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EU launches Investment Offensive to boost jobs and growth Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro symbols on cranes © EU

26/11/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights

The European Commission today announced a € 315 billion Investment Plan to get Europe growing again and get more people back to work.

 

November infringements package: main decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Statue of Lady Justice with EU flag in the background © EU

26/11/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 205 decisions, including 32 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Council addresses European audiovisual policy in the digital era

Council building © EU

25/11/2014

Culture, education and youth

At its meeting in Brussels, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council adopted conclusions on European audiovisual policy in the digital era. 

 

Commission commits to enhanced transparency Choose translations of the previous link 

EU flag in front of Commission building © EU

25/11/2014

Institutional affairs

The European Commission gave a boost to transparency by committing to publishing information about who meets its political leaders and senior officials and to providing greater access to documents relating to the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States.

 

Making the best use of EU money

Igors Ludboržs © EU

25/11/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

In its landscape review of risks to the financial management of the EU budget, published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) identifies key issues for good financial management of the EU's finances.

 

Moving forward with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

Cecilia Malmstrom and Carlo Calenda © EU

21/11/2014

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

At a meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on trade issues, the Council confirmed its determination to conclude an agreement with the US as soon as possible.

 

Council discussed EU's €300 billion investment plan for growth and jobs

Ms Corina CRETU, Member of the European Commission, Mr Graziano DELRIO, Italian State Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office © EU

19/11/2014

Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council meeting on 18-19 November dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council. They also discussed the €300 billion investment plan and adopted conclusions on the EU cohesion policy.

 

Council supports a relaunch of the dialogue on Ukraine

Federica Mogherini © EU

17/11/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

At a Foreign Council Affairs meeting, chaired by Federica Mogherini, the new EU High Representative, EU foreign ministers discussed the latest developments in Ukraine. The situation in Middle East was also high on the agenda.

 

Towards a work programme for a new start for Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Frans Timmermans, Jean-Claude Juncker and Kristalina Georgieva © EU

12/11/2014

Institutional affairs

The Juncker Commission is committed to restoring citizens' confidence by demonstrating that the EU can deliver for them on the big challenges facing European economies and societies. That starts with setting the right priorities for the 2015 Commission Work Programme.

 

Political agreement reached on 2015-2016 fishing opportunities for deep sea stocks

Karmenu Vella and Marco Peronaci © EU

10/11/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Meeting in Brussels, agriculture and fisheries ministers also held an exchange of views on the proposed reduction of the CAP budget in 2015 and on young farmers in the framework of the new CAP.

 

Preventing tax avoidance in the EU: Council discusses amendment to the parent-subsidiary directive

Pierre Moscovici, Pier Carlo Padoan and Kristalina Georgieva © EU

07/11/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

At the Ecofin meeting the Council discussed the introduction of a draft common anti-abuse clause in the EU's 2011 parent-subsidiary directive. The amendment aims to prevent tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning in the EU in specific situations.

 

Ebola response: EU scales up aid with planes, material aid and research supportChoose translations of the previous link 

Fahrzeuge bei einer Luftverlastung © EU

06/11/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Union and its Member States have now pledged more than €1 billion in response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. This means the Union has already gone beyond the target set by the European Council on 24 October for €1 billion in assistance to stem the epidemic.

 

EU must focus on getting better results from its spending, say EU auditors

ECA President Vítor Caldeira © EU

05/11/2014

Institutional affairs

In its annual report on the EU budget published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warns that the budget system is too focused on just getting funds spent and needs to place more emphasis on achieving results. As independent auditor, the ECA signed off the 2013 accounts of the European Union, but stresses that the management of EU spending is not yet good enough overall - either at EU level or in the Member States.

 

2014 Autumn Economic forecast: Slow recovery with very low inflationChoose translations of the previous link 

Jyrki Katainen and Pierre Moscovici © EU

04/11/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

The European Commission's autumn forecast projects weak economic growth for the rest of this year in both the EU and the euro area. Real GDP growth is expected to reach 1.3% in the EU and 0.8% in the euro area for 2014 as a whole.

