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31/01/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The European Commission has adopted a European Retail Action Plan and a Green Paper on unfair trading practices in the business-to-business food and non-food supply chain.
31/01/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
The report unveils the ‘changing face of organised crime in Europe’: while, historically, the EU drug market has focused on specific drugs trafficked by specialised operators along well-defined routes, the contemporary market is more ‘fluid’, with new routes and multi-substance consignments becoming more common.
30/01/2013 - Transport and travel
The Commission is proposing far reaching measures to encourage more innovation in EU railways by opening EU domestic passenger markets to competition, as well as substantial accompanying technical and structural reforms.
30/01/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
In January 2013, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly unchanged at -1.09. The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) increased by 1.4 points in both the EU (to 90.6) and the euro area (to 89.2).
29/01/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
At a donor conference on Mali hosted by the African Union in Addis Ababa, Commissioner for development, Andris Piebalgs, representing the European Union, confirmed the contribution of €50 million from the European Union to support the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA).
28/01/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
As regards fisheries issues, the Presidency presented its work programme and priorities to the Council. Ministers also held an exchange of views on the common fisheries policy (CFP) reform "package". Concerning agriculture, the Presidency presented its work programme and a roadmap for CAP reform.
28/01/2013 - Institutional affairs / External relations and foreign affairs
Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the European Union (EU), and the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, convened in Santiago, Chile, to renew and deepen their Strategic Partnership.
25/01/2013 - Science and technology
The Commission is issuing a call to action to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to join us in a massive effort to "turn the tide". Young Europeans should have the tools to enter digital careers or to create jobs as entrepreneurs.
25/01/2013 - Business / Justice and citizens rights
The Commission released mid-term figures on the share of women on boards in publicly listed companies. The new figures show an increase in the number of women on boards to 15.8%, up from 13.7% in January 2012.
24/01/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The European Commission announced an ambitious package of measures to ensure the build-up of alternative fuel stations across Europe with common standards for their design and use.
24/01/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken today 173 decisions, including 24 reasoned opinions and 10 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice, out of which 7 include financial penalties.
22/01/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Ecofin Council adopted a decision authorising eleven member states to go ahead with enhanced cooperation on a financial transaction tax (FTT).
22/01/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
The Eurogroup appointed its new president, Dutch Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Mr Dijsselbloem takes over from Jean-Claude Juncker and will hold the post for two and a half years.
18/01/2013 - Transport and travel
All new European driving licences will be issued according to a new format, a plastic "credit card", with a photo and standard information requirements - easy to recognise and read across the EU. All new licences will be issued in this format from January 19th 2013.
18/01/2013 - Institutional affairs
Tougher rules on credit rating agencies and EU plans to tackle youth unemployment received EP support. The outgoing Cyprus presidency and the priorities of the Irish EU Council presidency were also debated, as was the situation in Syria and Mali. MEPs backed a cooperation deal with Iraq and called for a careful pooling of sovereign debt.
17/01/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
In the light of the recent developments in Mali, the EU's Foreign Affairs Ministers decided to speed up the deployment of the military training mission in Mali (EUTM Mali).
16/01/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
New rules on when and how credit rating agencies may rate state debts and private firms' financial health were approved by Parliament.
16/01/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area annual inflation was 2.2% in December 2012, the same as in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.7%.
10/01/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
The European Commission has adopted its plan for the allocation of over €661 million in humanitarian aid funding for 2013.
10/01/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
The Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea Programme (CRIMGO) will help governments across West and Central Africa to improve safety of the main shipping routes by providing training for coastguards and establishing a network to share information between countries and agencies across the region.
10/01/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.75%, 1.50% and 0.00% respectively.
09/01/2013 - Business / Employment and social rights
The European Commission presented an action plan to support entrepreneurs and revolutionise entrepreneurial culture in Europe.
08/01/2013 - Employment and social rights
After five years of economic crisis and the return of a recession in 2012, unemployment is hitting new peaks not seen for almost twenty years, according to the 2012 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe Review.
08/01/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Commission adopted a Communication on Customs Risk Management and the Security of the Supply Chain. It sets out a strategy to enable customs to better tackle risks associated with goods being traded in international supply chains.
08/01/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
In December the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) improved by 1.3 points in the euro area, to 87.0 and remained broadly unchanged (+0.3 points) at 88.4 in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area increased slightly by 0.05 points to 1.12.
02/01/2013 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens rights
To mark the European Year of Citizens 2013, a range of events, conferences and seminars will be organised across the EU at Union, national, regional or local level.
02/01/2013 - Institutional affairs
At midnight on 1 January, Ireland took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU). Their presidency will focus on stability, jobs and growth.