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19/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is publishing a set of best practices to support Member States' efforts to create a more open, integrated and competitive retail sector.

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18/04/2018 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate

Improving waste management will not only benefit the environment, climate, and human health. The four pieces of legislation are also part of a shift in EU policy towards a circular economy, i.e. a system where the value of products, materials and resources is maintained in the economy for as long as possible. 

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18/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Commission presented the outcome of negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan and the trade and investment agreements with Singapore to the Council. This is the first step towards the signature and conclusion of these agreements. 

17/04/2018 - Institutional affairs
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17/04/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission adopted its annual Enlargement Package, including seven individual reports, assessing the implementation of the European Union's enlargement policy which is based on established criteria and fair and rigorous conditionality. 

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17/04/2018 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The European Commission is taking additional steps to further curtail the space in which terrorists and criminals operate – denying them the means needed to plan, finance and carry out crimes.

17/04/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries
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16/04/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Syria, including the aftermath to the targeted US, French and UK airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities.

16/04/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries
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12/04/2018 - EU regional and urban development / Institutional affairs

The Council discussed the future of cohesion policy after 2020. The debate will feed into the Commission's preparations for its proposals on the legislative package for cohesion policy post-2020. 

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12/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Food, farming and fisheries

The Commission is targeting the most damaging unfair trade practices to grant farmers and small and medium sized businesses greater certainty and less need to manage risks over which they have little or no control.

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11/04/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries / Research and innovation

The Commission is responding to the concerns expressed by citizens in a successful European Citizens' Initiative, with a proposal to improve the transparency of scientific studies in the food safety area. 

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11/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission is proposing a New Deal for Consumers to ensure that all European consumers fully benefit from their rights under Union law.

Jyrki Katainen, Elzbieta Bienkowska , Carlos Moedas, Pierluigi Gilibert © EU
10/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have launched a Pan-European Venture Capital Funds-of-Funds programme (VentureEU) to boost investment in innovative start-up and scale-up companies across Europe.

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10/04/2018 - Statistics / Transport and travel

The preliminary 2017 road safety statistics released today by the Commission show, for the second year in a row, a decrease in the number of fatalities of around 2%.

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09/04/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health / Research and innovation

Tomorrow the Commission will bring ministers, representatives of EU countries, industry, academia and civil society representatives together to encourage cooperation in artificial intelligence, blockchain, eHealth and innovation.

05/04/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Employment and social rights

The Commission proposes to limit workers' exposure to five cancer-causing chemicals, in addition to the 21 substances that have already been limited or proposed to be limited since the beginning of this mandate. Estimates show that today's proposal would improve working conditions for over 1,000,000 EU workers and prevent over 22,000 cases of work-related illness.

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04/04/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5% in February 2018, down from 8.6% in January 2018 and from 9.5% in February 2017. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since December 2008. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.1%.

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28/03/2018 - Consumer affairs and public health / Economy and the euro

The European Commission is proposing to make cross-border payments in euro cheaper across the entire EU. Under current rules, there is no difference for euro area residents or businesses if they carry out euro transactions in their own country or with another euro area Member State. 

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28/03/2018 - Security and defence

In line with President Juncker's commitment to a fully-fledged Defence Union by 2025, the Commission and the High Representative are presenting an Action Plan to improve military mobility within and beyond the European Union.


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