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End of roaming charges: presidency strikes a deal with European Parliament

Person holding smartphone © EU

30/06/2015

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

In the early hours of 30 June 2015, after 12 hours of negotiation, the Latvian presidency reached a provisional deal with the European Parliament on new rules to end mobile phone roaming fees and safeguard open internet access, also known as net neutrality rules.

 

EU-China summit

From left to right: Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Li Keqiang and Mr Donald Tusk © EU

29/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and China took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels. Leaders agreed to reinforce the EU-China 2020 strategic agenda, adopted at the 2013 summit in Beijing.

 

Commission puts forward record €13.1 billion investment in transport infrastructure to boost jobs and growth Choose translations of the previous link 

Violeta Bulc © EU

29/06/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Transport and travel

Today the Commission is further delivering on its top priority of creating jobs and boosting growth in Europe, by unveiling a record €13.1 billion investment plan in 276 transport projects, selected under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

26/06/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on Greece, migration, the upcoming referendum in the UK, security and defence and economic issues.

 

Spurring economic recovery: Parliament approves Juncker Plan rules

Construction workers building metro station in Athens © EU

24/06/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

The €315-billion “Juncker” investment plan, announced by the European Commission last November to encourage the financing of viable investments in Europe, was backed by the European Parliament in a vote on Wednesday.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Mr Edgars Rinkevics © EU

23/06/2015

Institutional affairs

The Council made further progress in preparing the June European Council, including through discussions on a revised set of draft conclusions. EU leaders are expected to focus on migration, security challenges and economic affairs at their meeting on 25 and 26 June in Brussels.

 

Main results of the Euro Summit

Mr Donald Tusk, President of the European Council © EU

22/06/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The leaders held an exchange of views on Greece and clarified the positions and the situation in the ongoing talks between the Greek authorities and the institutions (the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund).

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ms Federica Mogherini © EU

22/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council launched the EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean. EUNAVFOR Med is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge.

 

Five Presidents' Report sets out plan for strengthening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union as of 1 July 2015Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro notes, coins and symbol © EU

22/06/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Today, the five Presidents have revealed ambitious plans on how to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as of 1 July 2015 and how to complete it by latest 2025.

 

European Alliance for Apprenticeships: companies and organisations commit to making 140 000 apprenticeships available to young peopleChoose translations of the previous link 

Young people with laptop © EU

22/06/2015

Employment and social rights

Today more than forty companies and other organisations have joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, coordinated by the European Commission, and committed to providing more and better apprenticeships for young people.

 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

From left to right: Mr Valdis DOMBROVSKIS, Vice President of the European Commission; Mr Janis REIRS, Latvian Minister for Finance © EU

19/06/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council agreed its negotiating stance on structural measures to improve the resilience of EU credit institutions.

 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Representatives of different professions © EU

19/06/2015

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

The Council agreed the substance of its negotiating stance on two draft regulations aimed at modernising EU rules on medical devices and in vitro diagnostic medical devices.

 

June infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Statue of Lady Justice with EU flag in background © EU

18/06/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 128 decisions including 18 reasoned opinions, 5 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice and 44 letters of formal notice.

 

Commission presents Action Plan for Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation in the EU Choose translations of the previous link 

Pierre Moscovici, Valdis Dombrovskis © EU

17/06/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Action Plan sets out a series of initiatives to tackle tax avoidance, secure sustainable revenues and strengthen the Single Market for businesses.

 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Ms Vera JOUROVA, Member of the European Commission; Mr Dzintars RASNACS, Latvian Minister for Justice © EU

16/06/2015

Justice and citizens rights

The Council reached agreement on the whole text of the general data protection regulation in order to begin negotiations with the European Parliament with a view to reaching overall agreement.

 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Mr Phil HOGAN, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis DUKLAVS, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU

16/06/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Council reached agreement on a general approach for a regulation on organic farming and Ministers were briefed on a Commission communication on fishing opportunities for 2016.

 

Renewable energy progress report Choose translations of the previous link 

Wind turbines in field © EU

16/06/2015

Energy and natural resources

The European Commission has published the progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, showing that the EU is on track to meet its 20% renewable energy targets.

