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Dôvera vo vládu zákona: Želateľný stav verzus realita
Ako dosiahnuť predvídateľný a participatívny legislatívny proces bola téma diskusií na konferencii Americkej obchodnej komory v SR pod názvom "Dôvera vo vládu zákona". 

Nová kríza v Perzskom zálive: Tankery poškodili Iránci, aby zvýšili ceny ropy, tvrdí Washington
Minulotýždňové útoky na ropné tankery sú už druhými v priebehu mesiaca. Spojené štáty za nimi jednoznačne vidia Irán a k súčasným 1 500 vojakom posielajú do regiónu ďalších 1 000. Európska únia je v záveroch opatrnejšia.

Samovraždy a traumy. Brexit v Severnom Írsku otvoril staré rany, ľudia sa boja násila
„Brexit sa nemal stať“, hovoria severoírski obyvatelia z prihraničných oblastí s Írskom, ktorí sa obávajú návratu násilia do ich životov. Dnešným garantom mieru na tomto území je Európska únia. 

The Capitals: Nový eurodrón je drahý. Veľa stoja aj americkí vojaci, ktorí majú prísť do Poľska
The Capitals prináša denný prehľad správ z európskych metropol. /// PARÍŽ Európske drony sú dobré, ale drahé. Európsky program Eurodrone UAV bude úspešný len vtedy, ak výrobcovia predložia konkurenčnú ponuku, uviedla francúzska ministerka obrany Florencia Parlyová v pondelok (17. júna)....

Frakciu socialistov po prvýkrát povedie žena, Španielka Iratxe Garcíová
Španielska poslankyňa Európskeho parlamentu Iratxe Garcíová sa v utorok (18.6) stane novou predsedníčkou Pokrokovej aliancie socialistov a demokratov v EP (S&D).

Uhlíková neutralita v roku 2050? Slovensko hovorí (zatiaľ) nie
Premiér Peter Pellegrini „momentálne“ nepatrí medzi 18 lídrov, ktorí žiadajú ambicióznu klimatickú politiku. Spolu so zvyškom Vyšehradskej skupiny sa v európskej dvadsaťosmičke ocitol v menšine.

Dôvera vo vládu zákona – Želaný stav verzus realita
Ako dosiahnuť kvalitné, predvídateľné a transparentné legislatívne prostredie z pohľadu súkromného sektora, vlády a poslancov Národnej rady SR? Odpovede hľadala konferencia Americkej obchodnej komory v SR.

Nepredvídateľná legislatíva škodí Slovensku [Komerčný obsah]
Pre vládu zákona a fungovanie právneho štátu je dôvera kľúčová. Je potrebné ju budovať rovnako na strane verejného a súkromného sektora.

Čína láka Balkán na jednoduchšie pôžičky, podľa Bruselu to ohrozuje ich európsku integráciu
Peking ponúka Balkánu chýbajúce peniaze v doprave aj energetike, vrátane výstavby uhoľných elektrární. Podmienkou sú napríklad aj čínski robotníci, či arbitráž podľa čínskeho práva v prípade sporu. Brusel sa obáva štátnych dlhov aj vplyvu Číny.

Aktivisti: Financovaním plynárenských projektov EIB podkopáva klimatické ciele
Veľké plynárenské spoločnosti argumentujú, že existujúce alebo pripravované plynovody sa v budúcnosti môžu zmeniť a transportovať palivá s nižším alebo nulovým obsahom uhlíka.

Európske noviny

Ivan Štefanec: Vítam odloženie návrhu poľovného zákona

Europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivan Štefanec (KDH) víta odloženie návrhu nového Zákona o poľovníctve. Podľa neho by mali príslušné ministerstvá pri príprave zákonov viac brať do úvahy pripomienky dotknutých subjektov. “Aktuálny návrh zákona mal potenciál vyvolávať zbytočné rozpory a konflikty medzi poľovníckymi organizáciami a poľnohospodármi. Farmári zaslali niekoľko desiatok pripomienok, …

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Pripravenosť ECB znížiť úroky zatlačila euro nadol

