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Article 50 talks with the United Kingdom - documents
The European Commission's transparency policy for the Brexit negotiations aims to ensure full transparency during the whole negotiating process. Commission negotiating documents which are shared with EU Member States, the European Council, the European Parliament, the Council, national parliaments, and the United Kingdom will be released to the public and will be published here. These documents include, but are not limited to: Agendas for negotiating rounds; EU position papers; Non-papers; EU text proposals.

European Investigation Order
The "European Investigation Order", which entered into force on 22 May 2017, simplifies the work of judicial authorities when they request evidence located in another EU country. It is a tool to simplify and speed up cross-border criminal investigations. Directive 2014/41/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 3 April 2014 regarding the European Investigation Order in criminal matters

2017 European Semester: Country Specific Recommendations - Commission Recommendations
The European Commission presented on 22 May the 2017 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), spelling out the economic policy guidance for Member States for the coming 12 to 18 months.

European Union Prize for Literature
The aim of the European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is to put the spotlight on the creativity and diverse wealth of Europe’s contemporary literature in the field of fiction, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in non-national literary works. The works of the selected winners (one per country participating in the Prize on a rotation basis) will reach a wider and international audience, and touch readers beyond national and linguistic borders.

Europe Day, May 9
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schuman presented his proposal on the creation of an organised Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. This proposal, known as the "Schuman declaration", is considered to be the beginning of the creation of what is now the European Union. Today, the 9th of May has become a European symbol (Europe Day) which, along with the flag, the anthem, the motto and the single currency (the euro), identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivities that bring Europe closer to its citizens and peoples of the Union closer to one another.

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled
The Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013 in Marrakesh and it forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. It has a clear humanitarian and social development dimension and its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs).

House of European History
The House of European History is dedicated to the understanding of the shared past and diverse experiences of European people. It's a place where you can discover different points of view and common ground in European history. The House is an exceptional place, where visitors become involved and can enjoy learning about the history of Europe and the process of integration, in twenty-four European languages.

Derivatives (EMIR) - Regulation (EU) No 648/2012
Planned actions relating to Regulation (EU) No 648/2012 on OTC derivatives, central counterparties and trade repositories.

Taskforce on Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom
European Commission task force in charge of preparing and conducting the negotiations with the UK, taking into account the framework of its future relationship with the European Union.

Secure gas supplies
About one quarter of all the energy used in the EU is natural gas, and many EU countries import nearly all their supplies. Some of these countries are also heavily reliant on a single source or a single transport route for the majority of their gas. Disruptions along this route caused by infrastructure failure or political disputes can endanger supplies. For instance, the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine in 2009 disrupted supplies to some EU countries.

Pesticides and bees
The EU has one of the strictest regulatory systems in the world concerning the approval of pesticides. All pesticides on the market have been subject to a thorough assessment to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment. Insecticides are, by their nature, toxic to bees. However, their use should still be possible if exposure does not occur or is minimised to levels which do not generate harmful effects.

European Commission webpage on cookies
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to 'remember' your actions or preferences over time. Most browsers support cookies, but users can set their browsers to decline them and can delete them whenever they like. The Commission webpage includes description, EU legislation on cookies, use of cookies on the Europa websitre, and a Cookie Consent Kit.

Extremely Together - counter-extremism guide for young people
The project Extremely Together is managed by the Kofi Annan Foundation with the support of the European Commission and One Young World. It brings together exceptional young leaders to prevent violent extremism. In this Guide, ten young leaders pool their experience for the benefit of young people who want to take action against violent extremism of all kinds.

DG Energy - renewables
Renewable energy can be produced from a wide variety of sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal, and biomass. By using more renewables to meet its energy needs, the EU lowers its dependence on imported fossil fuels and makes its energy production more sustainable. The renewable energy industry also drives technological innovation and employment across Europe. The EU's Renewable energy directive sets a binding target of 20% final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Online Dispute Resolution
When consumers have a problem with a trader regarding a product or service they bought, they can settle their dispute out-of-court through an Alternative Dispute Resolution procedure. Such procedures are an alternative to resolving disputes before a court and are hence called Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). When they are carried out online, they are called Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Resolving disputes through ADR, in general, is easier, faster and less expensive than resolving disputes before a court. In the European Union, ADR procedures can take different forms and have different names e.g. mediation, conciliation, ombudsmen, arbitration, complaints boards.

