Europe is catching up with the US and Japan in terms of innovation, but big gaps between countries need tackling, according to an EU report.
For the second year in a row European Equal Pay Day falls on the last day of February, marking the fact that women effectively work the first 2 months of each year for nothing, given the stark difference between women and men’s pay.
The European economy continues to recover in most EU countries, though at a different rate and strength. However, the legacy of debt and fiscal consolidation from the financial crisis mean the recovery will remain fragile.
New strategy aims to address challenges facing Europe’s growing tourism industry to help it develop and become more competitive.
As part of an intensifying battle against tax fraud, the EU plans to strengthen cooperation with neighbouring countries on VAT.
On 11 February, the EU is participating in worldwide celebrations of Safer Internet Day 2014 by presenting online awards and launching a youth manifesto and safety website.
Corruption remains a Europe-wide problem and more must be done to prevent it, according to an EU report published this week.
The EU is proposing to reinforce its healthy eating programmes in schools to help address poor nutrition among children.
The EU has proposed curbing the freedom of the largest banks to engage in the sorts of speculative trading that contributed to the 2008 global financial crisis.
New EU report on the rising retail energy prices in Europe suggests ways to cut consumer costs and keep EU businesses competitive in the global market.
The EU is calling for progress on reforms to modernise Europe’s 1995 data protection rules, improving online privacy rights and helping businesses.
The European Commission has proposed measures to boost industry in Europe, which has been in decline since 2008, to secure job creation and economic growth.
The EU is aiming to develop a reliable and secure source of renewable energy by setting up an Ocean Energy Forum.
A 10-point action plan published by the European Commission calls on EU countries to do more to tackle the threat of extremist violence.
On 16 January at 20.00 CET, EU Vice-President Viviane Reding will debate live with citizens across Europe on YouTube.
Elections to a beefed-up European Parliament in May will see voters from all 28 EU countries choose politicians to represent them for the next 5 years.
Growth, employment and promoting social cohesion will be Greece’s priorities during its 6-month presidency of the EU, which started on New Year’s Day.
Stronger consumer rights will give shoppers more protection wherever they shop in the EU, particularly online.
At the December European Council summit President Barroso summed up 2013 as "a breakthrough year in terms of getting Europe's economy back on track".
The EU’s flagship research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020 - will see €15bn invested in job-creating projects in its first 2 years alone.
EU presents best practices to soften the impact of restructuring and redundancies on workers and social conditions.
The EU is proposing guidelines to ensure that employers make details of traineeships clear in advance, and that traineeships equip young people for permanent employment.
The EU has unveiled radical plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders in a bid to prevent the death of migrants seeking to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.
The EU has proposed new rules to protect businesses when confidential information is stolen or misused. The rules aim to encourage innovation and collaboration.
Changes to EU corporate tax rules seek to increase revenues for national budgets and level the playing-field by closing loopholes used by some companies to avoid paying tax.
Thousands of artists and arts professionals in European cinema, television, music, literature, the performing arts and heritage will benefit from increased EU funding.
The EU has used the proceeds of the Nobel Prize to help children affected by wars receive an education.
Package of economic and budgetary recommendations sets priorities for 2014, including tackling unemployment and restoring bank lending to the economy.
The EU could radically reduce its use of disposable plastic carrier bags over the next 4 years, under plans put forward this week by the Commission.
The European economy has started growing again in the second quarter of this year. Over the past months, there have been encouraging signs that the economic recovery will continue.
The Commission’s plans for 2014 will focus on EU growth, getting people back to work and a push to implement pending proposals.
In his statement after the October European Council, President Barroso outlined discussions which had taken place on access to finance for SMEs, regulatory fitness, the trade agreement with Canada, the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, and the issue of migration and refugees.
EU leaders to discuss the digital economy, economic and social policy, the Eastern Partnership Summit and the Lampedusa tragedy.
From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, the products of European farmers’ labour surround us. A new EU campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives.
The European Commission has unveiled its annual progress report and recommendations on prospective new member countries.
A quarter of adults in the EU lack the basic skills needed to succeed in a modern knowledge economy, according to a new survey.
The Commission is simplifying – and even withdrawing – EU rules and regulations. The aim is to make life easier for businesses and citizens and foster economic growth.
A dozen new or emerging authors from around Europe have been declared winners of the 2013 EU Prize for Literature.
A new EU initiative will help give young people the computer skills they need to prosper in the 21st Century.
A new strategy for managing forests in the EU will protect the environment while also aiming to create new jobs in rural areas.
23 September sees the launch of one month of online debates on jobs, banks, social rights, and e-commerce. Individuals, organisations and policy-makers will together trade ideas that could change Europe.
New strategy seeks to harmonise telecoms sector, ban roaming charges, cut red tape for businesses and introduce new rights for users and service providers.
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barroso made a rallying call to 'all those that care about Europe, whatever their political or ideological position, wherever they come from, to speak up for Europe'.
This G20 summit should send a strong message of confidence that the recovery will continue, says President Barroso ahead of the summit, today in Saint Petersburg.
The EU presses ahead with plans to regulate the shadow banking system that helped spawn the credit crunch.
You don’t need to go far in Europe to see outstanding historical or cultural artefacts. Whether you are heading for foreign shores this summer or indulging in armchair travel, fit some into your itinerary.
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