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28/07/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has adopted today a legal act to create a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system to support cross-border trade and provide for more EU-wide cooperation in customs matters.

Ms Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
20/07/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Ministers discussed Iran, Libya and the Middle East peace process, as well as Tunisia. The Council adopted a new action plan for human rights and democracy.

From left to right: Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS, Member of the European Commission; Mr Jean ASSELBORN, Luxembourg Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, Minister for Immigration and asylum © EU
20/07/2015 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council agreed on a draft decision establishing a temporary and exceptional relocation mechanism from Italy and Greece to other member states of persons in clear need of international protection.

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16/07/2015 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has today taken 85 decisions including 15 reasoned opinions and 2 referrals to the EU Court of Justice. The Commission is also closing 59 cases where the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Corina Cretu © EU
15/07/2015 - Economy and the euro

Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support programme for Greece, the European Commission revealed plans today to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds.

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15/07/2015 - Energy, environment and climate

As part of the Energy Union strategy, today the Commission presented proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System.

From left to right: Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice President of the European Commission; Mr Pierre GRAMEGNA, Luxembourg Minister of Finance © EU
14/07/2015 - Economy and the euro

The Council issued country-specific recommendations and opinions on the economic, fiscal and employment policies planned by the member states, as well as a specific recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area.

From left to right: Mr Pierre MOSCOVICI, Member of the European Commission; Mr Jeroen DIJSSELBLOEM, President of the Eurogroup; Mr Klaus REGLING, European Stability Mechanism Managing Director © EU
13/07/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Ministers held a follow-up discussion on the agreement negotiated at the Eurogroup and the Euro Summit over the previous two days following the request by Greece for financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism, which had been submitted on 9 July 2015.

From left to right: Mr Fernand ETGEN, Luxembourg Minister for Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development; Mr Vytenis Pavilas ANDRIUKAITIS, Member of the European Commission © EU
13/07/2015 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council was briefed by the Commission on a proposal for a regulation on the possibility for the member states to restrict or prohibit the use of genetically modified food and feed on their territory; as well as on agricultural market developments, in particular on the impact the import ban has had on EU agricultural products imposed by Russia since August 2014.

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Donald Tusk and Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU
13/07/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

On 13 July 2015, the leaders from the euro area member states agreed in principle that they are ready to start negotiations on an ESM financial assistance programme for Greece.

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
10/07/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Greece debt crisis took centre stage during July's plenary session, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to Strasbourg to discuss the search for solutions. MEPs also adopted their recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and approved a reform of the EU's emissions trading scheme that should boost incentives for green investments.

Book of the Law and gavel with EU flag in background © EU
09/07/2015 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The 32nd 'Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law' reviews the Member States’ performance on key aspects of the application of Union law and highlights the main enforcement policy developments of 2014.

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08/07/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

An EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but must not undermine EU standards, say MEPs in recommendations to EU trade negotiators.

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker and Mr Donald Tusk © EU
07/07/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The leaders of the euro area member states discussed the situation in Greece following the referendum held on 5 July. After the meeting President of the Euro Summit Donald Tusk confirmed that the euro area authorities were ready to do all that is necessary to ensure the financial stability in the euro area.

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05/07/2015 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The European Commission takes note of and respects the result of the referendum in Greece. President Juncker is consulting tonight and tomorrow with the democratically elected leaders of the other 18 Eurozone members as well as with the Heads of the EU institutions.

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