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Euro notes © EU
04/09/2014 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

The Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility will decrease to 0.05% and 0.30% respectively. The interest rate on the deposit facility will decrease to -0.20%.

European Court of Auditors building © EU
03/09/2014 - Business, taxation and competition

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the EU has made a significant financial contribution to the creation of business incubator infrastructure, particularly in Member States in which this type of business support is relatively rare. However, the performance of audited incubators was modest.

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
02/09/2014 - Institutional affairs

Starting today, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will interview each Member State's candidate for Commissioner, before taking a final decision and communicating the list of Commissioners-designate to the Council of the European Union.

Donald Tusk, Herman Van Rompuy and Federica Mogherini © EU
30/08/2014 - Institutional affairs

At the meeting the new President of the European Council and EU High Representative were appointed. EU leaders also discussed the weak economy and the situation in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq.

Woman in job centre © EU
29/08/2014 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area (EA18) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.5% in July 2014, stable compared with June 2014, but down from 11.9% in July 2013. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.2% in July 2014, also stable compared with June 2014, but down from 10.9% in July 2013.

Pen on graph © EU
28/08/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Statistics

In August the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) fell in the euro area (by 1.5 points to 100.6) and the EU (by 1.2 points at 104.6). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area remained broadly flat (at +0.16) compared to July (+0.17).

Customs officers removing boxes from containers © EU
21/08/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Robust customs risk management is essential to protect the safety and security of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate traders and EU financial interests, while at the same time enabling the smooth flow of trade.

Euro symbol, coins and notes © EU
14/08/2014 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was 0.4% in July 2014, down from 0.5% in June. This is the lowest annual inflation rate since October 2009. In July 2013 the rate was 1.6%. Monthly inflation was -0.7% in July 2014.

European Central Bank Building in Frankfurt © EU
07/08/2014 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

The Governing Council of the ECB decided that the interest rate on the main refinancing operations and the interest rates on the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged at 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively.

EU flags outside Justus Lipsius building © EU
31/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Council has adopted further EU restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

Selection of counterfeit products © EU
31/07/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

Graph displaying ESI indicator © EU
30/07/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

In July the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained broadly stable in the euro area (+0.1 points at 102.2), while it decreased slightly in the EU (by 0.6 points to 105.8). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased marginally by 0.04 points to +0.17.

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU
29/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 29 July, the EU agreed a package of significant additional restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

Crowd of people and European flag © EU
25/07/2014 - Institutional affairs / Statistics

After the European Elections, the number of citizens who feel their voice counts in the EU has risen from 29% in November 2013 to 42%. This is the highest level since this question was first put into the Standard Eurobarometer a decade ago.

Group photo © EU
23/07/2014 - Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council celebrated Lithuania's entry into the euro area. Ministers also discussed the Italian presidency work programme and the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Günther Oettinger © EU
23/07/2014 - Energy, environment and climate

The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.

Ms. Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
22/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine following the downing of flight MH17 as well as further sanctions against Russia. Gaza was also discussed.

Commissioner Hahn © EU
22/07/2014 - EU regional and urban development

The Commissioner is calling for a wide engagement by stakeholders and city dwellers in a public consultation alongside a formal Communication just published by the European Commission.

A scientist © EU
22/07/2014 - Research and innovation

The European Commission presents details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

Women with tablet computer and smart phone © EU
22/07/2014 - Research and innovation

The report covers a variety of regulatory issues: market regulation, broadband plans and financing, national regulatory rights of way and access to passive infrastructure, access and interconnection, consumer issues, universal service and net neutrality.

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