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Christos Stylianides meets Dr Abdullah Maatouq during Third Pledging Conference for Syria © EU
31/03/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Union significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to € 1.1 billion - double the overall EU pledge at the 2014 Conference.

Phil Hogan © EU
26/03/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The EU milk quota regime comes to an end on March 31, 2015. First introduced in 1984 at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the quota regime was one of the tools introduced for overcoming these structural surpluses.

European Court of Justice building © EU
26/03/2015 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has today taken 98 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 8 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

Woman with tablet computer and mobile phone © EU
25/03/2015 - Research and innovation

The College of Commissioners today had a first discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy due in May – and set out the main areas the Commission will focus its work on to trigger real changes for consumers and businesses alike.

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25/03/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

In a set of annual reports, the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy assessed the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with the 16 partner countries in the East and the South and made recommendations for the year ahead.

Violeta Bulc © EU
24/03/2015 - Statistics / Transport and travel

Following two years of solid decreases in the number of people killed on Europe's roads, the first reports on road deaths in 2014 are disappointing. According to the figures released today, the number of road fatalities has decreased by approximately 1% compared to 2013.

Vĕra Jourová © EU
23/03/2015 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission published new figures today, showing that in 2014, nearly 2500 products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU consumers.

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19/03/2015 - Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

During the meeting, EU leaders agreed to create an Energy Union. They also discussed economic topics and external relations, the situation in Libya, relations with Russia and Ukraine, and the objectives of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

Mr Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs © EU
17/03/2015 - Institutional affairs

The Council prepared the European Council of 19-20 March. The main focus will be on the energy union. Foreign relations such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit and Libya will also be discussed.

Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
16/03/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council held an in-depth discussion on EU relations with Africa, covering peace and security, prosperity and partnership. The Council also adopted a strategy outlining how the EU and Member States are planning to counter the threat posed by ISIL/Da'esh and help restore peace and security in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Vytenis Pavilas ANDRIUKAITIS, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis DUKLAVS, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU
16/03/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council held a public debate on a proposal on organic farming. Member states took the view that an EU harmonised approach could address the issue of the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products.

Trains and railways © EU
13/03/2015 - Energy, environment and climate / Research and innovation / Transport and travel

The Council held a public policy debate on two proposals to improve rail services in the EU (fourth railway package). Ministers also discussed ways in which transport policy can boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. 

Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Mr Rihards Kozlovskis © EU
13/03/2015 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Ministers welcomed the progress achieved so far in the implementation of the operational actions identified by the Task Force Mediterranean. The Council also discussed the implementation of the measures contained in the recent counter-terrorism statements issued after the latest terrorist attacks in Europe.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
13/03/2015 - Institutional affairs

During the plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs supported the legislation on capping credit card fees and warned candidate countries to get their act together if they want to progress on their path towards the EU. Parliament also debated the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and called for greater efforts to abolish the gender pay gap.

Person counting euro notes © EU
11/03/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be to foster growth by supporting job-creation, firms and entrepreneurship; to show solidarity with countries both inside and outside the EU; and to put EU finances in order, said Parliament in a resolution.

Credit card © EU
10/03/2015 - Economy and the euro / Consumer affairs and public health

The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments will be capped, under uniform EU-wide rules, further to a vote in Parliament.

Ms. Marianne THYSSEN, Member of the European Commission; Mr Uldis AUGULIS, Latvian Minister for Welfare © EU
09/03/2015 - Employment and social rights / Consumer affairs and public health

The Council discussed the employment and social policy aspects of the 2015 European Semester exercise. It endorsed key messages on the financing of social protection systems and adopted conclusions on inclusive labour markets.

Vĕra Jourová © EU
09/03/2015 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has released the 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard, which gives an overview of the quality, independence and efficiency of the justice systems of Member States.


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