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Nevyrobia dosť elektriny a zabijú veľa vtákov. Päť mýtov o obnoviteľných zdrojoch
Slovensku chýba komplexná analýza o nákladoch a dopadoch obnoviteľných energií. Pomohla by k skultivovaniu verejnej diskusie a tým aj k rozumnej verejnej politike, píše PAVOL SZALAI.

Slaniská a pieskové duny na južnom Slovensku zachránil eurofondový projekt
Projekt, vďaka ktorému na Slovensku prežili vzácne rastliny gáfrovka ročná alebo limonka Gmelinova uhorská, Európska komisia ho tento rok vybrala medzi päť najlepších projektov podporených z environmentálneho programu LIFE.

Index rodovej rovnosti: Švédsko kraľuje, Portugalsko rýchlo napreduje, Slovensko je na chvoste
Slovensko sa v rámci rodovej rovnosti hýbe dopredu oveľa pomalším tempom ako ostatné štáty EÚ a dokonca prehlbuje odstup svojich výsledkov a priemeru EÚ. Vyplýva to z aktuálneho Indexu rodovej rovnosti 2019, ktorý pripravuje Európsky inštitút pre rodovú rovnosť (EIGE).

Slovensko zvýši klimatický cieľ pre dopravu, budovy a poľnohospodárstvo
V sektoroch mimo obchodovania s emisiami plánujeme byť oveľa ambicióznejší, ako od nás žiada Európska únia, oznámil štátny tajomník envirorezortu Norbert Kurilla. Konkrétne nástroje znižovania emisií zatiaľ štát nepredstavil.

Krajinu tlačil do zmeny ústavy aj názvu. Po fiasku v Bruseli podal severomacedónsky premiér demisiu
Po tom, ako Paríž zablokoval otvorenie rokovaní so Skopje o vstupe do EÚ - napriek tomu, že splnilo všetky požiadavky - vyhlásil premiér Zoran Zaev predčasné voľby.

V celoživotnom vzdelávaní zaostávame za európskym trendom
Slovensko patrí medzi krajiny s najnižším podielom ľudí zúčastňujúcich sa na celoživotnom vzdelávaní. Posledných 15 rokov ich podiel na populácii vo veku 25-64 rokov stagnuje okolo 4 percent

O otvorení prístupových rokovaní so Skopje a Tiranou sa bude opäť diskutovať v máji 2020
Brusel je rozčarovaný: kým dvojica krajín má byť na vstup pripravená, teraz sa zdá, že pripravená nie je Únia. Hoci väčšina zástupcov krajín EÚ bola za otvorenie negociácií s Albánskom a Severným Macedónskom, Paríž rozhodnutie, kde sa vyžaduje jednomyseľnosť, zablokoval.

Nezávislosť súdnictva: Slovensko je v EÚ predposledné
Vo vnímanej nezávislosti súdnictva bolo Slovensko v 2018 na predposlednom mieste. Situácia sa za merané obdobie, od roku 2016, veľmi nezmenila.

Transformácia hornej Nitry: Na tango treba dvoch
Systematická realizácia akčného plánu premeny slovenského uhoľného regiónu sa stále nezačala. Peniaze nestačia, píšu LENKA ILČÍKOVÁ a LÝDIA KŇAZOVIČOVÁ z Priateľov Zeme-CEPA.

Najlepšie možné riešenie brexitu: Nadšenie európskych lídrov môžu schladiť britskí poslanci
Pozmenená dohoda o vystúpení Británie z EÚ je podľa európskych lídrov najlepší možný kompromis. Premiér Bois Johnson je presvedčený, že prejde aj na sobotnom (19. októbra) hlasovaní v britskom parlamente. 

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KDH: Vláda v návrhu rozpočtu zavádza

Podľa predstaviteľov Kresťanskodemokratického hnutia (KDH) vláda v návrhu štátneho rozpočtu na budúci rok zavádza. Ak by využila všetky možnosti a hospodárila zodpovedne, rozpočet mohol byť vyrovnaný ako v roku 2019, tak aj v roku 2020. Europoslanec a člen Predsedníctva KDH Ivan Štefanec upozorňuje na to, že napriek tomu, že vláda vyberá stále viac, tak tieto …

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Každý šiesty Slovák je ohrozený chudobou. Štatistiky napriek tomu ukazujú výrazne zlepšenie

BRATISLAVA / Na Slovensku je každý šiesty obyvateľ ohrozený chudobou, situácia sa za desať rokov ale výrazne zlepšila. Rizikom chudoby alebo sociálneho vylúčenia je u nás ohrozených približne 872 000 osôb. Slovensko má tretí najnižší podiel takto ohrozených obyvateľov spomedzi 28 štátov Európskej únie, potvrdili výsledky Zisťovania o príjmoch a životných podmienkach za rok 2018. Zo …

