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EU’s economic and social priorities for 2018


22.11.2017-Commission sets out EU’s economic and social priorities for the year ahead, gives policy recommendation for the euro area and completes the assessment of euro area Member States’ Draft Budgetary Plans. The 2018 European Semester cycle of economic, fiscal and social policy coordination starts against the backdrop of robust economic activity in the euro area [...]

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Moving agencies to Paris and Amsterdam

Pariz Amsterdam

20.11.2017-The EU 27 ministers selected Paris, France, as the new seat for the European Banking Authority (EBA). The selection took place in the margins of the General Affairs Council (Article 50), in accordance with the procedure endorsed by the EU 27 heads of State and Government on 22 June 2017. The European Banking Authority (EBA) [...]

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Signature of the EU funded projects

EFSA naložbeni sklad

15.11.2017- On the 16 November, European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will take part in the international investment conferences “New investment moment” in Ljubljana, where they will solemnly sign an agreement on two investment projects financed from the EFSI Fund in Slovenia. It is the first Slovene Infrastructure EFSI project between the EIB and DARS for [...]

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Lux prize known

LUX nominations

14.11.2017-The LUX Film Prize awards ceremony was be held on Tuesday, 14 November, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The winner is swedish-norvegian-danish coproduction, Amanda Kernell’s Sámi Blood. Other two finalist were Robin Campillo’s BPM (Beats Per Minute) and Valeska Grisebach’s Western.The ceremony will be part of a well-stocked programme that will include many other [...]

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Venezuela: EU adopts conclusions and targeted sanctions

Venezuela shanty towns

13.11.2017-The European Union (EU) recalls its Council conclusions of July 2016 and May 2017 and reaffirms that constructive dialogue and negotiation are the only sustainable way to address the current crisis and to respond to the pressing needs of the people of Venezuela. Therefore it stands ready to support a credible negotiation involving all relevant [...]

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Pre-accession support to Turkey


8.11.2017-Following the leaders’ debate on Turkeyat the October European Council, the College discussed the matter today. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations gave an overview of current pre-accession (IPA) support and the next steps to be taken. The Commission will act on the invitation of the European Council to present options [...]

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European Commission on Glyphosate


8.11.2017-The state of play and the next steps in the procedure of the renewal of the approval of glyphosate was on the College agenda today. The Commission is working towards reaching a decision which enjoys the broadest possible support by the Member States while ensuring a high level of protection of human health and the [...]

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EU unemployment rate


2.11.2017-The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9% in September 2017, down from 9.0% in August 2017 and from 9.9% in September 2016. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.5% in September 2017, stable compared to August 2017 and down from 8.4% [...]

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The Sakharov prize to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela


25.10.2017- The Sakharov prize was rewarded to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela: National Assembly (Julio Borges) and all Political Prisoners as listed by Foro Penal Venezolano represented by Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González. For the last several years, Venezuela has been in political crisis. The [...]

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Zero tolerance for sexual harassment and abuse

EP harassment

25.10.2017-Members strongly condemn any form of sexual violence and deplore the fact that these acts are too easily tolerated. Perpetrators must be punished, they add. During a debate about sexual harassment at the European Parliament on Wednesday, several MEPs held up ‘Me Too’ placards in the chamber in solidarity with victims and to demonstrate that [...]

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Proposal to protect whistle-blowers in the EU

Daphne Caruana Galizia

24.10.2017 – Committee on Legal Affairs of the EP Calls on the Commission, after carrying out an assessment of the appropriate legal base enabling the EU to take further action, to present before the end of this year a horizontal legislative proposal establishing a comprehensive common regulatory framework which will guarantee a high level of [...]

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Security Union – actions


18.10.2017 -As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects. The measures aim to address vulnerabilities exposed by recent [...]

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Socialna varnost za begince v Turčiji


16.10.2017 -The EU funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme has now reached one million refugees living in Turkey. Launched by the European Commission in September 2016, and implemented by the World Food Programme and the Turkish Red Crescent in collaboration with the Turkish government, the flagship programme is the largest ever humanitarian aid operation [...]

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RegioStars Awards

Regio awards 2

10.10.2017 – European Committee of the Regions  has announced the finalists for the 2017 edition of the RegioStars Awards, the yearly competition honoring Europe’s most inspiring and innovating regional projects supported by EU Cohesion Policy Funds. The 24 selected finalists come from regions and cities in 20 Member States and one neighbouring country: Austria, Belgium, [...]

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European Commission far-reaching reform of the EU VAT system

Moskovichi tax reform

4.10.2017-European Commission proposes far-reaching reform of the EU VAT system The European Commission has today launched plans for the biggest reform of EU VAT rules in a quarter of a century. The reboot would improve and modernize the system for governments and businesses alike. Overall, over€150 billion of the VAT is lost every year, meaning [...]

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