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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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Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality © EU
29/10/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Today, the European Commission published the first annual self-assessment reports by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the Code of Practice on Disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

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25/10/2019 - Institutional affairs

MEPs called for more funds for climate action, criticised Turkey’s military operation in Syria and voted in favour of plans to protect bees during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg.

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24/10/2019 - Employment and social rights

The Council adopted conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing and on the future of work. Ministers also held debates on matching skills and labour market needs and on anti-discrimination.

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24/10/2019 - Business, taxation and competition

MEPs on adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

24/10/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade
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23/10/2019 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

MEPs adopted their position on the 2020 EU budget on Wednesday, saying it must provide a “solid starting point to launch the new generation of EU programmes”.

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23/10/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission publishes its report on the third annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The report confirms that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.

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22/10/2019 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house.

22/10/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights
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18/10/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The European Council adopted conclusions on the MFF, the next institutional cycle, climate change, enlargement, Turkey, illegal drilling activities and MH17.

18/10/2019 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs
Michel Barnier, Leo Varadkar, Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
17/10/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Council (Art. 50) endorsed the revised withdrawal agreement and approved the revised political declaration. On this basis, the European Council (Art. 50) invited the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 1 November 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal.

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17/10/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Commission has recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.

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16/10/2019 - Employment and social rights

The European Labour Authority starts its activities with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.

15/10/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs
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15/10/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The AgriFish Council agreed on 2020 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, and to supplement the existing partial general approach on the future EMFF. The Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package, forestry and the market situation.

15/10/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights
Federica Mogherini © EU
14/10/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council focussed on the situation in Syria, including north-east Syria, and on Turkey's drilling activities. Foreign ministers discussed Ukraine and had an exchange of views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

Cecilia Malmström © EU
14/10/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world.

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