Animal and plant health package: smarter rules for safer food

Making smarter rules for safer food is the aim of this EU initiative on animal and plant health by updating current rules and food safety standards.

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

Proposal to simplify and tailor EU legislation to better serve citizens and businesses via a set of new tools.


EU and the UK after the referendum on 23 June 2016. Explaining the Brexit negotiation process, including all negotiation documents and guidelines. 

Budget of the EU

The annual budget lays down the annual EU expenditure and revenue, 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

A 'health test' of the economy which allows EU ministers to prioritise and assess the impact of EU rules and policies.

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

The digital single market aims to help consumers and businesses buy and sell online, and looks to enable the growth of digital networks and services. 

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

The EU wants to equip its citizens with the skills needed in the labour market by reducing early school leave and upholding tertiary level education. 

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 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 committed to multilateralism, with a strong and effective United Nations at its core. Every year the Council of the EU adopts the EU priorities at the UN and the UN General Assembly, taking into account the UN's agenda and global issues.

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.