EU Council and council of the EU Press

04 Jul: Readout of the telephone conversation between President Charles Michel and Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed

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President Charles Michel spoke on the phone with Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed to follow-up on their meeting in the margins of the AU-EU Summit and on the recent visit of Commissioner Lenarcic to the country.

President Charles Michel took note of the recent efforts to improve humanitarian access in Tigray since the humanitarian truce. President Michel stressed that these efforts should be increased and sustained, notably via alternative roads and restoration of basic services, notably telecommunications. The President also highlighted that fuel and fertilisers are urgently needed to fight food …

30 Jun: Digital finance: agreement reached on European crypto-assets regulation (MiCA)

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The EU brings crypto-assets, crypto-assets issuers and crypto-asset service providers under a regulatory framework for the first time.

The Council presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on the markets in crypto-assets (MiCA) proposal which covers issuers of unbacked crypto-assets, and so-called “stablecoins”, as well as the trading venues and the wallets where crypto-assets are held. This regulatory framework will protect investors and preserve financial stability, while allowing innovation and fostering the attractiveness of the crypto-asset sector. This will bring more clarity in the European Union, as some member states …

30 Jun: Foreign subsidies distorting the internal market: provisional political agreement between the Council and the European Parliament

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The Council and the European Parliament today reached a provisional political agreement on the regulation on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market.

The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union was built on the principle of economic sovereignty. Economic sovereignty depends on two key principles: investment and protection. The agreement reached on this new instrument will make it possible to combat unfair competition from countries that grant massive subsidies to their industry. This is a major step towards protecting our economic interests.

Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy, …

30 Jun: Remarks by President Charles Michel after his meeting in Prague with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Petr Fiala

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Good evening every one. First of all let me thank you, dear Prime Minister, dear Petr, for your warm welcome. It’s a great pleasure for me to be back in Prague, and to be back for an important moment, because in a few hours it will be the official start, the formal start of your rotating Presidency. You are taking the reins at a turning point for Europe: never has our Union faced such great challenges.

I welcome the priorities of your Presidency. We have many challenges ahead: the war in Ukraine, …

30 Jun: Sanctions: Council requests European Parliament consent to add the violation of restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes

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The Council today requested the European Parliament’s consent on a decision to add the violation of restrictive measures to the list of ‘EU crimes’ included in the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.

The EU has adopted a number of restrictive measures in the context of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and it is essential that these measures are fully implemented. Currently member states have very different definitions of what constitutes a violation of restrictive measures and what penalties should be applied in the event of violation. This could lead …

30 Jun: Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU to mark the 20th anniversary of its entry into force

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20 years ago, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) entered into force.

The adoption of the Rome Statute has been a major step forward in the evolution of the international legal order and a breakthrough in the global fight against impunity. The ICC is the first permanent criminal judicial institution of universal character established to prosecute the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole, as foreseen in article 5 of the Rome Statute.

We call on all States that have not …

30 Jun: European Peace Facility: Council adopts assistance measure in support of the Moldovan Armed Forces

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The Council today adopted an assistance measure under the European Peace Facility worth €40 million for the benefit of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Moldova.

The assistance measure will strengthen the capacities of the Moldovan Armed Forces’ logistics, mobility, command and control, cyber-defence, unmanned aerial reconnaissance and tactical communications units by providing relevant non-lethal equipment, supplies and services, including equipment-related training.

This assistance measure will complement the €7 million assistance measure adopted in December 2021 which strengthens the capacities of the Military Medical Service and the Engineering Battalion of the …

30 Jun: Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

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On 23 June 2022, the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Paris. The United States was represented by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland and by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. The European Union was represented by the Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas and by Commissioners for Justice Didier Reynders and for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, as well as the French Ministers for Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti and for Home Affairs Gérald Darmanin, on behalf of…

29 Jun: Anti-money laundering: Provisional agreement reached on transparency of crypto asset transfers

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The EU is making it more difficult for criminals to misuse crypto currencies for criminal purposes. Negotiators from the Council presidency and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the proposal updating the rules on information accompanying the transfers of funds by extending the scope of those rules to transfers of crypto assets. The introduction of this “travel rule” will ensure financial transparency on exchanges in crypto-assets and will provide the EU with a solid and proportional framework that complies with the most demanding international standards on the exchange of …

29 Jun: Visas: Council approves negotiating mandate on visa liberalisation for Kuwait and Qatar

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The Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) approved the Council’s negotiating mandate on the liberalisation of short-stay visas for Kuwait and Qatar. On the basis of this mandate, the presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament.

The Council confirmed the Commission’s proposal to provide for visa-free travel for the citizens of these two countries when travelling to the EU for a maximum duration of 90 days per 180-day period.

The Council thus took the first step towards visa liberalisation with Kuwait and Qatar, which should apply after the conclusion of bilateral agreements with …