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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.
The Council discussed efforts to modernise WTO, the implementation of free trade agreements and latest developments in ongoing bilateral trade negotiations.
Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at 2.2% in 2018, 2.0% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020.
The Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year's fishing quotas.
The Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.