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Plynárenský zväz: Bez zemného plynu nesplní Slovensko klimatické ciele
Slovenský plynárenský a naftový zväz sa obáva možného zavedenia uhlíkovej dane alebo cla na plyn.

Brusel varoval Washington pred sankciami proti ruským plynovodom
Sankcie proti Nord Streamu 2 a Turk Streamu schváli americký Senát pravdepodobne ešte pred koncom roka. Prezident Donald Trump sa ich chystá podpísať.

Po uhlíkovom cle na hraniciach volajú slovenskí priemyselníci aj ochranár
Produkty a služby predávané v Európe by mali podliehať rovnakým environmentálnym štandardom, tvrdí ochranár Daniel Lešinský. Šéf U.S. Steel Košice James E. Bruno súhlasí s dekarbonizáciou, žiada však rovnováhu v medzinárodnom obchode.

Cieľom klimatickej politiky nemá byť Európa bez priemyslu a závislá na dovoze
Pre svoju dekarbonizáciu potrebujú slovenský a európsky priemysel finančnú podporu a rovnaké podmienky na trhu ako mimoeurópski konkurenti, píše MILAN VESELÝ.

Plány Komisie v obehovom hospodárstve: Podpora recyklácie aj boj proti „greenwashingu“
Akčný plán pre cirkulárnu ekonomiku má byť známy až v marci 2020, Európsky ekologický dohovor však naznačuje, čím sa chce nová Komisia v tejto oblasti zaoberať.

Matečná: Zvýšenou potravinovou sebestačnosťou znížime uhlíkovú stopu z dovozu potravín
Okrem potravinovej sebestačnosti by prioritami strategického plánu pre agrosektor mala byť aj ochrana životného prostredia a zmierňovanie dopadov klimatických zmien, tvrdí ministerka pôdohospodárstva a vidieka Garbiela Matečná.

Ako pristátie na Mesiaci. Komisia pri ekodohovore nešetrila silnými slovami, opatrenia prídu neskôr
Európska komisia predstavila cestovnú mapu ako urobiť z Európy prvý klimaticky neutrálny kontinent. Štáty môžu svoj súhlas prejaviť už na tohtotýždňovom summite, ten však môže byť zablokovaný sporom o jadrovú energiu.

Slovenskí europoslanci: Európsky ekologický dohovor by mal chrániť chudobných a lesy
Wiezikovi chýba v novom klimatickom pláne EÚ väčší dôraz na ochranu prírody, Hajšel podčiarkuje boj proti energetickej chudobe, Štefanec konkurencieschopnosť a inovácie. Hojsík využil predstavenie dokumentu na kritiku slovenskej vlády.

„Sorosov orchester“, tweetoval maďarský delegát z neverejného zasadnutia ministrov
Fínske predsedníctvo považuje porušenie dôvernosti diskusií a urážlivé tweety za vážnu vec, požaduje od Maďarska písomné vysvetlenie incidentu.

Slovensko súhlasí so zvýšením klimatických ambícií, žiada však rešpektovanie jadrovej energie
Európska komisia predstavila Európsku zelenú dohodu. Expert Slovenských elektrární hovorí, že uhoľné zdroje sú nekonkurencieschopné už teraz a že bez jadrovej energetiky klimatickú neutralitu nedosiahneme.

Európske noviny

Británia volí v kľúčových voľbách. Zvolia si voliči brexit alebo úniu?

