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28/02/2014 - Justice and citizens rights
Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ – this is what the latest figures released today by the European Commission show.
28/02/2014 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in January 2014, stable since October 2013. It was also 12.0% in January 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.8% in January 2014, stable since October 2013.
28/02/2014 - Institutional affairs
The situation in Ukraine was extensively debated by MEPs during February's second plenary session in Strasbourg that took place on 24-27 February. MEPs also approved measures to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and vans and ways to discourage young people from taking up smoking.
27/02/2014 - External relations and foreign affairs
The EU must help Ukraine with urgent financial aid while enforcing targeted sanctions against those responsible for violence there, say MEPs in a resolution. |VIDEO|
27/02/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
In February the Economic Sentiment Indicator remained broadly unchanged, marking a marginal increase of 0.2 points in both the euro area and the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area increased slightly by 0.12 points to +0.37.
26/02/2014 - Environment, consumers and health
Draft legislation updating the EU Tobacco Directive to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was endorsed by MEPs. |VIDEO|
26/02/2014 - Transport and travel
Competition to provide better rail passenger services should warm up under draft rules voted in the European Parliament. |VIDEO|
25/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
The European Commission's winter forecast foresees a continuation of the economic recovery in most Member States and in the EU as a whole. After exiting recession in spring 2013 and three consecutive quarters of subdued recovery, the outlook is for a moderate step-up in economic growth. |VIDEO|
25/02/2014 - Environment, consumers and health / Transport and travel
New rules designed to achieve the CO2 emission reduction target of 95g/km for new cars by 2020 were endorsed by Parliament. |VIDEO|
25/02/2014 - Justice and citizens rights
Rules to make it easier for national authorities to freeze and confiscate crooks' assets across the EU were approved by Parliament. |VIDEO|
24/02/2014 - Culture, education and youth
24/02/2014 - External relations and foreign affairs
24/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area annual inflation was 0.8% in January 2014, stable compared to December 2013. A year earlier the rate was 2.0%. Monthly inflation was -1.1% in January 2014.
21/02/2014 - External relations and foreign affairs
20/02/2014 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
Ministers held a debate on industrial competitiveness on the basis of the Commission communication “For a European Industrial Renaissance”. They also held a debate on the Commission's Annual Growth Survey (AGS) for 2014. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
20/02/2014 - Regions and local development / Transport and travel
Recognising the sector's potential for sustainable growth and job creation, the strategy outlines 14 EU actions to help coastal regions and businesses tackle the challenges they face and strengthen the sector's position as a key driver of Europe's blue economy.
20/02/2014 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken 121 decisions, including 18 reasoned opinions and 8 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
18/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
18/02/2014 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
17/02/2014 - Business
According to a European Commission report on the current status of EU industry, most sectors have still not regained their pre-crisis level of output and significant differences exist between sectors and Member States.
13/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Science and technology
The EU's app sector has gone from zero to digital superhero in less than five years. By 2018 it could employ 4.8 million people and contribute €63 billion to the EU economy according to a report presented in Brussels. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
12/02/2014 - Science and technology
12/02/2014 - Science and technology / Transport and travel
Two European standards organisations, ETSI and CEN, confirmed that the basic set of standards requested by the European Commission to make connected cars a reality has been fully completed.
11/02/2014 - Institutional affairs
The Council could not reach a qualified majority either in favour or against a Commission proposal to authorise the placing on the market for cultivation of the genetically modified maize 1507, which is resistant to certain insects (butterflies, pests). |PHOTOS|
10/02/2014 - External relations and foreign affairs
Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council, EU ministers formally established the EU military operation in the Central African Republic, opening the way for its rapid deployment in the forthcoming weeks. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
10/02/2014 - Justice and citizens rights / Science and technology
What are the main future cybercrime threats on the horizon? And how has the European Cybercrime Center (EC3) contributed to protect European citizens and businesses since its launch in January 2013? These questions are at the core of an EC3 report presented today. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
07/02/2014 - Institutional affairs
MEPs voted to make the recognition of official documents easier in another EU member state during the 3-6 February plenary session, backed rules to punish manipulators of financial markets and urged an EU-wide strategy to combat homophobia and protect the rights of LGBTI people.
06/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
As part of the intensified battle against tax fraud, the Commission launched the process to start negotiations with Russia and Norway on administrative cooperation agreements in the area of Value Added Tax (VAT).
05/02/2014 - Justice and citizens rights / Transport and travel
Delayed or stranded air passengers would be likelier to win compensation, and airlines would get clear rules on how to deal with passenger complaints, under a draft law voted by Parliament.
05/02/2014 - Employment and social rights
Seasonal workers from outside the EU will be entitled to better working and living conditions, including proper accommodation and a limit on working hours, under a law passed by Parliament.
04/02/2014 - Environment, consumers and health / Justice and citizens rights
New rules on music copyright approved by Parliament aim to make it easier for online providers to get licences to stream music in more than one EU country.
04/02/2014 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Justice and citizens rights
Judges imposing their countries’ maximum penalties for serious offences such as manipulating the LIBOR benchmark interest rate would have to stipulate at least four years in jail under draft rules approved by Parliament.
03/02/2014 - Justice and citizens rights