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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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31/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Parliament adopted changes to its internal rules to operate more efficiently and in a more transparent way. The new rules provide that Members must refrain from improper behaviour, offensive language, and psychological or sexual harassment. The key actors of the legislative process will be required to publish online all scheduled meetings with interest representatives named on the Transparency Register.

31/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
31/01/2019 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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31/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

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30/01/2019 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights / Institutional affairs

Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a ‘no-deal’ scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a final set of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ programme, social security coordination and the EU budget.

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29/01/2019 - Security and defence

The European Commission published today the first reports submitted by signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation signed in October 2018. While the Commission welcomes the progress made, it also calls on signatories to intensify their efforts in the run up to the 2019 EU elections.

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28/01/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Romanian presidency presented its main priority in the field of agriculture: negotiate the legislative package related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in the context of the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, innovation and agricultural research, plant proteins, plant and animal health.

24/01/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
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24/01/2019 - Culture, education and youth

The European Commission has published its annual report on Erasmus+, which shows that more people than ever before are participating, while the number of projects supported has continued to grow. At the same time, the programme is becoming more inclusive and more international.

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23/01/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The report maps the existing practices and identifies certain risks such schemes imply for the EU, in particular, as regards security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. 

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23/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has adopted its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

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22/01/2019 - Economy and the euro

Finance ministers discussed the European system of financial supervision, InvestEU, Romanian priorities, the European Semester and the follow up to the December Euro-summit. 

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18/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

MEPs called for safety rules for driverless cars during this year's first plenary session. They also urged the UK to clarify its Brexit position and backed a new investment fund. 

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18/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

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16/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis.

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16/01/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament.

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