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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.

European Commission
The European Union's executive commission

European Commission DGs
Directorates-General of the Commission - all the main EU policy areas.

European Commission Agriculture DG
The European Commission Agriculture Directorate-General covers issues such as Rural Development, Reform of the fruit and vegetable sector, reform of the wine sector, GM crops, EU Strategy for Biofuels, CAP reform and reform of the sugar sector.

European Personnel Selection Office
EPSO - Official website of the European Personnel Selection Office - its aim is to provide the public with free access to reliable information about recruitment to the EU institutions and to make best use of information technology to improve the management of selection procedures.