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Top Stories from the European Council - 7-11 January 2019

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Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the opening ceremony of the Romanian Presidency

President Donald Tusk attended the opening ceremony of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU that took place in Bucharest.


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the new mandate of President Maduro

The EU issued a declaration on the new mandate of President Maduro in Venezuela.


Fight against terrorism: Council renews the designations on the EU terrorist list and adds two Iranian individuals and one Iranian entity in response to recent foiled attacks on European soil

The Council added 2 individuals and one entity to the EU terrorist list, as part of its response to recent foiled attacks on European soil. The Council also confirmed that the restrictive measures continue to apply to those previously listed.


Indicative programme - General Affairs Council of 8 January 2019

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


Investment firms: Council agrees position on new regulatory and supervision framework

EU ambassadors agreed the Council's position on a new prudential and supervision framework for investment firms.


Main topics and media events 7 - 20 January 2019

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


Euro celebrates its 20th birthday

The five Presidents of the EU institutions and bodies most directly responsible for the euro commented on the 20th anniversary of the single currency and on its future.


Declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the EU, on relations with the Democratic Republic of Congo on the eve of its elections

The European Union responds to the decision by the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to order the ambassador representing the European Union to leave the country.


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries with Council Decision concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1656 of 6 November 2018 amending Decision (CFSP) 2017/2074 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Venezuela.


Russia: EU prolongs economic sanctions by six months

On 21 December 2018, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 July 2019.


EU-Japan trade agreement will enter into force on 1 February 2019

The EU and Japan today notified each other of the completion of their respective ratification procedures of the EU-Japan economic partnership agreement. The agreement will become effective on 1 February 2019.


Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 7-11 January 2019


Myanmar/Burma: EU adds 7 military and border guard police officials responsible for human rights violations to sanctions list

The Council placed 7 additional individuals under restrictive measures for serious human rights violations in Myanmar/Burma.


EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia: mandate extended until 31 March 2019

The Council extended the mandate of the EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sophia until 31 March 2019.


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