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March 2019 infringements package: key decisions
In its March 2019 monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against EU Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Auditors examine effectiveness of EU fight against superbugs
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU action against superbugs, including bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics, to assess the relevance and effectiveness of EU contributions and support.

Commission is circular economy champion: WEF
The EU Commission received the 2019 Circular Economy prize at the World Economic Forum Monday, in recognition of its work to accelerate the EU's transition towards a circular economy.

Brussels adopts negotiating mandates for trade deal with the United States
The EU Commission adopted Friday proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

'Damage control' Brexit agreement as UK ministers resign
Following Wednesday's agreement between EU Commission and the United Kingdom on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement, ministers have resigned including the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Commission Work Programme 2019
The European Commission presented on 24 October its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challenges; and presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27 reinforcing the foundations for a strong, united and sovereign Europe.

European Commission Opinion on the 2019 draft budgetary plan of Italy
The European Commission identified on 23 October in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018.

EU puts forward ideas to reform 'outdated' WTO
A day after US President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, the EU put forward proposals to upgrade World Trade Organisation rules, which it says are outdated and often ignored.

Towards a new Africa - Europe Alliance
In his State of the Union 2018 address on 12 September, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker outlined Commission proposals for a new 'Africa – Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs'.

State of the Union 2018: stronger anti-money laundering supervision
In the 2018 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker proposed stronger anti-money laundering supervision for a 'stable banking and financial sector'.

Juncker 'State of Union' speech focuses on migration issues
EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker used his 'State of the Union' address to the European Parliament Wednesday to put forward a raft of measures to tackle Europe's migration crisis.

Brussels looks to end clock changes in Europe
The EU Commission intends to put forward proposals for ending daylight saving clock changes in Europe, following preliminary results of a public consultation on clock changes, published on Friday.

EU warns of impact of Brexit on rest of Europe
The EU Commission warned Thursday of the repercussions of Brexit for citizens and businesses in both the United Kingdom and the EU, as it prepares for all outcomes of the United Kingdom's exit from the EU.

Brexit preparedness
Information on the European Commission's work to prepare for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU, including notices to stakeholders, legislative initiatives and other preparedness activities.

Member States' compliance with EU law - Annual Report 2017
The European Commission's Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2017. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published on 12 July, and marking the 25th anniversary of the EU Single Market, shows that whilst most barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital are being eliminated, in some fields the situation is stalling or even worsening.

Trade tensions with US hitting EU growth
Growth is set to remain strong in 2018 and 2019, at 2.1 per cent this year and 2 per cent next year, according to the EU's latest economic forecast, but growing trade tensions with the US could hit growth.

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Publication of draft Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom
The European Commission published on 28 February the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom.

EU legislative priorities for 2018-2019 - Joint Declaration
The leaders of the three EU institutions, European Commission, Parliament and Council signed today on 14 December 2017 the new Joint Declaration on the EU's legislative priorities for 2018-2019.

Brussels presents plan for European Monetary Fund
The EU Commission presented Tuesday a roadmap for deepening Economic and Monetary Union, including plans for a European finance minister and the establishment of a European Monetary Fund.

Juncker sets up task force on 'doing less more efficiently'
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker established a new task force on Tuesday, the 'Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality' tasked with 'Doing Less More Efficiently'.

2018 Commission Work Programme
The European Commission presented on 24 October 2017 the 2018 Commission Work Programme for completing the work on its ten political priorities before the end of the Juncker mandate, as well as a series of forward-looking initiatives for the future of Europe.

Innovation focus for EU's new industrial strategy
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'
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
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.