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01/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

G20 leaders met in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December 2018. They adopted a declaration focusing on the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and on gender equality. 

30/11/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
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30/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of the first €500 million of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine.

30/11/2018 - EU regional and urban development / Institutional affairs
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30/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Transport and travel

The Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on the platform-to-business regulation and the general safety of vehicles regulation. 

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29/11/2018 - Security and defence / Transport and travel

Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs.

29/11/2018 - Culture, education and youth / Transport and travel
Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
28/11/2018 - Culture, education and youth

The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. Ministers also took note of a progress report on a proposal for a new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.

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28/11/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

The European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Margaritis Schinas © EU
28/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission takes stock of the latest developments as regards risk reduction in the banking sector and progress towards an even more integrated and stable EU financial system.

Alan Beattie, Cecilia Malmström © EU
27/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Michel Barnier © EU
25/11/2018 - Institutional affairs

EU27 leaders met for a special meeting of the European Council (Art.50) on Sunday 25 November 2018. They endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies and is referred to in the withdrawal agreement. 

Jyrki Katainen, Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
22/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch. 

Margaritis Schinas, Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen, Pierre Moscovici © EU
21/11/2018 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the first time. 

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20/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

20/11/2018 - Security and defence
19/11/2018 - Institutional affairs
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19/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018. 


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