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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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European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
14/09/2018 - Institutional affairs

MEPs discussed the challenges facing the EU during the State of the Union debate and approved digital copyright rules and measures to counter money laundering and cut plastic waste. 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
12/09/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs / Security and defence

President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs. 

Michel Barnier and Gernot Blümel © EU
20/07/2018 - Institutional affairs

The Council, in EU27 format, was briefed by the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on the state of play in the Brexit negotiations. On the future relations, the Council discussed how the policy paper published by the UK government on 12 July 2018 can feed into the discussions. 

British and European flags in front of Berlaymont building © EU
19/07/2018 - Institutional affairs

The European Commission has today adopted a Communication outlining the ongoing work on the preparation for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

Frans Timmermans © EU
10/07/2018 - Institutional affairs

The Task Force concluded that a new way of working on subsidiarity and proportionality is needed to allow local and regional authorities and national Parliaments to make a more effective contribution to EU policymaking and in the design of new legislation.

European Parliament building, Strasbourg © EU
06/07/2018 - Institutional affairs

Copyright rules, plans to boost border security, and improved cooperation on defence were in the spotlight during this week’s plenary session. 

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05/07/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Next year’s EU budget should focus on young people, say MEPs in a resolution. Other priorities are growth, security, fighting climate change and migration.

02/07/2018 - Economy and the euro / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs
European Council roundtable © EU
29/06/2018 - Asylum and migration / Institutional affairs

Meeting at a two-day summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed measures to step up fight against migrant smugglers and further reduce illegal migration into the EU. EU leaders supported the development of a concept of regional disembarkation platforms for people saved at sea by search and rescue operations. 

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. 

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU
15/06/2018 - Institutional affairs

From stricter drone rules to migration and the new composition of the Parliament: overview of June's plenary session in Strasbourg. 

The European Parliament hemicycle © EU
13/06/2018 - Institutional affairs

The European Parliament will shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the United Kingdom leaves the EU, leaving room for new countries that may join in the future.

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. 

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.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Marianne Thyssen , Pierre Moscovici © EU
23/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The European Commission presents the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance for Member States for the next 12 to 18 months. 

Günther Oettinger © EU
23/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Commission proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's borders.

17/05/2018 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
Frans Timmermans and Ekaterina Zaharieva © EU
14/05/2018 - Institutional affairs

The Council discussed the EU's long-term budget for the 2021-2027 period. It also began preparations for the June European Council and exchanged views on the rule of law in Poland. 

‘EU budget for the future’ logo © EU
02/05/2018 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

The Commission is proposing a pragmatic, modern, long-term budget for the 2021-2027 period. It is an honest response to today's reality in which Europe is expected to play a greater role in providing security and stability in an unstable world, at a time when Brexit will leave a sizeable gap in our budget. 

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