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30/04/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in March 2013, up from 12.0% in February. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable compared with February.
29/04/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
In the euro area, the Economic Sentiment Indicator's decline was broad-based across all business sectors, with services witnessing the sharpest drop, while consumer confidence went up. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area decreased by 0.18 points to 0.93.
29/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
The tax burden varies significantly between Member States, ranging in 2011 from less than 30% in Lithuania (26.0%), Bulgaria (27.2%), Latvia (27.6%), Romania (28.2%), Slovakia (28.5%) and Ireland (28.9%), to more than 40% in Denmark (47.7%), Sweden (44.3%), Belgium (44.1%), France (43.9%), Finland (43.4%), Italy (42.5%) and Austria (42.0%).
26/04/2013 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens rights
The European Commission has proposed measures to ensure the better application of EU law on people's right to work in another Member State and so make it easier for people to exercise their rights in practice. |PHOTOS|
25/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
Overall, the report shows that despite improvements, the financial crisis continued to exert a significant impact in holding back economic growth in 2012. |PHOTOS|
25/04/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken today 141 decisions, including 20 reasoned opinions and 4 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
24/04/2013 - Business / Justice and citizens rights
The European Commission is proposing to slash red tape for citizens and businesses by doing away with bureaucratic rubber-stamping exercises currently required to get public documents like your birth certificate recognised as authentic in another EU Member State. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
24/04/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / Science and technology
The Commission wants to explore what this convergence of technology and content could mean for Europe's economic growth and innovation, cultural diversity, and consumers (especially those that may need protection, such as children.) |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
23/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Platform will monitor Member States' progress in tackling aggressive tax planning and clamping down on tax havens, in line with the Recommendations presented by the Commission last year. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
22/04/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Council discussed the latest events in Syria. It also eased certain EU sanctions against Syria, including the oil embargo, so as to help the civilian population and support the opposition in that country. The EU remains the biggest humanitarian donor in the Syrian crisis. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
22/04/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food / Institutional affairs
As regards agriculture, ministers were briefed by the Presidency on the state of play of the first trilogues on the reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP). Concerning fisheries issues, the Council held a debate on the outcome of the first trilogues on the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP). |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
19/04/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Cyprus bailout package and changes to Hungarian constitution were in the spotlight at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg from 15 to 18 April.
18/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Regions and local development
With 4 more years to go until the programmes finish in 2015, investments under the European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund have already led to progress and improvement for many citizens. |VIDEO|
16/04/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food / Environment, consumers and health
Launched last month, the coordinated EU-wide testing for horsemeat DNA and phenylbutazone requested, and co-financed, by the European Commission in the wake of the horsemeat scandal has revealed that less than 5 % of the tested products had horse DNA.
16/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
From 1 January 2014, EU banks will be stronger. Changes voted by Parliament will cap banker's bonuses to curb speculative risk-taking, step up capital provisions to help banks cope better with crises and stiffen supervision.
16/04/2013 - Business / Environment, consumers and health
Companies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on the boards of directors.
15/04/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
23.632 people were identified or presumed victims of trafficking in the EU over the 2008-2010 period. This is the most striking figure emerging from the first report on trafficking in human beings in Europe, published by the European Commission. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
11/04/2013 - Employment and social rights
The on-going economic crisis poses a serious challenge to the dialogue between workers' and employers' representatives and governments according to a report published by the European Commission. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
11/04/2013 - Culture, education and youth
A majority of EU Member States have made progress on the Europe 2020 education targets to reduce the rate of early school leaving to below 10% and increase the share of young people with higher education (tertiary or equivalent) qualifications to above 40% by 2020, according to new figures for 2012 released by Eurostat.
10/04/2013 - Business
The European Commission made a proposal that aims at adapting the EU's rulebook to tackle unfair competition from dumped and subsidised imports to the contemporary challenges facing the EU's economy. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
10/04/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The in-depth reviews have found that the macroeconomic adjustment in Europe is proceeding, though with differences in nature and pace among Member States. |PHOTOS|
09/04/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
SIS II is the second generation of the Schengen Information System in operation since 1995 and has enhanced functionalities, such as the possibility to enter biometrics (fingerprints and photographs), new types of alerts (stolen aircrafts, boats, containers, means of payment), or the possibility to link different alerts (such as an alert on a person and a vehicle). |VIDEO|
04/04/2013 - 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.
02/04/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in February 2013, stable compared with January. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.9%, up from 10.8% in the previous month.