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22/02/2013 - Debating with citizens in Coimbra

Today Vice-President Viviane Reding is in Coimbra (Portugal) to hold a debate with over 400 citizens about their expectations for the future of the European Union. The debate will feed into the upcoming Citizenship Report 2013 and accompany the work on the Commission's proposals for treaty change to shape a stronger European Union for the future.

Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "Having such an open dialogue is even more important in a country like Portugal, where citizens have made huge sacrifices to ensure that future generations won't pick up the bill for past generations' mistakes."


14/02/2013 - "I am Viviane Reding and I rise against violence"

Vice-president Viviane Reding lent her support to the One Billion Rising Campaign and announced new activities to uphold the rights of women victims of violence to be launched by the Commission in March.


12/02/2013 - General Report on the Activities of the European Union 2012 now online

Today the European Commission published the General Report on the Activities of the European Union 2012 which presents the actions taken to address all the challenges of the past year. Throughout 2012, the EU and the world have been faced with a series of challenges that required immediate and sustained responses: from tackling the economic crisis to promoting democracy, stability and prosperity in the Union's neighbourhood and other parts of the world.


05/02/2013 - Commission takes action to strengthen the protection of the euro

Since its introduction in 2002, counterfeiting of the euro has led to financial damage amounting to at least € 500 million.

To help protect the euro and other EU currencies from counterfeiting, Vice-President Viviane Reding and Commissioner Algirdas Semeta have today proposed new criminal law measures. These include strengthening cross-border investigations and introducing minimum penalties, including imprisonment, for the most serious counterfeiting offences.