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EURACTIV Podcast | Eugen Jurzyca: Súčasné nastavenie eurofondov rozbíja morálku aj právny štát
"V našom program to nie sú iba infraštruktúrne projekty, ale podpora štyroch základných slobôd, ktoré v Európskej únii máme", hovorí Eugen Jurzyca

Jurzyca: Podporujeme Kövesiovú za hlavnú europrokurátoku
Záujem EÚ o situáciu po vražde Jána Kuciaka hodnotí pozitívne. "Myslím, že aj v budúcnosti si podobné situácie, ktoré sami vyriešiť nevieme, budú vyžadovať zásah zvonku," hovorí kandidát na europoslanca za SaS EUGEN JURZYCA.

Americká obchodná komora v SR si zvolila nového prezidenta a nových členov správnej rady [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA / Členovia Americkej obchodnej komory v SR (AmCham) sa stretli na výročnom valnom zhromaždení v Primaciálnom paláci v Bratislave. Cieľom bolo vyhodnotiť aktivity komory za rok 2018 a oznámiť výsledky volieb do Správnej rady AmCham.

Komunálny odpad
Slovensko vyprodukuje na obyvateľa menej odpadu, ako priemer EÚ. Jeho množstvo však od roku 2000 rastie - zatiaľ čo v EÚ klesá. Priveľa odpadu stále končí na skládkach.

V Únii finišujú aukcie frekvenčných pásiem pre 5G siete, Slovensko zatiaľ dátum nemá
Do júna 2020 musia krajiny EÚ zabezpečiť prístup na budovanie 5G sietí vo frekvenčnom pásme 700 MHz. U slovenských susedov finišujú prípravy, aukcia v Nemecku prebieha od marca a vydražená suma už prekročila päť miliárd eur.

Ryby, kufre či uteráky. Únia pripravuje odvetné clá na americké produkty
Nový zoznam výrobkov USA, na ktoré chce Európska únia zaviesť clá, súvisí so sporom ohľadom dotácií pre európskeho výrobcu lietadiel Airbus.

O EÚ so ZOMRI
Nie je Brusel a Slovensko, my sme Brusel, hovorila admini satirickej stránky ZOMRI. Na voľbách do Európskeho parlamentu sa treba zúčastniť – len tak doň zvolíte zástupcov, ktorí budú zastávať vaše názory.

Slovensko podpísalo deklaráciu o „zelenom“ plyne, ktorú Západ odmietol
Rumunské predsedníctvo navrhlo využívať plynárenskú infraštruktúru pre vodík či biometán. Európskej komisii a niektorým štátom v dokumente chýba jednoznačný záväzok k znižovaniu emisií.

Klimatická aktivistka Thunbergová europoslancom: Mali by ste panikáriť
Švédska tínedžerka vyzvala politikov, aby uvažovali rovnako ako v súvislosti s medzinárodným úsilím vyzbierať prostriedky na renováciu požiarom zničenej katedrály Notre-Dame.

Monitor miery kohézie v EÚ: Slovensko je v jadre technicky, v mysliach ľudí už menej
Oľga Gyárfášová interpretuje výsledky hodnotenia súdržnosti 28 členských štátov EÚ na základe dát nástroja EU Cohesion Monitor. 

Európske noviny

Poznáme rebríček TOP slovenských univerzít: Toto sú ony

BRATISLAVA / Popredný medzinárodný adresár uniRank zverejnil rebríček najlepších vysokých škôl na Slovensku. V európskom meradle rebríčku 200 najlepších vysokých škôl sa však nenachádza ani jedna z nich. Napríklad našim susedom Čechom sa v rebríčku umiestnili až štyri školy. Aké sú najobľúbenejšie univerzity na Slovensku? Spoločnosť uniRank sa na túto otázku snaží odpovedať vydaním zoznamu popredných slovenských …

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Čo nové vo svete? Prinášame vám prehľad uplynulého 14. týždňa 2019

EURÓPSKA KOMISIA PONÚKLA BRITÁNII ODKLAD BREXITU O ROK EUROZÓNA: Miera nezamestnanosti v eurozóne aj vo februári zotrvala na rovnakej úrovni ako v januári [7,8 %], čo trhy aj očakávali. No trhy odhadovali mierne vyšší rast spotrebiteľských cien v menovom bloku [o 0,1 p. bodu] ako reálne bol. Medziročne jadrová inflácia v marci vzrástla o 0,8 …

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EÚ má účinný nástroj na riešenie nekalých obchodných praktík v leteckej doprave

