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Top Stories from the European Council - 13-17 May 2019

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Defence cooperation: Council assesses progress made in the framework of PESCO after first year of implementation

The Council assessed progress made in the framework of Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) after its first year of implementation.


EU adopts measures in support of generic pharmaceuticals producers

The EU is taking measures to foster the competitiveness of EU producers of generic medicines and biosimilar products.


Capital markets union: Council adopts updated rules for financial derivative products and clearing

The Council adopted a simplified framework for financial derivatives to reduce costs and enhance transparency and access to clearing.


Banking Union: Council adopts measures to reduce risk in the banking system

The Council adopted a new framework strengthening the banking union and reducing risks in the financial system.


Interoperability between EU information systems: Council adopts regulations

The Council adopted two regulations establishing a framework for interoperability between EU information systems in the area of justice and home affairs.


Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs Council (Development), 16 May 2019

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


Welcoming remarks by President Donald Tusk at the celebratory dinner marking the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership

At the start of a celebratory dinner for the heads of state or government of the eastern partner countries, President Tusk recalled the main milestones and achievements of the Eastern Partnership.


"The Sahel is a strategic priority for the EU and its member states": Council adopts conclusions

On 13 May 2019, the Council adopted conclusions on the Sahel.


Libya: Foreign Affairs Council statement

On 13 May 2019, the Council discussed the situation in Libya and adopted a statement.


EU-Latin America and Caribbean relations: Council adopts conclusions

Today,, the Council adopted conclusions on EU relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.


Human rights and democracy in the world: 2018 EU annual report adopted

Today, the Council adopted the EU annual report on human rights and democracy in the world for 2018.


EUAM Ukraine: Council extends mission and approves budget increase

On 13 May 2019, the Council extended the mandate of European Union Advisory Mission (EUAM) in Ukraine until 31 May 2021 and approved a budget of € 54 million for the next two years.


Indicative programme - Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 14 May 2019

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


Eastern Partnership foreign ministers' meeting: Chair's conclusions on the occasion of the Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary

Following the Eastern Partnership foreign ministers' meeting of 13 May 2019, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy issued Chair's conclusions on the occasion of the Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary.


Offers to host the European Labour Authority have been published

Council publishes the offers to host the European Labour Authority.


Main topics and media events 13 - 26 May 2019

Overview of the main subjects to be discussed at meetings of the Council of the EU over the next two weeks.


Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 10 - 19 May 2019


Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs and Foreign Affairs Defence Councils of 13 and 14 May 2019

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


Media accreditation for the Informal dinner of heads of state or government on 28 May 2019

Information about accreditation requirements for the Informal dinner of heads of state or government taking place in Brussels on 28 May 2019.


Celebrating 10 years of the Eastern Partnership

On 13-14 May, the European Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine will mark the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership with a number of events in Brussels.


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