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14/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

MEPs backed a trade deal with Japan, awarded the Sakharov Prize to Oleg Sentsov and paid tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s terror attack in Strasbourg during December’s plenary session. 

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12/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU’s trade agreement with Japan, the largest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated by the EU. The Economic Partnership Agreement will remove almost all custom duties adding up to €1 billion annually for EU companies.

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01/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

G20 leaders met in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December 2018. They adopted a declaration focusing on the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and on gender equality. 

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30/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of the first €500 million of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine.

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27/11/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Employment and social rights / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU. 

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20/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

Federica Mogherini © EU
19/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018. 

Cecilia Malmström and Margarete Schrambock © EU
09/11/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed efforts to modernise WTO, the implementation of free trade agreements and latest developments in ongoing bilateral trade negotiations. 

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31/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

According to the second annual report about the implementation of trade agreements issued today, these agreements – covering nearly 70 markets all over the world – are proving effective in removing barriers to trade and promoting high standards of labour and environment protection.

19/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
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19/10/2018 - Business / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Leaders agreed to further connect both continents to boost trade, improve security, preserve the environment and bring societies closer. They also discussed foreign and security issues. 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
17/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. Through this adoption, the Commission is demonstrating its commitment to putting these agreements in place as soon as possible.

Federica Mogherini © EU
15/10/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda; among them the case of the missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, where the EU expects full and transparent investigation by the Saudi authorities in full cooperation with the Turkish authorities. 

20/09/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Federica Mogherini and Violeta Bulc © EU
19/09/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

With sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity at its core, the Communication will help to guide the EU's external action in this field and is a part of the implementation of its Global Strategy. 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
18/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy. 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
12/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs. 

Vĕra Jourová and Margaritis Schinas © EU
05/09/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

Following the conclusion of the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection in July 2018, the Commission launched the procedure for the adoption of its adequacy decision.

26/07/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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