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30/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
The General Affairs Council held an exchange of views on the cohesion policy package for 2014-2020. During their discussions, ministers addressed issues at the heart of talks with the European Parliament and the Commission. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
30/09/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The European Commission welcomed the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights, which was carried out jointly by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
27/09/2013 - Business / Institutional affairs
Ministers held a policy debate on the main actions in support of the European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Ministers also exchanged views on the framework conditions for a competitive industry in Europe including competitive aspects of other EU policies such as energy, climate, research and trade policies. |PHOTOS|2|VIDEO|2|
27/09/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
The Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 1.6 points in the euro area and by 2.4 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area remained broadly unchanged at -0.20 points.
26/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken 220 decisions, including 32 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
25/09/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The European Commission unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|2|
25/09/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The two industrial Competitiveness reports published by the European Commission highlight that Member States have made progress in improving the business environment, exports and sustainability. However, many problems still remain. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
24/09/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
23/09/2013 - Science and technology
The report provides a factual base for assessing progress in target areas like open and fair recruitment of researchers or better circulation of scientific knowledge
19/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
An estimated €193 billion in VAT revenues (1.5% of GDP) was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2011, according to a new study on the VAT Gap in Member States.
18/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The new rules will enhance the robustness and reliability of benchmarks, facilitate the prevention and detection of their manipulation and clarify responsibility for and the supervision of benchmarks by the authorities. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
17/09/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
Under the rules proposed by the Commission today, harmful psychoactive substances will be withdrawn quickly from the market, without jeopardising their various legitimate industrial and commercial uses. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
16/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area inflation was 1.3% in August, down from 1.6% in July. A year earlier the rate was 2.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in August 2013.
13/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
Commission President José Manuel Barroso delivered his State of the Union address and debated with MEPs about the EU's future. In response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, MEPs called for a coordinated EU approach, not excluding deterrent measures if political and diplomatic ones fail. |PHOTOS|
12/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
MEPs gave their green light to the EU bank supervision system which will bring some 150 of the EU's largest banks under the European Central Bank's direct oversight from September 2014.
12/09/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
Reciprocity rules enabling the EU to reimpose visa requirements for nationals of countries that still impose them on EU citizens were adopted by Parliament, in a revision of the EU visa regulation.
12/09/2013 - Business
More than 6000 entrepreneurs have already benefitted from loans worth a total of close to €50 million under the European Progress Microfinance Facility, according to the third annual report on this EU instrument.
11/09/2013 - Science and technology
The “Connected Continent” legislative package, when adopted, will reduce consumer charges, simplify red tape faced by companies, and bring a range of new rights for both users and service providers, so that Europe can once again be a global digital leader.
11/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
President Barroso set out his vision for the EU in the year to come in the fourth annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. It was followed by a debate with MEPs and political leaders. |PHOTOS|
10/09/2013 - Transport and travel
The Commission announced new measures to get more freight onto Europe's rivers and canals. Barges are amongst the most climate-friendly and energy efficient forms of transport but currently they only carry about 6% of European cargo each year.
10/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
New rules imposing tougher sanctions for manipulating financial markets, insider dealing or abuse of inside information were voted by the Parliament. These rules will also cover a wider range of trading venues and financial instruments than today's rules and they will apply directly in all member states, which should ensure a high level of investor protection in the EU.
09/09/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
The Commission proposed new legislation to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species. There are currently over 12 000 species present in Europe which are alien to the natural environment. |Photos|
06/09/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
05/09/2013 - 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 0.50%, 1.00% and 0.00% respectively.
04/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Commission has adopted a communication on shadow banking and proposed new rules for money market funds (MMFs). The communication is a follow-up to last year's Green Paper on Shadow Banking. It summarises the work undertaken so far by the Commission and sets out possible further actions in this important area. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
02/09/2013 - Business / External relations and foreign affairs
In a report released today, the European Commission identified about 150 new trade restrictions introduced over the last year, whereas only 18 existing measures have been dismantled.