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Presidental elections in Austria

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Norbert Hofer lost to former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen, who had put the June Brexit referendum at the center of his campaign. Hofer, of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO), was seeking to become Europe’s first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two but conceded defeat soon after polls [...]

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Agreement on the Road charging in Germany

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In the margins of the Transport Council held on 30 November 2016 in Brussels, EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, met with the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt.  After years of discussions between the Commission and the German authorities, both parties agreed on a solution to put an end to [...]

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European Defence Fund

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The European Commission proposes on 30. November 2016, the European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens’ security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient [...]

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Aditional money for the farmers

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European farmers eligible for direct payments will receive as from 1 December 2016 an additional €435 million amounting to the unused crisis reserve. Since the 2013 CAP reform, a relevant amount is deducted every year from farmers’ direct payments in order to create a yearly agricultural crisis reserve. It can be mobilised, where the annual [...]

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Digitalisation of the transport in EU

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The aims of the EU harmoniztion of the transport is to increase efficiency, sustainability , safety, social inclusion and offer business opportunities.  Coordinated EU action is much needed for the implementation of the digitalization of the transport in the EU. The Commission’s transport Strategy Plan is to stimulate the use of digital technologies of the [...]

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EU priorities 2017

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Commission sets EU’s economic and social priorities for the year ahead, confirms the need to move towards a more positive fiscal stance for the euro area, and completes assessment of euro area Member States’ Draft Budgetary Plans The Commission today sets out its views on the EU’s economic and social priorities for the year ahead, [...]

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Marrakech climate conference

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The Marrakech climate conference concluded on 19 November 2016 with concrete results to put the Paris Agreement on climate change into action. Almost 200 countries met in Morocco for the annual UN gathering, against the backdrop of the rapid ratification and entry into force of the landmark deal. The Paris Agreement became international law on [...]

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EU launched four new satelites

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With the successful launch of four Galileo satellites on November 17 2016, the Galileo constellation now has 18 satellites in orbit out of the minimum 24 needed for worldwide coverage. This is the first time that a European launcher, Ariane-5, was used for Galileo. The new satellites will now accelerate the deployment of Europe’s own [...]

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Presidents Tusk and Juncker congratulate Donald Trump

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We extend our sincere congratulations on your election as the 45th President of the United States of America. The strategic partnership between the European Union and the United States is rooted in our shared values of freedom, human rights, democracy and a belief in the market economy. Over the years, the European Union and the [...]

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European Pillar of Social Rights – take part in the survey

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In March 2016 the European Commission presented a first, preliminary outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights announced by President Juncker in September last year and launches a broad public consultation to gather views and feedback from other European institutions, national authorities and parliaments, social partners, stakeholders, civil society, experts from academia and citizens. [...]

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Euro area unemployment at 10.0%-EU28 at 8.5%

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The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in September 2016, stable compared to August 2016 and down from 10.6% in September 2015. This is the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since June 2011. The EU28 unemployment rate was 8.5% in September 2016, stable compared to August 2016 and down from 9.2% [...]

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CETA adpoted by the Council

Canada's PM Trudeau poses with EU Council President Tusk and EC President Juncker before signing the CETA at the European Council in Brussels

On 28 October 2016, the Council adopted by written procedure a package of decisions on the comprehensive economic and trade agreement with Canada (CETA), including: a decision on signature of the agreement a decision on the provisional application of the agreement a decision to request the consent of the European Parliament for the conclusion of [...]

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CETA at risk after the Wallon parliament vote

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Completing the so-called CETA pact with Canada has become a top priority for EU trade advocates determined to salvage a success as negotiations for a separate, highly-touted deal with the US have become bogged down. EU trade ministers hoped to sign the deal on Tuesday, but the outcome is in doubt after the Walloon parliament [...]

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EU – US agreement to foster research cooperation

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The European Commission and the US Government signed an agreement on the 17 October 2016, which will enable European and American researchers to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Bright ideas should know no boundaries, [...]

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Highest poverty rate in Bulgaria, lowest in Czech Republic

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In 2015, around 119 million people, or 23.7% of the population, in the European Union (EU)were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity.After [...]

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