Monthly Archives: February 2016

Commission launches Action Plan to crack down on wildlife trafficking

Today the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to tackle wildlife trafficking within the EU and to strengthen the EU’s role in the global fight against these illegal activities. Today the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to … Continue reading

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Questions and answers on the EU Action Plan against Wildlife Trafficking

Today the European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to crack down on wildlife trafficking within the EU and strengthen the EU’s role in the global fight against these illegal activities. Why do we need an EU Action Plan against … Continue reading

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2014 GDP per capita in 276 EU regions – Twenty-one regions below half of the EU average… – …and five regions over double the average January 2016

In 2014, regional GDP per capita, expressed in terms of purchasing power standards, ranged from 30% of the European Union (EU) average in the Bulgarian region of Severozapaden, to 539% of the average in Inner London – West in the … Continue reading

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Single market: Commission urges four Member States to comply with the Services Directive in the area of regulated professions

The European Commission is taking further steps in its infringement procedures against Austria, Cyprus, Germany, and Poland on the grounds that their national rules include excessive and unjustified obstacles in the area of professional services. Despite the exchanges held with … Continue reading

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What is the Digital Economy and Society Index?

What is the Digital Economy and Society Index? The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is an online tool to measure the progress of EU Member States towards a digital economy and society. As such, it brings together a set … Continue reading

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How digital is your country? New figures show action needed to unlock Europe’s potential

Today the European Commission published the results of the 2016 edition of the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). The findings show that Member States have made progress in areas such as connectivity and digital skills, as well as in … Continue reading

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International aviation: EU launches new aviation partnership with China

Today, the College held an orientation debate on the economic and social challenges of Member States, on the progress they made in addressing their 2015 country specific recommendations and in tackling macroeconomic imbalances. This debate took place against the background … Continue reading

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The signature of the Judicial Redress Act by President Obama is a historic achievement in our efforts to restore trust in transatlantic data flows, paving the way to the signature of the EU-US Data Protection Umbrella Agreement

On the occasion of the signature of the Judicial Redress Act, Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said: “I welcome the signature of the Judicial Redress Act by President Obama today. This new law is a historic achievement in our efforts to … Continue reading

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College read-out: Vice-President Dombrovskis on the European Semester, VAT and trade

Good afternoon, We just finished our College meeting. There were a number of important items on our agenda. We discussed the outcome of last week’s European Council and held an orientation debate on the European Semester, including on our country … Continue reading

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Joint Statement by Dutch Minister for Migration Klaas Dijkhoff and European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos

Following the European Council and ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 25 February, we wish to express our joint determination to pursue a European approach to the refugee crisis. We understand the pressure the different countries concerned … Continue reading

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