Stories – April 2014

European Commission provides €282.6 million for 225 new environment and climate projects Choose translations of the previous link 

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Environment, consumers and health

The projects selected were submitted by beneficiaries in all 28 Member States and cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues across the EU.


April 2014: Business and Consumer surveys Choose translations of the previous link 

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Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition

In April the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) decreased slightly in the euro area (by 0.5 points to 102.0), while it continued to increase in the EU (by 0.9 points to 106.2). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased slightly by 0.13 points to +0.27.


Better enforcing posted workers’ rights

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Employment and social rights

Workers posted abroad temporarily to provide services would be better protected by a draft law already informally agreed with the Council, and endorsed by Parliament.


MEPs push for mandatory "made-in" labelling to tighten up product safety rules

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Environment, consumers and health

"Made-in" labelling should be made mandatory for non-food products sold on the single market, Parliament said in a vote on plans to tighten up product safety requirements and market surveillance rules so as to strengthen consumer protection in the EU.


Basic bank accounts for all

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Economy, finance, tax and competition

Anyone legally residing in the EU would have the right to open a basic payment account, and no-one could be denied this right on grounds of nationality or place of residence, under a new law passed by Parliament.


Fundamental Rights: Importance of EU Charter grows as citizens stand to benefitChoose translations of the previous link 

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Justice and citizens rights

The report issued today provides a comprehensive overview of how fundamental rights have been successfully implemented in the EU over the past year. It highlights, for example, guidance given by the European Court of Justice to national judges on the applicability of the Charter when implementing EU law at national level.


Commission publishes first EU Transport Scoreboard Choose translations of the previous link 

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Transport and travel

The European Commission has published for the first time a scoreboard on transport in the EU. It compares Member State performance in 22 transport-related categories and highlights for most of these categories the five top and bottom performers.


Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealthChoose translations of the previous link 

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Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

The European Commission is launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.


Undeclared work: Commission proposes new Platform to improve prevention and deterrence Choose translations of the previous link 

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Employment and social rights

The Platform would bring together various national enforcement bodies involved in the fight against undeclared work, a phenomenon that causes serious damage to working conditions, fair competition and public budgets.


European Commission calls for tough standards to regulate civil drones Choose translations of the previous link 

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Science and technology, Transport and travel

The new standards will cover safety, security, privacy, data protection, insurance and liability. The aim is to allow European industry to become a global leader in the market for this emerging technology, while at the same time ensuring that all the necessary safeguards are in place.


Commission welcomes EU-wide campaign to manage stress at work Choose translations of the previous link 

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Employment and social rights, Environment, consumers and health

Stress is one of the most frequently reported work-related health problems in Europe and is believed to be the cause of the majority of all lost working days.


Commission stresses need for greater effectiveness, accessibility and resilience for EU’s health systems Choose translations of the previous link 

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Environment, consumers and health

In a Communication adopted today, the Commission lays out an EU agenda for making Europe’s health systems fit for facing current challenges and pressures.


EU-Africa Summit 2014

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External relations and foreign affairs

The 4th EU-Africa Summit brought together more than 60 EU and African leaders, and a total of 90 delegations, to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents.


Ensure open access for internet service suppliers and ban roaming fees, say MEPs

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Environment, consumers and health, Science and technology

Internet access providers would be barred from blocking or slowing down selected services for economic or other reasons by the latest draft EU “telecoms package” legislation voted by Parliament.


MEPs back law to curb harmful traffic noise

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Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Noise limits for cars will be tightened to protect public health, under new rules informally agreed with EU ministers and endorsed by Parliament.


More flexible visa rules to boost growth and job creationChoose translations of the previous link 

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External relations and foreign affairs

The proposals presented will seriously shorten and simplify the procedures for those wanting to come to the EU for short stays, and induce more cost savings and less bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security.


Euro area unemployment rate at 12.0% - EU28 at 10.6%Choose translations of the previous link 

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Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.9% in February 2014, stable since October 2013. It was 12.0% in February 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.6% in February 2014, down from 10.7% in January 2014.