 

The Juncker Commission takes officeChoose translations of the previous link 

Juncker Commission group photo © EU

01/11/2014

Institutional affairs

Today the Juncker Commission is starting its term of office. President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Together with my strong and experienced team I look forward to being at the helm of the European Commission for the next five years."

 

September 2014: Euro area unemployment rate at 11.5% - EU 28 at 10.1%Choose translations of the previous link 

Queue of people outside employment office © EU

31/10/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.5% in September 2014, stable compared with August 2014, but down from 12.0% in September 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.1% in September 2014, also stable compared with August 2014 and down from 10.8% in September 2013.

 

Commission presents options for simpler and more robust future VAT regime Choose translations of the previous link 

Draft of contract in folder © EU

30/10/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Ideas on how to ensure a simpler, more effective and more fraud-proof VAT system tailored to the Single Market in the EU have been outlined in a paper published by the Commission.

 

EU gears up for 2030 with more emissions reductions Choose translations of the previous link 

Power plant and village © EU

28/10/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, today releases its annual Progress Report assessing the headway on climate action. According to latest estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 fell by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since 1990.

 

Europe leads the way in the fight against climate change and Ebola

European Council group photo © EU

24/10/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders agreed to the world's most ambitious 2030 climate energy policy. They also decided to increase EU financial help to €1 billion to fight Ebola and discussed the state of the European economy. Euro area leaders also met in the Euro Summit format to discuss the euro area.

 

Taxation: Study confirms billions lost in VAT Gap Choose translations of the previous link 

Calculator and 50 euro note © EU

23/10/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

An estimated €177 billion in VAT revenues was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2012, according to the latest VAT Gap study published by the Commission.

 

Parliament elects new European Commission

Juncker Commission group photo © EU

22/10/2014

Institutional affairs

MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions.

 

EU auditors warn the incoming Commission on the use of blending pdf

Map showing investment facilities © EU

22/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

While the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report delivers a positive verdict on the set-up and general effectiveness of blending regional investment facility grants with financial institution loans, it points out a number of key issues which need to be urgently addressed.

 

EU response to Ebola

Catherine Ashton © EU

20/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg, EU ministers discussed joint strategies to contain the Ebola virus. Latest developments in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Middle east were also on the agenda.

 

Council agrees position on a platform against undeclared work

Laszlo Andor and Giuliano Poletti © EU

16/10/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, EU employment ministers adopted the position on the proposal that sets up an EU platform to address the issue of undeclared work. This paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.

 

Gas stress test: Cooperation is key to cope with supply interruptionChoose translations of the previous link 

Gas pipelines © EU

16/10/2014

Energy and natural resources

The report published today presents the results of a modelling exercise conducted by 38 European countries, including EU Member States and neighbouring countries. It analyses different scenarios, in particular a complete halt of Russian gas imports into the EU for a period of six months.

 

October infringements package: main decisions Choose translations of the previous link 

Gavel on table © EU

16/10/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has taken 140 decisions, including 39 reasoned opinions and 11 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Improving EU accountability: ECA engages in dialogue with stakeholders at EU and national levelpdf

Olli Rehn, Vitor Caldeira, Ingeborg Grässle and Kevin Cardiff © EU

15/10/2014

Institutional affairs

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has held a high-level conference on 14 October, which brought together many of those concerned with ensuring that the European Union is accountable for public funds put at stake to meet EU objectives.

 

Making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly – taking stock of achievements Choose translations of the previous link 

José Manuel Barroso and Dr Edmund Stoiber © EU

14/10/2014

Institutional affairs

Under the title "Smart Regulation in the EU – Building on a Strong Foundation" politicians, stakeholders and experts have been examining the achievements and persisting challenges in the field of smart regulation, administrative burden reduction and better implementation of EU legislation.

 

Illegal fisheries: green cards for five countries, but red card for Sri Lanka Choose translations of the previous link 

Maria Damanaki © EU

14/10/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

In its fight against illegal fishing activities worldwide, the European Commission has proposed to ban imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing.

