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European Parliament, Strasbourg © EU
19/04/2019 - Institutional affairs

During the last plenary session before May’s elections, MEPs approved new measures requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles and EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers. 

InvestEU poster © EU
18/04/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights

MEPs have approved a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during 2021-2027.

Federica Mogherini © EU
17/04/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities - prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance - for common future.

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
17/04/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs.

16/04/2019 - Employment and social rights
Cyclist in street traffic © EU
16/04/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022.

Man writing in notebook © EU
16/04/2019 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

Those disclosing information acquired in a work-related context, on illegal or harmful activities, will be better protected, under new EU rules. 

Marianne Thyssen © EU
16/04/2019 - Employment and social rights

With this Communication, the Commission is launching a debate on an enhanced use of qualified majority voting in social policy, rendering decision-making more timely, flexible and efficient where an EU competence already exists.

Frans Timmermans © EU
15/04/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs

The European Commission is taking stock of the measures introduced under the Juncker Commission to deliver better results for EU citizens and businesses through more open, transparent and evidence-based policy-making. 

Phil Hogan and Petre Daea © EU
15/04/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The AgriFish Council had an exchange of views on the post 2020 CAP reform and discussed the recommendations of the Task Force Rural Africa.

Refugee camp in Nizip, Turkey © EU
12/04/2019 - Asylum and migration / International aid, development and cooperation

The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for 470,000 children.

Theresa May and Donald Tusk shaking hands © EU
11/04/2019 - Institutional affairs

At the special summit on 10 April EU leaders agreed an extension of Article 50 until the end of October 2019. If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both sides earlier, the UK will leave on the first day of the following month, leaders said. The decision was taken in agreement with the UK.

View of weekly college meeting © EU
10/04/2019 - Institutional affairs

Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union's intense ‘no-deal' preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas.

First photo of a black hole at Effelsberg Observatory © EU
10/04/2019 - Research and innovation

The Commission is today revealing the first ever image of a black hole taken by Event Horizon Telescope, a global scientific collaboration involving EU-funded scientists. This major discovery provides visual evidence for the existence of black holes and pushes the boundaries of modern science. 

Michel Barnier and George Ciamba © EU
09/04/2019 - Institutional affairs

The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and the Article 7 procedures concerning Hungary and Poland. It also adopted conclusions on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. 

Donald Tusk, Li Keqiang, Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
09/04/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU and China committed to further strengthen the EU-China strategic partnership at the 21st EU-China summit. Both sides agreed on a joint statement setting out the direction for EU-China relations in the years to come. 

Solar panel connected to laptop computer © EU
09/04/2019 - Energy, environment and climate

The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. 


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