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Clean Air for Europe (CAFE)
Clean Air for Europe (CAFE) was launched in March 2001 with a Communication (COM(2001)245)). CAFE is a programme of technical analysis and policy development that underpinned the development of the Thematic Strategy on Air Pollution under the Sixth Environmental Action Programme.

Commission study on Ageing and Employment
The European Commission has published a study on "Ageing and Employment - Identification of good practice to increase job opportunities and maintain older workers in employment".

European Maritime Safety Agency
The European Maritime Safety Agency, created in the aftermath of the Erika disaster, will contribute to the enhancement of the overall maritime safety system in the Community. Its goals are, through its tasks, to reduce the risk of maritime accidents, marine pollution from ships and the loss of human lives at sea.

Corporate Social Responsibility for SMEs: Documentation Centre
On these European Commission pages you can find a brief introduction to some of the simple steps that companies can take to integrate corporate social responsibility into their daily business practices. It highlights ways in which corporate social responsibility can make your business more successful.

European Investment Fund
The activities of the European Investment Fund (EIF) are centred upon two areas, venture capital and guarantees. EIF's venture capital instruments consist of equity investments in venture capital funds and business incubators that support SMEs, particularly those that are early stage and technology-oriented; EIF's guarantee instruments consist of providing guarantees to financial institutions that cover credits to SMEs.

Citizen's Guide to Competition Policy
An introduction to EU Competition policy - what does it mean to you?

Competition in the EU Car Sector
Latest news on car distribution, price differentials etc - Europa site

Employment in Europe
Employment in Europe is DG Employment's main tool for the analysis of employment performance and labour market developments in the European Union and the Candidate Countries. It provides the basic analytical and statistical background to underpin the Joint Employment Report as well as other instruments key to the European Employment Strategy.

European Network for Workplace Health Promotion
Operating in a highly competitive business environment and at a time of increasing pressure on the labour market, many employers in Europe are aware of the need to implement measures to improve productivity and efficiency and at the same time enhance the working environment and culture. Workplace health promotion has been shown to make a major contribution to the achievement of these outcomes. The ENWHP promotes good practice in workplace health promotion and advocates the adoption of such practice in all European workplaces.

UNICE Confederation of European Business
UNICE represents more than 20 million small, medium and large companies. Active in European affairs, UNICE's members are 38 central industrial and employers’ federations from 32 countries. UNICE actively promotes and represents business interests in Europe. It advocates a favourable and competitive business environment to foster sustainable economic growth.

Trans-European Energy Networks
The Trans European Energy Networks - TEN-Energy - are integral to the European Union’s overall energy policy objectives, increasing competitiveness in the electricity and gas markets, reinforcing security of supply, and protecting the environment.

EU energy policies
European Commission Energy website covering coal, oil, gas, electricity and nuclear energy, as well as issues such as new and renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Free movement of capital
European Union legislation in force on the free movement of capital

Eurydice
Information Network on Education in Europe includes a searchable database of all the EU's education programmes. Eurydice is committed, first and foremost, to offering policy-makers and all those involved in the provision of education with information and studies geared to their needs. The Network boosts European cooperation in education by developing exchanges of information about systems and policies and producing studies on issues common to education systems.

eContentplus programme
The eContentplus Programme is a multiannual Community programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable. The 4-year programme (2005–08), proposed by the European Commission, will have a budget of EUR 149 million to tackle organisational barriers and promote take up of leading-edge technical solutions to improve accessibility and usability of digital material in a multilingual environment.

Electronic commerce and the European Union
The e-business concept goes well beyond e-commerce (buying and selling on-line) as it also encompasses the integration of ICT into business processes of enterprises. In this context managerial innovation and entrepreneurial spirit are as important as technological breakthroughs. The related policy challenge is therefore to help European enterprises, notably SMEs, to adapt themselves to structural changes, such as those fostered by the diffusion and pervasiveness of new technologies. It implies legal, technological, business and human challenges. EU main policy challenges are now to improve the managerial understanding of e-business and the availability of e-business solutions, as well as to promote networking and co-operation initiatives.

EU Pharmaceuticals portal
Since 1985, a score of European Community directives have been adopted with the aim of achieving a single, EU-wide market for pharmaceuticals.

Chemicals, industrial risk and biotechnology
Chemicals, industrial risk and biotechnology - EU legislation in force (EUR-Lex)

Medicinal products register
European Community register of medicinal products for human use

eTEN Telecoms
eTEN is the European Community Programme designed to help the deployment of telecommunication networks based services (e-services) with a trans-European dimension. It focuses strongly on public services, particularly in areas where Europe has a competitive advantage.

EU public procurement portal - SIMAP
SIMAP is the EU public procurement portal providing: General and specific information on the European public procurement sector; Links to the latest European Directives on public procurement; Links to the codes and thresholds used in public procurement; The official standard forms for sending notices to be published in the Supplement to the Official Journal (OJ S), as laid down in the European directives.

EU Trade
European Commission's External Trade web site

Postal services
Overall in the EU, postal services are estimated to handle 135 billion items per year, reflecting a turnover of about EUR 88 billion or about 1% of Community Gross Domestic Product (DGP). About two-thirds of this turnover is generated by mail services. The reminder is generated by parcels and express services which are already in the competitive area (i.e., the market is fully open to competing operators). The Commission's aim is to accomplish the Single Market for postal services and ensure a high quality universal service, by opening up the sector to competition in a gradual and controlled way on the basis of the regulatory framework of the Postal Directive (Directive 97/67/EC as amended by Directive 2002/39/EC). The improvement of the quality of service, in particular in terms of delivery performance and convenient access are fundamental aspects of this policy.

European transport policy
European Commission Transport portal

EU Maritime Policy
Considering its geography, its history and globalisation the European Union is still very dependent on the maritime transport. Nearly 90% of its external trade and more than 40% of its internal trade goes by sea; on the whole nearly 2 billion tons of freight are loaded and unloaded EU ports each year; maritime companies belonging to European Union nationals control nearly 40% of the world fleet; the majority of EU trade is carried on vessels controlled by EU interests; and finally the maritime transport sector - also including shipbuilding, ports, fishing and related industries and services - employs some 3 million people in the European Union.