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The Council, meeting in an EU27 format, adopted a decision authorising the beginning of talks with the UK following the notification of its intention to leave the EU. The Commission was nominated as the EU negotiator.
Member States should use the window of opportunity offered by the economic recovery to pursue structural reforms, boost investment and strengthen their public finances.
During Wednesday's debate on the European Council of 29 April dedicated to Brexit, MEPs welcomed the unity shown by EU countries ahead of negotiations with the UK, but also insisted on a reform of the EU taking place at the same time.
The Council adopted conclusions on setting the EU's priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-2021 policy cycle.
Parliament approved new rules allowing EU citizens to access online subscription content while abroad. EU citizens with subscriptions for online films and TV will soon be able to access their content while temporarily in another EU country.
The ENP was reviewed in 2015 to respond to the new challenges of an evolving neighbourhood. Today's report shows results following a new approach based on differentiation, joint ownership and flexibility.
The situation in Hungary justifies the triggering of the procedure which may result in sanctions for Hungary, MEPs say in a resolution.
The European Commission has approved new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and the outermost regions from prior Commission scrutiny.
Today, the Commission adopted its twelfth progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 12 April 2017.
MEPs advocate efforts to halve by 2030 food waste in the EU, by lifting existing restrictions on food donations and eliminating confusion about “best before” and “use by” labels.
Foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa, a region facing destabilisation in particular in Somalia and South Sudan. In light of the recent worrying developments in the country, the Council adopted conclusions on Venezuela.
The Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and all ministers confirmed their support for the Council's negotiating mandate agreed on 3 May by EU Ambassadors.
The European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. This is expected to continue at a largely steady pace this year and next.
Having reached the middle of its mandate, the European Commission published today the mid-term review of its Digital Single Market strategy. It takes stock of the progress made, calls on co-legislators to swiftly act on all proposals already presented, and outlines further actions on online platforms, data economy and cybersecurity.