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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

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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

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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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Commission adopts Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans

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20.11.2019 – The European Commission has today presented its Opinions on euro area Member States’ 2020 Draft Budgetary Plans, taken steps under the Stability and Growth Pact and adopted the fourth Enhanced Surveillance Report for Greece.Since July this year and for the first time since 2002, no euro area Member State is under the Excessive [...]

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Results of initiative supporting regions in industrial transition

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14.11.2019 – The Commission presents the first results of an initiative launched a year ago to support 10 EU regions and two Member States in industrial transition.They applied to receive Commission support and expertise in achieving industrial transition and designing development strategies based on their areas of competitive strength – their so-called ‘smart specialisation‘ assets.Over [...]

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“Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe” 2019 report

Marianne Thyssen, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, participates in the Employment and Social Developments in Europe review (ESDE) conference on intergenerational fairness and solidarity.

8.11.2019 – The European Commission has published the 2019 edition of the report “Labour Market and Wage Developments in Europe” confirming that the European labour market has so far proven to be resilient to the weakening of the economy.Standing at 241 million, the number of people employed in the EU is at its highest level [...]

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EU – China landmark agreement to protect Geographical Indications

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6.11.2019- Today, the EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation. This landmark agreement is expected to result in reciprocal trade benefits and demand for high-quality products on both sides. Delivering on the [...]

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Juvenes Translatores – a competition reward for the best young translators in the EU

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29.10.2019 – Learning languages will bring EU closer and help us understand each other’s cultures.  Studies show the ever-growing need for translation and translators in Europe. It’s useful for language students to be prepared for this! Juvenes Translatores raises awareness of the importance of translation skills and the need to reassess translation — as a [...]

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Croatia not in Schengen as yet

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22.10.2019 – The Commission is today reporting on Croatia’s progress in meeting the necessary conditions to join the Schengen area. The European Commission considers that, based on the results of the Schengen evaluation process initiated in 2016, Croatia has taken the measures needed to ensure that the necessary conditions for the full application of the [...]

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Acquisition of the Slovene companies

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21.10.2019 – The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Autocommerce d.o.o, Avto Triglav d.o.o and AC-Mobil d.o.o, all of Slovenia, by the Emil Frey Group of Switzerland. Autocommerce, Avto Triglav and AC-Mobil are active in the motor vehicles distribution market in Slovenia. Avto Triglav is also active in the [...]

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

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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 [...]

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October’s infringement report

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10.10.2019 – In today’s regular monthly set of infringement decisions, the European Commission is initiating or continuing proceedings against Member States that have not properly fulfilled their obligations under EU law. Multi-sectoral decisions should ensure that EU law is properly applied to the benefit of citizens and businesses. In addition, the Commission is closing 120 [...]

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National risks assessments on G5

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9.10.2019 – Following the Commission Recommendation for a common European approach to the security of 5G networks, 24 EU Member States have now completed the first step and submitted national risk assessments. These assessments will feed into the next phase, a EU-wide risk assessment which will be completed by 1 October. Commissioner for the Security Union, [...]

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Cultural monitor

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8.10.2019 – Today, the European Commission released the second edition of its Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor, a tool designed to benchmark and boost the creative and cultural potential of European cities, which is vital to driving economic growth and social cohesion. After the success of the first edition in 2017, the 2019 release presents [...]

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Loan of 53 million euro to the Slovenian electric companies

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16.9. 2019 – Slovenian electric companies have recieved  53 million, a loan from EIB. The programme will allow each promoter to maintain or improve the reliability and quality standards of electricity supply, as well as connect new users including distributed renewable generation.. More: here Source: EC Press

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