EU web links
A collection of links to web sites of the European Union institutions and other European business web sites.
- — 04 March 2014, 17:17 CET
Harmonisation of the rules relating to company law and corporate governance, as well as to accounting and auditing, is essential for creating a Single Market for Financial Services and products.
In the fields of company law and corporate governance, objectives include: providing equivalent protection for shareholders and other parties concerned with companies; ensuring freedom of establishment for companies throughout the EU; fostering efficiency and competitiveness of business; promoting cross-border cooperation between companies in different Member States; and stimulating discussions between Member States on the modernisation of company law and corporate governance.
- — 28 February 2014, 17:29 CET
This article shows how gender inequalities in terms of pay vary widely among Member States of the European Union (EU) and among groups of employees. The unadjusted gender pay pap (GPG) is an important indicator used within the European employment strategy (EES) to monitor imbalances in wages between men and women. It is defined as the relative difference (in percentage) between the average gross hourly earnings of women and men.
- — 25 February 2014, 16:15 CET
Europe's economic recovery, which began in the second quarter of 2013, is expected to continue spreading across countries and gaining strength while at the same time becoming more balanced.
- — 20 February 2014, 13:34 CET
The European Commission has proposed a set of EU Principles for quality tourism services to help tourism services providers promote the quality of their services and enhanced consumer confidence about the high-quality of EU tourism services.
- — 17 February 2014, 11:49 CET
As the world moves rapidly towards an Internet-based economy, directly affecting everything from traditional services such as banking and insurance to new sectors such as online retail, and from industrial production to energy supply, ICT is increasingly seen as a source of the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth envisaged in Europe 2020. However, Europe lacks a genuine single market for electronic communications. The Union is fragmented into distinct national markets and as a result Europe is losing out on a major source of potential growth. The European Commission welcomed the conclusions of the 2013 Spring European Council, calling for measures to create a Single Telecoms Market as early as possible. Three years of consultations, public events and private meetings inform these proposals - including two major public events with 1000 participants in June. On 11 September 2013, the European Commission adopted a legislative package for a "Connected Continent: Building a Telecoms Single Market" aimed at building a connected, competitive continent and enabling sustainable digital jobs and industries.
- — 13 February 2014, 17:43 CET
ICT and web entrepreneurs create new jobs for young people. Their businesses help transform the economy and the society.
Startup Europe is a Digital Agenda initiative supported by Vice President Neelie Kroes promoting ICT and web entrepreneurs to start their business in Europe and to let them flourish in Europe. Therefore, she invites promising entrepreneurs to join The Startup Europe Tour: to be connected, to network and to be inspired for the leading tech conferences.
- — 13 February 2014, 17:41 CET
Eurapp - a study of the European app economy launched by the European Commission and run by DERI, NUI Galway and GigaOM Research - will provide a comprehensive review of the size of the app economy in Europe so that it can be further supported by the DAE and other initiatives. We will produce innovative and pragmatic recommendations detailing how to overcome various bottlenecks identified in the app economy, using pragmatic ways in which to reach stakeholders, deploying effective research instruments and impact assessment methodologies for the app economy (in particular in relation to jobs creation)
- — 13 February 2014, 16:27 CET
The Committee provides opinions on health and safety risks (chemical, biological, mechanical and other physical risks) of non-food consumer products (e.g. cosmetic products and their ingredients, toys, textiles, clothing, personal care and household products) and services (e.g. tattooing, artificial sun tanning).
- — 12 February 2014, 12:30 CET
The European Partnership on Pig Castration has been formed to develop methods to phase out the surgical castration of pigs by 2018, and to make sure that costs of transition are shared in a fair way. Because this transition may involve the use of different methods throughout the EU, this could affect the functioning of the EU Market. Therefore, baseline methods for detecting boar taint will be developed to prevent the pork trade from being disrupted.
- — 03 February 2014, 15:58 CET
Corruption continues to be a challenge for Europe - a phenomenon that costs the European economy around EUR 120 billion per year. EU Member States have taken many initiatives in recent years, but the results are uneven and the Commission believes more should be done to prevent and punish corruption. In its February 2014 report, the Commission provides a picture of the situation in each Member State: measures in place, outstanding issues, policies that are working and areas that could be improved. The report shows that the nature and scope of corruption varies from one Member State to another and that the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies is quite different. It also shows that corruption deserves greater attention in all EU Member States.
