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Better enforcing posted workers’ rights

Workman inspecting roof © EU

16/04/2014

Employment and social rights

Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services would be better protected by a draft law already informally agreed with the Council, and endorsed by Parliament.

 

MEPs push for mandatory "made-in" labelling to tighten up product safety rules

Consumer products on table © EU

15/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health

"Made-in" labelling should be made mandatory for non-food products sold on the single market, Parliament said in a vote on plans to tighten up product safety requirements and market surveillance rules so as to strengthen consumer protection in the EU.

 

Foreign Affairs Council focused on the situation in Eastern Ukraine

Catherine Ashton at press conference © EU

15/04/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

EU foreign affairs ministers strongly condemned the actions undertaken by armed individuals in cities of Eastern Ukraine. They asked for an immediate halt to these attempts at further destabilising Ukraine's sovereignty.

 

Basic bank accounts for all

Person counting money at cash  machine © EU

15/04/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Anyone legally residing in the EU would have the right to open a basic payment account, and no-one could be denied this right on grounds of nationality or place of residence, under a new law passed by Parliament.

 

Council discusses conditions in the EU's fruit and vegetable sector

Vegetables © EU

14/04/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Meeting in Luxembourg, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed a report on the fruit and vegetable sector and adopted a number of legislative measures without discussion. 

 

Fundamental Rights: Importance of EU Charter grows as citizens stand to benefitChoose translations of the previous link 

Viviane Reding © EU

14/04/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The report issued today provides a comprehensive overview of how fundamental rights have been successfully implemented in the EU over the past year. It highlights, for example, guidance given by the European Court of Justice to national judges on the applicability of the Charter when implementing EU law at national level.

 

Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard Choose translations of the previous link 

Motorway intersection © EU

10/04/2014

Transport and travel

The European Commission has published for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers.

 

Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealthChoose translations of the previous link 

Man using tablet computer © EU

10/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission is launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

 

Undeclared work: Commission proposes new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence Choose translations of the previous link 

Man counting money © EU

09/04/2014

Employment and social rights

The Platform would bring together various national enforcement bodies involved in the fight against undeclared work, a phenomenon that causes serious damage to working conditions, fair competition and public budgets.

 

European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones Choose translations of the previous link 

Siim Kallas © EU

08/04/2014

Science and technology, Transport and travel

The new standards will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability. The aim is to allow European industry to become a global leader in the market for this emerging technology, while at the same time ensuring that all the necessary safeguards are in place.

 

Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work Choose translations of the previous link 

László Andor © EU

07/04/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problems in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all lost working days.

 

Commission stresses need for greater effectiveness, accessibility and resilience for EU’s health systems Choose translations of the previous link 

Doctor and nurse treating patient © EU

04/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health

In a Communication adopted today, the Commission lays out an EU agenda for making Europe’s health systems fit for facing current challenges and pressures.

 

EU-Africa Summit 2014

Photo de groupe du sommet UE-Afrique © UE

03/04/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The 4th EU-Africa Summit brought together more than 60 EU and African leaders, and a total of 90 delegations, to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents.

 

Ensure open access for internet service suppliers and ban roaming fees, say MEPs

Woman with tablet computer and mobile phone © EU

03/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Internet access providers would be barred from blocking or slowing down selected services for economic or other reasons by the latest draft EU “telecoms package” legislation voted by Parliament.

 

MEPs back law to curb harmful traffic noise

Car in front of building © EU

02/04/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Noise limits for cars will be tightened to protect public health, under new rules informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parliament.

 

More flexible visa rules to boost growth and job creationChoose translations of the previous link 

Visa being scanned © EU

01/04/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The proposals presented will seriously shorten and simplify the procedures for those wanting to come to the EU for short stays, and induce more cost savings and less bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.6%Choose translations of the previous link 

People representing various professions © EU

01/04/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.9% in February 2014, stable since October 2013. It was 12.0% in February 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.6% in February 2014, down from 10.7% in January 2014.

 

Road safety: Second good year in a row puts Europe firmly on track towards target Choose translations of the previous link 

Siim Kallas © EU

31/03/2014

Statistics, Transport and travel

2013 is the second year in a row that saw an impressive decrease in the number of people killed on Europe's roads. According to preliminary figures, the number of road fatalities has decreased by 8% compared to 2012, following the 9% decrease between 2011 and 2012.

