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O prácu v Európskom orgáne práce je veľký záujem
Európsky orgán práce, ktorý bude sídliť v Bratislave, od júla hľadá zamestnancov. Do konkurzu na prvých šesť pozícií, sa spolu prihlásilo 2 421 uchádzačov, z toho 60 percent tvoria ženy.   

Eurokomisia schválila vyše štvrťmiliardovú dotáciu na juhozápadný obchvat Prešova
Prešov momentálne zažíva svoju zlatú éru cestnej výstavby, tvrdí minister dopravy Árpád Érsek. Hodnota schválených dopravných projektov presahuje dve miliardy eur, čo je 45 percent z celkovej alokácie pre Operačný program Integrovaná infraštruktúra.

Výkonná rada MMF kvôli Georgievovej odporúča zrušiť vekovú hranicu pre riaditeľa
Podľa súčasných pravidiel inštitúcie musí mať riaditeľ v čase nástupu do funkcie menej ako 65 rokov. To európska kandidátka na tento post Krystalina Georgievová nespĺňa. Výkonná rada Medzinárodného menového fondu preto už navrhla zmenu.

Reforma agropolitiky Únie a životné prostredie: Návrh Komisie je krokom späť, tvrdia odborníci
Eurokomisia navrhuje zvýšiť podiel priamych platieb v rozpočte budúcej Spoločnej poľnohospodárskej politike. Priame podpory podľa výmery pôdy sú však podľa odborníkov neúčinné a škodlivé pre životné prostredie. Skepticky sa pozerajú aj na nové ekologické režimy. 

Spomalenie nemeckej ekonomiky má dopad na celú Európu
Za zhoršením ekonomickej situácie Nemecka stoja predovšetkým obchodné spory medzi  USA a Čínou, a neistoty spojené s blížiacim sa brexitom. Dopady však pociťuje celá Európa.  Tvorba pracovných miest v celej Únii klesá. 

Únia skúma plány Facebooku na digitálnu menu
Podľa slovenského ekonóma Juraja Karpiša by mohol regulátor skutočne zásadným spôsobom plány amerického digitálneho giganta obmedziť.

Čaputová v Nemecku: V EÚ potrebujeme vašu skúsenosť
Zjednotené Nemecko a zjednotená Európa sú postavené aj na odkaze ľudí, ktorí zahynuli pri pokuse prekročiť železnú oponu, povedala slovenská prezidentka na štátnej návšteve Nemecka.

Poplatky za telefonovanie medzi sieťami a operátormi chce eurokomisia zregulovať
Sadzby za ukončenie volania, teda veľkoobchodné tarify, ktoré si telekomunikační operátori účtujú za poskytovanie hlasových hovorov medzi svojimi sieťami sa v Únii značne líšia. S nerovnomernými cenami majú skúsenosti aj slovenskí operátori.

Taliansky predseda vlády: Za politickú krízu môže Salvini
Politickú budúcnosť Talianska má momentálne v rukách prezident Sergio Mattarella. Talianske krajne pravicové strany dúfajú v predčasné voľby, ktoré by sa mohli konať už v októbri.

Británia prenáša svoje unijné hlasovacie práva na Fínsko
Britská vláda oznámila, že sa nebude zúčastňovať väčšiny schôdzok Európskej únie. Chce sa viac venovať prípravám na októbrové vystúpenie z Európskej únie. Británia sa rozhodla, že od 1. septembra obmedzí svoju účasť na väčšine zasadnutí Európskej únie. V utorok to...

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Poľnohospodárska výroba má nízku pridanú hodnotu, upozorňuje Euler Hermes

BRATISLAVA – Tržby za predaj poľnohospodárskych výrobkov síce medziročne rastú, no slovenskí farmári v produktivite práce výrazne zaostávajú za ostatnou časťou Európy, konštatuje analýza spoločnosti Euler Hermes. Slovenský roľník vyprodukuje len približne tretinovú hrubú pridanú hodnotu v porovnaní so štandardom v rámci krajín EÚ. Dôvodom podľa analytikov spoločnosti Euler Hermes je medzi inými aj vysoký …

