New award shines a spotlight on Europe's biodiversity European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 December 2013 The European Commission is launching a Natura 2000 Award to recognise excellence in best practices for nature conservation in Europe. If you are involved in activities related to Natura 2000, this could be your chance to shine.
First Commission report on the implementation by Russia of the Common Steps for visa free-regime with the EU European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 Today the Commission adopted its first progress report on Common Steps under the EU-Russia Visa Dialogue making a full assessment of the four key fields essential for moving towards visa free regime with the EU: 1. Document security; 2. Migration issues; 3.
Autumn 2013 Eurobarometer: Growing Belief in Economic Recovery European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 December 2013 According to the latest Eurobarometer survey results published today, Europeans are becoming slightly more optimistic about the economic situation in Europe. Over half of Europeans (51%) say that they are optimistic about the EU's future (up from 49% in the Spring 2013...
State Aid: Commission adopts revised exemption for small aid amounts (de minimis Regulation) European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 Following three public consultations, the European Commission has adopted a revised Regulation on small aid amounts that fall outside the scope of EU state aid control because they are deemed to have no impact on competition and trade in the internal market.
Switzerland joins the EU's Galileo satellite navigation programme European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 Today Switzerland signed a cooperation agreement to participate in the Galileo and EGNOS programmes – the pillars of the EU's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
The Commission adopts a new regulation on small amounts of aid (de minimis aid) in the primary agricultural production sector European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 The Commission today adopted a regulation aimed at raising the ceiling and clarifying the definition of small amounts of aid (de minimis aid) that can be considered not to constitute state aid.
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of ground handling service provider Servisair by Swissport, subject to conditions European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of the ground and cargo handling service provider Servisair by rival Swissport.
Antitrust: Commission accepts legally binding commitments from Deutsche Bahn concerning pricing of traction current in Germany European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 The European Commission has accepted the commitments offered by the German railway incumbent Deutsche Bahn (DB) regarding its pricing system for traction current in Germany and made them legally binding. Traction current is the electricity used to power locomotives.
State aid: Commission approves French aid for construction and renovation of stadiums for UEFA EURO 2016 Championship European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 The European Commission has found French public support for the construction and renovation of nine stadiums in order to host the UEFA EURO Championship in 2016 to be in line with EU state aid rules.
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into public funding of certain Spanish professional football clubs European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 December 2013 The European Commission has opened three distinct in-depth investigations to verify whether various public support measures in favour of certain Spanish professional football clubs are in line with EU state aid rules.