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Aj hornonitrianske bane vedia, že uhlie nie je nekonečné
Zástupcovia opozície a ochranárov kritizujú, že vládny plán pre uhoľný región obsahuje zatiaľ len projekty súkromnej baníckej firmy. Odborník vyzval na citlivý prístup, ktorý predpokladá spoluprácu s hlavným hráčom.

Zoznam víťazných projektov programu WiFi4EU zahŕňa aj 93 obcí zo Slovenska
Z vyše 250 prihlásených obcí a zariadení na Slovensku uspela necelá stovka. Po prvej blamáži s informačným systémom, ktorý donútil májové kolo zrušiť, nakoniec peniaze Komisia v tomto roku rozdelí.

Nákup dlhopisov Európskej centrálnej banky je v súlade s európskou legislatívou
Súdny dvor EÚ rozhodol, že Európska centrálna banka programom nákupu vládnych dlhopisov neprekročila svoj mandát. 

Priština zavádza clá a chystá armádu, podľa Únie koná v rozpore s medzinárodným právom
V rozpore s platnými dohodami má byť zavedenie stopercentnej dane na tovar zo Srbska či Bosny a tiež snaha Prištiny vytvoriť kosovskú armádu, o čom má rozhodnúť parlament. Spojené štáty vytvorenie kosovskej armády považjú za prirodzené, Únia má výhrady.

Dekarbonizácia slovenskej ekonomiky
V súvislosti s klimatickou konferenciou COP24, ktorá sa koná v decembri 2018 v Katoviciach, diskutujú európske inštitúcie a členské štáty o nových klimatických plánoch na ďalšie desaťročia.

Vyhnime sa nemeckej ceste, vyzývajú slovenskí plynári
Ministerstvo hospodárstva súhlasí s dekarbonizáciou európskej ekonomiky do roku 2050. Neodmietajú ju ani slovenské priemyselné združenia, zdôrazňujú však nákladovú efektívnosť.

Británia môže jednostranne odvolať brexit, Londýn to ale odmieta
„Žiadny členský štát nemôže byť nútený vystúpiť z Európskej únie proti svojej vôli.“ Súdny dvor EÚ rozhodol, že Spojené kráľovstvo môže jednostranne stiahnuť svoj zámer odísť z EÚ.

Hoci belgická vláda prišla pre Marakéš o väčšinu v parlamente, premiér na konferenciu OSN odcestoval
Najväčšia strana v belgickej koalícii opustila vládu premiéra Charlesa Michela po tom, ako parlament odhlasoval podpísanie Globálneho kompaktu o migrácii. Liberálny premiér už do Maroka dorazil a spolu so 163 lídrami krajín z celého sveta text kompaktu podporil.

Európsky týždeň: Rozpočet eurozóny na dosah, ale stále s otáznikmi
Ministri financií sa zhodli aj na potrebe posilniť kompetencie tzv. trvalého eurovalu a rámcovo aj na jeho prepojeni s bankovou úniou. Viac k tejto a ďalším témam s Radovanom Geistom z EURACTIV Slovensko.

Mobilizačná kampaň k eurovoľbám stavila na tých, z ktorých v roku 2014 prišlo najmenej
Motivovaní mladí ľudia presviedčajú svoje okolie, že eurovoľby 2019 sú dôležité. Iniciatíva sa na Slovensku ujala dobre, napriek tomu, že naposledy vo vekovej kategórii 18-24 rokov volilo iba 6 percent ľudí, hovorí riaditeľ Kancelárie Európskeho parlamentu na Slovensku ROBERT HAJŠEL.

