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17th November 2014 - EU boosts anti-Ebola aid after Commissioners' mission to worst-hit countries
The European Union is continuing to scale up its response to the Ebola epidemic as its Coordinator for the emergency, Commissioner Christos Stylianides together with Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health, return from a four-day mission to the affected countries. Read Full Press Release
12th November 2014 - Towards a work programme for a new start for Europe
The Juncker Commission is committed to restoring citizens' confidence by demonstrating that the EU can deliver for them on the big challenges facing European economies and societies. That starts with setting the right priorities for the 2015 Commission Work Programme. Read Full Press Release
10th November 2014- Antitrust: Commission welcomes Council adoption of Directive on antitrust damages actions
The European Commission welcomes today's formal adoption by the EU Council of Ministers of a Commission proposal for a Directive on antitrust damages actions. The Directive will help citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of EU antitrust rules, such as cartels or abuses of dominant market positions. Read Full Press Release
7th November 2014 - The EU at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia Supporting global recovery
On 15 and 16 November 2014, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will participate in the 9th edition of the G20 summit in the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia. Read Full Press Release
1st November 2014 - Juncker Commission takes office
Today the Juncker Commission is officially starting its term of office that will run until 31 October 2019.
On this occasion, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Thanks to the democratic support of European citizens, the European Parliament and Heads of State and government, today the new Commission takes office. Now it's time to roll up the sleeves and get down to work. Europe's challenges cannot wait. As of today, my team and I will work hard to deliver Europe the new start we have promised. Together with a strong and experienced team I look forward to deliver for Europe during the next five years." Read Full Press Release
Selected press releases from previous months
28th October 2014 - Meet Poppy, the open-source, 3D-printed robot set to inspire innovation in classrooms
Meet Poppy, the first completely open-source, 3D printed, humanoid robot (@poppy_project). Poppy is a robot that anybody can build and program. That means it's not just a tool for scientists and engineers: the team of developers aims to make it part of... Read Full Press Release
28th October 2014 - Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2015
The European Commission has today proposed fishing opportunities for 2015 for the Atlantic and the North Sea. This is the annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen from the main commercial fish stocks next year... Read Full Press Release
28thOctober 2014 - EU gears up for 2030 with more emissions reductions
The Commission, assisted by the European Environment Agency, today releases its annual Progress Report assessing the headway on climate action. According to latest estimates, EU greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 fell by 1.8% compared to 2012 and reached the lowest levels since... Read Full Press Release
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
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
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
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
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
To view topics that the European Commission is currently consulting EU citizens about and to use "Your Voice in Europe" then please visit European Commission current consultations.
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