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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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29/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

Updated EU copyright rules and a ban on single-use plastics were approved during this week's plenary session. MEPs also voted in favour of boosting consumer rights. 

Container ship in port © EU
28/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU shields 320,000 direct jobs across Europe from unfair foreign competition through its trade defence measures, according to a report out today.

28/03/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate
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27/03/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers, were approved by MEPs. 

Rubbish and plastic in water © EU
27/03/2019 - Energy, environment and climate

Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks.

Andrus Ansip © EU
26/03/2019 - Security and defence

The European Commission has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. 

Copyright symbols on padlocks © EU
26/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition

Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

Mobile phone displaying the time in different cities © EU
26/03/2019 - Transport and travel

MEPs voted to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. EU countries that decide to keep their summer time should make their final clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021.

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25/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations.

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing
25/03/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers.

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22/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Council adopted conclusions on jobs, growth and competitiveness, climate change, external relations, as well as securing free and fair elections and fighting disinformation. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk © EU
21/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

The extension until 22 May is conditional. It will be granted if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week. If it does not, EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 12 April, expecting the UK to "indicate a way forward before this date". 

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
18/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

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