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22 May 2014, 17:09 CET

State of the Union 2015

Posted by Nick Prag at 10 September 2015, 22:50 CET |
Filed under: Commission

Wednesday was the day for Europe's version of the US State of the Union address, with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, delivering his annual speech to the European Parliament.

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EU starts work on plans for an Energy Union

EU starts work on plans for an Energy Union

Posted by Nick Prag at 12 February 2015, 17:30 CET |
Filed under: Energy

Apart from the Ukraine crisis, on which EU leaders met at their summit this Thursday, it was the EU Energy Union which took centre stage this last week.

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E-skills the key to unlocking Europe's potential for growth and job creation

Posted by Nick Prag at 19 March 2015, 18:30 CET |
Filed under: Employment, Internet

Last week governments, industry, NGOs and educational bodies from 22 European countries joined forces with the European Commission to push for further action to stimulate the creation of the jobs needed to build a digital single market in Europe.

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New deal for energy consumers

Posted by Nick Prag at 16 July 2015, 17:50 CET |
Filed under: Environment, Energy, Consumer

Apart from Greece, a better deal for energy consumers was the theme of the week, as the Commission presented proposals aimed at delivering a new deal for energy consumers. These included a redesign of the European electricity market, updating energy efficiency labelling, and revising the EU Emissions Trading System.

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EU needs Luxembourg's negotiating skills

Posted by Nick Prag at 09 July 2015, 17:40 CET |

2015 is a special year for EU presidencies: first Latvia - land of my grandparents - now Luxembourg - land of my youth - which took over on 1 July. It is also possibly one of the EU's most challenging years for presidencies.

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Achievements of Latvia's EU presidency

Achievements of Latvia's EU presidency

Posted by Nick Prag at 02 July 2015, 16:50 CET |
Filed under: Latvia, European Council

Latvia ended its six-month stint as President of the Council of the European Union on 30 June. It has stuck to its task admirably, chaired some 200 EU meetings, and delivered a number of major legislative successes.

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Priority for apprentices

Posted by Nick Prag at 25 June 2015, 13:30 CET |
Filed under: Employment

More than forty companies and other organisations joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships this week, committing to making available around 140,000 apprenticeships and training opportunities for young people.

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EU data protection rules set for overhaul

Posted by Nick Prag at 18 June 2015, 16:55 CET |
Filed under: Data protection, Internet

New data protection rules agreed by justice ministers this week give the Council a mandate to start talks with the European Parliament, now set for 24 June.

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Mobility boost for Masters students

Posted by Nick Prag at 11 June 2015, 22:55 CET |
Filed under: Education, Finance

Students looking to take a Master's Degree in another EU country will be keen to look into a loan guarantee scheme offered by the highly successful Erasmus+ programme, as a new agreement worth some EUR 30 million was signed this week.

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An Urban Agenda for Europe

Posted by Nick Prag at 04 June 2015, 17:00 CET |

Europe's cities are the engines of its economy, providing jobs and services, and they serve as hubs that catalyse creativity and innovation. Almost 70% of the EU population now live in urban areas. However, they are also home to some of our greatest challenges: economic, social, environmental and demographic, which are often interrelated.

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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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