23 October 2014, Brussels - EU leaders will meet on 23/24 October 2014, marking mark the last European Council meeting chaired by Herman Van Rompuy before the entry into office of the newly-elect president, Donald Tusk.
A main objective of the European Council is to reach agreement on the outlines of the 2030 EU's climate and energy policy. Issues of international concern like the Ebola crisis, the situation in Ukraine and in Middle-East are also likely to be debated.
22 October 2014, Strasbourg – Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday morning, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term.
23 October 2014, Brussels - "We strongly condemn the attack that occurred in Ottawa on 22 October that resulted in the death of a Canadian service member. We express our deep sympathy and offer our sincere condolences to the victims of this attack and to their families. We will continue to work closely with Canada and our international partners to combat violent extremism and terrorism in all its forms, as underlined most recently at the 26 September Summit in Ottawa."