Wednesday 24 January: The Commission adopts its monthly infringements package

On Wednesday 24 January 2013, the European Commission will adopt its monthly infringements package. These decisions cover all Member States and most of EU policies and seek to enforce EU law across Europe in the interest of both citizens and businesses..


Wednesday 9 January: The Commission presents the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)

On 9 January the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) will be presented to media by the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström and the Head of the Centre, Troels Oerting, ahead of the official inauguration that will take place at the Europol premises in The Hague on January 11.


Declaration by High Representative Catherine Ashton on behalf of the European Union on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012

Today, on 10 December, we celebrate Human Rights Day. Standing up for Human Rights, democracy and the rule of law is the silver thread that runs through EU external relations.


Award ceremony for the European Union Prize for Literature 2012

The 12 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature will be celebrated and presented with their awards in a ceremony on 22 November by Ms Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Ms Doris Pack, Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament.


Commission's new proposal for EU budget 2013

Ten days after the unsuccessful end of the conciliation period over next year's EU budget, the Commission is presenting a new Draft Budget for 2013.


Commission proposes visa-free travel to citizens of 16 Island Nations

Citizens from 16 Island Nations will soon be able to travel to the Schengen area without needing a visa. This will open up to opportunities and advantages both for the EU and the nationals of these 16 nations.


Cars safer from 1 November

Europe takes a major step forward in vehicle safety on 1 November 2012 as a basket of new safety requirements for new types of motor vehicles comes into force.


Commission outlines next steps for EU enlargement

Today the European Commission recommends for a fourth time to open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It recommends granting EU candidate status to Albania subject to completion of key reform steps, and proposes negotiating a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Kosovo.


Marking the 20th anniversary of the Single Market: together for new Growth

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the European Single Market. And in just a few days, the Single Market Week will kick off. Under the slogan ''Together for new growth'', a series of events in cities all across Europe will take place from 15 to 20 October and will bring together policy-makers, social partners, businesses and citizens to discuss the achievements and challenges of the single market.


Teachers' salaries reduced or frozen in growing number of European countries

Sixteen European countries have reduced or frozen teachers' salaries in response to the economic downturn. Teachers in Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Slovenia are the worst affected by budget restrictions and austerity measures, according to a report published by the European Commission to coincide withWorld Teachers' Day.


Major progress towards transparency: a new European Legislation Identifier

On 24 September the Council adopted the conclusions of the Working Party on e-Law, presided by the Luxembourg government, on the optional introduction of the so-called European Legislation Identifier (ELI). ELI provides, among others, a solution to uniquely identify and access national and European legislation online.


Environment: European Mobility Week 2012 "Moving in the right direction"

Hundreds of European towns and cities will participate in the 11th edition of European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September 2012. Citizens are invited to join in activities promoting alternative modes of transport and reducing private car use.


Environment: Speaking the same language on noise exposure

Quantifying noise exposure will be significantly easier thanks to a new set of common noise assessment methods published today. Comparable data on noise exposure in Europe is a prerequisite to set up EU policies to reduce noise pollution, a growing health and economic concern all over Europe.


Following the steps of Albert Londres

From 8 to 24 August 30 journalism students from France and the Western Balkans will team up on a reporting assignment that will take them from Osijek to Niš, via Tuzla, Sarajevo, Mostar, Nikšič, Skhodra and Skopje.


Statement by the Spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton following the meeting with Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi

High Representative Catherine Ashton met today in Brussels with Prime Minister of Kosovo Hashim Thaçi as part of their regular exchanges on the progress of Kosovo and its European agenda.


Statement by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on the terrorist attack in Burgas, Bulgaria

"The European Commission strongly condemns the horrific terror attack against Israeli citizens in Bulgaria. Our thoughts go to victims, their families and beloved ones in Bulgaria and in Israel."


Statement by Herman Van Rompuy, following the meeting with President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga

It is my pleasure to welcome President Atifete Jahjaga on her second visit to Brussels.
Today’s meeting gave us the opportunity to discuss recent domestic developments in Kosovo, our bilateral relations, and regional issues.


Progress reports under the cooperation and verification mechanism for Bulgaria and Romania

The Commission will adopt its progress reports under the cooperation and verification mechanism for Bulgaria and Romania. This will look at the progress made over the five years since the cooperation and verification process began.


Montenegro gets European assistance to fight forest fires

The European Civil Protection Mechanism is coordinating fire-fighting assistance to Montenegro, which requested help on Saturday to deal with serious forest fires in the northern part of the country.

