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Communication on building a strong social Europe

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14.1.2020 – The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area [...]

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Single online register of geographical indications

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10.1.2020 – The European Commission has set up a single ‘eAmbrosia’ online register, which collects all denominations protected by geographical indications – Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) – as well as Trademark Guaranteed Traditional Specialties (TSG). The products concerned, i. food, wine and spirits were previously collected in three different [...]

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Ban of pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl

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10.1.2020 – Following today’s decision by the European Commission, the use of pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl will no longer be allowed on the European market. The Commission thus concluded that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that pesticides have adverse effects on human health, cause, in particular, damage to inherited material and have [...]

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New rules to boost consumer protection enter into force

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7.1.2020 – Today, the Commission welcomes the entry into force of new EU rules for consumer protection, as part of the New Deal for Consumers. They aim to better enforce and modernise the current EU consumer protection rules, in line with digital developments. The new rules will ensure, among others, greater transparency of online marketplaces: [...]

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Evropski prestolnici kulture 2020

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1.1.2020 – As of 1 January 2020, Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) will hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year. Rijeka is the first Croatian European Capital of Culture bringing it international visibility, which will extend to the rest of the Western Balkan region. ‘Port of Diversity’ will be the motto, [...]

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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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EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force

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21.11.2019 – With the  entry into force of the agreement, Singapore will now: 1. remove all remaining tariffs on EU products;2. provide new opportunities for EU services’ providers, among others in sectors such as telecommunications, environmental services, engineering, computing and maritime transport. It will also make the business environment more predictable; 3.provide legal protection for [...]

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Agreement on EU budget for 2020

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19.11.2019 – Today, the three EU institutions agreed on the EU’s budget for 2020. This will allow the EU to focus its resources on the priorities that matter to citizens: climate change, jobs, young people, security and solidarity in the EU. Next year’s budget will also prepare the transition to the next budgetary cycle as [...]

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Film reward LUX 2019

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11.11.2019 – The three films are the finalists for this year’s LUX, Spanish, Danish and Nothern Macedonia are the finalists of 2019 competition. The films selected for the LUX FILM PRIZE competition raise awareness about some of today’s main social and political issues and, as a result, help to build a stronger European identity. By [...]

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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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Wine Observatory

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4.11.2019 -Today, at the initiative of the European Commission, the Wine Observatory started operating. The new platform will provide analysis and greater transparency of prices, production and trade for this important sector of European agriculture. The European Union is the world’s largest wine producer, accounting for 65% of world production. It exports to the world [...]

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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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Bosnia and Herzegovina: additional €2 million in humanitarian aid

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24.10.2019 – With winter approaching and thousands of migrants and refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina living outside of adequate facilities, the European Commission has today announced an additional €2 million in humanitarian aid. This brings EU humanitarian aid in the country to €5.8 million since 2018. Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, [...]

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