EU web links
A collection of links to web sites of the European Union institutions and other European business web sites.
- — 06 December 2013, 16:27 CET
On this EC website you can find and secure funding for research & innovation projects under the following EU programmes: 2014-2020 Horizon 2020 - research and innovation framework programme; and 2007-2013 7th research framework programme (FP7) and Competitiveness & Innovation Programme (CIP)
- — 05 December 2013, 22:54 CET
The European Parliament has launched a special website on the 2014 European elections. There you will find all the information you need regarding the elections for the European Parliament, taking place on 22-25 May next year. It includes a constantly updated news section, all relevant information on the member states and the European political parties taking part, along with information specifically tailored for journalists.
On the website you will find up-to-date news in the form of articles, press releases, background notes, slideshows and infographics. In short it will include all products relevant to the election campaign.
In addition there will be data sheets on the member states, with information on issues such as the economy, technology, jobs, education, environment, energy and society. They offer a fully interactive, visual overview of data collected from all the countries in the EU.
The website offers a list of the European political parties taking part in the election, with a short description and a link to their website.
- — 02 December 2013, 11:55 CET
EC documents on the EU’s anti-dumping investigation on imports of solar panels from China - EU market access investigations
- — 29 November 2013, 13:38 CET
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) can significantly contribute to a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system. A new legal framework ( Directive 2010/40/EU ) was adopted on 7 July 2010 to accelerate the deployment of these innovative transport technologies across Europe. This Directive is an important instrument for the coordinated implementation of ITS in Europe. It aims to establish interoperable and seamless ITS services while leaving Member States the freedom to decide which systems to invest in.
Under this Directive the European Commission has to adopt within the next seven years specifications (i.e. functional, technical, organisational or services provisions) to address the compatibility, interoperability and continuity of ITS solutions across the EU. The first priorities will be traffic and travel information, the eCall emergency system and intelligent truck parking.
The Commission already took a major step towards the deployment and use of ITS in road transport (and interfaces to the other transport modes) on 16 December 2008 by adopting an Action Plan. The Action Plan suggested a number of targeted measures and included the proposal for this Directive The goal is to create the momentum necessary to speed up market penetration of rather mature ITS applications and services in Europe.
- — 26 November 2013, 14:45 CET
Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and weakens coastal communities, particularly in developing countries. The EU is working to close the loopholes that allow illegal operators to profit from their activities.
- — 21 November 2013, 23:14 CET
COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn. COSME will support SMEs in the following area.
- — 20 November 2013, 18:43 CET
The European Commission is taking action to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe’s biggest companies. The Commission has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in publicly listed companies, with the exception of small and medium enterprises. Currently, boards are dominated by one gender: 85% of non-executive board members and 91.1% of executive board members are men, while women make up 15% and 8.9% respectively.
- — 15 November 2013, 14:01 CET
The 'Two Pack' establishes a common budgetary timeline for euro area Member States which requires these Member States to submit draft budgetary plans to the Commission by October 15 every year, prior to the adoption of the budget.
- — 18 October 2013, 16:45 CET
The country-specific documents on this page contain basic information on the application of VAT in the EU Member States for the use by administrations, business, information networks, etc. For each country you will find the available language versions and a reference to the date of the last update. The 3 Annexes are available in English only and are not part of the core document. The information documents are updated at regular intervals. New language versions of country tables are added as soon as they become available.
- — 18 October 2013, 14:00 CET
Labour law is a body of legislation that defines your rights and obligations as workers and employers in the workplace. At Community level, labour law covers two main areas: Working conditions, including working time, part-time and fixed-term work, and posting of workers; Information and consultation of workers, including in the event of collective redundancies and transfers of undertakings.
- — 16 October 2013, 16:42 CET
The European Parliament's download centre is the only online platform where you can find all the electronic materials from the Parliament, from campaigns to events taking place at the EP, logos and the information campaign for the 2014 elections. he download center will feature all the materials of the elections campaign, Humanifesto and teasers that have already been uploaded.
In addition, the platform will store materials on the various annual campaigns organised by the EP on human rights, gender equality and cultural diversity. This includes for example the Sakharov Prize, the LUX prize, International Women’s Day, Open days, European years and special events such as Croatia joining the EU. In addition you can also download elements of the Parliament's visual identity. The materials are available in all languages and feature items such as the Parliament's logo, templates and the guidelines for using the logo as well as visuals for campaigns and events, photos and videos, and web products, including banners and electronic signatures.
- — 16 October 2013, 13:04 CET
Information on the EU's Enlargement Policy, the current status of countries preparing to join the European Union, fFunding and technical assistance and the Instrument for Pre-accession assistance (IPA)
- — 16 October 2013, 12:55 CET
Every year the European Commission adopts its "Enlargement package" - a set of documents explaining its policy on EU enlargement and reporting on progress achieved in each country. This package includes the annual Enlargement Strategy Paper which sets out the way forward for the coming year and takes stock of the progress made over the last twelve months by each candidate country and potential candidate. In addition to this strategy paper, the package contains Progress Reports in which the Commission services present their assessment of what each candidate and potential candidate has achieved over the last year.
