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12/12/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
Anyone legally residing in the EU should have the right to open a basic payment account, and this right should not be denied on grounds of nationality or place of residence, said MEPs voting on draft EU legislation.
12/12/2013 - Energy and natural resources / Transport and travel
The Council endorsed a report on the progress on the completion of the EU internal energy market, and a report on the review of developments on the external dimension of the EU energy policy in the follow-up to the European Council of 22 May 2013. |PHOTOS|
11/12/2013 - Science and technology
11/12/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
10/12/2013 - Environment, consumers and health / External relations and foreign affairs
New rules upgrading the EU's civil protection mechanism, which coordinates the EU's response to natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes, oil spills or forest fires, were backed by MEPs.
10/12/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package, including measures to halt overfishing and a ban on discarding fish at sea, Parliament's key aims, was approved in a final plenary vote.
10/12/2013 - Employment and social rights
09/12/2013 - Transport and travel
06/12/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
Home affairs ministers took note of the communication provided by the European Commission on the free movement of EU citizens and their families and concluded that work will continue in cooperation with the member states on the basis of the five actions outlined in the communication. |PHOTOS|
06/12/2013 - Transport and travel
The Council held a policy debate on a proposal aimed at amending the EU telecommunications regulatory framework. The draft regulation is part of the Connected Continent package. |PHOTOS|
05/12/2013 - 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.
04/12/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs / Regions and local development
04/12/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights
The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
03/12/2013 - Science and technology
Horizon 2020 will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
02/12/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
Today's decision marks the end of two and a half years of negotiations and allows the new generation of EU spending programmes to be implemented as from 1 January 2014.
29/11/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in October 2013, down from 12.2% in September. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable compared with September.
28/11/2013 - Business
The European Commission has proposed new rules on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure. |VIDEO|
28/11/2013 - Business / Statistics
In November the Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 0.8 points in the euro area (to 98.5) and by 0.4 points in the EU (to 102.1). The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area rose for the seventh successive month, turning positive for the first time since March 2012. It increased by 0.26 points to +0.18.
27/11/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
The European Commission has presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
27/11/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
26/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The Council adopted conclusions on effective leadership in education and the global dimension of European higher education. It also held a debate, in public deliberation, on open educational resources and digital learning. |PHOTOS|
26/11/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
Following a formal warning one year ago, the European Commission intensifies its fight against illegal fishing by identifying Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperating third countries. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
26/11/2013 - Business
2013 is likely to mark a turning point for the EU small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The total employment in the EU SMEs is expected to increase by 0.3% and value-added by 1% as compared to 2012.
25/11/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The proposal will close loopholes in the Parent-Subsidiary Directive, which some companies have been using to escape taxation. In particular, companies will no longer be able to exploit differences in the way intra-group payments are taxed across the EU to avoid paying any tax at all. |PHOTOS|
25/11/2013 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens rights
The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.
21/11/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
This new promotion policy, which benefits from a more substantial budget and will in the future be supported by a European executive agency, is intended to act as key for opening up new markets. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
21/11/2013 - Science and technology
Horizon 2020, the EU's €70.2 billion framework programme for research and innovation in 2014-2020, was approved by MEPs. |VIDEO|
20/11/2013 - Institutional affairs / External relations and foreign affairs
The European Commission will support 80 000 children affected by conflict through new humanitarian projects announced today which are supported by the 'EU Children of Peace' initiative.
20/11/2013 - Business / Justice and citizens rights
Companies listed on stock exchanges in the EU would have to bring in transparent recruitment procedures so that by 2020, at least 40% of their non-executive directors are women, under a draft EU directive voted by Parliament. |VIDEO|
20/11/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken 248 decisions, including 58 reasoned opinions and 12 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice. |VIDEO|
19/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
19/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth
19/11/2013 - Business / Justice and citizens rights
The European Commission has proposed to strengthen the position of consumers and businesses in low-value cross-border disputes. |VIDEO|
15/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
15/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The European Commission today presented a major package of budgetary surveillance announcements, covering 13 euro area Member States and 3 non-euro Member States, with a special focus also on the euro area as an economic entity in its own right. |PHOTOS|
15/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in October 2013, down from 1.1% in September. A year earlier the rate was 2.5%. Monthly inflation was -0.1% in October 2013.
14/11/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The new Cinema Communication allows aid for a wider scope of activities, highlights Member States' discretion in defining cultural activities worthy of support, introduces the possibility to give more aid to cross-border productions and promotes film heritage. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
14/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Employment and social rights
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) helped a total of 15 700 workers dismissed due to the economic crisis and the effects of globalisation find new job opportunities in 2012, according to a report today by the European Commission.
13/11/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Employment and social rights
The biggest challenge now facing Europe's economy is how to sustain the recovery that is now underway. This is the main message of this year’s Annual Growth Survey (AGS), adopted by the Commission.
