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European Commission London Office weekly news round-up


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Each week we sum up Commission news of particular interest for the UK while also summarising UK events on EU-related subjects. All comments welcome at


Main news from Brussels this week

EU statement following US President Trump's announcement on the Iran nuclear deal

"The European Union regrets today's [8 May] statement by the President of the United States on the nuclear deal with Iran [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA] […] As long as Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments, as it is doing so far, the European Union will remain committed to the continued full and effective implementation of the nuclear deal," EU High-Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini.

Remarks by EU High-Representative on the statement by US President Trump regarding the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA)

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU following US President Trump's announcement on the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA)

Four EU-funded movies competing for the Palme d'Or at Cannes film festival

Four EU-funded movies – including Polish-UK-French co-production Cold War – are competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes film festival which runs until 19 May.

More information

All this week's key European Commission announcements can be found here

EU and the UK

No major developments this week due to bank holidays in the UK and Brussels.

Latest news on the Article 50 negotiations can be found here

For upcoming events, please have a look at our newsletter

EU in the media this week

Every week, we pick out one of the week's most interesting stories or comment pieces….which does not mean we agree with everything it says:

Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU by Alex Hunt and Brian Wheeler, BBC News

EU fact of the week

Europe Day

Europe Day is held on 9 May every year to celebrate peace and unity in Europe and marks the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. In Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.

Tweet of the week

Quote of the week

"I greatly regret the American President’s decision, which I find unhelpful. It does not serve the peace cause and it should not have been taken the way it was taken,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Picture of the week


EU Flags on Parliament Square

EU flags on Parliament Square for Europe Day