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The 8th bilateral summit between the European Union and the Republic of Korea (ROK) took place on 15 September in Seoul. Leaders discussed the positive state of EU-ROK bilateral relations, cooperation on foreign and security policy and regional issues and global challenges, such as climate change and counter-terrorism.
The Council adopted a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece.
The Council adopted a positive assessment that the conditions to move to the first step of phase two on the high seas of EUNAVFOR MED have been met. It also prolonged by six months EU sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.
Delivering on the European Agenda on Migration from May, the European Commission is today putting forward a comprehensive package of proposals which will help address the refugee crisis.
Today the European Commission has adopted a Communication 'Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: A global partnership for principled and effective humanitarian action'. The Communication sets out the EU's strategic vision for reshaping humanitarian action ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.
The EU and Vietnam have reached an agreement in principle for a free trade agreement (FTA), after two and a half years of intense negotiations.
The European Commission has adopted today a legal act to create a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system to support cross-border trade and provide for more EU-wide cooperation in customs matters.
Ministers discussed Iran, Libya and the Middle East peace process, as well as Tunisia. The Council adopted a new action plan for human rights and democracy.
The Greece debt crisis took centre stage during July's plenary session, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to Strasbourg to discuss the search for solutions. MEPs also adopted their recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and approved a reform of the EU's emissions trading scheme that should boost incentives for green investments.
An EU-US trade deal must open up US market access for EU firms, but must not undermine EU standards, say MEPs in recommendations to EU trade negotiators.
The 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and China took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels. Leaders agreed to reinforce the EU-China 2020 strategic agenda, adopted at the 2013 summit in Beijing.
Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on Greece, migration, the upcoming referendum in the UK, security and defence and economic issues.
The Council launched the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean. EUNAVFOR Med is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge.
The European Union and Mexico held the 7th EU-Mexico summit in Brussels. Leaders agreed to reinforce the strategic partnership and modernise the EU-Mexico global agreement. They also agreed to strengthen political dialogue between the EU and Mexico on bilateral and multilateral issues.
The second EU-CELAC / 8th EU-LAC summit was held in Brussels on 10-11 June 2015 under the theme: "Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens".
The EU needs better tools to protect EU intellectual property in third countries, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They ask the EU Commission to look into appropriate means and methods to this end.
On 7-8 June 2015, Germany hosted the meeting of the G7 heads of state and government. The summit focused on the global economy and climate change as well as on key foreign, security and development issues.
Leaders agreed to accelerate the negotiations for a strategic partnership agreement and a free trade agreement between the EU and Japan.
EU development ministers exchanged views on financing for development in the context of the negotiations towards the new post-2015 development agenda.
The Council established an EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean, EUNAVFOR Med. This decision is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge.