The European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn, will be on an official visit in Malta on Thursday 21 July 2016. On this occasion, the European Commission Representation, in collaboration with the Strickland Foundation, is organising a Public Seminar on the European Neighbourhood Policy: The Challenges we face in the South.
The European Commission has reiterated its commitment to ensure the effective application of the whole range of European legislation and, in particular, the world's biggest single market of 500 million citizens. The Annual Report provides a clear picture on how the Commission monitored and enforced European Union law in 2015 and the Single Market Scoreboard reveals that barriers to the free movement of persons, services, goods and capital in the EU are being eliminated in most areas. The constructive compliance dialogue between the Commission and Member States increasingly leads to compliance issues being resolved without the need to resort to formal procedures.
This comprehensive support package is further evidence of the Commission's continued commitment to the agricultural sector across the EU. The European Commission has today presented a new package of measures worth €500 million from EU funds to support farmers in the face of ongoing market difficulties, particularly on the dairy market.
On Monday 18 July, the European Commission's Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) at the Joint Research Centre published the second edition of the RIO country reports, which assess the evolution of national research and innovation systems and identify key challenges.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's solidarity message following last night's terrible attack in Nice, France.
The global climate is changing. However, every citizen, whether old or young, can do something to protect the climate. The Embassies of France, the Netherlands, Germany and the European Commission Representation in Malta have joined forces to launch an image competition for children on the occasion of the European Climate Action Days 2016.
The Commission today launches a new public-private partnership on cybersecurity that is expected to trigger €1.8 billion of investment by 2020. This is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber-attacks and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cybersecurity sector.
Today, the European Commission formally proposed to the Council of the EU the signature and conclusion of a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The deal is set to benefit people and businesses – big and small – across Europe as of the first day of its implementation. To allow for a swift signature and provisional application, so that the expected benefits are reaped without unnecessary delay, the Commission has decided to propose CETA as 'mixed' agreement.
On Tuesday 28 June 2016, High Representative Federica Mogherini presented the EU Global Strategy on foreign and security policy to EU leaders, meeting in Brussels at the EU summit. Mogherini was mandated to prepare the new strategy by the European Council in June 2015 and invited to present it to leaders in June of this year
Today, the European Commission is proposing improvements to the EU rules that protect children in the context of cross-border parental responsibility disputes related to custody, access rights and child abduction. The new rules will speed up the legal and administrative proceedings and ensure that the child's best interest is always taken into account. When families have disputes or international couples separate, cross-border judicial cooperation is crucial to give children a secure legal environment to maintain relations with both parents (and guardians) who may live in different European countries.