Európske noviny

Ivan Štefanec: Budeme si vyberať koho do Európy pustíme

Európsky parlament dnes schválil legislatívu, ktorá zavádza spoločné pravidlá pre vízovú politiku. Podľa nich budú žiadatelia o azyl posudzovaní už na ambasádach členských štátov, kde sa rozhodne o tom, či majú na ochranu a vstup na územie členských štátov nárok. Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca (KDH) ide o veľký pokrok, ktorý zníži ilegálnu …

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Britská premiérka sa stretne s lídrami EÚ

LONDÝN – Britská premiérka Theresa Mayová sa stretne s európskymi lídrami a predstaviteľmi Európskej únie (EÚ), aby s nimi prediskutovala záchranu jej dohody o brexite. Predsedníčka britskej vlády v utorok vycestovala do Haagu, kde sa stretne s holandským premiérom Markom Ruttem. Neskôr má v Berlíne na programe schôdzku s kancelárkou Angelou Merkelovou. Okrem nich sa …

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Výročie Deklarácie ľudských práv: dôležité kroky v ochrane náboženskej slobody

Predstavitelia hnutia OBYČAJNÍ ĽUDIA a nezávislé osobnosti (OĽANO) si pripomenuli Deň ľudských práv. V tento deň ľudské práva nielen oslavujeme, ale rovnako v tento deň poukazujeme aj na prípady ich porušovania. V prípade poslancov za hnutie OĽANO znamená tento deň aj boj za ich dodržiavanie. Predsedníčka Výboru NR SR pre ľudské práva a národnostné menšiny Anna Verešová …

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Monika Beňová: Pracovníci nesmú byť vystavovaní karcinogénnym chemickým látkam

Plénum Európskeho parlamentu (EP) sa bude na dnešnom zasadnutí zaoberať problematikou lepšej ochrany pracovníkov pred karcinogénnymi chemikáliami. Cieľom je posilniť pracovné podmienky a zefektívniť systém ochrany zdravia pre milióny pracujúcich v celej Európskej únii (EÚ). Rakovina stále predstavuje jedno z najvýznamnejších zdravotných rizík pre pracujúcich v EÚ. „Bohužiaľ je najčastejšou príčinou úmrtí súvisiacich s výkonom povolania. Našou reakciou preto musí …

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Erasmus+ rozšíri ponuku vzdelávacích možností v Európe

Rada prijala svoju pozíciu (čiastočné všeobecné smerovanie) k programu Erasmus+ na roky 2021 – 2027. Navrhovaným nariadením sa rozšíri ponuka vzdelávacích možností v Európe a za jej hranicami na viac ľudí v porovnaní so súčasnosťou.  Program sa rozšíri aj s cieľom zahrnúť všetky úrovne vzdelávania a odbornej prípravy. Rada v snahe podčiarknuť svoj inkluzívny prístup …

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EÚ zintenzívňuje boj proti dezinformáciám

V záujme ochrany svojich demokratických systémov a verejných diskusií, ako aj vzhľadom na voľby do Európskeho parlamentu v roku 2019 a viaceré vnútroštátne a miestne voľby, ktoré sa budú v členských štátoch konať do roku 2020, EÚ prezentuje akčný plán, na základe ktorého intenzívnejšie zakročí proti dezinformáciám v Európe aj za jej hranicami. Európska komisia …

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EIB poskytne Slovenským elektrárňam úver na zvýšenie jadrovej bezpečnosti

BRATISLAVA – Európska investičná banka (EIB) poskytne pôžičku vo výške 60 miliónov eur Slovenským elektrárňam, dlhodobému partnerovi banky EÚ, ktorá podporí zlepšenie jadrovej bezpečnosti v jadrových elektrárňach Jaslovské Bohunice a Mochovce. Tieto investície umožnia výrobcovi elektrickej energie na Slovensku splniť záväzky vyplývajúce z právnych predpisov EÚ a národnej legislatívy a podporia prebiehajúcu bezpečnú prevádzku nízkouhlíkovej …

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Antonio Tajani: Novinári tvoria prvú líniu pri obrane ľudských práv

