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Youth employment: the EU measures to make it work

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

More young people became unemployed in the wake of the economic crisis. Find out the EU measures to help them and the improvements proposed by Parliament. Young people were amongst the hardest hit by the economic and financial crisis. The unemployment rate of people aged 15-24 years in the EU increased from 15% in 2008 […]

More flexibility on VAT rates for Member States

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Commission proposes new rules to give Member States more flexibility to set VAT rates and to create a better tax environment to help SMEs flourish The EU’s common VAT rules, agreed by all Member States in 1992, are out of date and too restrictive. They allow Member States to apply reduced VAT rates to […]

Ideal of creating a better future still inspires the EU, says Irish Taoiseach

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

First in a series of debates between EU leaders and MEPs on Europe’s future MEPs welcome Taoiseach’s call for a more democratic Union What has been promised in Brexit negotiations must be delivered The Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland Leo Varadkar kicked off a series of Future of Europe debates between EU leaders and MEPs […]

Future of Learning Package

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The Commission proposes new measures to boost key competences and digital skills, as well as the European dimension of education Τhe European Commission has today adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens and to promote common values and pupils’ awareness of the functioning of the European Union. The new […]

Clean energy: the EU’s push for renewables and energy efficiency

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Fighting climate change continues to be one of the EU’s priorities. Find out how MEPs want to boost energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. In 2016 the European Commission presented a set of clean energy proposals aimed to help fight climate change, as well as reduce the EU’s dependency on fossil fuel imports and […]


Thursday, January 11th, 2018

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published today a list of those trading venues for which a temporary exemption from the open access provisions under 36(5) of the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) exists. While MiFIR allows firms to freely choose where to trade and clear their products, which both CCPs and trading venues […]

Commission proposes to invest EUR 1 billion in world-class European supercomputers

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Brussels, 11 January 2018 The European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure. Supercomputers are needed to process ever larger amounts of data and bring benefits tothe society in many areas from health care and renewable energy to car safety and cybersecurity. Today’s […]

The European Union’s long-term budget

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

President Juncker at the High-Level EU Budget conference: Matching ambitions and meeting future challenges Ahead of the College debate on the European Union’s long-term budget on Wednesday 10 January, the Commissioner for Budget and Human resources, Günther H. Oettinger launched today a High-Level conference on “Shaping Our Future – Designing the Next Multiannual Financial Framework”, […]

Institutional priorities for 2018 and future of EU Budget

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The College discusses priorities for 2018 and holds an orientation debate on the EU budget after 2020 Institutional Priorities for 2018 In the first meeting of 2018, the College of Commissioners discussed today the institutional priorities for this year, a year to deliver on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union, secure the EU’s […]

ACP-EU: leading sustainable economic development for local communities

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Tourism and blue economy, vectors of development if conducted in a sustainable manner Concerns for the rule of law in Mauritania Call for dialogue in Catalonia and a peaceful transition in Zimbabwe MEPs and Members of the ACP call for sustainable economic development for the benefit of local communities. At the 34th session of the […]