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UK voted to leave 52%


Joint statement by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, Mark Rutte, holder of the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, on the outcome of the United Kingdom referendum: “In a free and democratic process, the British people [...]

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Nijmegen Green capital 2018

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Nijmegen and Galway’s commitment to a better urban environment was recognised by the European Commission. The Dutch city of Nijmegenhas won the European Green Capital Award for 2018. The award, which recognises the efforts made by municipal authorities to improving the urban environment, was presented by Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General of DG Environment at the [...]

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New rules to tackle corporate tax avoidance

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The Commission has welcomed today’s agreement by Member States on their general approach for far-reaching new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. First proposed by the Commission in January, these legally-binding rules were agreed swiftly to spur global efforts to clamp down on aggressive tax planning. They are particularly timely given [...]

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June infringements’ package this time without Slovenia

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In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas (see Annex I and II), aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and [...]

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Pogress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement


15 June 2016 the Commission adopted its second report on the EU-Turkey Statement showing that while there has been further good progress in its implementation, progress achieved so far remains fragile. The continued successful implementation depends mainly on the political determination of all parties involved. The sharp and continued decrease of people crossing irregularly or [...]

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EU prepares the way for a ratification of Paris Agreement

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The European Commission today presented a proposal for the European Union to ratify the Paris Agreement, the world’s first universal, legally binding deal to tackle climate change. The Commission’s proposal comes just weeks after the EU and 174 countries signed the landmark agreement at a ceremony. EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias [...]

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Rules on property regimes for international couples

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On 9 June 2016, 18 member states reached a general approach on two regulations aimed at determining the rules applicable to property regimes for married couples or registered partners in cross-border situations (i.e. couples of different EU nationalities and/or who own properties in a another EU member state).The regulations aim to determine which court will [...]

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Turkey-EU Counter Terrorism Dialogue

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In the framework of their regular exchanges on counter-terrorism, Turkey and the European Union held the Turkey-EU Counter-Terrorism (CT) Dialogue in Brussels on 8 June 2016. Terrorism poses a direct threat to our countries and our citizens. The EU and Turkey recognised the importance of the need to work together closely as key partners and [...]

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On the extension of the glyphosate in the EU, again on 23 June


Advocacy groups seized a World Health Organization’s report from last year, which connected the active ingredient glyphosate in Roundup to cancer. They prompt key players, including Germany and France, to publicly back away from what the industry and the European Commission thought would be a no-hassle vote, after food safety officials declared in November 2015 [...]

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Culture and international relations – new EU strategy

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The strategy adopted in June 2016  is in line with the Commission’s priority to make the EU a stronger global actor. Culture can play a crucial role in strengthening international partnerships. The ‘Strategy for international cultural relations’ presented by the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy aims at [...]

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Eurogroup reaches breakthrough for Greece


Eurogroup agreement on the 25 May 2016 represents a breakthrough in several ways. It opens the way not only for the disbursement of the second tranche of the ESM programme amounting to EUR 10.3 bn but also for measures on debt relief, which will be implemented on a gradual basis. Above all, it will serve [...]

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Commission awards €25 million to the European Asylum Support Office in Greece

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The European Commission has awarded €25 million in emergency funding on 24 May 2016 to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to enhance its capacity to further support the Greek authorities. These additional resources will be used to support the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement and the EU emergency relocation scheme. The funding is provided [...]

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World Humanitarian Summit

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On the occasion of the World Humanitarian Summit on 23-24 May in Istanbul, Turkey, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, have issued the following statement: “Every day, thousands of innocent people are the victims of natural [...]

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56 million aid to migrants in Greece

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The European Commission has awarded €56 million in emergency funding to improve conditions for migrants in Greece, to increase the capacities of the Greek authorities to register newly arriving migrants and to process their asylum claims. €46 million is provided under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and €10 million comes from the Internal [...]

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President Juncker appoints the Special Envoy for freedom of religion and beliefs


Speaking at the Vatican today on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis, President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his decision to appoint Mr Ján Figeľ (former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth from 2004-2009) as the first Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside [...]

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