EU web links
A collection of links to web sites of the European Union institutions and other European business web sites.
- — 20 January 2017, 00:00 CET
Biological hazards include bacteria, viruses, parasites, prions, biotoxins. Some of these hazards have posed serious risks to public health, such as Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, biotoxins in live molluscs or BSE. Exposure of consumers to those through food should thus be prevented. A comprehensive legal framework has been established by the European Commission to increase the level of food safety in Europe, building over time European consumers' confidence while preventing food crises. It is based on scientific advice delivered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
- — 18 January 2017, 23:25 CET
Current fragmentation of national rules on enforcement severely hampers debt collection within the EU. Creditors seeking to enforce a civil court order in another EU country are confronted with different legal systems, procedural requirements and language barriers which entail additional costs and delays. Regulation 655/2014 establishing a European Account Preservation Order procedure ("EAPO") establishes a new uniform European procedure for the preserving of bank accounts, which will allow creditors to preserve the amount owed in a debtor's bank account located in the EU.
- — 17 January 2017, 00:24 CET
Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) are a family of diseases occurring in man and animals and are characterised by a degeneration of brain tissue giving a sponge-like appearance leading to death
The family includes diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) and Kuru in humans, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle, Scrapie in small ruminants (sheep and goats), Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in cervids and Transmissible Mink Encephalopathy (TME) in minks.
The commonly accepted cause of the TSE diseases is a transmissible agent called a prion (PrPres), which is an abnormal form of a protein.
- — 13 January 2017, 00:06 CET
Bee health depends on many factors. This is why EU actions cover several policy areas including: beekeeping and agriculture, environment, research, pesticides, veterinary issues and surveillance measures. There are around 630.000 beekeepers and 16 millions of hives in the EU, producing 234.000 tons of honey per year.
- — 04 January 2017, 15:49 CET
Provisional agendas for Council meetings during the first semester of 2016 (Slovak Presidency). This is a draft programme subject to changes.
- — 01 January 2017, 22:05 CET
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the EU Member States every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but the position is held by a national government. The presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions. The current presidency (as of January 2017) is held by Malta.
- — 20 December 2016, 11:16 CET
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated questions and answers (Q&A) document on the application of the Prospectus Directive. he Q&A includes one new question and answer on the application of the ESMA guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures to prospectuses. The question clarifies how to apply the guidelines when constituent parts of a prospectus straddle the date on which ESMA's Alternative Performance Measures Guidelines came into force (3 July 2016). The purpose of this Q&A is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the Prospectus Directive and its implementing measures.
- — 15 December 2016, 11:17 CET
Galileo is Europe's Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), providing users with improved positioning and timing information. With the declaration of Initial Services, Galileo is moving from a global satellite navigation system (GNSS) in testing, to a live, operational service. For the first time, European satellites are providing users with global positioning, navigation and timing information. In the lead up to Galileo Initial Services, many forward-looking companies have created Galileo-enabled receivers, chipsets and modules – many of which are already available on the market. This tool helps you keep track of Galileo-enabled devices serving a variety of needs as they become available.
- — 14 December 2016, 15:39 CET
The Global Surface Water Explorer is a new online interactive mapping tool that will be accessible to everyone and serve to improve European and global policies for example on climate change and water management.
- — 08 December 2016, 11:36 CET
The European Solidarity Corps is a new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Young people who take part in the European Solidarity Corps will all agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles. You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.
- — 07 December 2016, 20:48 CET
At EU level, nature and biodiversity are protected by several laws. The EU has been committed to the protection of nature since the adoption of the Birds Directive in April 1979. It provides comprehensive protection to all wild bird species naturally occurring in the Union. The Habitats Directive was adopted in 1992 to help maintain biodiversity. It protects over 1000 animals and plant species and over 200 types of habitat. It also established the EU-wide Natura 2000 network of protected areas.
- — 07 December 2016, 12:11 CET
The European Commission published on 6 December 2016 the first evaluation of how IT companies applied the code of conduct to combat illegal online hate speech.
- — 07 December 2016, 11:44 CET
The European Commission wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces such as parks, squares, public building, libraries, health centres, and museums everywhere in Europe through WIFI4EU.
