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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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26/07/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Federica Mogherini © EU
16/07/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed Libya following the visit by the High Representative Federica Mogherini to the country on 14 July, where she inaugurated the premises of the European Union Delegation in Tripoli. 

Donald Tusk, Li Keqiang, Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
16/07/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU and China agreed to further develop the EU-China strategic partnership at the 20th EU-China summit. Leaders expressed their joint support for rules-based trade and reaffirmed their joint engagement to reform the World Trade Organisation.

NATO family photo © EU
12/07/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The NATO summit was an opportunity to follow up on EU-NATO cooperation. The EU and NATO signed a new joint declaration just ahead of the summit on 10 July 2018. 

02/07/2018 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs
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. 

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. 

20/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
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. 

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.

G7 family photo © EU
09/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

Leaders of the G7 committed to fight protectionism and to defend the rules-based international trading system. G7 leaders called for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation. They also stressed the need to avoid excess capacity in sectors such as aluminium and high technology. 

06/06/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
31/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The US announced that starting on 1 June 2018 it will impose additional duties of 25 % and 10 % respectively on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU.

Container ship in port © EU
30/05/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU could protect itself better against unfairly cheap imports and combat environmental or social dumping more effectively, under a law backed by MEPs.

Federica Mogherini © EU
28/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Foreign Affairs Council held a debate on Iran, in particular the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), following the US withdrawal from the agreement as announced on 8 May. 

Cecilia Malmström, Emil Karanikolov © EU
23/05/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The Council authorised the Commission to open trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand. It also adopted conclusions on the negotiation and conclusion of EU trade agreements. 

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