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Article 50 talks with the United Kingdom - documents 22 May 2017, 23:16 CET
The European Commission's transparency policy for the Brexit negotiations aims to ensure full transparency during the whole negotiating process. Commission negotiating documents which are shared with EU Member States, the European Council, the European Parliament, the Council, national parliaments, and the United Kingdom will be released to the public and will be published here. These documents include, but are not limited to: Agendas for negotiating rounds; EU position papers; Non-papers; EU text proposals.

European Investigation Order 22 May 2017, 22:32 CET
The "European Investigation Order", which entered into force on 22 May 2017, simplifies the work of judicial authorities when they request evidence located in another EU country. It is a tool to simplify and speed up cross-border criminal investigations. Directive 2014/41/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 regarding the European Investigation Order in criminal matters

2017 European Semester: Country Specific Recommendations - Commission Recommendations 22 May 2017, 18:02 CET
The European Commission presented on 22 May the 2017 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), spelling out the economic policy guidance for Member States for the coming 12 to 18 months.

European Union Prize for Literature 19 May 2017, 13:29 CET
The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works. The works of the selected winners (one per country participating in the Prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.

Europe Day, May 9 11 May 2017, 22:24 CET
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union. Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled 11 May 2017, 17:52 CET
The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013 in Marrakesh and it forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).

House of European History 04 May 2017, 23:05 CET
The House of European History is dedicated to the understanding of the shared past and diverse experiences of European people. It's a place where you can discover different points of view and common ground in European history. The House is an exceptional place, where visitors become involved and can enjoy learning about the history of Europe and the process of integration, in twenty-four European languages.

Derivatives (EMIR) - Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 04 May 2017, 22:22 CET
Planned actions relating to Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories.

Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom 03 May 2017, 14:47 CET
European Commission task force in charge of preparing and conducting the negotiations with the UK, taking into account the framework of its future relationship with the European Union.

Secure gas supplies 27 April 2017, 14:14 CET
About one quarter of all the energy used in the EU is natural gas, and many EU countries import nearly all their supplies. Some of these countries are also heavily reliant on a single source or a single transport route for the majority of their gas. Disruptions along this route caused by infrastructure failure or political disputes can endanger supplies. For instance, the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine in 2009 disrupted supplies to some EU countries.

European Pillar of Social Rights website 26 April 2017, 18:17 CET
The European Pillar of Social Rights sets out a number of key principles and rights to support fair and well-functioning labour markets and welfare systems. It will serve as a compass for a renewed process of convergence towards better working and living conditions among participating member states. It is primarily conceived for the euro area, but is applicable to all member states wishing to participate. There are 3 main categories of the pillar: Equal opportunities and access to labour market; Fair working conditions; Social protection and inclusion.

Pesticides and bees 19 April 2017, 12:41 CET
The EU has one of the strictest regulatory systems in the world concerning the approval of pesticides. All pesticides on the market have been subject to a thorough assessment to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment. Insecticides are, by their nature, toxic to bees. However, their use should still be possible if exposure does not occur or is minimised to levels which do not generate harmful effects.

Pesticide EU-MRLs Database 19 April 2017, 12:36 CET
The traces pesticides leave in treated products are called 'residues'. A maximum residue level (MRL) is the highest level of a pesticide residue that is legally tolerated in or on food or feed when pesticides are applied correctly (Good Agricultural Practice). The amounts of residues found in food must be safe for consumers and must be as low as possible. The European Commission fixes MRLs for all food and animal feed. The MRLs for all crops and all pesticides can be found in the MRL database on the Commission website.

Organic farming - European Commission website 18 April 2017, 23:09 CET
EU legislation ensures that ‘organic’ means the same for consumers and producers all over the EU. Legislation concerning organic produce is developed with the participation of Member States and the assistance of advisory and technical committees and expert bodies. Download logo & promotional material - The EU organic logo & guidelines - Download photos - Download videos - Download infographics - More promotional material - What is organic farming? Producing organic International trade in organics Organic certification Studies Frequently asked questions EU Policy Legislation Policy development EU rules on production EU rules on trade European Action Plan Data and statistics Expert advice Food quality policy How to become an organic producer in the EU?

