10 December 2014

Declaration by High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the European Union on Human Rights Day

Today we celebrate Human Rights Day to mark the adoption, 66 years ago, by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

01 December 2014

A new era for EU Justice and Home Affairs policies

Today marks a milestone for police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the European Union. As of today, 1st of December 2014, 5 years after the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the normal powers of the Commission and of the Court of Justice will apply to the acts in this field, in the same way as in any other area of EU law.

25 November 2014

1 in 4 deaths caused by cancer in the EU28 - Lung cancer main fatal cancer

In the EU28 in 2011, cancer was the cause of death for 1.281 million persons, responsible for more than a quarter of all deaths (26.3%).

12 November 2014

European Space Agency’s Rosetta Probe tomorrow will land on a comet

On 12 November, Rosetta’s Philae probe is set to make the first-ever landing on a comet when it touches down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

11 November 2014

Employment: Commission proposes €1.2 million from Globalisation Fund for former workers of Fiat in Poland

The European Commission has proposed to provide Poland with €1.2 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 777 workers made redundant by the carmaker Fiat Auto Poland to find new jobs.

9 November 2014

A busy first week in office for new HR/VP Mogherini

EU High Representative Federica Mogherini started her first week in office with a full agenda, She spoke to several EU Foreign Ministers over the phone and also had a phone conversation with US Secretary of State, John Kerry. She held several high level meetings in Brussels, including with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and travelled to Poland and the Middle East.

9 November 2014

Statement by European Commission President Juncker on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

On this fateful day 25 years ago, a wall was torn down and the world was forever changed. Germany was reunited. And German unity in turn became a catalyst for European unity.

5 November 2014

First College meeting of the Juncker Commission

Today, the new European Commission under the lead of its President Jean-Claude Juncker held its first meeting in Brussels.
After the approval vote of the European Parliament on 22 October 2014, the Commission took up office on 1 November.

30 October 2014

Signing ceremony of Financing Agreement and presentation of the Country Strategy Paper

On Thursday, 30 October 2014, at 10:00hrs, a signing ceremony of the Financing Agreement of the Cross-Border Programme with Greece as well as presentation of the recently adopted Country Strategy Paper for the new Instrument for Pre-Accession II (2014-2020), will be organised at the Secretariat for European Affairs.

17 October 2014

Fees and grants for students widely differ across Europe

Levels of student tuition fees, grants and loans continue to highlight stark differences across Europe, according to a report published today by the European Commission's Eurydice network.

6 October 2014

Ebola: EU helps deliver aid to Sierra Leone

Medical equipment provided by the United Kingdom was ferried into Freetown, Sierra Leone in West Africa this weekend. The cargo included two ambulances, equipment for the construction and operation of a 92-bed treatment facility and four other vehicles.

30 September 2014

Jean Monnet Conference 2014: what's next for European Union studies?

The future of EU studies is the focus of this year's annual Jean Monnet Conference, which takes place in Brussels on 1 and 2 October. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Training, Multilingualism and Youth, will open the event.

25 September 2014

Fly me to the moon: 300 cities set for European Researchers' Night

Destination moon - commencing countdown, engines on! If you have ever wondered what it's like to be a space astronaut or a forensic scientist helping to crack a murder mystery, then don't miss the annual European Researchers' Night (26 September).

23 September 2014

Europe's top young scientists chosen in Warsaw

Finally, the wait was over. For the past week, the University of Warsaw library had been packed with promising young scientists. 110 researchers aged 14 to 20 presented their projects during an intense competition, in the hope of impressing an international jury.

22 September 2014

Erasmus Impact Study confirms EU student exchange scheme boosts employability and job mobility

Young people who study or train abroad not only gain knowledge in specific disciplines, but also strengthen key transversal skills which are highly valued by employers.

8 September 2014

EU supports African Union mission to fight Ebola

The European Commission will provide €5 million to the newly established mission of the African Union (AU) "Support to Ebola Outbreak in West-Africa" (ASEOWA) that will join the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the disease in the region.

