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European Year for Development
2015 has been designated as the year for development looking at the role of the EU in the wider world. Did you know that the European Union is present and active in most countries in the world? There are 139 EU Delegations spread around the globe who are our eyes and ears on the ground. Working in at times extremely challenging and dangerous conditions they contribute to building solid and lasting partnerships. Having championed the UN Millennium Development Goals, the EU is now helping shape a global development agenda that will deliver lasting change and take us closer to the ultimate aim: a decent life for all.
The European Year for Development website has more information about the year of development including stories and events.
Latvia Presidency of the Council of the EU
Every six months the Presidency of the Council of European Union rotates. The current rotation has seen Latvia take over the Presidency from Italy. This is the first time Latvia has held the presidency since being admitted into the EU in 2004. You can find out more about the Latvian Presidency at the official website. To find out more about Latvia take a look at the Europa Country File. The picture above is of the capital Riga.
Videos to watch
In this feature we bring together a monthly selection of short videos on a range of topics and areas to do with the EU.
Reforming EU Economic Governance
It is no secret that in recent years the economy in the EU has gone through various crises. Many lessons have been learnt and new economic governance rules have been brought into place.
The rules (introduced through the so-called "Six Pack", the "Two Pack" laws and the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance) are grounded in the European Semester. The European Semester is an integrated system that ensures:
- clearer rules
- better coordination of national policies throughout the year
- regular follow-ups and the possibility of swifter sanctions for non-compliance.
This helps Member States to deliver on their budgetary and reform commitments, while making the Economic and Monetary Union more robust.
Find out more about the European Semester in this clear fact sheet produced by the European Commission " The EU's economic governance explained"
Writing Competition: EU Enlargement what do you think?
The EU has grown and is continuing to grow larger as more countries apply and go through the accession process to join the EU. Croatia was the last country to join in 2013 becoming the 28th member state. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,are among some of the candidate/ potential candidate countries.
If you are aged between 18 and 25 years old the European Commission invites you to share your views on one or both questions in an article (max 1 000 words)
- What is your experience in an enlarged European Union?
- How can the enlarged European Union meet the challenges of the future?
There are prizes to be won. The closing date is the 27th of February 2015 at midday (CET). Find out more ...
"We are INSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish"
The European Union is a world leader in fisheries management and aquaculture standards. Over the last decade, EU policies have had a positive impact in places such as the North-East Atlantic where more and more stocks are caught sustainably but there is a lot more work to be done. Ourupcoming booklet "EU Marine Animals; Their Life in Your Hands" explores this topicand others that are threatening our marine animals. Buying sustainable fish is one way in which you can help. Find out more via:
Who's Who in the new European Commission?
The new European Commission took office last week, but who are they? What has each member of the new commission done before? What are their areas of responsibility in the new Commission? To find out the answer to these questions and more you can:
- Visit the new European Commission website.
- View visual CVs on the European Commission Pinterest page.
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