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26/02/2015 - Institutional affairs

The Commission has today taken 276 decisions, including 44 reasoned opinions and 9 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

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24/02/2015 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

Euro area annual inflation was -0.6% in January 2015, down from -0.2% in December. This was the lowest rate recorded since July 2009. In January 2014 the rate was 0.8%. European Union annual inflation was -0.5% in January 2015, down from -0.1% in December. 

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18/02/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

The European Commission has launched its landmark project to unlock funding for Europe’s businesses and to boost growth in the EU’s 28 Member States with the creation of a true single market for capital.

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18/02/2015 - Economy and the euro

The Council discussed a proposal to establish a European fund for strategic investments, which is expected to mobilise at least €315bn in private and public investment.  

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17/02/2015 - Economy and the euro

Europe’s Finance Ministers welcomed the proposal for the European Investment Bank Group to manage the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) within the EIB under the Investment Plan for Europe announced last November.

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13/02/2015 - Institutional affairs

EU leaders discussed three challenges facing Europe: restoring peace in Ukraine, fighting terrorism and improving the European Monetary Union.

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13/02/2015 - Institutional affairs

The tragedies in Ukraine and the Middle East were among the main subjects debated by MEPs during the February plenary in Strasbourg. Ahead of Thursday's extraordinary European summit, the Parliament also discussed security measures such as the exchange of passenger name records between member states to better track terror suspects. 

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12/02/2015 - Economy and the euro

Parliament as a whole voted to set up a special parliamentary committee to look into EU member states’ "tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect" and make recommendations for the future. The committee will have 45 members and is established for an initial period of six months.

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11/02/2015 - Employment and social rights

MEPs debated the latest plan to make €1 billion in Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) funding available in 2015 with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen. A majority of speakers backed the idea of speeding up the delivery of funding for projects to fight youth unemployment, while also developing long-term solutions and introducing structural reforms.

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10/02/2015 - Institutional affairs

The Council discussed a revision of the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The aim of the revision is to allow the EU to transfer € 21.1 billion of unused commitments from 2014 to subsequent years. 

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09/02/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council unanimously adopted additional listings concerning separatists in Eastern Ukraine and their supporters in Russia. These consist of an asset freeze and a travel ban on 19 persons and 9 entities involved in action against Ukraine's territorial integrity. 

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05/02/2015 - Economy and the euro

For the first time since 2007, the economies of all European Union Member States are expected to grow again this year, according to the European Commission's winter forecast.

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04/02/2015 - Employment and social rights

The European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. This change will increase by up to 30 times the pre-financing Member States receive to boost youth employment - reaching up to 650 000 young people and helping them get into work, faster.

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03/02/2015 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has published a report that recommends granting pension funds a two-year exemption from central clearing requirements for their over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions.

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