TRADE
TRADE: Commission to analyse third-country investments in strategic sectors

Brussels, 23/06/2017 (Agence Europe)On Friday 23 June, the heads of state or government of the EU countries made progress towards a better balance between market openness and a level playing field for international trade (see EUROPE 11813).  

The European Council, which is understandably divided over the degree of openness and/or protection of trade, was measured in its statements. “Europe is and will remain open for business. But we agreed that Europe needs to better protect people from unfair trade practices, for example by introducing more reciprocity. We agreed that the...

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Europe Diplomacy & Defense No. 997
Prospects of European defence are good but not yet secured

In the next few hours, the European Council will again discuss security and defence.  To boot, it will reiterate its commitment to “strengthen cooperation in external security and defence in order to protect the Union and its citizens and to contribute to peace and stability in its neighbourhood and beyond”.  Its conclusions are also expected to reaffirm that “the transatlantic...

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1953 - 2017

On 12 March 1953, the first issue of the daily news bulletin "Europe" was published, and we are therefore celebrating our sixty-fourth anniversary. This is a ripe old age for a press agency, but is not extraordinary in and of itself: older news agencies exist, some of them much older. What is unusual about us is that we are exactly as old as the first European Community, the forerunner of today's European Union. In July 1952, the Paris Treaty came into force, giving rise to the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), and it was at the beginning of 1953 that the "ECSC levy" started being applied, the first European tax. In February 1953, the coal and steel markets were opened up to the six participating countries. This moment marked the end of prehistory and the beginning of history for the united Europe, and Agence Europe's newsletter took on its role of closely following developments in Europe's history from one day to the next.

Bulletin Quotidien Europe 11815 - 24/6/2017
EUROPEAN COUNCIL
TRADE: Commission to analyse third-country investments in strategic sectors
MIGRATION: With no breakthrough, European Council postpones reform of common European asylum system
UNITED KINGDOM: Insufficient and vague, May's offer on rights of citizens disappoints
SOCIAL AFFAIRS: Positive first meeting between Emannuel Macron and Visegrad Group
TAXATION: FTT – atmosphere seems to be one of wait-and-see
FUTURE OF EU: France and Germany want to be motor of EU, but not exclusively
SECTORAL POLICIES
TRANSPORT: Commission plans to invest €2.7 billion in 157 transport projects
TRANSPORT: G7 recommends investing in high-quality infrastructure and new technology
ENERGY: Political agreement expected on revision of energy efficiency and performance of buildings directives
AGRICULTURE: MEPs want more protection from pesticides for farmers
ENVIRONMENT: Two MEPs press Commission to take Monsanto Papers into account in examining Bayer takeover of Monsanto
ENVIRONMENT: New criteria for award of Ecolabel to detergents without micro-plastics
PLANTS: Agreement on EU plant health awareness-raising strategy
PLANTS: Changes to invasive species list give cause for concern
COHESION: CPMR calls for greater separation between Juncker plan and structural and investment funds
COHESION: Committee of Regions' report notes that three quarters of country-specific recommendations have territorial dimension
ECONOMY - FINANCE - BUSINESS
ECB: Institute wants clear legal competence in clearing of financial instruments
EXTERNAL ACTION
LIBYA: Mogherini says EU will support work of new UN special representative for Libya
EDUCATION
EDUCATION: MEPs call for transparency on skills and qualifications
NEWS BRIEFS
SOUTH KOREA: Mogherini looking forward to working with Kang Kyung-Wha
CLIMATE: Second session of inter-institutional negotiations on structural reform of ETS on 27 June
GREECE: Hurdle to disbursement to Athens of aid tranche recently unblocked seems to have been lifted
YEMEN: €5 million in additional aid to fight cholera epidemic
CALENDAR
Main activities of the European institutions: 26/06 - 2/07
Other events: 26/06 - 2/07