On 3 April 2017, the European Council formally adopted a regulation on the responsible supply of minerals which had previously been approved by the European Parliament on 16 March 2017. The objective of this legislation is to put an end to the financing of armed groups through the trading of so-called conflict minerals.
While receiving the Charlemagne Prize on 6 May 2016, Pope Francis invited us to dare to dream of a new Europe. For him this means moving from a cash-based economy to a social economy, a project which could instil enthusiasm in the younger generation and for which he looked for support from the Church. Is this project Utopian or could it be achieved?
A report drawn up by a group of international experts under the aegis of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Jacques Delors Institute, is promoting a set of recommendations, which Enrico Letta, President of the Jacques Delors Institute and former Italian Prime Minister, sets out below.
Despite high budget deficits, Spain and Portugal have been spared the sanctions of the EU stability pact for the time being. This decision is being met with a lack of understanding, and is one that illustrates the need for a joint fiscal policy.
The United Kingdom is still reeling from the result of the EU referendum in which 51.9% of voters opted to leave the European Union. Frances Murphy, the editor of Thinking Faith, shares her observations.
>24 July The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) will bring together economic and financial ministers from all EU member states in order to review EU economic policies, taxation issues and the regulation of financial services.
>17-18 July The Agriculture and Fisheries Council will be held in Brussels. Member States’ ministers responsible for fisheries and agriculture will participate in order to discuss issues relating to agriculture and fisheries, including food safety, animal health, animal welfare and plant health.
>31 July – 11 August COMECE headquarter in Brussels will be closed.
28 – 31 August The European Parliament’s Committees will take place in order to prepare the legislative work for Parliament's plenary.