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21st October 2014 - European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for visually impaired persons

The Commission has today proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. Read Full Press Release

20 October 2014 - Employment: Progress Microfinance loans worth €182 million given to over 20,000 entrepreneurs for start-ups and expansion

More than 20,000 entrepreneurs have already benefited from loans and guarantees worth a total of €182 million under the European Progress Microfinance Facility, according to the latest European Commission report about the implementation of this financial instrument. In particular, the report finds that Progress Microfinance has significantly contributed to job creation, by enabling credit for unemployed or inactive people struggling to borrow money from financial institutions. Read Full Press Release

17th October 2014 - Fees and grants for students widely differ across Europe

Levels of student tuition fees, grants and loans continue to highlight stark differences across Europe, according to a report published today by the European Commission's Eurydice network. The report, covering 33 European countries, reveals that fee systems have remained relatively stable across the continent, despite some notable exceptions. Read Full Press Release

16th October 2014 - 100 European cities sign up to action on climate change

Today marks a major milestone for the European Commission's Mayors Adapt initiative, with 100 European cities now committed to take action to tackle climate change. European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard welcomed mayors from across Europe at an official signing ceremony pledging their commitment to the scheme. Read Full Press Release

14th October 2014 - Making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly – taking stock of achievements

Today, the Commission is taking stock of its efforts to make EU law lighter, simpler and less costly. Under the title "Smart Regulation in the EU – Building on a Strong Foundation" politicians, stakeholders and experts have been examining the achievements and persisting challenges in the field of smart regulation, administrative burden reduction and better implementation of EU legislation. Read Full Press Release

10th October 2014 - Choice of Court Convention: EU businesses receive a major boost for international trade

EU Justice Ministers today approved a decision ratifying the 2005 Choice of Court Agreements Convention. The Convention promotes trade by clarifying the rules governing international trade disputes, where the parties involved have chosen a competent court. Read Full Press Release

8th October 2014 - State aid: Commission concludes modified UK measures for Hinkley Point nuclear power plant are compatible with EU rules

The European Commission has found revised UK plans to subsidise the construction and operation of a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset to be in line with EU state aid rules. During the in-depth investigation (see IP/13/1277), the UK has agreed to significantly modify the terms of the project financing. Read Full Press Release

6th October 2014 -Transport: EU seeks out partners for joint rail research

The European Commission has today published a call for expressions of interest to become an associated member of the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking, the new public-private partnership that will invest just under €1 billion in research and innovation (2014-2020), to get more passengers and freight onto Europe's railways. Read Full Press Release

6th October 2014 - Operation REPLICA: 1.2 million counterfeit goods and 130 million cigarettes seized in EU-led operation

Over 1.2 million counterfeit goods and 130 million cigarettes were seized during an international joint customs operation coordinated by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF). The Operation, code-named REPLICA, targeted the import of counterfeit goods by sea. Under the coordination of OLAF, customs authorities carried out targeted physical or X-ray controls on several hundred selected containers.  Read Full Press Release

3rd October 2014 - Teachers' salaries start to increase in Europe

In 2013/2014, teachers saw their salaries increase in 16 European countries (BE, DK, DE, EE, FR, HR, LU, HU, MT, AT, SK, FI, UK, NO, MK, TR) compared with the previous school year, according to a Eurydicereport carried out for the European Commission. The rises were chiefly due to salary reforms and adjustments to the cost of living. Read Full Press Release

2nd October 2014 - EU provides new support to help migrants and victims of human trafficking

EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, has today announced a new project to promote and protect the rights of migrants moving between developing countries, worth over €10 million. The project focuses on two types of migrants: those who carry out domestic work in the recipient country (e.g. house-cleaning) and those who fall victim of human trafficking. Read Full Press Release

Selected press releases from previous months

26th September 2014 - Consumers: Commission improves safety of cosmetics

Today the Commission further strengthened the protection of consumers, in particular babies and young children. It adopted two measures restricting the use of three preservatives in cosmetic products. Read Full Press Release

26th September 2014 -  Keeping EU seaside communities safe from flooding

A room with a seaside view is a luxury for most. But when storms rage and waters rise, the same view can be terrifying. Two EU-funded projects are keeping people and their homes safe with the creation of an early warning system for coastal storms, and a system to help local authorities, builders and developers plan wisely Read Full Press Release

23rd September 2014 - Europe's top young scientists chosen in Warsaw

Finally, the wait was over. For the past week, the University of Warsaw library had been packed with promising young scientists. 110 researchers aged 14 to 20 presented their projects during an intense competition, in the hope of impressing an international jury. They were competing for honours in the 26th annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), which concluded with the awards ceremony today. Read Full Press Release

19th September 2014 - Better volcano forecasting boosted by EU funding

Volcanic eruptions are notoriously difficult to predict. With increased seismic activity at Iceland's Bįršarbunga volcano, and lava flowing at nearby Holuhraun, experts are carefully monitoring and analysing large amounts of data being collected from the area. Read Full Press Release

8th September 2014 - Almost all Europeans say protecting the environment is important to them

Three years on from the most recent similar Eurobarometer survey, it is clear that, despite the economic crisis, Europeans' concern about the environment has not diminished. In an overwhelming consensus, 95% of the 28.000 interviewed citizens said that protecting the environment is important to them personally and many think more can be done. Read Full Press Release

8th September 2014 - How can we make the EU a better place for SMEs? Commission seeks your views

What do small and medium sized enterprises in Europe need from future EU policy? This is the core question of a consultation the Commission launched today to help upgrade the EU's Small Business Act (SBA). The SBA - a wide-ranging set of measures designed to make life easier for small companies - has already proved to be a good basis for SME policy. Read Full Press Release

4th September 2014 - Innovative textiles to boost EU seaweed farming

Seaweed is an important but under-exploited resource for food and feed ingredients, biochemicals and the production of biofuels. But it has been difficult to harvest efficiently on a large scale. Until now. The EU-funded AT~SEA project has developed advanced textiles that give high yields from floating seaweed farms and allow easy, mechanised cultivation. Read Full Press Release

28th August 2014 - Faster, more accurate flood warnings through EU research

Timely flood alerts and real-time monitoring of flood emergencies can save lives and prevent damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. Imprints, WeSenseIt and UrbanFlood are just three examples of EU-funded projects that have developed unique forecasting and alert systems to warn communities of impending floods. 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 - 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


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