Predseda EP Antonio Tajani v pondelok pri príležitosti sedemdesiateho výročia prijatia Všeobecnej deklarácie ľudských práv vyzdvihol úlohu novinárov pri ich obrane. Stalo tak krátko po zahájení decembrového plenárneho zasadnutia Európskeho parlamentu v Štrasburgu. „Európsky parlament bol vždy popredným obhajcom ľudských práv,‟ uviedol predseda EP poukazujúc pritom aj na Sacharovovu cenu za slobodu myslenia. Parlament týmto …

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Európsky parlament: Záborská dnes pripomenie výročie Všeobecnej deklarácie ľudských práv

Slovenská europoslankyňa Anna Záborská dnes vystúpi v Európskom parlamente a pripomenie 70. výročie prijatia Všeobecnej deklarácia ľudských práv. Tento základný ľudskoprávny dokument bol prijatý na zasadnutí OSN v Paríži 10. decembra 1948, len tri roky po skončení II. svetovej vojny. Za jeho prijatie hlasovali zástupcovia 48 štátov, ďalších 8 sa zdržalo hlasovania (6 štátov Východného bloku na …

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PREHĽAD: Toto je program europarlamentu, riešiť bude najmä karcinogény na pracovisku

Počas decembrového plenárneho zasadnutia v Štrasburgu bude udelená Sacharovova cena za slobodu myslenia. Poslanci budú hlasovať o obchodnej dohode s Japonskom a blackliste karcinogénov.  Partnerstvo s Japonskom V stredu budú poslanci hlasovať o dvoch dôležitých dohodách s Japonskom. Dohoda o hospodárskom partnerstve uľahčí európskym firmám vyvážať do Japonska, zatiaľ čo dohoda o strategickom partnerstve podporí našu …

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Britská premiérka odložila hlasovanie o brexite

LONDÝN – Britská premiérka Theresa Mayová odložila kľúčové hlasovanie o vystúpení Veľkej Británie z EÚ, ktoré sa malo uskutočniť v britskom parlamente v utorok. Mayová to v pondelok oznámila poslancom Dolnej snemovne Spojeného kráľovstva. Zároveň priznala, že ak by sa o brexite hlasovalo už v utorok, “bol by odmietnutý výrazným rozdielom hlasov”. Mayová si predstavuje, …

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Krajiny OSN prijali globálny pakt o migrácii. Slovensko sa samitu nezúčastnilo

MARAKÉŠ / Krajiny Organizácie spojených národov v pondelok v marockom meste Marakéš formálne prijali pakt o migrácii. Na konferencii je prítomných viac ako 150 krajín, pričom Slovensko, Česká republika a niekoľko ďalších štátov, podľa očakávania nie sú prítomné. Globálny pakt, ktorý má byť definitívne potvrdený na Válnom zhromaždení OSN 19. októbra, vyvolal v predchádzajúcich mesiacoch vo …

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Británia môže zrušiť brexit aj bez súhlasu členských krajín EÚ, potvrdil súd

BRUSEL / Európsky súd potvrdil, že Británia môže jednostranne stiahnuť rozhodnutie odísť z EÚ bez toho, aby s tým museli súhlasiť ostatné členské krajiny EÚ. Zostala by potom členom únie za rovnakých podmienok ako doposiaľ. Británia podľa generálneho advokáta Súdneho dvora Európskej únie Camposa Sánchez-Bordona môže jednostranne stiahnuť svoje oznámenie o odchode z Európskej únie. V prípade, …

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Monika Beňová: Rumunsko a Bulharsko patria do Schengenu

Úvod tohto týždňového plenárneho zasadnutia Európskeho parlamentu (EP) je venovaný otázkam týkajúcim sa vstupu Bulharska a Rumunska do Schengenského priestoru. Kritériá na tento vstup splnili obe balkánske krajiny ešte v roku 2011. „Na ich neprijatie odvtedy neexistujú žiadne relevantné dôvody. Rumunsko a Bulharsko jednoducho patria do Schengenu. Do plnenia jednotlivých opatrení boli navyše ochotné investovať v ekonomicky neľahkých časoch,“ …

