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.

Anti tax avoidance package

A set of EU-wide legislative and non-legislative initiatives to make corporate taxation in the EU fairer, simpler and more effective.

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.


EU and the UK after the referendum on 23 June 2016.

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.

Common consolidated corporate tax base

The Council is working on a relaunched legislative initiative to establish a common consolidated corporate tax base in the EU.

Competitiveness check-up

Information about the ongoing process that carries out a health test of important aspects and sectors of the EU economy.

Cotonou Agreement

The Cotonou Agreement is the overarching framework for EU relations with African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. 

Data protection reform

Information on the reform of European data protection legislation. This reform unifies and updates the legislation on protection of personal data.

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

Information on the new directive on conditions of entry and residence for students and researchers and timeline of decisions 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 71st UN General Assembly  (September 2016).

EU cooperation on security and defence

At the Bratislava Summit of September 2016, the 27 leaders of the EU decided to give a new impetus to the European external security and defence: in a challenging geopolitical environment, the EU cooperation on external security and defence will be strengthened.