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Donald Tusk, Petro Poroshenko and Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
13/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Meeting in Kyiv on 12-13 July, EU and Ukrainian leaders celebrate the ratification of the association agreement and the recent introduction of visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainians. 

G20 Hamburg logo © EU
08/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

G20 leaders met in Hamburg, Germany, on 7-8 July. European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker represented the EU at the summit. The theme of this year's summit was 'shaping an interconnected world'. 

06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 July EU and Japanese leaders announced a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values. 

Turkish flag and EU flags in background © EU
06/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Turkey’s EU accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to the constitution go ahead, as these go against EU membership criteria, warned MEPs on Thursday. 

General view of college meeting room © EU
04/07/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative inviting the Commission "to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)" ('Stop TTIP' Initiative). 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
26/06/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

European exporters reported a 10% increase in the number of trade barriers they encountered in 2016 alone. 372 such barriers were in place at the end of last year in over 50 trade destinations across the world. 

View of meeting room, Luxembourg © EU
19/06/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

EU foreign ministers discussed the current crisis in the Gulf region. EU ministers urged de-escalation of the crisis through dialogue and negotiation. They expressed their full support for the mediation efforts of Kuwait. 

G7 family photo © EU
27/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

On 26 and 27 May 2017, Italy hosted the meeting of the G7 leaders. The summit focused on foreign policy, the global economy and the reduction of inequalities, and the migration crisis. 

Map of EU and neighboring countries © EU
18/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The ENP was reviewed in 2015 to respond to the new challenges of an evolving neighbourhood. Today's report shows results following a new approach based on differentiation, joint ownership and flexibility.

Federica Mogherini © EU
15/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign ministers discussed the situation in the Horn of Africa, a region facing destabilisation in particular in Somalia and South Sudan. In light of the recent worrying developments in the country, the Council adopted conclusions on Venezuela. 

Cecilia Malmström and Christian Cardona © EU
11/05/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the new anti-dumping methodology and all ministers confirmed their support for the Council's negotiating mandate agreed on 3 May by EU Ambassadors. 

Frans Timmermans, Jyrki Katainen © EU
10/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Following the Commission's White Paper on the Future of Europe presented on 1 March, the Commission is publishing today its Reflection Paper on Harnessing Globalisation. 

Stéthoscope sur un globe © UE
04/05/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The European Commission and the High Representative/ Vice-President have set out today the EU's political priorities and concrete proposals for a stronger strategic partnership with Africa.

Gruppenbild © EU
06/04/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The international community gathered in Brussels offered support to Syrians in securing a peaceful future. The participants made pledges of $6 billion to meet the needs of the populations inside Syria and neighbouring countries. They also condemned the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian Government and ISIL/Daesh. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
04/04/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Foreign ministers discussed the situation in Syria, ahead of the Brussels Conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region on 4-5 April 2017. The Council adopted the EU strategy for Syria. 

Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, Federica Mogherini © EU
14/03/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission have today adopted a Joint Communication proposing a forward- looking EU strategy for Syria. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
06/03/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Ministers reconfirmed the EU engagement and focus on the Western Balkans, including through political and economic links. The Council also adopted conclusions setting out the progress achieved in implementing the EU global strategy in the area of security and defence.

22/02/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade
Canadian and European flag © EU
15/02/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to boost goods and services trade and investment flows, was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday. The landmark trade deal could apply provisionally from as early as April 2017.

09/02/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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