Monthly Archives: January 2015

December 2014 – Euro area unemployment rate at 11.4% – EU28 at 9.9%

The euro area (EA18) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 11.4% in December 2014, down from 11.5% in November 2014, and from 11.8% in December 2013. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since August 2012. The EU28 unemployment … Continue reading

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Flash estimate – January 2015 Euro area annual inflation down to -0.6%

Euro area1 annual inflation2 is expected to be -0.6% in January 2015, down from -0.2% in December 20143, according to a flash estimate4 from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. This negative rate for euro area annual inflation … Continue reading

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Insurance distribution in the single market – meeting consumers’ needs in the internet age

Speech to mid-term meeting of BIPAR – the European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries Jonathan HILL – Commissioner responsible for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union I think I should start with a confession and share with you something … Continue reading

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Tourism in the EU28 – New record level of 2.7bn tourism nights in the EU28 in 2014 – Nights spent by non-residents accounted for 44%

In 2014, the number of nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in the EU is expected to have reached a new peak of around 2.7 billion nights, up by 1.7% compared with 2013. Following the decline observed in 2009 with … Continue reading

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The European Commission tables proposals to improve transparency in Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) based on existing investment treaties

Since the adoption of its Communication ‘Towards a comprehensive European international investment policy’ in 2010, the Commission has worked towards improving the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system, in particular the transparency of proceedings. In 2013 rules on transparency in ISDS … Continue reading

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European Commission pushes for full transparency for ISDS in current investment treaties

The European Commission has today proposed to allow UN rules on transparency for Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) to apply also to existing investment treaties that the EU and Member States have in place. These rules represent an important change in … Continue reading

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Keynote speech of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos at the first European Migration Forum

Migration today is part and parcel of our societies. It is an inherent feature of our globalised world. It brings richness and opportunities, but it also comes with challenges. The events in the Mediterranean over the Christmas and New Year’s … Continue reading

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Georgia: EU disburses €13 million grant in Macro-Financial Assistance

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, disbursed €13 million in grants to Georgia. This represents the grant part of the first tranche of the EU’s €46 million Macro-Financial Assistance programme (MFA) for Georgia approved in August 2013. This … Continue reading

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Commission and Parliament Implement New Rules on Transparency Register

A new version of the EU Transparency Register is being launched today following joint work by the European Commission and the European Parliament. This ‘second generation’ of the Register implements the provisions of the revised Inter-institutional Agreement signed between the … Continue reading

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Commission and Parliament Implement New Rules on Transparency Register

A new version of the EU Transparency Register is being launched today following joint work by the European Commission and the European Parliament. This ‘second generation’ of the Register implements the provisions of the revised Inter-institutional Agreement signed between the … Continue reading

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