EU restrictive measures -'sanctions'- can help achieve the goals of the EU's foreign policy. Background on the adoption procedure at the Council.
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)
The banking union is an EU-level banking supervision and resolution system, designed to ensure that EU's banking sector is safe and reliable.
Information on the proposals under the EU's energy union package, and on the state of discussions in the Council and European Council.
Information on the Council's priorities and activities on the EU enlargement process and the current status of candidate countries.
Information on the EU counter-terrorism strategy, the role of the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator and current areas of action, including foreign fighters.
The EU rules on own resources define the different types of EU revenue, such as sugar levies or VAT-based own resources, and the methods for calculating them.
Europe as a centre of excellence: entry of third-country nationals for research, studies and training
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.
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.
The EU is working to increase fair labour mobility in the EU by removing barriers that hinder it.
Information on the EU cyber security strategy and the proposed network information security (NIS) directive, and on the progress of discussions in the Council.
Information on the 4th railway package proposals to modernise and reform Europe's domestic railways, and the on the state of play of discussions in the Council.
Investment plan for Europe aims to boost investment and long-term economic growth in the EU. It will create a dedicated fund, provide advisory services and improve investment environment.
To be able to join the euro area the EU member states are required to fulfil the so-called 'convergence criteria' - economic and legal conditions.
The EU manages fish stocks through its fisheries management system and common fisheries policy. Information on the role of the Council in this area.
New rules would boost the control of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices traded in the EU.
A modern management of the EU's external borders will facilitate crossing for frequent travellers and contribute to the fight against illegal migration.