A new online register, launched on Tuesday 12 December, will make it easier to find and track EU decisions taken in the form of delegated acts. Delegated acts are used to supplement or amend EU laws.
Update: Amendmends are now available.
Vote results and texts adopted will be added when available.
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).
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.
MEPs will discuss progress in the Brexit talks with EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and chief negotiator Michel Barnier before putting forward a number of recommendations.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.