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The Treaties of Rome at 60

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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

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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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Income inequalities and employment patterns in Europe before and after the Great Recession

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This report addresses growing concerns about income inequalities in academic and policy debates by offering a comprehensive study of income inequalities during the years of the Great Recession starting in 2008–2009 (income data relating to 2004–2013). It has the twofold objective of adopting an EU-wide perspective and providing an updated picture of inequalities across different [...]

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EU birth rate

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According to data from the Eurostat, in the European Union 2015 were born more than 5.1 million children. Among the Member States  the most births were recorded in France (799,700), followed by the United Kingdom (776,700), Germany (737,600), Italy (485,800), Spain (418 400) and Poland (369,300). In Slovenia, according to Eurostat, in 2015 20,641 children [...]

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The EU in 2016


Do you want to know what progress the EU made in delivering on its priorities in 2016? And how the EU citizens benefited from the Union? Today the European Commission published the 2016 edition of the General Report on the activities of the European Union. The General Report complements the White Paper on the future [...]

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European Council conclusions

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Meeting at the European Council, leaders noted that for the first time in almost a decade, all 28 economies are expected to grow over the next 2 years. They agreed that this good outlook needs to be sustained by continued structural reform efforts and determined action to complete the single market. Leaders also underlined trade [...]

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Pomoč pri globalizacijskih vplivih


Ten years ago, the European Globalisation adjustment Fund (EGF) began its operations. The fund is a practical demonstration of European solidarity, as it gives financial support to Member States to help workers and companies to adjust in response to changing patterns of trade. Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: [...]

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Focus on new priorities 2014-2020

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On 7 March 2017, the Council agreed to adjust the EU’s multi-annual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020 to bring it in line with new priorities. The agreed changes reinforce the EU’s support for tackling the migration crisis, strengthening security, boosting growth and creating jobs. They will allow the EU to respond more easily to unexpected [...]

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More democracy in the EU

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As of 1 March, the Commission has put in place a new web presence for citizens and stakeholders to have their say throughout the policy-making cycle. Following commitments made in the Better Regulation Agenda, the Commission has now transitioned to a single web portal where feedback is collected on all new initiatives from the initial [...]

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Record level of agri – food exports from EU


The annual value of EU agri-food exports in 2016 reached a new record level with total exports reaching €130.7 billion, up €1.7 billion on 2015. The biggest increases in annual exports were to the USA (up €1.26 billion) and China (up €1.06 billion). At the same time, the value of EU agri-food imports went down [...]

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EP voted for CETA


The European Parliament voted on the 15 February in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada, concluding the ratification process of this deal at the EU level. CETA creates new opportunities for EU companies. It will save EU businesses over €500 million a year currently paid in tariffs [...]

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Proposed changes in the Comitology Regulation

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The Commission proposed on the 14 February to amend the Comitology Regulation, increasing transparency and accountability in the procedures for implementation of EU legislation. The Commission is delivering on President Juncker’s pledge in his State of the Union Speech in September 2016 when he stated :  “It is not right that when EU countries cannot [...]

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Winter 2017 Economic Forecast: Navigating through choppy waters


In its Winter Forecast released today, the European Commission expects euro area GDP growth of 1.6% in 2017 and 1.8% in 2018. This is slightly revised up from the Autumn Forecast (2017: 1.5%, 2018: 1.7%) on the back of better-than-expected performance in the second half of 2016 and a rather robust start into 2017. GDP [...]

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EC report on migrants relocation and resettlement

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Today, 8.2. 2017 the Commission adopted its ninth progress report on the EU’s emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken since 8 December 2016. During the reporting period, Member States have continued to increase their efforts on resettlement offering legal and safe pathways to 13,968 people so far. Regarding relocation, the overall positive trend [...]

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Aid to Bolgaria and Greece tackling migration crisis


The European Commission has decided on the 7.2. 2017 to award an additional €3.9 million in emergency funding to Greece under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to help improve reception conditions for migrants on the Greek islands. This is to further support EU financed actions carried out by the Ministry of Defence to provide catering, [...]

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