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29/05/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.

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28/05/2019 - Business, taxation and competition

The Council discussed ways of strengthening EU's role as a global actor and promoting international cooperation in the field of space and held a public policy debate on the most important elements to take into account when designing the EU's comprehensive, long-term industrial policy strategy and an ambitious approach to a competitive single market.

Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Trade, Stefan-Radu Oprea, Romanian Minister for Business, Commerce and Entrepreneurship © EU
27/05/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the state of plan of the reform of and negotiations in the WTO. It was also informed about the latest developments in trade relations between the EU and the US, and of the adoption and signature of a free trade agreement and investment protection agreement between the EU and Vietnam, planned for June 2019.

European Parliament partial results
27/05/2019 - Institutional affairs

First EP seat projection based on official and provisional results in 21 countries and estimates in seven more. Preliminary turnout figures estimate turnout across the EU at 50.5 % (including UK) representing a significant increase in participation in the 2019 European elections and the highest turnout for at least the past twenty years.

Tibor Navracsics, Ecaterina Andronescu, Bogdan Matei © EU
23/05/2019 - Culture, education and youth

The Council adopted conclusions on young people and the future of work. Ministers also adopted a resolution establishing guidelines on the governance of the EU Youth Dialogue.

2 people at wholesale market © EU
22/05/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Food, farming and fisheries

Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.

22/05/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights
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21/05/2019 - International aid, development and cooperation / Security and defence

To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.

Group of Erasmus students in Berlin © EU
20/05/2019 - Culture, education and youth

New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released by the European Commission.

Günther Oettinger and Eugen-Orlando Teodorvici © EU
17/05/2019 - Economy and the euro

Ministers prepared for upcoming international discussions on digital taxation. They also discussed a set of new excise duty rules applicable in the EU regime. The Council adopted conclusions on the implementation of the 2018 country-specific recommendations as well as an update of the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. 

16/05/2019 - International aid, development and cooperation
Map of Central Asia © EU
15/05/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007.

15/05/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Justice and citizens’ rights
Phil Hogan and Petre Daea © EU
14/05/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council had exchanges of views on the post 2020 CAP reform, the Commission long term strategy "A clean planet for all", and trade-related agricultural issues. The Council was also informed about the EMFF, the follow-up to an ECJ ruling on GMOs, and the situation in the fruit market. 

15/05/2019 - Security and defence
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14/05/2019 - International aid, development and cooperation

The European Commission has announced an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young Europeans.

Federica Mogherini © EU
13/05/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The High Representative and foreign ministers discussed Iran, following the latest announcements related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal. Ministers also touched on the situation in Venezuela and discussed Ukraine, following the results of the Presidential election. 

Child using telephone © EU
13/05/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).

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