 

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

Gavel on table © EU

28/03/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has taken 139 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 3 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

March 2014: Business and Consumers surveysChoose translations of the previous link 

Graph showing the ESI indicator © EU

28/03/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

In March the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) increased by 1.2 points in the euro area (to 102.4), while remaining broadly flat in the EU (a marginal increase by 0.3 points to 105.3). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly unchanged (at +0.39).

 

Commission roadmap to meet the long-term financing needs of the European economyChoose translations of the previous link 

Michel Barnier © EU

27/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to stimulate new and different ways of unlocking long-term financing and support Europe's return to sustainable economic growth.

 

Neighbourhood at the crossroads – taking stock of a year of challenges Choose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope on Globe © EU

27/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Although 2013 has been a year of crises in some of its partners, reflecting political instability and difficult socio-economic conditions, the EU has continued to support efforts to enhance democratic governance, build security and support sustainable and inclusive development.

 

EU-US Summit

Handshake between Herman van Rompuy, Barack Obama and José Manuel Barroso © EU

26/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting at the occasion of the EU US Brussels summit, Herman Van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso, and President Barack Obama discussed the strong EU-US partnership, International foreign policy, the crisis in Ukraine and key global challenges.

 

Pushing for consumer safety. 10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products Choose translations of the previous link 

Neven Mimica © EU

25/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States.

 

Organics: Commission proposal for more and better Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman tending to organic plants © EU

25/03/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and producer concerns are at the heart of this new proposal, which seeks to address shortcomings of the current system.

 

Council debates renewed measures to promote EU agricultural products

Mr Athanasios Tsaftaris, Mr Dacian Ciolos and Ms. Maria Damanaki © EU

24/03/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussed the promotion of agricultural products and labelling of origin for meat products.

 

Council adopts new rules on the taxation of savings income pdf

Binoculars with one euro coins © EU

24/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council adopted a directive strengthening EU rules on the exchange of information on savings incomes, aimed at enabling the member states to better clamp down on tax fraud and tax evasion.

 

European Council focuses on Ukraine crisis and further sanctions

European Council family photo © EU

21/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Meeting in the European Council on 20-21 March, EU leaders discussed the Ukraine crisis and also addressed economic issues, industrial competitiveness and climate and energy.

 

Commission clarifies EU rules for public passenger transport by rail and by road Choose translations of the previous link 

High speed train © EU

21/03/2014

Transport and travel

The rules determine how public authorities across Europe may contract for the provision of public transport services by rail, metro, tram or bus, how to award these contracts and how to compensate for public service obligations.

 

A decisive step towards the banking union

Jeroen Dijsselbloem and Yannis Stournaras © EU

20/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

On 20 March the Council, represented by the Greek Presidency, has reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on the single resolution mechanism regulation.

 

EU leaders and social partners stress need to rebuild confidence in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy © EU

20/03/2014

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

The Summit agreed on the need for further collective efforts to pursue sustainable economic growth, while ensuring social cohesion and quality employment.

 

EU/Ukraine: Commission proposes a further €1 billion in macro-financial assistanceChoose translations of the previous link 

EU flag in front of Commission building © EU

19/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The new MFA programme, expected to be approved by the EU's Council of Ministers in the coming weeks, is part of the package of support to Ukraine announced by the European Commission on 5 March and endorsed by the European Council on 6 March.

 

Commission says yes to first successful European Citizens' InitiativeChoose translations of the previous link 

EU flag and crowd of people in the background

19/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Justice and citizens rights

Organisers of the Right2Water ECI called on the Commission to ensure that all EU citizens enjoy the right to water and  sanitation, to exclude water supply and management of water resources from internal market rules and liberalisation, and to increase its efforts to achieve universal access to water and sanitation around the world.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council pdf

Dimitrios Kourkoulas and Evangelos Venizelos © EU

18/03/2014

Institutional affairs

The Council established the European voluntary humanitarian aid corps. This initiative provided for in the Lisbon Treaty will provide thorough training to volunteers and place them in humanitarian organisations, based on the needs of beneficiaries.

 

Council condemns the illegal referendum in Crimea

Catherine Ashton © EU

17/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting today in the foreign Affairs Council, EU Ministers strongly condemned the referendum in Crimea and did not recognise its outcome. They also decided to introduce an additional set of measures against 21 officials responsible for actions threatening Ukraine's territorial integrity.

 

The 2014 EU Justice Scoreboard: Towards more effective justice systems in the EU Choose translations of the previous link 

Viviane Reding © EU

17/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights

Following the first edition in 2013, the 2014 European Justice Scoreboard will continue to assist Member States and the EU in achieving more effective justice systems, and hence contribute to fostering economic growth in the Union.

