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People of different professions walking through EU emblems © EU
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.

Time for stronger EU action against gun violence
21/10/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission is presenting suggestions on how to reduce gun related violence in Europe. It identifies actions at EU level, through legislation, operational activities, training and EU funding, to address the threats posed by the illegal use of firearms.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
08/10/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

Justice ministers had an in-depth discussion on the “one-stop-shop” mechanism, which is a key issue in the proposal for a General Data Protection Regulation. The Council agreed on a general approach on the proposal for a directive on the protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting by criminal law.

Commission moves to help Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Romania after flood and drought disasters
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.

Standard VAT Return: Easing life for businesses and improving tax compliance
23/10/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

A new standard VAT return, which can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, has been proposed by the Commission. The aim of this initiative is to slash red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient.

Commission unveils list of 250 infrastructure projects that may qualify for €5,85 billion of funding
14/10/2013 - Energy, environment and climate

These "projects of common interest" (PCI) will benefit from accelerated licensing procedures and improved regulatory conditions and may have access to financial support from the Connecting Europe Facility, under which a €5.85 billion budget has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure for the period 2014-20.

Things we learnt in Strasbourg: Lampedusa, Sakharov prize, smoking and extremism
11/10/2013 - Institutional affairs

In a session marked by the tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa, Parliament held a minute of silence for the victims and then debated with the Commission how to improve how refugees are received in the EU.

Eurostat logo © EU
29/10/2013 - Statistics

This is the first of a new series of annual publications providing statistical analyses related to important European Commission policy frameworks or other phenomena in society.

Euro area unemployment rate at 12.2% - EU28 at 11.0%
31/10/2013 - Employment and social rights / Statistics

The euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.2% in September 2013, stable compared with August. The EU28 unemployment rate was 11%, also stable compared with August.

Tobacco: larger warnings, flavours banned, e-cigarettes regulated
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.

Medical implants: better controls and traceability to ensure patients’ safety
22/10/2013 - Consumer affairs and public health

Stricter monitoring and certification procedures to ensure full compliance and traceability of medical devices such as breast or hip implants were agreed by Parliament.

A plane at take off © EU
09/10/2013 - Transport and travel

New rules on maximum flight times for pilots and cabin crew should now be adopted by the European Commission, as a resolution calling on it to withdraw them was voted down in Parliament's plenary session.

A hand holding an internet cable © EU
23/10/2013 - Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

The EU should suspend its Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US in response to the US National Security Agency's alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT, says a non-binding resolution voted by Parliament.

Council agrees on railway safety and debates improved EU rules on air passenger rights
11/10/2013 - Transport and travel

The Council agreed its general approach on new railway safety rules. The revised directive, a recast of the 2004 railway safety directive known as the '4th railway package', proposes centralised safety certificatication for EU rail operators.

MEPs pave the way for greater professional mobility in the EU
09/10/2013 - Employment and social rights

A virtual professional qualifications card, to make it easier for doctors, pharmacists, architects and other professionals to move to and practice in another EU country will be introduced by a new draft law voted by Parliament.

EU and Canada strike trade deal
18/10/2013 - Business, taxation and competition / Enlargement, external relations and trade

Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have today reached a political agreement on the key elements of a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) after months of intense negotiations between EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht and Canadian trade Minister Ed Fast.

Symboles de l’euro sur des grues © UE
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.

Women on Boards: Share of Women up to 16.6% as European Parliament Committees back Commission proposal
14/10/2013 - Justice and citizens’ rights

With this vote, the European Parliament (which decides with the Council of Ministers on an equal footing on this proposal), paves the way for further progress of the draft law in the EU legislative process.

European Council: focus on the digital economy
24/10/2013 - Institutional affairs

At their meeting on 24-25 October 2013, EU leaders discussed the digital economy, economic and social policy, the Economic and Monetary Union, the Eastern Partnership and migration flows. They also issued a statement on recent developments concerning possible intelligence issues.

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