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New Deal for Consumers 07 January 2020, 21:47 CET
The "New Deal for Consumers" initiative aimed at strengthening enforcement of EU consumer law in light of a growing risk of EU-wide infringements and at modernising EU consumer protection rules in view of market developments. The Commission adopted it on the 11 April 2018.

EU Water Legislation - Fitness Check 13 December 2019, 00:22 CET
The fitness check is a comprehensive policy evaluation of: the Water Framework Directive (WFD); the Environmental Quality Standards Directive (EQSD); the Groundwater Directive (GWD); the Floods Directive (FD). It assesses whether the Directives are fit for purpose by examining their performance against 5 criteria set out in the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda: effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value.

Due diligence ready! 21 November 2019, 13:53 CET
The 'Due diligence ready!' online portal contains information, tools and training materials to guide your company in conducting due diligence on its minerals and metals supply chain. It is available in 7 languages.

European Youth Portal - Information and opportunities for young people across Europe 07 November 2019, 23:23 CET
The European Youth Portal offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It provides information around eight main themes, covers 35 countries and is available in 28 languages.

Erasmus+ student exchange programme 06 November 2019, 21:30 CET
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for mobility and transnational cooperation in the areas of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The current programme, as well as its successor, coming into effect in 2021, have a key role in making the European Education Area a reality by 2025. Erasmus+ aims to facilitate access to the programme for participants from all backgrounds, with a particular focus on reaching out to people with social, economic, physical or geographic disadvantages.

Wine market observatory 06 November 2019, 21:14 CET
The EU's wine market observatory brings short-term analysis and greater transparency to an important sector for EU agriculture. The EU is the biggest wine producer in the world, representing 65% of global production and 70% of exports. The observatory covers all types of wine - red, white, rosé - as well as wines protected under the geographical indication schemes: protected designation of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indication (PGI).

.eu top-level domain 17 October 2019, 23:24 CET
The .eu top-level domain gives Europe its own Internet identity. It aims to boost the visibility of the European Union on the Internet, increase users' choice of domain names and promote the development of electronic commerce.

European Labour Authority 16 October 2019, 18:24 CET
The European Labour Authority (ELA) ensures that EU rules on labour mobility and social security coordination are enforced in a fair and effective way and makes it easier for citizens and businesses to reap the benefits of the internal market.

Joint Research Centre (JRC) 10 October 2019, 21:14 CET
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.

Stages - Traineeship 02 October 2019, 23:28 CET
Trainees work all over the European Commission/Services/Agencies mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and across the European Union. The content of the job depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy etc.

Africa-Europe Alliance 02 October 2019, 23:23 CET
In his State of the Union Address on 12 September 2018, President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs. It complements the long-standing political partnership between the two continents. It deepens the economic and trade relations and goes beyond a donor-recipient approach, an "equals’ alliance".

EU Beach Clean Up 2019 19 September 2019, 18:21 CET
Every year millions of tons of trash end up in the ocean. By 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the sea. Therefore, the European Union, the United Nations and the Smurfs are teaming up. For clean oceans and clean beaches. EU and UN offices all across the world will organise beach cleanup events together with local organisations, schools, etc.

WIFI4EU - Free Wi-Fi for Europeans 17 September 2019, 17:40 CET
The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centres and museums in municipalities throughout Europe.

Payment services (PSD 2) - Directive (EU) 2015/2366 13 September 2019, 23:05 CET
In 2015 the EU adopted a new directive on payment services (PSD 2) to improve the existing rules and take new digital payment services into account. The directive became applicable in January 2018. It includes provisions to make it easier and safer to use internet payment services; better protect consumers against fraud, abuse, and payment problems; promote innovative mobile and internet payment services; strengthen consumer rights; strengthen the role of the European Banking Authority (EBA) to coordinate supervisory authorities and draft technical standards

Brexit preparedness checklist 13 September 2019, 11:48 CET
This checklist has been developed for information purposes and is meant to help companies doing business in the EU and/or in the United Kingdom (UK) to double-check their state of preparedness for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

European Cybersecurity Act 26 June 2019, 23:20 CET
The EU Cybersecurity Act revamps and strengthens the EU Agency for cybersecurity (ENISA) and establishes an EU-wide cybersecurity certification framework for digital products, services and processes.

Market Access database 17 June 2019, 22:53 CET
The Market Access Database (MADB) gives information to companies exporting from the EU about import conditions in third country markets.

Company Law and Corporate Governance 10 June 2019, 18:01 CET
The purpose of EU rules in this area is to: enable businesses to be set up and to carry out operations anywhere in the EU; provide protection for shareholders and other parties with a particular interest in companies, such as employees and creditors; make business more efficient, competitive and sustainable in the long term; encourage businesses based in different EU countries to cooperate with each other. EU company reporting, auditing and transparency rules complement this legal framework.

Bathing water quality - signs and symbols 06 June 2019, 22:59 CET
The new Directive ensures timely information of the public during the bathing season, with an obligation for Member States to disseminate actively and promptly information on bathing water quality. In particular, notices banning or advising against bathing should be rapidly and easily identifiable. The Commission adopted on 27 May 2011 a decision establishing a symbol for information to the public on bathing water classification and any bathing prohibition.

European Election Results in 2014 21 May 2019, 12:15 CET
The elections were held in the UK on 22 May 2014. The UK voted in 73 MEPs from its 12 constituencies. An MEP additional seat in comparison of the previous elections, as a result of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty

European Election Results in 2009 21 May 2019, 12:10 CET
Results of the 2009 European elections - numbers of European Parliament seats by political group and by EU Member State

Systems for tobacco traceability and security features 20 May 2019, 16:54 CET
Articles 15 and 16 of the Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU (TPD) provide for EU-wide systems of traceability and security features for tobacco products to address the issue of illicit trade.

Youth4Regions programme for aspiring journalists 09 April 2019, 23:50 CET
Youth4Regions is a European Commission programme helping journalism students and young journalists to discover what the EU is doing in their region.

Safety Gate: the rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products 05 April 2019, 20:35 CET
The Safety Gate rapid alert system enables quick exchange of information between 31 European countries and the European Commission about dangerous non-food products posing a risk to health and safety of consumers.

EU Transport Scoreboard 19 March 2019, 23:36 CET
The 'EU Transport Scoreboard' is a benchmark comparing how EU Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport. The goal of the Scoreboard is to help Member States identify areas requiring priority investment and action. The Scoreboard brings together data from a variety of public sources (such as Eurostat, the European Environment Agency and the World Economic Forum). It can be consulted either by country or by topic (Internal Market, Investment and Infrastructure, Energy Union and Innovation, People).