Stop card-based payment abuse, says the EESC 11/12/2013 On 11 December, the EESC plenary session backed the Commission's proposals on card-based payments, but wants EU citizens to be able to make basic electronic payments cheaply and easily over the internet, both nationally and across borders.
Inevitable twilight of the European steel industry? 11/12/2013 Being reliant on sectors such as the automobile and construction sectors, the European steel industry has been hit extremely hard by the economic crisis. Many production facilities have been closed, resulting in the loss of over 60 000 jobs.
EESC in push to measure the economic value of volunteering 11/12/2013 In a bid to secure better public authority recognition for the economic value of volunteering, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has pushed for a regulation to harmonise measurement of this activity in EU countries.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is compatible with the internal market Press and Information General Court of the European Union PRESS RELEASE No 156/13 Luxembourg, 11 December 2013 Judgment in Case T‑79/12 Cisco Systems Inc. and Messagenet SpA v Commission The merger does not restrict competition either on the consumer video communications market or on the business video communications market Skype provides...
“EU Direct Financial Support to the Palestinian Authority needs an overhaul”, say EU Auditors EUROPEAN COURT OF AUDITORS PRESS RELEASE Luxembourg, 11 December 2013 A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) questions the sustainability of the EU PEGASE Direct Financial Support (DFS) to the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Creative Europe funding guide published: €170 million available in 2014 European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 December 2013 Cultural and creative organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Creative Europe, the European Union's new programme for the cultural and creative sectors, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.
EU enhances its comprehensive approach to external conflicts and crises European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 December 2013 The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Commission adopted today a Joint Communication setting out concrete steps that the EU, collectively, is taking towards an increasingly comprehensive approach in its external action.
Horizon 2020 launched with €15 billion over first two years European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 December 2013 The European Commission has today for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.
Transport: Commission strengthens cooperation with Israel European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 December 2013 Vice-President Siim Kallas, the EU transport commissioner, is travelling to Israel on 11 and 12 December 2013 for discussions on EU–Israel transport cooperation. The visit follows the signature in June this year of a comprehensive EU–Israel air transport agreement.
Mergers: Commission welcomes General Court judgment in Microsoft/Skype merger case European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 December 2013 The European Commission welcomes today's judgment by the General Court which dismisses Cisco Systems' appeal of a Commission decision of October 2011 to clear the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft (case T-79/12).