 

Agreement at the Council on Baltic Sea fishing opportunities for 2015

Maria Damanaki and Maurizio Martina © EU

13/10/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Meeting in Luxembourg, EU agriculture ministers reached political agreement on 2015 fishing opportunities for certain Baltic Sea fish stocks. They also discussed the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products.

 

European Commission and data industry launch €2.5 billion partnership to master big data Choose translations of the previous link 

Hand typing on laptop © EU

13/10/2014

Business, Science and technology

The European Commission and Europe's data industry have committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership (PPP) that aims to strengthen the data sector and put Europe at the forefront of the global data race.

 

Council discusses further action regarding foreign fighters

Cecilia Malmstrom, Angelino Alfano and Stefano Sannino © EU

10/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

Meeting in Luxembourg, home affairs and justice ministers held an in-depth discussion on the issue of foreign fighters. They also adopted conclusions on better managing migratory flows.

 

Telecoms: Commission to cut number of regulated markets in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Neelie Kroes © EU

09/10/2014

Business, Science and technology

Today the European Commission – in agreement with Member States - decided that two telecom markets should no longer be subject to regulation in Europe, and that two more should be redefined to reflect market and technology developments. The rules take effect immediately.

 

Rail market liberalisation and infrastructure governance proposals debated at the Council

Siim Kallas and Maurizio Lupi © EU

08/10/2014

Transport and travel

Meeting in Luxembourg, transport ministers held a first discussion on the two proposals which are a key part of the 4th railway package. They also adopted a general approach on new rules for market access to port services.

 

EU enlargement in 2014 and beyond: progress and challengesChoose translations of the previous link 

Map of Europe in form of puzzle © EU

08/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

In a set of annual reports adopted today, the European Commission has assessed the progress made over the past year by the countries wishing to join the EU in the Western Balkans and by Turkey, and the challenges ahead.

 

Climate action: Reducing the carbon content of transport fuels Choose translations of the previous link 

Petrol pump nozzle and sunflower © EU

07/10/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The European Commission has adopted a proposal to implement existing obligations in the 2009 amendment of the Fuel Quality Directive.

 

SMEs still struggled in 2013, in spite of signs of positive economic recovery Choose translations of the previous link 

Worker in woodwork shop © EU

03/10/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

These are the conclusions of the annual SMEs Performance Review and country-specific SBA factsheets published today by the European Commission.

 

Horizon Report urges schools to tackle 'wicked' digital skills challenge Choose translations of the previous link 

Students working on computers © EU

02/10/2014

Culture, education and youth, Science and technology

Low digital skills and competences among school pupils and the need to integrate effective use of information and communication technologies into teacher training are among the most pressing challenges faced by European school education today, according to a report.

 

Application of EU Law: how EU Member States performed in 2013Choose translations of the previous link 

Judge holding folder © EU

01/10/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

There has been a marked decrease in the number of on-going infringement cases in recent years whilst the number of cases resolved through in problem solving mechanisms such as EU Pilot has increased, according to the 31st Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law.

 

August 2014 Euro area unemployment rate at 11.5% - EU28 at 10.1%Choose translations of the previous link 

Workers walking through EU flags © EU

30/09/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area (EA18) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.5% in August 2014, stable compared with July 2014, but down from 12.0% in August 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.1% in August 2014, the lowest value since February 2012.

 

Scrutiny time: candidate commissioners’ hearings start today

European Parliament building in Brussels © EU

29/09/2014

Institutional affairs

During the three-hour hearings EP committees will test the candidate commissioners' expertise and competences ahead of the EP voting on whether to approve the new Commission on 22 October.

 

EU strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region

Ferdinando Nelli Feroci and Sandro Gozi © EU

29/09/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Regions and local development

The General Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the European Union Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region. Ministers also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council summit.

 

September 2014: Business and Consumer surveysChoose translations of the previous link 

Graph displaying ESI indicator © EU

29/09/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

In September the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) decreased in both the euro area (by 0.7 points to 99.9) and the EU (by 1.0 point to 103.6). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased slightly by 0.09 points to +0.07.