V kontexte zvyšujúcej sa celosvetovej konkurencie má teraz EÚ účinný nástroj na riešenie nekalých obchodných praktík, ktoré môžu vznikať v odvetví leteckej dopravy zo strany spoločností, ktoré sa nachádzajú v krajinách mimo EÚ. Cieľom tohto nariadenia, ktoré Rada prijala, je zabezpečiť zdravú hospodársku súťaž a pomôcť udržať vysokú prepojenosť v celej EÚ. Predbežná dohoda medzi predsedníctvom Rady a Európskym …

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EÚ posilní zabezpečenie preukazov totožnosti a dokladov o pobyte

Európsky parlament odhlasoval návrh nového nariadenia, ktorým sa v celej Európskej únii posilní zabezpečenie preukazov totožnosti a dokladov o pobyte. Nedostatočné ochranné prvky preukazov totožnosti v niektorých členských štátoch, ktoré naďalej vydávajú papierové preukazy, predstavujú vážne bezpečnostné riziko. Takéto preukazy totožnosti sa dajú jednoducho falšovať a teroristi a iní zločinci ich môžu použiť pri vstupe …

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Nové systémy pre autá. Aj menej luxusné budú musieť byť bezpečnejšie

ŠTRASBURG / Po cestách už budú musieť jazdiť bezpečnejšie autá. Rozhodol o tom Európsky parlament, ktorý schválil novú legislatívu pre výrobcov. Technológie, ktoré v súčasnosti využívajú hlavne autá vyššej triedy, sa budú musieť povinne montovať aj do tých bežnejších. Už v minulosti odklepol Európsky parlament povinný protišmykový systém do nových áut. Technológie od vtedy pokročili a …

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Dvojaká kvalita sa stáva v celej EÚ postihovateľnou klamlivou obchodnou praktikou

BRATISLAVA – Dvojaká kvalita sa stáva v celej Európskej únii postihovateľnou klamlivou obchodnou praktikou. Európsky parlament totiž v stredu schválil smernicu o nekalých obchodných praktikách na vnútornom trhu, ktorá tvrdo postihuje dvojakú kvalitu. Vzťahovať sa pritom bude nielen na potravinárske, ale aj nepotravinárske produkty. Informovalo o tom Ministerstvo pôdohospodárstva a rozvoja vidieka SR (MPRV). Pojem …

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Slovenské more láka. Chceme vidieť a zažiť čo najviac

Chorvátsko je pre Slovákov už dlhé roky najvyhľadávanejšou dovolenkovou destináciou. Dovolenková klasika v posledných rokoch nadobúda nové podoby a hlavnú sezónu už neohraničujú tradičné letné mesiace. Chorvátsko nás stále láka a dôvody sú presvedčivé: čisté more, členité pobrežie s hotelovými rezortmi i intímnejšími zákutiami ešte stále dostatočne vzdialenými masovému turizmu. História, gastronómia a pohostinnosť, ktoré sú nám blízke. Dovolenková sezóna …

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Drahší kečup, aj tak sa môže prejaviť obchodná vojna medzi USA a EÚ

BRUSEL / Nové európske colné tarify na americké výrobky môžu znamenať zdraženie kečupu, syrov či výrobkov z rýb. Dôvodom je vládna podpora Boeingu. Únia zverejnila zoznam amerických produktov v hodnote okolo 20 miliárd dolárov. Podobný krok už urobila vláda prezidenta Trumpa, ktorá minulý týždeň pre štátnu podporu Airbusu pohrozila clami na európske produkty v hodnote 11 …

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Skrytá kamera: Aféra s poľským mäsom pokračuje

VARŠAVA / V súvislosti s kauzami poľského hovädzieho mäsa sa mal zakázať jeho predaj na tržniciach, ako sa hovorí z ruky do ruky. Nakoniec však poľské ministerstvo povolilo uzdu a iba sprísnilo podmienky. Predávať by sa mäso malo za rovnakých kritérií, ako keď ho kupujete v obchodoch a s rovnakými certifkátmi. Opak je však pravdou. …

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Komisia pomôže členským štátom lepšie uplatňovať environmentálne právne predpisy EÚ

Iniciatíva, ktorá má zlepšiť uplatňovanie politík a pravidiel EÚ týkajúcich sa obehového hospodárstva, ochrany prírody a biodiverzity, kvality ovzdušia, kvality vody a vodného hospodárstva. Komisia publikovala druhé preskúmanie vykonávania environmentálnych právnych predpisov EÚ, ktoré je súčasťou iniciatívy začatej v roku 2016, ktorej cieľom je zlepšovanie európskej environmentálnej politiky a spoločne dohodnutých pravidiel vo všetkých členských …

