25 December 2013

Latvia will join Euro area on 1 January 2014

As from 1 January 2014, Latvia will be newest member of the euro area and will share the same currency with over 330 million people in 18 Member States of the European Union.

19 December 2013

Erasmus+ guide published, €1.8 billion in funding available in 2014

Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.

17 December 2013

EU supported preparation of studies for development of strategic multimodal transport nodes

On 18 December 2013, at 10:00 hrs, a closing conference of the EU-funded project “Preparation of studies for development of strategic multimodal transport nodes” will be organised at the EU InfoCentre.

10 December 2013

EU supports establishment of integrated regional waste management system

On 11 December 2013, at 11:00 hrs, an inauguration of the EU-funded project “Preparation of Regional Waste Management Plans and Strategic Environmental Assessments for East and North-East regions” will be organised at the EU Info Centre.

10 December 2013

10 December Human Rights Day:
Promotion of LGBTI Guidelines by the Council of the European Union

On Tuesday, 10 December, at 11:00hrs, a panel debate and a press conference on the occasion of Human Rights Day will be organised at the EU Info centre. At the debate LGBTI Guidelines adopted by the Council of the European Union will be presented.

27 November 2013

EU27 Member States granted citizenship to around 780 000 persons in 2011

In 2011, 783 100 persons acquired citizenship1 of an EU272 Member State, down by 4% compared with 2010.

26 November 2013

7 out of 10 EU citizens say helping developing countries benefits them too

Tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the main priorities of the European Union, according to 66% of EU citizens.

25 November 2013

Free movement of people: five actions to benefit citizens, growth and employment in the EU

The joint responsibility of Member States and the EU institutions to uphold EU citizens' rights to live and work in another EU country is underlined in a policy paper just adopted by the European Commission.

25 November 2013

5 cool robots the EU is funding

It's EU Robotics Week time again. For the third consecutive year, the achievements of Europe's researchers and inventors working in robotics are celebrated in over 300 events from November 25th to December 1st.

21 November 2013

Towards a new European agricultural and agri-food product promotion policy

The European Commission today presented a draft reform of the information and promotion policy for European agricultural and food products.

5 November 2013

European Commission: innovative infrastructure solutions in the Western Balkans

European and International Financial Institutions have agreed to intensify their cooperation on key infrastructure investment in the Western Balkan countries and to jointly develop innovative financial instruments which pool public and private funds.

16 October 2013

World Food Day: Commission underlines commitment to reducing food waste in Europe

Today marks World Food Day - an occasion to remind ourselves that around a third of food is wasted globally.

15 October 2013

EBBAs - winners of 2014 European music awards

The winners of the 2014 European Border Breakers Awards (EBBAs), celebrating the best new pop acts in Europe which have achieved cross-border chart success...

7 October 2013

Commission proposal to guarantee citizens’ rights to access a lawyer to become law

A European Commission proposal guaranteeing the right of all citizens in the EU to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings has been formally...

10 September 2013

European Parliament adopts Commission proposal on access to a lawyer

A new law to guarantee the rights of all citizens to be advised by a lawyer when facing criminal proceedings today received the backing of the European Parliament plenary who..

10 September 2013

International video contest Young voices against poverty

The EDD13 video contest 'Young voices against poverty' encourages children and young adults aged between 13 and 24 to make their voices heard in the dialogue on..

9 September 2013

Environment: New EU Action to protect biodiversity against problematic invasive species

The European Commission today proposed new legislation to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species. There are currently over 12 000..

3 September 2013

World Water Week: 70 million people connected to drinking water thanks to EU aid

Between 2004 and 2012, the European Union (EU) financial support has helped more than 70 million people in developing countries gain access to drinking water and..

3 September 2013

European Commission seeks "Capital of Innovation"

The European Commission has today started the search for the first European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital. The prize will reward..

3 September 2013

Digital Agenda: EU-funded project uses robots, not humans, to inspect petrochemical containers

The European Commission, together with a consortium of ten European companies led by Shell, launches today the PETROBOT project, which will develop robots which can..

9 August 2013

Declaration by the High Representative, Catherine Ashton, on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

“Today, as we celebrate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we reaffirm the EU's support to them across the globe. We join them in celebrating their rich cultural heritage, and..

1 August 2013

EU unemployment rate at 10.9%

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 12.1% in June 2013, stable compared with May. The EU27 unemployment rate was 10.9%, down from 11.0% in May. In both zones, rates have risen..

29 July 2013

EUR 286 million of EU’s Instrument for Stability funds in 2012

The European Commission adopted a report on the activities undertaken in 2012 under the Instrument for Stability (IfS), one of the key European Union instruments for external assistance. This (sixth) annual report demonstrates the wide range of contributions that the mobilisation..

29 July 2013

Commission fills legal gaps for unitary patent protection

The European Commission has proposed to complete the legal framework for Europe-wide patent protection by updating EU rules on the jurisdiction of courts and recognition of judgements (the so-called “Brussels I Regulation”)..


Towards a more competitive and efficient European defence and security sector

A more influential Europe needs a strong and active common foreign and security policy, which in turn demands a more competitive and efficient defence and security sector. The successive waves of cuts in defence budgets...


Green light for European GPS: Successful Galileo position fix

Green light for European satellite navigation: Today in a public demonstration in Fucino, Italy, European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani announced a successful position fixi on the basis of the EU’s current four Galileo satellites.


Number of Erasmus students tops 3 million

Figures released today reveal that more than 3 million students have benefitted from EU Erasmus grants since the exchange scheme's launch in 1987. The statistics, covering the 2011-2012 academic year, also show that the programme enabled more than 250 000 Erasmus students – a new record – to spend part of their higher education studies abroad or to take up a job placement with a foreign company to boost their employability..


