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Top Stories from the European Council - 8-12 April 2019

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Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on the situation in Libya

The EU issued a declaration on the latest developments in Libya.


Indicative programme - Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 15 April 2019

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


Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) on 10 April 2019

At the end of the European Council (Art. 50) meeting, President Donald Tusk announced a further flexible extension of the Article 50 period until 31 October 2019.


European Council decision taken in agreement with the United Kingdom, extending the period under Article 50 TEU

The European Council (Article 50) on 10 April 2019 adopted a decision on extending the period under Article 50 TEU.


European Council (Art. 50) conclusions, 10 April 2019

On 10 April 2019, the European Council (Art. 50) adopted conclusions on Brexit.


Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the members of the European Council (Art. 50) ahead of their special meeting on 10 April 2019

Donald Tusk sent the invitation letter for the special meeting of the European Council (Art. 50). EU27 leaders will meet to discuss the UK request of a further extension of the Article 50 period.


Remarks by President Donald Tusk after the EU-China summit in Brussels

At the press conference concluding the 21st EU-China summit held in Brussels, President Tusk highlighted the main subjects of the discussions during the meeting, setting the direction for a partnership with China based on reciprocity.


Joint statement of the 21st EU-China summit

During the 21st EU-China summit held in Brussels, leaders reaffirmed the strength of the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and their resolve to work together for peace, prosperity, sustainable development, commitment to multilateralism and respect for international law. They agreed a joint statement.


Media accreditation - EU-Japan Summit on 25 April 2019

The 26th bilateral summit between the EU and Japan is expected to take place on 25 April in the Europa building in Brussels.


Sustainable development: Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopted conclusions on sustainable development, responding to the Commission's reflection paper "Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030".


European financial architecture for development: Council sets up a high-level group of wise persons

The Council adopted a decision establishing a High-level Group of Wise Persons on the European financial architecture for development, chaired by Thomas Wieser.


Legislative acts adopted by the General Affairs Council

The Council adopted a series of legislative acts.


Improving accessibility to products and services for disabled and elderly people: Council adopts the Accessibility Act

More accessible products and services for EU citizens: Council adopts the Accessibility Act.


Visa free travel after Brexit: Council adopts regulation

The Council adopted a regulation setting out that, following Brexit, UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for a short stay (90 days in any 180 days) will be granted visa free travel.


Better production, labelling and protection rules for spirit drinks: Council adopts new regulation

Council adopts new rules on definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks.


Tackling unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain

Rules on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain adopted.


Air transport fair competition law signed off by Council

The EU now has an effective tool to address unfair commercial practices that may emerge in the air transport sector.


Exchanging criminal records: EU agrees a reformed ECRIS system

The Council formally adopted the directive et regulations reforming the ECRIS system on the exchange of criminal records.


EU puts in place tighter rules to fight non cash payment fraud

The Council formally adopted the directive on combating fraud on non-cash means of payment.


Council adopts reform of capital requirements for banks' non-performing loans

The Council adopted a reform setting capital requirements applying to banks with non-performing loans (NPLs) on their balance sheets.


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