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State of the asylum applications in the EU


18.6.2017 – New figures published today by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) show the trend of significant decreased asylum applications has continued in 2018. During the first four months of 2018, 197,000 persons asked for asylum in the EU, Norway and Switzerland, a lower level than during the same period in each of the [...]

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European Commission releases common testing methodology

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14.6.2018 – The European Commission has just released a new common methodology for comparing the quality of food products across the EU.The Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s Science and Knowledge service, has developed a common methodology to allow national consumer authorities to carry out tests comparing the composition and characteristics of food products [...]

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EU to fight Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo


11.6.2018 – The European Commission will provide €1.8 million in humanitarian aid to support the ongoing response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The funding brings the total EU response to Ebola so far in 2018 to € 3.43 million. “Since the current Ebola outbreak was declared on 8 May 2018, [...]

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Boosting cooperation between tax and customs authorities

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8.6.2018 – For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission is proposing measures to make tax and customs cooperation between Member States better and more efficient. Continued funding of these programmes will help the EU to progress inoffering businesses unfettered and easy access to the EU’s Single Market so that trade can flourish, protect [...]

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The winner of the European Citizenship Award 2018


7.6.2018 – The European Parliament today announced the winner of the European Citizenship Award for 2018. The award was given to the Slovenian Beekeeper Association for the initiative to declare the World Bee Day and promoting international cooperation and European integration in the implementation of this initiative. The European Beekeepers’ Association was nominated by all [...]

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June infringements package

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7.6. 2018 -In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission (‘Commission’) is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. [...]

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Strengthening Europol’s cooperation to fight terrorism and organised crime


5.6.2018 – Yesterday, the Council approved the Commission’s proposal to strengthen Europol’s cooperation with third countries and fight terrorism and other serious transnational crime more effectively – an important deliverable under the anti-terrorism package presented by the Commission in October 2017. The negotiating mandates approved by the Council will allow the Commission to start talks [...]

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EU budget: Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020

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29.5.2018 – For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to modernise Cohesion Policy, the EU’s main investment policy and one of its most concrete expressions of solidarity. The EU’s economy is bouncing back, but additional investment efforts are needed to tackle persistent gaps between and within Member States. With a budget of [...]

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New EU-wide rules to target the single-use plastic products

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28.5.2018- With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items. [...]

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The entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation


25.5. 2018 – As for the today the Regulation on the General Data Protection is in force in the EU. It also applies to e -mail data.                            Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “Europe’s new data protection rules will be a reality tomorrow. Europeans’ privacy will be better protected and companies benefit [...]

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Country-specific recommendations

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23.5. 2018 – The European Commission presents today the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance forMember States for the next 12 to 18 months. Europe’s economy is growing at its fastest pace in a decade, with record employment, recovering investment and improved public finances. According to the Commission’s 2018 Spring forecast, [...]

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Misleading practices revealed


18.5.2018- Today, the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities published the results of an EU-wide screening of 207 websites offering fixed/mobile phone, internet, audio and video streaming services. The screening reveals that 163 of these websites could be infringing EU consumer law. Some of the most common issues identified are the advertisement of allegedly [...]

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Upgrade of the Visa Information System


16.5.2018 – The Commission is today proposing to upgrade the Visa Information System (VIS), the database containing information on persons applying for Schengen visas, in order to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU’s external border management. The proposed changes will allow for more thorough background checks on visa applicants; [...]

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The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for the Cultural Heritage

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15 May 2018 – The winners of the 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were announced today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, the leading European heritage network. The 29 laureates from 17 countries have been recognised for their impressive accomplishments in conservation, research, [...]

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Comparism between the minimum wages in the EU

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10.5.2018 – Increases in minimum wages have gathered pace since 2010, with the highest increases recorded in countries which had the lowest minimum wages. However, a large gap remains with minimum wage workers in Bulgaria, the country with the lowest statutory minimum wage, earning just one-eighth the salary of minimum wages workers in Luxembourg, which [...]

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