Environment and Climate: Commission invests EUR 281.4 million in new environment and climate projects

The European Commission has approved funding for 248 new projects under the LIFE+ programme, the European Union's environment fund. The projects cover actions in the fields of nature conservation, climate change, environmental policy and information and communication on environmental issues across all Member States.


EU and Japan join forces to tackle data explosion and build 100Gbps internet – 5000 times faster than today’s average EU speed

The European Commission and Japan today announce six research projects aiming at redefining internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data. 


Lithuanian presides with the Council of the European Union

On 1 July, the Republic of Lithuania took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Lithuania is the first Baltic State to preside at the Council of the EU. Every half year, each of the 28 EU countries leads the creation of the EU legislative.


The 3rd Call for Project Proposals within the IPA Cross-Border Cooperation is open

Starting from 23 June the 3rd Call for Project Proposals Proposals within the IPA Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) Programme Greece – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is open for national, regional or local public authorities, bodies governed by public law, organizations under private law and international organizations.


Croatia joins the EU

On the 1 July 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the EU after a decade of carrying out all the reforms needed to bring it into line with EU laws and standards.


Passenger rights in the EU – Frequently asked questions

For the first time, millions of holiday-makers travelling in the EU this summer will be protected by comprehensive passenger rights – whether travelling by air or rail, and now also by ship, bus and coach.


EU budget 2014 amounts to €142.01

The Commission has adopted the draft budget 2014 amounting to €142.01 billion in commitment appropriations and €135.9 billion in payment appropriations. The 2014 draft budget is some 6% lower than this year's for both commitments and payments.


Green light to launch formal talks on EU budget for 2014-2020

A meeting on Monday evening (6 May) between Commission President José Manuel Barroso, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the Irish Presidency of the Council ended the current stalemate and paved the way to start political negotiations on the European Union's future budget 2014-2020 between Council, Parliament and Commission and on an amending budget for 2013.


Harpa wins European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

Harpa, the Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre in Iceland, is the winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced today.


Internet on TV, TV on Internet: Commission seeks views on rapidly converging audiovisual world

Millions of Europeans catch up with their favourite TV series on a smartphone on the way to work, watch online content on their living room TV, or put their own user-generated content online.


EU invests €272.75 million to promote regional cooperation in the Western Balkans

The European Commission has finalised a series of measures to promote regional cooperation between Western Balkan countries totalling €272.75 million for the period 2012-2013.


Climate action: Designing the 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement

The European Commission today adopted a consultative paper that launches a public debate on how best to design a new international agreement to combat climate change. The Consultative Communication raises key questions and invites the views of stakeholders on the new agreement, which is to be completed by the end of 2015 and to apply from 2020.


Croatia: Last Monitoring Report concludes country ready to join the EU

The European Commission adopted today its last Monitoring Report on Croatia's preparations for joining the EU. The Commission assesses that Croatia has completed the ten priority actions identified in the previous report in October, and has shown the will and ability to fulfill all outstanding commitments in good time before accession.


Marie Curie fellow identifies molecular system for treating Alzheimer's disease

Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have identified the molecular system that could help develop treatments for Alzheimer's disease. This research, funded by a Marie Curie fellowship from the European Union and a pilot research grant from Alzheimer's Research UK, reveals the molecular system that contributes to the harmful inflammatory reaction in the brain during neurodegenerative diseases.


EU cooperation positively perceived by its neighbours

Citizens in the European Neighbourhood area are generally positive about the relations their country has with the European Union, shows the findings of the EU Neighbourhood Barometer, released today. This opinion is strong in the Southern Neighbourhood, where more than half of those surveyed describe them as good.


Environment: Commission helps Member States to get on track with sustainable waste management

Every year, each European citizen generates over 500 kilos of municipal waste, more than one third of which goes directly to landfill. Whereas some Member States manage to put those resources to productive use, recycling ...


2013 budget adjusted for Croatia´s entry to the EU

The European Commission proposes today to amend this year's EU budget to take into account the impact of Croatia's accession to the EU. The proposed increase amounts to EUR 655.1 million in commitments1 (0.4% of the 2013 budget)...


Healthy life years in 2011

Healthy life years measure the number of years that a person can expect to live in a healthy condition1. At birth, both women and men in the EU27could expect to live 62 years in a healthy condition in 2011. At the age...


'Smart Borders': for an open and secure Europe

Travel flows at the external borders of the EU are increasing and are expected to increase even more in the future. Border crossings at the air borders alone could increase by 80%, from 400 million in 2009 to 720 ...


Keeping the EU's space industry competitive and avoiding satellite collisions

The European Commission proposed measures to keep Europe's space industry competitive and to set up a European satellite collision avoidance system. While the EU is a strong player in the global market for commercial launchers ...


Guidelines on financial incentives: Promoting energy efficient vehicles

The European Commission published today new guidelines on how Member States should use financial incentives to best increase demand for low CO2 emission vehicles. Currently, rules on financial incentives differ across the ...


Oscar triumph for MEDIA-backed films Amour and Searching for Sugar Man

European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has paid tribute to the makers of EU-backed films Amour and Searching for Sugar Man after their success at 85th Academy Awards in Hollywood. Austrian


European Citizens' Initiative hits 1 million signatures

Organisers of the Right2Water initiative have announced that they have collected more than one million signatures: it could be the first European Citizens' Initiative to succeed in collecting the necessary number of statements of support. Organisers of the initiative believe that 'water is a ...