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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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Speech by Commissioner Jonathan Hill at the Eurofi Financial Forum 2015:

It’s good to be back at Eurofi and to have the chance to talk about the contribution that I believe stronger and deeper capital markets will make to jobs and growth. First, some of the broader context. Amidst the challenges … Continue reading

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May 2015 compared with April 2015 – Volume of retail trade up by 0.2% in euro area – Up by 0.3% in EU28

In May 2015 compared with April 2015, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail traderose by 0.2% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.3% in the EU28, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In … Continue reading

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Aviation: certifying third country operators to cut red tape and boost air safety

Today, the Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued the first single air safety authorisations to 22 third country operators. These certifications will be valid throughout the EU. By 2016, all non-EU airlines wishing to fly to the … Continue reading

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State aid: Commission approves €270 million in investment aid for the expansion of the Port of Calais

The European Commission has found that public funding of €270 million to build a new cross‑Channel terminal in the Port of Calais is in line with EU state aid rules. The new infrastructure furthers EU transport policy objectives without unduly … Continue reading

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Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union – College of Commissioners discusses first steps

To mark Stage 1 of the Deepening of Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), which starts today (1 July 2015), the College of Commissioners had a first debate on the “Five Presidents’ Report”. The report entitled “Completing Europe’s Economic and … Continue reading

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Antitrust: Commission fines producers and distributors € 115 865 000 for operating retail food packaging cartels

Antitrust: Commission fines producers and distributors € 115 865 000 for operating retail food packaging cartels Brussels, 24 June 2015 The European Commission has fined eight manufacturers and two distributors of retail food packaging trays a total of €115 865 … Continue reading

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Driving the EU forward: the Energy Union

It is a great pleasure for me to be part of the CEPS Ideas Lab 2015 on “More or less Europe?” which is now coming to a close. CEPS Ideas Lab has only existed for two years, but it’s already … Continue reading

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First estimate for 2014 – Euro area international trade in goods surplus €194.8 bn – €24.2 bn surplus for EU28

The first estimate for the euro area (EA18) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in December 2014 gave a €24.3 billion surplus, compared with +€13.6 bn in December 2013. The November 2014 balance was +€21.2 bn, … Continue reading

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