 

Main results of the Environment Council

Mr Miguel Arias Canete, Mr Kaspars Gerhards and Mr Karmenu Vella © EU

15/06/2015

Environment, consumers and health

The Council held a policy debate on the proposal for a directive on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (NEC directive). Its aim is to achieve a significant improvement in air quality in the EU.

 

EU-Mexico summit

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Enrique Peña Nieto and Mr Donald Tusk © EU

12/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Union and Mexico held the 7th EU-Mexico summit in Brussels. Leaders agreed to reinforce the strategic partnership and modernise the EU-Mexico global agreement. They also agreed to strengthen political dialogue between the EU and Mexico on bilateral and multilateral issues.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Gunther Oettinger and Mr Anrijs Matiss © EU

12/06/2015

Energy and natural resources, Science and technology, Transport and travel

The presidency briefed ministers on the state of play on the proposals for a telecommunications single market (roaming and net neutrality) currently being negotiated with the European Parliament.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: TTIP, Russia, Hungary, Fifa

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

12/06/2015

Institutional affairs

EU-Russia relations were high on Parliament's agenda this plenary week in Strasbourg. In two separate resolutions, MEPs called on EU member states to maintain their unity following Russia´s illegal annexation of Crimea and drew attention to the militarisation of the Black Sea basin.

 

EU-CELAC summit

EU-CELAC family photo © EU

11/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The second EU-CELAC / 8th EU-LAC summit was held in Brussels on 10-11 June 2015 under the theme: "Shaping our common future: working for prosperous, cohesive and sustainable societies for our citizens".

 

After ACTA: EU needs new tools to protect EU intellectual property rights

Headphones with copyright symbol © EU

09/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The EU needs better tools to protect EU intellectual property in third countries, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Tuesday. They ask the EU Commission to look into appropriate means and methods to this end.

 

The EU at the G7 summit

G7 group photo © EU

08/06/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

On 7-8 June 2015, Germany hosted the meeting of the G7 heads of state and government. The summit focused on the global economy and climate change as well as on key foreign, security and development issues.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Mr Migues Arias Canete and Ms Dana Reizniece Ozola © EU

08/06/2015

Energy and natural resources

The Council had a policy debate on the state of play and future developments in the implementation of the Energy Security Strategy, focusing on the security of supply.

 

Commission replies to "Stop Vivisection" European Citizens' Initiative Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman working in laboratory © EU

03/06/2015

Business, Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission today set out the actions it intends to take in response to the 'Stop Vivisection' European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). Whilst, the Commission does share the conviction that animal testing should be phased out in Europe, its approach for achieving that objective differs from the one proposed in this Citizens' Initiative.

 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Mr Carlos Moedas and Ms Marite Seile © EU

29/05/2015

Business, Science and technology

The Council discussed the new digital single market strategy and adopted conclusions on the digital transformation of European industry.

 

Travel packages: Council confirms political agreement

Tourists on beach © EU

28/05/2015

Business, Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

The new directive will update current EU rules on package holidays by aiming to adapt to travel market developments in order to meet the needs of consumers and businesses in the digital era.

 

European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration Choose translations of the previous link 

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27/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Two weeks after presenting the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission is today adopting the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration.

 

Commission proposes draft EU budget 2016: focus on jobs, growth, migration and global action Choose translations of the previous link 

Kristalina Georgieva and Valdis Dombrovskis © EU

27/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The Commission today proposed a 2016 EU budget of €143.5 billion in payment credits to support the recovery of the European economy and help improve lives in Europe and beyond.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU

26/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

EU development ministers exchanged views on financing for development in the context of the negotiations towards the new post-2015 development agenda.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

22/05/2015

Institutional affairs

MEPs approved measures to prevent proceeds from conflict minerals being used to fund armed conflicts and called on governments to break the deadlock on plans to harmonise maternity leave across Europe. They also debated measures to tackle irregular migrants coming to the EU during the plenary in Strasbourg on 18-21 May as well as green-lit tougher rules to prevent money laundering.