- — 01 December 2016, 17:35 CET
The application of VAT is decided by national tax authorities but there are some standard EU rules, which are explained on this European Commission website. Check basic VAT rules in each EU country, and consult a Tax information Communication database.
- — 28 November 2016, 18:24 CET
Around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU, with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros (FUSIONS, 2016). Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources. All actors in the food chain have a role to play in preventing and reducing food waste, from those who produce and process foods (farmers, food manufacturers and processors) to those who make foods available for consumption (hospitality sector, retailers) and ultimately consumers themselves. The central goal of EU food safety policy is to protect both human and animal health. We cannot compromise on these standards but, in co-operation with Member States and stakeholders, are looking for every opportunity to prevent food waste and strengthen sustainability of the food system.
- — 28 November 2016, 14:24 CET
Geo-blocking and other geographically-based restrictions undermine online shopping and cross-border sales. The Digital Single Market strategy includes a commitment for an initiative to end unjustified geo-blocking by way of legislative proposals.
- — 24 November 2016, 20:05 CET
The so-called "Milk Package" has been designed with a view to the longer-term future of the dairy sector following the end of the quota system in 2015. It is fully applicable as from 3 October 2012.
- — 23 November 2016, 20:26 CET
The European Commission is bringing together internationally renowned expertise to strengthen country-specific and EU-wide knowledge in the field of health. This initiative is designed to support EU Member States in their evidence-based policy-making.
- — 22 November 2016, 00:08 CET
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has published an updated questions and answers document on the application of the Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Directive (UCITS).
The Q&A includes two new questions and answers on how investment limits should be applied where a UCITS wants to invest in an umbrella fund. The purpose of the Q&A document is to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the application of the UCITS Directive and its implementing measures.
- — 17 November 2016, 18:46 CET
Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is the ability of microorganisms to resist antimicrobial treatments, especially antibiotics. AMR not only has a direct impact on human and animal health - due to the failure in the treatment of infectious diseases - but also carries a heavy economic cost. AMR is a natural phenomenon but an accumulation of factors, including excessive and inappropriate use of antimicrobial medicines on humans and animals and poor infection control practices, transformed AMR into a serious threat to public health worldwide.
- — 17 November 2016, 17:46 CET
The annual budget lays down all the European Union's expenditure and revenue for one year. It ensures the financing of EU programmes and actions in all EU policy areas, for example, agriculture, research, regional policy, and other. The annual budget also ensures that the EU receives the revenue necessary to finance its expenditure. The annual EU budget - expenditure and revenue - must be in balance.
- — 13 November 2016, 23:35 CET
Unmanned aircraft, commonly called drones, offer huge potential for developing innovative civil applications in a wide variety of sectors that benefit European society, and will contribute to creating new businesses and jobs. Within 20 years, the European drone sector is expected to: directly employ more than 100 000 people; have an economic impact exceeding EUR 10 billion per year, mainly in services. As civil aviation evolves towards more automation, drone technology will also be crucial for the competitiveness of the European aeronautics industry as a whole.
- — 10 November 2016, 22:24 CET
EFSA’s EU-FORA fellowship programme offers a unique opportunity to motivated early to mid-career scientists from EU national risk assessment authorities and any other Article 36 organisation to increase their knowledge and experience in food safety risk assessment.
The programme’s principal focus lies on chemical and microbiological risk assessment. It is aimed at professionals from the following fields: molecular biology, biology, microbiology, veterinary/human medicine agronomy/agricultural science, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, food technology or toxicology.
- — 09 November 2016, 23:31 CET
The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication that captures the evolution of education and training in the EU. It contributes to the objectives of the EU strategic framework for cooperation in education and training, the overall Commission's strategy for growth and employment and the European Semester cycle of economic policy co-ordination.
- — 08 November 2016, 23:54 CET
The EU has a set of specific legislation for a number of animal diseases depending on their potential social and economic impact. This includes notification obligations; diagnostic methods; measures to be applied in case of suspicion and confirmation of disease and, where applicable, regionalisation measures. This site contains details and links to the relevant EU legislation for each disease.