 

Council discusses Europe's industrial competitiveness

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn and Stefania Giannini © EU

26/09/2014

Business, Science and technology

Meeting in Brussels, ministers in charge of competitiveness looked at ways of strengthening industry in the EU and discussed the forthcoming review of Europe's 2020 strategy, which is the EU's 10-year plan for growth and competitiveness.

 

September infringements package: main decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

European Court of Justice building © EU

25/09/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has taken 147 decisions, including 39 reasoned opinions and 4 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility Choose translations of the previous link 

A group of students © EU

22/09/2014

Culture, education and youth, Employment and social rights

A new study on the impact of the European Union's Erasmus student exchange programme shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market.

 

Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

19/09/2014

Institutional affairs

In a historic vote on Tuesday, Parliamentarians in Strasbourg and Kiev voted simultaneously to approve the EU–Ukraine association agreement. Closer to home, the EP proposed to increase financial aid for farmers affected by the Russian agricultural import ban and urged the EU to use all possible means to combat the Islamic State. 

 

August 2014: Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.4% - EU stable at 0.5%Choose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope on euro coins and banknotes © EU

17/09/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.4% in August 2014, unchanged compared to July. In August 2013 the rate was 1.3%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in August 2014.

 

European Parliament ratifies EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

European Parliament in Strasbourg © EU

16/09/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Parliament gave its consent to the EU-Ukraine Association agreement, which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA).

 

EU Science and Technology Flagships pick up steam - final inclusive structure announcedChoose translations of the previous link 

Neelie Kroes © EU

16/09/2014

Science and technology

The European Commission published a report on its ambitious science and technology Flagships. The report draws the lessons from setting up the first two such Flagships, Graphene and the Human Brain Project, each representing an investment of EUR 1 billion. 

 

Employment up by 0.2% in euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28Choose translations of the previous link 

Workers with helmets © EU

12/09/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The number of persons employed increased by 0.2% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.3% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter.

 

Industrial competitiveness: Commission reports underline need for incisive action by EU and Member StatesChoose translations of the previous link 

Flags of EU Member States ©  EU

11/09/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

EU manufacturing possesses a number of competitive strengths that should be leveraged to promote economic growth, despite the current difficult economic environment. This is the conclusion of the two reports on industrial competitiveness released by the Commission.

 

Transport: €11.9 billion to improve European connectionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Siim Kallas © EU

11/09/2014

Transport and travel

The European Commission has invited Member States to propose projects to use €11.9 billion of EU funding to improve European transport connections. This is the largest ever single amount of EU funding earmarked for transport infrastructure.

 

The Juncker Commission: A strong and experienced team standing for change Choose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

10/09/2014

Institutional affairs

President-elect Juncker unveiled his team and the new shape of the next European Commission. After the European Union has come through one of the most testing periods in its history, one of the biggest challenges will be to convince citizens that things will change.

 

Further economic measures on Russia

European flag in front of Council building © EU

08/09/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

On 8 September, the EU adopted a new package of restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Council examines impact of Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products

Dacian Ciolos and Maurizio Martina © EU

05/09/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

During an extraordinary meeting at the Council, EU agriculture ministers debated the Russian ban on imports of EU agricultural products, which includes meat, fish, dairy products, fruit and vegetables.

 

Formation of Juncker Commission advances Choose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

05/09/2014

Institutional affairs

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today sent the list of Commissioners-designate to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union.

 

European Central Bank lowers interest rates

Euro notes © EU

04/09/2014

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 will decrease to 0.05% and 0.30% respectively. The interest rate on the deposit facility will decrease to -0.20%.

 

EU auditors report on EU co-funded business incubators for start-ups

European Court of Auditors building © EU

03/09/2014

Business

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the EU has made a significant financial contribution to the creation of business incubator infrastructure, particularly in Member States in which this type of business support is relatively rare. However, the performance of audited incubators was modest.

 

President-elect Juncker interviews candidates for Commissioner Choose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

02/09/2014

Institutional affairs

Starting today, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will interview each Member State's candidate for Commissioner, before taking a final decision and communicating the list of Commissioners-designate to the Council of the European Union.