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Audítori EÚ: Zvýšenie účinnosti vyšetrovaní zostáva pre úrad OLAF výzvou

Podľa stanoviska, ktoré uverejnil Európsky dvor audítorov, navrhované zmeny týkajúce sa Európskeho úradu pre boj proti podvodom (OLAF) nebudú dostatočné na to, aby sa vyšetrovania tohto úradu mohli stať výrazne účinnejšie. Okrem toho hoci podľa audítorov návrh dobre odzrkadľuje zásady spolupráce medzi úradom OLAF a budúcou Európskou prokuratúrou (EPPO), niektoré problémy by mohli brániť účinnej …

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EÚ schválila opatrenia na boj proti prevádzačom migrantov

Európska únia bojuje proti prevádzačstvu migrantov. Rada schválila komplexný a operačný súbor opatrení na presadzovanie práva, ktorými sa má zintenzívniť boj proti sieťam prevádzačov migrantov. Tento krok je reakciou na výzvu lídrov EÚ z ich októbrového zasadnutia. Opatrenia vychádzajú z aktuálneho úsilia EÚ a jednotlivých štátov, ktoré sa realizuje napríklad v rámci akčného plánu EÚ …

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Slovensko preberá predsedníctvo v OBSE

Talianske predsedníctvo v Organizácii pre bezpečnosť a spoluprácu v Európe (OBSE) symbolicky odovzdalo štafetu Slovensku, ktoré sa do čela organizácie postaví už o tri týždne – 1. januára 2019. Úradujúceho predsedu OBSE a šéfa talianskej diplomacie Enza Moavera Milanesiho tak v kresle nahradí minister zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Miroslav Lajčák. “Tieto dva dni dobre …

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Ladislav Miko predstavuje zrekonštruovaný zámok vo Vígľaši, ktorý obnovili za eurofondy

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Branislav Škripek: Nový cestovný dokument pre migrantov s názvom humanitárne víza nepovažujem za dobrý nápad

Videoblogy europoslancov, poslancov a analytikov nájdete TU.

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Miroslav Mikolášik: EÚ vynaloží ďalšie prostriedky na ochranu vonkajších hraníc

Videoblogy europoslancov, poslancov a analytikov nájdete TU.

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A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for more efforts to ensure adoption of security proposals
Good progress is being achieved on a number of security initiatives, including the proposals to remove terrorist content online and to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, but more efforts are needed.

Food safety: more transparency, better risk prevention
MEPs want the European Food Safety Agency to publish safety studies before a product is authorised to go on to the market. The revised rules aim to make risk assessment more transparent and ensure that the studies used by EFSA to authorise a product to be put on the market are reliable, objective and independent. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed Iran focusing on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). The ministers also discussed the situation in Venezuela and the dangerous increase of tensions in Ukraine.

Commission presents its response to Antisemitism and a survey showing Antisemitism is on the rise in the EU
The results of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency's latest survey on Antisemitism are particularly worrying: 85% of European Jews consider Antisemitism to be the biggest social or political problem in their home country. 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its position on the regulation on European production and preservation orders for e-evidence in criminal matters. Ministers also agreed positions on the sales of goods directive and on the revision of so called Brussels IIa regulation. 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council reached a general approach on proposals for a regulation on establishing the European Labour Authority (ELA) and for a directive on carcinogens or mutagens at work. The Council also adopted a recommendation on strengthened cooperation against vaccine-preventable diseases. 

Member States and Commission to work together to boost artificial intelligence “made in Europe”
Delivering on its strategy on artificial intelligence (AI) adopted in April 2018 today the Commission presents a coordinated plan prepared with Member States to foster the development and use of AI in Europe. 

A Europe that Protects: The EU steps up action against disinformation
To protect its democratic systems and public debates and in view of the 2019 European elections as well as a number of national and local elections that will be held in Member States by 2020, the EU is presenting today an Action Plan to step up efforts to counter disinformation in Europe and beyond. 

