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A collection of links to web sites of the European Union institutions and other European business web sites.

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EU Presidency
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 June 2019) is held by Finland.

Provisional calendar of meetings under Finland's Presidency (1 July - 31 December 2019)
Provisional agendas for Council meetings during the second semester of 2019 (Finland Presidency). This is a draft programme subject to changes.

European Cybersecurity Act
The EU Cybersecurity Act revamps and strengthens the EU Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA) and establishes an EU-wide cybersecurity certification framework for digital products, services and processes.

Market Access database
The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets.

Company Law and Corporate Governance
The purpose of EU rules in this area is to: enable businesses to be set up and to carry out operations anywhere in the EU; provide protection for shareholders and other parties with a particular interest in companies, such as employees and creditors; make business more efficient, competitive and sustainable in the long term; encourage businesses based in different EU countries to cooperate with each other. EU company reporting, auditing and transparency rules complement this legal framework.

Bathing water quality - signs and symbols
The new Directive ensures timely information of the public during the bathing season, with an obligation for Member States to disseminate actively and promptly information on bathing water quality. In particular, notices banning or advising against bathing should be rapidly and easily identifiable. The Commission adopted on 27 May 2011 a decision establishing a symbol for information to the public on bathing water classification and any bathing prohibition.

European Election Results in 2014
The elections were held in the UK on 22 May 2014. The UK voted in 73 MEPs from its 12 constituencies. An MEP additional seat in comparison of the previous elections, as a result of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty

European Election Results in 2009
Results of the 2009 European elections - numbers of European Parliament seats by political group and by EU Member State

Systems for tobacco traceability and security features
Articles 15 and 16 of the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD) provide for EU-wide systems of traceability and security features for tobacco products to address the issue of illicit trade.

Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists
Youth4Regions is a European Commission programme helping journalism students and young journalists to discover what the EU is doing in their region.

Safety Gate: the rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products
The Safety Gate rapid alert system enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

EU Transport Scoreboard
The 'EU Transport Scoreboard' is a benchmark comparing how EU Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport. The goal of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action. The Scoreboard brings together data from a variety of public sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum). It can be consulted either by country or by topic (Internal Market, Investment and Infrastructure, Energy Union and Innovation, People).

EU vs Disinformation
This website is part of a campaign to better forecast, address and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation. The ‘EU versus Disinformation’ campaign is run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force.

Modernising VAT for cross-border e-commerce
European Commission DG TAXUD page on VAT for e-commerce including legal texts

ENISA - European Union Agency for Network and Information Security
The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) is a centre of expertise for cyber security in Europe. The Agency is located in Greece with its seat in Athens and a branch office in Heraklion, Crete. ENISA is actively contributing to a high level of network and information security (NIS) within the Union, since it was set up in 2004, to the development of a culture of NIS in society and in order to raise awareness of NIS, thus contributing to proper functioning of the internal market.

Right to water
Right to water is a European citizens initiative launched to ensure that water remains a public service and a public good.

Aviation Strategy for Europe
The Aviation Strategy is a milestone initiative to generate growth for European business, foster innovation and let passengers profit from safer, cleaner and cheaper flights, while offering more connections. The Strategy contributes directly to the Commission priorities of Jobs and Growth, Digital Single Market , Energy Union and the EU as a global actor.

World Rare Diseases Day
Europe invested over EUR 1.4 billion in more than 200 collaborative research and innovation projects through the framework programmes related to rare diseases. 28 February is World Rare Diseases Day.

European Platform on Rare Disease Registration (EU RD Platform)
The European Commission launched on Rare Disease Day 28 February 2019 a new online knowledge-sharing platform to support better diagnosis and treatment for more than 30 million Europeans living with a rare disease.

League of Arab States (LAS)
The League of Arab States is a regional organisation bringing together all Arab countries, with the purpose of promoting and strengthening cooperation among its members.

High-Performance Computing
High performance computing (HPC), also known as supercomputing, involves thousands of processors working in parallel to analyse billions of pieces of data in real time, performing calculations thousands of times faster than a normal computer. In the digital era, it is at the core of major advances and innovation and a strategic resource for Europe's future.

Falsified medicines
Falsified medicines are often disguised as authentic medicines but may contain ingredients of bad or toxic quality, or in the wrong dosage. As they have not been properly checked for quality, safety and efficacy, as required by strict EU authorisation, they can pose a real risk to your health. As falsified medicines become more sophisticated, the risk of them reaching patients in the EU increases. They represent a serious threat to global health and call for a comprehensive strategy both at European and international level.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement
The EU has finalised negotiations for a trade agreement with Japan. The remaining formalities are expected to be done in time for the agreement to become effective on 1 February 2019. EU firms already export over EUR 58bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year. But European firms face trade barriers when exporting to Japan which make it hard for them to compete. The trade agreement with Japan will: remove these barriers; help the EU shape global trade rules in line with its standards and shared values; send a powerful signal that two of the world's biggest economies reject protectionism.

European elections website
This European Parliament website details how to vote in each member state or from abroad. The website is designed to help people find all relevant information they need in one place. How to vote - Why you should vote - Get involved - How elections work - Latest news - Election results

Family law
Family law is the competence of EU countries, and EU rules apply only in cross-border cases. Overview of family matters - Divorce and separation - Children's wellbeing - Property of international couples (marriages and registered partnerships) - Successions and wills - Civil status documents