NEW YORK – Spoločná európska mena v utorok oslabila oproti doláru po tom, ako šéf Európskej centrálnej banky Mario Draghi uviedol, že banka je pripravená zredukovať úrokové sadzby a poskytnúť stimuly, ak to ekonomika bude potrebovať. Euro voči doláru ustúpilo na 1,1187 USD/EUR z pondelkovej hodnoty 1,1220 USD/EUR. Dolár však oslabil oproti japonskému jenu, a …

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Europoslanci vyzvali vládu na podporu uhlíkovej neutrality

BRATISLAVA – Slovensko by sa malo pridať ku krajinám, ktoré sa budú snažiť o uhlíkovú neutralitu do roku 2050 a udržanie globálneho otepľovania pod hranicou 1,5 stupňa Celzia. Túto výzvu dnes adresovali slovenskej vláde ôsmi slovenskí europoslanci Martin Hojsík, Michal Šimečka, Michal Wiezik, Vladimír Bilčík, Monika Beňová, Peter Pollák, Ivan Štefanec a Miriam Lexmann. K …

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Komisia oslavuje 30. výročie činností Jean Monnet

Komisár pre vzdelávanie, kultúru, mládež a šport Tibor Navracsics dnes organizuje podujatie na vysokej úrovni s cieľom osláviť 30 rokov excelentnosti vo výučbe a výskume v otázkach EÚ. Činnosti Jean Monnet sú súčasťou programu Erasmus+. Ich cieľom je podporovať excelentnosť v odbore európskych štúdií na úrovni vysokoškolského vzdelávania na celom svete, ako aj spájať akademických …

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Audítori: EÚ nepodáva správy o udržateľnosti a dosahovaní cieľov udržateľného rozvoja

Ako vyplýva z nového preskúmania Európskeho dvora audítorov, Európska komisia napriek záväzku EÚ dosiahnuť udržateľnosť a ciele OSN v oblasti udržateľného rozvoja nepodáva správy o tom, ako rozpočet a politiky EÚ prispievajú k udržateľnému rozvoju a dosahovaniu cieľov udržateľného rozvoja, ani túto oblasť nemonitoruje. Stavebné prvky zmysluplného podávania správ o udržateľnosti na úrovni EÚ ešte …

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Z európskych morí vyhynie tretina rýb, uvádza štúdia. Vedci volajú po zmene

WASHINGTON / Potrebujeme zmenu, a to čo najefektívnejšiu. Podľa amerického časopisu Proceedings of the national Academy of Sciences by sa urýchlene malo niečo zmeniť, inak moria a oceány prídu o 30 percent rýb a ďalších morských živočíchov. Príčina? Globálne otepľovanie a intenzívny rybolov. Tridsaťpäť vedcov sa podieľalo na doposiaľ najdôkladnejšej štúdii svojho druhu. Jej cieľom bolo zmapovať …

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Inovačná výkonnosť EÚ a jej regiónov sa zvyšuje

V júni 2018 a v marci 2019 Európska rada vo svojej výzve uviedla, že Európa potrebuje zvýšiť svoje inovačné schopnosti, ak chce konkurovať na svetových trhoch, udržať si európsky spôsob života a zlepšiť ho. Preto Junckerova Komisia stanovila pre EÚ a jej členské štáty a regióny ambicióznejšie ciele a navrhla Európsky horizont, ktorý je doteraz …

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O tom, čo sa bude diať s mandátom Miriam Lexmann, bude musieť rozhodnúť ústavný súd

BRATISLAVA / O tom, čo sa stane s mandátom zvolenej europoslankyne Miriam Lexmann, bude musieť rozhodnúť Ústavný súd SR. Vyplýva to z rozhodnutia štátnej volebnej komisie. Hoci KDH získalo viac hlasov ako napríklad SaS, je to práve Lexmann, ktorej podľa zákona pripadol 14. mandát. Slovensko má dnes v Európskom parlamente 13 europoslancov, po odchode Veľkej …

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Globalizácia: Nové obchodné príležitosti pre európske firmy

Príležitosti pre malé stredné podniky, export, nové pracovné miesta. Aké sú hlavné výhody, ktoré so sebou prináša globalizácia. Globalizácia so sebou prináša mnohé príležitosti aj výzvy. EÚ sa z nej snaží vyťažiť čo najviac pre občanov a firmy a znížiť riziká. Nové obchodné príležitosti pre európske firmy Vďaka svojmu obchodnému režimu a mnohým obchodným zmluvám je EÚ vynikajúcim …

