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10 Sep
European Council commissioners

European Council adopts list of candidates for appointment as Commissioner

The European Council today (10 September) adopted the list of persons whom it proposes for appointment as members of the Commission until 31 October 2024. Under Article 17 of the Treaty on European Union, the list is adopted by the Council by common accord with the President‑elect of the Commission. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen […]

11 Jul
budget for EU 2020

2020 EU budget: European Council agrees its position

EU ambassadors yesterday, 10 July, agreed the Council’s position on the 2020 EU draft budget. Once formally adopted by the Council, this will serve as a mandate for the presidency in negotiations with the European Parliament. In total, the Council’s position for next year’s budget amounts to €166.8 billion in commitments and €153.1 billion in […]

09 Jul
spain 2019 and 2020 economy and employment

European Council: Spain is not projected to comply with the requirements of the transitional debt rule in 2019 and 2020

Spain & European Council. Recommendation for a Council Recommendation on the 2019 National Reform Programme of Spain and delivering a Council opinion on the 2019 Stability Programme of Spain. In 2020, in view of Spain’s general government debt-to-GDP ratio, which is above the 60 %- of-GDP Treaty reference value, and projected positive output gap of […]

08 Jul
Sustainable development goals European Council

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the world: European Council adopts conclusions

The European Council today (8 July) adopted conclusions welcoming the publication of the first joint synthesis report of the EU and its member states on “Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the world” as an important contribution to EU reporting at the High Level Political Forum in 2019. The Council welcomes the collective contribution […]

03 Jul
new leaders European Union 2019

European Council appoints new EU leaders

European Council appoints new EU leaders. The European Council elected yesterday, 2 Jul, Charles Michel as President of the European Council. The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The mandate of two and a half years of the President of the European Council is renewable once. The […]

26 Jun
crowdfunding European Council June 2019

European Council sets its position on easier access to crowdfunding platforms

Capital markets union: European Council sets its position on easier access to crowdfunding platforms. As part of its efforts to improve access by investors and businesses to new financing sources, the EU is setting out a new regulatory framework for the operation of crowdfunding platforms. This new framework makes it easier for crowdfunding platforms to […]

18 Jun
european travel document European Council

European Council adopts directive for an EU emergency travel document (ETD)

Today, June 18, the European Council adopted a directive on an EU emergency travel document. That is how EU is facilitating consular protection for unrepresented citizens of the EU in third countries by simplifying the issuing of safe and widely accepted emergency travel documents. The negotiations on this file were concluded under the Romanian Presidency […]

14 Jun
robotisation, new forms of work European Union

New forms of work (digitalisation, robotisation…) : European Council conclusions

The European Council yesterday, June 13, adopted conclusions on the changing world of work and the emergence of new forms of work. The conclusions focus on occupational health and safety in relation to digitalisation, robotisation, use of artificial intelligence and the development of the digital platform economy. The conclusions also recognise that the emerging new […]

06 Jun
entrepreneurs European Union

Giving entrepreneurs a second chance: new rules on business insolvency adopted today by the European Council

Entrepreneurs. The EU is giving reputable bankrupt entrepreneurs a second chance, and making it easier for viable enterprises in financial difficulties to access preventive restructuring frameworks at an early stage to prevent insolvency. In this sense, the European Council formally adopted today, 6 June, the directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, second chance and measures to […]

27 May
European Council WTO ecommerce

E-commerce: European Council adopts supplementary mandate for WTO negotiations

The European Council today (May 27) adopted a negotiating mandate to enable the Commission to participate in plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce. In January 2019, in the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the European Union and 48 other members of the WTO decided to start negotiations to put in place global rules on electronic commerce. Ştefan-Radu Oprea, Minister for […]


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