25 August 2014

Robots lending a helping hand to build Airbus planes

Trying to squeeze into tight spaces, carrying out highly repetitive tasks and living with back injuries: these everyday realities of working in aviation construction will soon be over. By bringing robots onto the factory floor to carry out the uncomfortable and tedious tasks, the EU-funded project VALERI hopes to place a higher value on human know-how.

4 August 2014

Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works

Every year there are devastating forest fires in Europe, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. The South European countries are at higher risk, but no European country is immune.

17 July 2014

EU countries are dismantling barriers to the European Single Market

Since last summer, EU countries have stepped up their efforts to make it easier to live, work or do business in another EU country, according to the latest edition of the Single Market Scoreboard released by the European Commission today.

15 July 2014

Commission to launch public consultation on the protection of geographical indications for non-agricultural products

The European Commission will today launch a Green Paper consultation on a possible extension of geographical indication protection to non-agricultural products. In today’s globalised world, consumers are looking for ways to identify authentic...

10 July 2014

Another record-breaking year for Erasmus

The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission today reveal that nearly 270 000 students - a new record - benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013.

1 July 2014

President Barroso announces caretaker replacements following the resignation of 4 Commissioners

Following the recent European elections, 4 Commissioners have resigned in order to take up theirs seats in the European Parliament as from today 1 July 2014...

25 June 2014

Bisphenol A (BPA) strictly limited in toys

In its continuous strive to improve the safety of toys the European Commission has decided today to set a strict limit of 0.1 mg/l (migration limit) in toys for children up to the age of 3 years and in any toys intended to be placed in the mouth. The limit was taken from European Standard EN 71-9:2005+A1:2007, which is applied...

19 June 2014

EU Member States granted protection to 135 700 asylum seekers in 2013

The EU28 Member States granted protection to 135 700 asylum seekers in 2013, compared with 116 200 in 2012.
Over the last five years, more than 570 000 asylum seekers were granted protection status in the EU.

17 June 2014

EU enhances commercial access to Earth observation data

Businesses and research institutions will soon have more reliable access to commercial earth observation satellite data, according to a proposal presented by the European Commission in Brussels today

10 June 2014

What robots can do for you

Healthcare: less invasive and more precise surgery.
In surgery, robotics can make surgery less invasive and more precise, thereby increasing a patient's survival outcome and reducing recovery time. As a result, robotics technologies can cut down the overall cost of medical interventions.

29 May 2014

The European Union's support to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina after the floods

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are struggling with the consequences of the overwhelming floods which have also had a serious impact on large parts of Croatia. Since the start of the emergency, the European Union has been showing solidarity with the affected countries and will continue to help them overcome and recover from the dramatic situation.

14 May 2014

The Court annuls the directive on cross-border exchange of information on road safety related traffic offences

On 19 March 2008, the Commission submitted to the Parliament and the Council a proposal for a directive seeking, in essence, to facilitate the exchange of information concerning certain road traffic offences and the cross¬border enforcement of the sanctions attached to them

16 April 2014

Every euro counts: European Parliament says 'yes' to new rules to fight fraud and euro counterfeiting

The European Parliament plenary has today voted in favour of two initiatives from the European Commission that will help protect the euro against counterfeiting and combat fraud against the EU budget.

15 April 2014

European Commission sheds light on problems of international families and consults on further action

A report published by the European Commission today highlights legal problems that international couples (spouses from different nationalities) still face across Europe when they try to resolve cross-border disputes concerning their marriage or the custody of their children.

15 April 2014

New EU website to provide easy and transparent access to aid data

A unique new web tool that provides easy access to clear, complete and accurate data on development and humanitarian aid around the world was launched by the European Commission, at the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in Mexico.

14 April 2014

Gender equality: EU action triggers steady progress

In 2013 the European Commission continued taking action to improve equality between women and men, including steps to close the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions discrepancies, to combat violence and to promote equality in decision-making.

25 March 2014

Consumer safety - 10th anniversary of Europe’s Rapid alert system on dangerous products

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products.