LONDÝN / Vo Veľkej Británii sa vo štvrtok konajú dôležité parlamentné voľby, ktoré môžu rozhodnúť o ďalšom priebehu brexitu. Volebné miestnosti otvorili v 650-tich obvodoch o ôsmej hodine ráno nášho času. Poslancov dolnej komory parlamentu si ľudia budú voliť do desiatej večer. Prieskumy dlho naznačovali úzke vedenie konzervatívcov súčasného premiéra Borisa Johnsona pred labouristami Jeremyho Corbyna. …

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Ivan Štefanec: Podporujeme medzináboženský dialóg

Európska ľudová strana (EĽS) dnes organizovala podujatie, ktoré podporuje medzináboženský mierový dialóg a porozumenie medzi ľuďmi rôznych vierovyznaní. Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri EĽS Ivana Štefanca (KDH) sú práve európski ľudovci tou silou, ktorá v politike presadzuje kresťanské hodnoty, no rešpektuje aj ostatné formy viery. “V Európe vedľa seba vždy koexistovali rôzne náboženstvá …

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Plynová kríza je v súčasnosti viac pravdepodobná ako nie, povedal minister Žiga

BRATISLAVA – Slovensko zrejme bude po desiatich rokoch čeliť ďalšej plynovej kríze. Podľa ministra hospodárstva Petra Žigu v súčasnosti je to viac pravdepodobné ako nie. „Koncom roka expiruje kontrakt medzi Ruskom a Ukrajinou. Nevyzerá to, že sa tie rokovania pohli k tomu, aby boli úspešne uzavreté. V tejto chvíli to vnímam tak, že sme skôr …

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Ladislav Miko: Európska komisia pripravila recept na klimatické zmeny

BRATISLAVA / V týchto dňoch sa predstavitelia celého sveta zišli na konferencii Organizácie Spojených národov o zmene klímy v Madride, aby diskutovali o spoločnom postupe proti globálnemu otepľovaniu. V stredu Európska komisia prijala Európsky ekologický dohovor, ktorý má byť akýmsi receptom, ktorý si vypýtalo 9 z 10 európskych občanov, ktorí sa dožadujú opatrení v oblasti klímy. …

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Na výsledky ostro sledovaných volieb nebudú čakať iba v Londýne. Väčšina obyvateľov Belfastu brexit odmietla

BELFAST / V ostro sledovaných britských voľbách sa rozhodne o tom, či krajina skutočne opustí Európsku úniu v stanovenom termíne 31. januára. Na výsledky však nebudú čakať netrpezlivo iba v Londýne, ale aj v Belfaste, kde väčšina obyvateľov brexit odmietla. Vianočná atmosféra v Belfaste nijako nenaznačuje, že už vo štvrtok región čakajú jedny z najdôležitejších volieb. …

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Európsky parlament zverejnil prvé reakcie poslancov na Európsky ekologický dohovor

Európsky parlament sa v stredu zišiel na mimoriadnom plenárnom zasadnutí, aby prediskutoval návrh Európskej komisie na dosiahnutie klimatickej neutrality v EÚ. Predsedníčka Európskej komisie Ursula von der Leyen v stredu, v nadväznosti na klimatickú pohotovosť, ktorú v Únii vyhlásil 28. novembra Európsky parlament, predstavila poslancom plán exekutívy EÚ na dosiahnutie klimatickej neutrality v Únii do roku 2050. Zástupcovia …

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Ursula von der Leyen: Európsky ekologický dohovor je našou novou stratégiou pre rast

Európska komisia predstavila európsky ekologický dohovor – plán, ako dosiahnuť udržateľnejšie hospodárstvo EÚ tak, že výzvy z oblasti klímy a životného prostredia premieňa na príležitosti vo všetkých oblastiach politiky a umožňuje spravodlivú a inkluzívnu transformáciu pre všetkých. Predsedníčka Ursula von der Leyenová uviedla: „Európsky ekologický dohovor je našou novou stratégiou pre rast – rast, ktorý nám viac dáva, …

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Americké sankcie, uvalené na Mariána Kočnera, znepríjemnia život jeho firmám a obchodným partnerom

BRATISLAVA / Na európskej pôde mu však uškodia zatiaľ iba reputačne. V európskych bankách, ktoré nespadajú pod zákony Spojených štátov amerických, je ďalšie rozhodnutie priamo na bankách. Amerika je veľký svetový hráč a keď na niekoho udrie, tak si veľmi nepípne. “Sankcie sa dotknú pána Kočnera a šesť subjektov, o ktorých vieme, že ich vlastní alebo má …

