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Top Stories from the European Council - 10-14 Jul 2017

14 July 2017, 10:15 CET
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  • Introductory remarks by President Donald Tusk at the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv
    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:17:00 +0200
    Together we have achieved a lot, but we are still only halfway down the road. I am convinced that if you continue to be as determined, as courageous and as consistent as you were back then in Independence Square (Maidan), as you were during the battle for Ukraine's integrity, if you can withstand the burden of reforms and not give up, then you will reach your dreams and goals. As your friend, I will afford myself one remark.Today I can see clearly that you will not be defeated by an external ene...
  • Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv
    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:40:04 +0200
    This Summit is a good moment to celebrate the strong and deepening friendship between the European Union and Ukraine.Yesterday the EU finalised the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. It will enter into force on the 1st of September. The provisional application of the trade part that entered into force last year has already increased our trade by 25%. The fully ratified Agreement will allow us to further strengthen our cooperation and to deepen the political association and eco...
  • Council agrees its position for the 2018 EU budget and backs increase of 2017 EU budget
    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:26:13 +0200
    On 12 July 2017, the EU ambassadors agreed the Council's position on the 2018 EU draft budget, ahead of the negotiations with the European Parliament starting in October. The Council's position for 2018 amounts to €158.9 billion in commitments and €144.4 billion in payments, up by 0.6% and 7.4% respectively compared to the 2017 EU budget. Payments increase significantly because the implementation of the 2014-2020 programmes is expected to reach cruising speed following the initial start-up perio...
  • Carcinogens or mutagens at work: Council sets new exposure limits
    Tue, 11 Jul 2017 15:12:04 +0200
    On 11 July 2017, the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee approved the provisional agreement reached with the European Parliament on 28 June on the directive protecting workers from exposure to carcinogens or mutagens in the workplace. By setting limits for carcinogens and mutagens this agreement helps tackle the primary cause of work-related deaths in the EU. The aim is to help save up to 100 000 lives over the next 50 years. The directive proposes to set exposure limits for a further ...
  • Council conclusions on the Commission Communication on the mid-term review of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan
    Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:16:38 +0200
    "THE COUNCIL:1. RECALLS its conclusions of 10 November 2015 on the Commission Action Plan on building a Capital Markets Union[1] welcoming the adoption by the Commission of the Action Plan on Building a Capital Markets Union[2];2. WELCOMES the Commission Communication on the Mid-Term Review of the Capital Markets Union Action Plan[3], which follows up on the good progress already made so far in delivering the measures announced in the Capital Markets Union Action Plan and...
  • Council conclusions on Action plan to tackle non-performing loans in Europe
    Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:32:12 +0200
    "The Council:1. NOTES that the financial crisis and ensuing recessions, together with structural factors, sometimes accompanied by inadequate loan origination practices, have left the banks in some Member States with high ratios of non-performing loans (NPLs);2. RECOGNISES that although in the majority of Member States high NPL ratios did not emerge in recent years, the negative effects of current high NPL ratios in a substantial number of Member States can pose risks of ...
  • Ukraine: Council adopts EU-Ukraine association agreement
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:53:24 +0200
    On 11 July, the Council adopted a decision to conclude the Association Agreement with Ukraine on behalf of the European Union. This takes place on the eve of the EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv, on 12 and 13 July.This is the final step of the ratification process through which the EU and Ukraine commit to a close, long-term relationship in all main policy areas. It will allow the full implementation of the agreement as of 1 September 2017.Most of the Association Agreement is already operational. Many ...
  • Economic, employment and fiscal policies: 2017 country-specific recommendations
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:47:26 +0200
    On 11 July 2017, the Council issued its 2017 recommendations and opinions on the member states' economic, employment and fiscal policies.This was the final stage of the 2017 'European Semester', an annual policy monitoring process. The recommendations had been endorsed the European Council in June.In March 2017, the European Council approved the following priorities:boosting investment;pursuing structural reforms;responsible fiscal policies.The European Semester involves simultaneous monitoring ...
  • Banking: Council sets out action plan for non-performing loans
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:37:09 +0200
    On 11 July 2017, the Council agreed an action plan to address the problem of non-performing loans in the banking sector.It outlined a mix of policy actions to help reduce stocks of non-performing loans (NPLs), which remain at high levels within the EU, and to prevent their future emergence."Non-performing loans are a problem for the banking industry for which solutions have until now been mainly defined at the national level", said Toomas Tõniste, minister for finance of Estonia, which currently...
  • Remarks by Jeroen Dijsselbloem following the Eurogroup meeting of 10 July 2017
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:51:41 +0200
    Good evening everyone and welcome to this Eurogroup press conference.Today, we had a lot of guests in our meeting: Danièle Nouy, the Chair of the ECB Banking Supervision; Elke König, Chair of the Single Resolution Board; Professor Niels Thygesen, Chair of the European Fiscal Board; Sharon Donnery, she is the deputy governor of the Bank of Ireland and chairs a working group on NPLs in the ECB. In addition to Commissioner Moscovici and Vice President Dombrovskis who join us on a regular basis, thi...
  • Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting of 11 July 2017
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:59:06 +0200
    Place: Justus Lipsius building, Brussels Chair: Toomas Tõniste, Minister for Finance of Estonia All times are approximate and subject to change.from 08.00 Arrivals (live streaming)+/- 08:30 Doorstep by Minister Tõniste09.00 Ministerial breakfast (roundtable)10.00 Beginning of the Council meeting Adoption of the agenda Any other business - Current financial services legislative proposals (public session) - Mandatory disclosure rules (public session)Presentation of the work programme...
  • Capital markets union: Council agrees on action plan adjustments
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:23:24 +0200
    On 11 July 2017, the Council adopted conclusions on the Commission's review of the EU's capital markets union action plan.The Council renewed its commitment to the action plan, which is aimed at securing a fully-fledged capital markets union by the end of 2019. It supported a number of priority initiatives set out by the Commission.The conclusions highlight good progress made on the plan so far, with nearly two thirds of actions already delivered. However a number of challenges have emerged sinc...
  • Joint statement following the 12th EU-Jordan Association Council
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:44:10 +0200
    The twelfth session of the Association Council of the European Union and Jordan took place in Brussels on 10 July 2017. The session was co-chaired by Federica Mogherini High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, and by Ayman Safadi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Jordan. The session confirmed the strong partnership with Jordan and the solid diplomatic relationship that has been established. The European Union a...
  • Joint statement following the second Stabilisation and Association Council between the European Union and Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:37:13 +0200
    The Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the European Union held its second meeting on 10 July 2017. The SA Council welcomed Bosnia and Herzegovina's EU perspective as a single, united and sovereign country. It noted the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina in its EU integration process following the country's application for EU membership of February 2016 and the Council conclusions of September 2016 inviting the European Commission to submit an op...
  • G20 Leaders' Declaration - Shaping an interconnected world
    Sat, 08 Jul 2017 12:05:19 +0200
    At their meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on 7 and 8 July 2017, G20 leaders adopted a declaration focusing on sharing the benefits of globalisation, building resilience, improving sustainable livelihood and assuming responsibility G20 leaders also agreed on several other documents:Hamburg Action PlanClimate and Energy Action Plan for GrowthHamburg Update: Taking forward the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 AgendaAnnual Progress Report 2017G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter G20 Africa PartnershipG2...

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