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Saturday, 14 October 2017

EU Commission: EIB launches operations in Republic of Uzbekistan

EIB launches operations in Republic of Uzbekistan

The EIB and the Republic of Uzbekistan signed today in Washington a framework agreement establishing the legal basis for the EIB's activities in Uzbekistan, including the provision of finance and technical assistance. The EU bank can now support public and private sector projects in the areas of infrastructure, energy and energy efficiency and assist SMEs in the country. The Republic of Uzbekistan is the fourth state in Central Asia to establish a partnership with the EIB. Similar agreements have been signed with Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, which have already resulted in more than EUR 700 million of financing.

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Weekly schedule of President Donald Tusk

Tuesday 17 October 2017
13.00 Meeting with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker
18.00 Meeting with President of BusinessEurope Emma Marcegaglia
19.30 Meeting with General Secretary of European Trade Union (ETUC) Luca Visentini

Wednesday 18 October 2017
14.00 Tripartite Social Summit (press conference ±17.15)

Thursday 19 October 2017
12.30 European People's Party Summit (Académie royale de Belgique)
15.00 European Council meeting

Friday 20 October 2017
09.00 Working breakfast of the members of the European Council
10.30 European Council meeting (Art. 50)

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Updated statement by the General Secretariat of the Council on the incident in the Europa building

Updated at 18.00

The nature of the technical issue affecting the ventilation in the kitchens of the Europa building has been identified.

The civil protection services have determined that the problem was caused by a chemical reaction between two industrial cleaning products.

All the systems have been cleaned, and measures taken to prevent any such problem to recur.

Almost all the staff affected have returned home after a medical check-up. We continue to monitor closely the medical condition of the four contractual staff who remain under observation in hospital.

We expect to re-open the Europa building on Monday. Meetings will resume as scheduled and our plans for next week's European Council meeting remain unchanged 


A technical issue affecting the ventilation in the kitchens of the Europa building, producing noxious fumes in the kitchens, has led to a number of kitchen staff falling ill. 

The Belgian firemen and medical services were brought in today to investigate the situation and evacuate kitchen staff who felt ill. 

Applying the principle of safety first, we have decided, in consultation with the Belgian authorities, to evacuate staff from the Europa building to the Justus Lipsius building as a precautionary measure. 

All relevant GSC services are working together, along with the relevant Belgian services to ensure the safety of people working in the buildings, and the investigation as to the source of the problem is underway.

This incident will not prevent next week's meeting of the European Council (19-20 October) from going ahead.

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Indicative programme - General Affairs and General Affairs (Art. 50) Councils of 17 October 2017

Place:           European Convention Center Luxembourg (ECCL)
Chair:           Matti Maasikas, Deputy Minister for European Affairs of Estonia 

All times are approximate and subject to change   

from 08.30   
Arrivals (live streaming

+/- 09.00      
Doorstep by Deputy Minister Matti Maasikas 

+/- 10.00      
Beginning of Council meeting (Roundtable)
Adoption of legislative A items (public session)
Adoption of non-legislative A items 
Preparation of the European Council on 19 October 2017
Annual rule of law dialogue
Any other business   

+/- 12.45      
Press conference
(live streaming)

Working lunch 

+/- 15.00      
Beginning of Council (Art. 50) meeting
Preparation of the European Council (Article 50) on 20 October 2017
Any other business 

In the margins of GAC (Art. 50)

Relocation of the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority 

+/- 17.30      
Press conference
(live streaming)   

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Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council concerning restrictive measures against Syria

On 25 September 2017, the Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2017/1754[1] implementing Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP. 

The Decision updates information relating to four persons and one entity as set out in Annex I. 

The Candidate Countries Montenegro*, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Serbia* and Albania*, the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this Council Implementing Decision. 

They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision. 

The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it. 

 [1] Published on 26.9.2017 in the Official Journal of the European Union n° L 246, p.7. 

*The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process. 

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