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

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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 

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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 

Woman working at desk © EU

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

European Council family photo in Ypres © EU

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 

Economic Sentiment Graph © EU

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.

 

Faster, better public services for business and citizens as Commission proposes push to sweep away e-barriers Choose translations of the previous link 

Room of people using computers © EU

26/06/2014

Business, Science and technology

The Commission adopts a proposal for a new programme that will help Member States to modernise their administrations and provide interoperable digital services at national and European level.

 

EU candidate status for Albania

View of General Affairs Council meeting room © EU

24/06/2014

Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council meeting on 24 June granted EU candidate status to Albania, and adopted the EU maritime strategy and solidarity clause. Ministers also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council summit. 

 

A New Deal for European Defence: Commission proposes industrial action planChoose translations of the previous link 

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24/06/2014

Business

The European Commission has presented a roadmap for measures to strengthen the Single Market for defence, to promote a more competitive defence industry and to foster synergies between civil and military research including details and timelines for the actions.

 

Council supports Kiev efforts for a peace plan

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23/06/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg, EU ministers discussed the proposal made by Ukraine President Poroshenko for a peace plan and the violent evolution of the situation in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

 

Council closes a double non-taxation loophole

Algirdas Semeta, Gikas Hardouvelis and Olli Rehn © EU

20/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

At the Economic and Financial Affairs Council meeting the ministers agreed an amendment to EU tax rules that will close a loophole which had allowed cross-border corporations to profit from double non-taxation.

 

Council discusses safety of medical devices

Laszlo Andor and Ioannis Vroutsis © EU

20/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council looked at ways of improving the safety of medical and in vitro devices in the EU.

 

Patient safety: progress made, more neededChoose translations of the previous link 

Doctor and nurse treating patient © EU

19/06/2014

Environment, consumers and health

A patient safety package published by the European Commission highlights how the Commission and EU countries are addressing the challenge of patient safety, progress made since 2012 and barriers to overcome to improve patient safety.

 

REFIT – Commission making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly Choose translations of the previous link 

Documents in folder on table © EU

18/06/2014

Business, Institutional affairs

A Communication adopted today shows that the implementation of the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) is in full swing and that EU law is indeed becoming lighter, simpler and less costly.

 

School fruit and vegetables scheme and fisheries discard plans on the Council agenda

Tonio Borg and Georgios Karasmanis © EU

17/06/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Minsters looked at agriculture and fisheries issues, including progress on the proposal to revise the school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme, and the preparation of discard plans under the new fisheries rules.

 

Taxation trends in the European Union Choose translations of the previous link 

50 euro note and calculator © EU

16/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

The overall tax-to-GDP ratio, meaning the sum of taxes and compulsory social contributions in % of GDP, in the EU28 stood at 39.4% in 2012, up from 38.8% in 2011. The overall tax ratio in the euro area increased to 40.4% in 2012 from 39.5% in 2011.

 

May 2014: Euro area annual inflation down to 0.5% - EU down to 0.6% Choose translations of the previous link 

Rolls of euro coins © EU

16/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.5% in May 2014, down from 0.7% in April. A year earlier the rate was 1.4%. Monthly inflation was -0.1% in May 2014.

 

Food Safety: 35 years protecting human and animal healthChoose translations of the previous link 

Tonio Borg © EU

13/06/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Today's annual report covers the reporting period 2013, where a total of 3 205 original notifications were transmitted through the RASFF, of which 596 were classified as an alert, 442 as information for follow-up, 705 as information for attention and 1 462 as border rejection notification.

 

Council reaches political agreement on new rules for growing GMOs

Connie Hedegaard and Giannis Maniatis © EU

13/06/2014

Environment, consumers and health

Meeting in Luxembourg, ministers in the Council adopted the political agreement text on the draft GMO directive and held policy debates on the 2030 framework and the clean air package.

 

2015 EU draft budget to help Europe's economic growth despite financial constraints Choose translations of the previous link 

Janusz Lewandowski © EU

11/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The bulk of the commitments is for future projects that make Europe stronger economically whereas some 40% of the payments still cover EU funded projects from the 2007-2013 financial period.

 

Commission proposes final step in OLAF reform processChoose translations of the previous link 

Algirdas Šemeta © EU

11/06/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has proposed measures to further safeguard procedural guarantees in OLAF investigations, in order to complete the already comprehensive reform of the EU's anti-fraud office.

 

Commission points to innovation reforms to sustain economic recovery Choose translations of the previous link 

Olli Rehn and Máire Geoghegan Quinn © EU

10/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

The European Commission has highlighted the importance of research and innovation (R&I) investments and reforms for economic recovery in the European Union, and made proposals to help EU Member States maximise the impact of their budgets at a time when many countries still face spending constraints.

 

Health and safety at work: Strategic Framework sets out EU objectives for 2014-2020 Choose translations of the previous link 

László Andor © EU

06/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

This new Framework aims at ensuring that the EU continues to play a leading role in the promotion of high standards for working conditions both within Europe and internationally, in line with the Europe 2020 Strategy.

