euportal twitter euportal facebook

European Union’s trade network – the largest in the world

trade

14.10.2019 -Despite the difficult global economic climate, European companies have continued to make good use of the opportunities created by the European Union’s trade network – the largest in the world. In 2018 this network covered 31% of Europe’s trade exchanges, a figure that is set to rise significantly (to almost 40%) as more trade [...]

Read more

Strengthening Whistleblower protection in EU

whistleblowers 2

8.10.2019 – The Council of Ministers adopted today the directive on whistleblower protection at the Justice and Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg. The directive will guarantee a high level of protection for whistleblowers by establishing safe channels for reporting both within an organisation and to public authorities, setting EU-wide standards. It will also protect whistleblowers [...]

Read more

Deepening trade relations with Africa

Eastern Africa

2.10.2019 – The European Union has opened negotiations on deepening trade relations with five countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Zimbabwe. Exports of goods from the countries concerned to the EU have increased by almost a quarter since 2012, when the current EPA entered into force, reaching EUR 2.8 billion [...]

Read more

EU – Western Balkans Media Days

Western Balkans

13.9.2019 – At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation. This is part of the EU’s firm support to [...]

Read more

Commissioners proposals designate

EC logo

10.9.2019 – The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines. The Commission is structured around the objectives President-elect von der Leyen was elected on by the European Parliament. At the heart of our work is the need to address the changes in climate, technology and demography that are [...]

Read more

Agri – food export

ceoop circles 21 june 2019

5.9.2019 – In a report published today, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter of agri-food products, with EU exports reaching €138 billion in 2018. Agriculture products represent a solid share of 7% of the value of EU total goods exported in 2018, ranking fourth after machinery, other manufactured [...]

Read more

Commission extends anti-dumping on bicycles

Bycycles

29.8.2019 – The Commission decided  to extend for another 5 years the anti-dumping measures in place on imports of bicycles originating in China. Bicycles imported from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Cambodia, Pakistan and the Philippines are also covered by these measures after previous investigations found that Chinese bicycles were passing by these countries to [...]

Read more

Summit between EU and Ukraine

ukraina

8.7.2019 – The 21st bilateral summit between the European Union and Ukraine takes place in Kyiv this afternoon, with Ukraine’s progress in its reform path, supported by the European Union, high on the agenda. The summit will be the first since the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took office on 20 May, and follows [...]

Read more

Over €152 million for Africa

Africa Sahel

11.6.2019 – As countries in the Sahel continue to suffer from armed conflicts, climate change, and a food and nutrition crisis, the EU is providing €152.05 million to bring relief to people in need in the region. Combined with last year’s funding, humanitarian assistance to the Sahel has been supported with over €423 million in [...]

Read more

Three Seas Initiative in Slovenia

Pobuda treh morij

6.6.2019 – The summit of the  leaders called “The Three Seas Initiative” took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on the 5 and 6 June. The Three Seas Initiative is a flexible political platform at Presidential level, launched in 2015. The Initiative includes the 12 EU Member States located between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black seas: [...]

Read more

Protecting whistle-blowers in EU

whistleblowers 2

17.4.2019 -  The new rules, adopted with 591 votes in favour, 29 against and 33 abstentions and already agreed with EU ministers, lay down new, EU-wide standards to protect whistle-blowers revealing breaches of EU law in a wide range of areas including public procurement, financial services, money laundering, product and transport safety, nuclear safety, public [...]

Read more

EU and China step up their cooperation on environment, water and circular economy

EU China

1.4.2019 – From 1 to 3 April 2019, an EU delegation headed by EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella is visiting China to continue and deepen EU – China environmental bilateral relations. He will co-chair the 7th environmental dialogue and will initiate two new high-level dialogues on Water and Circular [...]

Read more

European Parliament’s vote in favour of the copyright reform

26.3.2019 – Today, the European Parliament voted in favor of the new Copyright Directive designed to bring tangible benefits to citizens, all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, and cultural heritage institutions. The Copyright Directive protects freedom of expression, a core value of the European Union. It sets strong safeguards for users, making clear that [...]

Read more

EC recommends common EU approach to the security of 5G networks

5G

26.3.2019 – Today the European Commission has recommended a set of operational steps and measures to ensure a high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU. Fifth generation (5G) networks will form the future backbone of our societies and economies, connecting billions of objects and systems, including in critical sectors such as energy, [...]

Read more

The final judgement in the Karadžić case

Karadjzic

25.3. 2019 – On the 20 March the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the IRMCT announced the  final judgement in the Karadžić case relating to some of the most tragic events in Europe’s recent history, involving war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.  Radovan Karadžić was sentenced to life imprisonment, increasing the [...]

Read more