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Communication on building a strong social Europe

poverty

14.1.2020 – The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area [...]

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Single online register of geographical indications

vino

10.1.2020 – The European Commission has set up a single ‘eAmbrosia’ online register, which collects all denominations protected by geographical indications – Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) – as well as Trademark Guaranteed Traditional Specialties (TSG). The products concerned, i. food, wine and spirits were previously collected in three different [...]

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Ban of pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl

pesticidi

10.1.2020 – Following today’s decision by the European Commission, the use of pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl will no longer be allowed on the European market. The Commission thus concluded that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that pesticides have adverse effects on human health, cause, in particular, damage to inherited material and have [...]

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New rules to boost consumer protection enter into force

consumers safety

7.1.2020 – Today, the Commission welcomes the entry into force of new EU rules for consumer protection, as part of the New Deal for Consumers. They aim to better enforce and modernise the current EU consumer protection rules, in line with digital developments. The new rules will ensure, among others, greater transparency of online marketplaces: [...]

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Evropski prestolnici kulture 2020

Rijeka

1.1.2020 – As of 1 January 2020, Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year. Rijeka is the first Croatian European Capital of Culture bringing it international visibility, which will extend to the rest of the Western Balkan region. ‘Port of Diversity’ will be the motto, [...]

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Provisional agreement of drinking water and the access to it

Ljubljana božič

19.1.2.2019 – The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council yesterday in Strasbourg on the recast Drinking Water Directive. The agreement is based on the proposal adopted by the Commission in February 2018, as a direct follow-up to the Right2Water European Citizens’ Initiative. It aims to improve the quality [...]

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Parlameter: Respect for human rights on top

human trafficking

10.12. 2019 – A few months after the European Elections, Parliament’s autumn Eurobarometer survey, the Parlemeter 2019, shows citizens’ support for membership in the European Union settling on a high level. Nearly six in ten Europeans continue to be in favour of their country’s EU membership. In addition, the 2019 European elections have contributed positively [...]

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We need an EU strategy in social and affordable housing, says EESC

Bukarešta

6.12.2019 – The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) calls for more robust EU housing policies and, at a public conference held in Brussels on 4 December 2019, has asked the EU to adopt urgent common measures in this field: housing policies at European level must make affordable houses available for all Europeans. The European Union [...]

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Commission awards more than €278 million to 75 start-ups and SMEs

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5.12.2019 – Seventy-five promising start-ups and SMEs have been selected in the largest funding round so far under the pilot phase of the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator. As a major novelty, 39 of these companies are set to receive both a grant and a direct equity investment. Among the companies selected is Hiberband, who [...]

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European Border and Coast Guard Agency reinforced

Frontex

4.12.2019 – Today, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency’s reinforced mandate enters into force, giving it the operational capacity and powers needed to effectively support the 115,000 Member States’ officers on the ground. Starting from January 2021, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be equipped with its own standing corps of border [...]

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Europe Direct – Contact Centre

europe direct

3.12.2019 – The 100 000th question was asked by Ms Isabel Zunino from Barcelona, who is visiting the Europe Direct Contact Centre today and meeting the Commission’s Director-General for Communication, Ms Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen. Ms. Zunino works for a food delivery company and was interested in knowing more about the EU rules on single-use plastics. The [...]

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Victims were University of Cambridge graduates

London Bridge attack

2.12.2019 – Both the victims killed in a terror attack near London Bridge were University of Cambridge graduates, London’s Metropolitan Police said Sunday. Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were both involved with Learning Together, a network of academics and criminal justice organizations, which was hosting an event at Fishmonger’s Hall where the attack [...]

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Approval of the European Commission 2019-2024 |

ursula van den lyden

27.11.2019 – Today MEPs at a plenary session in Strasbourg confirmed the mandate of the new European Commission. Ursula von der Leyen, who represented the College of Commissioners, thus became the first female President of the European Commission. Among the main challenges mentioned by von der Leyen are the promotion of European values, climate change, [...]

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International day for the elimination of violence against women

international day violence women

22.11.2019 – 25 November is dedicated against the violence against women and girls. Violence is still regrettably under-reported: only about a third of women who are physically or sexually abused by their partners contact the authorities. In addition, complaints are not systematically recorded, and the data is not easily comparable between EU countries. Accurate data [...]

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EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force

EU singapore agreement

21.11.2019 – With the  entry into force of the agreement, Singapore will now: 1. remove all remaining tariffs on EU products;2. provide new opportunities for EU services’ providers, among others in sectors such as telecommunications, environmental services, engineering, computing and maritime transport. It will also make the business environment more predictable; 3.provide legal protection for [...]

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