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Top Stories from the European Council - 17-21 February 2020

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Council sets its priorities for the 2021 EU budget

The Council adopted conclusions setting out its priorities for the 2021 EU budget.


Indicative programme - Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council (Education), 20 February 2020

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


European Semester 2020: Council recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area

On 18 February 2020, the Council approved the following recommendation on the economic policy of the euro area for the year 2020.


Taxation: Council revises its EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions

The Council adopted and published a revised EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. Four new jurisdictions were included in the list.


E-commerce: Council adopts new rules for exchange of VAT payment data

The Council today adopted new rules to facilitate detection of tax fraud in cross-border e-commerce transactions.


VAT: Council adopts simplified rules for small businesses

The Council today adopted a reform of the VAT rules applicable to small businesses.


EU-Japan PNR agreement: Council authorises opening of negotiations

The Council adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations between the EU and Japan for an agreement on the transfer and use of passenger name record (PNR) data.


Eurogroup report on a possible inter-governmental agreement for the budgetary instrument for convergence and competitiveness

The Eurogroup agreed today on a report covering the need, the content, the modalities and considerations on the size of a possible inter-governmental agreement on the basis of which external assigned revenues could top up the budget envelope of the BICC.


Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup meeting of 17 February 2020

Remarks by Mário Centeno following the Eurogroup meeting on economic situation, euro area recommendation, priorities for the EMU and the euro area budgetary instrument.


Eurogroup: Tuomas Saarenheimo appointed President of the Eurogroup working group

The Eurogroup appoints Tuomas Saarenheimo as President of the EWG for a two-year term, as of 1 April 2020.


Speech by President Charles Michel at the donors' conference "Together for Albania"

President Charles Michel spoke at the opening of the international donors' conference for Albania to help with reconstruction after the earthquake on 26 November 2019.


Syria: EU adds eight businessmen and two entities to sanctions list

The Council added eight businessmen and two entities to the list of those subject to sanctions against the Syrian regime and its supporters.


Zimbabwe: Council adopts conclusions and renews its arms embargo and targeted assets freeze against one company

Council adopts conclusions on Zimbabwe and renews its arms embargo and targeted assets freeze against one company.


Human rights: EU adopts conclusions on EU priorities at United Nations Human Rights Fora in 2020

The Council adopted conclusions establishing the priorities to be followed by the EU in UN human rights fora in 2020.


Belarus: EU prolongs arms embargo and sanctions against 4 individuals for one year

The Council prolonged the restrictive measures against Belarus until 28 February 2021.


Remarks by President Charles Michel before the EU-Western Balkans informal meeting

European Council President Charles Michel gave a doorstep upon his arrival and highlighted the importance of the EU-Western Balkans partnership.


Forward look: 17 - 29 February 2020

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.


Weekly schedule of President Charles Michel

Weekly schedule of President Charles Michel 16-22 February 2020


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