12/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
On 11 November the Council and the European Parliament agreed on the 2014 EU budget and on the financing of € 400.5 million to redress damages from natural disasters in four member states. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
08/11/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
The 7th EU-Republic of Korea summit, which took place in Brussels, celebrated 50 years of bilateral relations between the EU and South Korea. Leaders marked the occasion with the adoption of a joint declaration. |PHOTOS|
07/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
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 0.25% and 0.75% respectively. The interest rate on the deposit facility will remain at 0.00%.
06/11/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
On the 26th September 2013, the General Court of the European Union delivered a ruling finding that the Commission failed to act on a GMO cultivation request which had been submitted twelve years ago in 2001. In line with this ruling, the Commission today acted by referring the cultivation request to the Council of Ministers. |PHOTOS|
05/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
In recent months, there have been encouraging signs that an economic recovery is underway in Europe. After contracting up to the first quarter of 2013, the European economy started to grow again in the second quarter and real GDP is set to continue growing in the remainder of this year. |PHOTOS|
05/11/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
As independent auditor, the ECA has signed off the 2012 accounts of the European Union, as it has done each year since the 2007 financial year. But in most spending areas of the EU budget the report finds that the legislation in force is still not fully complied with.
04/11/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
The European Commission adopted a proposal that requires Member States to reduce their use of lightweight plastic carrier bags. Member States can choose the measures they find most appropriate, including charges, national reduction targets or a ban under certain conditions. |PHOTOS|
31/10/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.2% in September 2013, stable compared with August. The EU28 unemployment rate was 11%, also stable compared with August.
30/10/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
The Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 0.9 points in the euro area and by 1.1 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area continued the upward trend that started in May 2013. It increased by 0.18 points to 0.01.
29/10/2013 - Statistics
This is the first of a new series of annual publications providing statistical analyses related to important European Commission policy frameworks or other phenomena in society.
24/10/2013 - Institutional affairs
At their meeting on 24-25 October 2013, EU leaders discussed the digital economy, economic and social policy, the Economic and Monetary Union, the Eastern Partnership and migration flows. They also issued a statement on recent developments concerning possible intelligence issues. |PHOTOS 1|2|3|4|VIDEO 1|2|3|
23/10/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
A new standard VAT return, which can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, has been proposed by the Commission. The aim of this initiative is to slash red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
23/10/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs
Parliament reversed the Council's proposed cuts in research and employment expenditure in 2014 in a plenary vote in Strasbourg. MEPs also reversed cuts in funding for international policy, such as humanitarian aid to the Middle East and Syrian refugees and added funds for the external border control agency Frontex.
23/10/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Justice and citizens rights
The EU should suspend its Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency's alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT, says a non-binding resolution voted by Parliament.
22/10/2013 - Institutional affairs / External relations and foreign affairs
The Council adopted a regulation establishing the European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) and agreed to confirm the EU common position for the opening of chapter 22 on regional policy and coordination of structural instruments with Turkey. |PHOTOS|
22/10/2013 - Institutional affairs
The 30th Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law shows how Member States are performing in applying EU law. There were fewer infringements open at the end of 2012 than previous years. The number of cases in problem solving mechanisms such as EU Pilot increased.
22/10/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
Stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure full compliance and traceability of medical devices such as breast or hip implants were agreed by Parliament.
21/10/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
The Commission is presenting suggestions on how to reduce gun related violence in Europe. It identifies actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
18/10/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
18/10/2013 - Business / External relations and foreign affairs
Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have today reached a political agreement on the key elements of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after months of intense negotiations between EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht and Canadian trade Minister Ed Fast. |PHOTOS|
18/10/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
The latest Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive reveals that nitrates concentrations are slightly decreasing in both surface and groundwater and sustainable agricultural practices are more widespread.
17/10/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken 108 decisions, including 12 reasoned opinions and 5 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
17/10/2013 - Transport and travel
In the most radical overhaul of EU infrastructure policy since its inception in the 1980s, the Commission has published new maps showing the nine major corridors which will act as a backbone for transportation in Europe's single market and revolutionise East–West connections.
16/10/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs
In a set of annual reports, the European Commission recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania and, for the fifth time in a row, the opening of accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
16/10/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area annual inflation was 1.1% in September, down from 1.3% in August. A year earlier the rate was 2.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.5% in September 2013.
15/10/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The Council adopted regulations creating a single supervisory mechanism for the oversight of banks and other credit institutions, thus establishing the first "pillar" of Europe's banking union. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
14/10/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
The Council held an exchange of views on the proposal for the amendment of the waste shipment regulation and adopted conclusions on the preparations for the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. |PHOTOS|
14/10/2013 - Energy and natural resources
These "projects of common interest" (PCI) will benefit from accelerated licensing procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may have access to financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility, under which a €5.85 billion budget has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure for the period 2014-20. |PHOTOS|
14/10/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
With this vote, the European Parliament (which decides with the Council of Ministers on an equal footing on this proposal), paves the way for further progress of the draft law in the EU legislative process.
11/10/2013 - Institutional affairs
In a session marked by the tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa, Parliament held a minute of silence for the victims and then debated with the Commission how to improve how refugees are received in the EU.
