Monthly Archives: April 2014

Provision of deficit and debt data for 2013 – first notification – Euro area and EU28 government deficit at 3.0% and 3.3% of GDP respectively – Government debt at 92.6% and 87.1%

In 2013, the government deficit of both the euro area (EA18) and the EU28 decreased in absolute terms compared with 2012, while the government debt rose in both zones. In the euro area the government deficit to GDP ratio decreased … Continue reading

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New step towards ‘wonder material’ graphene applications

Researchers of the AMBER centre @ambercentre in Dublin have developed a new process to mass produce graphene-based material. The method – which promises to be simple and affordable – could be used by industries for applications such as highly efficient … Continue reading

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Erasmus+ set for Berlin launch

Erasmus+, the EU’s new funding programme for education, training, youth and sport, will be launched in Berlin tomorrow (24 April) by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Johanna Wanka, the Federal Minister of Education and … Continue reading

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Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in this sector

The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of the regulation to provide cabotage within a Member State1, thus providing an internal market for the provision of maritime transport services. With the new guidance competent authorities will have … Continue reading

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New EU support to renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development cooperation in that region. The visit will focus above all on renewable … Continue reading

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“Let’s Clean Up Europe” on 10 May

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in Europe’s streets, oceans, beaches, forests and natural areas. And every year millions of Europeans get out in their neighborhoods to clean up in voluntary actions. “Let’s Clean up Europe” is … Continue reading

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GBP 235 million European Investment Bank backing for 65 new East Coast Main Line trains

Europe’s long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank has, as part of a consortium of international banks, agreed to finance the deployment of 65 new Hitachi Super Express Trains to be used on the East Coast Main Line between London … Continue reading

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Commission welcomes Parliament’s adoption of new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

The European Parliament has today endorsed the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) with an overwhelming majority. With a budget of €6.5 billion for 2014-2020, the fund will finance projects to implement the new reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and … Continue reading

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Solomon Islands: EU provides humanitarian assistance and expert support

The European Union is mobilizing resources to assist those affected by the recent floods and earthquakes in the Solomon Islands. The European Commission is giving €240 000 in humanitarian aid to help the most vulnerable people. Environmental expertise will be … Continue reading

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EIB continues support for European SMEs

The European Investment Bank continues its strong support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and mid-cap companies across the European Union. The EIB’s Board of Directors today approved loans worth up to EUR 2.3 billion for the benefit of … Continue reading

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