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Top Stories from the European Council - 4-8 March 2019

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Money laundering and terrorist financing: Council returns draft list of high risk countries to the Commission

The Council unanimously decided to reject a draft list put forward by the Commission of 23 "high-risk third countries" in the area of money laundering and terrorist financing.


Civil protection: Council adopts new rules to strengthen support in case of disasters

The act foresees the setting-up of an additional pool of resources, rescEU, to provide assistance in situations where overall existing capacities are insufficient.


Sustainable finance: Presidency and Parliament reach political agreement on transparency rules

The presidency of the Council and the Parliament reach a provisional agreement on disclosure rules on investments' environmental and social impact.


Court of Justice of the European Union: three judges appointed

The representatives of the governments of the member states appointed three judges to the Court of Justice of the European Union.


Railway safety and connectivity with the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit – Council agrees its position

The EU is preparing temporary measures to ensure continuity of train services between the EU (France and Ireland) and the United Kingdom in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


Indicative programme - Justice and Home Affairs Council of 7 and 8 March 2019

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


Déclaration de la haute représentante, Federica Mogherini, au nom de l'UE sur la détérioration de la situation politique et sécuritaire au Cameroun

L'Union européenne a publié une déclaration sur la détérioration de la situation politique et sécuritaire au Cameroun.


Safe and clean drinking water: EU updates quality standards

The Council adopted its position on the proposal for revising the drinking water directive.


Joint press statement following the 5th Association Council meeting between the EU and Georgia

The EU and Georgia issued a joint press statement following their 5th meeting of the Association Council.


Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan

President Tusk presented the main topics of his meeting with the newly elected Armenian Prime Minister Pashinyan and reacted to President Macron's letter to European citizens.


Western Waters fisheries: Council gives go-ahead to multiannual management plan

Council gives go-ahead to multiannual management plan for Western Waters fish stocks.


Council greenlights rules on screening of foreign direct investments

The Council adopted new rules on screening of foreign direct investments.


Syria: EU adds 7 ministers to sanctions list

The Council added seven ministers to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures in view of the situation in Syria.


Central Arctic: EU to enter agreement against unregulated fishing

The Council gave its blessing to entering an international agreement to prevent unregulated high seas fishing in the central Arctic Ocean.


EU - Morocco: Council adopts sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

The Council adopted the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco.


Cleaner, safer, quieter tyres: labels to become more visible for consumers

The Council adopted its negotiating position on an update to the EU's rules on tyres labelling.


Unpaid road tolls soon easier to recover thanks to new electronic road toll rules

Unpaid road tolls could soon be history, as the EU is setting up a new information-sharing system which will enable the identification of owners of vehicles for which road fees have not been paid.


Misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds: Council prolongs EU sanctions for one year

The Council extended the asset freezes directed against certain persons responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian State funds until 6 March 2020.


Payments in the EU: reform on reducing charges and increasing transparency adopted

The Council adopted a reform lowering charges levied on cross-border payments in euros and increasing transparency for currency conversion charges across the EU.


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on Venezuela

The EU issued a declaration on Venezuela, recalling its conviction that the solution to the multidimensional crisis affecting Venezuela can only be a political, democratic and peaceful one.


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