries
Frans Timmermans, Jyrki Katainen © EU
28/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Person using calculator and filling in forms © EU
25/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission has proposed to reshape the rules governing excise duty on alcohol within the EU, paving the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses and better protection for consumer health.

Valdis Dombrovskis & Jyrki Katainen © EU
24/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission has proposed new rules to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) better access to financing through public markets. Part of the EU's Capital Markets Union (CMU) agenda, today's initiative should help EU companies to tap market-based funding more easily and cheaply so that they can expand.

Aleksander Ceferin, Krasen Kralev, Boil Banov, Tibor Navracsics © EU
23/05/2018 - Culture, education and youth

The Council had an exchange of views on a long term vision for the contribution of culture to the EU after 2020, focusing in particular on what actions need to be undertaken at EU level to raise the level of ambition in the cultural field, so that culture becomes a real driver of change in the future. 

Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen , Pierre Moscovici © EU
23/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The European Commission presents the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance for Member States for the next 12 to 18 months. 

Günther Oettinger © EU
23/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Commission proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's borders.

Cecilia Malmström, Emil Karanikolov © EU
23/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The Council authorised the Commission to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. It also adopted conclusions on the negotiation and conclusion of EU trade agreements. 

Tibor Navracsics © EU
22/05/2018 - Culture, education and youth

The Commission is advancing work to build a European Education Area by 2025, reinforce the cultural dimension of the European Union and bolster youth participation, with a new set of measures, including a new Youth Strategy and a new Agenda for Culture.

Christos Stylianides © EU
18/05/2018 - Culture, education and youth / International aid, development and cooperation

The Commission has adopted a new policy framework that aims to increase humanitarian funding for education in emergencies and crises to 10% of its overall humanitarian aid budget as of 2019. The policy also aims to bring children caught up in humanitarian crises back to learning within 3 months. 

Fiber optic cables © EU
18/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is publishing the results of the 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), a tool which monitors the performance of Member States in digital connectivity, digital skills online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services.

EU-Balkans summit family photo © EU
17/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

On 17 May, EU leaders met with their partners from the Western Balkans. On this occasion, they reaffirmed their mutual commitment to the European perspective. 

Driverless electric Autonom Shuttle in Lyon, France © EU
17/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Juncker Commission is undertaking the third and final set of actions to modernise Europe's transport system. The objective is to allow all Europeans to benefit from safer traffic, less polluting vehicles and more advanced technological solutions, while supporting the competitiveness of the EU industry.

Karmenu Vella © EU
17/05/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

The Commission is providing national, regional and local actors with practical help to improve air quality in Europe, and stepping up its enforcement against 7 Member States who have breached agreed EU rules on air pollution limits and type approval for cars.

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