The European Commission welcomes today's vote of the European Parliament which paves the...
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.
Applications for grant funding are now open for Round 2 of the Coalition Government's Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit Programme. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said up to $50 million in funding was available under Round 2 of the programme to deliver R&D projects to boost profitability and productivity. "The R&D for Profit Programme is a $100 million Coalition election commitment, with a further $100 million committed as part of the Agricultural Competitiveness W
The European Commission adopted today 40 infringement decisions against several Member States (see table in Annex) for failing to fully implement legislation making up the Common European Asylum System. Following up on the second implementation package of the European Agenda on Migration, the European Commission is stepping up its efforts to ensure the full application of EU law in the area of migration and asylum.
The sudden rise in the number of people who are forced to flee their homes to escape violence and seek refuge, in their own countries or abroad, is a test for the European Union. The European Agenda for Migration presented by the Commission in May set out a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States.
The European Commission has concluded that Finland's plans to grant €23 million of public funding for the construction of a small scale LNG terminal at Pori, in the Satakunta region on Finland's west coast, are compatible with EU state aid rules. The project aims to encourage the use of LNG as fuel for ships, in place of fuel oils and liquefied petroleum gases. The Commission concluded that the project contributes to environmental protection and to the security of gas supply in Finland whilst maintaining competition in the Single Market.
A new framework for the EU's activities on gender equality and women's empowerment in the EU's external relations for the 2016-2020 period was adopted yesterday by the European Commission and the EEAS. Its aim is to support partner countries, especially in developing, enlargement and neighbouring countries, to achieve tangible results towards gender equality which is at the core of European values, as well as the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be formally adopted this week.
This year marks the opening of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Starting on Friday morning, 25 September, many world leaders are expected to address the UN Sustainable Development Summit (25-27 September) as well as take part in the general debate of the UNGA (28 September – 6 October). European Union leaders will have a strong presence at events throughout the week.
The 2015 edition of the Consumer Scoreboard shows that cross-border e-commerce is still an under-developed market in Europe: 61% of consumers feel more confident buying online from their own country (61%) than from another EU country (38%).
The Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on the remaining obstacles to cross border cooperation.
The EU28 seasonally adjusted external current account recorded a surplus of €12.0 billion in July 2015, compared with a surplus of €14.6 bn in June 2015 and a surplus of €4.6 bn in July 2014, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.Full text available on EUROSTAT website. 18 Sep 2015
During the second quarter of 2015 (from April to June 2015), 213 200 first time asylum seekers applied for protection in the European Union (EU), up by 15% compared with the first quarter of 2015 and by 85% compared with the second quarter of 2014. In particular, the number of Syrians and Afghans rose considerably to reach almost 44 000 and 27 000 respectively. 18 Sep 2015
The European Commission has released an additional aid package of €15 million amid an increasingly deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan. The funding brings the total EU humanitarian aid for the country to nearly €300 million so far in 2015.
The European Commission has today adopted a legislative proposal offering additional temporary access for Tunisian olive oil to the EU market to help support Tunisia's recovery in the difficult period being faced by the country.
The European Commission has today proposed guidance to Member States to better help long-term unemployed return to work.
Over 15,000 start-ups in Germany will benefit from this €1 billion agreement signed today
Euro area annual inflation was 0.1% in August2015, down from 0.2% in July.
The Investment Court System would replace the existing investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism in all ongoing and future EU investment negotiations, including the EU-US talks on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The number of persons employed increased by 0.3% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.2% in the EU28 in the second quarter of 2015 compared with the previous quarter, according to national accounts estimates published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In the first quarter of 2015, employment increased by 0.2% in the euro area and 0.3% in the EU28. These figures are seasonally adjusted. 15 Sep 2015
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in July 2015 was €185.2 billion, an increase of 7% compared with July 2014 (€173.7 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €153.8 bn, a rise of 1% compared with July 2014 (€152.4 bn). 15 Sep 2015
With a view towards the Paris Climate Conference (COP 21) taking place in December, tomorrow the European Commission is launching the annual EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK (16-22 September), with events scheduled to take place in over 2,000 European cities and towns. The EUROPEANMOBILITYWEEK encourages innovative solutions for today's urban mobility challenges, which can contribute to the climate and decarbonisation objectives of the EU.
Interior Ministers meeting for an Extraordinary Council today offered their support for the comprehensive agenda the Commission put forth in May and September to address the refugee crisis. Member States have agreed to express their solidarity with one another by deciding to relocate throughout the EU 40,000 refugees, based on the European Commission's first emergency relocation proposal of 27 May. An operational meeting will be organised this week to start implementing the relocation decision on the 40,000 in the shortest possible timeframe.
In July 2015 compared with June 2015, seasonally adjusted industrial production rose by 0.6% 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 June 2015 industrial production decreased by 0.3% and 0.1% respectively. 14 Sep 2015
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, will travel to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda (14 - 19 September). This will be the Commissioner's first visit to these three African countries. During the visit, the Commissioner is expected to outline the EU's new €1.8 billion Emergency Trust Fund, set up to address the root causes of migration, promote work opportunities in Africa (especially for young people and women in local communities) and counter radicalisation and extremism.
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