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30/10/2015 - Institutional affairs

The refugee crisis and its potential to disrupts politics in Europe was debated during October's third plenary session, with MEPs warning that some could use the issue to undermine the EU.

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29/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

Following a vote in the European Parliament, new EU rules are set to improve the transparency of certain financial transactions and help supervisors and investors better understand risks.

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28/10/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

Today the European Commission has presented a roadmap to deliver on President Juncker’s political commitment to unleash the full potential of the Single Market and make it the launchpad for Europe to thrive in the global economy.

Maize being injected with new gene © EU
28/10/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

A draft EU law that would enable any EU member state to restrict or prohibit the sale and use of EU-approved GMO food or feed on its territory was rejected by the European Parliament.

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27/10/2015 - Institutional affairs

The European Commission adopted its 2016 Work Programme, the second of the Juncker Commission, reaffirming the commitment to the ten political priorities of its Political Guidelines.

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27/10/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

A complete ban on roaming charges for using mobile phones abroad in the EU will take effect in June 2017 and clear rules on the right to internet access will become law following Parliament's final approval of the new telecoms package.

Refugee camp in Traiskirchen © EU
27/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The European Commission has today decided to increase the level of co-financing for transport of the assistance delivered via the EU Civil protection Mechanism for the countries needing help in the refugee crisis from 55% to 85%.

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26/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Ministers had an in-depth debate on migration, focusing on how development cooperation can help address the common challenges currently facing Europe and its partner countries.

26/10/2015 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council held a debate on the review of the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS), the main tool of the EU's climate policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

25/10/2015 - Asylum and migration

Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia met in Brussels agreed to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decided on pragmatic operational measures that can be implemented as of tomorrow to tackle the refugee crisis in the region.

Fishermen with their catch © EU
22/10/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

Ministers reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea which fixed for 2016 the maximum quantities of fish which can be caught for the commercially most important stocks in the Baltic Sea.

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22/10/2015 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
21/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

The package of measures adopted by the College of Commissioners entails a revised approach to the European Semester, including through enhanced democratic dialogue and further improved economic governance, such as the introduction of national Competitiveness Boards and an advisory European Fiscal Board.

Margrethe Vestager © EU
21/10/2015 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has decided that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted selective tax advantages to Fiat Finance and Trade and Starbucks, respectively. These are illegal under EU state aid rules.

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, Miguel Arias Cañete and Hans Bruyninckx © EU
20/10/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Union is on track towards meeting and overachieving its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse emissions by 20%, according to a report published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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15/10/2015 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on the migration and refugee crisis, the upcoming referendum in the UK, and the president’s report on the Economic and Monetary Union.

Gas interconnector © EU
15/10/2015 - Energy, environment and climate

The first gas interconnector between Poland and Lithuania will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a new economic dynamism to the region.

Representation of people in EU countries © EU
14/10/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Ahead of the European Council of 15 October, the Commission has today put on the table a Communication describing the State of Play of the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda on Migration.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
14/10/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

This more responsible approach responds to new economic realities in line with the EU's foreign policy. Based on three key principles - effectiveness, transparency and values - it ensures trade policy benefits as many people as possible.

Carlos Moedas © EU
13/10/2015 - Research and innovation

The European Commission will boost competitiveness by investing almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme.


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