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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.

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.

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.

Eastern Partnership

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

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.

EU annual budget

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


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 revenue: own resources

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.

EU-Africa relations

Information on the frameworks shaping EU-Africa relations, economically and politically and on development cooperation.

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.

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. 

Fair labour mobility in the EU

The EU is working to increase fair labour mobility in the EU by removing barriers that hinder it. 

Improving cyber security across the EU

Information on the EU cyber security strategy and the proposed network information security (NIS) directive, and on the progress of discussions in the Council.

Improving the safety, reliability and interoperability of Europe's railways

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

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.

Joining the euro area

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.

Managing the EU's fish stocks

The EU manages fish stocks through its fisheries management system and common fisheries policy. Information on the role of the Council in this area.

Modernising EU rules for medical devices

New rules would boost the control of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices traded in the EU.