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Top Stories from the European Council - 10-14 June 2019

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EU - Western Balkans meeting on employment and social affairs (Luxembourg, 12 June 2019)

On 12 June, ministers from the current Trio Presidency of the Council of the EU (Romania, Finland and Croatia), together with the European Commission, met with their Western Balkans counterparts to discuss a range of employment and social policy issues and issued a press statement.


Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski

President Tusk met President Pendarovski in Brussels at the occasion of his first official visit abroad and discussed EU-North Macedonia relations including the opening of accession talks.


Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 14 June 2019

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


Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev

President Donald Tusk congratulated Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on his victory in the presidential elections in Kazakhstan.


Indicative programme - Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 13 and 14 June 2019

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


Main topics and media events 10 - 23 June 2019

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


Funding for migration, border and security policies: Council agrees its position

The Council today reached partial general approaches on three sectoral home affairs proposals in the context of the multiannual financial framework (MFF) for the period 2021-2027.


Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 10 - 14 June 2019


Migration policy: Council agrees partial negotiating position on return directive

This position covers all aspects of the proposed revision apart from the provisions on the border procedure for returns.


Post-2020 digital policy - Council adopts conclusions

Council conclusions on the future of a highly digitised Europe beyond 2020 will assist in the development of the EU's future digital policy.


Eastern Partnership joint declaration on transport cooperation

Eastern Partnership will take forward transport cooperation to reinforce road safety and improve transport connections.


Data retention to fight crime: Council adopts conclusions

Council conclusions on the way forward on the retention of electronic communication data for the purpose of fighting crime.


Council gives mandate to Commission to negotiate international agreements on e-evidence in criminal matters

The Council is tasking the Commission with negotiating agreements with the US and within the Council of Europe to facilitate access to e-evidence.


Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Antti Rinne on his appointment as Prime Minister of Finland

President Donald Tusk congratulated Antti Rinne on his appointment as Prime Minister of Finland.


Radicalisation in prisons: Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopted conclusions on preventing and combatting radicalisation in prisons, and on dealing with terrorist and violent extremist offenders after release.


The Council underlines role of non-power nuclear technologies

The Council adopted conclusions on non-power nuclear and radiological technologies and applications.


Giving entrepreneurs a second chance: new rules on business insolvency adopted

The Council adopted the directive on preventive restructuring frameworks, second chance and measures to increase the efficiency of restructuring, insolvency and discharge procedures for entrepreneurs.


Easier use of digital information for freight transport – Council agrees on its position

The EU is establishing a uniform legal framework for the use of electronic freight transport information in all modes of transport.


Visa policy: EU updates rules to facilitate legitimate travel and fight illegal migration

The Council today adopted amendments to the visa code regulation.


Better security for ID documents: Council adopts new rules

The Council adopted a regulation which will ensure that identity cards of EU citizens and residence documents issued to EU citizens and their non-EU family members are more secure.


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