European Commission webpage on cookies 18 April 2017, 18:54 CET
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to 'remember' your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like. The Commission webpage includes description, EU legislation on cookies, use of cookies on the Europa websitre, and a Cookie Consent Kit.

Medical devices 05 April 2017, 19:00 CET
The role of medical devices is essential to the healthcare of EU citizens. The diversity and innovativeness of this sector contributes significantly to enhancing the safety, quality and efficacy of healthcare in the EU. Covering a wide range of products, from simple bandages or sticking plasters to the most sophisticated X-ray equipment, the medical devices sector plays a crucial role in the diagnosis, prevention, monitoring and treatment of diseases. It also helps improve the quality of life of those with disabilities.

Extremely Together - counter-extremism guide for young people 31 March 2017, 11:49 CET
The project Extremely Together is managed by the Kofi Annan Foundation with the support of the European Commission and One Young World. It brings together exceptional young leaders to prevent violent extremism. In this Guide, ten young leaders pool their experience for the benefit of young people who want to take action against violent extremism of all kinds.

DG Energy - renewables 29 March 2017, 22:31 CET
Renewable energy can be produced from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, and biomass. By using more renewables to meet its energy needs, the EU lowers its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe. The EU's Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Online Dispute Resolution 28 March 2017, 23:07 CET
When consumers have a problem with a trader regarding a product or service they bought, they can settle their dispute out-of-court through an Alternative Dispute Resolution procedure. Such procedures are an alternative to resolving disputes before a court and are hence called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). When they are carried out online, they are called Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Resolving disputes through ADR, in general, is easier, faster and less expensive than resolving disputes before a court. In the European Union, ADR procedures can take different forms and have different names e.g. mediation, conciliation, ombudsmen, arbitration, complaints boards.

Online Dispute Resolution website 28 March 2017, 18:22 CET
The Online Dispute Resolution website is an official website managed by the European Commission dedicated to helping consumers and traders resolve their disputes out-of-court. If you've had a problem with something you've bought online, you can use this site to try to reach an out-of-court settlement. You can only use it if you live in the EU and the trader is based in the EU. In some countries, you can also use this site if you are a trader and you want to complain about a consumer over a good or service you sold online.

Move2Learn, Learn2Move 28 March 2017, 17:59 CET
Move2Learn, Learn2Move is a new initiative financed under the Erasmus+ programme which directly benefits young Europeans between the age of 16 and 19. A minimum of 5,000 young people will be selected and will receive an entitlement for the purchase of travel tickets for an amount between 350 EUR and 530 EUR. The objective is to allow them to travel to at least one other EU country to increase European consciousness and identity.

Consumer financial services action plan 23 March 2017, 22:54 CET
In March 2017 the European Commission published an action plan setting out a strategy to strengthen the EU single market for retail financial services. The action plan seeks in particular to harness the potential of digitalisation and technological developments (FinTech) to improve consumer access to financial services across the EU.

Energy efficient products 22 March 2017, 17:18 CET
In the European Union, many everyday products such as washing machines, refrigerators and cooking appliances carry energy labels and have been designed to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. The result of these labels and standards will be an energy saving of around 175 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) by 2020, roughly equivalent to the annual primary energy consumption of Italy. For consumers, this means a saving of EUR 465 per year on household energy bills. Moreover, energy efficiency measures will create €55 billion in extra revenue for European companies.

Anonymous Whistleblower Tool 16 March 2017, 15:44 CET
You as an individual can help in the fight against cartels and other anti-competitive practices in the European Union, such as agreeing on prices or procurement bids, keeping products off the market or unfairly excluding rivals. These practices cause immense damage to Europe's economy. They can deny customers access to a wider choice of goods and services at reasonable prices, stifle innovation and put companies out of business. Inside knowledge and assistance can be a powerful tool to help the EU Commission uncover cartels and other anti-competitive practices more swiftly than might otherwise be possible, and can contribute to the success of our investigations. If you are aware of business practices that you think are wrong, you can help the Commission to put things right by voluntarily providing it with information. This information can be facts concerning anti-competitive conduct, its circumstances and the individuals involved, for example, that are not publicly known but are known to you. They can concern past, ongoing or planned anti-competitive behaviour.

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA 15 March 2017, 23:43 CET
ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.