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Dotácie na elektromobily sa na Slovensku skončili predčasne, trvali iba pár minút

BRATISLAVA – Mal to byť deň, odkedy sa motoristi mohli tešiť na štátnu dotáciu v prípade kúpy elektromobilu. Online dotácie však boli možné ani nie minútu. Ministerstvo hospodárstva prostredníctvom inovačnej a energetickej agentúry spustilo o 12:00 prihlasovanie cez formulár na webe chcemelekromobil.sk. Formulár sa však nedá načítať už niekoľko hodín. Na jeho vyplnenie pritom stačí …

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Michal Wiezik: Prechod na udržateľnosť musí byť spravodlivý a prospešný pre všetkých

Žiaľ prejav predsedníčky EK, bol skôr lyrický ako vecný, no vyzdvihol by som niektoré momenty, ktoré považujem za dôležité. Green Deal je návrhom, ako dosiahnuť klimaticky neutrálnu Európu, ako nastaviť našu ekonomiku a spôsob života tak, aby boli kompatibilné s našou planétou. Bude trvať viac než jednu generáciu, kým tieto ciele dosiahneme. Ak sa to …

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Ivan Štefanec: Boj proti klimatickým zmenám nemôže prebiehať na úkor našej konkurencieschopnosti

Europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivan Štefanec (KDH) víta prijatie dlhodobej stratégie Európskej únie pre boj s klimatickými zmenami, no upozorňuje na to, že dosahovanie ambicióznych cieľov v tejto oblasti nesmie znamenať znižovanie našej konkurencieschopnosti voči zvyšku sveta, ani rušenie pracovných miest. “Prebiehajúce klimatické zmeny a negatívne dopady, ktoré so sebou …

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Martin Hojsík: Európsky Green Deal nám otvára šancu na zelenú a férovú transformáciu ekonomiky

Predsedníčka Európskej komisie Ursula von der Leyen dnes v Európskom parlamente predstavila Európsky ekologický dohovor. Na základe tohto plánu chce z Európy spraviť prvý klimaticky neutrálny svetadiel na svete. Európsky ekologický dohovor označila za novú stratégiu pre rast, ktorá nielen zredukuje emisie, ale zároveň vytvorí pracovné miesta a zlepší kvalitu života Európanov. “Slovensko bolo doteraz …

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V Košiciach ocenili dobrovoľníkov za roky 2018 a 2019

V európskom meste dobrovoľníctva pre rok 2019, v Košiciach, sa v pondelok (9. decembra 2019) uskutočnilo podujatie Dobrovoľník roka, ktoré sa konalo pod záštitou ministra zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Slovenskej republiky Miroslava Lajčáka. Metropola východu získala titul ako prvé mesto z krajín strednej a východnej Európy a ako šieste európske mesto v poradí. Pri …

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EÚ je pripravená postupne sa zapájať do podpory reformného programu vlády KDR

Rada prijala závery o Konžskej demokratickej republike (KDR) po tom, ako v tejto krajine došlo k prvému pokojnému odovzdaniu moci v jej dejinách, ktorým sa otvoril priestor pre stabilitu a inkluzívny rozvoj v KDR a regióne ako celku. V záveroch sa berú do úvahy zostávajúce dôležité výzvy, ktorým krajina čelí, zároveň sa v nich však uvádza, že EÚ je pripravená …

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Politika ECB je z dlhodobého pohľadu nebezpečná, upozorňuje Mihók

BRATISLAVA – Európska centrálna banka podľa analýzy Slovenskej obchodnej a priemyselnej komory (SOPK) vytlačila od konca hospodárskej krízy do roku 2018 v bankovkách 2,6 bilióna eur bez akéhokoľvek krytia. “Svetový obchod klesá a EÚ si nevie nájsť spôsob ako reštartovať vlastnú ekonomiku a zabezpečiť jej dynamiku. Európska centrálna banka (ECB) vytlačila bankovky bez akéhokoľvek krytia. …

