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Regulating North-East Atlantic deep-sea fisheries

The biological characteristics of deep-sea species and the specific features of deep marine ecosystems make them particularly sensitive to human activities. In July 2012, the Commission tabled a proposal to review rules for deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic. The Council has not yet taken a position, but the European Parliament is set to vote … Continue reading

Services bancaires de base: accès et mobilité

6 language versions available in PDF format Grundlegende Bankdienstleistungen Zugang und Mobilität Servicios bancarios de base: acceso y movilidad Services bancaires de base: accès et mobilité Servizi bancari di base: accesso e mobilità Podstawowe usługi bankowe: dostęp i mobilność Basic bank services: access and mobility Disposer d’un compte de paiement est essentiel pour les consommateurs … Continue reading

EU-Morocco fisheries partnership agreement

Fisheries agreements with non-EU countries are intended to allow EU vessels to fish for surplus stocks in the third countries’ exclusive economic zones in return for a financial contribution. They are negotiated by the European Commission (EC) based on a Council mandate, and ratified by the Council after consent of the European Parliament (EP). The … Continue reading

European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 2014-20

6 language versions available in PDF format Europäischer Fonds zur Anpassung an die Globalisierung 2014-2020 Fondo Europeo de Adaptación a la Globalización 2014-20 Le Fonds européen d’ajustement à la mondialisation pendant la période 2014-2020 Fondo europeo di adeguamento alla globalizzazione 2014-2020 Europejski Fundusz Dostosowania do Globalizacji (2014-20) European Globalisation Adjustment Fund 2014-20 Through its European … Continue reading

Promoting entrepreneurship through education

Presented as an individual’s ability to turn ideas into actions, entrepreneurship has evolved over time to embrace creativity, innovation and risk taking, as well as the ability to set-up and run a business. Entrepreneurship is now considered as a key competence for all which should be promoted at all levels of education (from primary school … Continue reading

Tackling invasive alien species in Europe

Some non-native animals, plants and micro-organisms can pose a serious threat to European flora and fauna, and disrupt fragile ecosystems. These so-called invasive alien species are considered to be the biggest threat to global biological diversity after habitat loss, and a leading cause of species extinction. More than a quarter of European native species which … Continue reading

Legal Initiatives for Business & Growth in the EU – In Focus

Developing strategies to foster economic growth, with a particular emphasis on SMEs, is one of the EU’s key priorities. In this thematic week we focus on legal initiatives currently on the table to aid business and economic growth in Europe. Streamlining legal rules regarding businesses activity Business law is the legal backbone of economic activity. … Continue reading

Women in politics

Only 120 years ago women first gained the right to vote in national elections, and actually New Zealand was the pioneer. To celebrate this anniversary, a special event will be held from 27 to 29 November 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Women in Parliaments Global Forum and the European Parliament have joined forces … Continue reading

Eurasian Union

Vladimir Putin’s plan to create a Eurasian Economic Union by 2015 is Russia’s most ambitious attempt so far at the economic integration in the post-Soviet space. The Customs Union formed by Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan in 2007, and the subsequent Common Economic Space in 2012, have already brought partial economic integration between the three states. … Continue reading

The road towards the Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius

The bumpy road towards the November 2013 Vilnius summit – supposed to be a milestone in the four-year-old Eastern Partnership – is heading to an increasingly uncertain destination. During the forthcoming summit, Association Agreements (AA) were set to be signed with Ukraine and initiated with three other partners: Armenia, Georgia and Moldova. However, the Ukraine’s parliament refusal … Continue reading

Looking East: the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in focus

This week’s key event is the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Vilnius on 28 and 29 of November, meant to be a milestone in the Eastern Partnership process: two countries – Moldova and Georgia – will initial agreements with the EU. However, just a week before the summit the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing … Continue reading

Migrant workers’ conditions in Qatar: Prospects of change on the road to the 2022 World Cup

The decision of FIFA, world football’s governing body, to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, despite its climate constraints and the lack of a domestic football tradition, was a major victory in Qatar’s long-term strategy aimed at enhancing the Emirate’s international outreach, within a broader ambitious foreign policy. However commentators stress that the challenge … Continue reading

Action programmes for taxation and customs

The European Commission (EC) proposes two programmes to enhance cooperation between tax and customs authorities and fund the required IT systems in the 2014-20 period. Background Cooperation between EU national authorities in the field of taxation and customs is currently carried out within the framework of Fiscalis 2013 and Customs 2013 programmes. These cover the … Continue reading

Girls’ education in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai

6 language versions available in PDF format Bildung von Mädchen in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai La educación de las niñas en Pakistán – Malala Yousafzai L’éducation des jeunes filles au Pakistan – Malala Yousafzaï Istruzione delle ragazze in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai Edukacja dziewcząt w Pakistanie – Malala Yousafzai Girls’ education in Pakistan – Malala … Continue reading

Horizon 2020: boosting research and innovation

6 language versions available in PDF format Horizont 2020: Förderung von Forschung und Innovation Horizonte 2020: potenciar la investigación y la innovación Horizon 2020: stimuler la recherche et l’innovation Orizzonte 2020: promuovere la ricerca e l’innovazione Horyzont 2020: pobudzanie badań i innowacji Horizon 2020: boosting research and innovation Parliament and Council negotiators have reached a … Continue reading

2014 CAP transitional measures

6 language versions available in PDF format Übergangsmaßnahmen für die GAP 2014 Medidas transitorias de la PAC para 2014 Mesures transitoires proposées dans le cadre de la PAC pour 2014 Misure transitorie della PAC nel 2014 Wspólna polityka rolna – środki przejściowe 2014 2014 CAP transitional measures In October 2011, the European Commission presented a … Continue reading

Transparent information for retail investors

Small investors often have difficulties under­standing and comparing different invest­ment products. As a result, they can often end up with products that do not meet their needs, and may even lose their investment. In order to ensure that retail investors receive understandable and comparable information, the European Commis­sion (EC) has proposed the introduction of a … Continue reading

EU Cohesion Policy 2014-20

6 language versions available in PDF format Kohäsionspolitik der EU 2014 2020 Política de Cohesión de la UE 2014-2020 Politique de cohésion 2014-2020 de l’UE Politica di coesione dell’UE 2014-2020 Polityka spójności UE na lata 2014–2020 EU Cohesion Policy 2014-20 The EU’s Cohesion Policy provides the framework for a wide range of programmes aimed at … Continue reading

Future of the Trans-European transport network

The priorities and objectives for the develop­ment of the Trans-European transport network (TEN-T) are set out in the TEN-T guidelines. Parliament is currently examining a Commission proposal to overhaul the existing guidelines. Background Conceived to ensure the good functioning of the internal market, economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as improved accessibility throughout the … Continue reading

2014-20 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF)

6 language versions available in PDF format Mehrjähriger Finanzrahmen 2014–2020 (MFR) El Marco Financiero Plurianual (MFP) 2014-2020 Le cadre financier pluriannuel (CFP) 2014-2020 Il quadro finanziario pluriennale (QFP) 2014-2020 Wieloletnie ramy finansowe (WRF) na lata 2014 2020 2014-20 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) Setting the maximum allocation of resources for each major category (“heading”) of EU … Continue reading

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