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Top Stories from the European Council - 15-19 July 2019

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Indicative programme - General Affairs Council of 18 July 2019

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


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 (17 July 2019)

The EU issued a declaration commemorating the 5th anniversary of the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on Venezuela

The EU issued a declaration on the latest developments on Venezuela.


Presentation of letters of credentials to the President of the European Council Donald Tusk

President Tusk received the letters of credentials from two new ambassadors to the European Union.


Declaration by the High Representative, Federica Mogherini, on behalf of the EU on the occasion of the Day of International Criminal Justice, 17 July 2019

The EU issued a declaration on the occasion of the day of International Criminal Justice (17 July 2019).


EU priorities at the United Nations and the 74th United Nations General Assembly adopted

The Council adopted conclusions on EU priorities at the United Nations and the 74th United Nations General Assembly.


North Korea: EU renews its autonomous sanctions on individuals and entities

The Council reviewed its autonomous list of those subject to restrictive measures against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which complements and reinforces the UN sanctions and decided to maintain the sanctions on those listed.


Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean: Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopted conclusions on the Turkish drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean.


Iraq: Council adopts conclusions

The Council discussed Iraq and adopted conclusions reiterating the EU's steadfast support for Iraq's unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity.


Council adopts negotiation directives for modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty

Council gives mandate to the Commission to enter into negotiations.


Imports of hormone-free beef: EU-US agreement confirmed

The Council adopted a revision of the Memorandum of Understanding with the US regarding the import of beef from animals not treated with certain growth-promoting hormones into the EU.


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

The EU issued a declaration on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) recalling its significant contribution to European security and broader international security over the past 30 years.


Main topics and media events 15 - 28 July 2019

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


Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk 15-21 July 2019


Indicative programme - Foreign Affairs Council of 15 July 2019

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


Indicative programme - Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 15 July 2019

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


Remarks by President Donald Tusk after his meeting with President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili

President Donald Tusk met President of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili in Batumi. During their meeting, they discussed the strong EU-Georgia relations and how to further develop them.


Speech by President Donald Tusk at the Batumi International Conference

President Donald Tusk delivered a keynote speech at the 16th Batumi International Conference dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.


EU Court of Justice: three judges appointed

The representatives of member states' governments appointed 3 judges to the EU Court of Justice.


2020 EU budget: Council agrees its position

In total, the Council's position for next year's budget amounts to €166.8 billion in commitments and €153.1 billion in payments.


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