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New Biocides Regulation improves human health and environmental protection

30/08/2013

Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

A new Regulation on biocidal products applying from 1st September will significantly increase the safety and simplify the authorisation procedure of biocides used and placed on the market in the EU.

 

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Euro area unemployment rate at 12.1% - EU 28 at 11%

30/08/2013

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in July 2013, stable compared with June. The EU28 unemployment rate was 11%, also stable compared with June.

 

Council meeting room © EUpdf

Egypt: extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council

21/08/2013

External relations and foreign affairs

In the light of recent developments in Egypt, an extraordinary meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council was held on Wednesday 21 August. The meeting was chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton.

 

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Euro area and EU27 GDP both up by 0.3%

14/08/2013

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

GDP rose by 0.3% in both the euro area and the EU27 during the second quarter of 2013, compared with the previous quarter, according to flash estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

 

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Commission to recover €180 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

13/08/2013

Agriculture, fisheries and food

A total of €180 million of EU agricultural policy funds, unduly spent by Member States, is being claimed back by the European Commission today under the so-called clearance of accounts procedure.

 

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Industrial production up by 0.7% in euro area

13/08/2013

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

In June 2013 compared with May 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production grew by 0.7% in the euro area and by 0.9% in the EU27, according to estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

 

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European Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged

01/08/2013

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 and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.50%, 1.00% and 0.00% respectively.