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The European Commission releases its 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products. The report shows that in 2017, the Rapid Alert System was increasingly used by national authorities with more than 2,000 alerts on dangerous products circulated through the system.
The Council had a discussion on industrial policy and adopted conclusions on a future EU industrial policy strategy. The conclusions stress the urgent need for a long-term strategy for European industry in order to boost competitiveness, growth and innovation in Europe.
Ministers agreed on the Council's position on the directive on combatting fraud of non-cash means of payments. They also exchanged views on cooperation with the Western Balkans in the area of internal security and counter-terrorism and discussed the Commission proposals on interoperability between EU information systems.
Commission presents Action Plans on sustainable finance and financial technology and adopts legislative proposal on crowdfunding.
The Commission is marking International Women's Day with the release of its 2018 report on equality between men and women, as well as a presentation of a report on women in tech. We are not there yet.
The European Commission today publishes its annual analysis of the economic and social situation in the Member States, including progress in implementing country-specific recommendations and an assessment of possible imbalances.
Defence ministers met in "PESCO format" for the first time. They adopted a decision formally establishing the list of projects to be developed under PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) and a recommendation on an implementation roadmap.
For the last 10 years, the key EU law on chemicals ("REACH") has significantly enhanced the protection of human health and the environment and promoted alternatives to animal testing. Building on this, the Commission today proposes actions to further facilitate its implementation.
Today's Recommendation sets out operational measures to ensure faster detection and removal of illegal content online, to reinforce the cooperation between companies, trusted flaggers and law enforcement authorities, and to increase transparency and safeguards for citizens.
MEPs urge the EU and its member states to invest more in protecting bee health, fighting honey adulteration and supporting beekeepers.
The draft Withdrawal Agreement consists of six parts – including introductory provisions, citizens' rights, other separation issues such as goods placed on the market before the withdrawal date, the financial settlement, transitional arrangements, and institutional provisions – and a protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.
The Council began preparations for the European Council meeting on 22 and 23 March. The Council also adopted a regulation to ban unjustified geo-blocking in the internal market and approved the reform of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) for the period after 2020.