10/07/ 2012

EUR 100m loan for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Macedonian Bank for Development Promotion (MBDP) signed today in Skopje a EUR 100m loan aimed at financing projects in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.


Environment: Commission asks Austria to comply with EU legislation on environmental impact assessments

The European Commission is urging Austria to bring its national legislation on environmental impact assessment into line with EU rules. The Commission is concerned that the potential environmental effects of a development to an Austrian ski-run were not assessed as required by EU law.


Sanctioning employers of irregular migrants: Commission urges Lithuania and Poland to act

Some Member States are still failing to apply EU rules on sanctions and measures against employers who exploit irregular migrants. Today, the Commission decided to advance infringement proceedings and issue reasoned opinions requesting Lithuania and Poland bring their laws into line with the Employer Sanctions Directive (Directive 2009/52/EC), which should have been implemented by 20 July 2011.


'We Mean Business': Commission launches campaign to boost work placements

2012 - The European Commission today launches the “We Mean Business” campaign, which aims to encourage companies to create more trainee placements to boost young people's skills and employability.


EU confirms its position as the world's largest aid donor in 2011

With €53 billion of development aid in 2011, the European Union and its 27 Member States remains the world biggest donor, providing more than half of global official aid, preliminary figures on official development aid published by the OECD reveal today.


Commission slashes unnecessary burden for registering a car in another Member State

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Each year, EU citizens and companies have to move some 3.5 million vehicles to another Member State, and need to get them registered according to the national legislation.


Antitrust: Commission opens proceedings against Motorola

The European Commission has opened two formal antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility Inc. The Commission will assess whether Motorola has abusively, and in contravention of commitments it gave to standard setting organisations, used certain of its standard essential patents to distort competition in the Internal Market in breach of EU antitrust rules.


Inauguration of the new EU Agency for large-scale IT systems

A new agency for managing large-scale EU information systems will be inaugurated tomorrow in Tallinn, Estonia, with the attendance of Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. Its main task will be to en-sure that the Visa Information (VIS) and EURODAC systems operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Winners of 2012 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage announced

The winners of the 2012 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are announced today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra (see list below). The awards will be presented on 1 June during a ceremony at the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon...


Commissioner Reding on the new EU legislation regarding cross-border succession

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, the European Commission’s Vice-President, said after the vote in the European Parliament's plenary in Strasbourg:


MEDIA Mundus: Commission's €5 million boost for international film projects

Some 35 film-related projects are to receive a total of €5 million in funding from the MEDIA Mundus programme – the European Union's international cooperation and exchange programme for the audiovisual industry. The projects will help to strengthen the distribution of European films in non-European markets and vice-versa.


32 million people benefited from EU actions on water

On Monday 12 March Commissioner Piebalgs will share the results of the European Water Initiative at the World Water Forum in Marseille. The 10th anniversary of the Initiative comes at the same time as the international community can celebrate that the Millennium Development Goal on sustainable access to drinking water has been achieved, five years before the deadline of 2015.


International women`s day: report of women in tops jobs

Change at the top has been slow. Take the boards of the EU’s biggest publicly listed companies: women make up just 14% of members – compared with 12% in 2010. And only 3% of board chairs in the EU are women, about the same as 2 years ago.


Tourism to become economic driver in 2012

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Our continent's cultural and natural richness, and long-standing traditions of hospitality, are still close to the hearts of Europeans.


Euro area inflation estimated at 2.7%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.7% in February 2012 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. It was 2.6% in January 2012.


2011 EU budget "99.7% implemented!"

99.7% (in commitments) of the EU budget were implemented in 2011 and 99.2% of the voted payments were executed. Out of a total budget of €123.2bn in payments, only €375 million have not been implemented (compared to €1.6bn not implemented in 2010).


New EU rules for ‘Organic Wine’ agreed

New EU rules for “organic wine” have been agreed in the Standing Committee on Organic Farming (SCOF), and will be published in the Official Journal in the coming weeks. With the new regulation, which will apply from the 2012 harvest, organic wine growers will be allowed to use the term “organic wine” on their labels.


The 2011 innovation leaders in the EU

The Innovation Union Scoreboard includes innovation indicators and trend analyses for the EU27 Member States, as well as for Croatia, Iceland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey. It also includes comparisons based on a more reduced set of indicators between the EU27 and 10 global competitors.


New satellites and launchers ensure Galileo start in 2014

With the signature of further contracts for satellites and launchers in London, Galileo is firmly on track for the provision of improved satellite navigation services to citizens in 2014.