Commission presents ways to further strengthen the euro's global role
In light of the upcoming European Council and Euro Summit in December, the Commission presents actions to strengthen the role of the euro in a changing world.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council endorsed the political agreement reached with the European Parliament on a package of risk reduction measures in the banking sector and adopted an action plan to better tackle money laundering and terrorist financing. 

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

Commission calls on Leaders to pave the way for an agreement on a modern, balanced and fair EU budget for the future
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 13 and 14 December 2018, the Commission is taking stock of the encouraging progress made so far in the negotiations of the EU's next long-term budget and urging Leaders to keep up the momentum. 

A Europe that Protects: Commission calls for continued action to eradicate trafficking in human beings
Taking stock of measures taken since 2015, the report highlights the main trends in trafficking in human beings and outlines remaining challenges that the EU and Member States must address as a matter of priority.

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

Main results of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina
G20 leaders met in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December 2018. They adopted a declaration focusing on the future of work, infrastructure for development, a sustainable food future and on gender equality. 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on the platform-to-business regulation and the general safety of vehicles regulation. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

EU approves disbursement of €500 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today approved the disbursement of the first €500 million of the new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) programme to Ukraine.

October 2018 - Euro area unemployment at 8.1% - EU28 at 6.7%

DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

New rules for temporary border controls within the Schengen area
Internal border checks within the Schengen area should be limited to a maximum of one year, instead of the current two-year period, say MEPs.

Commission reports on progress in risk reduction in the Banking Union
The Commission takes stock of the latest developments as regards risk reduction in the banking sector and progress towards an even more integrated and stable EU financial system.

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050
The European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
The Council reached a partial general approach (the Council's position) on a proposal for a Regulation on the European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. Ministers also took note of a progress report on a proposal for a new Creative Europe programme 2021-2027 and adopted conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022.

Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU
EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds more than in 2000. 14 million of these jobs are held by women. In addition, EU exports to the world generate €2.3 trillion of value added in the EU. 

Main results of the special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50)
EU27 leaders met for a special meeting of the European Council (Art.50) on Sunday 25 November 2018. They endorsed the Brexit withdrawal agreement, as presented by the negotiators of the EU and the UK. Leaders also approved the political declaration on future EU-UK relations, which accompanies and is referred to in the withdrawal agreement. 

The Juncker Plan at work: bringing investment back on track in Europe
In a Communication published today, the Commission reveals how the Investment Plan for Europe – the Juncker Plan – has helped bring investment back to a sustainable level in Europe, four years after its launch. 

State of Health in the EU: more protection and prevention for longer and healthier lives

European Semester Autumn Package: Bolstering inclusive and sustainable growth
Commission sets out EU's economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the first time. 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

EU shapes its ambitious strategy on India
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a strategy to strengthen cooperation and the partnership with India.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda. They highlighted their continued full support for the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA), following the entry into force of US sanctions on 5 November 2018. 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council agreed on the fishing opportunities for certain deep sea stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic, for 2019 and 2020. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Plenary highlights: cheaper calls, energy efficiency, Lux Film Prize, Angela Merkel
The EU’s long-term budget and new rules on energy and telecom were among the highlights of the November plenary. Woman at War won this year’s Lux Film Prize. 

October 2018 - Annual inflation up to 2.2% in the euro area - Also up to 2.2% in the EU

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations
The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. 

MEPs cap prices of calls within EU and approve emergency alert system
MEPs have approved the telecoms package that caps intra-EU calls, makes super-fast 5G networks possible by 2020 and creates alert system for emergencies. 

European Commission reports on progress in Bulgaria and Romania under the Co-operation and Verification Mechanism
The European Commission issued its latest reports on steps taken by Bulgaria and Romania to meet their commitments on judicial reform and the fight against corruption, and in the case of Bulgaria organised crime, in the context of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM). 

