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31/10/2017 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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27/10/2017 - Research and innovation

The European Commission today announced how it will spend €30 billion of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020 during 2018-2020, including €2.7 billion to kick-start a European Innovation Council. 

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27/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Tackling sexual harassment, strengthening the EU’s external borders, banning glyphosate and acknowledging the efforts of Venezuela’s democratic opposition: check out our plenary overview. 

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25/10/2017 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

A common electronic system to speed up checks at the Schengen area’s external borders and to register all non-EU travellers was backed by Parliament.

24/10/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights
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24/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries

Parliament backed a full ban on glyphosate-based herbicides by December 2022 and immediate restrictions on the use of the substance. Parliament opposes the European Commission’s proposal to renew the controversial herbicide licence for 10 years.

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24/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

Following on from the announcements made in President Juncker's 2017 State of the Union Address, the European Commission is today presenting its plans for completing the work on President Juncker's ten political priorities before the end of its mandate, as well as a series of forward-looking initiatives for the future of Europe. 

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24/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

In line with the European Council conclusions of 19 October, the Council held a policy debate on speeding up work on the digital single market to ensure its completion by the end of 2018. Ministers also held a policy debate on the EU's response to the crucial challenge of cybersecurity. 

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20/10/2017 - Institutional affairs

On 19 October, EU leaders agreed to consolidate the current strategy to control migration flows. They also said they were "ready to do what it takes for Europe to go digital". On 20 October, they endorsed the Leaders' Agenda and they agreed to start internal preparations for the 2nd phase of the Brexit talks. 

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18/10/2017 - Security and defence

As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects.

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18/10/2017 - Business / Justice and citizens’ rights

Today the European Commission publishes its first annual report on the functioning of the EU- U.S. Privacy Shield, the aim of which is to protect the personal data of anyone in the EU transferred to companies in the U.S. for commercial purposes. 

17/10/2017 - Institutional affairs
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16/10/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal. EU foreign ministers agreed on a statement on the JCPOA. The Council also addressed the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocative acts by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

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16/10/2017 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Commission adopted today guidelines to facilitate food donation in the EU, a key deliverable of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The aim is to clarify relevant EU legislation and help lift barriers to food donation. 

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13/10/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council agreed its negotiating positions on the effort-sharing regulation and the regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). The Council adopted conclusions on the Paris Agreement and in preparation for the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23). 

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13/10/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers held a first exchange of views on the European Commission proposal to amend the Schengen Borders Code. Meanwhile, the regulation establishing the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) was adopted by those member states taking part in enhanced cooperation. 


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