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EU flags outside Justus Lipsius building © EU
31/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Council has adopted further EU restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

Selection of counterfeit products © EU
31/07/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

Graph displaying ESI indicator © EU
30/07/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

In July the Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI) remained broadly stable in the euro area (+0.1 points at 102.2), while it decreased slightly in the EU (by 0.6 points to 105.8). The Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased marginally by 0.04 points to +0.17.

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU
29/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

On 29 July, the EU agreed a package of significant additional restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

Crowd of people and European flag © EU
25/07/2014 - Institutional affairs / Statistics

After the European Elections, the number of citizens who feel their voice counts in the EU has risen from 29% in November 2013 to 42%. This is the highest level since this question was first put into the Standard Eurobarometer a decade ago.

Group photo © EU
23/07/2014 - Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council celebrated Lithuania's entry into the euro area. Ministers also discussed the Italian presidency work programme and the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

Günther Oettinger © EU
23/07/2014 - Energy, environment and climate

The proposed target of 30 % builds on the achievements already reached: new buildings use half the energy they did in the 1980s and industry is about 19% less energy intensive than in 2001.

Ms. Catherine ASHTON, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy © EU
22/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, EU ministers discussed the situation in Ukraine following the downing of flight MH17 as well as further sanctions against Russia. Gaza was also discussed.

Commissioner Hahn © EU
22/07/2014 - EU regional and urban development

The Commissioner is calling for a wide engagement by stakeholders and city dwellers in a public consultation alongside a formal Communication just published by the European Commission.

A scientist © EU
22/07/2014 - Research and innovation

The European Commission presents details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

Women with tablet computer and smart phone © EU
22/07/2014 - Research and innovation

The report covers a variety of regulatory issues: market regulation, broadband plans and financing, national regulatory rights of way and access to passive infrastructure, access and interconnection, consumer issues, universal service and net neutrality.

Euro banknote and coins © EU
17/07/2014 - Economy and the euro / Justice and citizens’ rights

Member States must step up their work to prevent, detect and report fraud affecting EU funds, according to the Commission's annual report on the protection of financial interests (PIF report).

Family photo © EU
16/07/2014 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The European Council met to discuss a number of key appointments to be made for top EU positions. They also discussed new sanctions on Russia and the situation in Gaza.

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU
15/07/2014 - Institutional affairs

With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.

Man sorting fruit in warehouse © EU
15/07/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries / Business, taxation and competition

The European Commission has adopted a communication encouraging Member States to look for ways to improve protection of small food producers and retailers against the unfair practices of their sometimes much stronger trading partners.

Dacian Ciolos, Maria Damanaki and Maurizio Martina © EU
14/07/2014 - Food, farming and fisheries

Meeting in Brussels, ministers discussed a proposal to review EU rules on organic production and farming and a communication preparing the ground for new EU fishing quotas for 2015.

Man using laptop © EU
14/07/2014 - Consumer affairs and public health

The European Commission has adopted a Recommendation on online gambling services. It encourages Member States to pursue a high level of protection for consumers, players and minors through the adoption of principles for online gambling services and for responsible advertising and sponsorship of those services.

Internet cable © EU
10/07/2014 - EU regional and urban development / Research and innovation

The European Commission launches its “Connected Communities” initiative – an umbrella for several systems designed to connect towns, cities, local broadband partnerships and operators to the advice they need to access finance and develop tailored business models.

Court of Justice of the European Union © EU
10/07/2014 - Institutional affairs

The Commission has taken 420 decisions, including 29 reasoned opinions and 12 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn © EU
09/07/2014 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme.

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