 

G7 leaders meet in Brussels

G7 family photo © EU

05/06/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

G7 leaders met to discuss the situation in Ukraine, foreign policy issues, as well as the global economy and trade, energy, climate change and development.

 

European Central Bank lowers interest rates

View of financial district in Frankfurt © EU

05/06/2014

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 0.15% and 0.40% respectively. The interest rate on the deposit facility will decrease to -0.10%.

 

Commission assesses eight EU countries’ readiness to join the euro area Choose translations of the previous link 

Olli Rehn © EU

04/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has today released its 2014 Convergence Report, which assesses eight Member States' readiness to join the single currency. These countries have made uneven progress on the road to euro adoption, but Lithuania stands out from this group as it now fulfils the convergence criteria.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.7% - EU28 at 10.4%Choose translations of the previous link 

Young woman working in textile factory © EU

03/06/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.7% in April 2014, down from 11.8% in March 2014, and from 12.0% in April 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.4% in April 2014, down from 10.5% in March 2014, and from 10.9% in April 2013.

 

Building growth: Country-specific recommendations 2014 Choose translations of the previous link 

Flags of the 28 EU member countries © EU

02/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has today adopted a series of economic policy recommendations to individual Member States to strengthen the recovery that began a year ago.

 

Commission puts forward comprehensive strategy to strengthen security of supplyChoose translations of the previous link 

Günther Oettinger © EU

28/05/2014

Energy and natural resources

The European Commission reacts on the current geopolitical environment and the EU´s import dependence: It advocates a new European Energy Security Strategy. Diversifying external energy supplies, upgrading energy infrastructure, completing the EU internal energy market and saving energy are among its main points.

 

The EU 2014 Digital Scoreboard: how did you fare? Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman using tablet computer © EU

28/05/2014

Business, Science and technology

New data shows the Commission is on track to 95 of its 101 digital actions by 2015, which shows good progress. EU citizens and businesses are going online more, shopping more and they have greater confidence and skills in ICT.

 

Water quality excellent at most of Europe’s bathing sites Choose translations of the previous link 

Leaves in circle in water © EU

27/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The water at Europe’s beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with more than 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows.

 

Council agrees its position on the protection of trade secrets

Michel Barnier and Antonio Tajani © EU

26/05/2014

Business, Science and technology

At the Competitiveness Council, EU ministers adopted the position on the improved protection of trade secrets. This paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.

 

European Elections 2014

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

26/05/2014

Institutional affairs

Elections to the European Parliament took place throughout the EU from 22 – 25 May.

 

New EU initiative to protect biodiversity and fight wildlife crimeChoose translations of the previous link 

Plants in dry soil © EU

22/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health

On the International Day for Biological Diversity today, the Commission is launching a major new initiative to halt biodiversity loss and eradicate poverty in developing countries.

 

Commission adopts new rules facilitating public support for research, development and innovationChoose translations of the previous link 

Person holding folder with EU flag © EU

21/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The new R&D&I state aid Framework sets out the conditions under which Member States can grant state aid to companies to carry out R&D&I activities.

 

Commission sets out strategy to curb CO2 emissions from trucks, buses and coaches Choose translations of the previous link 

Van exhaust and fumes © EU

21/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.

 

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Choose translations of the previous link 

Joaquín Almunia © EU

20/05/2014

The European Commission has informed Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan of its preliminary view that they may have breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to influence the pricing of interest rate derivatives denominated in the euro currency.

 

Council discusses agricultural issues

Tonio Borg and Athanasios Tsaftaris © EU

19/05/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Agriculture ministers discussed a report on minor uses of plant protection products. They also looked at potential solutions to the problem of food waste.

 

Council discusses EU's post-2015 development framework

Roundtable during foreign affairs meeting © EU

19/05/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

EU ministers exchanged views on the preparation of a new framework for the coordination of international aid efforts, discussed the implementation of the Agenda for Change and welcomed the adoption of a rights-based approach to development.

 

European Commission presents a first comprehensive review of the EU's reform agendaChoose translations of the previous link 

Michel Barnier © EU

15/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

This economic review sets out how the reforms will deliver a safer and more responsible financial system by enhancing financial stability, deepening the single market for financial services and improving its efficiency whilst improving market integrity and confidence.

 

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

pen on graph © EU

15/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in April 2014, up from 0.5% in March. A year earlier the rate was 1.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.2% in April 2014.

 

European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets Choose translations of the previous link 

Fishing boat and nets © EU

14/05/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The European Commission wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of 1 January 2015.

 

New international university ranking: Commission welcomes launch of U-MultirankChoose translations of the previous link 

Androulla Vassiliou © EU

13/05/2014

Culture, education and youth

U-Multirank, which assesses the performance of more than 850 higher education institutions worldwide, breaks new ground by producing multi-dimensional listings rating universities on a much wider range of factors than existing international rankings.

 

Council stands by Kiev for free and fair presidential elections

Catherine Ashton during press conference ©EU

12/05/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council, EU ministers strongly condemned recent violent events in Ukraine and the organisation of the referendum in Eastern regions. They also adopted conclusions on terrorists attacks and the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.