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10/12/2013 - Food, farming and fisheries

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform package, including measures to halt overfishing and a ban on discarding fish at sea, Parliament's key aims, was approved in a final plenary vote.

09/12/2013 - Transport and travel

The EU's Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has updated its guidance on the use of portable electronic devices on board (PED), including smartphones, tablets and e-readers.

06/12/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Home affairs ministers took note of the communication provided by the European Commission on the free movement of EU citizens and their families and concluded that work will continue in cooperation with the member states on the basis of the five actions outlined in the communication.

05/12/2013 - 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 0.25%, 0.75% and 0.00% respectively.

04/12/2013 - Culture, education and youth / Employment and social rights

The proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships would in particular call on Member States to ensure that national law or practice respects the principles set out in the guidelines, and to adapt their legislation where necessary.

04/12/2013 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / EU regional and urban development

The Commission is proposing ways to increase solidarity and mutual support in order to prevent migrants' death in the Mediterranean.

03/12/2013 - Research and innovation

Horizon 2020 will replace the EU's 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7), which runs until the end of 2013. Compared with FP7, the new programme is expected to further eliminate fragmentation in the fields of scientific research and innovation.

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02/12/2013 - Economy and the euro / Institutional affairs

Today's decision marks the end of two and a half years of negotiations and allows the new generation of EU spending programmes to be implemented as from 1 January 2014.

29/11/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in October 2013, down from 12.2% in September. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.9%, stable compared with September.

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28/11/2013 -

In November the Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 0.8 points in the euro area (to 98.5) and by 0.4 points in the EU (to 102.1). The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area rose for the seventh successive month, turning positive for the first time since March 2012. It increased by 0.26 points to +0.18.

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28/11/2013 - Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has proposed new rules on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure.

27/11/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The European Commission has presented a package of proposals to further strengthen procedural safeguards for citizens in criminal proceedings. The aim is to guarantee fair trial rights for all citizens, wherever they are in the European Union.

26/11/2013 - Food, farming and fisheries

Following a formal warning one year ago, the European Commission intensifies its fight against illegal fishing by identifying Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperating third countries.

26/11/2013 - Business, taxation and competition

2013 is likely to mark a turning point for the EU small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The total employment in the EU SMEs is expected to increase by 0.3% and value-added by 1% as compared to 2012.

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25/11/2013 - Employment and social rights / Justice and citizens’ rights

The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.

25/11/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The proposal will close loopholes in the Parent-Subsidiary Directive, which some companies have been using to escape taxation. In particular, companies will no longer be able to exploit differences in the way intra-group payments are taxed across the EU to avoid paying any tax at all.

21/11/2013 - Food, farming and fisheries

This new promotion policy, which benefits from a more substantial budget and will in the future be supported by a European executive agency, is intended to act as key for opening up new markets.


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