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European Commission London Office weekly news round-up
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.
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
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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 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
— Věra Jourová @VeraJourova 8 May 2018
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 for Europe Day