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Top Stories from the European Council - 13-17 February 2017

17 February 2017, 00:04 CET
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  • First European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018
    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:34:58 +0100
    Member states ambassadors endorsed today the provisional agreement reached on 9 February 2016 between Council and European Parliament representatives on a decision establishing a European Year of Cultural Heritage (2018) which will celebrate the diversity and richness of our European culture.This initiative also aims to raise awareness of European history and values and to strengthen a sense of European identity. At the same time, it draws attention to the opportunities offered by our cultural h...
  • Last-minute accreditation for the European Council on 9-10 March 2017
    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:26:04 +0100
    European Council meeting will take place on 9 and 10 March 2017 in the Europa building in Brussels. Now open for last-minute accreditation requests (online only) Procedure Please note that due to the current security situation in Belgium, specific security measures have been put in place for last minute accreditation requests. Media representatives applying for the first time or who have not been screened recently will be the subject of a comprehensive and detailed verification by our security ser...
  • More portable digital services: EU ambassadors confirm agreement
    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:28:31 +0100
    EU ambassadors today endorsed new rules to allow consumers who paid for online content services in their home country to access them when visiting another country within the EU.Access to subscriptions from abroad at no extra chargeThe new regulation will improve competitiveness by encouraging innovation in online services and attracting more consumers. It is one of the objectives of the digital single market strategy to create a truly internal market for digital content and services. It will app...
  • Indicative programme - Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council of 17 February 2017
    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:04:49 +0100
    Place: Europa building, Brussels Chair(s): Evarist Bartolo, Minister for Education and Employment of Malta All times are approximate and subject to change+/- 09.15 Doorstep by Minister Bartolo+/- 10.00 Beginning of Council meeting (Roundtable) Adoption of the agenda Adoption of A Items (legislative and non-legislative)Adoption of conclusions: - Investing in Europe's youth with particular regard to the European Solidarity Corps - Inclusion in diversity to achieve a high quality education...
  • Financial services: Agreement on the involvement of consumers in policymaking
    Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:09:08 +0100
    On 14 February 2017, representatives of the Council and the European Parliament reached agreement on a programme to promote the involvement of consumers in policymaking in financial services. Grants will be provided to two NGOs - Finance Watch and Better Finance - to support activities that encourage the involvement of consumers and other end-users in policymaking. The programme will also contribute to the information of consumers about issues at stake in regulation of the financial sector. "As ...
  • Media advisory on the visit of Vice President of the United States Mike Pence, 20 February 2017
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:51:39 +0100
    Media programme Europa building - Brussels+/- 10.15 Arrival of Vice President of the United States Mike Pence Welcome by the President of the European Council Donald Tusk (Europa VIP entrance, level 0 - photo/TV opportunity pool*)+/- 11.00 Press statements (Europa press room, level 1 - access on first come, first served basis) Accreditation Journalists holding a 6-month badge (01.01.2017 - 30.06.2017) do not need to register. Journalists without the above badge must apply on https://eventac...
  • Statement by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Christian Kern
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:58:18 +0100
    Good afternoon. It was a real pleasure for me to meet President Van der Bellen for the first time since his election last December, and of course to welcome Chancellor Kern again here in Brussels.One of the issues we discussed is our cooperation when Austria takes over the EU's rotating Presidency in the second half of the next year. Holding the presidency is a privilege and opportunity, but also a demanding task. I remember this from my own experience as Polish Prime Minister. I assured the Pre...
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Ukraine
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:57:39 +0100
    On 19 December 2016, the Council adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/2315[1]. The Council Decision extends existing measures until 31 July 2017. The Candidate Countries Montenegro* and Albania*, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, align themselves with this Council Decision. They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision. The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it. [1] ...
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain third countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Tunisia
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:49:42 +0100
    On 27 January 2017, the Council adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/153[1]. The Council Decision extends the existing restrictive measures until 31 January 2018. The measures in question are an assets freeze and a prohibition on making funds available regarding 48 individuals considered as responsible for the misappropriation of Tunisian State funds before 2011. The Candidate Countries the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisatio...
  • Statement by the President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Greece
    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:23:44 +0100
    Today the Greek minister of Finance, the institutions (European Commission, ECB, ESM and IMF) and I had a constructive meeting on the state of play of the second review There is a clear understanding that a timely finalisation of the second review is in everybody's interest We made substantial progress today and are close to common ground for the mission to return to Athens the coming week We will take stock of the further progress of the second review during the next Eurogroup....
  • Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his appointment as President of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0100
    On behalf of the European Council and personally, I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of the Federal Republic of Germany. I wish you every success in your new role.Your appointment comes at a critical moment for Europe. The many external and internal challenges we are facing could hardly be more severe. In times like these, European unity is more important than ever, and I look forward to Germany's continued contribution to the European project. ...
  • Updated weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk
    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:08:29 +0100
    Monday 13 February 201714.00 Meeting with President of Austria Alexander Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Christian Kern (press statements)Wednesday 15 February 201711.00 Meeting with Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius SkvernelisThursday 16 February 201710.00 Meeting with President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek AtambayevFriday 17 February 2017 11.30 Meeting with Prime Minister of Romania Sorin GrindeanuMonday 20 February 201710:15 Meeting with United States Vice-President Mike Pence (media adviso...
  • Afghanistan: EU to sign a cooperation agreement on partnership and development
    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:19:36 +0100
    On 13 February 2017, the Council decided to sign a cooperation agreement on partnership and development between the EU and Afghanistan. The agreement will be signed on Friday, 17 February 2017 at 18.40 in Munich by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the Minister of Finance of Afghanistan Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, in presence of President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.The cooperation agreement on partnership and development will constitute a new fram...
  • Code of conduct on business taxation: new chair of the Council working group
    Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:41:44 +0100
    The Council working group that oversees implementation of the EU's code of conduct on business taxation has appointed a new chairperson.Fabrizia Lapecorella (Italy) took up the position at the beginning of February 2017 for a period of two years. Appointed at the group's meeting on 25 January 2017, she replaces Dr Wolfgang Nolz (Austria), who had chaired the group since 2009.The code of conduct on business taxation sets out criteria for assessing tax measures that potentially encourage harmful t...
  • Presentation of letter of credentials to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk
    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:45:16 +0100
    The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk received the letter of credentials of the following Ambassador:H.E. Mr Faruk KAYMAKCI, Head of the Mission of the Republic of Turkey to the European Union...

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