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Bratislava hostila stretnutie V4, na stretnutie prizvali aj Francúzsko

BRATISLAVA / V rámci programu slovenského predsedníctva vo V4 sa stretli vo štvrtok ministri členských krajín. Pozvaný bol aj ich francúzsky náprotivok Jean-Yvesom Le Drian. Medzi hlavné témy patrili budúcnosť EÚ a jej konkurencieschopnosť, no riešila sa aj téma bezpečnosti a obrannej spolupráce s USA. Bratislava vo štvrtok hostila ďalší summit Vyšehradskej skupiny v rámci programu slovenského …

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Europarlament prijal legislatívu, ktorá má zaviesť nové práva pre všetkých pracujúcich

Obmedzenie skúšobnej doby, zákaz doložiek o exkluzivite alebo právo na bezplatné školenie. To všetko sú novinky, ktoré prinesie nová európska smernica.  Európsky parlament prijal 16. apríla novú legislatívu, ktorá má zaviesť nové práva pre všetkých pracujúcich. Na jej podobe sa poslanci už predbežne dohodli s členskými štátmi (Radou EÚ). Smernica garantuje práva najzraniteľnejším zamestnancov s …

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Ivan Štefanec: Rovnakú kvalitu potravín a výrobkov budeme pozorne sledovať

Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca (KDH) je nová legislatíva o kvalite potravín a výrobkov veľkým pokrokom oproti súčasnému stavu a zaručí, že v Európskej únii nebudú občania dvoch kategórií.  “Predaj potravín a výrobkov v rovnakom obale s rozdielnym zložením sme prvý krát pomenovali ako nekalú obchodnú praktiku a …

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Miroslav Žiak: Transparentnosťou smerom k zdravým a udržateľným potravinám

Špecifické sektory potravinového reťazca | Dnešným finálnym hlasovaním schválil Európsky parlament návrh nariadenia o transparentnosti a trvalej udržateľnosti procesu hodnotenia rizík EÚ v potravinovom reťazci, ktorým sa mení a dopĺňa nariadenie o všeobecnom potravinovom práve z roku 2002, ako aj osem legislatívnych aktov, ktoré sa zaoberajú špecifickými sektormi potravinového reťazca: GMO, kŕmnymi doplnkovými látkami, udiarenskými dochucovadlami, …

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Eugen Jurzyca: Prečo by nemal vzniknúť Európsky menový fond

Európsky parlament podporil Komisiou navrhnutú transformáciu trvalého eurovalu na Európsky menový fond (EMF). Nie je to dobrý krok. Trvalý euroval je v praxi používané slovné spojenie označujúce ESM (European stability mechanism), teda systém, ktorého cieľom je riešenie ekonomickej situácie zadlžených krajín eurozóny. Návrh nariadenia o zriadení EMF z 6.12.2017 v zásade smeruje k posilneniu právneho postavenia eurovalu ako európskej …

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Eurovoľby: Európsky parlament zverejnil štvrtú projekciu rozdelenia poslaneckých kresiel

Európsky parlament vo štvrtok zverejnil štvrtú a poslednú predvolebnú projekciu rozdelenia 751 poslaneckých kresiel v povolebnom pléne EP založenú na vnútroštátnych prieskumoch. Štvrtá projekcia možného zloženia budúceho Európskeho parlamentu je založená na vnútroštátnych prieskumoch zverejnených v 28 členských štátoch pred 15. aprílom 2019. Údaje z vybraných prieskumov uskutočnených vnútroštátnymi inštitútmi či agentúrami zaoberajúcimi sa prieskumami …

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Monika Beňová: Program InvestEU má podporiť tvorbu pracovných miest, investícií a inovácií

Posledný deň záverečného plenárneho zasadnutia Európskeho parlamentu pred májovými voľbami bude venovaný aj podpore investícií prostredníctvom programu InvestEU. Jeho cieľom je v období 2021 – 2027 prostredníctvom zvýhodnených úverov a záruk zmobilizovať v celej Európskej únii (EÚ) dodatočné investície vo výške viac ako 650 miliárd eur. Ide o snahu pokračovať v stimulovaní tvorby pracovných miest, investícií a inovácií. „Mal by slúžiť …

