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Ref: I-088134
Date: 28/03/2014
European Council, Brussels, 20-21/03/2014
The EU Heads of State or Government met in Brussels on 20 and 21 March 2014 for the spring European Council.The European Council held an in depth discussion on the situation in Ukraine. It adopted a strong message of support to Ukraine and agreed on a number of concrete measures in that respect. The EU and its Member States signed the political provisions of the Association Agreement with Ukraine. The European Council strongly condemned the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation and will not recognise it. In the absence of any steps towards de-escalation, the European Council decided on an extension of the visa ban and asset freeze and cancelled the next EU/Russia summit. While remaining open for dialogue, the European Council did not exclude additional and far reaching consequences for relations with Russia in case of any further steps by the Russian Federation to destabilise the situation in Ukraine and asked the Commission and the Member States to prepare possible targeted measures. It also decided to advance the signature of the Association Agreements with Georgia and Moldova.Europe is emerging from the financial and economic crisis. The European economy is recovering, after several years of limited or even negative growth. The recovery is expected to strengthen. The European Council had an exchange of views on the economic and social situation and outlook. It discussed in particular the most appropriate policy response for the short and medium term. It concluded the first phase of the European Semester and had a first discussion on the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy ahead of the mid-term review at the spring 2015 European Council. It also focused on a stronger European industrial competitiveness as a driver for economic growth and jobs. It held a first policy debate on the framework for climate and energy in the period from 2020 to 2030 and agreed on the way forward. It underlined the important link between the Europe 2020 strategy, industrial competitiveness and climate and energy policies.The European Council hailed the agreement reached on the Single Resolution Mechanism regulation which will open the way to the completion of the Banking Union. This represents another crucial step towards a stronger and more resilient Economic and Monetary Union. Finally, it cleared the way for the adoption of the Directive on taxation of savings income.

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Date: 12/03/2014

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