Delivering on its Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies, on Wednesday 25 May the European Commission has presented a three-pronged plan to boost e-commerce by tackling geoblocking, making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable and efficient and promoting customer trust through better protection and enforcement.
On Wednesday 25 May, the European Commission proposed an update of EU audiovisual rules to create a fairer environment for all players, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech better. This proposal also reflects a new approach to online platforms, addressing challenges in different areas.
The European Union’s efforts to ensure clean and healthy bathing water began forty years ago when the first Bathing Water Directive was issued. The annual bathing water report published on 25 May proves the value of the legislation and the years of investment in waste water infrastructure and other pollution reduction measures. It shows that bathing water quality has improved continuously over time leading to 96 % of monitored bathing sites in the EU meeting the minimum standards for water quality in 2015.
Today, the European Commission has published its Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in 2015. The report gives an overview of how fundamental rights have been applied across a range of EU policies and in Member States.
The Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. To mark this event, the European Commission is organising a series of seminars in five Member States (Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Malta and Croatia) to gather current beneficiaries from the enlargement and neighbourhood countries as well as Member State officials who have been the beneficiaries of TAIEX assistance in the pre-accession period.
The 2016 European Semester, the EU's annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance, is nearing its completion with the publication of country-specific recommendations to member states including Malta. These economic and social policy recommendations are intended to encourage national efforts to further boost jobs and growth for the coming 12-18 months.
On 12 May, the Council adopted the Commission's proposal to prolong proportionate controls at certain internal Schengen borders in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, for up to six months. These countries had already introduced measures to address the threat to public policy and internal security resulting from the secondary movements of irregular migrants from Greece. Last week, the Commission proposed a recommendation to extend these measures, in line with the Schengen Borders Code, as, and despite significant progress made by Greece, not all of the serious deficiencies identified could be adequately and comprehensively addressed within the three months' limit.
As part of continuous efforts to make justice more accessible, the European Commission has today launched a new case law search engine on the European e-Justice Portal. Since 2010, this Portal guides citizens, businesses and law professionals through justice procedures both at EU and national level. For instance, the portal helps them find a lawyer or understand how they can access to courts in any Member State.
The 9th May is an important date for all Europeans. Europe Day marks the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations a thing of the past.