April 2014: Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 April 2014 April 2014April 2014 In April 2014, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator increased in both the EU (by 0.8 points to -5.8) and the euro area (by 0.6 points to -8.7) compared to March.
Erasmus+ set for Berlin launch European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 April 2014 Erasmus+, the EU's new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, will be launched in Berlin tomorrow (24 April) by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and Research.
Opening up Education: Vassiliou welcomes 'Opening up Slovenia' initiative European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 April 2014 Europe's schools and universities risk losing ground against their international counterparts if they fail to make the most of the digital revolution. This will be one of the themes addressed at an event promoting 'open courseware' - free-to-use educational material for teachers...
New EU support to renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 April 2014 European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development cooperation in that region.
Famagusta Good Friday service sends symbolic message of reconciliation, says Androulla Vassiliou European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, has welcomed the decision to organise a Good Friday service at the Ayios Giorgos Exoronis church in Famagusta - the first such service since 1957.
New psychoactive substances: European Commission proposal gets green light from the European Parliament European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 17 April 2014 In its last plenary session before the May 2014 European elections, the European Parliament gave its strong backing (507 in favour of the Regulation, 37 against and 33 abstentions) to the Commission's proposal to tackle rapidly emerging new psychoactive substances used as alternatives to illicit drugs...
Commission welcomes Parliament's adoption of Maritime Spatial Planning legislation European Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 Commission The European Parliament today endorsed a Directive for Maritime Spatial Planning which should help Member States develop plans to better coordinate the various activities that take place at sea, ensuring they are as efficient and sustainable as possible.
EU-wide hunt for top tech startups European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 The European Commission is looking for Europe's best startups in this year's Tech All Stars competition. The lucky winners will have exclusive access to Europe's most prestigious startup events and will pitch to the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Chad Hurley and...
Antitrust: Commission welcomes Parliament vote to facilitate damages claims by victims of antitrust violations European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 April 2014 The European Parliament has approved a proposal for a Directive which will help citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of the EU antitrust rules, such as cartels and abuses of dominant market positions.
Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in this sector European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 April 2014 The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of the regulation to provide cabotage within a Member State1, thus providing an internal market for the provision of maritime transport services.