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21st August 2014 - Customs: Commission adopts strategy and action plan for better customs risk management

A new strategy to improve customs risk management, together with a detailed action plan, was adopted by the Commission today. Robust customs risk management is essential to protect the safety and security of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate traders and EU financial interests, while at the same time enabling the smooth flow of trade. Read Full Press Release

18th August 2014 - The European Commission announces exceptional support measures for EU producers of perishable fruit & vegetables

In the context of Russian restrictions on imports of EU agricultural products and following on from last week's Management Committee meeting discussion of the market situation, the European Commission is moving as from today to introduce support measures for certain perishable fruits & vegetables. Read Full Press Release

13th August 2014 - Mind over matter: EU researchers use brainpower to get moving

Grabbing a glass or typing an email: these are some everyday gestures that are not possible for people with serious physical impairments – even though they have the will and the brainpower to do so. EU-funded projects such as TOBI (Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction) are working on technologies that could greatly improve the quality of life of people ... Read Full Press Release 

11th August 2014 - Commission presses car rental companies to stop discriminatory practices against consumers

The European Commission is today making public a letter which was sent recently to the CEOs of six international car rental companies which offer their services to consumers in all Member States of the European Union. Read Full Press Release

11th August 2014 - EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data

Every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, equal to 360,000 DVDs. How can our brain deal with increasingly big and complex datasets? EU researchers are developing an interactive system which not only presents data the way you like it, but also changes the presentation constantly in order to prevent brain overload. Read Full Press Release

8th August 2014 - Safer cruise ships thanks to EU-funded research

When choosing their summer holidays, many European opt for a cruise, or use a ferry to get where they are going. A very important aspect of passenger shipping is safety. Thanks to EU-funded research, evacuating large passenger ships could be even smoother and safer in future. Read Full Press Release

7th August 2014 - EU project helps monitor the environment around you

Do you want to track how much ozone, black carbon and other pollutants you are exposed to when out cycling or walking? This is possible with an app – AirProbe – combined with a small sensor box. Partners from Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK have developed this system to increase people's awareness of their environment. Read Full Press Release

6th August 2014 - An app that helps you buy good food at the best price

Nothing to cook for dinner? While rushing to the supermarket, you will soon be able to consult the FoodLoop app and find the best offers close to you. This system – made possible thanks to an EU-funded toolbox – informs you if a product is reduced in price because the "best before" date is coming up. Read Full Press Release

4th August 2014 - Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works

Every year there are devastating forest fires in Europe, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. The South European countries are at higher risk, but no European country is immune. Read Full Press Release

4th August 2014 - GBP 100m for investment in new equipment by UK companies

Europe's long-term lending institution, the European Investment Bank, has agreed to provide GBP 100m to Societe Generale Equipment Finance to support investment by UK based small and medium sized companies over the next two years. Read Full Press Release

Selected press releases from previous months

29th July 2014 - Make 2014 the summer you learn how to code!

If the sun is getting too much, you've finished that book and crosswords have lost their magic — then why not make August 2014 the summer you learn a new digital language? Read Full Press Release

25th July 2014 - Spring 2014 Standard Eurobarometer: The European elections made a difference

Today, the latest Standard Eurobarometer survey results are published - the first EU-wide opinion poll conducted since the European Parliament elections in May which were organised under the slogan "This time it's different". The latest Eurobarometer survey shows that this time it was different with positive developments in several areas. Read Full Press Release

23rd July 2014 - Energy efficiency, employment and SMEs are core focus of EU 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy says new Commission report

The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published today shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe. Read Full Press Release

22nd July 2014 - COSME: the European Commission and the European Investment Fund sign agreement which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe will soon have access to up to € 25 bn of additional finance, as a result of an agreement signed today between the European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF). Read Full Press Release

18th July 2014 - In-app purchases: Joint action by the European Commission and Member States is leading to better protection for consumers in online games

Following a large number of complaints in EU countries concerning in-app purchases in online games and in particular inadvertent purchases by children, national authorities joined forces with the European Commission to find solutions. Read Full Press Release

17 July 2014 - Commission encourages re-use of public sector data

Today, the European Commission is publishing guidelines to help Member States benefit from the revised Directive on the re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive). Read Full Press Release

16th July 2014 - Study maps EU school food policies for the first time

As part of the European Commission's efforts to help reduce childhood obesity, the Commission's in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), has published the first comprehensive report on school food policies in Europe. Read Full Press Release

10th July 2014 - Erasmus 2012-13: the figures explained

The European Commission publishes new figures today on the number of students, teachers and other staff in higher education who benefitted from the Erasmus programme in the 2012-13 academic year Read Full Press Release

9th July 2014 - EU-industry partnerships seek innovation boost with first €1 billion for projects

Research partnerships between the EU, the private sector and Member States today presented their first calls for projects and partners under Horizon 2020, the EU's €80 billion research and innovation programme. Read Full Press Release

8th July 2014 -  EU measures to tackle youth unemployment

The Youth Guarantee seeks to ensure that Member States make a good-quality offer to all young people up to age 25 a of a job, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving formal education or becoming unemployed. Read Full Press Release

8th July 2014 - Passenger rights: smartphone app upgraded for summer holidays

The Commission's free smartphone application for passenger rights has been upgraded just before the summer holidays to make it easy for all travellers to be informed about their rights in case something unexpected happens during their journey. Read Full Press Release

13th June 2014 - Taking consumer rights into the digital age: over 507 million citizens will benefit as of today

Good news for Europe's more than 507 million consumers: as of today, new EU legislation will bolster their rights throughout the European Union. The new EU Consumer Rights Directive, which has now entered into force, strengthens consumers' rights wherever and whenever they shop in Europe – online or on the high street. Read Full Press Release





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