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V Bonne sa koná konferencia o klimatických zmenách

BERLÍN – V nemeckom meste Bonn sa od pondelka koná stretnutie expertov, ktoré zvolala Organizácia Spojených národov (OSN) pre narastajúci tlak súvisiaci v bojom proti klimatickým zmenám. Diplomati sa zamerajú na otázky, ktoré sa nepodarilo vyriešiť počas decembrového samitu v Poľsku. Medzi ne patria pravidlá o medzinárodnom obchode s uhlíkovými certifikátmi, ktoré umožňujú bohatým krajinám …

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Borisa Johnsona podporil v boji o post premiéra aj minister zdravotníctva

LONDÝN – Britský politik Boris Johnson získal v boji o miesto premiéra krajiny ďalšieho významného podporovateľa. Stal sa ním minister zdravotníctva Matt Hancock, ktorý v pondelok uviedol, že bývalý starosta Londýna je najlepším kandidátom na zjednotenie Konzervatívnej strany. Zástanca odchodu krajiny z Európskej únie minulý týždeň vyhral prvé kolo hlasovania v rámci súboja o kreslo …

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EÚ uverejnila správu o pokroku v boji proti dezinformáciám

Komisia a vysoká predstaviteľka podávajú správu o pokroku dosiahnutom v boji proti dezinformáciám na internete a o kľúčových poznatkoch z európskych volieb, ktorá bude príspevkom do diskusie lídrov EÚ. Ochrana našich demokratických procesov a inštitúcií pred dezinformáciami je pre spoločnosti na celom svete veľkou výzvou. EÚ sa v tomto smere osvedčila ako líder a v …

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EÚ chce byť svetovým lídrom v oblasti dekarbonizácie

Rada prijala záväzné ciele týkajúce sa vozidiel s nulovými a nízkymi emisiami vo verejnom obstarávaní v každom členskom štáte. Vďaka novým pravidlám sa zvýši istota na trhu, stimuluje sa inovácia a podporí sa celosvetová konkurencieschopnosť európskeho priemyslu. Ekologické vozidlá budú zohrávať kľúčovú úlohu pri znižovaní emisií skleníkových plynov a emisií látok znečisťujúcich ovzdušie, čo pomôže …

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EÚ potrebuje podľa audítorov viac veternej a slnečnej energie

Podľa novej správy Európskeho dvora audítorov musí EÚ prijať významné opatrenia na výrobu väčšieho objemu elektriny z veternej a slnečnej energie a na splnenie svojich cieľov týkajúcich sa energie z obnoviteľných zdrojov. Podľa audítorov zažila veterná a slnečná energia od roku 2005 silný rast, ktorý sa však od roku 2014 spomaľuje. Komisia by mala naliehať …

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Poľsko vybuduje armádny objekt pre tisícku amerických vojakov

VARŠAVA / V Poľsku bude vybudovaný armádny objekt pre tisícku amerických vojakov. Na tlačovej konferencii po rokovaní s poľským prezidentom Andrzejom Dudom to vo Washingtone vyhlásil jeho americký hostiteľ Donald Trump. Šéf Bieleho domu dodal, že náklady na stavbu objektu ponesie Poľsko. Generálny tajomník NATO Jens Stoltenberg plány na rozmiestnenie amerických vojakov v Poľsku uvítal. Varšava …

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Za týždeň prijmeme asi päť gramov mikroplastov, toľko váži kreditná karta

BRATISLAVA / Mikroplasty sú už bežnou súčasťou nášho jedálnička. Upozorňuje na to Svetový fond na ochranu prírody (WWF) Slovensko. Podľa novej štúdie Hodnotenie príjmu zvyškov plastov v prírode ľuďmi, ktorú pre WWF pripravila Univerzita Newcastle v Austrálii, prijme bežný človek za týždeň asi päť gramov mikroplastov. Približne toľko váži kreditná karta. WWF zverejňuje štúdiu v rámci …

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Lepšiemu čerpaniu podľa EK bránia nedostatok kapacity a absencia strategického plánovania

