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Inflation in EU


According to Eurostat, the HICP inflation at the annual level in the euro area in March 2017 in comparism to February, was down from 2.0% to 1.5%. The annual inflation rate in March compared to February decreased by 2.0% to 1.6%. Compared with February 2017, annual inflation fell in seventeen Member States, in six and [...]

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Less democracy in Turkey


Hours after the referendum result, Statistics Institute figures showed the unemployment rate reached 13 percent in the three months to February, from 11.1 percent a year earlier. The non-farm jobless rate rose to 15.3 percent and youth unemployment surged to 24.5 percent from 19.2. The overall message: “Erdoğan got what he wanted … but he [...]

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Commission worry over migrants in Hungary

consilium boAT 2017

At the initiative of President Jean-Claude Juncker, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans led a debate on 12 april 2017 in the College of Commissioners on recent developments in Hungary which have widely raised concerns about compatibility with EU law and the common values on which the Union is based. The College discussed the Hungarian Higher Education [...]

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Bank On Nature


The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced on 7 April 2017 the first loan agreement backed by the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF), a financing partnership between the Commission and the EIB supporting nature and climate adaptation projects through tailored loans and investments, backed by an EU guarantee. Today’s agreement will see [...]

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Stockholm attack

Man believed to be suspected of planning terror crimes in Sweden

The suspected attacker, who killed four people by ramming a truck into pedestrians in Stockholm Friday, was an asylum seeker facing deportation, who had expressed sympathy for the Islamic State, Swedish police said Sunday. In a press conference, police said that the suspected driver of the truck, a 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan, had sought and [...]

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Systematic checks crossing external Schengen borders

Schengen checks

As of 7 April 2017, Member States are obliged to carry out systematic checks against relevant databases on EU citizens who are crossing the EU’s external borders, in addition to the systematic checks already being carried out on all third-country nationals entering the Schengen zone. Proposed by the Commission in a direct response to the [...]

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European Commission to invest €8.9 million in 184 innovative businesses


84 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 28 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. The funding is provided under Phase 1 of the instrument, which means that each project will receive €50 000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market. [...]

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Commission prohibits HeidelbergCement and Schwenk’s proposed takeover of Cemex Croatia


The European Commission has on the 6. april 2017 prohibited the proposed takeover of Cemex Croatia by HeidelbergCement and Schwenk under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission had serious concerns that the takeover would have reduced competition in the Croatian markets for grey cement currently served by Cemex’s cement plants in Split. This would have [...]

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Commission launches video contest for young people

Photo: David van der Mark

In the context of the broad debate launched by the Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe, young Europeans are being invited to look ahead at how Europe can reach its full digital potential. The Commission’ video contest Digital Tomorrow invites young people between the ages of 16 and 25, who live in the [...]

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Reform of the EU Cohesion Policy


One of the key elements of the Cohesion Policy reform for 2014-20 was the introduction of preconditions for Member States to receive money from the European Structural and Investment Funds. A first assessment published today shows that this additional step has a high value, and that the preconditions proved to be a powerful incentive for [...]

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Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the UK notification

Brexit tusk

“So, here it is, six pages: the notification from Prime Minister Theresa May, triggering Article 50 and formally starting the negotiations of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. There is no reason to pretend that this is a happy day, neither in Brussels, nor in London. After all, most Europeans, including almost half [...]

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‘Minority Safepack’ European Citizens’ Initiative


The European Commission decided on 29.3. 2017 to register a European Citizens’ Initiative inviting the Commission “to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities and strengthen cultural and linguistic diversity in the Union”. The registration of this Initiative on 3 April 2017 will start a one-year process of collection of signatures [...]

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Commission gives a boost to youth mobility in Europe


The European Commission presented on March 27 an initiative under the Erasmus+ programme which further supports learning and mobility of young Europeans. The European Commission presented today an initiative under the Erasmus+ programme which further supports learning and mobility of young Europeans. Called “Move2Learn, Learn2Move“, it will enable at least 5,000 young citizens to travel [...]

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The Treaties of Rome at 60

60 Rome treaties

The Treaties of Rome – signed by the six founding Member States – paved the way for the European Union that we know today: a reunited continent of peace, founded on the values of solidarity, democracy and the rule of law. Its Single Market ensures freedom of choice and movement, economic growth and prosperity for [...]

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Terrorist attacks in London

London attact

Statement by European Commission President Juncker on the London attacks  : “My thoughts are with London tonight, with the families of the victims, with the commuters travelling home, with the people across the country and the world trying to get in touch with their loved ones, with the emergency services working courageously tonight, as every [...]

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