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Luxembourg takes over Council presidency

02/07/2015 - Luxembourg takes over Council presidency

Starting today, the rotating six-month presidency of the Council of the EU will be in the hands of one of the smallest, yet most experienced member state. Luxembourg will have to deal with many pressing issues, including the Greek debt crisis, an increase in irregular migration and the preparation for the climate change conference in Paris in December.

New €15 million EU aid package for Ukraine

02/07/2015 - New €15 million EU aid package for Ukraine

The EU is increasing its humanitarian response to help people affected by the crisis in eastern Ukraine, with a new aid package worth €15 million announced today by EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides during his visit to the country.

Progress achieved in the Council during Latvian Presidency

01/07/2015 - Progress achieved in the Council during Latvian Presidency

On 30 June, came the final day of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and with it, the assessment of the main progress achieved during this period. Latvia was assuming this task for the first time, from 1 January 2015 to 30 June 2015.

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Acquisition of citizenship in the EU - EU Member States granted citizenship to almost 1 million persons in 2013 - Moroccans continue to be main recipients

02/07/2015 - Acquisition of citizenship in the EU - EU Member States granted citizenship to almost 1 million persons in 2013 - Moroccans continue to be main recipients

In 2013, around 985 000 persons acquired citizenship of a Member State of the European Union (EU), up by 20% (or about 163 000 persons) compared with 2012. Of the total number of persons obtaining the citizenship of one of the EU Member States in 2013, 89% were citizens of non-EU countries.

Laying the groundwork for a digital single market

01/07/2015 - Laying the groundwork for a digital single market

From shopping, to working, listening music or watching films: much of what we do these days takes place online. The European Commission wants to create a digital single market in the EU to help boost growth and create jobs. It outlined it strategy on 6 May 2015 and legislative proposals will follow this year and next year. The European Parliament is working on an own-initiative report with ideas for the digital single market, which can then be used for the Commission's proposals.

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