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Future of Europe
Which of the 5 scenarios proposed would you choose?
  • Carrying On
  • Nothing but the Single Market
  • Those Who Want More Do More
  • Doing Less More Efficiently
  • Doing Much More Together
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  • Creative Europe Project
    The Department of Haute-Loire is looking for three European partners to parti...
    25 August 2017
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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • White paper on the futur
    White paper on the future of Europe...
    27 July 2017
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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • 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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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The importance of labour
    This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately c...
    20 February 2017
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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re
    The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturall...
    29 December 2016
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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • 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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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • 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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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes EU c
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • 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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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Variable attitudes towar
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • 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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    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes 2018
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
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    Europe Direct Valletta
What the EU does?  


The EU acts in a wide range of policy areas where its action is beneficial to the Member States. The Union funds these policies through an annual budget which enables it to complement and add value to action taken by national Governments. 


The European Union’s activities impact on the day-to-day life of its citizens by addressing the real challenges facing society:


Innovation Policies 


  1. Environment and sustainable developments:

    In terms of environment and sustainable development, the EU aims to help prevent climate change by seriously reducing its greenhouse gas emission. The EU has a target to cut emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels, raise energy share of the market to 20% and cut energy consumption by 20%. The EU also managed to convince other major super powers to work in the same direction.

    The EU is also tackling a wide range of other environmental issues including noise, waste, exhaust gases, chemicals, industrial accidents and the cleanliness of bathing water.


  2. Technological Innovation:

    The EU rightly saw that Europe’s future prosperity would depend on its ability to remain a world leader in technology. The EU's goal is to spend 3% of its GDP on research, mostly spent in areas like health, food and agriculture, ICT, energy, environment, transport, security, etc.


Solidarity polices


The EU’s solidarity polices are designed to help underdeveloped regions and troubled sectors of the economy, to mitigate market imbalances. European Union funds are used to boost development in regions lagging behind, to rejuvenate industrial areas in decline and to help young people to find work. The funds are known as “Structural Funds”, which top up or stimulate investments by the private sector and by national and regional governments.


Common Agricultural and Fisheries Policies


From 2013 onwards the European Commission wants the CAP to give priority to making European agriculture sustainable, giving farmers sufficient protection from volatile markets, preserving biodiversity and protecting local and regional speciality products. 

The EU has also begun reforming its fisheries policy. The main aim here is to preserve stocks of fish (such as the endangered blufin tuna) and to reduce the overcapacity of fishing fleets while providing financial assistance for people who leave the fishing industry.

The social dimension


The aim of the EU’social policy is to correct the most glaring inequalities in European society. The European Social Fund (ESF) was established in 1961 to promote job creation and help workers move from one type of work and\or one geographical area to another. 

This goes hand in hand with legislation that guarantees a solid set of minimum rights. Some of these rights are enshrined in the Treaties, eg the rights of women and men to equal pay and equal work. Others in directives concerning the protection of workers and essential safety standards. The Charter of Basic Social Rights sets out the rights that all workers in the EU should enjoy: free movement; fair pay; improved working conditions, social protection, protection for children etc.


Who does what?


There are some areas which are of the sole competence of the EU such as a customs union and the monetary policy for countries using the euro, other areas of sole competence of the Member States such as tourism, civil protection and education, and others areas where the competences are shared, these include: the single market, social policy, environment, consumer protection and energy amongst others.

  • Creative Europe Project ...
    The Department of Haute-Loire is looking for three European partners to parti...
    25 August 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • White paper on the futur...
    White paper on the future of Europe...
    27 July 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The EU's response to the...
    One of our student interns produced this well-written article about the ongoi...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The importance of labour...
    This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately c...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re...
    The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturall...
    29 December 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • A boost for the European...
    The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to develop a strong space ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU increasing support fo...
    The EU has announced that it shall implement new aid programmes in the Latin ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes EU c...
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil...
    A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the ...
    06 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Variable attitudes towar...
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia...
    The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Startin...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes 2018...
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
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