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08/10/2013 - Consumer affairs and public health

A draft law to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was passed by Parliament. All packs should carry a health warning covering 65% of their surface.

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07/10/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Council adopted without discussion a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings in a historic decision 10 years after the first attempts were made to agree on a legislative measure including notably the right to legal advice.

03/10/2013 - Institutional affairs / EU regional and urban development

The support, under the European Solidarity Fund, still needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Providing it is, it will help to contribute to the emergency costs incurred by the public authorities in these four member states because of the disasters.

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03/10/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has launched a consultation inviting stakeholders to share their views about crowdfunding: its potential benefits, risks, and the design of an optimal policy framework to untap the potential of this new form of financing.

02/10/2013 - Economy and the euro / Employment and social rights

The European Commission has proposed to create a new scoreboard to allow for better and earlier identification of major employment and social problems in the framework of the European Semester, the EU's yearly economic policy-making cycle.

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02/10/2013 - Employment and social rights

The European Commission has adopted a communication announcing the start of an evaluation of national regulations on access to professions.

02/10/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Institutional affairs

The Commission sets out in a very concrete way, policy area by policy area, where it will take further action to simplify or withdraw EU laws, ease the burden on businesses and ensure that implementation is becoming lighter.

01/10/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in August 2013, stable compared with July. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, also stable compared with July.

30/09/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission welcomed the publication of a study on Intellectual Property Rights, which was carried out jointly by the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).

30/09/2013 - Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council held an exchange of views on the cohesion policy package for 2014-2020. During their discussions, ministers addressed issues at the heart of talks with the European Parliament and the Commission.

27/09/2013 -

The Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 1.6 points in the euro area and by 2.4 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area remained broadly unchanged at -0.20 points.

27/09/2013 -

Ministers held a policy debate on the main actions in support of the European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Ministers also exchanged views on the framework conditions for a competitive industry in Europe including competitive aspects of other EU policies such as energy, climate, research and trade policies.

26/09/2013 - Institutional affairs

The Commission has taken 220 decisions, including 32 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

25/09/2013 - Culture, education and youth

The European Commission unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020.

25/09/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The two industrial Competitiveness reports published by the European Commission highlight that Member States have made progress in improving the business environment, exports and sustainability. However, many problems still remain.

23/09/2013 - Research and innovation

The report provides a factual base for assessing progress in target areas like open and fair recruitment of researchers or better circulation of scientific knowledge

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19/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

An estimated €193 billion in VAT revenues (1.5% of GDP) was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2011, according to a new study on the VAT Gap in Member States.

18/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

The new rules will enhance the robustness and reliability of benchmarks, facilitate the prevention and detection of their manipulation and clarify responsibility for and the supervision of benchmarks by the authorities.

17/09/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Under the rules proposed by the Commission today, harmful psychoactive substances will be withdrawn quickly from the market, without jeopardising their various legitimate industrial and commercial uses.

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