BRATISLAVA – Bezproblémovému čerpaniu európskych štrukturálnych a investičných fondov na Slovensku podľa Európskej komisie (EK) bránia nedostatok kapacity a absencia strategického plánovania spolu s administratívnymi problémami.V dôsledku toho Slovensko prišlo v súčasnom programovom období 2014 až 2020 o finančné prostriedky Európskej únie už vo výške 120 miliónov eur a prerozdeľovanie zdrojov konečným príjemcom zostáva aj …

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EÚ chce zlepšiť cezhraničný prístup k elektronickým dôkazom pri vyšetrovaní trestných činov

Členské štáty EÚ sa dohodli, že Komisii udelia dva mandáty na začatie medzinárodných rokovaní zameraných na zlepšenie cezhraničného prístupu k elektronickým dôkazom pri vyšetrovaní trestných činov. Ide o mandát na rokovania so Spojenými štátmi a mandát na rokovania o Druhom dodatkovom protokole k Budapeštianskemu dohovoru Rady Európy o počítačovej kriminalite. Oba mandáty zahŕňajú ustanovenia o …

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EÚ podniká kroky na predchádzanie radikalizácie vo väzniciach

Rada dnes prijala závery o predchádzaní radikalizácii vo väzniciach a boji proti nej a o zaobchádzaní s páchateľmi teroristických a násilných extrémistických trestných činov po prepustení. Rada zdôraznila význam a naliehavosť účinných opatrení v tejto oblasti vzhľadom na to, že rastúci počet páchateľov teroristických činov a páchateľov radikalizovaných vo väzení predstavuje veľké riziko a že viacero …

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Čo nové vo svete? Prinášame vám prehľad uplynulého 21. týždňa 2019

WASHINGTON A PEKING SA STÁLE NEDOHODLI EUROZÓNA: Spotrebiteľská dôvera v menovom bloku sa vyvíjala pozitívne. V máji totiž dosiahla hodnotu -6,5 bodu, zatiaľ čo v apríli bola na úrovni -7,3 bodu a trh očakával aj v máji jej mierne zhoršenie na -7,7 bodu. Tak ako v Nemecku, nálada v priemysle klesala aj v eurozóne, kde …

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Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement
The Commission has published its assessment of Member States' draft plans to implement the EU's Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets.

May 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.2% in the euro area - Down to 1.6% in the EU

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign and defence ministers discussed the EU Global Strategy, three years after its launch. Foreign ministers also discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Venezuela and in the Republic of Moldova.

Barriers to trade: as protectionism rises, EU continues opening up export markets for European firms
The European Commission's report confirms the continuous rise in barriers encountered by European companies in foreign markets. Thanks to the EU's firm response, 123 such barriers have been eliminated since the beginning of the current Commission mandate, allowing for more than €6 billion extra exports in 2018.

2019 Innovation Scoreboards: The innovation performance of the EU and its regions is increasing

European Commission increases support for the EU's beekeeping sector

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on antimicrobial resistance and discussed the effective use of EU funds for health-related investments. Regulations on medical devices and health technology assessment were also on the agenda.

A Europe that protects: EU reports on progress in fighting disinformation ahead of European Council
The Commission and the High Representative report on the progress achieved in the fight against disinformation and the main lessons drawn from the European elections, as a contribution to the discussions by EU leaders next week.

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the "Clean Planet for all" communication by the European Commission, the 2019 country specific recommendations. Ministers closed the excessive deficit procedure for Spain. They also took stock of the state of play on the financial transaction tax and the banking union.

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU's next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn.

Deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes stock of progress
Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents' Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps.

‘No-deal' Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

Mergers: Commission prohibits proposed merger between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp

Commission's report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States' performance
The European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council gave mandate to the Commission to negotiate an agreement facilitating access to e-evidence with the US. It also adopted conclusions on the issue of data retention. Ministers debated the issue of the digitalisation of cross-border judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)

Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers
Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe's researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate change.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed on its position on a proposal on the use of electronic freight transport information. It assessed progress on proposals relating to permit-granting measures for the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), the hired vehicles market, EU road charging rules (Eurovignette), and rail passengers' rights.

Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality
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June infringements package: key decisions

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security
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European Semester 2019 Spring Package
The European Commission presents the 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), giving economic policy guidance to all EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations
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The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council discussed ways of strengthening EU's role as a global actor and promoting international cooperation in the field of space and held a public policy debate on the most important elements to take into account when designing the EU's comprehensive, long-term industrial policy strategy and an ambitious approach to a competitive single market.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of plan of the reform of and negotiations in the WTO. It was also informed about the latest developments in trade relations between the EU and the US, and of the adoption and signature of a free trade agreement and investment protection agreement between the EU and Vietnam, planned for June 2019.

Election 2019: First seat projection for new Parliament based on partial results
First EP seat projection based on official and provisional results in 21 countries and estimates in seven more. Preliminary turnout figures estimate turnout across the EU at 50.5 % (including UK) representing a significant increase in participation in the 2019 European elections and the highest turnout for at least the past twenty years.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted conclusions on young people and the future of work. Ministers also adopted a resolution establishing guidelines on the governance of the EU Youth Dialogue.

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency
Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain.

General Data Protection Regulation: one year on

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next long-term EU budget and preparations for the June European Council.

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters.

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students
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Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers prepared for upcoming international discussions on digital taxation. They also discussed a set of new excise duty rules applicable in the EU regime. The Council adopted conclusions on the implementation of the 2018 country-specific recommendations as well as an update of the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Save the bees!' initiative'

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership
The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had exchanges of views on the post 2020 CAP reform, the Commission long term strategy "A clean planet for all", and trade-related agricultural issues. The Council was also informed about the EMFF, the follow-up to an ECJ ruling on GMOs, and the situation in the fruit market. 

Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign
The European Commission has announced an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young Europeans.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The High Representative and foreign ministers discussed Iran, following the latest announcements related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran nuclear deal. Ministers also touched on the situation in Venezuela and discussed Ukraine, following the results of the Presidential election. 

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May
As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 cents per SMS message (+VAT).

Antitrust: Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

EU leaders discuss the future of Europe in Sibiu
The informal summit in Sibiu brought together EU heads of state or government. Leaders focused on strategic plans for the Union in the coming years. They also agreed to meet on 28 May 2019 in Brussels to discuss the outcome of the European Parliament elections and start the nomination process for the heads of the EU institutions. 

Spring 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth continues at a more moderate pace
The European economy is forecast to continue expanding for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with real GDP expected to grow in all EU Member States. As global uncertainties continue to weigh, domestic dynamics are set to support the European economy. Growth is expected to gather pace again next year.

DiscoverEU: 20,000 additional travel passes available for 18-year-olds to experience Europe

Strength in unity: Commission makes recommendations for the EU's next strategic agenda 2019-2024
Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is setting out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 4 new initiatives and concludes that 1 is legally inadmissible

March 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.7% - EU28 at 6.4%

EU Justice Scoreboard 2019: results show the continuing need to protect judicial independence
The European Commission publishes the 2019 EU Justice Scoreboard, which gives a comparative overview of the independence, quality and efficiency of justice systems in EU Member States. 

EU-Japan summit
Meeting in Brussels on 25 April, both sides discussed the implementation of the EU-Japan trade deal and agreed to boost cooperation in several areas, such as data protection or climate change. 

Plenary highlights: road safety, whistle-blowers, consumer protection
During the last plenary session before May’s elections, MEPs approved new measures requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles and EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers. 

‘InvestEU’ programme: big boost for jobs, growth and investment
MEPs have approved a provisional and partial deal with EU ministers on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during 2021-2027.

European Parliament strengthens EU consumer protection rules
Updates to EU consumer protection rules to improve ranking transparency in online marketplaces and to tackle dual quality of products were approved by MEPs.

EU, Latin America and the Caribbean: Partnering for prosperity, democracy, resilience and global governance
The European Union is strengthening its political partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean by focusing it on four priorities - prosperity, democracy, resilience and effective global governance - for common future.

March 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Commission launches debate on more efficient decision-making in EU social policy
With this Communication, the Commission is launching a debate on an enhanced use of qualified majority voting in social policy, rendering decision-making more timely, flexible and efficient where an EU competence already exists.

Protecting whistle-blowers: new EU-wide rules approved
Those disclosing information acquired in a work-related context, on illegal or harmful activities, will be better protected, under new EU rules. 