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Pripravte sa na novinky vo svete platieb. Použitie karty bude bezpečnejšie

BRATISLAVA / Od budúceho mesiaca by mali byť platby cez internet bezpečnejšie, či už klasický internetbanking, alebo nákupy, či prevody pomocou karty. Vyplýva to zo smernice EÚ, ktorá práve v septembri nadobúda účinnosť. Už teraz je ale jasné, že k dátumu účinnosti smernice, nebude v praxi fungovať všetko na sto percent, ako to vyžaduje smernica. Európska …

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Na hranici s Chorvátskom vyrastie ďalších 40 kilometrov oplotenia

BRATISLAVA – Slovinsko začalo s výstavbou ďalších 40 kilometrov oplotenia na svojej južnej hranici s Chorvátskom, aby zabránilo príchodu migrantov. K tomuto kroku sa podľa slovinských pohraničníkov odhodlala Ľubľana po tom, ako v júli zaznamenali najvyšší počet migrantov prechádzajúcich cez hranicu počas jedného mesiaca od vrcholu migračnej vlny spred niekoľkých rokov, keď sa denne tisíce …

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Komisia: Slobodná Európa nie je samozrejmosť, ale každodenná voľba

Vyhlásenie prvého podpredsedu Timmermansa a komisárky Jourovej k nadchádzajúcemu európskemu dňu spomienky na obete všetkých totalitných a autoritatívnych režimov „23. augusta každý rok vzdávame česť pamiatke miliónov obetí všetkých totalitných režimov.  V tento deň v roku 1939 podpísali Molotov a Ribbentrop pakt medzi nacistickým Nemeckom a Sovietskym zväzom a začala sa temná kapitola európskych dejín. …

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Merkel: Tridsať dní na vyriešenie sporu o írskej poistke nie je konečný termín

Nemecká kancelárka Angela Merkelová povedala, že jej stredajšie tvrdenie, že by sa spor o írsku poistku pri brexite dal vyriešiť za 30 dní, by nemalo byť vnímané ako striktný konečný termín. Politička sa tak vyjadrila vo štvrtok počas návštevy Holandska. “Bolo by lepšie povedať, že sa to dá dosiahnuť do 31. októbra”, vysvetlila Merkelová. Merkelová …

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Menší brat luxusných áut, nový Mercedes Benz CLA mal premiéru v Las Vegas

Novinka automobilky Mercedes Benz nemala svoju tradičnú premiéru na autosalóne ako je zvykom, ale na výstave spotrebnej elektroniky CES. Nebola to náhoda: Nové kupé CLA je vlastne počítač na kolesách a značka si dala záležať, aby vývoj technológií posunula o level vyššie. Na svete je druhá generácia modelu CLA kupé. Treba pripomenúť, že je prekvapením. …

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Macron schladil Merkelovej zhovievavý prístup k Johnsonovi. Rokovanie o írskej poistke odmieta

PARÍŽ / Francúzsky prezident Emmanuel Macron sa vo štvrtok stretne s britským premiérom Borisom Johnsonom. Niekoľko hodín predtým bagatelizoval možnosť vyriešenia problému írskej poistky, ktorý načrtla v stredu nemecká kancelárka Angela Merkel. Tá počas stredajšej schôdzky s Johnsonom v Berlíne naznačila, že do brexitu plánovaného 31. októbra by sa dalo nájsť riešenie týkajúce sa spornej írskej …

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Koniec jednorázovým plastom ako slamky či poháre. Vláda schválila zákon

BRATISLAVA / Viaceré jednorazové plastové výrobky by mali byť na Slovensku od roku 2021 minulosťou. Zmenu zavádza novela zákona o odpadoch z dielne ministerstva životného prostredia, ktorú schválila vláda. Zakázané budú jednorazové plastové taniere a príbory, miešadlá na nápoje, slamky, paličky od balónov, vatové tyčinky do uší ako aj nádoby na potraviny, nápojové obaly a …

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Do Poľska vlani prišlo takmer 20 miliónov zahraničných turistov

