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25/06/2013 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Council discussed the situation in Syria. After the meeting, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy underlined the EU's belief that the crisis must be solved through a political process.

25/06/2013 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Council agreed to recommend to the European Council to open accession negotiations with Serbia. The Council also agreed in principle on draft Council decisions authorising the opening of negotiations on a stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo, to be adopted on 28 June 2013, following the necessary procedures.

25/06/2013 - Food, farming and fisheries / Institutional affairs

As regards agriculture, the Council held a debate on the outcome of the trilogues on the proposals for the direct payments regulation, the single common market organisation (CMO) regulation, the rural development regulation and the horizontal regulation within the framework of reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).

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25/06/2013 - Employment and social rights

Temporary contracts can be a good opportunity for a young person to get into the labour force in particular if they are linked to education or training, according to the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.

21/06/2013 - Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health

The Council adopted stricter capital requirements for banks and investment firms (the "CRD 4 package"). The new rules will be published in the Official Journal before 1 July 2013 and will apply from 1 January 2014.

20/06/2013 - Institutional affairs

The Commission has taken 186 decisions, including 47 reasoned opinions and 12 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice, out of which 4 include financial penalties.

18/06/2013 - Consumer affairs and public health

The Environment Council adopted conclusions on a strategy on adaptation to climate change. The conclusions are a response to the Commission's communication "An EU strategy on adaptation to climate change".

18/06/2013 - Economy and the euro

The new rules aim to reduce over-reliance on credit ratings while at the same time improving the quality of the rating process. Credit rating agencies will have to be more transparent when rating sovereign states.

18/06/2013 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Advancing global trade, fighting tax evasion and tax avoidance, and increasing transparency were the main themes at the 39th G8 summit held in Lough Erne (UK) on 17 and 18 June.

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17/06/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights

The European Commission has proposed a Decision to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation to better address the needs of the unemployed and businesses.

14/06/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 1.4% in May 2013, up from 1.2% in April. A year earlier the rate was 2.4%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in May 2013.

14/06/2013 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU trade ministers mandated the Commission to negotiate a sweeping EU–US trade and investment pact. The talks are expected to be formally launched at the G8 on 17 June.

14/06/2013 - Institutional affairs

Parliament agreed on a common asylum system for the EU and backed a higher budget for a European fund to help the poorest.

13/06/2013 - Energy, environment and climate / Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission sets out EU-wide safety objectives to significantly reduce the risks and protect people and the environment.

12/06/2013 - Asylum and migration / Justice and citizens’ rights

New rules laying down common procedures and deadlines for handling asylum applications and basic rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU were endorsed by Parliament.

11/06/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission puts forward an action plan for the European Steel Industry to help this sector confront today’s challenges and lay the foundations for future competitiveness by fostering innovation, creating growth and jobs.

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11/06/2013 - Transport and travel

The European Commission has acted to speed up the reform of Europe's air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years.

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