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EU leaders held a special meeting on the situation in the Mediterranean and committed to step up both resources and financing to stem the dramatic loss of life.

 

The Commission plans to give member states more freedom on GMOs. Separately the College also met with the African Union Commission and sent a Statement of Objections to Gazprom.

 

The Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google on its comparison shopping service and has opened a separate formal investigation into Android. The College also welcomed His Majesty Felipe VI, King of Spain.

 

The EU significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to €1.1 billion.

 

31 March 2015 marks the end of the EU's dairy quotas. In the context of a reformed Common Agriculture Policy this provides EU producers with more flexibility to respond to growing demand, especially on the world market and create more jobs.

 

Digital technology is part of everyday life – yet many barriers remain to using it. Today the Commission discussed the Digital Single Market Strategy due for adoption in May and set out the main areas of its work.

 

Following a meeting today in Brussels, during which they took stock of the ongoing negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and US Trade Representative Michael Froman issued a joint statement on public services in trade agreements.

 

EU leaders met in Brussels on 19 and 20 March. They focused on the major strategic challenges facing Europe: endorsing plans for an Energy Union, delivering growth and jobs, and dealing with instability on our borders.

 

A new Joint Declaration on the relationships between the EU and Greenland was signed by President Jean-Claude Juncker, Greenlandic Premier Kim Kielsen and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and signals a new cycle in the relations.

 

The Commission presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance in the EU. During its weekly meeting the College of Commissioners also welcomed French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

 

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