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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.

EU looks to extend flagship investment plan
The European Commission looked Wednesday to extend its flagship Investment Plan for Europe beyond 2018, hailing its achievements in creating jobs and 'getting Europe investing again'.

Commission pledges new transparency for expert groups
The European Commission has adopted new rules on how it selects the advisory expert groups which provide external expertise to help inform the policy-making process.

Register of Commission expert groups and other similar entities
This Register was set up by the Commission to ensure transparency on expert groups assisting the Commission in relation to: the preparation of legislative proposals and policy initiatives; the preparation of delegated acts; the implementation of EU legislation, programmes and policies, including coordination and cooperation with EU Member States and stakeholders in that regard; where necessary, the early preparation of implementing acts, before submission to the committee in accordance with Regulation (EU) N°182/2011.The Register lists both Commission expert groups and other similar entities, i.e. consultative entities set up by the Union legislator and not by the Commission, which have a similar or identical role to that of Commission expert groups and are administered and financially managed by the Commission. For each expert group, the Register provides valuable information including on the Commission department which is running the group, as well as on its members, its mission and tasks. The Register also includes relevant documents which are produced and discussed by the groups.

Spain, Portugal under caution over budget deficits
Spain and Portugal were given one more year to correct their excessive deficits after the European Commission published its Spring economic package Wednesday.

EUR 1.8m EU aid to help redundant Belgian workers
The EU Commission is proposing to provide Belgium with EUR 1.8 million to help 488 workers made redundant by several manufacturers of construction machinery in the Wallonia region.

New EU customs rules into force
New customs rules for the European Union will make life simpler for businesses that trade in Europe and better protect consumers against illegal and counterfeit goods, says the EU Commission.

EU forecasts modest growth amid Brexit warning
The EU forecast continuing modest growth for Europe's economy Tuesday, but warned that the outlook was affected by uncertainty surrounding the Chinese economy and the UK's upcoming referendum on EU membership.

April infringements' package: key decisions
In its 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. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas (see Annex I and II), aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The key decisions taken by the Commission (including, 2 letters of formal notice, 35 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union) are presented below and grouped by policy area.

EU proposes visa-free travel for Ukraine citizens
The EU is proposing lifting visa requirements for citizens of Ukraine by adding the country to its list of countries whose citizens are able to travel without a visa to the Schengen area.

Top Stories from the European Commission - 17-21 June 2019
Baltic States' electricity networks - €410 bn investment across EU - support for Irish beef producers - South Sudan EUR 48.5m humanitarian aid - state aid approval for EUR 431m public support for cleaner transport in German cities - Lorenzo Natali Media Prize 2019 - health services in developing countries - climate reporting for firms - support for EU beekeeping sector - barriers to trade - 2019 Innovation Scoreboards

Top Stories from the European Commission - 23-27 September 2019
European Battery Alliance - Bulgarian research and innovation centres - EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls - Central African Republic aid - Education and training in the EU - strategic ties with Asia - Nantes is European Capital of Innovation 2019 - European Chief Prosecutor - von der Leyen media relations team

Top Stories from the European Commission - 6-10 May 2019
Political and economic developments in Hong Kong - Macao - initiative supporting regions in industrial transition - Spring 2019 Economic Forecast - EU leaders to look ahead to common future at Sibiu summit - loss of biodiversity - Commission adopts common methodology to measure food waste across the EU