Speech: Vice-President Katainen on behalf of President Juncker at the Plenary Session of the European Parliament on the Finnish Presidency of the Council of Ministers

Press Release: EESC warns that without a strong European battery industry, car manufacturers may leave the EU

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) backs the EU action plan on batteries put together by the European Commission but points out that it needs to be stepped up and implemented swiftly.

Result and round-up: Election of the President of the European Commission

Ursula von der Leyen to become President of the European Commission. Vote result: 733 voted. In favour 383. Against 327. Abstentions 22. Political group reaction, media reaction, and more to follow. This post will be updated with more info throughout the day.

Press Release: Upcoming report on ethical frameworks in main EU institutions

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Speech: Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s to the European Parliament

Press Release: The EU is at a crossroad. The Finnish presidency will contribute to creating a more sustainable Europe for a sustainable future

Finland’s presidency kicks off during a decisive moment for the history of the European Union. In this transition period for the EU institutions, it is important that the cornerstones of European integration – peace, security, stability, democracy and prosperity – are protected against the rise of nationalist forces, and strengthened to face challenges including climate change, migration and economic and social crises.

UPDATED – Agenda: Coreper 2 Meeting (3-4 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Monthly Summary of Council Acts – April 2019

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Agenda: Meeting of the European Commission (16 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Implementation of the Strategic Agenda

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Political Guidelines for the Next European Commission 2019-2024: A Union that strives for more – My agenda for Europe

By candidate for President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

Press Release: Council adopts negotiation directives for modernisation of Energy Charter Treaty

The Council has today given a mandate to the European Commission to begin negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). It also adopted corresponding negotiating directives.

Press Release: New ECA Member Ivana Maletić (Croatia) takes office

Ms Maletić was appointed for the period from 15 July 2019 to 14 July 2025. She replaces outgoing Member Neven Mates. Ms Maletić was formerly a Member of the European Parliament, to which she was elected following Croatia’s accession to the EU on 1 July 2013. As an MEP, she served on the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Guidance on practical aspects of implementation of the Standardisation Regulation

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Agenda: Antici Group (15 July 2019)

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Save The Date: OPP Presents – Welcome to BXL cocktail with the European Copper Institute! (Brussels, 25 September 2019)

Put Wednesday 25th September in your diaries! After the success of last year’s inaugural event OPP once again partner with the European Copper Institute to host a cocktail evening (G&Ts will abound) to welcome new MEPs and their assistants to Brussels.

Commissioners’ Weekly Activities (15 July – 19 July 2019)

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Press Release: Tirana Hosts Europol’s first liaison office in the Western Balkans

Europol’s new liaison bureau in Tirana (Albania) was officially opened on 11 July 2019, in the presence of the General Director of the Albanian State Police, Ardi Veliu, EU Ambassador to Albania, Luigi Soreca, and Europol Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle. Albania is the first country in the Western Balkans to host a Europol liaison office and this opening highlights the importance of Albania and the Western Balkans as partners for Europol and the EU.

UPDATE – Press Release: EU Court of Justice: three judges appointed

Update: the text of the two Council Decisions are available.

The representatives of the governments of the member states today appointed three judges to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Mr Nils Wahl (Sweden) was appointed as judge to the Court of Justice for the period from 7 October 2019 to 6 October 2024.

Mr Roberto Mastroianni (Italy) and Ms Ornella Porchia (Italy) were appointed as judges to the General Court. Their term of office will run from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2025.

Agenda: Financial Counsellors Working Party Meeting (17 July 2019)

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UPDATED – Non Paper of Estonia, Ireland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden on ‘Increasing transparency & accountability: The key to a better functioning of the Union’.

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List of Council preparatory bodies

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G7 Summit (Biarritz, France, 24-26 August 2019)

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