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Top Stories from the European Council - 15-19 May 2017

18 May 2017, 23:35 CET
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  • "EU remains committed to strengthen security and defence": Council adopts Conclusions
    Thu, 18 May 2017 10:10:47 +0200
    On 18 May the Council adopted conclusions on security and defence in the context of the EU Global Strategy. The conclusions take note of progress in strengthening cooperation in the area of security and defence, and provide guidance for further work. The areas covered include: - Improving CSDP crisis management structures, in particular the ongoing work leading to the establishment of a military planning and conduct capability (MPCC) within the EU military staff (part of the EEAS) which will ass...
  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk before his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron
    Wed, 17 May 2017 19:03:19 +0200
    Good evening. I have come to you today, to the President of the proud Republic of France, with a simple message: Europe needs your energy, your imagination, your courage. And when I say Europe, I am not thinking about the institutions or bureaucracy, but about millions of Europeans, who see your victory as a sign of hope. Hope for a Europe that protects, for a Europe that wins, for a Europe that looks to the future. I am talking about the French and Belgians, Poles and Germans, the Irish and the...
  • Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/496 of 21 March 2017 concerning restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities in view of the situation in Egypt
    Wed, 17 May 2017 16:09:52 +0200
    On 21 March 2017, the Council adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/496[1]. The Council Decision extends the existing restrictive measures until 22 March 2018. The measures in question are an assets freeze and a prohibition from making funds available regarding 15 individuals considered as responsible for the misappropriation of Egyptian State funds before 2011. The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candid...
  • Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs (Defence) Council of 18 May 2017
    Wed, 17 May 2017 13:33:52 +0200
    Place: Europa building, Brussels Chair: Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy All times are approximate and subject to change+/- 07.45 Arrivals (live streaming) +/- 08.15 Doorstep by High Representative Federica Mogherini +/- 08.30 EDA Steering board (Roundtable) +/- 10.00 Beginning of the meeting (Roundtable) Adoption of the agenda EU Global Strategy implementation in the area of security and defence EU-NATO cooperation, in p...
  • Indicative programme - Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 18 May 2017
    Wed, 17 May 2017 11:37:02 +0200
    Place: Europa building, BrusselsChair: Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National SecurityAll times are approximate and subject to change+/- 08.00 Doorstep by Minister Abela VIP entrance, Europa building +/- 13.00 Arrivals (live streaming) VIP entrance, Europa building+/- 13.30 Working lunch together with EU defence ministers on counter-terrorism+/- 15.30 Beginning of the meeting Adoption of the agenda Approval of non-legislative A itemsReform of the common European asylum sy...
  • Update: Report by President Donald Tusk to the European Parliament on the Special European Council (Art. 50) of 29 April
    Wed, 17 May 2017 08:46:17 +0200
    Introductory remarksI would like to report the outcome of the first formal meeting of the European Council of 27, which took place on 29th April. Our main purpose was to adopt political guidelines for the Brexit negotiations. A mandate that sets out the overall principles, objectives and process. And a mandate that the European Council will update as necessary, as the talks get under way.A key element of the guidelines is the need to conduct the talks on the basis of a 'phased approach'. This me...
  • European Economic Area (EEA) Council conclusions
    Tue, 16 May 2017 14:49:21 +0200
    1. The forty-seventh meeting of the EEA Council took place in Brussels on 16 May 2017 under the Presidency of Mr Louis Grech, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for EU Affairs of Malta, representing the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was attended by Mr Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of EEA and EU Affairs of Norway, Mr Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, and Ms Aurelia Frick, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liechtenstein, as wel...
  • Joint press release of the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat
    Tue, 16 May 2017 09:44:34 +0200
    On 15 May 2017, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and EU Foreign Ministers met the Chairperson of the Africa Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat for an exchange of views on the state of the Africa-EU partnership in view of the AU-EU Summit in Abidjan on 29-30 November.In an evolving global context, the relationship between the two continents remains vibrant and essential. The meeting was an opportunity to welcome AUC Chairperson Moussa Faki to the EU institutions two months af...
  • Money market fund rules adopted
    Tue, 16 May 2017 09:42:28 +0200
    EU rules are to be introduced on money market funds, aimed at supporting the role that the €1 trillion market plays in financing the economy.On 16 May 2017, the Council adopted a regulation to ensure the smooth operation of the short-term financing market. This follows initiatives by the G20 and the Financial Stability Board."These rules will go a long way in improving supervision and regulation of a largely unregulated sector", said Edward Scicluna, minister for finance of Malta, which currentl...
  • Capital markets union: new prospectus rules adopted
    Tue, 16 May 2017 09:13:05 +0200
    On 16 May 2017, the Council adopted new rules on prospectuses for the issuing and offering of securities.The new rules are aimed at lowering one of the main regulatory hurdles that companies face when issuing equity and debt securities. Replacing directive 2003/71/EC, they set out to simplify administrative obligations related to the publication of prospectuses but in a manner that still ensures that investors are well informed."This regulation is another element contributing to the improvement ...
  • Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia And Biphobia, 17 May 2017
    Tue, 16 May 2017 08:39:27 +0200
    On this day, together with millions of people around the world, the EU celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a timely opportunity to remind Governments of their obligation to promote the universality of human rights and ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation enjoys these rights without discrimination. In recent years, remarkable progress has been made around the world to advance the enjoyment of all human rig...
  • Council adopts conclusions on indigenous peoples
    Mon, 15 May 2017 10:38:07 +0200
    The Council adopted conclusions on indigenous peoples, recalling that the EU is founded on values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. The Council underlines the importance of addressing discrimination and inequalities based on indigenous origin or identity as well as the importance of actions taken to address the threats to and violence against indigenous peoples. The Co...
  • Council conclusions on Venezuela
    Mon, 15 May 2017 09:37:33 +0200
    The European Union recalls its Council Conclusions of 18 July 2016 fully supporting the efforts in Venezuela to facilitate an urgent, constructive and effective dialogue between the Government and the parliamentary majority, creating the conditions for peaceful solutions to the multidimensional challenges the country faces.In the 10 months that have elapsed, mediation efforts have not yielded the desired results and the process is stagnant. Since then political polarisation has increased, the ec...

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