21 December 2015

Top 10 science facts we learned in 2015

From slime mould to space junk, and Botox to cow burps, Horizon journalists covered a wide range of stories in 2015 - and learned some curious facts along the way. Here are our favourites.

15 December 2015

Deep-diving robots to uncover the mysteries of the deep

Frozen in time for decades or even centuries, some of the world's most intriguing shipwrecks could be about to give up their secrets to a set of underwater robots developed by EU-funded researchers. The diving drones are able to locate objects of interest and provide images for information-hungry historians and archaeologists.

24 November 2015

Joint Statement ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Ahead of the occasion of the International Day for the elimination of violence against women, we join our voices to put an end to violence against women and girls. This violence constitutes a blatant violation of human rights and gender discrimination that blights every country in Europe and worldwide.

3 November 2015

Refugee crisis: European Commission steps up humanitarian aid to Syria

The European Commission will give €62 million in humanitarian aid to support Syrians displaced by the conflict inside their country.

29 October 2015

The Erasmus+ programme guide, version 2016 published

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.

27 October 2015

Top 12 European festivals awarded

12 festivals from 10 European countries have received awards for their innovative and trend-setting ways of bringing art and culture to audiences around Europe.

19 October 2015

EU reaches out to refugee scientists

European universities will be able to offer jobs directly to refugees who have a scientific background under an employment scheme aimed at helping with Europe’s refugee crisis.

19 October 2015

High-tech electronics helps the search for space life

The TeraComp project has developed a state-of-the-art 'terahertz receiver' that may help detect traces of life in space.

29 September 2015

International Day of Older Persons - 1 out of every 8 persons in the EU could be 80 or above by 2080 - Elderly people less at risk of poverty or social exclusion

The European Union (EU) as a whole is confronted with an ageing population. In 2014, the proportion of persons aged 65 or over reached 18.5% in the EU and it is projected to further increase in the future to almost 30% by 2080.

22 September 2015

New framework for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations (2016-2020) adopted

Yesterday, the European Commission and the European External Action Service adopted a new framework for the EU's activities on gender equality and women's empowerment in EU's external relations.

9 September 2015

State of the EU: Commission President Juncker to address Parliament

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will discuss the challenges facing Europe on 9 September from 9.00 CET. It will be his first State of the European Union speech since Parliament elected him to the post following the EU elections in May 2014.

2 September 2015

European Commission adopts its position ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit 2016

Today the European Commission has adopted a Communication 'Towards the World Humanitarian Summit: A global partnership for principled and effective humanitarian action'.

1 September 2015

A new, more inclusive vision of education and training up to 2020

A draft joint report by the Commission published today calls for strengthening cooperation in education and training up to 2020 and especially to promote social inclusion.

1 September 2015

Five EU-funded films in the spotlight at the Venice International Film Festival

Five EU-funded films are competing in the prestigious 72nd Venice International Film Festival which starts on 2 September.

19 August 2015

The European Union supports humanitarian action

The European Union is committed to protecting humanitarian workers and supports World Humanitarian Day every year on 19 August.

7 August 2015

New cross border programme for Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

People living in 5 border regions in Greece and 4 regions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will benefit from a new EU supported cross border programme adopted today.

5 August 2015

Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia set to benefit from €17 million of EU funds to jointly address common challenges

The new Interreg-IPA "Bulgaria – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" cross-border programme adopted...

30 July 2015

The Longest Autonomous Flight

AtlantikSolar broke the World record for the longest autonomous flight by a small Unmanned Aerial Vehichle (UAV) ever in July.

28 July 2015

Commission modernises EU customs procedures

The European Commission has adopted today a legal act to create a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system to support cross-border trade and provide for more EU-wide cooperation in customs matters.

20 July 2015

Automated transportation in the (driverless) seat

Advances in driverless vehicle technology could revolutionise the way we travel. An EU-funded project is working to develop a prototype automated transport system for...

17 July 2015

Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works

Every year there are devastating forest fires in Europe, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. Although the South European countries are at a higher risk, no European country...

15 July 2015

Booster shots for historical buildings

Looking at Europe's flamboyant cathedrals, it is easy to forget that even stone does not last forever. Without effective conservation, gargoyles erode, stained glass shatters...

15 July 2015

Commission publishes the Climate and Energy Summer package

As part of the Energy Union strategy, today the Commission presents proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market...

02 July 2015

Aviation: certifying third country operators to cut red tape and boost air safety

Today, the Commission and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued the first single air safety authorisations to 22 third country operators. These certifications will be valid throughout the EU.

01 July 2015

Commission welcomes deal to improve consumer protection for insurance products

The European Commission has welcomed the agreement reached last night on a proposal for a revised Directive on insurance sales, known as the Insurance Distribution Directive.

30 June 2015

The end of roaming charges in the EU in June 2017

Huge telephone bills ruining your holiday budget, an Internet connection not delivering on its promises: these experiences will be soon old memories.

