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  • The EU's response to the
    One of our student interns produced this well-written article about the ongoi...
    20 February 2017
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  • The importance of labour
    This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately c...
    20 February 2017
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  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re
    The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturall...
    29 December 2016
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  • A boost for the European
    The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to develop a strong space ...
    26 October 2016
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  • EU increasing support fo
    The EU has announced that it shall implement new aid programmes in the Latin ...
    26 October 2016
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  • Commission proposes EU c
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
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  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil
    A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the ...
    06 September 2016
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  • Variable attitudes towar
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
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  • Commission proposes 2018
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
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  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia
    The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Startin...
    30 August 2016
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  • Commission proposes fish
    The European Commission today tabled its proposal on fishing opportunities in...
    29 August 2016
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  • Towards better social st
    The Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to...
    24 August 2016
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The EU's response to the migrant crisis
20 February 2017
One of our student interns produced this well-written article about the ongoing migrant crisis and the solutions the EU has been implementing to alleviate the problem....
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The importance of labour mobility within the EU
20 February 2017
This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately conveys the advantages of labour mobility in the EU....
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Strengthened EU-Swiss Relations
29 December 2016
The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturally, politically, economically and geographically. ...
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A boost for the European space industry
26 October 2016
The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to develop a strong space sector in Europe. It has been announced that private companies shall be targeted so as to help them get access to emerging space-based technologies....
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EU increasing support for development in Latin America and the Caribbean
26 October 2016
The EU has announced that it shall implement new aid programmes in the Latin American and Caribbean regions, with a total fund allocation of €74 million....
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Commission proposes EU certification system for airport security equipment
07 September 2016
Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system for airport security equipment and to promote a more competitive EU security industry....
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VAT Gap: Nearly €160 billion lost in uncollected revenues in the EU in 2014
06 September 2016
A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the EU in 2014 according to the European Commission....
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Variable attitudes towards variable pay in Europe
01 September 2016
Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often unevenly distributed among different groups of workers; particularly benefitting men, highly-skilled and highly ranked workers. ...
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Commission proposes 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage
30 August 2016
The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural heritage in fostering a shared sense of history and identity....
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EU's 2017 budget: Parliament starts drawing up its position
30 August 2016
The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Starting this week parliamentary committees adopt their opinion on the budget....
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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2017
29 August 2016
The European Commission today tabled its proposal on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2017....
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Towards better social statistics for a social Europe
24 August 2016
The Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to collect and use data from social surveys....
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Statement by the High Representative on World Humanitarian Day 2016
19 August 2016
World Humanitarian Day marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives....
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Environment: 67% of Europeans want the EU to do more
19 August 2016
According to Eurobarometer 67% Europeans would like to the EU to do more on environmental protection....
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How Parliament is helping to keep Europe safe
12 August 2016
The migration crisis showed you can’t have a Schengen zone of free movement without strong external borders....
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EU collaboration strengthens safety monitoring of medicines
08 August 2016
European Commission publishes three-year report on implementation of pharmacovigilance legislation....
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Transparency in drug regulation
05 August 2016
Publication of assessment reports in Europe and Australia makes information on medicines more easily available....
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President Juncker consults the European Parliament on Sir Julian King
02 August 2016
Sir Julian King is the candidate to replace former Commissioner Lord Hill and on this basis, President Juncker has also announced intention to allocate the Security Union portfolio....
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Eurobarometer: Strong public support for Commission's political priorities
29 July 2016
Europeans see immigration and terrorism as the major challenges facing the EU at the moment, and they support the political priorities of the European Commission....
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Commission launches consultation on the Single Digital Gateway
27 July 2016
The Commission launched a public consultation on the Single Digital Gateway, an instrument that will provide user-friendly access to information, e-procedures and advice services....
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Breakdown of €8.5 billion investment in research and innovation in 2017
25 July 2016
The Commission updated the 2017 work programme of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation scheme, which will invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation next year....
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Work Programme update supports competitiveness through open science
25 July 2016
Spanning seven years (2014 to 2020) and working with a budget of €77 billion, Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation funding programme ever....
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Europe's transition to a low-carbon economy
20 July 2016
The Commission proposed binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States from 2021-2030....
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Europe 2020 Strategy-Positive developments since 2008
19 July 2016
Developments in in the EU on education, climate change and energy... but limited or no progress for employment, poverty and R&D....
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The reform of the Common European Asylum System
13 July 2016
The Commission has completed its comprehensive response in the field of migration and asylum, proposed a common EU Resettlement Framework....
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Council issues country-specific recommendations
12 July 2016
The Council issued recommendations on economic, employment and fiscal policies planned by the member states. ...
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The Commission sets out next steps to increase tax transparency and tackle tax abuse
05 July 2016
The Commission has set out the next steps to boost tax transparency in order to fight tax evasion and avoidance in the EU....
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ECB unveils new €50 banknote
05 July 2016
The new €50 banknote, which will enter into circulation on 4th April 2017....
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Commission signs agreement with industry on cybersecurity
05 July 2016
The Commission launched a new public-private partnership on cybersecurity that is expected to trigger €1.8 billion of investment by 2020. ...
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New opportunities for stakeholders to participate in the law-making process
01 July 2016
New online feedback tool launched as part of the Commission's new, user-centred web presence....
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New EU rules to fight insider dealing and market manipulation
01 July 2016
A revamped EU legal framework, applicable as of 3 July, will ensure more efficient, transparent and trustworthy European financial markets....
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Agreement on stricter limits for pollutant emissions
30 June 2016
Reaction of the Council and the Parliament on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants....
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New rules to better protect children in cross-border family proceedings
30 June 2016
The new rules will speed up the legal and administrative proceedings and ensure that the child's best interest is always taken into account....
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