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Brussels proposes EUR 161 bn EU Budget for 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Brussels conference pledges support for Afghanistan
An international conference has pledged support worth a total of EUR 13.6 bn, cementing a 'partnership for prosperity and peace' between the Afghan government and the international community.

EU-Afghanistan relations
The European Union has a long-term partnership with Afghanistan. Since 2002, the European Union has provided EUR 3.66 billion in development and humanitarian aid, making it the fourth largest donor in support of the Afghan people. Afghanistan is also the largest beneficiary of EU development assistance; together with its Member States, the European Union contributes more than EUR 1 billion in development assistance per year to Afghanistan.

Lobbyists register to be mandatory for all EU institutions
The Commission proposed Wednesday that its 'Transparency Register' evolve into a mandatory system covering all EU institutions.

Brussels consults on tax haven blacklist
The EU Commission has released a first list of countries suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, leaving EU Member States to choose which countries deserve closer scrutiny of their taxation practices.

Juncker sets up Task Force for Brexit talks
Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has set up a Task Force to prepare for and conduct negotiations with the United Kingdom over leaving the European Union under under Article 50.

State of the Union: Juncker addresses EU's key challenges
In his 2016 State of the Union address to the European Parliament, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said the Union was facing key challenges of populism, unemployment and social injustice.

Commission confirms Spain, Portugal missed budgetary targets
The European Commission confirmed Thursday that Spain and Portugal will not correct their excessive deficit by recommended deadlines, and that they risk financial sanctions.

2017 EU Budget prioritises growth, jobs and migrant crisis
A draft EU Budget for 2017 of EUR 134.9 bn, proposed by the EU Commission, focuses on supporting recovery of the economy and addressing Europe's border and immigration challenges.

EU looks to key partnerships to help tackle migrant crisis
A new focus on third country partnerships in conjunction with development aid to tackle the root causes of migration was promised by the EU Commission in a new plan set out Tuesday.