 

Tougher rules on money laundering to fight tax evasion and terrorist financing

Euro notes © EU

20/05/2015

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

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as investigative journalists, under new rules already agreed with the Council and endorsed by Parliament.

 

Better Regulation Agenda: Enhancing transparency and scrutiny for better EU law-making Choose translations of the previous link 

Frans Timmermans © EU

19/05/2015

Institutional affairs

Today, the European Commission adopts its Better Regulation Agenda. This comprehensive package of reforms covering the entire policy cycle will boost openness and transparency in the EU decision-making process.

 

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council

Mr Gunther Oettinger and Ms Marite Seile © EU

19/05/2015

Culture, education and youth

Ministers assessed the achievements of European cooperation in the field of education and training ("ET 2020"), and discussed its future development in preparation for the mid-term stocktaking and the 2015 Joint Report.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Federica Mogherini © EU

18/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council established an EU naval operation to disrupt the business model of human smugglers in the Mediterranean, EUNAVFOR Med. This decision is one element of the comprehensive EU response to the migration challenge.

 

Managing migration better in all aspects: A European Agenda on Migration Choose translations of the previous link 

Dimitris Avramopoulos,Frans Timmermans and Federica Mogherini © EU

13/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Today, the European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Mr Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice President of the European Commission and Mr Janis Reirs, Latvian Minister for Finance © EU

12/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council adopted conclusions on in-depth reviews of economic imbalances in the member states, underscoring the need for strong commitment to structural reforms.

 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Mr Phil Hogan, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis Duklavis, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU

11/05/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Council discussed the proposal for a regulation on organic farming in view of a general approach, adopted conclusions on the simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and adopted the regulation on the landing obligation for fisheries.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Cecilia Malmstrom and Edgars Rinkevics © EU

07/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council discussed progress in negotiations on TTIP, the transatlantic trade and investment partnership with the United States, with a focus on investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

 

Unleash innovation to spur growth in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Carlos Moedas © EU

07/05/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Improving Europe's capacity to innovate and be globally competitive requires further efforts to encourage disruptive ideas and foster their commercial up-take. These are some of the conclusions to be drawn from the latest ranking of innovation performance across Europe.

 

A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission sets out 16 initiatives to make it happen Choose translations of the previous link 

Andrus Ansip and Günther Oettinger © EU

06/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

Today, the European Commission unveiled its detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, thereby delivering on one of its top priorities.

 

Spring 2015 Economic Forecast: Tailwinds support the recovery Choose translations of the previous link 

Pierre Moscovici  © EU

05/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Economic growth in the European Union is benefitting from positive economic tailwinds. According to the European Commission's Spring 2015 Economic Forecast, these short-term factors are boosting an otherwise mild cyclical upswing in the EU.

 

Nepal: EU increases its financial support in the aftermath of the earthquakeChoose translations of the previous link 

EU Commissioner Christos Stylianides in Nepal © EU

04/05/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Today, the European Commission has approved financial support worth €16.6 million to assist Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit the country just over a week ago.

 

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

Judge holding folder © EU

29/04/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 120 decisions, including 38 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Commission takes steps to strengthen EU cooperation in the fight against terrorism, organised crime and cybercrime Choose translations of the previous link 

Frans Timmermans and Dimitris Avramopoulos © EU

28/04/2015

Justice and citizens rights

The Agenda sets out the concrete tools and measures which will be used in this joint work to ensure security and tackle these three most pressing threats more effectively.

 

Nepal Earthquake: EU mobilises all emergency response meansChoose translations of the previous link 

Man working on computer in emergency response coordination centre © EU

26/04/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission is making available €3 million in its immediate response to the vast devastation caused by the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday.

 

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Gazprom for alleged abuse of dominance on gas supply markets Choose translations of the previous link 

Margrethe Vestager © EU

22/04/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Energy and natural resources

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Gazprom alleging that some of its business practices in Central and Eastern European gas markets constitute an abuse of its dominant market position in breach of EU antitrust rules.

 

More freedom for Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feed Choose translations of the previous link 

Maize being injected with new gene © EU

22/04/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Today the Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.

