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Young people working on computers © EU
17/01/2018 - Culture, education and youth

To follow up on the Gothenburg Summit, the European Commission has adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the European Union. 

Plastic waste in park © EU
16/01/2018 - Economy and the euro / Energy, environment and climate

The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe.

Fishing boat at sea © EU
16/01/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries

New EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, were voted on Tuesday. MEPs inserted an amendment to ban the use of pulsed electric current for fishing.

Jean-Claude Juncker, Boyko Borrisov © EU
12/01/2018 - Food, farming and fisheries / Institutional affairs

The loan guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) will create more than 200 jobs in rural areas and strengthen the agriculture sector in Bulgaria. The deal was signed in Sofia in the presence of President Juncker and Prime Minister Borissov. 

Illustration du commerce électronique © UE
12/01/2018 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

European consumers will be able to reap the full benefits of paying online for goods and services, thanks to new rules that will it make it cheaper, easier and safer to make electronic payments.

Mariya Gabriel and Carlos Moedas © EU
11/01/2018 - Research and innovation

The European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure. 

10/01/2018 - Institutional affairs

In the first meeting of 2018, the College of Commissioners discussed today the institutional priorities for this year, a year to deliver on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union, secure the EU's borders, overhaul the EU's asylum system, get back to Schengen, complete the Digital Single Market, and bring the Western Balkans closer to the Union.

Graph showing evolution of euro area and EU 28 unemployment rates © EU
09/01/2018 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in November 2017, down from 8.8% in October 2017 and from 9.8% in November 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.3% in November 2017, down from 7.4% in October 2017.

Federica Mogherini © EU
08/01/2018 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / International aid, development and cooperation

Today, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication proposing an EU strategy for Iraq in order to address the many challenges the country faces following the territorial defeat of Da'esh.

Marianne Thyssen © EU
21/12/2017 - Employment and social rights

The Commission's proposal complements and modernises existing obligations to inform each worker of his or her working conditions. 

Frans Timmermans © EU
20/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland.

20/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro
Gerichtshammer © EU
20/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Justice and citizens’ rights / Transport and travel

The European Court of Justice finds that that intermediation service must be regarded as forming an integral part of an overall service whose main component is a transport service and, accordingly, must be classified not as ‘an information society service’ but as ‘a service in the field of transport’.

Jyrki Katainen and Elżbieta Bieńkowska © EU
19/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition / Consumer affairs and public health

The Commission is tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European consumers.

Miguel Arias Canete and Kadri Simson © EU
18/12/2017 - Energy, environment and climate / Transport and travel

The Council agreed its negotiating positions on four legislative proposals of the Clean energy package. This is an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy and reaching the European Union's 2030 energy and climate goals. 

Infographic showing the Netherlands’ tax treatment of Inter Ikea © EU
18/12/2017 - Business, taxation and competition

The Commission has concerns that two Dutch tax rulings may have allowed Inter IKEA to pay less tax and given them an unfair advantage over other companies, in breach of EU State aid rules.

18/12/2017 - Consumer affairs and public health / Justice and citizens’ rights
Family photo © EU
15/12/2017 - Institutional affairs

On 14 December, EU leaders adopted conclusions on security and defence, social issues, education and culture, climate change, and Jerusalem. On 15 December, EU27 leaders assessed the progress of Brexit negotiations and agreed it was sufficient to move to the next phase. They adopted guidelines for the second phase of the Brexit negotiations. 

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