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Slovensku hrozí ďalšia žaloba, problémom je aj spôsob vykurovania. Ministerstvo prichádza s riešením

BRATISLAVA / Slovensku hrozí od Európskej komisie ďalšia žaloba. Kvalita nášho ovzdušia totiž ďaleko zaostáva za normami, ktoré od nás požaduje Brusel. Jedným z dôvodov je zastaraný spôsob vykurovania a nadmerná produkcia emisií. Pomôcť by mohla výmena kotlov a prechod od tuhých palív, napríklad na plyn. Spolu s Poľskom a Bulhaskom máme na Slovensku najhoršie ovzdušie …

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Európska komisia zverejnila prieskum o korupcii. Ako ju vnímajú podnikatelia na Slovensku?

Pri príležitosti Medzinárodného dňa boja proti korupcii Európska komisia uverejnila prieskum, v ktorom mapuje postoje európskych podnikateľov ku korupcii v EÚ. Výsledky poukazujú na klesajúci trend, no značný počet (63 %) európskych podnikateľov stále zastáva názor, že korupcia je rozšírená. Podnikatelia sú skeptickí, pokiaľ ide o spôsob, akým sa rieši korupcia, pričom 51 % z nich sa domnieva, že …

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Strelec zabil v ostravskej nemocnici 6 ľudí. Pred zásahom polície sa strelil do hlavy

OSTRAVA / Fakultnou nemocnicou v Ostrave sa ráno ozvala streľba. Útok si podľa informácií českého ministerstva vnútra vyžiadal šesť obetí. Na mieste zasahujú všetky záchranné zložky.  O streľbe ako prvý informoval spravodajský web Blesk.cz. Zásah policajtov vo Fakultnej nemocnici v Ostrave potvrdila aj policajná hovorkyňa Pavla Jiroušková. Svedkovia z okolia nemocnice uvádzajú, že počuli streľbu. Nateraz je …

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Monika Beňová vníma svojich kolegov ako jeden tím za Slovensko a rada im pomôže

BRATISLAVA / Europoslankyňa Beňová porozprávala v Ranných novinách o svojej funkcii kvestorky, členstve vo výboroch ale aj o prínose nových kolegov. V Európskom parlamente pôsobí Monika Beňová od roku 2004 a je jednou z 5 kvestorov európskeho parlamentu. “Kvestor je niečo ako supervízor, taký hlavný kontrolór toho všetkého, čo sa v európskom parlamente deje. Nie …

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Eurobarometer: Slováci očakávajú od Európskeho parlamentu najmä zníženie nezamestnanosti

BRATISLAVA – Slováci očakávajú od Európskeho parlamentu (EP) najmä posilnenie boja proti nezamestnanosti mladých a snahu o plnú zamestnanosť vo všetkých krajinách Európskej únie (EÚ). Vyplýva to z prieskumu Eurobarometra, ktorý sa na Slovensku uskutočnil od 9. do 21. októbra 2019 na vzorke 1 013 respondentov. V rámci krajín EÚ sa ho celkovo zúčastnilo 28-tisíc …

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Commission reinforces tools to ensure Europe's interests in international trade
The European Commission unveiled a proposal that will allow the European Union to protect its trade interests despite the paralysis of the multilateral dispute settlement system in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
The European Commission presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU's economy sustainable by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: full mobilisation of €6 billion to support refugees and local communities in need
The EU has fully mobilised the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, confirming its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3 billion has now been contracted and €2.7 billion disbursed.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council held debates on the economy of wellbeing and on the access to medicines in the EU. It also held debates on gender equality and the future of the EU social legislation and adopted conclusions on health and safety at work and on inclusive labour markets.

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List
The European Commission updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that do not meet international safety standards and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed EU-Africa relations and how the EU can better protect and promote human rights around the world. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views on FAC's working methods.