 

Special meeting of the European Council

Donald Tusk, Herman Van Rompuy and Federica Mogherini © EU

30/08/2014

Institutional affairs

At the meeting the new President of the European Council and EU High Representative were appointed. EU leaders also discussed the weak economy and the situation in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.5% - EU28 at 10.2% Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman in job centre © EU

29/08/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area (EA18) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.5% in July 2014, stable compared with June 2014, but down from 11.9% in July 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.2% in July 2014, also stable compared with June 2014, but down from 10.9% in July 2013.

 

August 2014: Business and Consumer surveysChoose translations of the previous link 

Pen on graph © EU

28/08/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

In August the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) fell in the euro area (by 1.5 points to 100.6) and the EU (by 1.2 points at 104.6). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly flat (at +0.16) compared to July (+0.17).

 

Commission adopts strategy and action plan for better customs risk management Choose translations of the previous link 

Customs officers removing boxes from containers © EU

21/08/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Robust customs risk management is essential to protect the safety and security of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate traders and EU financial interests, while at the same time enabling the smooth flow of trade.

 

July 2014: Euro area annual inflation down to 0.4% - EU down to 0.6%Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro symbol, coins and notes © EU

14/08/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.4% in July 2014, down from 0.5% in June. This is the lowest annual inflation rate since October 2009. In July 2013 the rate was 1.6%. Monthly inflation was -0.7% in July 2014.

 

European Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged

European Central Bank Building in Frankfurt © EU

07/08/2014

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 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively.

 

Adoption of agreed EU sanctions over Russia's role in Eastern Ukraine

EU flags outside Justus Lipsius building © EU

31/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Council has adopted further EU restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013 Choose translations of the previous link 

Selection of counterfeit products © EU

31/07/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

 

July 2014: Business and Consumer surveysChoose translations of the previous link 

Graph displaying ESI indicator © EU

30/07/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

In July the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained broadly stable in the euro area (+0.1 points at 102.2), while it decreased slightly in the EU (by 0.6 points to 105.8). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased marginally by 0.04 points to +0.17.

 

Additional restrictive measures against Russia

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU

29/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

On 29 July, the EU agreed a package of significant additional restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Spring 2014 Standard Eurobarometer: The European elections made a differenceChoose translations of the previous link 

Crowd of people and European flag © EU

25/07/2014

Institutional affairs, Statistics

After the European Elections, the number of citizens who feel their voice counts in the EU has risen from 29% in November 2013 to 42%. This is the highest level since this question was first put into the Standard Eurobarometer a decade ago.

 

Lithuania to adopt the euro on 1 January 2015

Group photo © EU

23/07/2014

Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council celebrated Lithuania's entry into the euro area. Ministers also discussed the Italian presidency work programme and the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

 

European Commission proposes a higher and achievable energy savings target for 2030Choose translations of the previous link 

Günther Oettinger © EU

23/07/2014

Energy and natural resources

The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.

 

Council takes actions on the downing of flight MH17

Ms. Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU

22/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine following the downing of flight MH17 as well as further sanctions against Russia. Gaza was also discussed.

 

Commissioner Hahn urges Europeans to help shape a future EU Urban AgendaChoose translations of the previous link 

Commissioner Hahn © EU

22/07/2014

Regions and local development

The Commissioner is calling for a wide engagement by stakeholders and city dwellers in a public consultation alongside a formal Communication just published by the European Commission.

 

Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizesChoose translations of the previous link 

A scientist © EU

22/07/2014

Science and technology

The European Commission presents details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

 

New report on state of EU Telecommunications marketsChoose translations of the previous link 

Women with tablet computer and smart phone © EU

22/07/2014

Science and technology

The report covers a variety of regulatory issues: market regulation, broadband plans and financing, national regulatory rights of way and access to passive infrastructure, access and interconnection, consumer issues, universal service and net neutrality.

 

Major progress in anti-fraud policy but Member States must do more to combat fraudChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro banknote and coins © EU

17/07/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Justice and citizens rights

Member States must step up their work to prevent, detect and report fraud affecting EU funds, according to the Commission's annual report on the protection of financial interests (PIF report).

