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The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020, after 47 years of EU membership. In accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, it is now officially a third country to the EU and hence...

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Federica Mogherini © EU
08/04/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign ministers discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Libya. The Council had an exchange of views on Afghanistan and on the Eastern Partnership. Foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela.

Container ship in port © EU
28/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The EU shields 320,000 direct jobs across Europe from unfair foreign competition through its trade defence measures, according to a report out today.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
18/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

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12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. 

Padlock on tablet computer © EU
12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.

12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence
05/03/2019 - Business / Enlargement, external relations and trade
04/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
04/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Food, farming and fisheries
04/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
Spotlight Initiative – EU and UN fight against domestic violence in the Pacific region
26/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.

26/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
EU visa policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules
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
Federica Mogherini © EU
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.

EU cross-border payments outside Eurozone: MEPs scrap excessive fees
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.

14/02/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

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