Policies

EU enlargement

The EU integrates new members, through the enlargement process once they meet a number of democratic, economic and political conditions.

EU fight against terrorism

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.

EU trade policy

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. 

EU-Africa relations

Africa is a key partner of the EU. African countries and the EU cooperate through multiple frameworks such as the Cotonou agreement and the joint Africa-EU strategy.

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 aims to increase labour mobility through initiatives such as 'matchmaking' between job-seekers and employers, and fighting undeclared work.

Financial assistance for euro area member states

Euro area member states experiencing financing difficulties can receive financial support via the European Stability Mechanism, on certain conditions.

 

Finding solutions to migratory pressures

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.

Five presidents' report: completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

Presidents of the EU institutions have drafted a report on improving economic governance in the euro area.

Geo-blocking: unlocking e-commerce in the EU

The ban on unjustified geo-blocking between member states will stop customer discrimination and boost e-commerce. 

Investment plan for Europe

Investment plan for Europe is an EU initiative to increase investment across the EU and boost long-term economic growth

 

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.

Leaders' Agenda

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.

 

Management of the EU's fish stocks

Managing the EU's fish stocks to make fishing sustainable by setting catch limits and quotas, preserving marine ecosystem and keeping the seas stocked.

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.

Money market funds

Rules to make EU's money market funds more resilient and able to withstand market shocks

Multiannual financial framework: shaping EU expenditure

The multiannual financial framework (MFF) sets the limits for the annual general budgets of the European Union for a period of five or 7 years.

New product safety and market surveillance rules

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.

Novel foods

Information on the proposed legislation on novel foods, which aims to update the existing rules dating back to 1997.

Organic farming

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.