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Top Stories from the European Council - 22-26 June 2020

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Conference on the Future of Europe - Council agrees its position

Member states' EU ambassadors agreed the Council's position on the Conference on the Future of Europe.


Excise duty: provisional agreement on modernised taxation rules for alcohol

EU ambassadors today reached a provisional agreement on updated excise duties on alcohol within the EU. The reform will improve the business environment and reduce costs for small alcohol producers, while taking into account considerations related to health and efficient tax collection.


Just Transition Fund: Council agrees on its partial negotiating position

The Council today endorsed its partial mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament on establishing the Just Transition Fund.


Taxation: Council agrees on the postponement of certain tax rules

To cater for the disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council today agreed on the deferral of certain measures related to cross-border information exchanges and VAT for e-commerce.


Increased support for EU farmers affected by the COVID-19 crisis: Council adopts exceptional measures

The Council adopted measures to support EU farmers and small businesses active in processing, marketing or development of agricultural products or cotton.


COVID-19: Council adopts exceptional rules to facilitate bank lending in the EU

The Council adopted today a package of temporary and extraordinary measures aimed at maximising the capacity of banks to lend money and support households and businesses to get through the COVID-19 crisis.


European Year of Rail 2021 – Council agrees its position in support of the initiative

The EU is preparing the designation of the year 2021 as a European Year of Rail.


Media advisory - Press briefing ahead of the conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region", 30 June 2020

Press briefing organised ahead of the conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region", 30 June 2020.


Clearing houses: Presidency and Parliament reach political agreement on recovery and resolution

The Croatian presidency and the Parliament reached a political agreement on a common set of rules to deal with the recovery and resolution of clearing houses.


Main messages from the Tripartite Social Summit, Tuesday, 23 June 2020

A Tripartite Social Summit took place via video link. Participants discussed the contribution of the social partners to relaunching growth and employment in the aftermath of COVID-19.


Forward look: 22 June - 5 July 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 22-28 June 2020


Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/607 of 4 May 2020 amending Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua


Remarks by President Charles Michel after the 22nd EU-China summit

At the press conference, President Charles Michel highlighted the main items discussed during the 22nd EU-China summit held by video conference.


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