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The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan

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1.2.2019 – The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan enters into force on 1 February 2019. Businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan can now take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world. The Economic Partnership Agreement removes the vast majority of the €1 billion of duties paid [...]

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Member States’ commitments to terminate all bilateral investment treaties within the EU

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17.1.2019 – The Commission welcomes EU Member States’ commitments on the legal consequences of the Achmea judgement and in particular their commitment to terminate all bilateral investment treaties (BITs) between themselves. As the Commission has consistently stated, and as outlined in its July 2018 Communication on the Protection of intra-EU investment, the dispute settlement mechanisms provided in these [...]

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Safeguarding competition in aviation and on a modernised road toll system


21.11.2018 – Yesterday, the European Parliament and Council reached two provisional political agreements on legislative proposals from the Commission, in two crucial areas of European mobility. An agreement was reached on new EU rules to safeguard competition in aviation. This regulation will ensure that Europe remains a leader in international aviation, well connected to fast-growing [...]

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Marrakech agreement

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16.11.2018 – A text on immigration, currently being drafted within the framework of the United Nations, constitutes, under the guise of good feelings, a means of putting pressure on Western countries, argues the legal historian. The final version of a document entitled “United Nations Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” is to be [...]

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EU-Japan Summit: a landmark moment for trade and cooperation

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17.7.2018 – The 25th EU-Japan Summit took place today in Tokyo. At the summit, leaders signed two landmark agreements, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which will significantly boost bilateral relations. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan is the biggest ever negotiated by the European Union. It creates an [...]

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Border control agreement


12.2.2018 – Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Fatmir Xhafaj, Minister of Interior of the Republic of Albania, initialled the draft status agreement for operational cooperation between the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and Albania.Once in force, the agreement will allow the Agency to provide assistance in the field of [...]

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Peace and Stability agreement

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14.12.2017-On 11 December the Foreign Affairs Council adopted the decision to establish Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) among 25 Member States and with 17 concrete projects already identified.EU High Representative Mogherini elaborated on six ideas on which she intends submit proposals and rive work forward in the coming weeks: Concrete action to provide a contribution to [...]

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EU-Ukraine Association Agreement fully enters into force


1.9.2017- The Association Agreement, including its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), is the main tool for bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together: it promotes deeper political ties and stronger economic links, as well as respect for common European values. The DCFTA provides a framework for modernizing Ukraine’s trade relations and economic development [...]

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African and European leaders agreed on migration plan

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28.8. 2017- Seven African and European leaders have met in Paris to try to build a new relationship aimed at cutting migration into Europe from northern Africa in return for aid. On Monday, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and Spain agreed to help Chad and Niger with border control to stem the flow of [...]

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EU – Japan economic agreement

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6..7.2017-The European Union and Japan have reached today an agreement in principle on the main elements of an Economic Partnership Agreement. This will be the most important bilateral trade agreement ever concluded by the EU and as such will for the first time include a specific commitment to the Paris climate agreement. For the EU [...]

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European Public Prosecutor’s Office

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8.6.2017 -Today in the Justice council, 20 Member States reached a political agreement on the establishment of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office under enhanced cooperation.The European Parliament will have now to give its consent. Once in place, the independent EU public prosecutor will be equipped with the power to investigate and prosecute criminal cases [...]

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Free WiFi


30.5.2017-The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached tonight a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative and its funding which supports installing free public Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities across the EU: in public squares, piazzas, parks, hospitals and other public spaces. Vice-President in charge of the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip welcomed tonight’s [...]

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End of roaming charges in 15 June 2017

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15.12.2016 negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on an EU-wide approach for the use of the ultra-high frequency band of 700 MHz for mobile services, an important milestone and the first agreement under the Digital Single Market strategy. The 700 MHz band will be made available for [...]

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Agreement between the EU and Cuba


High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, Foreign Ministers of the European Union and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla signed,12.december 2016, the first ever agreement between the EU and Cuba. This Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement constitutes the new legal framework for EU-Cuba relations. It will facilitate an enhanced political dialogue, [...]

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Marrakech climate conference

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The Marrakech climate conference concluded on 19 November 2016 with concrete results to put the Paris Agreement on climate change into action. Almost 200 countries met in Morocco for the annual UN gathering, against the backdrop of the rapid ratification and entry into force of the landmark deal. The Paris Agreement became international law on [...]

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