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The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. Ministers also took note of a progress report on a proposal for a new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.
EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU.
EU27 leaders met for a special meeting of the European Council (Art.50) on Sunday 25 November 2018. They endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies and is referred to in the withdrawal agreement.
In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch.
Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the first time.
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.
Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018.
The Council agreed on the fishing opportunities for certain deep sea stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic, for 2019 and 2020.
The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary. Woman at War won this year’s Lux Film Prize.
The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement.
MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies.
The European Commission issued its latest reports on steps taken by Bulgaria and Romania to meet their commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, and in the case of Bulgaria organised crime, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM).
The European Commission has published detailed information on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.
Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals.
The Council started preparations for the December European Council, discussed the next multiannual financial framework, held its annual rule of law dialogue and returned to the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Poland and Hungary.