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Advisers set for tighter EU scrutiny over tax schemes 14 March 2018, 00:10 CET
EU Member States reached political agreement Tuesday on new transparency rules for tax advisers, accountants, banks and lawyers who design and promote tax planning schemes for their clients.

EU boosts security in Africa's Sahel region 27 February 2018, 18:12 CET
The EU announces extra funding for the G5 Sahel Joint Security Force to support regional security and fight terrorism, and a reinforcement of international coordination of sustainable development efforts.

EU27 agree negotiating stance on Brexit transition 29 January 2018, 23:07 CET
EU27 ministers adopted a new set of Brexit negotiating directives Monday, detailing their position on a transition period after Brexit, and allowing the EU Commission to start talks with the UK on the issue.

EU removes 8 countries from tax haven blacklist 24 January 2018, 17:54 CET
The European Union removed eight jurisdictions from its list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes Tuesday, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.

EU committed to Jerusalem as shared capital 23 January 2018, 18:34 CET
European foreign ministers reiterated Monday their 'united and clear messages' on the importance of preserving a two-state solution for and the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states.

Priority dossiers under the Bulgarian EU Council Presidency 19 January 2018, 00:42 CET
Bulgaria will hold the EU Council Presidency from January to June 2018. Its Presidency is part of the Trio Presidency composed of Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria. This will be the first time Bulgaria has held the rotating presidency since it joined the EU in 2007.

EU offers Iraq support towards more stable future 09 January 2018, 23:20 CET
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and the European Commission proposed Monday a strategy for Iraq to address the challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of Da'esh.

Bulgaria EU presidency promises unity in face of Brexit 09 January 2018, 23:20 CET
"United We Stay Strong" is the motto of Bulgaria's presidency of the EU Council, which began 1 January 2018, and underlined the EU's focus on solidarity as pivotal to the EU's future in the face of Brexit.

EU legislative priorities for 2018-2019 - Joint Declaration 15 December 2017, 11:51 CET
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.

EU publishes blacklist of 17 tax havens 05 December 2017, 18:19 CET
European finance ministers published Tuesday the EU's first-ever list of tax havens, or non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, with 17 countries having failed to meet agreed tax good governance standards.

Summit strengthens EU-Africa cooperation 30 November 2017, 22:54 CET
European and African leaders set out their commitment at the close of an EU-Africa summit Thursday to invest in youth for a sustainable future, prioritising investment, education, security and migration.

23 EU states launch new era for European defence cooperation 14 November 2017, 22:48 CET
23 EU Member States - though not the United Kingdom - signed an historic pact Monday to cooperate more closely in future on security and defence in the wake of Brexit and Russian aggression.

Ministers agree position on EU posted workers directive 25 October 2017, 23:04 CET
EU ministers agreed a compromise Monday on the posting of workers directive, allowing posted workers to generally benefit from the same rules governing pay and working conditions as local workers.

No breakthrough on Brexit at EU summit 20 October 2017, 17:37 CET
Despite an appeal by the British prime minister, a breakthrough on the Brexit talks was not forthcoming on the second day of an EU summit that focused on migration, digital Europe, defence, and external relations.

Migration and Iran head EU summit agenda 19 October 2017, 18:05 CET
On the agenda of EU leaders meeting at a summit on Thursday will be migration, the digital single market, defence and security, relations with Iran, Turkey and North Korea, and the state of the Brexit talks.

Sustainable forests: EU agrees general approach for 2021-30 17 October 2017, 23:24 CET
EU environment ministers have come to a general agreement on new rules for more sustainable and climate-friendly use of lands and forests across Europe over the period 2021-2030.

EU adopts position on climate finance ahead of COP23 11 October 2017, 15:30 CET
EU finance ministers met in Luxembourg Tuesday to discuss and adopt the EU’s position on climate finance, ahead of the next international climate summit COP23 in Bonn in November.

Greece no longer in breach of EU budget deficit rules 26 September 2017, 23:26 CET
The European Union closed its excessive deficit procedure for Greece Monday, confirming that the country's deficit is now below 3 per cent of GDP, the EU's reference value for government deficits.

EU strengthens sanctions against North Korea 14 September 2017, 18:05 CET
EU ministers strengthened restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Thursday, and prolonged sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity.

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.