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Nicholas Schmit, Timo Harakka © EU
10/12/2019 - Employment and social rights

The Council held debates on the economy of wellbeing and on the access to medicines in the EU. It also held debates on gender equality and the future of the EU social legislation and adopted conclusions on health and safety at work and on inclusive labour markets.

Refugee camp in Nizip, Turkey © EU
10/12/2019 - Asylum and migration / International aid, development and cooperation

The EU has fully mobilised the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, confirming its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3 billion has now been contracted and €2.7 billion disbursed.

Josep Borrell Fontelles © EU
09/12/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

The Council discussed EU-Africa relations and how the EU can better protect and promote human rights around the world. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views on FAC's working methods.

Un avion au décollage © UE
09/12/2019 - Transport and travel

The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Mika Lintilä © EU
05/12/2019 - Economy and the euro

The Economic and Financial Affairs Council took stock of progress on the banking union. It also adopted a work plan on climate action and conclusions on energy taxation, money laundering, capital markets union, non-performing loans and the financial architecture for development.

Two women with baby © EU
05/12/2019 - International aid, development and cooperation

The European Union adopted a new €297 million assistance package to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.

Kadri Simson, Hanna Kosonen © EU
04/12/2019 - Energy, environment and climate

The Council discussed smart sector integration, the new Commission's energy policy priorities, and follow-up to the draft national energy and climate plans.

Ursula von der Leyen © EU
04/12/2019 - Institutional affairs

The von der Leyen Commission revealed its working methods which will be the basis for the new College to deliver on the President's Agenda for Europe during the next five years. They put collegiality, transparency and efficiency first.

Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice, and Anna-Maja Henriksson, Finnish Minister of Justice © EU
03/12/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council agreed its negotiating positions on two amending regulations, one on the taking of evidence and one on the service of documents. It also adopted conclusions on victims' rights. Ministers took note of the final report of the 8th round of mutual evaluations in the field of criminal matters, which focused on environmental crime.

Une jeune femme utilisant un téléphone portable près d’un train © UE
29/11/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health / Transport and travel

The Commission has published the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017.

European Parliament lit up orange © EU
29/11/2019 - Institutional affairs

MEPs voted into office the new European Commission, approved the EU's budget for 2020, called for a climate neutral Europe and awarded the LUX film prize.

Jyrki Katainen, Katri Kulmuni, Timo Harakka © EU
28/11/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council agreed a general approach on the representative actions for consumers. It debated the public country-by-country reporting directive and had an exchange of views on the external dimension of the competitiveness of the EU economy.

Boat on icy sea © EU
28/11/2019 - Energy, environment and climate

Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

Vytenis Andriukaitis © EU
28/11/2019 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.

Ursula von der Leyen speaking in EP plenary, Strasbourg © EU
27/11/2019 - Institutional affairs

Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen.

European Court of Justice building © EU
27/11/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Children playing © EU
26/11/2019 - Culture, education and youth / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

MEPs call for more action to combat child trafficking and forced marriage, whilst stressing the crucial contribution that kids make in the fight against climate change.

View of Council meeting room © EU
25/11/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council discussed the future financial architecture for sustainable development and neighbourhood, and how the EU and member states can better support the development of countries in transition, such as Ethiopia and Sudan. Development ministers also had an exchange of views with the Minister of Education of Ethiopia about learning challenges in Africa.

Tibor Navracsics, Hanna Kosonen © EU
22/11/2019 - Culture, education and youth

The Council adopted a resolution on culture and sustainable development and conclusions on combatting corruption in sport and held public debates on the competitiveness of creative and audio-visual industries and on good governance in sport.

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