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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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28/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Justice and citizens’ rights

Today the European Commission adopted a guidance document on access to justice in environmental matters which clarifies how individuals and associations can challenge decisions, acts and omissions by public authorities related to EU environmental law before national courts.

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27/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

The Plan consists of 15 actions to be carried out by 2019 to rapidly improve the implementation of the Birds and Habitats Directives, which are the EU's flagship nature policies.

Construction works
27/04/2017 - Institutional affairs

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.

"European Pillar of Social Rights" banner on the Berlaymont building © EU
26/04/2017 - Employment and social rights

Today, it delivers on its promise to adopt its proposal for the European Pillar of Social Rights. The Pillar sets out 20 key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. 

Fishing boats in Malta © EU
19/04/2017 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate / EU regional and urban development

Today the European Commission launches a new initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean region.

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12/04/2017 - Asylum and migration

Today, the Commission adopted its eleventh progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 2 March 2017.

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11/04/2017 - International aid, development and cooperation

New figures confirm that the European Union and its Member States have consolidated their place as the world's leading aid donor in 2016.

Věra Jourová © EU
10/04/2017 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Today, the European Commission publishes the 2017 EU Justice Scoreboard which gives a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in the EU Member States.

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07/04/2017 - Institutional affairs

MEPs overwhelmingly approved a resolution setting out Parliament's priorities for the negotiations concerning the UK's withdrawal from the EU during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg. In addition MEPs urged European authorities to establish new checks to prevent car emissions fraud and also approved stricter rules to ensure the safety of medical devices as well as plans to enable more flexibility regarding the EU's long-term budget.

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06/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

The abolition of retail roaming surcharges, now scheduled for 15 June 2017, will enable consumers to call text and use mobile data for the same cost at home and while travelling in another EU country, and transfer data across borders from another EU member state for the same cost as at home.

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06/04/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The international community gathered in Brussels offered support to Syrians in securing a peaceful future. The participants made pledges of $6 billion to meet the needs of the populations inside Syria and neighbouring countries. They also condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government and ISIL/Daesh. 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
05/04/2017 - Institutional affairs

An overwhelming majority of the house (516 votes in favour, 133 against, with 50 abstentions) adopted a resolution officially laying down the European Parliament’s key principles and conditions for its approval of the UK's withdrawal agreement. Any such agreement at the end of UK-EU negotiations will need to win the approval of the European Parliament. 

Man working on prosthetic limb © EU
05/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health

Stricter rules to ensure that medical devices such as breast or hip implants are traceable and comply with EU patient safety requirements were backed by MEPs. MEPs also approved laws to tighten up information and ethical requirements for diagnostic medical devices, e.g. for pregnancy or DNA testing.

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04/04/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The fact that diesel cars’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are much higher in real driving conditions than in laboratory tests was known to the EU member states and Commission over a decade ago. They should now act swiftly to improve tests and checks on new cars on EU roads, say MEPs.

Man harvesting palm oil © EU
04/04/2017 - Energy, environment and climate

To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the EU market and phase out the use of vegetable oils that drive deforestation by 2020, say MEPs. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
04/04/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Foreign ministers discussed the situation in Syria, ahead of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region on 4-5 April 2017. The Council adopted the EU strategy for Syria. 


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