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EU-Catalyst Partnership 11 January 2022, 22:16 CET
Many clean energy innovations available today - like wind, solar, and lithium-ion batteries - are starting to compete with the emissions-intensive technologies they were designed to replace. After decades of research, development, demonstration, and deployment, these technologies are now cheap enough for productive markets to help them get to scale.

Health technology assessment 13 December 2021, 23:38 CET
In recent years a number of EU countries have introduced so-called health technology assessments (HTA). HTA measures the added value of a new health technology compared to existing ones. Examples of health technologies include medicinal products, medical equipment, diagnostic and treatment methods, rehabilitation, and prevention methods.

Smart readiness indicator 12 December 2021, 21:25 CET
The Smart readiness indicator (SRI) is a common EU methodology, which rates the smart readiness of buildings (or building units) in their capability to perform 3 key functionalities: optimise energy efficiency and overall in-use performance; adapt their operation to the needs of the occupant; adapt to signals from the grid (for example energy flexibility).

Energy and Industry Geography Lab 08 December 2021, 22:28 CET
The Energy and Industry Geography Lab is a tool for geographical data related to energy, industry and infrastructure. The tool makes it possible to find and filter energy-related data, and create and share maps displaying this data. The Energy and Industry Geography Lab enables analyses and assessments that support Europe’s transition to climate neutrality. The tool is developed and maintained by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

New common agricultural policy: 2023-27 07 December 2021, 23:46 CET
On 2 December, 2021, the agreement on reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP) was formally adopted. The new legislation, which is due to begin in 2023, paves the way for a fairer, greener and more performance-based CAP. It will seek to ensure a sustainable future for European farmers, provide more targeted support to smaller farms, and allow greater flexibility for EU countries to adapt measures to local conditions.

EU rules on waste shipments 18 November 2021, 22:35 CET
EU rules on transporting waste within and beyond EU borders, to protect the environment and public health.

EU Energy prices 14 October 2021, 18:01 CET
In the EU, each EU country can decide its own energy mix, but it has to follow the rules of the internal EU energy market and take into consideration the EU's climate ambitions. The primary objective of a well-functioning market is to foster a secure supply of energy, produced as sustainably as possible, at affordable prices. The EU energy sector responds to market forces so that energy companies strive to be as competitive as possible.

Fruit and vegetables market observatory 06 October 2021, 17:56 CET
The aim of the EU fruit and vegetables market observatory is to provide the EU fruit and vegetables sector with more transparency by means of disseminating market data and short-term analysis in a timely manner. The market observatory has an expert group, which is divided in four subgroups on pip fruit, citrus fruit, stone fruit and tomatoes.

Wine market observatory 06 October 2021, 17:50 CET
The aim of the EU wine market observatory is to provide the EU wine sector with more transparency by means of disseminating market data and short-term analysis in a timely manner. Dashboards and reports display statistical data and the evolution of wine production and consumption on the European market over time.

Combating antisemitism 05 October 2021, 17:41 CET
EU activities to combat antisemitism including remembrance, education, and legislation

National holidays in Austria 21 September 2021, 14:33 CET
National holidays in Austria from world-calendar.com

European Green Deal 13 July 2021, 20:57 CET
Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, the European Green Deal will transform the EU into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy, ensuring: no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050; economic growth decoupled from resource use; no person and no place left behind. The European Green Deal is also seen as Europe's lifeline out of the COVID-19 pandemic. One third of the 1.8 trillion euro investments from the NextGenerationEU Recovery Plan, and the EU’s seven-year budget will finance the European Green Deal.

VAT 28 June 2021, 22:09 CET
The application of VAT is decided by national tax authorities but there are some standard EU rules, which are explained on this European Commission website. Check basic VAT rules in each EU country, and consult a Tax information Communication database.

Medical Devices Regulation 26 May 2021, 18:13 CET
Regulation (EU) 2017/745 is a regulation of the European Union on the clinical investigation and sale of medical devices for human use. It repeals Directive 93/42/EEC, which concerns medical devices, and Directive 90/385/EEC, which concerns active implantable medical devices, on 26 May 2021.

EU Immigration Portal 18 May 2021, 18:44 CET
At the EU Immigration Portal, you can find practical information about coming to work or study in the EU for more than 90 days and on how to join your family in the EU. If you already are in the EU and you would like to know more about your rights or you would like to move from one EU country to another, you can also find relevant information on this Portal.

Just Transition Fund 26 April 2021, 23:40 CET
The 'Just Transition Fund' supports the economic diversification and reconversion of the territories concerned. This means backing productive investments in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, creation of new firms, research and innovation, environmental rehabilitation, clean energy, up- and reskilling of workers, job-search assistance and active inclusion of jobseekers programmes, as well as the transformation of existing carbon-intensive installations when these investments lead to substantial emission cuts and job protection.

Horizon Europe - the EU's research and innovation framework programme 08 April 2021, 00:04 CET
Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The programme facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges. It supports creating and better dispersing of excellent knowledge and technologies.

Recovery and Resilience Facility 10 February 2021, 14:10 CET
The Recovery and Resilience Facility is the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU to help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis. The Facility will make EUR 672.5 billion in loans and grants available to support reforms and investments undertaken by Member States. The aim is to mitigate the economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic and make European economies and societies more sustainable, resilient and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green and digital transitions.

European Electronic Communication Code 04 February 2021, 16:11 CET
The EU Electronic Communications Code (EECC) is a new directive consolidating and reforming the framework for the regulation of electronic communications services and networks across the EEA. Member states had to adapt their existing telecommunications regulations in accordance with the EECC by 2020 - Directive (EU) 2018/1972 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2018 establishing the European Electronic Communications Code (Recast)Text with EEA relevance.

EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement 01 February 2021, 16:15 CET
The EU and Japan's Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2019. Together the EU and Japan make up for a quarter of the world's GDP and bilateral trade reaches some EUR 170 billion a year. The trade agreement with Japan: removes tariffs and other trade barriers and creates a platform to cooperate in order to prevent obstacles to trade; and helps the EU shape global trade rules in line with its standards and shared values, and sends a powerful signal that two of the world's biggest economies reject protectionism.

Euroscola 19 January 2021, 23:40 CET
The European Parliament set up the Euroscola project in 1990, thus allowing hundreds of thousands of high-school students to participate in a simulation exercise of the work of MEPs.

SME definition 11 January 2021, 23:10 CET
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 99 per cent of all businesses in the European Union. The definition of an SME is seen as important for access to finance and EU support programmes targeted specifically at these enterprises.

Draft EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement 26 December 2020, 15:27 CET
On 24 December 2020, the European Union and the United Kingdom reached an agreement in principle on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

InvestEU 08 December 2020, 21:44 CET
The InvestEU Programme brings together under one roof the multitude of EU financial instruments currently available and expand the successful model of the Investment Plan for Europe. With InvestEU, the Commission will further boost investment, innovation and job creation, triggering at least EUR 650 billion in additional investment.

GI view - Search for Geographical Indications across the European Union and beyond 26 November 2020, 17:28 CET
GIview is a modern user interface portal on geographical indications (GIs). It offers the public in general, as well as specific interested parties (e.g. producers, trade mark and other IP rights holders, enforcement authorities, public administration examiners), comprehensive information on all GIs protected within the EU (including non-EU countries’ GIs protected at EU level through bilateral and multilateral agreements), as well as on EU GIs protected in non-EU countries.