Monthly Archives: March 2014

Employment and Social Situation: Quarterly Review indicates little improvement despite first signs of recovery

The recent economic recovery has not yet been able to create new jobs and the social situation in the EU shows little signs of improvement so far, according to the European Commission’s latest Employment and Social Situation Quarterly Review. This … Continue reading

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EU supporting consumers in their day-to-day life – for just 5 cents

For just 5 cents per citizen a year, the European Union’s consumer programme helps to help citizens fully enjoy their consumer rights and actively participate in the Single Market. The total budget for the programme is €188.8 million for 2014-2020. … Continue reading

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EU-Africa Business Forum: Working together towards sustainable growth and employment

To promote sustainable and inclusive growth in both Africa and the EU, European Commission Vice-President, Antonio Tajani, and Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will today take part in the 5th EU-Africa Business Forum in Brussels. The event brings together more … Continue reading

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Transport infrastructure: Vice-President Siim Kallas announces the release of the first €12 billion for projects in the transport sector

The Commission adopted on 26 March 2014 a decision making the first 12 billion € tranche available for projects of the trans-European transport network. The budget will boost key projects of the nine core network corridors and help advancing transport … Continue reading

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Ebola in West Africa: European Union joins effort to stop spread of disease and releases €500 000 in immediate funding

Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the European Commission is giving €500 000 to help contain the spread of the deadly virus in Guinea and neighbouring countries. The Commission has also sent a health expert to Guinea … Continue reading

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The General Court confirms that the financial aid provided by the European Regional Development Fund to the Italian region of Apulia must be reduced by almost €80 million

Serious failings by the Italian authorities in the management and monitoring of the use of the EU funds are such as to lead to systemic irregularities In order to strengthen the economic, social and territorial cohesion and reduce the disparities … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission finds that Greek mining company Larco received incompatible state aid; opens way to sale of some assets

The European Commission has concluded that Greek public support measures granted to Larco General Mining and Metallurgical Company S.A. (Larco) gave the company an undue advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU state aid rules. In total, the capital … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission approves €71 million investment aid to modernise Italian Port of Salerno

The European Commission has concluded that funding for an investment project in the amount of €71.1 million from the European Regional Development Fund to the Port of Salerno in Italy (Campania Region) is in line with EU state aid rules. … Continue reading

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Cyprus Steering Group: Commission enhances support to the Cyprus settlement process

On 27 March the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso chaired a meeting of the Cyprus Steering Group in Brussels. The Group assessed the situation following the resumption of fully-fledged settlement talks in February. The Group also reviewed … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission approves aid of €43.65 million for the IFMAS research programme in the field of green chemistry

The European Commission concluded that the aid granted by France to the IFMAS public‑private partnership for the development of plant-based plastics and bio‑based paints was in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission felt that the project … Continue reading

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