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Innovation focus for EU's new industrial strategy 19 September 2017, 20:41 CET
A 'smart, innovative and sustainable industry' is the goal of the EU's new industrial strategy, launched by the European Commission Monday in the wake of last week's 'state of the Union' address.

Brussels unveils its new 'progressive trade policy' 14 September 2017, 17:45 CET
Following yesterday's State of the Union speech, the EU Commission unveiled Thursday a package of trade and investment proposals including to open talks for trade deals with Australia and New Zealand.

Britain will regret leaving the European Union: Juncker 13 September 2017, 17:58 CET
Britain's departure from the European Union in March 2019 would be "a very sad and tragic moment in our history", said EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker Wednesday, and they will regret it.

State of the Union 2017 13 September 2017, 15:43 CET
On Wednesday 13 September 2017, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, delivered his annual speech on the State of the European Union at the European Parliament. The speech takes stock of Europe's current political and economic landscape. It is an opportunity to review the work of the EU over the past year, and to look ahead to the priorities of the coming year.

Start negotiating seriously, EU tells United Kingdom 29 August 2017, 00:26 CET
The European Commission's chief negotiator Michel Barnier told the United Kingdom Monday that it needed to start "negotiating seriously" if progress was to be made on British withdrawal from the EU.

EU Commission's new Diversity and Inclusion Charter 20 July 2017, 23:53 CET
A new Diversity and Inclusion Charter and fresh action to reach at least 40 per cent women in management by 2019 are two key features of the Commission's new human resources strategy. The purpose is to create a better workplace for all – including women, staff with disabilities, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersex (LGBTI) staff and older staff. Concrete steps will be taken to make best use of the talent of all of the Commission's employees.

State of play of Article 50 talks 14 July 2017, 12:12 CET
The United Kingdom triggered Article 50 on 29 March 2017. What has happened since then on the EU side?

EU 'mobility package' targets road transport 01 June 2017, 00:59 CET
The Commission laid out plans Wednesday to modernise European mobility and transport, aiming for a transition to clean energy and digitalisation that is 'social fair' as well as remaining competitive.

EU maps out road to deeper Monetary Union 01 June 2017, 01:01 CET
Following on from its White Paper on the Future of Europe earlier this year, the EU Commission set out Wednesday potential options for deepening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union.

Brussels proposes EUR 161 bn EU Budget for 2018 31 May 2017, 00:29 CET
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday a draft EU budget for 2018 of EUR 161 billion with a focus on job creation, especially for young people, and a boost to growth and strategic investments.

Article 50 talks with the United Kingdom - documents 22 May 2017, 23:16 CET
The European Commission's transparency policy for the Brexit negotiations aims to ensure full transparency during the whole negotiating process. Commission negotiating documents which are shared with EU Member States, the European Council, the European Parliament, the Council, national parliaments, and the United Kingdom will be released to the public and will be published here. These documents include, but are not limited to: Agendas for negotiating rounds; EU position papers; Non-papers; EU text proposals.

Barnier urges transparency and trust in Brexit talks 17 May 2017, 23:43 CET
Speaking to a European Parliament plenary session which underlined the EU's united approach, chief negotiator Michel Barnier called for transparency and trust in the upcoming Brexit talks with the UK.

Quick, painless Brexit talks an illusion: Barnier 03 May 2017, 14:51 CET
Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, said Wednesday it was an illusion that Brexit would have no material impact on people's lives or that talks could be concluded quickly and painlessly.

Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom 03 May 2017, 14:47 CET
European Commission task force in charge of preparing and conducting the negotiations with the UK, taking into account the framework of its future relationship with the European Union.

Commission draft negotiating directives for Article 50 negotiations with the UK - Q&A 03 May 2017, 14:43 CET
Q&A on the European Commission's draft negotiating directives for Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom, adopted on 3 May 2017.

EU debates options for the future of Europe 02 March 2017, 12:52 CET
President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker presented a White Paper to the European Parliament Wednesday outlining five possible paths for the EU to take in the coming years post-Brexit.

Germany can do more to help eurozone, says EU 23 February 2017, 22:35 CET
With its persistently high current account surplus, Germany could do more to help the eurozone economy, the European Commission said Wednesday in its annual analysis of EU Member States' economies.

Comitology Procedure Reforms 15 February 2017, 00:41 CET
The European Commission proposed on 14 February to amend the EU's Comitology Regulation, increasing transparency and accountability in the procedures for implementation of EU legislation.

Brussels proposes changes to EU decision-making process 15 February 2017, 00:40 CET
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday to EU's decision-making process, in a bid to increase transparency and accountability in procedures for implementing EU legislation.

High uncertainty surrounds EU growth forecasts 15 February 2017, 00:27 CET
The economy in Europe will continue a resilient recovery, according to the EU's winter forecast, but uncertainty from the U.S. and from Brexit is likely to muddy choppy waters.

Canada-EU talks mull trade investment court 14 December 2016, 00:03 CET
The EU Commission and Canada co-hosted Tuesday the first exploratory discussions with government representatives from around the world on establishing a multilateral investment court.

Brexit talks could be over by October 2018 06 December 2016, 13:57 CET
Negotiations with the United kingdom over withdrawal from the European Union could be over in 18 months, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.

Brexit, political uncertainty reel back EU growth forecasts 10 November 2016, 11:23 CET
The EU Commission trimmed its growth forecast for the European economy Wednesday, with political uncertainty, Brexit and weak global trade weighing on growth prospects.

Commission outlines work programme for 2017 26 October 2016, 13:39 CET
The Juncker Commission presented its third annual Work Programme Tuesday, aiming to "deliver a Europe that protects, empowers and defends", and a focus on the big challenges that Europe faces.

EU needs better spending to regain citizens' trust 17 October 2016, 22:51 CET
The new president of the EU's Court of Auditors has called on the EU to improve its accounts by delivering better value for money and more transparency, and ensure its financial rules are correctly applied.