The EU adopted €297 million in concrete actions for refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon
The European Union adopted a new €297 million assistance package to support refugees and host communities in Jordan and Lebanon via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council took stock of progress on the banking union. It also adopted a work plan on climate action and conclusions on energy taxation, money laundering, capital markets union, non-performing loans and the financial architecture for development.

The Working Methods of the von der Leyen Commission: Striving for more at home and in the world
The von der Leyen Commission revealed its working methods which will be the basis for the new College to deliver on the President's Agenda for Europe during the next five years. They put collegiality, transparency and efficiency first.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) Council
The Council discussed smart sector integration, the new Commission's energy policy priorities, and follow-up to the draft national energy and climate plans.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council agreed its negotiating positions on two amending regulations, one on the taking of evidence and one on the service of documents. It also adopted conclusions on victims' rights. Ministers took note of the final report of the 8th round of mutual evaluations in the field of criminal matters, which focused on environmental crime.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its position on proposals related to rail passenger rights and trans-European transport network. It discussed digitalisation of transport and the Single European Sky.

Plenary highlights: new Commission, EU's 2020 budget, climate change
MEPs voted into office the new European Commission, approved the EU's budget for 2020, called for a climate neutral Europe and awarded the LUX film prize.

Roaming market review: use of mobile phones abroad has surged since end of EU roaming charges
The Commission has published the first full review of the roaming market, showing that travellers across the EU have benefitted a lot from the end of roaming charges in June 2017.

The European Parliament declares climate emergency
Ahead of the UN COP25 Climate Change Conference in Madrid 2-13 December, the Parliament approved a resolution declaring a climate and environmental emergency in Europe and globally. They also want the Commission to ensure that all relevant legislative and budgetary proposals are fully aligned with the objective of limiting global warming to under 1.5 °C.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council agreed a general approach on the representative actions for consumers. It debated the public country-by-country reporting directive and had an exchange of views on the external dimension of the competitiveness of the EU economy.

State of Health in the EU: shift to prevention and primary care is the most important trend across countries
The European Commission published the reports that depict the profile of health systems in 30 countries. Country Health Profiles are being issued with the Companion Report that shows some of the biggest trends in the transformation of the healthcare systems and draws key conclusions from the Profiles.

November 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.

Parliament elects the von der Leyen Commission
Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners, presented to plenary by Commission President-elect von der Leyen.

Children's rights: combatting exploitation, forced marriage and sexual abuse
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Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Development)
The Council discussed the future financial architecture for sustainable development and neighbourhood, and how the EU and member states can better support the development of countries in transition, such as Ethiopia and Sudan. Development ministers also had an exchange of views with the Minister of Education of Ethiopia about learning challenges in Africa.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
The Council adopted a resolution on culture and sustainable development and conclusions on combatting corruption in sport and held public debates on the competitiveness of creative and audio-visual industries and on good governance in sport.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council discussed the state of play of negotiations in the World Trade Organization, and progress in its reform process. It also took stock of the latest developments regarding trade relations between the EU and the United States.

Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses

Autumn Fiscal Package: Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans
The European Commission has presented its Opinions on euro area Member States' 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece.

€200 million to promote European agri-food products in and outside the EU
The European Commission will allocate €200.9 million in 2020 to fund promotion activities for EU agri-food products at home and abroad. The 2020 promotion policy work programme adopted by the Commission outlines the main priorities for support.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council focused on the next multiannual financial framework, European Council preparations and strengthening the rule of law in the EU. Ministers also discussed the state of play on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package and CAP transitional rules. It was also informed about: apiculture, imports of maize and rice, and the EU-China agreement on GIs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Budget)
The Council endorsed an agreement on the 2020 EU budget reached with the European Parliament in the conciliation committee. The budget strongly focuses on growth and competitiveness, climate action and other EU priorities such as security and management of migration.

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants first-ever market authorisation
The European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisation to the company Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V. for a vaccine against Ebola. This vaccine, called Ervebo, had been in development since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on Afghanistan and on the security situation in the Gulf region and Iran. Foreign ministers also had an exchange of views with the Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on climate finance ahead of COP25, the UN climate change conference, which will take place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December 2019. It also reached agreement on two reforms of existing VAT rules.

