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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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Federica Mogherini © EU
11/12/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The High Representative and the EU foreign ministers started the day with an informal breakfast with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. The Council discussed and adopted conclusions on an updated strategy on aid for trade which aims to improve the integration of developing countries into the international trading system. 

Cecilia Malmström © EU
08/12/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono today announced the successful conclusion of the final discussions on the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

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30/11/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The AU-EU summit brought together EU and African leaders to define the future direction for cooperation between the two continents. 

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24/11/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

On the occasion of the Eastern Partnership summit, EU leaders met with their six Eastern partners — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine —  to agree on the future priorities of their partnership. 

Steel worker © EU
15/11/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Tougher EU rules to fight dumped and subsidised imports from third countries were voted by MEPs on Wednesday. For the first time worldwide, EU trade rules will require trade partners outside the EU to meet international social and environmental standards, so as to prevent dumping. 

Federica Mogherini © EU
14/11/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

Foreign affairs ministers and defence ministers discussed on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy in the area of security and defence. The Council then adopted conclusions on security and defence highlighting the progress achieved and looking at the next steps. 

10/11/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Federica Mogherini © EU
16/10/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the Iran nuclear deal. EU foreign ministers agreed on a statement on the JCPOA. The Council also addressed the situation in the Korean peninsula, in view of the recent provocative acts by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Mr Donald TUSK, President of the European Council; Mr Narendra MODI, Prime Minister of India; Mr Jean-Claude JUNCKER, President of the European Commission. © EU
06/10/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 6 October 2017, India hosted the 14th EU-India Summit in New Delhi. Leaders discussed foreign and security policy, migration, trade, climate, research and innovation.

Stars reaching out from map of Europe © EU
28/09/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Following the adoption by the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission immediately starts the implementation of its ambitious External Investment Plan to boost investments in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood.

Donald Tusk © EU
20/09/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on behalf of the EU, on 20 September 2017.

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14/09/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

Home affairs ministers discussed the state of play and next steps in the field of migration and in particular regarding the Mediterranean. They took stock of events over the summer and focused on a number of issues where further action is needed at EU level. 

Jyrki Katainen and Cecilia Malmström © EU
14/09/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Following the State of the Union speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker, the Commission has today unveiled a weighty package of trade and investment proposals for a progressive and ambitious trade agenda.

Julian King © EU
07/09/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

The European Commission reported today on actions taken since President Juncker's 2016 State of the Union address to enhance security at the EU external border, improve information exchange between Member States, close down the space in which terrorists operate and prevent radicalisation. 

07/09/2017 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights
Dimitris Avramopoulos © EU
06/09/2017 - Asylum and migration / Enlargement, external relations and trade

In four progress reports adopted today, the Commission is calling on all parties to sustain and further accelerate the good progress made in managing irregular migration flows, protecting the EU external borders and supporting the frontline Member States under pressure.

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. 

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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. 

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