Joint Statement on a Global Level Playing Field – MC11

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Market Access Database (Tariffs, Formalities & New or Resolved Barriers) (11 December – 15 December 2017)

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Council Regulation amending Regulation (EU) No 1388/2013 opening and providing for the management of autonomous tariff quotas of the Union for certain agricultural and industrial products

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UPDATED – Annotated Draft Agenda: Meeting of the European Council (Art. 50) (15 December 2017)

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Agenda: General Affairs Council (Art. 50) (12 December 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Council Decision (EU) 2017/2301 of 4 December 2017 on the position to be adopted on behalf of the European Union within the ACP-EU Committee of Ambassadors as regards the implementation of Article 68 of the ACP-EU Partnership Agreement

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2300 of 12 December 2017 initiating an investigation concerning the possible circumvention of anti-dumping measures imposed by Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/82 on imports of citric acid originating in the People’s Republic of China by imports of citric acid consigned from Cambodia, whether declared as originating in Cambodia or not, and making such imports subject to registration

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Debates, Vote Results & Texts Adopted: European Parliament Plenary Session (11 – 14 December 2017)

Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.

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Briefing: Outlook for the meetings of EU leaders on 14-15 December 2017

On 14 and 15 December 2017, EU leaders will convene in four different settings with varying compositions and levels of formality: a regular summit of the European Council, a Leaders’ meeting on migration, a European Council (Article 50) meeting, and an enlarged Euro Summit. The agenda of the formal European Council concentrates on defence, social policy, and education and culture, whilst the informal Leaders’ meeting will focus exclusively on migration, and notably on the reform of the Common European Asylum System. At the European Council (Article 50) meeting, EU leaders will consider the Commission’s recommendation that ‘sufficient progress’ has been made in the negotiations with the United Kingdom, and decide whether to move to the next phase. The enlarged Euro Summit will discuss further developments in the euro area, the banking union and the gradual completion of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU).

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Press Release: Council approves the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019

On 12 December, the Council approved the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019 which have been agreed with the European Parliament and the Commission. The priorities are set out in a joint declaration due to be signed by the Presidents of the three institutions on 14 December. The declaration lists the main legislative initiatives on which the three institutions aim to achieve substantial progress and, where possible, agreement, before the 2019 European elections.

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Press Release: EU proposes a modernised partnership with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific countries

The European Commission has today presented a recommendation to the Council, including a proposal for negotiating directives. This is an important milestone towards opening negotiations with the countries of the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

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Press Release: Digital Trade Strategy: Digital rights must know no borders

Today, the European Parliament adopted for the first time and by a very large majority a digital trade strategy. Its Members, representing all political groups apart from the extremes, call for international trade rules to deliver tangible benefits for consumers, to dismantle the digital obstacles faced by European companies in third countries and to promote worldwide respect for fundamental rights. To this end, they ask for the inclusion in the EU’s trade agreements of rock-solid provisions in line with EU law, in particular on personal data protection, forced data localisation, net neutrality, roaming and intellectual property.

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Press Release: S&Ds push to bring the EU’s trade policy into the digital age

Today, the European Parliament adopted as the first EU institution a digital trade strategy. The digitisation of our economies raises new questions about market access for digital goods and services in third countries and the protection of digital rights. Most of the existing trade rules were written in the ‘analogue age’, the European Parliament now wants to bring them into the 21st century.

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UPDATED – Agenda: General Affairs Council (12 December 2017)

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Official Journal (L Series): Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/2287 of 8 December 2017 specifying the forms to be used in relation to the import of mercury and of certain mixtures of mercury pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2017/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council on mercury

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Press Release: Facts and figures about economic globalisation: Patterns in EU trade and investment

Globalisation, which can be defined as an increasingly integrated world economy, includes movements of goods, services, people, capital and technology. It has an impact on businesses, governments and citizens, as globalised trade and investment notably changes our consumption and production patterns, triggers the transformation of labour markets, supports technology transfer as well as industrial restructuring. Statistics can help to better understand how significant these impacts are. This is precisely the aim of the brand new publication ”Globalisation patterns in EU trade and investment”, issued today by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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Official Journal (C Series): Case AT.38238 — Raw Tobacco — Spain — Fine amendment decision

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Press Release: Tackling counterfeiting and piracy across the EU – the impact of a coordinated approach

Intensive cooperation and coordination between enforcement authorities at EU level has led to the seizure of millions of fake and possibly harmful products and has helped to take down several transnational criminal networks.

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Press Release: Commission concludes trade agreement with Japan, but the deal is not done yet

The European Commission has quietly concluded the free trade agreement with Japan today, but the European Council and European Parliament must still decide. GUE/NGL MEPs warn that the Japan-EU Free Trade Agreement (JEFTA) contains many of the same problems as TTIP and CETA which European citizens have clearly stated that they find unacceptable.

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