 

Special meeting of the European Council

Family photo © EU

16/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The European Council met to discuss a number of key appointments to be made for top EU positions. They also discussed new sanctions on Russia and the situation in Gaza.

 

Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

15/07/2014

Institutional affairs

With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.

 

European Commission to tackle unfair practices in the food supply chain Choose translations of the previous link 

Man sorting fruit in warehouse © EU

15/07/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Business

The European Commission has adopted a communication encouraging Member States to look for ways to improve protection of small food producers and retailers against the unfair practices of their sometimes much stronger trading partners.

 

Organic farming and 2015 fishing opportunities on the Council agenda

Dacian Ciolos, Maria Damanaki and Maurizio Martina © EU

14/07/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Meeting in Brussels, ministers discussed a proposal to review EU rules on organic production and farming and a communication preparing the ground for new EU fishing quotas for 2015.

 

Online gambling: Commission recommends principles to ensure effective protection of consumers Choose translations of the previous link 

Man using laptop © EU

14/07/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation on online gambling services. It encourages Member States to pursue a high level of protection for consumers, players and minors through the adoption of principles for online gambling services and for responsible advertising and sponsorship of those services.

 

Call for local, regional and national leaders to take advantage of new EU broadband funding and support Choose translations of the previous link 

Internet cable © EU

10/07/2014

Regions and local development, Science and technology

The European Commission launches its “Connected Communities” initiative – an umbrella for several systems designed to connect towns, cities, local broadband partnerships and operators to the advice they need to access finance and develop tailored business models.

 

July infringements package: main decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Court of Justice of the European Union © EU

10/07/2014

Institutional affairs

The Commission has taken 420 decisions, including 29 reasoned opinions and 12 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

EU-industry partnerships seek innovation boost with first €1 billion for projects Choose translations of the previous link 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn © EU

09/07/2014

Business, Science and technology

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

 

Maritime surveillance: Joining forces with Member States for safer seas and oceans Choose translations of the previous link 

Ships at sea and compass design in water © EU

08/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission today took a further step towards more effective and cost-efficient surveillance of European Seas.

 

European Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged

Euro coins and banknotes © EU

03/07/2014

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 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively.

 

Future of Europe: MEPs debate Italian Council presidency priorities

Matteo Renzi at European Parliament © EU

02/07/2014

Institutional affairs

“If Europe was to take a selfie today, it would be a tired, resigned image," said Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in a debate with MEPs on his country's priorities for the Council presidency for the next six months.

 

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data Choose translations of the previous link 

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02/07/2014

Science and technology

Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon; in response to industry and grassroots demands the European Commission is calling on national governments to wake-up to this “big data” revolution.

 

Commission outlines measures to maximise job opportunities in the green economy Choose translations of the previous link 

Janez Potočnik and László Andor © EU

02/07/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

The Green Employment Initiative Communication presents an integrated framework to allow labour market and skill policies to play an active role to support this transition.

 

Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament

Martin Schulz © EU

01/07/2014

Institutional affairs

MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.6% - EU28 at 10.3% Choose translations of the previous link 

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01/07/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.6% in May 2014, stable compared with April 2014, but down from 12.0% in May 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.3% in May 2014, down from 10.4% in April 2014, and from 10.9% in May 2013.

 

Market conditions for consumers continue to improve Choose translations of the previous link 

Neven Mimica © EU

30/06/2014

Business, Environment, consumers and health

There is an improved performance across all consumer markets finds the 10th Consumer Markets Scoreboard published today. This improvement is particularly marked for goods markets, while services continue to be the main sources of dissatisfaction.

 

EU leaders choose Juncker to lead the future of the Union

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27/06/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Meeting in the European Council on 26-27 June, EU leaders decided on their candidate for President of the European Commission. They also discussed a strategic agenda for the EU, the peace plan proposal in Ukraine and congratulated Greece for the main achievements of their presidency. 

 

May 2014: Business and Consumer surveysChoose translations of the previous link 

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27/06/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

In June the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) decreased in the euro area (by 0.6 points to 102.0), while it remained broadly stable in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased by 0.14 points to +0.22.