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Jean-Claude Juncker, Justin Trudeau, Donald Tusk and Robert Fico © EU
30/10/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
28/10/2016 - Institutional affairs

Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were announced as this year's Sakharov Prize laureates during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. In addition MEPs called on the European Commission to regulate harmful trans fats in processed food. 

EU-Karte und Grafik © EU
27/10/2016 - Transport and travel

The European Commission published the 2016 edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", a benchmark which compares how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport.

Euro banknote and coins © EU
26/10/2016 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Parliament demanded more funds, to help young people into jobs, boost economic growth and assist third countries with a view to mitigating the migration crisis, in a plenary vote. 

26/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health
Galileo-Satellit im Weltall © EU
26/10/2016 - Research and innovation

The European space industry is strong and competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today's proposal for a new space policy will foster new services and promote Europe's leadership in space. 

Pierre Moscovic © EU
25/10/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission has today announced plans to overhaul the way in which companies are taxed in the Single Market, delivering a growth-friendly and fair corporate tax system. 

European flags in front of the Berlaymont building © EU
25/10/2016 - Institutional affairs

The Commission Work Programme for the coming year focuses squarely on delivery of the 10 priorities outlined in the Political Guidelines in order to address the biggest challenges which Europe faces today.

Taavi Rõivas, Jean-Claude Juncker and Juha Sipilä © EU
21/10/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

A first gas interconnector between Finland and Estonia will end the long lasting gas isolation of Finland and help, boosting security of supply and bringing an economic lift to the region. 

European Council family photo © EU
21/10/2016 - Institutional affairs

The EU leaders met on 20 and 21 October in Brussels. They exchanged views on the most pressing issues. On Thursday they discussed migration and Russia, including its role in Syria. On Friday the EU leaders met again to discuss trade issues.

Jyrki Katainen © EU
19/10/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission called upon Member States to support its efforts to provide the European Union with updated, strengthened and more robust trade defence instruments. 

Federica Mogherini © UE
18/10/2016 - Asylum and migration

The Commission presents its first progress report on the implementation of the Partnership Framework with third countries to more effectively manage migration together. 

Frau, die sich über biologisch angebaute Pflanzen beugt © EU
18/10/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries / Consumer affairs and public health / EU regional and urban development / Research and innovation

The Commission has presented a proposal for a Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area - PRIMA. The first partnership of its kind in the Mediterranean basin aims to develop much-needed novel solutions for sustainable water management and food production.

Federica Mogherini © EU
18/10/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council adopted conclusions on Syria, strongly condemning the attacks by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, in particular the disproportionate and deliberate targeting of civilians, and humanitarian and health care personnel. 

17/10/2016 - Energy, environment and climate
Vera Jourova © EU
14/10/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Justice ministers discussed two legislative proposals closely linked to one another: the creation of a European public prosecutor and the directive on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests. 

European Court of Auditors building © EU
13/10/2016 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Court of Auditors gave the EU annual accounts a clean bill of health for the 9th year in a row. The Court found that, in particular in cohesion policy and agriculture, the overall estimated level of error for payments has further declined from 4.4% in 2014 to 3.8% in 2015.

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