• EU to decide tonight whether to agree on new Brexit delay

      EU to decide tonight whether to agree on new Brexit delay

      EU leaders will meet tonight in Brussels for an extraordinary European Council sitting to see what British PM Theresa May will propose them and then to decide whether to agree on new Brexit delay. As the European Council President Donald Tusk wrote in his invitation letter to the EUCO members, PM May has sent him a request the exit date to be postponed for 30 June.

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    • EU agrees short delay to Brexit

      EU agrees short delay to Brexit

      On 21 March, the first day of the Spring European Council in Brussels, after long hours of discussions about the configuration of the Brexit postponement scheme, the EU27 agreed to propose two scenarios to the UK. As the official Brexit Day is just around the corner and the uncertainties surrounding the divorce became more and more entangled, a day before the sitting, British Prime Minister Theresa May sent a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk in which she requested two things. 

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    • EU to require biometrics on national ID cards

      EU to require biometrics on national ID cards

      The EU Council Presidency and European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the introduction of mandatory biometric national identity cards, which will include a photo and two fingerprints. This comes shortly after the European Commission estimated that around 80m Europeans had ID cards without biometric data which were, in addition, not machine readable.

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    • Romania takes over EU presidency

      Romania takes over EU presidency

      Romania took over the EU's rotating presidency on 1 January at a tumultuous time for the bloc and just days after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker voiced doubts about the country's ability to do the job. Brussels is already at loggerheads with the increasingly populist government in Bucharest on multiple fronts and Juncker's comments highlight some of the strains.

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    • Divorce deal is not open for rethink

      Divorce deal is not open for rethink

      At their last for this year European Council sitting, held in Brussels on 13 and 14 December, the EU leaders had a lot of pressing issues on their plates, starting with the common long-term budget for 2021-2027, migration, completion of the Single Market and the Economic and Monetary Union, among the long list of items. But they also had to put Brexit again on the table, just 19 days after they endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration, because in London the divorce deal was challenged not only from opponents of the government, but also from some Tory party members.

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    • Wanted: Fairer rules for truck drivers and hauliers

      Wanted: Fairer rules for truck drivers and hauliers

      The European Council presented its general approach on a key reform of the road transport sector, which includes drivers' working conditions, special posting rules for drivers in international transport, access to the haulage market, and improved enforcement. The reform is designed to ensure a balance between adequate working conditions for drivers and the freedom to provide cross-border services for operators, the Council said in its press release. It will also provide clarity for the sector and put an end to divergent national interpretations of rules.

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    • Leaders called the agreement with London the best possible

      Leaders called the agreement with London the best possible

      At their special summit on Sunday morning in Brussels the leaders of the EU 27 sealed the withdrawal agreement of London from the EU and the European Atomic Energy Community, and also signed a Political Declaration that sets the direction of the future relations between the two sides. After doing this they held a short meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May. It is expected the divorce deal to guarantee a smooth departure of the UK on 30 March 2019. 

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