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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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20/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal to modernise the EU's common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.

20/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs
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18/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The Council had a comprehensive discussion on Ukraine, covering the reform process as well as the security and humanitarian situation, in particular in eastern Ukraine and the Sea of Azov. The Council also discussed, among others, the situation in Syria, Venezuela, and the Horn of Africa.

14/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
14/02/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Banks should charge equally for cross-border payments in euro and domestic payments and make currency conversion costs transparent, say new rules.

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13/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks. 

13/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
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31/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

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23/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has adopted its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
18/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
18/12/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Only two months after the launch of the Africa–Europe Alliance, the European Commission is presenting first progress on boosting investment and creating jobs in Africa. 

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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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