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Thursday, 18 May 2017

EU Commission: Indicative programme - Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 18 May 2017

Indicative programme - Justice and Home Affairs Council meeting of 18 May 2017

Place:     Europa building, Brussels
Chair:     Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security

All times are approximate and subject to change

+/- 08.00
Doorstep by Minister Abela
VIP entrance, Europa building 

+/- 13.00
Arrivals (live streaming)
VIP entrance, Europa building

+/- 13.30
Working lunch together with EU defence ministers on counter-terrorism

+/- 15.30
Beginning of the meeting
Adoption of the agenda
Approval of non-legislative A items

Reform of the common European asylum system and resettlement
EU priorities for the fight against crime

+/- 18.00 Roundtable 

+/- 19.15
Press conference (live streaming)
Main press room, Justus Lipsius building

+/- 20.00
Working dinner discussion together with EU development ministers on external aspects of migration

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ACP-EU – 28th meeting of Economic and Social Interest Groups

The EESC held the 28th Meeting of Economic and Social Interest Groups of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states and EU countries in Brussels on 15-16 May. Trade relations, the new European consensus for development, prevention and reduction of food loss and waste, industrialisation as a development driver, and the future of EU relations with ACP countries were the five main themes of the conference, as outlined in a jointly accepted declaration ...

Related Sub Themes: Africa, Caribbean and Pacific, Industrial Change, Sustainable development

Related Themes: External Relations - the rest of the world

Related EESC Figures: EESC President

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Article - Streaming without borders: EU rules to allow using online subscriptions abroad

Plenary sessions : Online content is increasingly being accessed using portable devices, however when travelling abroad content might be blocked. This could all change due to MEPs voting on 18 May on new rules that would allow users to enjoy their online film subscriptions when traveling in the EU the same way they do at home. Also it not only applies to TV series and films, but also to other digital products such as e-books and songs.

Source : © European Union, 2017 - EP

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Remarks by President Donald Tusk before his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron

Good evening. I have come to you today, to the President of the proud Republic of France, with a simple message: Europe needs your energy, your imagination, your courage. And when I say Europe, I am not thinking about the institutions or bureaucracy, but about millions of Europeans, who see your victory as a sign of hope. Hope for a Europe that protects, for a Europe that wins, for a Europe that looks to the future. I am talking about the French and Belgians, Poles and Germans, the Irish and the Greeks. Because from all the European states I hear voices of those who are regaining their faith in the European Union.

A strong EU, capable of being sovereign in relation to the external world, capable of protecting its values, culture and economic interests, capable of protecting its external border, is the best, and perhaps the only guarantee of national and state sovereignty and independence. We both believe that for rational and responsible patriots, there is no alternative to a united and sovereign Europe.

Words such as security, protection, dignity and pride must return to our political dictionary. There is no reason why, in public debate, extremists and populists should have a monopoly on these terms. Today they are cynically taking advantage of social fears and uncertainty, building their own model of security on prejudice, authoritarianism and organised hatred. Our response must be clear and decisive. And you are the best proof that this is possible, Mister President. Thank you.

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Joint Statement by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on aviation security cooperation

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 17 May 2017   Today, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, hosted a delegation from the United States in Brussels, led by Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, to discuss issues related to...

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