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30/01/2019 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights / Institutional affairs

Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a ‘no-deal’ scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a final set of contingency proposals in the area of the Erasmus+ programme, social security coordination and the EU budget.

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29/01/2019 - Security and defence

The European Commission published today the first reports submitted by signatories of the Code of Practice against disinformation signed in October 2018. While the Commission welcomes the progress made, it also calls on signatories to intensify their efforts in the run up to the 2019 EU elections.

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28/01/2019 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Romanian presidency presented its main priority in the field of agriculture: negotiate the legislative package related to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), in the context of the new multiannual financial framework 2021-2027. Other priorities will include bio-economy, innovation and agricultural research, plant proteins, plant and animal health.

24/01/2019 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights
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24/01/2019 - Culture, education and youth

The European Commission has published its annual report on Erasmus+, which shows that more people than ever before are participating, while the number of projects supported has continued to grow. At the same time, the programme is becoming more inclusive and more international.

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23/01/2019 - Justice and citizens’ rights / Security and defence

The report maps the existing practices and identifies certain risks such schemes imply for the EU, in particular, as regards security, money laundering, tax evasion and corruption. 

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23/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has adopted its adequacy decision on Japan, allowing personal data to flow freely between the two economies on the basis of strong protection guarantees.

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22/01/2019 - Economy and the euro

Finance ministers discussed the European system of financial supervision, InvestEU, Romanian priorities, the European Semester and the follow up to the December Euro-summit. 

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18/01/2019 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

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18/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

MEPs called for safety rules for driverless cars during this year's first plenary session. They also urged the UK to clarify its Brexit position and backed a new investment fund. 

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16/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

Parliament has adopted its position on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance from 2021 to 2027. The new InvestEU programme follows and replaces the current EFSI (European Fund for Strategic Investments), set up after the financial crisis.

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16/01/2019 - Energy, environment and climate / Food, farming and fisheries

Plans to boost trust in the EU approval procedure of pesticides, by making it more transparent and accountable, were put forward by Parliament.

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15/01/2019 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs

The Commission has today kick-started the debate on reforming decision-making for areas of EU taxation policy, which currently requires unanimity among Member States. 

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08/01/2019 - Institutional affairs

The Council focused on the priorities of the Romanian presidency and plans for negotiations on the next long-term EU budget. Ministers also exchanged views on disinformation. 

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21/12/2018 - Energy, environment and climate

Environment ministers reached an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles. They agreed on the Council position on the text and set the first-ever EU targets for CO2 emissions of trucks. 

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19/12/2018 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council was updated on the state of play on the clean energy package, the Connecting Europe Facility and the gas directive. Ministers held a first exchange of views on the Commission's strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy. 


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