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Cecilia Malmström © EU
17/06/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission's report confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU's firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 billion extra exports in 2018.

17/06/2019 - Energy, environment and climate
Valdis Dombrovskis, Eugen-Orlando Teodorovici © EU
14/06/2019 - Economy and the euro

The Council discussed the "Clean Planet for all" communication by the European Commission, the 2019 country specific recommendations. Ministers closed the excessive deficit procedure for Spain. They also took stock of the state of play on the financial transaction tax and the banking union.

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Sorina Pintea © EU
14/06/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The Council adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance and discussed the effective use of EU funds for health-related investments. Regulations on medical devices and health technology assessment were also on the agenda.

Vĕra Jourová, Julian King © EU
14/06/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week.

14/06/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel
14/06/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Food, farming and fisheries
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13/06/2019 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Pierre Moscovici © EU
12/06/2019 - Economy and the euro

Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents' Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps.

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11/06/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

The European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Věra Jourová and Ana Birchall © EU
07/06/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council gave mandate to the Commission to negotiate an agreement facilitating access to e-evidence with the US. It also adopted conclusions on the issue of data retention. Ministers debated the issue of the digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

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07/06/2019 - Research and innovation

Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.

Violeta Bulc and Alexandru Răzvan Cuc © EU
06/06/2019 - Transport and travel

The Council agreed on its position on a proposal on the use of electronic freight transport information. It assessed progress on proposals relating to permit-granting measures for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the hired vehicles market, EU road charging rules (Eurovignette), and rail passengers' rights.

People at blue flag awarded beach in Faïal, Portugal © EU
06/06/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Energy, environment and climate

Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union's highest ‘excellent' and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report.

06/06/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
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05/06/2019 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

As per the Commission proposal, the money under the 2020 budget will go to the following priority areas: competitive economy and young people; and strengthening security and solidarity in the EU, climate change and beyond.

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