The European Union is responding to the global economic crisis through actions on different levels.
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31/01/2014 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in December 2013, stable since October. It was 11.9% in December 2012. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.7% in December 2013, down from 10.8% in November.
30/01/2014 - Culture, education and youth / Environment, consumers and health
In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
30/01/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
In January the Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 0.5 points in the euro area and by 0.9 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area remained virtually unchanged at +0.19.
29/01/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
29/01/2014 - Justice and citizens rights
The European Commission has issued guidance to EU-Member States which have rules in place leading to a loss of voting rights for citizens in national elections, simply because they have exercised their right to free movement in the EU. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
28/01/2014 - External relations and foreign affairs
28/01/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
23/01/2014 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken 134 decisions, including 22 reasoned opinions and 7 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
22/01/2014 - Energy and natural resources / Environment, consumers and health
Supported by a detailed analysis on energy prices and costs, the 2030 framework will ensure regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States, leading to the development of new technologies. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
22/01/2014 - Business / Employment and social rights
The European Commission is urging Member States to recognise the central importance of industry for creating jobs and growth and to mainstreaming industry-related competitiveness concerns across all policy areas. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
21/01/2014 - Employment and social rights
The review shows how taking up a job can help people to get out of poverty, but only in half of the cases: much depends on the type of job found, but also on the household composition and labour market situation of the partner. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
20/01/2014 - External relations and foreign affairs
Ministers in the Foreign Affairs Council suspended certain EU restrictive measures against Iran, following confirmation of Iran's compliance with nuclear measures in the agreed joint action plan. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
20/01/2014 - Energy and natural resources / Science and technology
The action plan should help drive forward this nascent 'blue energy' sector towards full industrialisation. Ocean energy covers all technologies to harvest the renewable energy of our seas and oceans other than offshore wind. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
20/01/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
Member States' tax provisions are to be scrutinised to ensure that they do not discriminate against mobile EU citizens, in a targeted initiative launched by the Commission. |VIDEO|
17/01/2014 - Institutional affairs
The Greek presidency of the EU Council was welcomed by the Parliament in 2014's first plenary. MEPs approved new rules to make vans emit less CO2 by 2020, make public procurement more efficient and give the self-employed better social protection.
17/01/2014 - Employment and social rights
The pan-European job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers, increase the likelihood of job matches and help employers, notably small and medium businesses, to fill job vacancies faster and better, under a proposal just presented by the European Commission. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
16/01/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area annual inflation was 0.8% in December 2013, down from 0.9% in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in December 2013.
15/01/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The European Commission has adopted new guidelines setting out the conditions under which Member States can grant aid to facilitate access to finance by European SMEs and companies with a medium capitalization (the so-called "midcaps"). |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
15/01/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
New EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts approved by Parliament will ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services. |VIDEO|
14/01/2014 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament. |VIDEO|
13/01/2014 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens rights
09/01/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Commission has adopted a proposal to give an extra transition period of six months during which payments which differ from the SEPA format can still be accepted so as to ensure minimal disruption for consumers and businesses.
09/01/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
The Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 1.6 points in the euro area and by 1.4 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area remained broadly unchanged at +0.27.
09/01/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
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 0.25%, 0.75% and 0.00% respectively.
08/01/2014 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in November 2013, stable since April. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable since May.
07/01/2014 - Employment and social rights / Regions and local development
The European Code of Conduct on the Partnership Principle requires Member States to strengthen cooperation between their authorities responsible for spending EU structural and investment funds and project partners. |PHOTOS|
06/01/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
Latvia adopted the euro on 1 January, thus becoming the 18th member of the euro area. The changeover is proceeding according to plan.