BRATISLAVA – Počet zahraničných turistov v Poľsku podľa údajov ministerstva turizmu vlani medziročne vzrástol o 7,5 percenta na takmer 20 miliónov. Zahraniční turisti v krajine v minulom roku minuli 35 mld. zlotých (PLN), čo bol oproti predchádzajúcemu roku rast o takmer 10 percent. Informoval o tom portál polskieradio.pl. Dodal, že sektor turizmu sa na hrubom …

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Podľa nemeckého prezidenta je malá šanca, že brexitové rokovania budú pokračovať

Podľa nemeckého prezidenta Franka-Waltera Steinmeiera je len malá šanca, že by Európska únia začala s Veľkou Britániou o brexite opäť rokovať. “Všetky možnosti, ktoré teraz možno navrhnúť, už v podstate boli predmetom rokovaní,” citovala Steinmeiera v stredu nemecká tlačová agentúra dpa. Z tohto dôvodu si prezident myslí, že “je tu malá pravdepodobnosť, že by rokovania …

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Smer-SD navrhuje minimálnu mzdu od roku 2021 aspoň 60 percent z priemernej mzdy

BRATISLAVA / Poslanci NR SR za Smer-SD predložia do parlamentu návrh novely zákona o minimálnej mzde, podľa ktorého by najnižšie hrubé zárobky na Slovensku od roku 2021 tvorili najmenej 60 percent z priemernej mzdy na Slovensku. Na stredajšej tlačovej besede o tom informoval predseda strany Smer-SD Robert Fico. Na otázku či by minimálna mzda nemala ísť …

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Johnson bude rokovať s Merkel. Presviedčať ju bude o vypustení írskej poistky z dohody

BERLÍN / Britský premiér Boris Johnson sa pri stredajšom stretnutí bude snažiť presvedčiť nemeckú kancelárku Angelu Merkel o nutnosti vypustiť z návrhu dohody o odchode krajiny z Európskej únie, teda takzvanú írsku poistku. Túto požiadavku v utorok odmietli ako lídri Európskej únie, tak samotná Angela Merkel, ktorá nechce meniť text pripravený ešte Johnsonovou predchodkyňou Theresou May. …

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Tvrdý brexit je už na dohľad. Európa by v takom prípade prišla o vyše milión pracovných miest

BRATISLAVA/LONDÝN / Pravdepodobnosť odchodu Veľkej Británie z Európskej únie bez dohody narastá. Nový premiér Boris Johnson situáciu dosť vyhrocuje a koniec októbra, teda dátum tvrdého brexitu, je už na dohľad. To by okrem iného znamenalo aj stratu obrovského množstva pracovných miest na našom kontinente. Vedci z jednej z belgických univerzít vypracovali analýzu, podľa ktorej odchod Spojeného kráľovstva …

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Taliansko: Premiér Conte pre koaličné spory odchádza z funkcie

RÍM – Taliansky premiér Giuseppe Conte v utorok v Senáte oznámil, že odchádza z funkcie. Conte povedal, že bude o svojom rozhodnutí oficiálne informovať prezidenta Sergia Mattarellu. Prezident by mohol požiadať Conteho, aby ostal a našiel alternatívnu väčšinu v parlamente, alebo prijať jeho rozhodnutie a nechať iného lídra, aby sa pokúsil sformovať koalíciu. Ak by …

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Britská vláda zatlačí na sociálne médiá, aby bojovali proti dezinformáciám o očkovaní

Britská vláda plánuje vyvinúť tlak na sociálne médiá, aby urobili viac v boji proti dezinformáciám v otázkach očkovania. V krajine momentálne zaznamenali prudké zvýšenie prípadov osýpok. Ako uviedol premiér Boris Johnson, zatiaľ čo krajina má skvelé výsledky v boji proti osýpkam, veci sa zrazu “uberajú nesprávnym smerom“, keď za prvých päť mesiacov tohto roka zaznamenali …

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Nemecké hospodárstvo sa už možno nachádza v recesii, varuje Bundesbank

BRATISLAVA – Nemecké hospodárstvo sa už možno nachádza v recesii. V aktuálnej prognóze to tvrdí nemecká centrálna banka. Aj počas leta 2019 pravdepodobne pokračovala „nevýrazná“ kontinuita a „výkon hospodárstva mohol opäť mierne klesnúť“, uviedla Bundesbank v pravidelnej mesačnej správe. To by znamenalo, že najväčšia európska ekonomika sa v treťom kvartáli ocitne v recesii, ktorú ekonómovia …

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Ceny pri slovenskom mori vzrástli. Ako neodísť z Chorvátska s prázdnou peňaženkou?

