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

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on recent developments in north-east Syria

The EU issued a declaration in light of Turkish military operation in north-east Syria, reaffirming that a sustainable solution to the Syrian conflict cannot be achieved military.

Speech by President Donald Tusk at the Athens Democracy Forum 2019

President Donald Tusk delivered the opening keynote speech at the session "Reinventing Democracy" of the Athens Democracy Forum.

ECB executive board: Eurogroup gives support to Fabio Panetta's candidacy

The Eurogroup gave its support to the candidacy of Fabio Panetta for the position of the new member of the ECB's executive board.

Joint Declaration by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on the European and World Day against the Death Penalty

On the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the EU and the Council of Europe reiterate their strong opposition to the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. They recall that the death penalty means revenge, not justice, and its abolition contributes to the enhancement of human dignity.

Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting, 10 October 2019

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

Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Sebastian Kurz

President Tusk congratulated Sebastian Kurz on his election victory and on the tasking to form a new government.

Border management: EU signs agreement with Montenegro on European Border and Coast Guard cooperation

This agreement allows Frontex to assist Montenegro in border management, carry out joint operations and deploy teams in the regions of Montenegro that border the EU, subject to Montenegro's agreement.

Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to the Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa

President Donald Tusk congratulated António Costa on his victory in the elections in Portugal.

10th anniversary of the Charter of Fundamental Rights: Council reaffirms the importance of EU common values

Council reaffirms fundamental rights are the cornerstone of the EU project.

EU accedes to international agreement on appellations of origin and geographical indications

The EU is acceding to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on appellations of origin and geographical indications.

Safer roads – EU strengthens rules on road infrastructure management

New EU rules aim to reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by making sure that roads, tunnels and bridges are better designed and maintained.

Better protection of whistle-blowers: new EU-wide rules to kick in in 2021

EU adopts new rules to better protect whistle-blowers.

The Council adopts conclusions on the circular economy

The Council today adopted conclusions which call for further ambitious measures to stimulate a circular economy and boost sustainable production and consumption patterns.

8th Environment Action Programme - Council adopts conclusions

The Council adopted conclusions which provide guidance for the EU's environment and climate change policies for the period 2021 - 2030.

The Council sets out EU position for UN climate conference in Santiago de Chile (COP25)

The Council today adopted conclusions which set out the EU position for the upcoming UN climate change conference COP25 in Chile.

Forward look: 7 - 20 October 2019

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

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