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Adopting EU restrictive measures - 'sanctions'

EU restrictive measures -'sanctions'- can help achieve the goals of the EU's foreign policy. Background on the adoption procedure at the Council.

Animal and plant health package: smarter rules for safer food

Background on the animal and plant health package, which would modernise current rules and improve food safety standards, and on the state of play in the Council.

Athena - financing security and defence military operations

Athena is the EU mechanism handling the financing of common costs relating to EU military operations under the EU's common security and defence policy (CSDP)

Banking union

The banking union is an EU-level banking supervision and resolution system, designed to ensure that EU's banking sector is safe and reliable.

Better law-making agreement

The interinstitutional agreement on better law-making is a set of tools which aim to improve the way the EU legislates and ensure that EU legislation better serves citizens and businesses.

Budget of the EU

The annual budget lays down the EU expenditure and revenue for one year and ensures the financing of EU programmes and actions.


Capital markets union

The capital markets union is an EU initiative which aims to deepen and further integrate the capital markets of the 28 EU member states.

Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

Presidents of the EU institutions have drafted a report on improving economic governance in the euro area. 

Data protection reform

Information on the proposed reform of European data protection legislation. State of discussions at the Council on the two legislative texts presented.

Digital single market for Europe

Information on the proposed strategy to expand the EU's digital economy, and on the latest discussions in the Council on both the strategy and its legislative proposals.    

Eastern Partnership

The Eastern Partnership is designed to reinforce the political association and economic integration with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Education for economic growth and inclusion

Education and training can improve economic growth and prevent poverty and exclusion. Background of the Council's priorities and current activities in this area.

Encouraging structural reforms and investment: flexibility of the Stability and Growth Pact rules

To support the EU's efforts to boost investment and structural reforms, the Council discusses the flexibility of the existing rules of the Stability and Growth Pact. 

Energy union: secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for Europe

Information on the proposals under the EU's energy union package, and on the state of discussions in the Council and European Council.

Entry of third-country nationals for research, studies and training: Europe as a centre of excellence

Information on the proposal to create a single instrument for the entry of students, researchers and trainees, and on the state of discussions at the Council.

EU at the UN General Assembly

The EU is a permanent observer at the UN General Assembly. Information on EU participation and priorities for the 70th UN General Assembly  (September 2015).

EU enlargement

Information on the Council's priorities and activities on the EU enlargement process and the current status of candidate countries.

EU fight against terrorism

Information on the EU counter-terrorism strategy, the role of the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator and current areas of action, including foreign fighters.

EU-Africa relations

Information on the frameworks shaping EU-Africa relations, economically and politically and on the role of the Council.

European Semester

The European Semester helps the member states to coordinate their economic, employment and fiscal policies better and to make sure they reflect the EU-level goals.