Move2Learn, Learn2Move
Move2Learn, Learn2Move is a new initiative financed under the Erasmus+ programme which directly benefits young Europeans between the age of 16 and 19. A minimum of 5,000 young people will be selected and will receive an entitlement for the purchase of travel tickets for an amount between 350 EUR and 530 EUR. The objective is to allow them to travel to at least one other EU country to increase European consciousness and identity.

Consumer financial services action plan
In March 2017 the European Commission published an action plan setting out a strategy to strengthen the EU single market for retail financial services. The action plan seeks in particular to harness the potential of digitalisation and technological developments (FinTech) to improve consumer access to financial services across the EU.

Energy efficient products
In the European Union, many everyday products such as washing machines, refrigerators and cooking appliances carry energy labels and have been designed to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. The result of these labels and standards will be an energy saving of around 175 Mtoe (million tonnes of oil equivalent) by 2020, roughly equivalent to the annual primary energy consumption of Italy. For consumers, this means a saving of EUR 465 per year on household energy bills. Moreover, energy efficiency measures will create €55 billion in extra revenue for European companies.

Anonymous Whistleblower Tool
You as an individual can help in the fight against cartels and other anti-competitive practices in the European Union, such as agreeing on prices or procurement bids, keeping products off the market or unfairly excluding rivals. These practices cause immense damage to Europe's economy. They can deny customers access to a wider choice of goods and services at reasonable prices, stifle innovation and put companies out of business. Inside knowledge and assistance can be a powerful tool to help the EU Commission uncover cartels and other anti-competitive practices more swiftly than might otherwise be possible, and can contribute to the success of our investigations. If you are aware of business practices that you think are wrong, you can help the Commission to put things right by voluntarily providing it with information. This information can be facts concerning anti-competitive conduct, its circumstances and the individuals involved, for example, that are not publicly known but are known to you. They can concern past, ongoing or planned anti-competitive behaviour.

Glyphosate not classified as a carcinogen by ECHA
ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.

Contribute to EU law-making
The Commission wants to hear your views and reflect them in its decisions when it makes and updates EU laws. This is an important goal of the better regulation agenda. There are various opportunities to contribute to EU law-making as it evolves – from the preparation phase through to proposals for new laws and evaluations of how existing laws are performing.

EU guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child
The EU Council adopted on 6 March 2017 a revision of the 2007 EU guidelines for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child. The guidelines recall international standards on the rights of the child and provide comprehensive guidance as well as concrete ways to promote effectively and protect the rights of the child. With these guidelines, the EU reaffirms its commitment to the comprehensive protection and promotion of the rights of the child in its external human rights policy.

European Regional Competitiveness Index
Regional competitiveness is the ability of a region to offer an attractive and sustainable environment for firms and residents to live and work. Launched in 2010 and published every three years, the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) allows regions to monitor and assess their development over time and in comparison with other regions.

The EU at 60 - 60 years of the Rome Treaties
Sixty years ago in Rome, the foundations were laid for the Europe that we know today, ushering in the longest period of peace in written history in Europe. The Treaties of Rome established a common market where people, goods, services and capital can move freely and created the conditions for prosperity and stability for European citizens. For 60 years we have built a Union that promotes peaceful cooperation, respect of human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality and solidarity among European nations and peoples. Now, Europe's shared and better future is ours to design. Here you will find an overview of events around Europe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome and look back at some of the milestones that have shaped today's Europe.

Invasive Alien Species Europe app
Invasive Alien Species in Europe app aims to enable the general public (amateurs and professionals) to receive and share information about Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in Europe. It provides details about 37 difference IAS that are considered to be of interest to the complete European Union. Users can record pictures of possible Invasive Alien Species together with complementary information about their observation.