23 June 2015

Facebook photo competition “Europe in my region”

The European Commission organises Facebook photo competition titled Europe in my region aiming to raise awareness about EU-projects that made a real difference to local communities.

18 May 2015

Emissions trading: 2014 data shows emissions reduction

Emissions of greenhouse gases from installations participating in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) are estimated to have decreased by about 4.5% last year, according to the information recorded in the Union Registry

14 May 2015

Joint conclusions of the Economic and Financial Dialogue between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey

On 12 May 2015, the Economic and Financial Dialogue between the European Union and the Western Balkans and Turkey took place in Brussels, as part of ECOFIN Council. The Dialogue resulted with adoption of Joint Conclusions.

13 May 2015

European Commission presents a European Agenda on Migration

Тhe European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

8 May 2015

Commissioner Hahn’s Europe Day Message

Brussels, (9 May 2015) - Europe Day is an occasion for celebration, but also for reflection. In 1950, the French Foreign Minister, Robert Schuman, set out his idea for a new form of political and economic cooperation in Europe, which would make war in Europe unthinkable.

28 April 2015

Open Day: How has the image of the logo been created

This year's visual for Europe Day and the Open Doors Day of the European institutions is composed from elements of the 28 flags of the European Union member states.

27 April 2015

Road Safety: New EU driving licence code on alcohol interlocks

To improve road safety the European Commission has introduced a harmonized EU code on alcohol interlock devices for driving licenses...

22 April 2015

More freedom for Member States to decide on the GMOs use for food & feed

Today the Commission presents the outcome of its review of the decision-making process for the authorisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) as food and feed.

28 March 2015

EU successfully launches two Galileo satellites

Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, has just placed two more satellites into orbit. The lift-off took place on 27 March at 22.46 CET from the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana

25 March 2015

Investing in an open and secure Europe: €1.8 billion to fund Asylum, Migration, Integration and Security

Today the European Commission has approved 22 new multiannual national programmes under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF) for the period 2014-2020, worth together approximately €1.8 billion.

10 March 2015

New EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries

Today the European Parliament gave its final approval to new EU rules for safer and more eco-friendly lorries (Directive 2013/0195), put forward by the Commission.

05 March 2015

Completing the internal energy market: €100 million released to connect European energy networks

Commission opened the call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects.

03 March 2015

Air in the EU much cleaner than in past decades

A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years. Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, send less waste to landfill and recycle more...

20 February 2015

New Measures for Protection of Victims in the EU

The Victims' Rights Directive will give victims of crime stronger rights to support and protection across the European Union. EU Member States have until 16 November this year to implement the rules into national law.

09 February 2015

Security of energy supply - one of the building blocks of the Energy Union project

Today representatives of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia as well as European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy Miguel Arias Cañete have held the first meeting of the Central East South Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC) High Level Group in Sofia.

04 February 2015

Juncker Commission makes 1 billion euro available for the young unemployed

Today the European Commission proposes to make 1 billion euro from the Youth Employment Initiative available as early as this year. This change will increase by up to 30 times the pre-financing Member States receive to boost youth employment - reaching up to 650 000 young people and helping them get into work, faster.

27 January 2015

Money laundering: company owner lists to fight tax crime and terrorist financing

The ultimate owners of companies will have to be listed in central registers in EU countries, open both to the authorities and to people with a "legitimate interest", such as journalists, under a Parliament/Council deal endorsed by the Economic and Monetary Affairs and Civil Liberties committees on Tuesday.

26 January 2015

Juncker Plan will create 1.3 million jobs, Katainen tells economic affairs MEPs

The European Commission calculates that the Juncker Plan for a European Strategic Investments Fund will create 1.3 million jobs, said Commissioner for Growth and Jobs Jyrki Katainen in a debate...

22 January 2015

NGOs, media freedom and EU role at the heart of Hungary human rights debate

The recent clampdown on an NGO, media freedom and the potential for the EU to monitor the fundamental rights situation in member states were among the main issues raised at a public hearing on human rights in Hungary.

22 January 2015

€3.07 billion from the EU Funds for Slovenia

On 22 and 23 January Commissioner for Regional Policy Corina Creţu will visit Slovenia to officially launch the Partnership Agreement that was adopted on 30 October 2014.

21 January 2015

Vice-President Ansip: Freedom of the media, including the internet, is a vital channel for the freedom of speech

Speaking at a debate of the European Internet Foundation in Brussels, Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip set out his views on the need to strike the right balance between keeping the Internet open as ...

20 January 2015

World Economic Forum in Davos – Commission setting out EU action in "the new global context"

Nine Members of the European Commission will participate in the 2015 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, which takes place from 21 to 24 January under the motto “The new global context”.

20 January 2015

The European year for development: everyone's year

2015 is a special year for development. It is the first ever European Year to deal with the European Union's external action and Europe’s role in the world.

19 January 2015

EU Investment Offensive: Commission and EIB launch new advisory service on financial instruments

On 19 January, the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), is launching fi-compass, a new advisory service on financial instruments for the European Structural and Investment Funds. This service is part of the "one stop shop" advisory hub....