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Euroscola 19 January 2021, 23:40 CET
The European Parliament set up the Euroscola project in 1990, thus allowing hundreds of thousands of high-school students to participate in a simulation exercise of the work of MEPs.

SME definition 11 January 2021, 23:10 CET
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 99 per cent of all businesses in the European Union. The definition of an SME is seen as important for access to finance and EU support programmes targeted specifically at these enterprises.

Provisional calendar of meetings under Portugal's EU presidency 04 January 2021, 23:31 CET
Indicative calendar of meetings under the Portuguese Presidency (1 January - 31 July 2021)

Priorities of Portugal's presidency of the EU Council 04 January 2021, 23:06 CET
For Portugal's Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) it will be very important to strengthen Europe's resilience and its citizens' confidence in the European social model, promoting - a Union capable of coordinated action to recover from the crisis.

EU Presidency 03 January 2021, 21:05 CET
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the EU Member States every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but the position is held by a national government. The presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions. The current presidency (as of January 2021) is held by Portugal.

Draft EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement 26 December 2020, 15:27 CET
On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement in principle on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

InvestEU 08 December 2020, 21:44 CET
The InvestEU Programme brings together under one roof the multitude of EU financial instruments currently available and expand the successful model of the Investment Plan for Europe. With InvestEU, the Commission will further boost investment, innovation and job creation, triggering at least EUR 650 billion in additional investment.

Creative Europe 03 December 2020, 21:33 CET
Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors. Creative Europe is divided into two sub-programmes, Culture and MEDIA, and is supported by a cross-sectoral strand.

GI view - Search for Geographical Indications across the European Union and beyond 26 November 2020, 17:28 CET
GIview is a modern user interface portal on geographical indications (GIs). It offers the public in general, as well as specific interested parties (e.g. producers, trade mark and other IP rights holders, enforcement authorities, public administration examiners), comprehensive information on all GIs protected within the EU (including non-EU countries’ GIs protected at EU level through bilateral and multilateral agreements), as well as on EU GIs protected in non-EU countries.

Gender equality 25 November 2020, 21:22 CET
Promoting equal economic independence for women and men, closing the gender pay gap, advancing gender balance in decision making, ending gender based violence and promoting gender equality beyond the EU.

Access2Markets - Exporting from the EU, importing into the EU 16 November 2020, 21:24 CET
Product-by-product information on tariffs & taxes; customs procedures; rules of origin; trade barriers; product requirements; statistics for all EU countries and for more than 120 export markets around the world.

LIFE Programme - EU financing for the environment and climate action 16 November 2020, 16:09 CET
The LIFE programme is the EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of EUR 3.4 billion.

2021-2027 long-term EU budget & Next Generation EU 11 November 2020, 22:18 CET
On 10 November 2020, the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council reached a historic agreement on the next long-term budget and NextGenerationEU, the temporary recovery instrument. Once adopted, the package of a total of €1.8 trillion will be the largest package ever financed through the EU budget. It will help rebuild a post-COVID-19 Europe, which will be greener, more digital, more resilient and better fit for the current and forthcoming challenges.

EU Agency for Railways 30 October 2020, 23:16 CET
The EU Agency for Railways is mandated to issue single safety certificates and vehicle (type) authorisations valid in multiple European countries and to ensure an interoperable European Rail Traffic Management System, in the development and implementation of the Single European Railway Area.

Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought 23 October 2020, 00:28 CET
Awarded for the first time in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the highest tribute paid by the European Union to human rights work. It gives recognition to individuals, groups and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to protecting freedom of thought. Through the prize and its associated network the EU assists laureates, who are supported and empowered in their efforts to defend their causes.

SURE - the temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency 25 September 2020, 22:11 CET
The temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) is available for Member States that need to mobilise significant financial means to fight the negative economic and social consequences of the coronavirus outbreak on their territory. It can provide financial assistance up to EUR 100 billion in the form of loans from the EU to affected Member States to address sudden increases in public expenditure for the preservation of employment.

Single European Sky 22 September 2020, 17:19 CET
Since 2004, the European Union (EU) has gained competences in air traffic management (ATM) and the decision-making process has moved away from an intergovernmental practice to the EU framework. The EU’s main objective is to reform ATM in Europe in order to cope with sustained air traffic growth and operations under the safest, most cost- and flight-efficient and environmentally friendly conditions.

DOOR - EU Database of Origin and Registration 14 September 2020, 22:03 CET
You can search by country, product type, registered name and name applied for, and by: protected designations of origin (PDOs); protected geographical indications (PGIs); traditional specialities guaranteed (TSGs)

Geographical indications and traditional specialities 14 September 2020, 22:01 CET
EU quality policy aims at protecting the names of specific products to promote their unique characteristics, linked to their geographical origin as well as traditional know-how. Product names can be granted with a 'geographical indication' (GI) if they have a specific link to the place where they are made. The GI recognition enables consumers to trust and distinguish quality products while also helping producers to market their products better.

Code of Practice on Disinformation 10 September 2020, 17:20 CET
Representatives of online platforms, leading social networks, advertisers and advertising industry agreed on a self-regulatory Code of Practice to address the spread of online disinformation and fake news. This is the first time worldwide that industry agrees, on a voluntary basis, to self-regulatory standards to fight disinformation. The Code aims to set a wide range of commitments, from transparency in political advertising to the closure of fake accounts and demonetization of purveyors of disinformation.

Strategic Foresight 09 September 2020, 16:43 CET
Foresight is the discipline of exploring, anticipating and shaping the future to help building and using collective intelligence in a structured, systematic and systemic way to anticipate developments. Strategic foresight, on the other hand, seeks to embed foresight into European Union policy-making. Strategic Foresight will: anticipate trends, emerging issues, and their potential implications and opportunities in order to draw useful insights for strategic planning, policy-making and preparedness; inform the design of new initiatives and the review of existing ones in line with the revamped Commission Better Regulation toolbox; build collective intelligence in a structured and systematic way to better develop possible transition pathways, prepare the EU to withstand shocks and shape the future we want.

OLAF - the European Anti-Fraud Office 03 September 2020, 21:43 CET
OLAF investigates fraud against the EU budget, corruption and serious misconduct within the European institutions, and develops anti-fraud policy for the European Commission.

Critical raw materials webpage 03 September 2020, 17:53 CET
Raw materials are seen as crucial to Europe's economy. They form a strong industrial base, producing a broad range of goods and applications used in everyday life and modern technologies. Reliable and unhindered access to certain raw materials is a growing concern within the EU and across the globe. To address this challenge, the European Commission has created a list of critical raw materials (CRMs) for the EU, which is subject to a regular review and update. CRMs combine raw materials of high importance to the EU economy and of high risk associated with their supply.

European Vaccines Strategy 20 August 2020, 23:54 CET
As part of the effort to help protect people everywhere and EU citizens in particular, the Commission is proposing an EU strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL, THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK EU Strategy for COVID-19 vaccines - COM/2020/245 final

European Capitals of Culture 18 August 2020, 23:45 CET
The European Capitals of Culture initiative is designed to: Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe; Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share; Increase European citizens' sense of belonging to a common cultural area; Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities. In addition to this, experience has shown that the event is an excellent opportunity for: Regenerating cities; Raising the international profile of cities; Enhancing the image of cities in the eyes of their own inhabitants; Breathing new life into a city's culture; Boosting tourism