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01/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has unveiled a series of measures to improve the Value Added Tax (VAT) environment for e-commerce businesses in the EU. Our proposals will allow consumers and companies, in particular start-ups and SMEs, to buy and sell goods and services more easily online. 

01/12/2016 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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01/12/2016 - Employment and social rights / Research and innovation

The Commission is launching the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, together with Member States, companies, social partners, NGOs and education providers, to help meet the high demand for digital skills in Europe which are essential in today's job market and society. 

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30/11/2016 - Security and defence

The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States' more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens' security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. 

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30/11/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission presents a package of measures to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing the global energy markets.

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29/11/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Research and innovation

The Council adopted conclusions on measures to support early stage researchers and raise the attractiveness of scientific careers. It also agreed on a general approach to ban unjustified geo-blocking within the internal market and assessed the progress made on the single market strategy one year after its launch.

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28/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the revision of the European consensus on development, on the basis of a proposal from the European Commission. This revision will implement the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

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28/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has today proposed new rules to ensure that systemic market infrastructures in the financial system, known as Central Counterparties (CCPs), can be dealt with effectively when things go wrong.

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25/11/2016 - Institutional affairs

The EU should freeze accession negotiations with Turkey in light of the country's vast crackdown that followed the failed July coup, said MEPs in a resolution adopted this week. Also during this week's plenary session MEPs called on EU countries to step up cooperation on defence. 

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24/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Leaders' discussions focused on reforms in Ukraine. Since the last summit in 2015 Ukraine has worked on an ambitious reform agenda, with strong EU support. 

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24/11/2016 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

MEPs want a temporary freeze on EU accession talks with Turkey. In a resolution they say Turkey should nonetheless remain “anchored” to the EU. They also pledge to review their position when the "disproportionate repressive measures" under the state of emergency in Turkey are lifted. 

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23/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Plans for more ambitious national caps on emissions of key pollutants by 2030, including NOx, particulates and sulphur dioxide, won the support of MEPs.

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23/11/2016 - Economy and the euro

This proposal builds on existing EU banking rules and aims to complete the post-crisis regulatory agenda by making sure that the regulatory framework addresses any outstanding challenges to financial stability, while ensuring that banks can continue to support the real economy.

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22/11/2016 - Culture, education and youth

The Council adopted a resolution on a New Skills Agenda, which highlights the main aspects that will guide Council work in this field, in response to the Commission's communication on the strategic importance of skills for sustaining jobs, growth and competitiveness.

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22/11/2016 - Consumer affairs and public health / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Today, the European Commission is setting out a strategic approach for achieving sustainable development in Europe and around the world.

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22/11/2016 - Security and defence

Terrorism, hybrid threats and cyber- and energy insecurity leave EU countries no choice but to step up their security and defence cooperation efforts, thus paving the way to a European Defence Union, say MEPs in a resolution.


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