ZAGREB / Drahšie ubytovanie, potraviny, ale aj atrakcie. Čoraz viac slovenských dovolenkárov vníma Chorvátsko cez hrúbku svojej peňaženky. Dostáva zabrať najmä v obľúbených turistických destináciách. Niekedy však stačí dobrá rada a čoskoro možno aj pomoc zo strany tamojšej vlády. Z roka na rok drahšie. Takto vníma Chorvátsko množstvo Slovákov smerujúcich každoročne na Jadran. “Možno zdraželo ovocie a …

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Najväčšia španielska vlajková loď: SEAT Tarraco si nepomýlite

Nová vlajková loď prišla na trh ako posledná spomedzi ostatných SUV koncernu. Tarraco si určite nepomýlite s Kodiaqom ani Tiguanom Allspace. Má svoj špecifický dizajn aj identitu, no techniku už prevzal od koncernových súkmeňovcov. Postavené je na overenej platforme MQB a tvorcovia stavili na emocionálnejší dizajn. Z prieskumov je zrejmé, že klienti značky sú mladší ako tí, …

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Sicílčania sa cítia odrezaní od sveta. Svet si ich však nájde

Ak chcete zažiť Taliansko v inej podobe, vyberte sa na Sicíliu. Je vzácne autentická. Nevynechajte históriu, kultúru ani umenie, ktorými oplývajú Messina a Palermo. Po nich bude objavovanie vnútrozemia oveľa intenzívnejšie. Sicílčania si žijú svoj každodenný život. Mnohí denne odchádzajúci za prácou na taliansku pevninu, ktorú od ostrova oddeľuje päť kilometrová Messinská úžina. Cesta sa začína i končí …

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Slovenský plynárenský priemysel stále väčšinovo ovláda trh s plynom

BRATISLAVA – Na slovenskom trhu s plynom si udržal dominantné postavenie Slovenský plynárenský priemysel (SPP). Ako vyplýva z údajov zverejnených Úradom pre reguláciu sieťových odvetví (ÚRSO), štátny podnik mal vlani celkovo vyše 57-percentný podiel na trhu. Za ním nasledovali spoločnosť innogy Slovensko a MET Slovakia, ktoré dosiahli zhodne takmer 8-percentný podiel na trhu so zemným …

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July 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.0% in the euro area - Down to 1.4% in the EU

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme
To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the Commission has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.

EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.

June 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries
The European Commission is taking stock of its overall approach to equivalence in the area of financial services. EU equivalence has become a significant tool in recent years, fostering integration of global financial markets and cooperation with third-country authorities.

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

July infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules
The European Commission is adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks.

Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness
The European Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness. The instrument will help euro area Member States and other participating Member States to enhance the resilience of their economies and of the euro area through support to targeted reforms and investment.

General Data Protection Regulation shows results, but work needs to continue

Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests
The European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change.

Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

EU-Canada summit
As like-minded partners, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their joint commitment to multilateralism and rules-based trade. They stressed their full commitment to the Paris Agreement, and they called for further efforts to fight climate change.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon's use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules.

June 2019 - Annual inflation up to 1.3% in the euro area - Stable at 1.6% in the EU

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President
With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term.

Ursula von der Leyen presents her vision to MEPs
In a debate with MEPs, Ursula von der Leyen outlined her vision as Commission President. MEPs will vote on her nomination, held by secret paper ballot, at 18.00.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and the work of the high-level group on sugar. It was also informed about the work programme of the Finland's presidency, EU-Mercosur, African swine fever and animal welfare during transport.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed Iran, Iraq, the Central African Republic, and the external aspects of migration. They had an informal exchange of views with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova, Nicolae Popescu. The Council adopted conclusions on Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers
The European Commission announced that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law.