 

February 2014: Euro area annual inflation down to 0.7% - EU down to 0.8% Choose translations of the previous link 

Pen on graph © EU

17/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in February 20142, down from 0.8% in January. A year earlier the rate was 1.8%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in February 2014.

 

Council agrees its position on key rail proposals

A train © EU

14/03/2014

Transport and travel

Transport ministers adopted the Council's position on the proposal giving new tasks to the European Railway Agency and on the Shift2Rail proposal.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: Ukraine, data protection, Troika

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

14/03/2014

Institutional affairs

The crisis in Ukraine and an update of EU data protection legislation were two of the main topics during the March plenary session in Strasbourg. MEPs also concluded the assessment of the Troika's work during the financial crisis and adopted tougher rules to fight money laundering.

 

MEPs push for common charger for all mobile phones

Mobile phones on display © EU

13/03/2014

Science and technology

A common charger should be developed for all mobile phones sold in the EU, to reduce waste, costs and hassle for users, said MEPs voting on an update to EU radio equipment laws.

 

European Parliament calls on Russia to withdraw military forces from Ukraine

MEPs in plenary meeting room in Strasbourg © EU

13/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Russia must immediately withdraw all its military forces from Ukrainian territory, say MEPs in a resolution.

 

Traders at work © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission adopts nine Regulatory Technical Standards to implement the single rule book in banking

13/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The nine RTS adopted today define the ways in which competent authorities and market participants must, inter alia, handle disclosures linked to securitisation instruments, measure potential losses from derivative positions and counterparty failure.

 

Tourists on beach © EU

MEPs vote to extend protection for package holiday travelers

12/03/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Holidaymakers putting together their own package holidays from travel services sold on the internet or elsewhere need extra protection, as they are unlikely to get the same all-in cover as those buying from traditional travel agents, say MEPs.

 

Hand typing on laptop keyboard © EU

MEPs tighten up rules to protect personal data in the digital era

12/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights, Science and technology

MEPs inserted stronger safeguards for EU citizens’ personal data that gets transferred to non-EU countries in a major overhaul of the EU’s data protection laws voted on Wednesday.

 

Council updates its position on the single resolution mechanism

Council updates its position on the single resolution mechanism

12/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council adjusted the mandate given to the presidency for negotiations with the European Parliament on the establishment of a single resolution board and a single fund for the resolution of banks.

 

Justice statue and European flag © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

European Commission presents a framework to safeguard the rule of law in the European Union

11/03/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The new rule of law framework will be complementary to infringement procedures - when EU law has been breached – and to the so-called 'Article 7 procedure' of the Lisbon Treaty which, at its most severe, allows for the suspension of voting rights in case of a "serious and persistent breach" of EU values by a Member State. 

 

Rows of cars © EU

MEPs back new common standards for vehicle checks

11/03/2014

Transport and travel

A deal with EU member states on minimum common standards for periodic vehicle inspections, vehicle registration documents and roadside inspections of commercial vehicles was endorsed by MEPs.

 

Rows of 5 euro notes © EU

Parliament toughens up anti-money laundering rules

11/03/2014

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

The ultimate owners of companies and trusts would have to be listed in public registers in EU countries, under draft anti-money laundering rules voted by Parliament.

 

European Central Bank building in Frankfurt © EU

European Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged

06/03/2014

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.

 

Olli Rehn © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission concludes in-depth reviews to identify macroeconomic imbalances and assesses progress in fiscal consolidation

05/03/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has published its conclusions emerging from the in-depth reviews (IDRs) carried out into 17 Member States' economies.

 

Customs officer removing boxes from container © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

EU proposes responsible trading strategy for minerals from conflict zones

05/03/2014

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The package of measures will make it more difficult for armed groups in conflict-affected and high-risk areas to finance their activities through the mining of and trade in minerals.

 

Mr Gunther Oettinger and Mr Giannis Maniatis © EU

Council debates rising energy prices and costs in Europe

04/03/2014

Energy and natural resources

Energy ministers discussed the impact of rising energy costs and prices on European consumers and on the EU's industrial competitiveness.

 

Janusz Lewandowski © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Final "simplification scoreboard": 120 measures to cut red tape on EU funding

04/03/2014

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Regions and local development

The Commission has adopted its Final Simplification Scoreboard: over 120 measures to simplify the EU funding rules for Europe's businesses, towns, regions, scientists and NGOs.

 

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU

EU condemns Russia's actions in Ukraine, calls for dialogue and remains ready for further measures

03/03/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

The EU ministers of foreign affairs held an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on the situation in Ukraine.

