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Top Stories from the European Council - 5-9 November 2018

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Speech by President Donald Tusk at the EPP Helsinki summit 2018

President Donald Tusk delivered his speech at the European People's Party summit held in Helsinki.


Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) of 9 November 2018

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


Environmental reporting alignment: Council agrees its position

The Council adopted its position on a regulation which streamlines environmental reporting obligations and reduces administrative costs.


EU to strengthen sharing of public sector data - Council agrees its position

New EU rules will increase the supply of data to support the development of the data-based economy and society.


Preventing illegal import of cultural goods into the EU : Council agrees its position

The EU is taking steps to clamp down on the illicit trafficking in cultural goods. EU ambassadors today agreed the Council's position on a draft regulation which will prevent the import and storage in the EU of cultural goods illegally exported from a non-EU country.


Climate finance: Council adopts conclusions ahead of COP24 conference

On 6 November 2018 the Council adopted conclusions on climate finance for the COP24.


Less hate speech and more European content on video streaming services: Council adopts new EU rules

Council gives final approval to audiovisual media services directive.


More effective mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders

On 6 November, the Council formally adopted a Regulation on the mutual recognition of freezing and confiscation orders to improve fight against cross border crimes.


Making Eurojust more efficient and effective

On 6 November, the Council formally adopted the amended Regulation on Eurojust.


Venezuela: EU renews sanctions for one year

The Council extended the targeted restrictive measures in place on Venezuela until 14 November 2019.


Electronic publications: Council adopts reform allowing reduced VAT rates

The Council agreed a proposal allowing member states to apply reduced VAT rates to electronic publications, contributing to the digital single market plan.


Taxation: Namibia removed from EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions

The Council removed Namibia from the list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, bringing the names on the list down to five.


Remarks by M. Centeno following the Eurogroup meeting of 5 November 2018

Remarks by President Centeno following the Eurogroup meeting of 5 November on Italy's draft budgetary plan, financial stability in the euro-area and EMU reform.


Terms of reference on the draft budgetary plan of Italy

On 5 November 2018, the Eurogroup discussed the Commission opinion on Italy's draft budgetary plan (DBP) for 2019, issued on 23 October 2018.


Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting, 6 November 2018

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


Macro-Economic Dialogue at political level on 5 November 2018

The EU institutions met with the social partners to discuss the macroeconomic outlook and the further development of economic and monetary union.


Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 5-11 November 2018


Joint letter of President Tusk and President Juncker to Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker congratulated Jair Bolsonaro on his election as President of Federal Republic of Brazil.


Main topics and media events 5 - 18 November 2018

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


EU action to restrict plastic pollution: Council agrees its position

The Council agreed on a negotiating mandate on rules to restrict single-use plastics.


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