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Commission puts forward comprehensive strategy to strengthen security of supplyChoose translations of the previous link 

Günther Oettinger © EU

28/05/2014

Energy and natural resources

The European Commission reacts on the current geopolitical environment and the EU´s import dependence: It advocates a new European Energy Security Strategy. Diversifying external energy supplies, upgrading energy infrastructure, completing the EU internal energy market and saving energy are among its main points.

 

The EU 2014 Digital Scoreboard: how did you fare? Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman using tablet computer © EU

28/05/2014

Business, Science and technology

New data shows the Commission is on track to 95 of its 101 digital actions by 2015, which shows good progress. EU citizens and businesses are going online more, shopping more and they have greater confidence and skills in ICT.

 

Water quality excellent at most of Europe’s bathing sites Choose translations of the previous link 

Leaves in circle in water © EU

27/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health

The water at Europe’s beaches, rivers and lakes was generally of high quality in 2013, with more than 95 % of these sites meeting minimum requirements. Coastal performed slightly better than inland bathing waters, the data shows.

 

Council agrees its position on the protection of trade secrets

Michel Barnier and Antonio Tajani © EU

26/05/2014

Business, Science and technology

At the Competitiveness Council, EU ministers adopted the position on the improved protection of trade secrets. This paves the way to starting negotiations with the European Parliament.

 

European Elections 2014

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

26/05/2014

Institutional affairs

Elections to the European Parliament took place throughout the EU from 22 – 25 May.

 

New EU initiative to protect biodiversity and fight wildlife crimeChoose translations of the previous link 

Plants in dry soil © EU

22/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health

On the International Day for Biological Diversity today, the Commission is launching a major new initiative to halt biodiversity loss and eradicate poverty in developing countries.

 

Commission adopts new rules facilitating public support for research, development and innovationChoose translations of the previous link 

Person holding folder with EU flag © EU

21/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

The new R&D&I state aid Framework sets out the conditions under which Member States can grant state aid to companies to carry out R&D&I activities.

 

Commission sets out strategy to curb CO2 emissions from trucks, buses and coaches Choose translations of the previous link 

Van exhaust and fumes © EU

21/05/2014

Environment, consumers and health, Transport and travel

Such heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are responsible for around a quarter of CO2 emissions from road transport in the EU. Without action, HDV emissions in 2030-2050 are projected to remain close to current, unsustainable levels.

 

Council discusses agricultural issues

Tonio Borg and Athanasios Tsaftaris © EU

19/05/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

Agriculture ministers discussed a report on minor uses of plant protection products. They also looked at potential solutions to the problem of food waste.

 

Council discusses EU's post-2015 development framework

Roundtable during foreign affairs meeting © EU

19/05/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

EU ministers exchanged views on the preparation of a new framework for the coordination of international aid efforts, discussed the implementation of the Agenda for Change and welcomed the adoption of a rights-based approach to development.

 

European Commission presents a first comprehensive review of the EU's reform agendaChoose translations of the previous link 

Michel Barnier © EU

15/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

This economic review sets out how the reforms will deliver a safer and more responsible financial system by enhancing financial stability, deepening the single market for financial services and improving its efficiency whilst improving market integrity and confidence.

 

April 2014: Euro area annual inflation up to 0.7% - EU up to 0.8%Choose translations of the previous link 

pen on graph © EU

15/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.7% in April 2014, up from 0.5% in March. A year earlier the rate was 1.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.2% in April 2014.

 

European Commission proposes full ban on driftnets Choose translations of the previous link 

Fishing boat and nets © EU

14/05/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food

The European Commission wants to prohibit the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of 1 January 2015.

 

New international university ranking: Commission welcomes launch of U-MultirankChoose translations of the previous link 

Androulla Vassiliou © EU

13/05/2014

Culture, education and youth

U-Multirank, which assesses the performance of more than 850 higher education institutions worldwide, breaks new ground by producing multi-dimensional listings rating universities on a much wider range of factors than existing international rankings.

 

Council stands by Kiev for free and fair presidential elections

Catherine Ashton during press conference ©EU

12/05/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council, EU ministers strongly condemned recent violent events in Ukraine and the organisation of the referendum in Eastern regions. They also adopted conclusions on terrorists attacks and the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

 

EU eyes oceans innovation as source of sustainable growth Choose translations of the previous link 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Maria Damanaki © EU

08/05/2014

Agriculture, fisheries and food, Science and technology

The Commission has presented an Action Plan for Innovation in the 'Blue Economy' to help use ocean resources sustainably and drive growth and jobs in Europe.

 

EU-Japan Summit 2014

José Manuel Barroso, Akie Abe, Herman Van Rompuy © EU

07/05/2014

External relations and foreign affairs

Meeting in Brussels, EU and Japan leaders discussed economic and political partnership, neighborhood policy, the crisis in Ukraine, and key global challenges.

 

Council discusses closing up a tax loopholepdf

A. Semeta and I. Stournaras © EU

06/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition

At the Ecofin meeting on 6 May ministers discussed amendments aiming at closing a loophole that has allowed cross-border corporations to avoid paying taxes on certain types of profits.

 

Spring 2014 forecast: Growth becoming broader-based Choose translations of the previous link 

Siim Kallas © EU

05/05/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Statistics

The European Commission's spring forecast points to a continuing economic recovery in the European Union following its emergence from recession one year ago.

 

Euro area unemployment rate at 11.8% - EU28 at 10.5%Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman search job adverts in newspaper © EU

02/05/2014

Employment and social rights, Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.8% in March 2014, stable since December 2013, but down from 12.0% in March 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.5% in March 2014, stable compared with February 2014, but down from 10.9% in March 2013.