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors
The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States' economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary factors such as mild winter conditions and a rebound in car sales.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the EU's own resources in view of the new MFF package. The Council adopted a decision recommending Christine Lagarde as the candidate for the ECB presidency as well as the 2019 country specific recommendations.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held policy debates on the ‘economy of wellbeing’ and on the social aspects of the ‘Clean planet for all’ strategy. Ministers also approved the country specific recommendation falling under the responsibility of EPSCO.

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
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Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: leadership election, formation of committees
The newly-elected MEPs met for their first plenary session on 2-4 July, during which they elected a new president and voted on the size of the parliamentary committees. Parliament chose Italian Social Democrat David Sassoli as its president on Wednesday for a term of two-and-a-half years.

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed
Today's Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the shortcomings where the countries and the Commission should step up their efforts.

European citizens' initiative: Commission registers 3 new initiatives and determines 1 as inadmissible
The European Commission decided to register 3 new European citizens' initiatives: 'A price for carbon to fight climate change', 'Grow scientific progress: crops matter!', and 'Let's put an end to the era of plastic in Europe'.

David Sassoli elected President of the European Parliament
MEPs elected David Sassoli as President of the European Parliament having won 345 out of 667 valid votes in the second round. David Sassoli was born in Florence on 30 May 1956. As an Italian MEP since 2009, he was re-elected on a Partito Democratico list in Central Italy in May 2019 for a third term. He will lead Parliament until January 2022.

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

New EU leaders appointed
The European Council elected Charles Michel as the new President of the European Council and proposed Ursula von der Leyen as candidate for the President of the European Commission. They have also nominated Josep Borrell Fontelles as candidate for the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Christine Lagarde as candidate for the President of the European Central Bank.

Parliament starts new term with seven political groups
As the new European Parliament meets for the first time 2 July, MEPs have formed seven political groups. Ever since the results of the European elections have been in, newly-elected MEPs have been organising themselves into political groups, which bring together representatives from different EU countries based on their political affinities.

Main results of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan
G20 leaders met in Osaka on 28-29 June to address major global economic challenges. They focused on global trade, digital transformation, climate and energy, and inequalities.

Digital Single Market: Survey shows Europeans are well aware of rules against unjustified geo-blocking
A Eurobarometer survey published today shows that just a few months after the new rules on geo-blocking started to apply, 50% of EU citizens are generally aware of EU action to tackle unjustified discrimination by traders. However, more efforts are needed to ensure wider knowledge of the specific digital rights enshrined in EU law, since only 29% of respondents know which rights specifically concern them.

Humanitarian aid: over €110 million in the Horn of Africa

EU adopts new €100 million assistance package to benefit refugees and local communities in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq

Main results of the Environment Council
The Council agreed a general approach on water reuse for agricultural irrigation, adopted conclusions on a sustainable chemicals policy strategy, and took note of the state of play on the EU's long-term climate strategy discussions.

First 17 “European Universities” selected: a major step towards building a European Education Area
The European Commission has announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council adopted conclusions on the future of energy systems in the Energy Union and held an exchange of views on external energy relations.

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

EU-Vietnam: Council adopts decisions to sign trade and investment agreements
On 25 June, the Council adopted decisions on the signature of two agreements between the EU and Vietnam: a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA).

Dual Food Quality: Commission releases study assessing differences in the composition of EU food products
The Commission publishes the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition.

Main results of the Euro Summit
The Euro Summit in an extended format of EU27 leaders looked at the economic situation together with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi. Leaders also discussed work done by the Eurogroup regarding deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the next institutional cycle, the MFF, climate change, disinformation and hybrid threats, external relations, the European Semester and enlargement.

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU
As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council reached a partial general approach on the 2021-2027 EMFF, had a discussion on a progress report on the post 2020 CAP reform and on the Commission communication on the 2020 fishing opportunities.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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
Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union's highest ‘excellent' and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report.

June infringements package: key decisions

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security
As per the Commission proposal, the money under the 2020 budget will go to the following priority areas: competitive economy and young people; and strengthening security and solidarity in the EU, climate change and beyond.

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
Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries.

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
New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released by the European Commission.

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