 

View of MEPs voting during Strasbourg plenary session © EU

Things we learnt in plenary: Ukraine, CO2 reductions, regulating tobacco

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.

 

Woman holding folder © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe

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.

 

Man looking in job agency window © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.8%

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.

 

MEPs displaying Ukrainian and European flags during plenary session © EU

Ukraine: MEPs urge EU to help financial rescue, but enact targeted sanctions too

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.

 

View of two trains © EU

Parliament counts on increased competition to improve passenger rail services

26/02/2014

Transport and travel

Competition to provide better rail passenger services should warm up under draft rules voted in the European Parliament.

 

Cigarette packets © EU

Tobacco Directive: Parliament approves plans to deter young people from smoking

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.

 

Traffic jam on motorway © EU

Parliament backs law to cut car CO2 emissions

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.

 

Smuggled goods seized by customs officers © EU

New rules make it easier to confiscate crooks’ assets across the EU

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.

 

Olli Rehn © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Winter 2014 forecast: Recovery gaining ground

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.

 

Ms. Androulla Vassiliou and Mr Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos © EU

Council discusses education: investing in skills

24/02/2014

Culture, education and youth

In support of the 2014 European Semester, EU education ministers adopted conclusions on efficient and innovative education and training to invest in skills.

 

Euro notes © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

January 2014: Euro area annual inflation stable at 0.8% - EU down to 0.9%

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.

 

Mr Antonio Tajani and Mr Konstantinos Hatzidakis © EUpdf

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

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.

 

Justice statue and European flag © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

February infringements package: main decisions

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.

 

Mediterranean coastline © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission presents new European strategy to promote coastal and maritime tourism

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.

 

Mr Dijsselbloem, Mr Stournaras and Mr Barnier © EU

Single Resolution Mechanism: Council reviews the state of play of the negotiations

18/02/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The EU finance ministers discussed the possible adjustments to the Council's general approach reached in December 2013 on the single resolution mechanism.

 

Box of vegetables © EU

Council examines promotion of farm products in the EU and beyond

18/02/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

EU agriculture ministers discussed a draft regulation aimed at reforming the information and promotion policy of EU's agricultural products.

 

Workers and machinery in factory © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

2013 industrial structure report highlights need for industrial renaissance

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.

 

Person using mobile phone © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

The €63 billion app boom. Nearly 5 million jobs in European app sector by 2018, says EU report

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.

 

Hand typing on keyboard © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission to pursue role as honest broker in future global negotiations on Internet Governance

12/02/2014

Science and technology

In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run.

 

Queue of vehicles on motorway © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

New connected car standards put Europe into top gear

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.

 

Maros Šefčovič, Evangelos Venizelos and Tonio Borg © EUpdf

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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).

 

Hands holding globe with EU stars © EU

Military operation in Central African Republic formally established

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.

 

European Cybercrime Centre logo © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

European Cybercrime Centre – one year on

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.

 

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

Things we learnt in plenary: insider trading, LGBTI rights, Italian president

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.

 

person holding euro notes © EU Choose translations of the previous link 

Commission proposes stronger cooperation with non-EU countries on VAT

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).

 

Person checking airport departures screens © EU

Parliament pushes for enforceable air passenger rights

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.

 

Seasonal worker picking fruit in greenhouse © EU

More rights and better working conditions for non-EU seasonal workers

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.

 

Headphones with copyright symbol © EU

Copyright: cross-border licences for online music services

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.

 

Trader and computer screens © EU

Financial market manipulators may face at least four years in jail

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.

 

Cecilia Malmström © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission unveils first EU Anti-Corruption Report

03/02/2014

Justice and citizens rights

The EU Anti-Corruption Report explains the situation in each Member State: what anti-corruption measures are in place, which ones are working well, what could be improved and how. 

 

People outside job centre © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.7%

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.

 

Dacian Cioloş © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission proposes to combine and reinforce existing school milk and school fruit schemes

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.

 

Pen on graph © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

January 2014: Business and Consumer surveys

30/01/2014

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.

 

Traders at work © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Structural reform of the EU banking sector

29/01/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has proposed new rules to stop the biggest and most complex banks from engaging in the risky activity of proprietary trading.

 

Viviane Reding © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission acts to defend voting rights of EU citizens abroad

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.

 

Judge holding folder © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

January infringements package: main decisions

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.

 

President Barroso, Commissioner Oettinger and Commissioner Hedegaard © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy

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.