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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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European Council roundtable © EU
29/06/2018 - Asylum and migration / Institutional affairs

Meeting at a two-day summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed measures to step up fight against migrant smugglers and further reduce illegal migration into the EU. EU leaders supported the development of a concept of regional disembarkation platforms for people saved at sea by search and rescue operations. 

29/06/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

As of Sunday 1 July, travellers booking package holidays will enjoy stronger consumer rights. Not only will traditional package holidays be covered, the new rules will also protect consumers who book other forms of combined travel, including self-customised packages.

Frans Timmermans, Ekaterina Zaharieva © EU
26/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Transport and travel

The Council adopted conclusions on the EU's enlargement policy and the stabilisation and association process. It also adopted without discussion updated aviation safety rules, including a revised mandate for the European Aviation Safety Agency and the first ever EU-wide rules for civil drones. 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
26/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The annual report on Trade and Investment Barriers shows that the European Commission has eliminated the highest number ever of trade barriers faced by EU companies doing business abroad. European exporters reported a major increase in protectionism in 2017.

Federica Mogherini © EU
25/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The Council adopted conclusions on security and defence. It also adopted a decision setting out governance rules for projects undertaken under PESCO, and approved the overarching high-level part of the military requirements for military mobility within and beyond the EU. 

25/06/2018 - Energy, environment and climate
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25/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

Four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten - France have signed a commitment for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces. 

22/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Statistics
Valdis Dombrovskis and Vladislav Goranov © EU
22/06/2018 - Economy and the euro

The Council closed the excessive deficit procedure for France, confirming that its deficit has dropped below the EU's 3% of GDP reference value. As a consequence, 23 of the 24 procedures that were open at the height of the euro crisis have now been closed.

Pierre Moscovici and Mario Centeno © EU
21/06/2018 - Economy and the euro

Eurozone finance ministers agreed the surveillance framework that will apply after the end of Greece's economic adjustment programme, the size of the final tranche of financial support, debt measures and fiscal targets.

Cecilia Malmström and David Parker © EU
21/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

In the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and New Zealand's Minister for Trade David Parker officially launched talks for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement. 

Margrethe Vestager © EU
20/06/2018 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has found that Luxembourg allowed two Engie group companies to avoid paying taxes on almost all their profits for about a decade. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it gives Engie an undue advantage.

20/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
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19/06/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Commission presented its proposal for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) worth €6.14 billion to invest in the maritime economy and support fishing communities and ministers had the opportunity to react to the proposal. 

Steven Ciobo and Cecilia Malmström © EU
18/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström together with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Trade Minister of Australia Steven Ciobo officially launched negotiations for a comprehensive and ambitious trade agreement between the EU and Australia in the Australian capital of Canberra. 

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
15/06/2018 - Institutional affairs

From stricter drone rules to migration and the new composition of the Parliament: overview of June's plenary session in Strasbourg. 

Stars reaching out from map of Europe © EU
14/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase the external action budget to €123 billion, to significantly simplify its structure, and make it much more flexible and effective to address today's global challenges.

The European Parliament hemicycle © EU
13/06/2018 - Institutional affairs

The European Parliament will shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the United Kingdom leaves the EU, leaving room for new countries that may join in the future.

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