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'Restricted' 2016 EU Budget focuses on jobs, growth, migration and global action

'Restricted' 2016 EU Budget focuses on jobs, growth, migration and global action

Posted by Nick Prag at 28 May 2015, 16:55 CET |
Filed under: EU Budget

The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a 2016 EU budget of EUR 143.5 billion in payment credits to support the recovery of the European economy and help improve lives in Europe and beyond.

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EU plans for cutting red tape, with less but better regulation

Posted by Nick Prag at 21 May 2015, 17:15 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Single Market, SMEs

As the United Kingdom begins to gear up for its referendum on EU membership following the Conservative win in the general election, the European Commission addressed what has been one of the main complaints of Mr Cameron's government – too much red tape in EU legislation and a lack of transparency about the EU decision-making process.

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Brexit - early referendum on the cards

Posted by Nick Prag at 14 May 2015, 17:25 CET |
Filed under: politics, UK

The surprise victory of Prime Minister David Cameron at the United Kingdom's general election last weekend has led to a chorus of concerned voices about the chances of a 'Brexit' from the European Union.

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Priority to the digital single market

Posted by Nick Prag at 07 May 2015, 16:30 CET |
Filed under: Internet

The Digital Single Market was earmarked as one of the Juncker Commission's top priorities, and this week it duly set out detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, with set of targeted actions which are scheduled to be delivered by the end of next year.

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Jobs, car safety, biofuels and plastic bags - all in a day's work at the European Parliament

Posted by Nick Prag at 30 April 2015, 22:30 CET |
Filed under: European Parliament

Who says Euro-MPs don't do much or what they do has little relation to, or impact on, real life? Certainly nobody who attended their plenary session in Strasbourg this week, where their agenda was full with a number of important issues that affect us all.

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EU trademark deal welcome step forward for SMEs

EU trademark deal welcome step forward for SMEs

Posted by Nick Prag at 23 April 2015, 18:05 CET |

It has taken two years of inter-institutional discussions, but on Tuesday the EU's Latvian Presidency reached provisional political agreement with European Parliament representatives on reform of the European trade mark system.

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Are EU charges of unfair practices against Google fair?

Posted by Nick Prag at 16 April 2015, 18:35 CET |
Filed under: antitrust, Consumer, Internet

Internet giant Google again came under EU fire this week when the European Commission formally charged it with abusing the dominance of its search engine, while at the same time launching a sensitive probe into its omnipresent Android mobile phone operating system.

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EU reviews its policy towards its eastern neighbours

Posted by Nick Prag at 26 March 2015, 22:40 CET |

Ukraine and Russia were topics of this week in the European Union, with the Europe's Parliament approving huge financial assistance to Ukraine, while the Commission published country reports on implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy.

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EU Budget 2016 debate gets under way

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 March 2015, 17:31 CET |

The EU got down to preparing plans for next year's budget this week, with the European Parliament targeting growth, solidarity and paying the bills as priorities for the EU Budget 2016.

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EU gender equality has some way to go

Posted by Nick Prag at 05 March 2015, 22:35 CET |

The eve of International Women's Day (8 March) is a good moment to assess the challenges that remain in tackling gender inequalities across the EU.

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Infringements day at the EC

Posted by Nick Prag at 26 February 2015, 18:05 CET |
Filed under: EU Law, Competition

Wednesday was infringements day at the European Commission, a monthly occasion, when the Commission announces the various infringements proceedings it is setting in motion, and including legal actions it is taking against some Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.

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Roadmap for a Capital Markets Union

Posted by Nick Prag at 19 February 2015, 18:00 CET |
Filed under: SMEs, Finance

The building blocks of the European Commission's 'Investment Plan for Europe' began to form this week, with the aim of unlocking funding for EU businesses and boosting growth with the creation of a true single market for capital.

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Caps on inter-bank fees for card payments good for consumers, good for retailers

Posted by Nick Prag at 05 February 2015, 19:20 CET |
Filed under: Consumer, Finance

It's taken a long time, but the European Parliament and the Council have finally agreed a deal on a regulation to cap interchange fees for card-based payments.

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New lobbyists' transparency register has yet to live up to its name

Posted by Nick Prag at 29 January 2015, 17:30 CET |
Filed under: Institutions

The EU Transparency Register, re-launched this week by the Commission and European Parliament, is another positive step on the way to true transparency, but it has yet to live up to its name.

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Latvia presidency looks for progress in key areas

Posted by Nick Prag at 22 January 2015, 22:35 CET |
Filed under: Latvia

Latvia has already outlined the broad priorities for its presidency of the European Union: competitive, digital and engaged Europe. This week, the country's ministers came to the European Parliament, and gave Euro-MPs in committee some details about some of the items of new legislation and initiatives we can expect over the next few months.

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European year of Development 2015

Posted by Nick Prag at 15 January 2015, 21:55 CET |
Filed under: Development

One of the priorities of Latvia in its six-month stint as EU president is to strengthen Europe as a global actor. It is entirely appropriate that 2015 has been designated as the European Year of Development.

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Europe declares solidarity against attack on fundamental values

Posted by Nick Prag at 08 January 2015, 17:05 CET |

EU flags flew at half-mast on Thursday as officials from the European Council, the Commission and Parliament expressed their solidarity with the victims of this week's murderous attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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Allergy sufferers and fussy eaters to benefit from clearer food labelling from this weekend

Posted by Nick Prag at 11 December 2014, 17:05 CET |
Filed under: Food & Drink, Consumer

The provision of food information to consumers takes a major step forward in the EU this weekend, with a new mandatory food labelling system heading for Europe's supermarket shelves and restaurants.

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Latvia readies for its first EU presidency

Posted by Nick Prag at 04 December 2014, 18:05 CET |

This week Latvia's Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and members of the Latvian government visited the European Commission in Brussels to discuss the priorities of Latvia's upcoming Presidency of the EU.

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Boost for EU transparency, but the Commission has further to go

Posted by Nick Prag at 27 November 2014, 17:55 CET |
Filed under: Commission

A boost to transparency in the European Union was promised this week, when the European Commission committed to publishing information about its meetings with lobbyists, as well as providing more access to documents relating to the ongoing talks with the United States for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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