Taxation: Belize removed from EU list, North Macedonia meets commitments

Statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution of 9 November 1989

Final green light to the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
It will soon be easier and more profitable to trade with Singapore. The free trade agreement (FTA) signed by the European Union and the Republic of Singapore on 19 October 2018 is due to enter into force on 21 November 2019, as a consequence of the decision adopted by the Council today on the conclusion of this agreement.

European Border and Coast Guard: Council adopts revised regulation
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is being strengthened in terms of staff and technical equipment. It is also being given a broader mandate to support member states' activities, especially on border control, return and cooperation with third countries. The new regulation will incorporate the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) into the European Border and Coast Guard framework, to improve its functioning.

Autumn 2019 Economic Forecast: A challenging road ahead
The European economy is now in its seventh consecutive year of growth and is forecast to continue expanding in 2020 and 2021. Labour markets remain strong and unemployment continues to fall. However, the external environment has become much less supportive and uncertainty is running high.

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China
The EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation.

Erasmus+: EU will invest over €3 billion in young Europeans to study or train abroad in 2020
The European Commission published its 2020 call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme. 2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport.

Industrial policy: recommendations to support Europe's leadership in six strategic business areas
The Commission publishes recommendations by a group of experts, the Strategic Forum on Important Projects of Common European Interest, to boost Europe's competitiveness and global leadership in six strategic and future-oriented industrial sectors.

Security Union: Significant progress and tangible results over past years but efforts must continue
The report presented recaps the initiatives taken by the Commission in some of the key areas of the Security Union including, the fight against terrorism, information exchange, countering radicalisation and cybersecurity, while noting that further efforts are needed, in particular on the implementation of EU security legislation.

Code of Practice on Disinformation one year on: online platforms submit self-assessment reports
Today, the European Commission published the first annual self-assessment reports by Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Twitter and 7 European trade associations under the Code of Practice on Disinformation. The self-regulatory Code of Practice was launched in October 2018 and is an important pillar of the Action Plan against Disinformation.

Brexit: European Council adopts decision to extend the period under Article 50
The extension will last until 31 January 2020 to allow more time for the ratification of the withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal can take place earlier on 1 December 2019 or 1 January 2020, if the withdrawal agreement is ratified by both parties.

Plenary highlights: EU's 2020 budget, Syria, Sakharov Prize, bees
MEPs called for more funds for climate action, criticised Turkey’s military operation in Syria and voted in favour of plans to protect bees during this week's plenary session in Strasbourg.

MEPs call for sanctions against Turkey over military operation in Syria

Get multinationals to disclose where they pay taxes, MEPs tell member states
MEPs on adopted a resolution urging member states to work on long-overdue rules obliging multinationals to disclose what taxes they pay in each country.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Council adopted conclusions on the Economy of Wellbeing and on the future of work. Ministers also held debates on matching skills and labour market needs and on anti-discrimination.

EU investment budget for 2020: A boost for the climate
MEPs adopted their position on the 2020 EU budget on Wednesday, saying it must provide a “solid starting point to launch the new generation of EU programmes”.

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Third review welcomes progress while identifying steps for improvement
The European Commission publishes its report on the third annual review of the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. The report confirms that the U.S. continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred under the Privacy Shield from the EU to participating companies in the U.S.

Juncker Plan has made major impact on EU jobs and growth

MEPs adopt plan to keep 2020 EU funding for UK in no-deal Brexit scenario
UK researchers, students and farmers should continue to get EU support in the event of a no-deal Brexit, under provisions adopted by the full house.

Christine Lagarde appointed President of the European Central Bank

Main results of the European Council
The European Council adopted conclusions on the MFF, the next institutional cycle, climate change, enlargement, Turkey, illegal drilling activities and MH17.

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached
The European Commission has recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future EU-UK relationship.