Parliament approves EU rules requiring life-saving technologies in vehicles
Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance and advanced emergency-braking system will have to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022.

MEPs approve boost to workers’ rights in the gig economy

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council had an exchange of views on the post 2020 CAP reform and discussed the recommendations of the Task Force Rural Africa.

Better Regulation principles: at the heart of the EU's decision-making process
The European Commission is taking stock of the measures introduced under the Juncker Commission to deliver better results for EU citizens and businesses through more open, transparent and evidence-based policy-making. 

Trade with the United States: Council authorises negotiations on elimination of tariffs for industrial goods and on conformity assessment

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities
The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for 470,000 children.

EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 31 October
At the special summit on 10 April EU leaders agreed an extension of Article 50 until the end of October 2019. If the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both sides earlier, the UK will leave on the first day of the following month, leaders said. The decision was taken in agreement with the UK.

EU-funded scientists unveil first ever image of a black hole
The Commission is today revealing the first ever image of a black hole taken by Event Horizon Telescope, a global scientific collaboration involving EU-funded scientists. This major discovery provides visual evidence for the existence of black holes and pushes the boundaries of modern science. 

‘No-deal' Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach
Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union's intense ‘no-deal' preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and the Article 7 procedures concerning Hungary and Poland. It also adopted conclusions on the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. 

The Energy Union: from vision to reality
The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans. 

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

EU-China summit
The EU and China committed to further strengthen the EU-China strategic partnership at the 21st EU-China summit. Both sides agreed on a joint statement setting out the direction for EU-China relations in the years to come. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed current affairs on the international agenda, including the latest developments in Libya. The Council had an exchange of views on Afghanistan and on the Eastern Partnership. Foreign ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela.

Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines
The Commission presents next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group. 

Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life
The Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), part of its initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules in all EU Member States. 

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products
The European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products.

Natural gas: Parliament extends EU rules to pipelines from non-EU countries
To provide legal clarity for operators and competitive gas supply for all Europeans, MEPs approved new gas market rules to bring incoming pipelines under EU law.

Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed
Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward, according to new, preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2018 published by the European Commission.

Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU
The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law in the Union.

Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States
The investment package involves Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, transport, research, environment and energy. 

Plenary highlights: copyright, single-use plastic, consumer rights
Updated EU copyright rules and a ban on single-use plastics were approved during this week's plenary session. MEPs also voted in favour of boosting consumer rights. 

Report on EU trade defence – effective protection against unfair trade
The EU shields 320,000 direct jobs across Europe from unfair foreign competition through its trade defence measures, according to a report out today.

Parliament supports plans to improve quality of tap water and cut plastic litter

Parliament backs new CO2 emissions limits for cars and vans
Plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and vans by 2030, already informally agreed with EU ministers, were approved by MEPs. 

Parliament seals ban on throwaway plastics by 2021
Parliament approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks.

European Commission recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks
The European Commission has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. 

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘#NewRightsNow' initiative

European Parliament approves new copyright rules for the internet
Creatives and news publishers will be empowered to negotiate with internet giants thanks to new copyright rules which also contain safeguards on freedom of expression.

Parliament makes EU electricity market cleaner and more consumer-friendly

Parliament backs proposal to end switch between summer and winter time in 2021
MEPs voted to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. EU countries that decide to keep their summer time should make their final clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021.

Brexit preparedness: EU completes preparations for possible “no-deal” scenario on 12 April
As it is increasingly likely that the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission has today completed its “no-deal” preparations.

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing
Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers.

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on jobs, growth and competitiveness, climate change, external relations, as well as securing free and fair elections and fighting disinformation. 

EU27 offers Brexit extension until 22 May 2019
The extension until 22 May is conditional. It will be granted if the UK Parliament approves the withdrawal agreement next week. If it does not, EU leaders agree to delay Brexit until 12 April, expecting the UK to "indicate a way forward before this date". 

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on Horizon Europe, the future EU research and innovation programme
The EU institutions have reached a partial political agreement, subject to formal approval by the European Parliament and Council, on Horizon Europe. 

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council discussed the next multiannual financial framework and prepared the European Council meeting. It also adopted a series of Brexit contingency measures and agreed its position on the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III).