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Európsky parlament podporil posilnenie Frontexu

Európsky parlament schválil dohodu s ministrami členských štátov na posilnení Európskej pohraničnej a pobrežnej stráže, ktorá by mala zaistiť lepšiu ochranu vonkajších hraníc EÚ. Nové nariadenie o Európskej agentúre pre pohraničnú a pobrežnú stráž (Frontex), ktoré poslanci schválili pomerom hlasov 403 (za): 162 (proti): 44 (zdržalo sa hlasovania), by malo odstrániť existujúce nedostatky v činnosti agentúry …

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Ján Figeľ: Život na Slovensku môže byť dôstojný pre nás všetkých

Rozhodol som sa kandidovať do Európskeho parlamentu s hnutím, ktoré som kedysi zakladal. Keď ho iní opustili, chcem ho posilniť. Aj preto som prijal posledné, 14. miesto na kandidátnej listine KDH. Mojím cieľom je aby EÚ trvalo a účinne podporovala náboženskú slobodu, aby pomáhala pri ochrane a návrate kresťanov do ich domovov na Blízkom východe, …

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Ako ďalej s našou najväčšou automobilkou, zisťoval minister priamo v Nemecku

BRATISLAVA / Slovensko bude čeliť v budúcom roku veľkej výzve. Jeden z najväčších zamestnávateľov u nás už tento rok prepustí spolu 3.000 pracovníkov a aby udržal zamestnanosť, potrebuje kľúčový model. Do nemeckého Wolfsburgu preto nedávno odletel minister hospodárstva Peter Žiga a predstavil súbor nových opatrení. Volkswagen na Slovensku od roku 1991 preinvestoval 4 a pol …

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EU Newsroom

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.

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 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

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).

European Defence Fund on track with €525 million for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects
The Commission has today adopted work programmes to co-finance joint defence industrial projects in 2019-2020 worth up to €500 million. A further €25 million have been earmarked to support collaborative defence research projects in 2019, with calls for proposals launched today.

Antitrust: Commission launches new online tool for cartel leniency and settlements and non-cartel cooperation

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
As the meeting was taking place on the 5th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol, the High Representative and foreign ministers marked the event by reiterating publicly key elements of the EU position.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council had a public exchange of views on the whole CAP reform package on the basis of a presidency's state of play report, and suggested changes to the text of all three regulations: the CAP strategic plans, the horizontal and Common Market Organisation regulations. Ministers also had a discussion on the updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy.

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council
Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council (EIC).

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Ministers held a policy debate on the European Semester 2019 and adopted conclusions on the 2019 Annual Growth Survey and Joint Employment Report. The Council also reached a partial general approach on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).

Capital Markets Union: Commission reports on progress achieved ahead of European Council
The Commission takes stock of the progress achieved in building a Single Market for capital, including as regards sustainable finance, and calls on EU leaders to keep up the political engagement to lay down the foundation of the Capital Markets Union. 

European Commission calls on national political parties to join efforts to ensure free and fair elections in Europe

Plenary highlights: Brexit, countering propaganda, cyber security
This week’s plenary session saw MEPs approve contingency measures in case of a no-deal Brexit, back new rules to improve accessibility and pass a new cyber security act. 

MEPs vote to limit negative impact of no-deal Brexit on citizens
To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs voted on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.

EU prepares itself to fight back against hostile propaganda
MEPs warn that Russia’s disinformation campaigns are the main source of disinformation in Europe, along with China, Iran and North Korea.

Road Safety: new rules clear way for clean, connected and automated mobility on EU roads
The European Commission has today adopted new rules stepping up the deployment of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) on Europe's roads.

From farms to supermarkets: MEPs approve new EU rules against unfair trading
New rules, approved by 589 votes in favour to 72 against, with nine abstentions, blacklist practices, such as late payments for delivered products, late unilateral cancellations or retroactive order changes, refusal by the buyer to sign a written contract with a supplier and the misuse of confidential information.

Russia can no longer be considered a ‘strategic partner’, say MEPs

Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions
Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted new conclusions on the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Ministers also discussed excise duty regime, the digital services tax, InvestEU and the European Semester. 

MEPs adopt Cybersecurity Act and want EU to counter IT threat from China
MEPs adopt the EU Cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services, whilst also expressing their deep concern about Chinese IT in the EU.

