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Summaries of EU Legislation

A collection of summaries of EU legislation presenting the main aspects of European Union legislation. The summaries of European legislation are divided into 32 subject areas corresponding to the activities of the European Union.

Agriculture | Audiovisual and Media | Budget | Competition | Consumers | Customs | Culture | Development | Economic and Monetary Affairs | Education | Employment | Energy | Enlargement | Enterprise | Environment | External Trade | External Relations | Fight Against Fraud | Food Safety | Foreign and Security Policy | Human Rights | Humanitarian Aid | Information Society | Institutional Affairs | Internal Market | Justice, Freedom and Security | Maritime Affairs and Fisheries | Public Health | Regional Policy | Research | Taxation | Transport


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SUMMARIES

EU Fundamental rights and citizenship (2007-2013) 09 December 2009, 10:14 CET
This decision establishes the "Fundamental rights and citizenship" programme covering the period from 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2013. The programme forms part of the general programme "Fundamental rights and justice" and is intended to promote the development of a European society based on respect for fundamental rights, to strengthen civil society and encourage an open and transparent dialogue, as well as to fight racism and xenophobia and improve mutual understanding between the judicial and the administrative authorities and the legal professions.

Cross border credit transfers within the EU 04 December 2009, 15:22 CET
This Directive establishes minimum information and performance requirements for cross-border credit transfers so as to ensure that funds can be transferred throughout the European Union (EU) rapidly, reliably and inexpensively.

Community action plan for the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the Mediterranean 04 December 2009, 14:16 CET
This communication from the European Commission establishes an action plan for the conservation and sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in the Mediterranean.

Common EU Regulations in the field of civil aviation security 08 December 2009, 01:02 CET
This Regulation sets common rules in the field of civil aviation security and mechanisms for monitoring compliance, with the aim of guaranteeing security in air transport and protecting persons and goods within the European Union.

Common EU Regulations in the field of civil aviation security 04 December 2009, 15:17 CET
This Regulation sets common rules in the field of civil aviation security and mechanisms for monitoring compliance, with the aim of guaranteeing security in air transport and protecting persons and goods within the European Union.

Cross-border healthcare: patients' rights 03 December 2009, 16:15 CET
The freedom to provide and receive health services throughout the European Union must be accompanied by guarantees of quality and security.

General principles of food law - European Food Safety Authority 03 December 2009, 16:04 CET
The EU's legislation governing the general principles of food law and harmonised controls also underpins the European Food Safety Authority, a European agency which provides the scientific reference point for food-related control and evaluation.

EC Action Programme Customs 2013 (2008-2013) 04 December 2009, 12:02 CET
The European Community action programme Customs 2013 (2008-2013) aims to support the development of a pan-European electronic customs environment which ensures that customs activities match the needs of the EU internal market, guarantees the protection of the financial interests of the EC and increases safety and security.

Renewed commitment for non-discrimination and equal opportunities 07 December 2009, 20:04 CET
This EU Communication provides a comprehensive approach through which the European Commission is renewing its commitment to further non-discrimination and equal opportunities in the European Union. It presents the latest developments and aims to strengthen the legal framework against discrimination as well as the policy tools for promoting equal opportunities.

Application of Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty 03 December 2009, 16:20 CET
The new arrangements for applying the anti-trust procedures, which were introduced by Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2003, are designed to ensure more effective enforcement of the European Community competition rules in the interest of consumers and businesses, while easing the administrative burden of firms doing business in Europe. Via decentralised application of the competition rules and by strengthening a posteriori control, the Regulation will lighten the European Commission's workload and increase the part played by national authorities and courts in implementing competition law while guaranteeing its uniform application.

Towards a Single Market in Creative Content Online 03 December 2009, 16:19 CET
Online content knows no bounds and is on the increase. Reaching almost 500 million consumers, content services could significantly enhance the competitiveness of the European music, film and games industry by 2010. This is why the European Commission is encouraging the development of a stronger and more consumer-friendly internal market for online creative content within the European Union.

Green Paper on Agricultural Product Quality 03 December 2009, 16:16 CET
The aim of this consultation is to ensure a strategic and regulatory framework for the protection of agricultural products and to promote their quality. In this respect, the European Commission intends to open a wide discussion on the existing instruments, on how they could be improved and on new initiatives which could be considered. Three areas are being reviewed: farming requirements and marketing standards, existing quality schemes and certification schemes.

Common Organisation of Agricultural Markets 22 December 2009, 13:06 CET
The common organisation of agricultural markets in the European Union provides a single legal framework governing the domestic market, trade with third countries and rules regarding competition.

