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31/05/2012 - Europe at a crossroads: Looking to the future

Vice-President Viviane Reding is in Tallinn today to attend the XXV Congress of FIDE (Fédération Internationale pour le Droit Européen).

In her speech she looks to the future and asks where Europe is headed and calls for "a quantum leap forward towards a true Political Union".

Recognising that we are currently at a delicate juncture of European integration with many questioning the fate of the euro, her response rings crystal clear: "Monetary Union is as good as set in stone. It is forever. Legally, it cannot be undone."


23/05/2012 - European Commission calls on Member States to implement national plans for Roma integration

Today the European Commission has called on EU Member States to implement their national strategies to improve the economic and social integration of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma.

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "It is a good first step that Member States have presented national Roma integration strategies. They now need to make sure that these strategies do not exist on paper only. We need tangible results that improve the lives of Europe's 10 to 12 million Roma. The ball is in the court of national politicians."


17/05/2012 - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Homophobia is a blatant violation of human dignity that goes against all the founding values of the European Union.


09/05/2012 - Citizens' rights - you can set the agenda

Happy Europe Day! On 9 May every year we celebrate the first move towards the creation of what we know today as the European Union. This year, European citizens are invited to help set the EU's future policy agenda. The Commission wants to hear about the problems you face when moving around the EU, whether for work, study or holiday, or when exercising your electoral or consumer rights.