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Filmy, ktoré postúpili do finále Filmovej ceny LUX, sa budú premietať aj v slovenských kinách

Aj na Slovensku si budete môcť pozrieť tri filmy, ktoré sa dostali do finále Filmovej ceny LUX. Počas novembra ich budú vysielať v bratislavskom kine Lumiére a košickom kine Úsmev. Jedným z nich je dokument o politickej vražde – Odložený prípad Hammarskjöld, ďalší je thriller o moci a korupcii – Kráľovstvo a trojicu uzatvára snímka …

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Zvýšiť export zo Slovenska do Južnej Ameriky môže aj dohoda EÚ so združením Mercosur

BRATISLAVA – Zvýšiť export tovarov a služieb zo Slovenska do krajín Južnej Ameriky môže aj obchodná dohoda Európskej únie so združením Mercosur. V súčasnosti okolo 250 slovenských firiem vyváža do krajín Mercosuru (Argentína, Brazília, Paraguaj, Uruguaj) tovary a služby v objeme 85 mil. eur. Vyplýva to z informácií, ktoré poskytlo Zastúpenie Európskej komisie na Slovensku. …

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Z Veľkej Británie by pre brexit mohlo odísť niekoľko tisíc slovenských stavebných remeselníkov

BRATISLAVA – Po očakávanom vystúpení Veľkej Británie z Európskej únie (brexit) by z ostrovnej krajiny mohlo odísť niekoľko tisíc slovenských remeselníkov v rôznych stavebných profesiách. Ako očakáva Zväz stavebných podnikateľov Slovenska (ZSPS), niektorí z nich sa môžu vrátiť na Slovensko, ostatní pravdepodobne odídu do iných krajín EÚ, kde sa dohovoria anglicky. “Čo sa týka dopadov …

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Európska migračná agenda po štyroch rokoch: Žiadna krajina nedokáže túto zložitú situáciu riešiť sama

Pred októbrovým zasadnutím Európskej rady Komisia predložila správu o kľúčovom pokroku, ktorý sa dosiahol od roku 2015 v rámci Európskej migračnej agendy. Zameriava sa pritom na kroky, ktoré EÚ prijala od poslednej správy o pokroku z marca 2019. Stanovuje v nej aj tie oblasti, na ktorých treba ďalej pracovať, aby sme sa dokázali vyrovnať so …

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Štát zamedzí špekuláciám pri cenotvorbe liekov, zavedie nové pravidlá

BRATISLAVA – Štát zamedzí špekuláciám pri cenotvorbe liekov. Ceny liekov na Slovensku sa v súčasnosti určujú ako priemer troch najlacnejších spomedzi európskych krajín. Niektoré farmaceutické spoločnosti však chceli zachovať vyššiu cenu lieku, a preto dodávali jedinečné veľkosti balení liekov. Nebolo teda možné k nim zistiť ceny v zahraničí a určiť priemer troch najlacnejších v Európskej …

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EUROBAROMETER: Vo vnímaní nezávislosti súdov je Slovensko opäť na chvoste Európskej únie

BRATISLAVA – Vo vnímaní nezávislosti súdnictva je Slovensko opäť na chvoste Európskej únie. Vyplýva to z aktuálnych dát Eurobarometra, ktoré zverejnil portál Euractiv.sk. Iba 28% Slovákov si myslí, že slovenské súdy sú nezávislé, o opaku je presvedčených 60% Slovákov. Zvyšných 12% sa nevedelo vyjadriť. Medzi najlepšie hodnotené krajiny už tradične patria Dánsko, Fínsko a Rakúsko, …

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PREHĽAD: Toto je program europarlamentu, riešiť bude najmä brexit a budúcoročný rozpočet EÚ

Toto je prehľad vybraných tém, ktorými sa bude zaoberať Európsky parlament počas plenárnej schôdze v dňoch 21. – 24. októbra 2019 v Štrasburgu Hodnotenie Junckerovej Komisie pred koncom jej funkčného obdobia Poslanci v utorok počas rozpravy so Jeanom-Claudom Junckerom zhodnotia výsledky odchádzajúceho kolégia komisárov, na čele ktorého stál ostatných päť rokov. Závery októbrového samitu lídrov …

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SNS nepodporí obchodnú dohodu medzi EÚ a krajinami Južnej Ameriky v združení Mercosur

BRATISLAVA – Slovenská národná strana (SNS) bude v tomto i nasledujúcom parlamente hlasovať proti uzavretej obchodnej dohode medzi Európskou úniou (EÚ) a krajinami Južnej Ameriky v združení Mercosur (Argentína, Brazília, Paraguaj, Uruguaj). Podpredsedníčka vlády a ministerka pôdohospodárstva a rozvoja vidieka Gabriela Matečná (SNS) to zdôvodňuje vážnymi rizikami v oblasti bezpečnosti potravín, veterinárnymi a rastlinolekárskymi rizikami, …

