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Top Stories from the European Council - 13-17 Nov 2017

17 November 2017, 00:56 CET
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16 November 2017

Joint statement of the Estonian Presidency and the European Commission on behalf of the EU at COP23 UN Climate Change Conference

The Estonian Presidency and the European Commission delivered a joint statement on behalf of the European Union and its member states at the UN Climate Change Conference during the COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 1.2 high-level segment.


Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs/Budget Council of 17 November 2017

Main agenda items, approximate timing, public sessions and press opportunities.


Indicative programme - General Affairs and General Affairs (Art. 50) Councils of 20 November 2017

Main agenda items, approximate timing, public sessions and press opportunities.


Fourth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the European Union and Serbia

15 November 2017

EU resettlement framework: Council ready to start negotiations

Coreper endorsed a mandate for negotiations on a regulation establishing an EU resettlement framework for the admission of persons in need of international protection.


Banking: Creditor hierarchy, IFRS 9/large exposures rules approved

The Council approved a deal with the European Parliament on bank creditor hierarchy and arrangements for the IFRS 9 international accounting standard.


Ninth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between Albania and the EU

The Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) between Albania and the European Union held its ninth meeting on 15 November 2017.


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against the Republic of Guinea

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1934 of 23 October 2017 amending Decision 2010/638/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the Republic of Guinea


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures against the leadership of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1935 of 23 October 2017 amending Decision 2010/573/CFSP concerning restrictive measures against the leadership of the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova


Synergies and simplification for cohesion policy post-2020: Council adopts conclusions

On 15 November 2017, the Council adopted conclusions on synergies and simplification for cohesion policy post-2020.

14 November 2017

Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the members of the European Council ahead of the Leaders' Agenda discussion on education and culture

President Donald Tusk sent the invitation letter and the note on education and culture to the members of the European Council for their meetings on 17 November 2017 in Gothenburg.


Conclusions of the 48th meeting of the European Economic Area Council

On 14 November 2017, the European Economic Area Council adopted conclusions assessing the functioning of the EEA agreement.


Indicative programme - General Affairs Council (Cohesion) of 15 November 2017

Main agenda items, approximate timing, public sessions and press opportunities.


Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on President Al-Bashir's visit to Uganda

On 14 November 2017, the High Representative Federica Mogherini issued a declaration on behalf of the European Union on President Al-Bashir's visit to Uganda.


Press statement of the ASEAN-EU commemorative summit on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-EU dialogue relations

Following the ASEAN-EU summit marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-EU relations, the leaders agreed on a joint statement


Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the ASEAN-EU commemorative summit in Manila

Donald Tusk represented the EU at the ASEAN-EU Summit marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN-EU relations.

13 November 2017

Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Borut Pahor on his re-election as President of the Republic of Slovenia

President Donald Tusk congratulates Borut Pahor on his re-election as President of the Republic of Slovenia


Security and defence cooperation: Council highlights the significant progress made

The Council adopted conclusions on security and defence in the context of the EU Global Strategy.


Defence cooperation: 23 member states sign joint notification on the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden notify the High Representative and the Council of their intention to join the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).


Op-ed article by President Donald Tusk: "In a changing world, Asia and Europe need to deepen ties"

Ahead of his participation at the ASEAN-EU and East Asia summits, President Donald Tusk published an op'ed to outline the deep friendship between Asia and Europe.


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