Thursday

19th Oct 2017

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Dutch lower house approves EU-Ukraine treaty

The Dutch lower house of parliament on Thursday approved the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, leaving a vote in the Senate after Dutch elections on 15 March as a final hurdle before the deal can enter into force. The Netherlands is the only EU country that hadn't ratified the Association Agreement with Ukraine, signed in 2014, after 61 percent of participants in a citizen-driven referendum in April 2016 voted against it.

Focus

Health MEPs want to phase out glyphosate by 2020

A committee resolution said the proposal to renew the glyphosate permit for a decade "fails to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment".

Macron puts trade policy on summit table

France's president wants a "political discussion" on EU trade policies at Thursday's summit, amid domestic concerns over Canada and South America deals. But his colleagues are likely to avoid a lengthy debate.

News in Brief

  1. Spanish government to decide Saturday on Catalonia measures
  2. EU court confirms freezing of Yanukovych funds
  3. UK PM appeals to EU citizens
  4. Catalan leader sends independence ultimatum
  5. Madrid eyes early elections as solution to Catalan crisis
  6. Merkel starts coalition talks to form government by December
  7. Iceland confirms long-standing EU opposition, poll shows
  8. EU summit moved to previous building after fumes scare

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