Pharmaceuticals in the environment: Commission defines actions to address risks and challenges
The "Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment" that the Commission presents today, identifies six action areas concerning all stages of the pharmaceutical life cycle, where improvements can be made.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
On 7 March, the Council reviewed where the EU stands in its cooperation with North African countries, discussed the way forward on the EU's response to terrorism, and adopted a decision to amend the EU civil protection mechanism. On 8 March, it agreed its position on the directive on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering of evidence in criminal proceedings.

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for insurers to invest in the real economy
The European Commission adopted today new rules to help insurers to invest in equity and private debt and to provide long-term capital financing.

EU Budget: Commission welcomes provisional agreement for funding high-performance infrastructure to better connect Europeans

International Women's Day 2019: more equality, but change is too slow
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.

Commission takes further action to ensure professionals can fully benefit from the Single Market
Today, the Commission has taken further steps in infringement procedures against 26 Member States to ensure the full implementation of EU rules on the recognition of professional qualifications.

Africa-Europe Alliance: European Commission committed to a sustainable African agri-food sector

Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Sky on cross-border pay-TV services

The European Agenda on Migration: EU needs to sustain progress made over the past 4 years
Ahead of the March European Council, the Commission is today taking stock of progress made over the past 4 years and setting out the measures still required to address immediate and future migration challenges.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council discussed the long-term climate strategy, endocrine disruptors and adopted a general approach on the drinking water directive. Ministers exchanged views on greening the European Semester.

Foreign Investment Screening: new European framework to enter into force in April 2019

Misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds: Council prolongs EU sanctions for one year

EU - Morocco: Council adopts sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted a general approach on the revision of the regulation on tyres labelling. The revision updates the energy and safety performance labels for tyres and extends the scope of the labelling system to tyres for heavy duty vehicles.

Closing the loop: Commission delivers on Circular economy action plan
The European Commission today published a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular economy action plan it adopted in December 2015. The report presents the main results of implementing the action plan and sketches out open challenges to paving the way towards a climate-neutral, competitive circular economy where pressure on natural and freshwater resources as well as ecosystems is minimised.

EU and Qatar reach aviation agreement

EU and Overseas Countries and Territories boost cooperation at annual Forum with €44 million

January 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.8% - EU28 at 6.5%

Rare Disease Day: a new EU platform to support better diagnosis and treatment
Today, marking Rare Disease Day, the European Commission is launching a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

Statement on the Code of Practice against disinformation: Commission asks online platforms to provide more details on progress made

European Semester winter package: assessing Member States' progress on economic and social priorities
In its annual assessment of the economic and social situation in the Member States, the European Commission today stresses the need to promote investment, pursue responsible fiscal policies and implement well-designed reforms.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers ‘Europe CARES - Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities' initiative

Towards a climate-neutral Europe: EU invests over €10bn in innovative clean technologies
EU innovative climate action, as announced today, has a range of benefits for the health and prosperity of Europeans with an immediate, tangible impact on people's lives – from the creation of local green jobs and growth, to energy-efficient homes with a reduced energy bill, cleaner air, more efficient public transport systems in cities, and secure supplies of energy and other resources.

Spotlight Initiative – EU and UN fight against domestic violence in the Pacific region
The European Union and the United Nations are announcing today a €50 million investment to tackle domestic violence in the Pacific region, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative.

New ACP-EU Partnership: EU and Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Leaders intensify the regional talks in Samoa

Humanitarian aid: EU announces over €161.5 million for Yemen crisis

New state aid rules: Commission increases national support to farmers up to €25,000
The ceiling for national support to farmers will rise significantly, allowing greater flexibility and efficiency, notably in times of crisis and situations demanding a swift response by the public authorities.

Online shopping: Commission and consumer protection authorities call for clear information on prices and discounts

January 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area - Down to 1.5% in the EU

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes Member States' position on InvestEU

Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions
Today, the Commission set out how it will adapt its calculation method when proposing financial sanctions to the Court of Justice of the EU in infringement proceedings. Enforcement of EU law by the Commission will continue to be vigorous, balanced and fair to all Member States

EU visa policy: Commission welcomes agreement to strengthen EU visa rules
Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal to modernise the EU's common visa policy, adapting the rules to evolving security concerns, challenges linked to migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.

EU budget for 2021-2027: Commission welcomes provisional agreement on the future European Defence Fund

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Cohesion Policy after 2020: preparing the future of EU investments in health

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council had a comprehensive discussion on Ukraine, covering the reform process as well as the security and humanitarian situation, in particular in eastern Ukraine and the Sea of Azov. The Council also discussed, among others, the situation in Syria, Venezuela, and the Horn of Africa.