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Christos Stylianides © EU
01/12/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has successfully delivered the €200 million humanitarian aid package for the Syria Crisis, and Iraq, which was announced in September by President Juncker.

Jonathan Hill © EU
30/11/2015 - Economy and the euro

Small and medium-sized companies in particular will find it easier to raise funding when issuing shares or debt. Companies already listed on public markets will also benefit when they want to list additional shares or issue corporate bonds.

From left to right: Mr Ahmet DAVUTOGLU, Prime Minister of Turkey; Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission © EU
29/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

On 29 November 2015, EU heads of state or government held a meeting with Turkey. The meeting marked an important step in developing EU-Turkey relations and contributing to managing the migration crisis. 

Cecilia Malmström and Jean Asselborn © EU
27/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed preparations for the 10th World Trade Organisation ministerial conference, to be held in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December 2015.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg lit up in orange © EU
27/11/2015 - Institutional affairs

Refugees should not be equated with terrorists, many MEPs said during a debate on the terrorist attacks in Paris during the November plenary session. They also approved the EU's budget for next year, securing additional funding for tackling the refugee crisis and boosting economic growth.

Mr Miguel Arias Cañete and Mr Etienne Schneider © EU
26/11/2015 - Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation / Transport and travel

The Council reached a general approach on the proposal for a regulation setting a framework for energy efficiency labelling, and adopted conclusions on the Energy Union governance.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen and Pierre Moscovici © EU
26/11/2015 - Economy and the euro

Today’s package launches the annual cycle of economic governance. It sets out general economic and social priorities for the EU and gives Member States policy guidance for the following year.

Mr Romain SCHNEIDER, Minister of Social Security, Humanitarian Action and Sport of Luxembourg and Mr Tibor NAVRACSICS, Member of the European Commission © EU
25/11/2015 - Culture, education and youth

The current migratory and refugee crisis was a common theme to the Council discussions on both days of the EYCS Council. Ministers adopted conclusions on the way in which development cooperation and intercultural dialogue can improve the integration of migrants and refugees. 

25/11/2015 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

“Political grandstanding” that equates refugees with terrorists only foments the hatred and disillusion that inspires those who join terrorist groups, argued many MEPs in Wednesday’s debate.

Jonathan Hill © EU
24/11/2015 - Economy and the euro

Today, the Commission has proposed a euro-area wide insurance scheme for bank deposits and has set out further measures to reduce remaining risks in the banking sector in parallel.

Euro note on euro coins © EU
24/11/2015 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

Buying insurance will be made easier and safer following Parliament's vote on Tuesday tightening EU rules on the information and advice provided by insurance sales staff.

Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup © EU
23/11/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Eurogroup discussed the euro area member states' draft budgetary plans for 2016. These plans have to be submitted each year by 15 October, and the European Commission assesses whether they comply with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). 

Ms Christiane Taubira, Mr Bernard Cazaneuve, Mr Etienne Schneider, Mr Felix Braz, Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Ms Vera Jourova © EU
20/11/2015 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Following the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, justice and home affairs ministers met in Brussels to ensure the follow-up of existing measures and discussed how to strengthen the EU response by adopting a set of conclusions.

EU map and graph © EU
20/11/2015 - Transport and travel

Today, the European Commission published the second edition of the "EU Transport Scoreboard", which compares how Member States perform in 29 transport categories.

European Court of Justice building © EU
19/11/2015 - 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.

Dimitris Avramopoulos and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
18/11/2015 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission today adopted a package of measures to make it more difficult to acquire firearms in the European Union, better track legally held firearms, strengthen cooperation between Member States, and ensure that deactivated firearms are rendered irreversibly inoperable.

Maroš Šefčovič © EU
18/11/2015 - Energy, environment and climate

The first State of the Energy Union Report shows that much progress has already been made since the adoption of the Energy Union Framework Strategy 9 months ago. Still much remains to be done, and 2016 will be an important year of delivery.

Mr Alain LE ROY, Secretary General of the EEAS; Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
17/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Defence ministers discussed the reaction to the Paris attacks of 13 November 2015. They expressed their unanimous and full support to France and their readiness to provide all the necessary aid and assistance.

G20 summit – family photo © EU
16/11/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The world's leading economies adopted a comprehensive agenda including the implementation of past commitments, boosting investment to drive growth and promoting inclusiveness to ensure the benefits of their actions can be shared by all.


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