Monthly Archives: September 2015

International Day of Older Persons – 1 out of every 8 persons in the EU could be 80 or above by 2080 – Elderly people less at risk of poverty or social exclusion

The European Union (EU) as a whole is confronted with an ageing population. In 2014, the proportion of persons aged 65 or over reached 18.5% in the EU and it is projected to further increase in the future to almost … Continue reading

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China announces contribution to the Investment Plan for Europe and a milestone agreement with the EU on 5G

Today, Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Oettinger and Commissioner Bulc are in Beijing for a High-level Economic and trade Dialogue (HED) with the Chinese government. This continues the strategic engagement on economic, trade and investment issues from the EU-China Summit, which was … Continue reading

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The EU and China signed a key partnership on 5G, our tomorrow’s communication networks

Both parties are committed to reciprocity and openness in terms of access to 5G networks research funding, market access as well as in membership of Chinese and EU 5G associations. The EU and China have signed a milestone agreement in … Continue reading

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Investment Plan for Europe goes global: China announces its contribution to #investEU

At the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing today, China announced its intention to contribute to the Investment Plan, as well as closer cooperation with the EU on investment issues in general. Today during the High Level Economic … Continue reading

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Speech by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen: EU funds in support of the refugee crisis

Speech at extraordinary meeting with managing authorities of the ESF and FEAD in the contexte of the refugee crisis Ladies and gentlemen, The true spirit of the European Union lies in the values and principles upon which it was built; … Continue reading

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European Commission welcomes new 2030 United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to be adopted today by the United Nations sets out a global framework to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development by 2030, building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. As the … Continue reading

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Modernising VAT for cross-border e-commerce: Commission launches public consultation

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to help identify ways to simplify the Value-Added Tax (VAT) payments on cross-border e-commerce transactions in the EU. The Commission is seeking to receive a wide range of views from business owners … Continue reading

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European Day of Languages More than 80% of primary school pupils in the EU were studying a foreign language in 2013 English clearly dominant

In 2013, 17.7 million primary school pupils (or 81.7% of all the pupils at this level) in the European Union (EU) were studying at least one foreign language, including 1 million (4.6%) studying two foreign languages or more. At primary … Continue reading

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Commission refers MALTA to the Court of Justice of the EU over finch trapping

The European Commission is referring Malta to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) over its decision to allow finch trapping on its territory as of 2014. The case concerns Malta’s decision to allow the live capture (i.e. … Continue reading

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Port Security: Commission refers GERMANY to Court of Justice of the EU over the security of its ports

The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for failure to fully apply Directive 2005/65/EC on enhancing port security in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia. The European Commission has decided … Continue reading

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