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Eurobarometer
The web site for the Public Opinion Analysis sector of the European Commission. the European Commission has been monitoring the evolution of public opinion in the Member States, thus helping the preparation of texts, decision-making and the evaluation of its work. Surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship, including EU enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro and defence.

Corporate tax competition and coordination in the EU
This paper reviews the rationales and facts about corporate tax coordination in Europe. Although statutory tax rates have dramatically declined, revenues collected from corporate taxation are fairly stable and there is so far no evidence of a race-to-the-bottom. The ambiguous results from economic tax theory and the institutional setting have constrained strong EU policy action in the area of tax competition. Yet, there are welfare gains to be expected from tax coordination. Following its 2001 Communication, the European Commission is currently working with Member States on the definition of a common consolidated corporate tax base for European Companies.

Injuries in the EU - summary statistics 2002-2004
Health and Consumer Protection: Injuries in the EU - summary statistics 2002-2004

European Defence Agency
The European Defence Agency was established under a Joint Action of the Council of Ministers on 12 July, 2004, "to support the Member States and the Council in their effort to improve European defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the European Security and Defence Policy as it stands now and develops in the future".

Concentrating Solar Power
Main New and Renewable Energies projects supported by the European Commission

Preliminary draft budget 2007
EU Budget online

Macroeconomic effects of a pandemic in Europe - model-based assessment
This report estimates possible macroeconomic effects of a pandemic taking place in the EU in 2006, using a quarterly macroeconomic model. The macroeconomic costs of a pandemic, that is the cost in terms of production lost due to illness and death measured as reductions in GDP growth and/or declines in the level of GDP, are quantified in various pandemic scenarios. We focus on two sectors of the European economy that are expected to be particularly severely hit, tourism and trade. The results are compared with those obtained in similar studies. Our basic conclusion is that, although a pandemic would take a huge toll in human suffering, it would most likely not be a severe threat to the European macroeconomy.

Keep Europe moving - mid-term review of EU Transport White Paper
The Communication from Commission "Keep Europe moving - Sustainable mobility for our continent" is a mid-term review of the European Commission's 2001 Transport White Paper.

EURES - European Job Mobility Portal
European Employment Services (EURES) is the European Job Mobility Portal. It is designed to help find information on jobs and learning opportunities in Europe. EURES offers three types of service: information, advice and recruitment/placement (job-matching).