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Tusk cements EU-Ukraine partnership, urges unity 13 July 2017, 21:56 CET
The EU cemented its partnership with Ukraine at a summit Thursday, as Council president Donald Tusk urged the country to keep 'your unity at any cost, and avoid like the plague internal conflicts.'

EU finance ministers approve plan for bad loans 13 July 2017, 13:58 CET
EU finance ministers at their Council meeting Wednesday approved an action plan to address the problem of non-performing loans in the banking sector, to reduce stocks and prevent their future emergence.

Paris climate agreement irreversible, rest of world tells Trump 09 July 2017, 23:51 CET
Leaders of the non U.S. G20 members confirmed Saturday that the Paris Agreement is irreversible and endorsed the G20 Hamburg climate and energy action plan for growth.

Tiny Estonia takes over EU presidency 03 July 2017, 23:59 CET
Estonia's first EU presidency began on 1 July with a focus on an innovative European economy, safety and security, digital Europe and free movement of data, and an inclusive and sustainable Europe.

Priorities of the Estonian presidency of the European Council 03 July 2017, 17:01 CET
The motto of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union is 'Unity through balance'. "We believe that Europe has plenty of common ground to come together to successfully tackle all the challenges and make the most of all the possibilities that face us today. We must facilitate openness in both our economy and society, while also ensuring safety and security. Our role is to find a balance between the different views, traditions and interests in Europe today to achieve the best possible outcome for European citizens." The four priorities of the Estonian Presidency are:

EU extends sanctions on Russia for another six months 28 June 2017, 22:53 CET
The EU Council agreed a formal extension of economic sanctions on Russia Wednesday, targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy Wednesday, until 31 January 2018.

Security takes centre stage at EU summit 22 June 2017, 22:37 CET
EU leaders in Brussels for a two-day summit Thursday agreed to cement European cooperation in defence, and called on social media companies to prevent the spread of terrorist material on the Internet.

Counter-terrorism is EU's highest security priority 20 June 2017, 18:30 CET
Counter-terrorism is the highest security priority for the EU, foreign affairs ministers declared at their Council meeting Monday, as they debated the EU response to the recent attacks in the EU and beyond.

Dieselgate: EU states agree stricter rules on car emissions 29 May 2017, 23:36 CET
Nearly two years after the VW car emissions scandal, EU Member States came to an agreement Monday to reform the system of type-approval and market surveillance for motor vehicles.

Values first, Europe tells President Trump 25 May 2017, 23:48 CET
"The greatest task today is to consolidate the free world around Western values, not just interests," EU Council President Tusk told US President Donald Trump when he met European leaders Thursday.

EU agrees system to resolve double taxation disputes 25 May 2017, 23:49 CET
EU finance ministers agreed Tuesday on a new system intended to help resolve disputes which arise between Member States from the interpretation of agreements on the elimination of double taxation.

EU Council authorises start of Brexit talks 22 May 2017, 23:27 CET
The EU Council of 27 Member States formally authorised the beginning of talks with the UK Monday, following the notification of its intention to leave the EU. The Commission was nominated as the EU negotiator.

Free trade deals cannot be agreed by EU alone: EU Court 16 May 2017, 15:33 CET
The EU Commission cannot conclude trade deals without the approval of national parliaments,when they contain investment dispute systems that supersede national courts, the EU's top court ruled on Tuesday.

EU 27 united in adopting guidelines for Brexit talks 30 April 2017, 00:00 CET
A special European Council of 27 EU member states showed a united stance Saturday in adopting the guidelines for the upcoming Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom.

EU green light for tougher controls on firearms 26 April 2017, 23:09 CET
EU ministers gave the green light Tuesday to a revision of the firearms directive, which provides for more rigorous controls on the acquisition and possession of firearms.

EU spectrum boost for connectivity in run-up to 5G 26 April 2017, 18:38 CET
The EU adopted a decision on opening the 700 MHz frequency band for wireless broadband services Tuesday, in order to boost mobile connectivity and drive the roll-out of 5G technology.

Syria must go forward without Assad, says EU 04 April 2017, 15:13 CET
Ahead of a two-day conference in Brussels on the future of Syria, European foreign ministers set out their objectives for the country Monday, which do not include a future for president Bashar al-Assad.

Brexit guidelines: no trade talks until progress on divorce 03 April 2017, 12:49 CET
EU president Donald Tusk presented the European Council's draft negotiating guidelines on the upcoming Brexit negotiations Friday, foreseeing difficult, complex and even confrontational talks ahead.

'No winners' as UK formally notifies EU of intention to leave 29 March 2017, 15:40 CET
The British government duly delivered a letter from Prime Minister Theresa May to the European Council Wednesday, notifying it of the United Kingdom's intention to leave the European Union.

Tusk calls summit for 29 April to set Brexit guidelines 22 March 2017, 00:18 CET
EU Council president Donald Tusk, called European Council for 29th April Tuesday, where EU leaders will adopt the guidelines for the Brexit talks, set in motion by triggering of Article 50, expected 29th March.

EU leaders strive for unity as they prepare for Brexit 10 March 2017, 22:26 CET
European leaders left Brussels Friday after a two-day summit ended with a show of unity as they prepare for the EU's 60th birthday celebrations later this month and for a future without Britain.

Tusk re-elected EU president despite Polish objection 09 March 2017, 23:36 CET
European leaders at a summit in Brussels Thursday re-elected Donald Tusk as European Council president, despite angry objection from the eurosceptic right-wing government of his home country Poland.

EU bolsters defence against new forms of terrorism 08 March 2017, 13:41 CET
The EU bolstered its defence against terrorist attacks Tuesday by criminalising acts such as undertaking training or travelling for terrorist purposes, as well as organising or facilitating such travel.

EU defence ministers agree joint military HQ 07 March 2017, 11:49 CET
EU foreign affairs and defence ministers agreed Monday to establish joint military headquarters for the planning and conduct of non-executive military missions initially in Somalia, Central Africa and Mali.

EU agrees position on emissions trading reform 02 March 2017, 12:52 CET
EU environment ministers reached an agreement Tuesday on the revision of the Emission Trading System, opting for more ambitious policy changes than agreed by the European Parliament.