Brexit: European Commission intensifies preparedness work and outlines contingency action plan in the event of a no deal scenario with the UK
The European Commission has published detailed information on its ongoing preparedness and contingency work in the event of a no deal scenario in the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom.

Energy: new ambitious targets on renewables and energy efficiency
Parliament approves binding 2030 target for renewables (32%) and an indicative target on energy efficiency (32.5%) that will play a crucial role in meeting the EU’s climate goals.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council started preparations for the December European Council, discussed the next multiannual financial framework, held its annual rule of law dialogue and returned to the Article 7(1) TEU procedure concerning Poland and Hungary. 

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Art. 50)

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed efforts to modernise WTO, the implementation of free trade agreements and latest developments in ongoing bilateral trade negotiations. 

November infringements package: key decisions

Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast: sustained but less dynamic growth amid high uncertainty
Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at 2.2% in 2018, 2.0% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020. 

Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment
The Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world.

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019
The Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year's fishing quotas.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan' initiative'

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers discussed the state of play of negotiations on the digital services tax, adopted conclusions on climate finance and discussed the implementation of the 2017 EU budget. 

Report: EU trade agreements deliver on growth and jobs, support sustainable development
According to the second annual report about the implementation of trade agreements issued today, these agreements – covering nearly 70 markets all over the world – are proving effective in removing barriers to trade and promoting high standards of labour and environment protection.

September 2018 - Euro area unemployment at 8.1% - EU28 at 6.7%

Plenary highlights: single-use plastics, water quality, border management, antibiotics
Improving drinking water quality, limiting the use of antibiotics on farm animals and a ban on plastic straws and cutlery were among the highlights of this week’s plenary session. 

LIFE Programme: Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action
The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe's transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future.

Commission launches new tool to support digital teaching and learning in schools

Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday. These products, which make up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved by Parliament. 

Erasmus+: an expected budget of €3 billion to be invested in young Europeans and to help create European Universities in 2019
For 2019, funds available for Erasmus+ are expected to increase by €300 million or 10% compared to 2018. From an expected budget of €3 billion for next year, €30 million has been set aside for dedicated European Universities.

European Commission requests that Italy presents a revised draft budgetary plan for 2019
The European Commission has identified in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018. 

Commission Work Programme 2019: Delivering on promises and preparing for the future
The European Commission today presented its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead. 

Drinking water: new plans to improve tap water quality and cut plastic litter
MEPs backed plans to improve consumers’ trust in drinking water from the tap, which is much cheaper and cleaner for the environment compared to bottled water.

Main results of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)
Leaders agreed to further connect both continents to boost trade, improve security, preserve the environment and bring societies closer. They also discussed foreign and security issues. 

Main results of the EU-Republic of Korea summit

Main results of the European Council
The European Council focused on migration and internal security. At the European Council (Art. 50) working dinner on 17 October, EU27 leaders reviewed the state of the negotiations with the UK. 

Commission presents EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements for signature and conclusion
The European Commission adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. Through this adoption, the Commission is demonstrating its commitment to putting these agreements in place as soon as possible.

September 2018 - Annual inflation up to 2.1% in the euro area - EU stable at 2.2%

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign ministers discussed the most pressing issues on the international agenda; among them the case of the missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, where the EU expects full and transparent investigation by the Saudi authorities in full cooperation with the Turkish authorities. 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2019. Ministers also exchanged views on the position to be taken by the EU at the annual consultations with Norway in the framework of their bilateral fisheries agreement.  

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council adopted its position on the directive on insolvency, restructuring and second chance. Home affairs ministers discussed a Commission proposal on the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (EBCG). They expressed their general wish to strengthen the mandate of the EBCG.

EU fuel labelling: clearer information for consumers and operators

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe
Today the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy. 

A Europe that protects: Commission calls for decisive action on security priorities
Today, the European Commission is reporting on the progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, calling on the European Parliament and the Council to finalise their work on priority security initiatives as a matter of urgency.