- — 30 January 2014, 16:59 CET
The EU School Milk Scheme is intended to encourage consumption among children of healthy dairy products containing important vitamins and minerals. The scheme does not only have a nutritional character but also an educational character and contributes therefore greatly to the fight against obesity among children. The School Milk Scheme is there to provide quality products for children, to contribute to a healthy way of living and to nutritional education with a better knowledge on products.
- — 30 January 2014, 16:57 CET
This EU-wide voluntary scheme provides school children with fruit and vegetables, aiming thus to encourage good eating habits in young people. Besides providing fruit and vegetables the scheme requires participating Member States to set up strategies including educational and awareness-raising initiatives.
- — 29 January 2014, 13:14 CET
The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has been established to coordinate at the international level the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies and to develop and promote the implementation of effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies. It brings together national authorities responsible for financial stability in significant international financial centres, international financial institutions, sector-specific international groupings of regulators and supervisors, and committees of central bank experts.
- — 28 January 2014, 13:24 CET
Legal form; How to register a private limited company; The process of establishing a company; Branch of Foreign Company; Notaries - all the information you need on how to set up a company in Estonia, from the Estonian Investment Agency
- — 22 January 2014, 18:44 CET
Europe's economy cannot survive in a sustainable way without a strong and profoundly reshaped industrial base. New technologies have dramatically changed our life and our economy in the past 20 years. Political systems collapsed, new players emerged on the markets, as well as new materials, new technologies and workers who are better skilled than ever. The wind of change is blowing at a time when Europe is facing a severe economic and social crisis. But this situation and the changes are also an opportunity.
- — 21 January 2014, 18:40 CET
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement that is presently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.
It aims at removing trade barriers in a wide range of economic sectors to make it easier to buy and sell goods and services between the EU and the US.
On top of cutting tariffs across all sectors, the EU and the US want to tackle barriers behind the customs border – such as differences in technical regulations, standards and approval procedures. These often cost unnecessary time and money for companies who want to sell their products on both markets. For example, when a car is approved as safe in the EU, it has to undergo a new approval procedure in the US even though the safety standards are similar.
The TTIP negotiations will also look at opening both markets for services, investment, and public procurement. They could also shape global rules on trade.
- — 21 January 2014, 13:40 CET
The customs authorities of EU countries as well as some non-EU countries, in cooperation with OLAF, carry out regular joint customs operations with specific checks at European level. These operations are coordinated and targeted actions of a limited duration with the aim of combating the smuggling of sensitive goods and fraud in certain risky areas and/or on identified trade routes.
- — 17 January 2014, 14:14 CET
Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. It recognises that seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy with great potential for innovation and growth. It is the Integrated Maritime Policy's contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The 'blue' economy represents 5.4 million jobs and a gross added value of just under EUR 500 billion a year. However, further growth is possible in a number of areas which are highlighted within the strategy.
- — 17 January 2014, 14:12 CET
The EU aims to get 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. Renewables include wind, solar, hydro-electric and tidal power as well as geothermal energy and biomass. More renewable energy will enable the EU to cut greenhouse emissions and make it less dependent on imported energy. And boosting the renewables industry will encourage technological innovation and employment in Europe.
- — 15 January 2014, 10:39 CET
The European Parliament and the Council on 14 January 2014 reached an agreement on updated rules for markets in financial instruments, that will improve the way capital markets function to the benefit of the real economy.
- — 14 January 2014, 17:22 CET
Vans ('light commercial vehicles') account for around 12% of the EU market for light-duty vehicles. As part of the strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from light-duty vehicles, in 2011 the EU adopted legislation setting CO2 emission targets for new vans sold on the European market. The law is similar to that for new cars.
- — 11 December 2013, 23:35 CET
The Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe supports cultural and creative organisations with a view to helping them operate transnationally and promoting cross-border circulation of works of culture and mobility of cultural players. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and to share cultural content across national, and European, borders; it enables cultural and creative players to work internationally and to internationalise their careers and activities in the EU and beyond; it funds cooperation projects, literary translations, networks and platforms.
All schemes have a new audience development dimension. The main novelty is the new support scheme for platforms, aiming at showcasing emerging talents and stimulating European non-national programming of cultural activities. More innovations will follow including a new Financial Instrument for the Creative sector.
- — 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