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25/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations.

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22/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Council adopted conclusions on jobs, growth and competitiveness, climate change, external relations, as well as securing free and fair elections and fighting disinformation. 

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21/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

The extension until 22 May is conditional. It will be granted if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week. If it does not, EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 12 April, expecting the UK to "indicate a way forward before this date". 

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18/03/2019 - Research and innovation

Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).

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18/03/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council had a public exchange of views on the whole CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency's state of play report, and suggested changes to the text of all three regulations: the CAP strategic plans, the horizontal and Common Market Organisation regulations. Ministers also had a discussion on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

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18/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

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16/03/2019 - Employment and social rights

Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

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15/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act. 

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15/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. 

Road Safety: new rules clear way for clean, connected and automated mobility on EU roads
13/03/2019 - Transport and travel

The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.

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13/03/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

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13/03/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence
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12/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Food, farming and fisheries

New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information.

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