11/10/2013 - Transport and travel
The Council agreed its general approach on new railway safety rules. The revised directive, a recast of the 2004 railway safety directive known as the '4th railway package', proposes centralised safety certificatication for EU rail operators. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
10/10/2013 - External relations and foreign affairs / Justice and citizens rights
EU member states will be better equipped to prevent, detect and combat irregular migration, but also to save migrants' lives, thanks to the "Eurosur" border surveillance system, whose operating rules were approved by Parliament.
09/10/2013 - Employment and social rights
A virtual professional qualifications card, to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists, architects and other professionals to move to and practice in another EU country will be introduced by a new draft law voted by Parliament.
09/10/2013 - Transport and travel
New rules on maximum flight times for pilots and cabin crew should now be adopted by the European Commission, as a resolution calling on it to withdraw them was voted down in Parliament's plenary session.
08/10/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
Justice ministers had an in-depth discussion on the “one-stop-shop” mechanism, which is a key issue in the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation. The Council agreed on a general approach on the proposal for a directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law. |PHOTOS|
08/10/2013 - Environment, consumers and health
A draft law to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was passed by Parliament. All packs should carry a health warning covering 65% of their surface.
08/10/2013 - Culture, education and youth
One in five adults in Europe have low literacy and numeracy skills, and even a university degree in the same subject is no guarantee of the same level of skills in different countries, according to the first comprehensive international Survey of Adult Skills published by the OECD and European Commission. |PHOTOS|
07/10/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
The Council adopted without discussion a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings in a historic decision 10 years after the first attempts were made to agree on a legislative measure including notably the right to legal advice.
03/10/2013 - Institutional affairs / Regions and local development
The support, under the European Solidarity Fund, still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Providing it is, it will help to contribute to the emergency costs incurred by the public authorities in these four member states because of the disasters. |PHOTOS|
03/10/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The European Commission has launched a consultation inviting stakeholders to share their views about crowdfunding: its potential benefits, risks, and the design of an optimal policy framework to untap the potential of this new form of financing.
02/10/2013 - Business / Institutional affairs
The Commission sets out in a very concrete way, policy area by policy area, where it will take further action to simplify or withdraw EU laws, ease the burden on businesses and ensure that implementation is becoming lighter.
02/10/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Employment and social rights
The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle. |PHOTOS|
02/10/2013 - Employment and social rights
The European Commission has adopted a communication announcing the start of an evaluation of national regulations on access to professions.
01/10/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics
The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in August 2013, stable compared with July. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, also stable compared with July.
30/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
The General Affairs Council held an exchange of views on the cohesion policy package for 2014-2020. During their discussions, ministers addressed issues at the heart of talks with the European Parliament and the Commission. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
30/09/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The European Commission welcomed the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights, which was carried out jointly by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
27/09/2013 - Business / Institutional affairs
Ministers held a policy debate on the main actions in support of the European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Ministers also exchanged views on the framework conditions for a competitive industry in Europe including competitive aspects of other EU policies such as energy, climate, research and trade policies. |PHOTOS|2|VIDEO|2|
27/09/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
The Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 1.6 points in the euro area and by 2.4 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area remained broadly unchanged at -0.20 points.
26/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
The Commission has taken 220 decisions, including 32 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
25/09/2013 - Culture, education and youth
The European Commission unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|2|
25/09/2013 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition
The two industrial Competitiveness reports published by the European Commission highlight that Member States have made progress in improving the business environment, exports and sustainability. However, many problems still remain. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
24/09/2013 - Agriculture, fisheries and food
23/09/2013 - Science and technology
The report provides a factual base for assessing progress in target areas like open and fair recruitment of researchers or better circulation of scientific knowledge
19/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
An estimated €193 billion in VAT revenues (1.5% of GDP) was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2011, according to a new study on the VAT Gap in Member States.
18/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
The new rules will enhance the robustness and reliability of benchmarks, facilitate the prevention and detection of their manipulation and clarify responsibility for and the supervision of benchmarks by the authorities. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
17/09/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
Under the rules proposed by the Commission today, harmful psychoactive substances will be withdrawn quickly from the market, without jeopardising their various legitimate industrial and commercial uses. |PHOTOS|VIDEO|
16/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
Euro area inflation was 1.3% in August, down from 1.6% in July. A year earlier the rate was 2.6%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in August 2013.
13/09/2013 - Institutional affairs
Commission President José Manuel Barroso delivered his State of the Union address and debated with MEPs about the EU's future. In response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria, MEPs called for a coordinated EU approach, not excluding deterrent measures if political and diplomatic ones fail. |PHOTOS|
12/09/2013 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
MEPs gave their green light to the EU bank supervision system which will bring some 150 of the EU's largest banks under the European Central Bank's direct oversight from September 2014.
12/09/2013 - Justice and citizens rights
Reciprocity rules enabling the EU to reimpose visa requirements for nationals of countries that still impose them on EU citizens were adopted by Parliament, in a revision of the EU visa regulation.