 

Main results of the extraordinary Foreign and Home Affairs Council

From left to right: Mr Rihards KOZLOVSKIS, Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, and Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS © EU

20/04/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

Ministers agreed to reinforce the fight against trafficking of human beings, to strengthen EU action to save lives at sea as well as enhance support for countries on the front line, by sharing the resettlement of refugees.

 

Multiannual plan for the Baltic Sea

From left to right: Mr Karmenu VELLA and Mr Janis DUKLAVS © EU

20/04/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Council reached agreement on a general approach for a regulation establishing a multiannual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea.

 

Commission report shows that SMEs stand to make significant gains from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Choose translations of the previous link 

Cecilia Malmström © EU

20/04/2015

Business, External relations and foreign affairs

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has significant potential for small and medium sized enterprises, according to a report released in Brussels today.

 

Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on comparison shopping service Choose translations of the previous link 

Margrethe Vestager © EU

15/04/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Science and technology

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area (EEA) by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages.

 

European Commission launches scientific debate on how to feed the planet Choose translations of the previous link 

Tibor Navracsics © EU

13/04/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

The European Commission has launched an online consultation on how science and innovation can help the EU ensuring safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food globally.

 

EU continues its strong support for the victims of Syria's crisisChoose translations of the previous link 

Christos Stylianides meets Dr Abdullah Maatouq during Third Pledging Conference for Syria © EU

31/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Union significantly increased its funding in response to the Syria crisis at today's Third International Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait. Together, the European Commission and Member States pledged close to € 1.1 billion - double the overall EU pledge at the 2014 Conference.

 

The EU milk sector prepares for the end of milk quotas Choose translations of the previous link 

Phil Hogan © EU

26/03/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The EU milk quota regime comes to an end on March 31, 2015. First introduced in 1984 at a time when EU production far outstripped demand, the quota regime was one of the tools introduced for overcoming these structural surpluses.

 

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

European Court of Justice building © EU

26/03/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 98 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 8 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Digital Single Market Strategy: European Commission agrees areas for actionChoose translations of the previous link 

Woman with tablet computer and mobile phone © EU

25/03/2015

Science and technology

The College of Commissioners today had a first discussion on the Digital Single Market Strategy due in May – and set out the main areas the Commission will focus its work on to trigger real changes for consumers and businesses alike.

 

Adoption of the 2014 European Neighbourhood ReportsChoose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope on globe © EU

25/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

In a set of annual reports, the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy assessed the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with the 16 partner countries in the East and the South and made recommendations for the year ahead.

 

How safe are your roads? Commission road safety statistics show small improvement for 2014 Choose translations of the previous link 

Violeta Bulc © EU

24/03/2015

Statistics, Transport and travel

Following two years of solid decreases in the number of people killed on Europe's roads, the first reports on road deaths in 2014 are disappointing. According to the figures released today, the number of road fatalities has decreased by approximately 1% compared to 2013.

 

Keeping consumers safe: nearly 2500 dangerous products withdrawn from the EU market in 2014 Choose translations of the previous link 

Vĕra Jourová © EU

23/03/2015

Environment, consumers and health, Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission published new figures today, showing that in 2014, nearly 2500 products, ranging from toys to motor vehicles, were either stopped before they entered the EU or removed from markets because they were dangerous for EU consumers.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

19/03/2015

Energy and natural resources, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

During the meeting, EU leaders agreed to create an Energy Union. They also discussed economic topics and external relations, the situation in Libya, relations with Russia and Ukraine, and the objectives of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

 

Combatting corporate tax avoidance: Commission presents Tax Transparency Package Choose translations of the previous link 

Pierre Moscovici © EU

18/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Mr Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs © EU

17/03/2015

Institutional affairs

The Council prepared the European Council of 19-20 March. The main focus will be on the energy union. Foreign relations such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit and Libya will also be discussed.

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

Ms. Federica MOGHERINI, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU

16/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council held an in-depth discussion on EU relations with Africa, covering peace and security, prosperity and partnership. The Council also adopted a strategy outlining how the EU and Member States are planning to counter the threat posed by ISIL/Da'esh and help restore peace and security in Syria and Iraq.