Main results of the Environment Council
Meeting in Luxembourg on 9 October, environment ministers succeeded in reaching an agreement on the proposed regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans (recast). They agreed on the Council position on the text and set new targets for stricter CO2 emission standards.

Fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks of deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic
Today the Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Based on scientific advice, these new measures will enable stocks to gradually rebuild to sustainable levels.

Plenary highlights: car emissions, online TV, Romania, future of Europe
Cleaner cars, more European films on streaming services and concerns about the state of rule of law were among the highlights of this week’s plenary session. 

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets to fight organised crime
The new rules, already informally agreed between Parliament’s negotiators and EU ministers in June, will make it quicker and simpler for EU member states to ask each other to freeze criminal assets or confiscate criminal property.

Free flow of non-personal data: Parliament approves EU’s fifth freedom
New rules aimed at removing obstacles to the free movement of non-personal data within the EU for companies and public authorities were adopted by MEPs.

European Court of Auditors signs off EU accounts for 11th time in a row

Parliament pushes for cleaner cars on EU roads by 2030
CO2 emissions from new cars should be cut by 40% by 2030 and market uptake of electric and low- emission cars should accelerate, say MEPs.

Green light for VAT overhaul to simplify system and cut fraud

New rules for audiovisual media services approved by Parliament
MEPs voted on updated rules on audiovisual media services, protecting children better, with stricter rules on advertising, and 30% European content in video-on-demand. 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Commission presented its proposal to strengthen the role of the European Banking Authority (EBA) in supervising EU financial institutions, so as to better address money laundering and terrorist financing threats. 

August 2018 - Euro area unemployment at 8.1% - EU28 at 6.8%

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
Ministers held a policy debate on the structure of the next EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, as well as on the Specific Programme implementing Horizon Europe. 

A Europe that protects: EU customs seized over 31 million fake goods at EU borders in 2017
New figures released by the European Commission today show that customs authorities detained over 31 million fake and counterfeit products at the EU's external border with a street value of over €580 million.

VAT: EU Member States still losing almost €150 billion in revenues according to new figures
While Member States' have carried out a lot of work to improve VAT collection, today's figures show that reform of the current EU VAT system combined with better cooperation at EU level are needed so that Member States can make full use of VAT revenues in their budgets.

One year on: EU-Canada trade agreement delivers positive results

EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia
With sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based connectivity at its core, the Communication will help to guide the EU's external action in this field and is a part of the implementation of its Global Strategy. 

State aid: Commission investigation did not find that Luxembourg gave selective tax treatment to McDonald's

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation
The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy. 

State of the Union 2018: Commission proposes to put an end to seasonal clock changes
The European Commission is proposing to end seasonal clock changes in Europe in 2019, giving Member States the freedom to decide once and for all whether they want to permanently apply summer- or wintertime. 

Plenary highlights: SOTEU, copyright, rule of law in Hungary, plastics
MEPs discussed the challenges facing the EU during the State of the Union debate and approved digital copyright rules and measures to counter money laundering and cut plastic waste. 

State of the Union 2018 – Commission proposes last elements needed for compromise on migration and border reform
Building on two years of work, the Commission is proposing to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard even further and give it the right level of ambition, corresponding to the common challenges Europe is facing in managing migration and borders. 

New EU rules to thwart money laundering and terrorist financing

Parliament adopts its position on digital copyright rules

State of the Union 2018: The Hour of European Sovereignty
President Juncker stresses the need for Europe to become more sovereign so as to be able to play a role in shaping global affairs. 

Final vote on European Solidarity Corps
Young people are now able to volunteer or work in EU-wide solidarity schemes, after a final vote on the European Solidarity Corps. 

State of the Union: President Juncker to deliver his 2018 Address next week

International data flows: Commission launches the adoption of its adequacy decision on Japan
Following the conclusion of the EU-Japan talks on personal data protection in July 2018, the Commission launched the procedure for the adoption of its adequacy decision.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'End the Cage Age' initiative

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