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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 Transparency Initiative
The purpose of this corner is to give a small overview on the Transparency Initiative – an idea, which among other goals aims to increase openness and accessibility of EU institutions, raise awareness over the use of the EU budget and make the Union's institutions more accountable to the public. The site will be constantly updated as the debate progresses, providing you with fresh information on the outcomes of the debates and future plans.

The EU at a Glance
Basic information about the European Union with links to more detailed information - Panorama of the EU - Maps of Europe and a description of each country - EU law and treaties - Travelling in Europe - The symbols of the EU - Basic statistics on Europe

Community Reference Laboratories
CRLs are analytical laboratories designated by Community directives and regulations. They are an integral part of European risk management system. The mission of the Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements (IRMM) is to promote a common and reliable European measurement system in support of EU policies.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Europe: steps towards a policy framework - European Commission Communication COM(2007)96 final

European Consumer Centres Network (ECC-Net)
Who can you turn to if you have a problem with a product you bought in another European country? Who can inform you of your rights and what you are entitled to as a European consumer? If you have a complaint against a company or you are in a dispute with a trader, who can assist you and help solve your case? The network of European Consumer Centres is there to help with such questions and any other problems you may have concerning your activities as a consumer in Europe. The aim being that you should feel as confident when shopping in another country as you do at home.

Attitudes towards alcohol
Eurobarometers - surveys of European public opinion - about EU Public Health issues.

European Neighbourhood Policy
Since the 2004 enlargement of the EU, relations with its neighbours have become the EU’s main external priority. Through the European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU aims to avoid new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours to the east and on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. It invites these neighbours, on the basis of a mutual commitment to common values, to move beyond existing cooperation to deeper economic and political, cultural and security cooperation - strengthening stability, security and well-being for all concerned. The new feature goes beyond cooperation to include economic integration, for those ready and able.

Brussels European Council 8/9 March 2007 Presidency Conclusions
Brussels European Council 8/9 March 2007 Presidency Conclusions

50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome - Europa website
This European Commission website contains information concerning the celebrations of the EU's 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

2007 report on equality between women and men
2006 saw two major events with a bearing on gender equality in the EU: the adoption by the Commission of the Roadmap for equality between women and men for the period 2006-2010, and the adoption by the European Council of the Pact for Gender Equality. These two key initiatives testify to the EU's continued commitment to achieving genuine equality between women and men.

European Consumer Consultative Group 2006 - 2009
n its Decision (2003/709/EC) of 9 October 2003, the Commission created the European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG). This body replaced the Consumer Committee as the Commission's main forum for engaging with consumer organisations.

EU Food Quality Schemes Project
Considering the constant increase of Quality Assurance and Certification schemes, the European Parliament has requested the European Commission to analyse the opportunity to implement a Community legal framework for the protection of such schemes in the Food Chain. In order to ensure that the best available knowledge in the field is backed by the reality of the Food Chain, the European Commission decided to build the analysis on a combination of research and direct input from stakeholders.

Health-EU Portal
The Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General is pleased to present the Health-EU Portal (the official public health portal of the European Union) and the wide range of information and data on health-related issues and activities at both European and international level...

Environment Council 20 February 2007
Environment Council of EU Ministers, Background note, Agenda, Council conclusions on climate change, Council conclusions on pesticides

UKROM Link website
UKROM Link website

EU eCommunications Legislation
eCommunications - Legislation in Force

Meeting the costs of health care abroad
While travelling in another European State, you need unforeseen medical treatment. This is covered by the European health insurance card. If the treatment is the reason for your travel to another European State, these costs can be met if you obtain authorisation.

Avian influenza in the EU
Avian influenza or bird flu is a highly contagious viral disease which primarily affects birds. The European Commission has stepped up preventive measures against avian influenza, in response to the threat of H5N1.

Internal Market Scoreboard
The Internal Market Scoreboard examines how quickly and how well each of the EU Member States writes Single Market directives into national law. It also highlights the number of infringements proceedings that are underway against Member States.

Smoke-free options - Green Paper
Green Paper - Towards a Europe free from tobacco smoke: policy options at EU level

Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe
The Stability Pact is the first serious attempt by the international community to replace the previous, reactive crisis intervention policy in South Eastern Europe with a comprehensive, long-term conflict prevention strategy.

Public pension expenditure - projection results
Public pension expenditure in the EPC and the European Commission projections: an analysis of the projection results

Secondary trading at EU airports
Study on the impact of the introduction of secondary trading at Community airports.

EU Budget 2007 figures
General Budget of the European Union for the financial year 2007 - the figures.

Energy sector inquiry - final report
The main objective of the European Commission energy inquiry was to gather information to identify possible distortions of competition in the EU and its main results were published on 10 January 2007.