20 March 2014

The Human Brain Project just got bigger

One of the biggest EU-funded initiatives, the Human Brain Project (HBP), today announced the beneficiaries of its €8.3 million competitive call for new partners.

20 March 2014

Winners of 2014 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards announced

The winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are unveiled today by the European Commission and Europa Nostra. The 27 laureates, selected from 160 nominated projects across 30 countries, are honoured for achievements in four areas: conservation; research; dedicated service; education, training and awareness-raising.

18 March 2014

Tomorrow's Internet starts now: get ready!

With some 2.5 billion users world-wide, today’s Internet is an established part of our lives. But new challenges are arising all the time and Europe needs to think ahead so that Internet can continue to offer new services, applications and business opportunities

13 March 2014

“What does an enlarged EU mean to you?” The EU engages young people through a writing competition on EU enlargement 

The European Commission has launched a writing competition entitled “What does an enlarged EU mean to you?” targeting young people from the EU as well as from countries in the enlargement process.

10 March 2014

Poverty: Commission welcomes final adoption of new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

The European Commission welcomes today's definitive adoption by the EU's Council of Ministers of the Regulation on the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).

10 March 2014

German company wins EU's €2 million inducement prize for innovative vaccine technology

German biopharmaceutical company CureVac GmbH has won the EU's first ever innovation inducement prize.

10 March 2014

Women innovators prize 2014: Commission rewards winners from Germany, Netherlands and Spain

Ahead of the celebration of International Women's Day the European Commission announces the winners of the 2014 EU Prize for Women Innovators. They are Saskia Biskup (Germany, first prize), Laura van 't Veer (The Netherlands, second prize) and Ana Maiques (Spain, third prize).

07 March 2014

Bringing mummies to life? New tools to make museums more interactive

@chessexperience developed by French, British, German & Greek partners in EU-funded project will be showcased at the Innovation Convention #EUIC2014 in Brussels on 10-11 March.

24 February 2014

The EU leading the way to 5G

By 2020 there will be more than 30 times as much mobile internet traffic as there was in 2010.

17 February 2014

Roaming: 300 million extra customers for telecoms companies when roaming charges end, survey shows

94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their use of services like Facebook, because of mobile roaming charges, according to a new survey of 28,000 EU citizens.

14 February 2014

Electronics industry submits plan to make Europe a global leader in micro and nano-electronics

Electronics industry CEOs have told European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes that Europe can capture up to 60% of new electronics markets...

12 February 2014

New connected car standards put Europe into top gear

Imagine that you are driving along, and a message is projected on your windscreen, warning you of an accident that has just happened around the next corner.

4 February 2014

Environment: Generation Awake says Stop Wasting Waste!

The latest phase of the European Commission's 'Generation Awake' campaign focuses on the environmental, economic, social and personal consequences of using resources unsustainably.

30 January 2014

"Eat well – feel good": Commission proposes to combine and reinforce existing school milk and school fruit schemes

The European Commission today published a proposal bringing together two currently separate school schemes, the School Fruit Scheme and the School Milk Scheme, under a joint framework.

22 January 2014

2030 climate and energy goals for a competitive, secure and low-carbon EU economy

A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system.

20 January 2014

Rīga and Umeå: European Capitals of Culture in 2014

Each year, cities chosen as European Capitals of Culture – in 2014 Umeå and Rīga – provide living proof of the richness and diversity of European cultures.

20 January 2014

Free movement of people: Commission to tackle tax discrimination against mobile EU citizens

Member States' tax provisions are to be scrutinised to ensure that they do not discriminate against mobile EU citizens, in a targeted initiative launched by the Commission.

14 January 2014

EU awards €575 million for cutting-edge science including Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Geochemical clock

The European Research Council (ERC) has today selected 312 top scientists in its first Consolidator Grant competition. This new funding will enable the researchers to consolidate their own teams and to further develop their best ideas.

13 January 2014

Green light for Erasmus+: More than 4 million to get EU grants for skills and employability

Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved by the European Parliament.

10 January 2014

Latvians are spending their last lats

The euro changeover in Latvia is reaching its final stage. The Lats will cease to be legal tender on 15 January 2014.