The Treaty of Lisbon explained 01 December 2009, 19:25 CET
The following memo gives an overview of the main innovations in the Treaty of Lisbon that enters into force on 1 December 2009. It is not exhaustive, and should not be seen as a legal analysis.

Adoption of the WTO agreements 01 December 2009, 19:25 CET
By Council Decision 94/800/EC, the Council of the European Union adopts the legal texts resulting from the Uruguay Round multilateral trade negotiations concluded through the signature of the Marrakesh Final Act and the creation of the World Trade Organisation.

Anti-dumping measures 08 December 2009, 01:04 CET
Regulation (EC) No 384/96 aims to transpose the provisions of the new agreement on the implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (1994 Anti-dumping Agreement) into European Community law with a view to ensuring appropriate and transparent application of the new anti-dumping rules.

Anti-dumping measures 01 December 2009, 19:26 CET
Regulation (EC) No 384/96 aims to transpose the provisions of the new agreement on the implementation of Article VI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (1994 Anti-dumping Agreement) into European Community law with a view to ensuring appropriate and transparent application of the new anti-dumping rules.

Common rules for imports into the EU 15 December 2009, 12:48 CET
This Regulation aims to establish common rules for imports into the European Community based on the principle of the freedom of import and to define the procedures enabling the Community to implement, where necessary, the surveillance and safeguard measures required to protect its interests.

Common rules for EU exports 01 December 2009, 19:24 CET
This Regulation establishes common rules for exports from the European Community (EC) based on the principle of freedom of export and to define the procedures enabling the Community to implement, where necessary, the surveillance and protective measures required.

Ecodesign for energy-using appliances 10 December 2009, 16:44 CET
The EU's 'ecodesign' is a new concept aimed at reducing energy consumption by products such as household electrical appliances. Information concerning a product's environmental performance and energy efficiency must be visible if possible on the product itself, thus allowing consumers to compare before purchasing.

Greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme 10 December 2009, 16:41 CET
The European Union is establishing a greenhouse gas emission trading scheme for the cost-effective reduction of such emissions in the Community. This scheme should enable the Community and the Member States to meet the commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions made in the context of the Kyoto Protocol. Installations operating in the energy sector, iron and steel production and processing, the mineral industry and the paper and board industry will automatically be subject to the emission trading scheme.

Research & Innovation: Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) - Building the Europe of Knowledge 08 December 2009, 01:01 CET
At the heart of the Lisbon Strategy, research is a component of a knowledge triangle (the other two being education and innovation) meant to boost growth and employment in the European Union (EU) in the context of a global economy. The 7th Framework Programme for Research, covering the period 2007 to 2013, is an opportunity for the EU to match its research policy to its ambitions in terms of economic and social policy by consolidating the European Research Area (ERA).

Research & Innovation: Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013) - Building the Europe of Knowledge 21 January 2010, 13:49 CET
At the heart of the Lisbon Strategy, research is a component of a knowledge triangle (the other two being education and innovation) meant to boost growth and employment in the European Union (EU) in the context of a global economy. The 7th Framework Programme for Research, covering the period 2007 to 2013, is an opportunity for the EU to match its research policy to its ambitions in terms of economic and social policy by consolidating the European Research Area (ERA).

Co-ordinating Member States' direct tax systems 08 December 2009, 01:01 CET
The initiatives announced in this Communication aim to promote greater co-ordination of the Member States' direct tax systems in order to remove fiscal barriers and to eliminate discrimination and double taxation at a European Union (EU) level. The aim of co-ordinating the unharmonised direct tax systems of the Member States is to render them compatible with Community law and European Court of Justice case law. Two of the initiatives concern the specific areas of exit taxation and offsetting of cross-border losses for companies and groups.

Co-ordinating Member States' direct tax systems 04 December 2009, 15:22 CET
The initiatives announced in this Communication aim to promote greater co-ordination of the Member States' direct tax systems in order to remove fiscal barriers and to eliminate discrimination and double taxation at a European Union (EU) level. The aim of co-ordinating the unharmonised direct tax systems of the Member States is to render them compatible with Community law and European Court of Justice case law. Two of the initiatives concern the specific areas of exit taxation and offsetting of cross-border losses for companies and groups.

European Industrial Policy 13 December 2009, 00:23 CET
The European Commission is presenting a new industrial policy to create a more suitable framework for European manufacturing. Establishing a solid and dynamic industrial base contributes to the growth of the European Union and sustains its economic and technological leadership in a context of growing globalisation.