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The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.0% in December 2013, stable since October. It was 11.9% in December 2012. The EU28 unemployment rate was 10.7% in December 2013, down from 10.8% in November.
In a context of declining consumption among children for these products, the aim is to address poor nutrition more effectively, to reinforce the educational elements of the programmes and to contribute to fight against obesity.
In January the Economic Sentiment Indicator increased by 0.5 points in the euro area and by 0.9 points in the EU. The Business Climate Indicator for the euro area remained virtually unchanged at +0.19.
The European Commission has issued guidance to EU-Member States which have rules in place leading to a loss of voting rights for citizens in national elections, simply because they have exercised their right to free movement in the EU.
The European Commission has proposed new rules to stop the biggest and most complex banks from engaging in the risky activity of proprietary trading.
Meeting on 28 January in Brussels, EU and Russian leaders discussed a range of topics, including the Eastern Partnership, Ukraine, trade and human rights.
The Council adopted a decision establishing the existence of an excessive deficit in Croatia. It also adopted a directive aimed at creating a single market for mortgage credits.
The Commission has taken 134 decisions, including 22 reasoned opinions and 7 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.
The European Commission is urging Member States to recognise the central importance of industry for creating jobs and growth and to mainstreaming industry-related competitiveness concerns across all policy areas.
Supported by a detailed analysis on energy prices and costs, the 2030 framework will ensure regulatory certainty for investors and a coordinated approach among Member States, leading to the development of new technologies.
The review shows how taking up a job can help people to get out of poverty, but only in half of the cases: much depends on the type of job found, but also on the household composition and labour market situation of the partner.
The action plan should help drive forward this nascent 'blue energy' sector towards full industrialisation. Ocean energy covers all technologies to harvest the renewable energy of our seas and oceans other than offshore wind.
Member States' tax provisions are to be scrutinised to ensure that they do not discriminate against mobile EU citizens, in a targeted initiative launched by the Commission.
Ministers in the Foreign Affairs Council suspended certain EU restrictive measures against Iran, following confirmation of Iran's compliance with nuclear measures in the agreed joint action plan.
The Greek presidency of the EU Council was welcomed by the Parliament in 2014's first plenary. MEPs approved new rules to make vans emit less CO2 by 2020, make public procurement more efficient and give the self-employed better social protection.
The pan-European job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers, increase the likelihood of job matches and help employers, notably small and medium businesses, to fill job vacancies faster and better, under a proposal just presented by the European Commission.
Euro area annual inflation was 0.8% in December 2013, down from 0.9% in November. A year earlier the rate was 2.2%. Monthly inflation was 0.3% in December 2013.
New EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts approved by Parliament will ensure better quality and value for money when public authorities buy or lease works, goods or services.
The European Commission has adopted new guidelines setting out the conditions under which Member States can grant aid to facilitate access to finance by European SMEs and companies with a medium capitalization (the so-called "midcaps").
The CO2 emission limit for new light commercial vehicles sold in the EU is to be reduced from 203 g/km today to 147 g/km by 2020, under draft legislation approved by the European Parliament.