EU restrictive measures -'sanctions'- can help achieve the goals of the EU's foreign policy. Background on the adoption procedure at the Council.
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 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.
The better regulation agenda is a set of tools which aim to improve the way the EU legislates and ensure that EU legislation better serves citizens and businesses.
Presidents of the EU institutions have drafted a report on improving economic governance in the euro area.
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.
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.
Information on the proposals under the EU's energy union package, and on the state of discussions in the Council and European Council.
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).
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 Council is working on the review of EU's economic governance rules, the so-called 'two-pack' and the 'six-pack', which was carried out to check their effectiveness.