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Just the Facts: Informal Summit of the European Council, 3 February 2017

On Friday 3 February 2017, EU leaders met in Valletta, the capital city of Malta, for an informal summit.  The meeting consisted of a morning session, in which all 28 EU leaders discussed migration.  This was followed by an afternoon session where the EU27 leaders, excluding UK Prime Minister Theresa […]

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Just the Facts: Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

On 1 January 2017, Malta took over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, marking the first time Malta has held the Presidency since they joined the EU in 2004.  In 2009, the Lisbon Treaty established a system whereby a trio of Member States consecutively hold the […]

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Just the Facts: European Parliament Presidential Elections

Elections took place in the European Parliament on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 to replace the outgoing President, Martin Schulz.  President Schulz, a member of the Socialists and Democrats group, had held the position since January 2012.  Antonio Tajani of the European People’s Party group was elected as the 30th President […]

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Just the Facts: European Council, 15 December 2016

On 15 December, the leaders of the 28 EU Member States met for the final scheduled European Council meeting of the year.  The agenda for the summit included migration, security, economy and youth, and external relations.  The next formal European Council summit is scheduled to take place on 9-10 March […]

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