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Member States should use the window of opportunity offered by the economic recovery to pursue structural reforms, boost investment and strengthen their public finances. Priorities vary across the EU but further efforts across the board are essential to achieve more inclusive, robust and sustainable growth.
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission ('Commission') is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
Today, President Juncker announced his intention to allocate the Digital Economy and Society portfolio to Mariya Gabriel, the candidate for Commissioner from Bulgaria.
What started as a grassroots initiative through an EU funded LIFE project in Spain is now becoming an official European day. In a ceremony today Commissioner for Environment, Karmenu Vella, Chairwoman of the European Parliament's Environment Committee, Adina-Ioana Valean, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, and Neil Kerr, Deputy Permanent Representative of Malta signed a joint declaration to proclaim 21st May as the "European Natura 2000 Day". It will be celebrated annually across Europe.
On this day, together with millions of people around the world, the EU celebrates the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a timely opportunity to remind Governments of their obligation to promote the universality of human rights and ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation enjoys these rights without discrimination.
It is with pleasure that we announce the open call for the application process for bands interested in participating in the inter-communal music festival - Unity Fest which will take place in the moat area of the Ledra Palace Hotel on the 27th of June 2017. Unity Fest aims to bring together the Cypriot youth across the divide, under the power of music and hope, to work for a culture of peace in Cyprus overcoming fears and prejudices. Guest stars: Gadjo Dilo and Fikri Karayel. Please see below the conditions for applications.
The European economy has entered its fifth year of recovery, which is now reaching all EU Member States. This is expected to continue at a largely steady pace this year and next.
Maarten Verwey, Director General of the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission, made the following statement after his meeting with Mustafa Akıncı and Nicos Anastasiades this morning:
1 345 students from all over the world have just received the good news that they have been awarded an EU-funded scholarship to begin studying for an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree this autumn.