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The 2015 road safety statistics published today by the European Commission confirm that European roads remain the safest in the world despite a recent slowdown in reducing road fatalities.
On 30 March 2016, the EU hosted in Brussels the 13th EU-India summit. Discussions focused on trade and investment, energy and climate, water, migration and foreign and security policy.
On 24 March 2016, EU ministers responsible for Justice and Home Affairs as well as representatives of EU institutions met two days after the attacks in Brussels. During the meeting, ministers and representatives of EU institutions expressed their support and solidarity to Belgium, its people and the city of Brussels. They reaffirmed that the European Union stand determined to fight against terrorism.
At their meeting on 17-18 March, EU leaders discussed further steps to address the migration crisis and EU-Turkey cooperation. They also held a debate on the economic situation and on climate and energy.
The Commission presents first deliverable of Circular Economy Package with new rules on organic and waste-based fertilisers in the EU.
The Commission suggests policy measures to support the European steel sector to overcome its serious challenges, largely due to global overcapacity.
Today's Communication is the Commission's contribution to the European Council and sets out how the six principles should be taken forward, delivering on the full potential for EU-Turkey cooperation while respecting European and international law.
The support is part of the Commission's pledge made at the conference 'Supporting Syria and the Region' held earlier this year in London, where the EU and the Member States pledged over €3 billion to assist the Syrian people this year.
The Council adopted a regulation setting up an EU emergency support mechanism to help Greece and other member states overwhelmed by the arrival of large numbers of refugees.
Ministers discussed the current difficulties faced in several agricultural sectors, including the pig meat, dairy and fruit and vegetables sectors. The Council and the Commission agreed to take decisive actions without delay by supplementing the existing anti-crisis aid package to European farmers with a set of additional measures.
Justice ministers adopted the Council's negotiating position on the proposal for a Directive on combating terrorism. Ministers also exchanged views on the current migratory situation and the implementation of the statement agreed at the meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government of 7 March.
MEPs debated the proposed EU-Turkey deal to manage the refugee crisis as well as the way in which European countries have been handling the issue during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. Women refugees and how to support them better was debated on Tuesday to mark International Women's Day 2016.
At today’s meeting the Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations of the Eurosystem will be decreased by 5 basis points to 0.00%, from 16 March. The interest rates on the marginal lending facility and deposit facility will be decreased by 5 and 10 basis points respectively.
The European Commission and the European Supervisory Authorities should conduct an in-depth assessment of the effect of increasing capital requirements in current and future legislation on credit supply, especially to small and medium sized companies, Parliament says in a resolution.
Next year’s EU budget priorities should continue to be tackling the migration and refugee crisis while at the same time investing more and better to accelerate today’s slow economic recovery, MEPs say in a resolution.
EU Member States are making progress in addressing imbalances in their economies. They have also advanced in carrying out the country-specific recommendations issued last year, although to varying degrees across countries and policy areas.
Measures to prevent and halt outbreaks of animal diseases such as avian flu or foot and mouth disease, informally agreed by MEPs and the EU Council of Ministers in June 2015, were endorsed by Parliament.
Today, the European Commission presents a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year and launches a broad public consultation.
The Council agreed its stance, pending the European Parliament's opinion, on a draft directive on the exchange of tax-related information on the activities of multinational companies.