The European economy is now entering its fourth year of recovery and growth continues at a moderate rate, driven mainly by consumption. At the same time, much of the world economy is grappling with major challenges and risks to European growth are therefore increasing. The Commission's winter forecast shows that the overall growth outlook has changed little since the autumn but that the risk that growth could turn out worse than forecast has risen, mainly as a result of external factors. In the euro area, growth is projected to increase to 1.7% this year from 1.6% last year, and to climb to 1.9% in 2017. EU economic growth is forecast to remain stable at 1.9% this year and rise to 2.0% next year.
Following a positive opinion by the Schengen evaluation committee on Friday, om Tuesday 2 February the College of Commissioners adopted the Schengen Evaluation Report on Greece and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on addressing the serious deficiencies identified in the evaluation report on the application of Schengen rules in the field of management of the external borders by Greece. The recommendations will be submitted to the Council for adoption.
EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, will announce today the results of the Commission's public consultation on international ocean governance at the SeaWeb Seafood Summit in Malta.
The European Commission has today announced the winners of its annual translation contest 'Juvenes Translatores'. Sarah Falzon from G.F. Abela Junior College is this year’s Maltese winner. A total of 28 sixth-form students, one from each of the European Union Member States, will be awarded a prize after competing with over 3,000 participants from across the continent.
The European Commission has opened a public consultation on a new research and innovation initiative for sustainable food production and improved water management in the Mediterranean area. PRIMA, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, will involve both EU and non-EU Mediterranean states. It will reinforce international cooperation in research and innovation to address the food and water-related challenges that are critical to the region's sustainable development.
The European Commission Representation in Malta is offering an in-house training service to trainees for a period of up to 6 months. The traineeship is based on a request by the trainee and forms part of his/her course. Our traineeship programme presents an opportunity to receive work experience in a distinctly multinational and intellectually stimulating environment. This traineeship is unpaid.
Maltese Diplomat, European civil servant, Head of Unit – Elena Grech has ticked many boxes during her career. Now she's ready for yet another challenge – as Head of Rep in Valletta.
New rules are needed to align the tax laws in all 28 EU countries in order to fight aggressive tax practices by large companies efficiently and effectively. On Thursday 28 January, the European Commission opened up a new chapter in its campaign for fair, efficient and growth-friendly taxation in the EU with new proposals to tackle corporate tax avoidance.
The top priority of the Juncker Commission is to boost growth in Europe and creating new jobs while at the same time avoiding generating new debt. To this end, the Commission launched the Investment Plan for Europe with the aim of removing obstacles to investment, giving visibility and technical assistance to investment projects and using new and existing financial resources in a more efficient way.
The European Commission has tabled legislative proposals to ensure car manufacturers comply strictly with all EU safety, environmental and production requirements. The Commission is proposing a major overhaul of the so-called EU type approval framework. Under current rules, national authorities are solely responsible for certifying that a vehicle meets all requirements to be placed on the market and for policing manufacturers' compliance with EU law. Today's proposals will make vehicle testing more independent and increase surveillance of cars already in circulation. Greater European oversight will strengthen the system as a whole.