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Komisia uverejnila zoznam karanténnych škodcov rastlín na území EÚ

Komisia uverejnila zoznam 20 regulovaných karanténnych škodcov, ktorých určila ako prioritných škodcov. Medzi nimi sú druhy ako Xylella fastidiosa, chrústovec japonský, fúzač ázijský a pôvodcovia „zelenavosti“ citrusov a čiernej škvrnitosti citrusov, ktorých hospodársky, environmentálny a spoločenský vplyv je na území EÚ najviac citeľný. Členské štáty budú povinné vykonať informačné kampane pre verejnosť a ročné prieskumy a …

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Lucia Nicholsonová: Prekáža mi, že poslanci v mojom výbore odmietajú šetriť na výdavkoch

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Michal Šimečka o dezinformáciách: Nikto nechce potláčať slobodu prejavu, problémom sú klamstvá

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Eugen Jurzyca o ochrane prírody: V prípadoch, kde nie je medzinárodný dopad, nemá EÚ zasahovať

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Martin Hojsík vysvetľuje, prečo by sme na Slovensku mali vyhlásiť stav klimatickej núdze

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Johnson súťaží s časom, presviedča poslancov pred sobotňajším hlasovaním

BRATISLAVA – Britský premiér Boris Johnson v piatok telefonuje poslancom Dolnej snemovne britského parlamentu zo všetkých možných politických strán, aby si zaistil podporu aspoň niektorých z nich pre novú dohodu o brexite, ktorú vyrokovali vyjednávači Veľkej Británie a Európskej únie vo štvrtok v Bruseli. Keďže Johnsonov koaličný partner, severoírska Demokratická unionistická strana (DUP), trvá na …

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Štátnici EÚ rokovali na samite dlhých 5 hodín. Tému brexitu ale zatienila rozprava o vstupe Albánska a Severného Macedónska

BRUSEL / Dlhých päť hodín v noci rokovali európski štátnici, ale nie o brexite. Novú dohodu o odchode lídri odsúhlasili hneď. Potom prišli tvrdé debaty o prístupových rokovaniach so Severným Macedónskom a Albánskom. Nakoniec sa štátnici ani nedohodli. Slovensko, ako aj celá V4 boli po samite sklamané. Veľkú Britániu na samite zatienili Severné Macedónsko a Albánsko. …

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Pellegrini: Eurokomisárka Jourová je ochotná Slovensku pomôcť v oblasti očisty justície

BRATISLAVA – Eurokomisárka pre spravodlivosť Věra Jourová je ochotná Slovensku pomôcť pri legislatívnych zmenách v súdnictve, prokuratúre a polícii. Prisľúbila to premiérovi Petrovi Pellegrinimu (Smer-SD) na spoločnom stretnutí s tým, že právny štát a nezávislé súdnictvo sú základnými piliermi demokratickej spoločnosti. Na Slovensku sa v ostatnej dobe objavili viaceré podozrenia, ktoré naznačujú zneužívanie systému zo …

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Lídri EÚ sa nedohodli na prístupových rokovaniach s Albánskom a Severným Macedónskom

BRUSEL – Lídri členských štátov Európskej únie (EÚ) sa nedohodli na začatí prístupových rokovaní Albánska a Severného Macedónska. Proti tomuto kroku sa postavil francúzsky prezident Emmanuel Macron, ktorý trvá na zlepšení postupov rozšírenia bloku a až potom prijímaní nových krajín, či Holandsko, ktoré je proti albánskej kandidatúre. Obe krajiny pritom očakávali schválenie prístupových rokovaní, ktoré …

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Lídri EÚ by mali v druhý rokovací deň diskutovať o dlhodobom rozpočte EÚ

BRUSEL – Lídri Európskej únie (EÚ) budú v druhý rokovací deň európskeho samitu diskutovať o dlhodobom rozpočte EÚ, tzv. viacročnom finančnom rámci (VFR) na roky 2021 až 2027, na základe práce fínskeho predsedníctva. Od vedúcich predstaviteľov sa očakáva, že prediskutujú celkovú úroveň, financovanie, objemy hlavných oblastí politiky, ako aj podmienky a stimuly. Diskusia by mala …

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

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.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the EU-Ukraine summit
At the 21st EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, leaders reaffirmed the strength of the political and economic ties between the EU and Ukraine. They discussed the implementation of the association agreement and the way ahead for EU-Ukraine relations.

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.

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.

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

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.

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'.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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).

Main results of the General Affairs Council (Cohesion)

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.

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).

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 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.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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.

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

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.

European Commission increases support for the EU's beekeeping sector

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