 

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Mr Vytenis Pavilas ANDRIUKAITIS, Member of the European Commission and Mr Janis DUKLAVS, Latvian Minister for Agriculture © EU

16/03/2015

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The Council held a public debate on a proposal on organic farming. Member states took the view that an EU harmonised approach could address the issue of the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

Trains and railways © EU

13/03/2015

Energy and natural resources, Science and technology, Transport and travel

The Council held a public policy debate on two proposals to improve rail services in the EU (fourth railway package). Ministers also discussed ways in which transport policy can boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. 

 

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council

Mr Dimitrios Avramopoulos and Mr Rihards Kozlovskis © EU

13/03/2015

Justice and citizens rights

Ministers welcomed the progress achieved so far in the implementation of the operational actions identified by the Task Force Mediterranean. The Council also discussed the implementation of the measures contained in the recent counter-terrorism statements issued after the latest terrorist attacks in Europe.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: capping payment card fees, assessing candidate countries, debating Nemtsov

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

13/03/2015

Institutional affairs

During the plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs supported the legislation on capping credit card fees and warned candidate countries to get their act together if they want to progress on their path towards the EU. Parliament also debated the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and called for greater efforts to abolish the gender pay gap.

 

Growth, solidarity and paying the bills are Parliament's 2016 budget priorities

Person counting euro notes © EU

11/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be to foster growth by supporting job-creation, firms and entrepreneurship; to show solidarity with countries both inside and outside the EU; and to put EU finances in order, said Parliament in a resolution.

 

MEPs put an end to opaque card payment fees

Credit card © EU

10/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Environment, consumers and health

The fees that banks charge retailers to process shoppers’ payments will be capped, under uniform EU-wide rules, further to a vote in Parliament.

 

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Ms. Marianne THYSSEN, Member of the European Commission; Mr Uldis AUGULIS, Latvian Minister for Welfare © EU

09/03/2015

Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

The Council discussed the employment and social policy aspects of the 2015 European Semester exercise. It endorsed key messages on the financing of social protection systems and adopted conclusions on inclusive labour markets.

 

2015 EU Justice Scoreboard: supporting Member States to improve their justice systems' effectiveness Choose translations of the previous link 

Vĕra Jourová © EU

09/03/2015

Justice and citizens rights

The European Commission has released the 2015 EU Justice Scoreboard, which gives an overview of the quality, independence and efficiency of the justice systems of Member States.

 

Main results of the Environment Council

Miguel Arias Cañete and Kaspars Gerhards © EU

06/03/2015

Environment, consumers and health

The Council discussed the preparations for the UN climate change conference that will take place in Paris in December. Ministers also discussed the environment related aspects of the Annual Growth Survey with a view to the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

 

Second estimate for the fourth quarter of 2014 GDP up by 0.3% in the euro area and by 0.4% in the EU28 Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro banknote on euro coins © EU

06/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.3% in the euro area (EA18) and by 0.4% in the EU28 during the fourth quarter of 2014, compared with the previous quarter, according to a second estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

 

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council

From left to right: Mr Maros SEFCOVIC, Vice President of the European Commission; Ms. Dana REIZNIECE OZOLA, Latvian Minister for the Economy; Mr Miguel ARIAS CANETE, Member of the European Commission © EU

05/03/2015

Energy and natural resources, Transport and travel

The Council had an exchange of views on the energy union, addressing in particular issues such as energy security, completion of the internal energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation of the economy and competitiveness. 

 

Completing the internal energy market: €100 million released to connect European energy networksChoose translations of the previous link 

Power poles © EU

05/03/2015

Energy and natural resources

The Commission is opening the call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. €100 million will be made available for projects aimed at ending energy isolation, eliminating energy bottlenecks and to complete the European energy market.

 

Commission outlines remaining key challenges on gender equalityChoose translations of the previous link 

A woman in front of a court building © EU

05/03/2015

Employment and social rights

According to new Eurobarometer statistics, a large majority of citizens (76%) believe that tackling inequality between women and men should be a priority for the EU.