- — 15 October 2013, 11:05 CET
The Commission proposed a Single Resolution Mechanism for the Banking Union. The Single Resolution Mechanism complements the Single Supervisory Mechanism which was proposed by the Commission in September 2012. It is set to centralise key competences and resources for managing the failure of any bank in the Euro Area and in other Member States participating in the Banking Union.
- — 04 October 2013, 16:24 CET
The European Union holds a strong and principled position against the death penalty; its abolition is a key objective for the Union’s human rights policy. Abolition is also a pre-condition for entry into the Union.
The EU is the leading institutional actor and largest donor to the fight against the death penalty. This commitment is outlined clearly in the EU Guidelines on the death penalty, the first ever human rights guidelines adopted by Council, in 1998.
The European Union regards abolition as essential for the protection of human dignity, as well as for the progressive development of human rights.
Where the capital punishment is still used, the EU calls for it to be progressively restricted and insists that it be carried out according to international minimum standards.
EU funding also allows non-governmental organisations to campaign for the abolition of the death penalty. Projects may range from the monitoring of the use of the death penalty to assistance to prisoners, support for constitutional reform, training, advocacy and awareness-raising campaigns.
- — 04 October 2013, 16:01 CET
The Survey of Adult Skills is an international survey conducted in 33 countries as part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). It measures the key cognitive and workplace skills needed for individuals to participate in society and for economies to prosper.
The evidence from this Survey will help countries better understand how education and training systems can nurture these skills. Educators, policy makers and labour economists will use this information to develop economic, education and social policies that will continue to enhance the skills of adults.
- — 03 October 2013, 16:43 CET
This is a competition open to all secondary school students who enjoy learning about economics and would like to know more about monetary policy issues. There are prizes to be won, as well as the opportunity to participate in the European award event at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
- — 25 September 2013, 16:40 CET
The main goal of the Open Education Europa portal is to offer access to all existing European Open Educational Resources in different languages in order to be able to present them to learners, teachers and researchers.
- — 24 September 2013, 11:58 CET
State of play of actions and initiatives by EU Member States, Research Funding and Research Performing Organisations and the Commission in support of ERA priorities.
- — 20 September 2013, 13:51 CET
Between 23 September and 23 October 2013, the European Union will organise a month of online debates on the EU Single Market. Discussion will focus on four key areas which affect people’s daily life: Jobs (23-25/9): How to find work, set up a business, or get your qualification recognised in Europe?; Social rights (30/9-2/10): What social protection rights in the Single Market, in terms of pensions, healthcare, public services…?; Banks (7-9/10): What more could be done to protect consumer rights, prevent another financial crisis, and make sure that banks invest in the real economy to foster growth?; e-commerce (14-16/10): How easy is it to sell products online, or buy them and get them delivered across borders as a customer? The aim of the Single Market Month is to collect ideas for new EU policies, or suggestions for what the EU could do better. This will allow EU leaders to better understand the situation on the ground and to promote new policy initiatives.
- — 09 September 2013, 17:42 CET
Invasive Alien Species are animals and plants that are introduced accidentally or deliberately into a natural environment where they are not normally found. They represent a serious threat to native plants and animals in Europe, causing damage worth millions of euros every year.
- — 19 July 2013, 17:13 CET
There are around 80 million children under 14 in the EU, and about 2 000 companies employing over 100 000 people directly in the toys and games sector, most are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
Toys and games are vital tools for child development. Whilst manufacturers are responsible for the safety of their products, importers, notified bodies and national authorities all have a role to play in ensuring toys sold in Europe's shops fulfil all safety requirements.
- — 17 July 2013, 12:01 CET
Financing for Development promotes an integrated approach to development finance, including mobilising domestic and international resources for development, increasing trade capacity and investment, Official Development Assistance, innovative financing sources and mechanisms, aid and development effectiveness, debt sustainability, financing climate and biodiversity actions.
- — 02 July 2013, 22:39 CET
EU efforts to improve the safety of driving, roads and vehicles is focusing on: - training: moped permits and minimum age requirements – EU Directive 2006/126/EC standardising driving licences; research projects – to design safer guardrails (SMART RRS), study the use of sensors to alert road users to each other's presence (WATCH-OVER) and develop driver-assistance and other intelligent applications for motorcycles (SAFERIDER).
- — 01 July 2013, 13:35 CET
On the occasion of the entry of Croatia into the EU on 1 July 2013, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes a selection of economic and social indicators drawing a portrait of the new Member State1. For comparison purposes, data are also provided for the existing EU27 and the enlarged EU of 28 Members.