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Top Stories from the European Council - 2-6 December 2019

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Eurogroup: Hans Vijlbrief reconfirmed as President of the Eurogroup working group

The Eurogroup reconfirms Hans Vijlbrief as president of the EWG for another two years, as of 1 February 2020.


Eurogroup statement on Greece of 4 December 2019

The Eurogroup discussed the implementation of the reform commitments by Greece and adopted a statement.


Eurogroup statement on the Draft Budgetary Plans for 2020

The Eurogroup adopted a statement on the Draft Budgetary Plans for 2020


Indicative programme - Economic and Financial Affairs Council of 5 December 2019

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


Clearing houses: Council adopts position on recovery and resolution

EU ambassadors today approved the Council's position on a proposed framework for clearing houses to prepare for and deal with financial difficulties.


Significance and security risks of 5G technology – Council adopts conclusions

Council conclusions set out building blocks for a comprehensive and risk-based approach to 5G network security.


Modernising judicial cooperation: Council adopts negotiating mandates on the taking of evidence and the service of documents regulations

The EU is working to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation and the use of IT to improve judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.


Indicative media programme - European Council, 12 and 13 December 2019

Indicative programme - Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Energy) of 4 December 2019

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


Speech by President Charles Michel at the UN climate conference COP25

President Charles Michel delivered his address to the leaders gathered in Madrid for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25).


Trans-European transport network: Council agrees its position on streamlined procedures

The EU is working to facilitate the completion of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) by speeding up permit-granting procedures.


Rail passenger rights: Council agrees its position on updated rules

The EU is working to improve its rules on rail passenger rights, in particular of those with disabilities or reduced mobility


Financial supervision: Council adopts a review of the supervisory framework for financial institutions

The Council adopted today a first fundamental review of the European architecture for financial supervision.


Speech by President Charles Michel at the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty

Presidents Michel, Sassoli, Von der Leyen and Lagarde gathered at the House of European History to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty and the start of the new institutional cycle.


"Common sense, common Europe", speech by President-elect Charles Michel at the University of Amsterdam, 20 November 2019

European Council President-elect Charles Michel delivered a speech during the "Room for Discussion" event at the University of Amsterdam,


Forward look: 2 - 15 December 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.


European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): Council agrees on amendments to EIT regulation

The Council today agreed on amendments to the regulation on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).


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