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22/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

The European Council adopted conclusions on jobs, growth and competitiveness, climate change, external relations, as well as securing free and fair elections and fighting disinformation. 

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21/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

The extension until 22 May is conditional. It will be granted if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week. If it does not, EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 12 April, expecting the UK to "indicate a way forward before this date". 

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18/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

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18/03/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Council had a public exchange of views on the whole CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency's state of play report, and suggested changes to the text of all three regulations: the CAP strategic plans, the horizontal and Common Market Organisation regulations. Ministers also had a discussion on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

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18/03/2019 - Research and innovation

Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).

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16/03/2019 - Employment and social rights

Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

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15/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. 

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15/03/2019 - Institutional affairs

This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act. 

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13/03/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

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13/03/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

Road Safety: new rules clear way for clean, connected and automated mobility on EU roads
13/03/2019 - Transport and travel

The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.

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12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. 

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12/03/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The Council adopted new conclusions on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Ministers also discussed excise duty regime, the digital services tax, InvestEU and the European Semester. 

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12/03/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Security and defence

MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.


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