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At the beginning of their meeting, the High Representative and the EU foreign ministers discussed the situation in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. The Council also spoke about the latest developments in Venezuela, including the dire humanitarian situation in the country and its neighbours.
EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss the long-term EU budget and the institutional issues. Syria, Brexit, and relations with Turkey were also on the agenda.
The International High Level Conference on the Sahel, co-chaired today by the European Union, the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group of countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger), has mobilised political support for the Sahel region, €414 million to support the Joint security Force of the G5 Sahel whilst reinforcing the coordination of sustainable development efforts in the region.
Ministers discussed the recommendations of a high-level group of experts on sustainable finance. The Council also adopted guidelines for the 2019 EU budget, stressing that a transparent and effective use of the budget will bolster the EU's credibility with its citizens.
Ministers exchanged views on the communication on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Council also had an exchange of views on the role of agriculture in the revision of the EU bioeconomy strategy of 2012.
Today the Commission proposes to give €104 million from the Solidarity Fund to four EU Member States that were hit by natural disasters in 2017.
Ahead of the Informal Leaders' meeting on 23 February 2018, the European Commission is today setting out various options – and their financial consequences – for a new and modern, long-term EU budget that delivers efficiently on its priorities after 2020.
Ahead of the Informal Leaders' meeting on 23 February 2018, the European Commission is today presenting a number of practical steps that could make the European Union's work more efficient, and improve the connection between the leaders of the EU institutions and the citizens of Europe.
Backed by a robust economic growth, employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to the latest Quarterly Review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe.
From easier online shopping, to cutting CO2 emissions faster and the new composition of the Parliament: check out our overview of the plenary session in Strasbourg in February.
The European Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the UK leaves the EU, whilst leaving room for possible new countries joining in the future.
Growth rates for the euro area and the EU beat expectations last year as the transition from economic recovery to expansion continues. The euro area and EU economies are both estimated to have grown by 2.4% in 2017, the fastest pace in a decade.
As President Juncker announced in his 2017 State of the Union address, the Commission adopted a strategy for 'A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans', confirming the European future of the region as a geostrategic investment in a stable, strong and united Europe based on common values.
Online buyers will have wider and easier cross-border access to products, hotel bookings, car rentals, music festivals or leisure park tickets in the EU.