The EU integrates new members, through the enlargement process once they meet a number of democratic, economic and political conditions.
Fighting terrorism is a top priority for the EU and its member states as well as its international partners. The EU counter-terrorism strategy was adopted in 2005, and an EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator was appointed in 2007. The EU adopted a comprehensive approach to tackle the issue of foreign fighters, and to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.
More than 30 million jobs in the EU depend on exports outside the EU, making the trade policy a vehicle for growth and a key priority.
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 aims to increase labour mobility through initiatives such as 'matchmaking' between job-seekers and employers, and fighting undeclared work.
Information on the role of the Council and the European Council in the response to growing migratory pressures and on their current areas of activity.
Presidents of the EU institutions have drafted a report on improving economic governance in the euro area.
The ban on unjustified geo-blocking between member states will stop customer discrimination and boost e-commerce.
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.
This is a concrete follow-up to the informal dinner in Tallinn on 28 September where President Tusk was mandated to draw up a Leaders' Agenda ahead of the European Council in October.
Managing the EU's fish stocks to make fishing sustainable by setting catch limits and quotas, preserving marine ecosystem and keeping the seas stocked.
New rules would boost the control of medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic medical devices traded in the EU.
Rules to make EU's money market funds more resilient and able to withstand market shocks
The EU works to ensure the safety of non-food consumer products through laws and measures focusing on areas such as rapid alert and traceability.
Information on the proposed legislation on novel foods, which aims to update the existing rules dating back to 1997.
Proposal to modernise rules for the labelling of organic products across the EU and to produce food that is more respectful of nature and the environment.