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On 23 June 2016 citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU).

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21/12/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

Today, the European Commission has adopted a package of measures to strengthen the EU's capacity to fight the financing of terrorism and organised crime, delivering on the commitments made in the Action Plan against terrorist financing from February 2016. 

Customs checkpoint on Finland-Russia border © EU
21/12/2016 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission today adopted its long-term plan to give fresh impetus to the management of the Customs Union, a basic pillar of the European Union which supports and protects the Single Market.

Junge Frau arbeitet in einer Textilfabrik © EU
20/12/2016 - Employment and social rights

Around 3 million jobs have been created and employment has risen, pushing back poverty. However, unemployment remains high, with huge disparities across Member States. Labour markets and societies will need to adapt to new forms of work.

20/12/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence
From left to right: Mr Miguel ARIAS CANETE, member of the European Commission, Mr Laszlo SOLYMOS, Slovak Minister of the Environment, and Mr Karmenu VELLA, member of the European Commission © EU
19/12/2016 - Energy, environment and climate

Ministers discussed the review of the emission trading system (ETS) and adopted conclusions on the sound management of chemicals.

Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive Sakharov prize © EU
16/12/2016 - Institutional affairs

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, received Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought at the December plenary which was also the last one to be fully presided over by Martin Schulz. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk, Robert Fico © EU
15/12/2016 - Institutional affairs

The December European Council discussed the most pressing issues, including migration, security, economy and youth, and external relations. 

Jean-Claude Juncker und EP-Fraktionsvorsitzende © EU
14/12/2016 - Asylum and migration / Employment and social rights / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

Political group leaders discussed how to relieve the humanitarian tragedy in Aleppo, sanctions against Russia and ways to boost European defence capacities ahead of the European Summit. 

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14/12/2016 - Transport and travel

Public contracts to supply domestic passenger rail services in EU countries will normally have to be put out to tender under new rules backed by Parliament.

14/12/2016 - Business, taxation and competition / Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation
Marianne Thyssen © EU
13/12/2016 - Employment and social rights

The European Commission is presenting a revision of the EU legislation on social security coordination. The proposal modernises the current rules to ensure that they are fair, clear and easier to enforce. 

13/12/2016 - Food, farming and fisheries
Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Robert Kalinak © EU
09/12/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Home affairs ministers discussed the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and agreed a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament on the Eurodac regulation. 

08/12/2016 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
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08/12/2016 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Transport and travel

The Action Plan provides clear recommendations for Member States to tackle the phenomenon of travel document fraud and outlines a comprehensive set of actions for the Commission to take.

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08/12/2016 - Asylum and migration

The Commission is today reporting on progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and on the EU's relocation and resettlement schemes.

Young people wearing the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) t-shirt © EU
07/12/2016 - Culture, education and youth

The European Commission is today launching the European Solidarity Corps, just two months after President Juncker announced it and as a first deliverable of the priorities for action identified in the Bratislava Roadmap. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Peter Kazimir © EU
06/12/2016 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The Council made further progress on preventing corporate tax avoidance, achieving a broad consensus on a draft directive. Ministers also adopted a directive granting access for tax authorities to information held by authorities responsible for the prevention of money laundering.  

Violeta Bulc, member of the European Commission © EU
05/12/2016 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a regulation concerning measures to safeguard the security of gas supply. It also adopted a general approach on new rules for wholesale roaming markets in the EU and agreed its position on the revision of safety rules for civil aviation.

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