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European Commission Representation in Austria
Contacts of the European Commission representation in Austria

DG Economic and Financial Affairs Contacts - European Commission
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) strives to improve the economic wellbeing of the citizens of the European Union by developing and promoting policies that lead to sustainable economic growth, a high level of employment, stable public finances and financial stability.

EU Development Contacts

The European Consensus on Development
The European Consensus on Development 2005 is a policy statement that reflects the EU's willingness to eradicate poverty and build a more stable and equitable world.

Introduction to EU Funding
The European Commission awards money in the form of grants in order to implement projects or activities in relation to European Union policies. These grants may be awarded within fields as diverse as research, education, health, consumer protection, protection of the environment, humanitarian aid, etc.

The European Commission and law-making
The European Commission's job is to represent the common European interest to all the EU countries. To allow it to play its role as 'guardian of the treaties' and defender of the general interest, the Commission also has the right of initiative in the lawmaking process. This means that it proposes legislative acts for the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers to adopt.

Strategic Planning and Programming
The European Commission’s work is planned and reported on in a new annual strategic planning and programming, and reporting cycle. The work programme sets out the concrete actions at the core of the Commission's political delivery - the strategic priorities. In addition, the Commission commits to develop a series of priority initiatives, to be adopted over the next 12 to 18 months depending on the depth and intensity of preparation needed to meet the quality standards of better regulation.

Information Society and Media Directorate General: contacts

Pharmaceuticals Unit: Contacts

Treaties of the European Union
The European Union is based on the rule of law. This means that everything that it does is derived from treaties, which are agreed on voluntarily and democratically by all Member States. Previously signed treaties have been changed and updated to keep up with developments in society.

Imagination, Entrepreneurship and the EU
Each year the European Union spends billions of euros on an array of programmes with aims that include developing new technologies and encouraging Universities and business to work together.  However, such initiatives can seem often more akin to the Eurovision Song contest; part of the cultural fabric, but only rarely delivering a big hit.

European Commission buildings policy in Brussels - briefing
The European Commission and Belgian authorities unveiled on 5 March 2009 plans for improvement of Brussels' main EU district, which has long been plagued by traffic and building sites.

Interpretation in the EU - briefing
The European Commission's interpreting service faces a potential succession crisis for linguists for a number of languages - and a shortage in several others. Without an increase in the number of qualified graduates from interpreter schools and universities, the EU Institutions will lose at least one third of their English language interpreters by 2015 due to retirement – and about half in a ten-year perspective.

Commission policy priorities for 2010 - briefing
The European Commission has today presented its Annual Policy Strategy which paves the way for establishing a policy agenda for 2010. While ensuring the continuity of the institution's strategic planning system, the Annual Policy Strategy takes account of the fact that a new Commission will be in office in 2010. It will be for the next Commission to review the policy priorities at the start of its mandate, and to turn them into an operational programme when it draws up its Work Programme for 2010. The impact of the current financial and economic crisis is likely to be significant both in 2009 and in 2010 and can be expected to remain the focus of the Commission's work.

Eco-management and audit scheme (EMAS) at the European Commission - briefing
Building on the success of its pilot project launched in 2001, the European Commission has decided to extend its environmental management system to all its activities and buildings in Brussels and Luxembourg. With this certification scheme — based on the EMAS regulation (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) - the Commission implements a system that defines and evaluates environmental aspects of its activities, leading to continuous improvements in areas such as increased energy efficiency, optimal use of natural resources and reduction of CO 2 emissions.

European Court of Auditors' 2007 Annual Reports
The European Court of Auditors' opinion on the EU accounts is now 'unqualified'. The opinion on the underlying transactions remains broadly similar to that of last year. The Court identifies the need for improvements in supervisory and control systems and recommends the simplification of regulations.

European Commission register of interest representatives - guide
The European Commission launched on 23 June 2008 its online register of interest representatives. All interest representatives engaged in influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions are invited to register. When registering, they will be asked to disclose some information to enhance the transparency of the relations between lobbies and the Commission.

Communicating europe in partnership - new European Commission strategy
In this paper the European Commission proposes actions to close the communication gap between the EU and its citizens. The emphasis is on promoting better ways for debating European integration. The central objective is to empower citizens to be better informed on the EU to voice their opinions on European affairs.

European Commission buildings policy - questions and answers
EC memo questions and answers - EU policy on the buildings of the European institutions. located in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.

European Court of Auditors Special Report No 2/2007
European Court of Auditors on Special Report No 2/2007 concerning the Institutions' expenditure on buildings

Preliminary draft budget 2008
European Union Budget online

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.

European Commission work programme
The European Commission's Work Programme sets out the Commission's plans for the 12 months ahead. It identifies actions which will make a positive difference for jobs, growth and investment in 2015.

Decision-making in the European Union
Decision-making in the European Union involves a number of institutions, in particular the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

EUROPA is the portal site of the European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Users can also consult all legislation currently in force or under discussion, access the websites of each of the EU institutions and find out about the policies administered by the European Union under the powers devolved to it by the Treaties.