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The Council had a discussion on EU-NATO cooperation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Ministers also adopted conclusions setting out the level of ambition and the way forward on the future development of EU security and defence policy.
The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package. It assesses where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in implementing key political and economic reforms, and what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges.
The EU leaders and Canada met on 30 October in Brussels and signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, also known as CETA.
The Council adopted conclusions on Syria, strongly condemning the attacks by the regime and its allies, notably Russia, in particular the disproportionate and deliberate targeting of civilians, and humanitarian and health care personnel.
Today the European Border and Coast Guard Agency is being officially launched, less than a year after it was first proposed by the Commission.
On 5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan co-hosted the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. This conference brought together 75 countries and 26 international organisations and agencies.
The Council held its first discussion on the Commission's mid-term review of the EU's budgetary framework covering the years 2014 to 2020.
As a new school year gets under way across the Middle East, a major injection of funds from the European Union is boosting efforts to provide learning opportunities and protection to hundreds of thousands of children and youth who have fled the Syria conflict.
G20 leaders met in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September. 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 “Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”.
In the aftermath of the attack in Nice, ministers discussed the fight against terrorism. EU ministers discussed the latest development in Turkey. The EU condemns the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterates its full support to the legitimate institutions of the country.
At the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) in Mongolia on 15-16 July, with a reference to the terrorist attack in Nice, leaders reiterated their condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and reaffirmed their commitment to join forces to fight it.
Leaders moved forward the strategic partnership between the EU and China. They provided political guidance for the completion of the comprehensive agreement on investment and signed an energy roadmap. Leaders also agreed to have another round of the human rights dialogue between the EU and China still this year in Brussels.
Today the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This new framework protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.
Plans to set up an EU border control system, bringing together the EU’s Frontex border agency and national border management authorities, were endorsed by MEPs.