Stories – June 2013

A LNG tanker © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Maritime transport: first step to reduce emissions


The European Commission took the first step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping industry. It proposed legislation which will require owners of large ships using EU ports to monitor and report the ships' annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


Press conference © EUpdf

Conclusions of the European Council


The European Council agreed on a comprehensive approach to combat youth unemployment. It also endorsed country-specific recommendations to guide Member States' policies and budgets, thus concluding the 2013 European semester. In addition, the European Council assessed progress towards the banking union. It also warmly welcomed Croatia as a member of the European Union as of 1 July 2013.


Graph displaying the ESI indicator © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

June 2013: Business and Consumers surveys


In June the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) improved markedly, continuing last month's increase. Sentiment increased by 1.8 points in both the euro area (to 91.3) and the EU (to 92.6). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area increased by 0.07 points to ‑0.68.


Banknotes and euro coins © EUpdf

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council


The Council set out its position on a draft framework for bank recovery and resolution with a view to negotiations with the European Parliament. The Council also approved draft amending budget no. 1 for 2013 providing the EU's 2013 budget with the necessary resources for the accession of Croatia to the EU on 1 July.


Cows © EU

EU farm policy after 2014: MEPs, Council and Commission strike a political deal


More emphasis on environmental protection, mandatory top-ups for young farmers in all member states, stronger farmers' organisations and less red tape when spending EU funds. These are the main lines of the agreement on farm policy struck on Wednesday by Parliament, Council and the Commission. Decisions still need to be taken on capping direct payments to bigger farms and distributing funds between farmers.


E-procurement illustration © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

E-invoicing in public procurement: another step towards end-to-end e-procurement and e-government in Europe


The European Commission has proposed a draft directive on e-invoicing in public procurement, accompanied by a communication setting out its vision for the full digitisation of the public procurement process, so-called 'end-to-end e-procurement'.


Roma family © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Roma: Commission calls on Member States to step up efforts on integration


The call follows the Commission's progress report released which shows that Member States need to do better in implementing their national Roma integration strategies submitted under the EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies.


General Affairs Council © EUpdf

Main results of the General Affairs Council


The Council agreed to recommend to the European Council to open accession negotiations with Serbia. The Council also agreed in principle on draft Council decisions authorising the opening of negotiations on a stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo, to be adopted on 28 June 2013, following the necessary procedures.


Tractor in a field © EUpdf

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council


As regards agriculture, the Council held a debate on the outcome of the trilogues on the proposals for the direct payments regulation, the single common market organisation (CMO) regulation, the rural development regulation and the horizontal regulation within the framework of reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP).


Young woman working in a textile factory © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

EU Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review highlights advantages of traineeships; latest migration trends


Temporary contracts can be a good opportunity for a young person to get into the labour force in particular if they are linked to education or training, according to the European Commission's latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review.


A lawyer © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

June infringements package: main decisions


The Commission has taken 186 decisions, including 47 reasoned opinions and 12 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice, out of which 4 include financial penalties.


Family photo © EU

G8 summit: promoting global fairness through trade, transparency and tax compliance


Advancing global trade, fighting tax evasion and tax avoidance, and increasing transparency were the main themes at the 39th G8 summit held in Lough Erne (UK) on 17 and 18 June.


Umbrella with the European symbol in a tulip field © EU

A strategy on Europe's adaptation to climate change


The Environment Council adopted conclusions on a strategy on adaptation to climate change. The conclusions are a response to the Commission's communication "An EU strategy on adaptation to climate change".


Map of Europe and rating sign with EU symbol © EU Choose translations of the previous link 

Stricter rules for credit rating agencies to enter into force


The new rules aim to reduce over-reliance on credit ratings while at the same time improving the quality of the rating process. Credit rating agencies will have to be more transparent when rating sovereign states.


Different professions and EU flags © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

Commission proposes to help jobless by improving efficiency of public employment services


The European Commission has proposed a Decision to help public employment services to maximise their effectiveness through closer cooperation to better address the needs of the unemployed and businesses.

  • MEPs voting in Strasbourg © EU

    Things we learnt in the June plenary


    Parliament agreed on a common asylum system for the EU and backed a higher budget for a European fund to help the poorest.


    Pen on a graph © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    May 2013 : Euro area annual inflation up to 1.4%, EU up to 1.6%


    Euro area annual inflation was 1.4% in May 2013, up from 1.2% in April. A year earlier the rate was 2.4%. Monthly inflation was 0.1% in May 2013.


    Power plant and village © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    EU Nuclear Stress Tests: Legally binding reviews every six years


    The European Commission sets out EU-wide safety objectives to significantly reduce the risks and protect people and the environment.


    Asylum seekers looking over a wall © EU

    Parliament gives green light to the new European asylum system


    New rules laying down common procedures and deadlines for handling asylum applications and basic rights for asylum seekers arriving in the EU were endorsed by Parliament.


    Banknotes © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Fighting tax evasion: Commission proposes widest scope of automatic exchange of information within the EU


    Under the proposal, dividends, capital gains, all other forms of financial income and account balances, would be added to the list of categories which are subject to automatic information exchange within the EU.


    Parents with baby and baby’s bottle © EU

    New rules for baby food, special diet food and low-calorie food


    Rules on the labelling and content of baby milks and foods for special medical purposes will be better defined in order to protect consumers and distinguish more clearly between foods for normal consumption and foods for specific groups under legislation.


    Steel factory © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Commission presents an action plan for the steel sector


    The European Commission puts forward an action plan for the European Steel Industry to help this sector confront today’s challenges and lay the foundations for future competitiveness by fostering innovation, creating growth and jobs.


    Two airplanes at an airport © EUChoose translations of the previous link 

    Single Sky: Commission acts to unblock congestion in Europe's airspace


    The European Commission has acted to speed up the reform of Europe's air traffic control system. The Commission is looking to head off a capacity crunch as the number of flights is forecast to increase by 50% over the next 10-20 years.