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Top Stories from the European Council - 12-16 Jun 2017

15 June 2017, 23:25 CET
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  • Better protection for workers from cancer-causing substances: Council reaches agreement
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 10:04:25 +0200
    Today, the EPSCO Council reached an agreement which will guarantee the protection of more than 4 million workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace. The President of the Council, Ms Helena Dalli said "With this agreement, we can better protect millions of EU workers from cancer-causing chemical substances in the work place. This is particularly important given that cancer is the first cause of work-related deaths in the EU." The proposed directive seeks to introduce strict...
  • Republic of Moldova: Council endorses agreement on financial assistance
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:36:18 +0200
    On 15 June 2017, EU ambassadors endorsed an agreement reached with the European Parliament on macro-financial assistance for the Republic of Moldova.Up to €100 million is provided for in EU assistance under an agreement reached by presidency and EP representatives on 6 June 2017. Of this, €60 million was agreed in loans and €40 million in the form of grants. This will supplement resources provided by the IMF and other multilateral institutions.The assistance will be aimed at supporting the count...
  • Passenger ship safety rules and standards: agreement with the Parliament
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:22:42 +0200
    The presidency today reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on a revised directive on passenger ship safety rules and standards, which clarifies and simplifies the current technical rules so that they are easier to update, monitor and enforce.This 'general' directive on passenger ship safety rules and standards contains the most extensive rules on passenger ship safety in the EU, applicable to vessels travelling on domestic routes. The directive sets out detailed technical re...
  • Safer sea travel: deal with EP on digitalising passenger information
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:24:25 +0200
    The presidency today reached an informal agreement with the European Parliament on new rules to digitalise the registration of ship passengers. The purpose is to make the exact number of passengers and other information immediately available for search and rescue services in the event of an accident. At present, valuable minutes may be lost because the data on people on board is stored by the shipping company, and the search and rescue centre has to get hold of the company's contact person to ob...
  • Inspections of ro-ro ferries: informal agreement with the European Parliament
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:32:30 +0200
    The Maltese presidency today reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament on a streamlined but robust inspection regime for ro-ro ferries and high-speed passenger craft. The revised rules will create a clear framework for the inspections, thereby eliminating overlaps and closing regulatory gaps arising from the application by member states of different inspection regimes.The agreed draft directive will reduce the administrative burden for ship owners and increase the time during ...
  • Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting, 16 June 2017
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:24:52 +0200
    Place: European Convention Centre Luxembourg (ECCL) Chair: Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance of Malta All times are approximate and subject to change.+/- 07.50 Doorstep by Minister Scicluna from 08.00 Arrivals (live streaming)09.00 Ministerial breakfast (Roundtable)10.00 Beginning of the Council meeting Adoption of the agenda Adoption of legislative A items (public session)Reduced VAT rate for electronically supplied publications (e-Publications) (public session) General reverse c...
  • Hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment - Council agrees its negotiating stance
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:19:37 +0200
    On 14 June 2017, EU Ambassadors reached an agreement on the Council's negotiating position on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The Council is now set to enter into negotiations with the European Parliament.The proposed directive aims at revising the scope of the Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). The new proposal specifically addresses problems arising from the "open-source" product group, includes amendments aiming at establishing eq...
  • Uniform format for residence permits: Council confirms agreement on the update of security features in the card
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:09:18 +0200
    On 15 June 2017, EU ambassadors confirmed on behalf of the Council the informal agreement reached with the European Parliament on the proposal for a regulation amending regulation 1030/2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals. The amending regulation establishes a new common design for the residence permit card, to improve its security features in order to prevent forgery. The current card, which has been in circulation since 1997, has been compromised ...
  • End of roaming charges in the EU: Joint statement by the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission
    Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:12:02 +0200
    As of tomorrow, 15 June 2017, roaming charges in the European Union will no longer apply. President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat, on behalf of the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, issued the following statement:"The European Union is about bringing people together and making their lives easier. The end of roaming charges is a true European success story.From n...
  • Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs Council of 19 June 2017
    Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0200
    Place: European Convention Centre Luxembourg (ECC)Chair(s): Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security PolicyAll times are approximate and subject to change from 08.00 Arrivals (live streaming)+/- 08.45 (ttbc) Doorstep by High Representative Federica Mogherini+/- 09.00 Beginning of meeting (Roundtable) Adoption of the agenda Approval of A items Implementation of the EU Global Strategy EU-NATO Cooperation Counterterrorism Migration Iraq+-/ 13.00 Working lunch on ...
  • Indicative programme - Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council of 15 and 16 June 2017
    Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:20:59 +0200
    Place: European Convention Center, Luxembourg Chairs: Evarist Bartolo, Minister for education and employment, Helena Dalli, Minister for EU affairs and equality, Michael Falzon, Minister for family and social solidarity, and Chris Fearne, Minister for health All times are approximate and subject to change Thursday, 15 June - Employment and social policy issues from 08.30 Arrivals +/- 08.45 Doorstep by minister Evarist Bartolo +/- 09.30 Beginning of Council meeting (Roundtable) Adoption of the agen...
  • Letter of congratulation from President Donald Tusk to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
    Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:59:30 +0200
    On behalf of the European Council, I would like to congratulate you on your appointment, and wish you and your government every success. Ireland is rightly admired for its strong economy; vibrant and open society; and stalwart commitment to Europe.I want to assure you of the great sensitivity amongst your partners in the EU27 to the challenge now facing the island of Ireland after the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union in 2019. Addressing these unique circumstances is a pri...

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