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Gerichtshammer © EU
16/07/2015 - Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens’ rights

The Commission has today taken 85 decisions including 15 reasoned opinions and 2 referrals to the EU Court of Justice. The Commission is also closing 59 cases where the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

European Central Bank Building in Frankfurt © EU
07/08/2014 - 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 0.15%, 0.40% and -0.10% respectively.

Mr Carlos Moedas and Ms Marite Seile © EU
29/05/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Research and innovation

The Council discussed the new digital single market strategy and adopted conclusions on the digital transformation of European industry.

Autumn 2013 economic forecast: Gradual recovery, external risks
05/11/2013 - Economy and the euro / Statistics

In recent months, there have been encouraging signs that an economic recovery is underway in Europe. After contracting up to the first quarter of 2013, the European economy started to grow again in the second quarter and real GDP is set to continue growing in the remainder of this year.

Juncker Commission group photo © EU
01/11/2014 - Institutional affairs

Today the Juncker Commission is starting its term of office. President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Together with my strong and experienced team I look forward to being at the helm of the European Commission for the next five years."

From left to right: Mr Dimitrios AVRAMOPOULOS, Mr Frans TIMMERMANS, and Mr Jean ASSELBORN © EU
14/09/2015 - Enlargement, external relations and trade

The Council adopted a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece.

Jyrki Katainen and Violeta Bulc © EU
05/11/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro / Transport and travel

The Commission is launching the second call for proposals of the Connecting Europe Facility, with more than €7.6 billion of investment to finance transport projects. €6.5 billion are earmarked for countries with Cohesion Fund eligibility.

Symboles de l’euro sur des grues © UE
13/01/2015 - Business, taxation and competition / Economy and the euro

Just 50 days after announcing its ambitious Investment Plan for Europe to boost jobs and growth, the European Commission today adopted the legislative proposal for the European Fund for Strategic Investments, which will be established in close partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Une paire de jumelles avec des pièces de €1 à la place des verres © UE
19/09/2013 - Economy and the euro

An estimated €193 billion in VAT revenues (1.5% of GDP) was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2011, according to a new study on the VAT Gap in Member States.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
25/06/2013 - Enlargement, external relations and trade / Institutional affairs

The Council agreed to recommend to the European Council to open accession negotiations with Serbia. The Council also agreed in principle on draft Council decisions authorising the opening of negotiations on a stabilisation and association agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo, to be adopted on 28 June 2013, following the necessary procedures.

European Central Bank keeps interest rates unchanged
01/08/2013 - Economy and the euro

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 0.50%, 1.00% and 0.00% respectively.

Autobahnkreuz © EU
17/10/2013 - Transport and travel

In the most radical overhaul of EU infrastructure policy since its inception in the 1980s, the Commission has published new maps showing the nine major corridors which will act as a backbone for transportation in Europe's single market and revolutionise East–West connections.

The EU emblem made out of leaves on a lake © EU
18/10/2013 - Consumer affairs and public health

The latest Report on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive reveals that nitrates concentrations are slightly decreasing in both surface and groundwater and sustainable agricultural practices are more widespread.

Euro bank-note and coins © EU
14/12/2015 - Economy and the euro / EU regional and urban development

Today, the Commission adopted a Communication on the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) to the EU's growth strategy, the Investment Plan and the Commission's priorities over the next decade.

Young woman looking for job adverts © EU
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.

More rights and better working conditions for non-EU seasonal workers
05/02/2014 - Employment and social rights

Seasonal workers from outside the EU will be entitled to better working and living conditions, including proper accommodation and a limit on working hours, under a law passed by Parliament.

Mr Romain SCHNEIDER, Minister of Social Security, Humanitarian Action and Sport of Luxembourg and Mr Tibor NAVRACSICS, Member of the European Commission © EU
25/11/2015 - Culture, education and youth

The current migratory and refugee crisis was a common theme to the Council discussions on both days of the EYCS Council. Ministers adopted conclusions on the way in which development cooperation and intercultural dialogue can improve the integration of migrants and refugees. 

Jyrki Katainen, Corina Creţu, Ambroise Fayolle © EU
22/02/2016 - Economy and the euro / EU regional and urban development

The Juncker Commission’s top priority is to get Europe growing again and to increase the number of jobs without creating new debt. The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe - and European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) both play a crucial role in creating jobs and growth.

Gebäude des Europäischen Parlaments in Straßburg © EU
09/10/2015 - Institutional affairs

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated with MEPs the challenges facing Europe, from the refugee crisis to the situation in Syria, during October's first plenary session in October.

Michel Barnier © EU
27/03/2014 - Economy and the euro

The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to stimulate new and different ways of unlocking long-term financing and support Europe's return to sustainable economic growth.

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