 

Commission makes progress on a European Agenda on MigrationChoose translations of the previous link 

Person pointing on EU flags and map © EU

04/03/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The European Commission launched its work on a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration. The College of Commissioners held a first orientation debate on key actions to step up the EU's efforts to implement the existing tools and cooperation in managing migration flows from third countries.

 

Environment report shows benefits of EU actionChoose translations of the previous link 

Green landscape © EU

03/03/2015

Environment, consumers and health

A new report shows that Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, send less waste to landfill and recycle more; while environmental policies drive jobs and growth. 

 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

European flag at the Justus Lipsius building © EU

02/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The Competitiveness Council took place against the background of the broad priorities of the Latvian presidency to achieve a competitive and digital Europe. It included debates on those areas where the EU's single market and a dynamic innovation policy can increase Europe's capacity to deliver economic growth and jobs.    

 

How is the European Union progressing towards its Europe 2020 targets?Choose translations of the previous link 

Crowd of people and European flag © EU

02/03/2015

Statistics

A set of nine headline indicators and four sub-indicators, compiled by Eurostat, give an overview of how far or close the EU is from reaching its overall targets.

 

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

Lady Justice and EU flag © EU

26/02/2015

Institutional affairs

The Commission has today taken 276 decisions, including 44 reasoned opinions and 9 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

January 2015 - Annual inflation down to -0.6% in the euro area - Down to -0.5% in the EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Stethoscope and house made of euro coins and banknotes © EU

24/02/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was -0.6% in January 2015, down from -0.2% in December. This was the lowest rate recorded since July 2009. In January 2014 the rate was 0.8%. European Union annual inflation was -0.5% in January 2015, down from -0.1% in December. 

 

Unlocking Funding for Europe's Growth - European Commission consults on Capital Markets UnionChoose translations of the previous link 

Coin © EU

18/02/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has launched its landmark project to unlock funding for Europe’s businesses and to boost growth in the EU’s 28 Member States with the creation of a true single market for capital.

 

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council

European flag outside Council building © EU

18/02/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council discussed a proposal to establish a European fund for strategic investments, which is expected to mobilise at least €315bn in private and public investment.  

 

Europe's Finance Ministers endorse EIB Group engagement in Juncker plan

EU file © EU

17/02/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Europe’s Finance Ministers welcomed the proposal for the European Investment Bank Group to manage the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) within the EIB under the Investment Plan for Europe announced last November.

 

Main results of the informal European Council

Group photo © EU

13/02/2015

Institutional affairs

EU leaders discussed three challenges facing Europe: restoring peace in Ukraine, fighting terrorism and improving the European Monetary Union.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: Ukraine, terrorism, processed meat, child abduction

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13/02/2015

Institutional affairs

The tragedies in Ukraine and the Middle East were among the main subjects debated by MEPs during the February plenary in Strasbourg. Ahead of Thursday's extraordinary European summit, the Parliament also discussed security measures such as the exchange of passenger name records between member states to better track terror suspects. 

 

Parliament sets up a special committee on tax rulings

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12/02/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

Parliament as a whole voted to set up a special parliamentary committee to look into EU member states’ "tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect" and make recommendations for the future. The committee will have 45 members and is established for an initial period of six months.

 

Debate on front-loading €1 billion for Youth Employment Initiative in 2015

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11/02/2015

Employment and social rights

MEPs debated the latest plan to make €1 billion in Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funding available in 2015 with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen. A majority of speakers backed the idea of speeding up the delivery of funding for projects to fight youth unemployment, while also developing long-term solutions and introducing structural reforms.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

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10/02/2015

Institutional affairs

The Council discussed a revision of the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The aim of the revision is to allow the EU to transfer € 21.1 billion of unused commitments from 2014 to subsequent years. 

 

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council

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09/02/2015

External relations and foreign affairs

The Council unanimously adopted additional listings concerning separatists in Eastern Ukraine and their supporters in Russia. These consist of an asset freeze and a travel ban on 19 persons and 9 entities involved in action against Ukraine's territorial integrity. 

 

Winter Economic Forecast: outlook improved but risks remainChoose translations of the previous link 

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05/02/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition

For the first time since 2007, the economies of all European Union Member States are expected to grow again this year, according to the European Commission's winter forecast.