Main results of the Special European Council (Art.50)
The European Council (Art. 50) endorsed the revised withdrawal agreement and approved the revised political declaration. On this basis, the European Council (Art. 50) invited the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council to take the necessary steps to ensure that the agreement can enter into force on 1 November 2019, so as to provide for an orderly withdrawal.

European Labour Authority starts its work
The European Labour Authority starts its activities with an inaugural ceremony and the first meeting of its Management Board.

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation
Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019.

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The AgriFish Council agreed on 2020 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, and to supplement the existing partial general approach on the future EMFF. The Council exchanged views on the post 2020 CAP reform package, forestry and the market situation.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

EU trade agreements: delivering new opportunities in time of global economic uncertainties
Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union's trade network - the largest in the world.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council focussed on the situation in Syria, including north-east Syria, and on Turkey's drilling activities. Foreign ministers discussed Ukraine and had an exchange of views with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko.

EU to take action against fake news and foreign electoral interference
Foreign electoral interference seriously threatens European democratic societies to the benefit of anti-EU, right-wing extremist and populist forces, warn MEPs.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed issues related to anti-money laundering and the Wise Persons' Group's report on the European financial architecture. It adopted a Council recommendation on the appointment of a member of the ECB executive board.

October 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 budget 2021-2027: Time to decide
Ahead of the European Council meeting on 17 and 18 October, the European Commission calls on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a fair, balanced and modern long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget
In its latest report about the management of the EU budget, the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers discussed right-wing violent extremism and terrorism, new technologies and internal security, hybrid threats and internal security, the state of play on migration, and the EU’s action against corruption. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, they also reaffirmed the importance of EU common values.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions for the preparations of COP25 as well as on the 8th Environment Action Programme and the circular economy. Ministers held a policy debate on the EU's long-term climate strategy.

New rules make household appliances more sustainable
In a continued effort to reduce Europe's carbon footprint and to make energy bills cheaper for European consumers, the Commission adopted new eco-design measures for products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and televisions.

August 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.4% - EU28 at 6.2%

Security Union: The Commission recommends opening negotiations with Japan on the transfer of Passenger Name Record (PNR) data

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council held an exchange of views on the key policies that should form the basis of a long-term EU strategy on sustainable growth. The strategy is part of the implementation of the new EU Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 adopted by the European Council in June 2019.

Education and training in the EU: supporting teachers is critical to build the European Education Area
Coinciding with the second European Education Summit, the European Commission published the 2019 Education and Training Monitor analysing how education and training is evolving in the EU and its Member States.

Main results of the UN General Assembly, New York
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, addressed world leaders on behalf of the EU at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 26 September. President Tusk stressed that the patriotism of the 21st century must have a global dimension so as not to become a common national egoism.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy)
The Council focused on the draft national energy and climate plans and on the energy sector beyond 2030.

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025
Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council discussed how to decarbonise transport in order to combat climate change and meet the Paris Agreement objectives.

Plenary highlights: Brexit, ECB President, Amazon fires
MEPs reaffirmed support for the EU position on Brexit and backed Christine Lagarde as the next president of the European Central Bank during this week's plenary session.

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018
New figures released by the European Commission show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic.

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position
The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”.

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus
MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+).

European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde
Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council held a policy debate on enhancing respect for the rule of law in the EU. On the basis of a presidency background paper, ministers discussed how the Council could contribute to the overall aim of strengthening the rule of law in the EU, and what specific measures could be used.

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines
The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.

Erasmus+: EU boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change
The European Commission adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness.

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors
The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, they recommend that the Commission improve the way it reaches out to citizens to promote greater participation.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017
EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission. The so-called 'VAT Gap' - or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected - has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high.

Brexit ‘no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019
With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal' scenario.

European citizens' initiatives: Commission registers 3 new initiatives, and finds 1 inadmissible

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme
With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

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

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission
Member States agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commission to ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

Main results of the G7 summit
President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.

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.