On Tuesday 24 January, the European Commission published its third EU Citizenship Report taking stock of progress since 2014 and further presenting actions to ensure citizens can fully enjoy their rights when working, travelling, studying or participating in elections.
On 23 January 2017, the European Commission took a further step towards establishing a European Pillar of Social Rights with a high level conference in Brussels. Detailed proposals will follow shortly.The European Commission also announced it would co-host an EU Social Summit with Sweden later this year.
Did you ever book a car online and find out you had to pay more when you get to the rental desk? Last year, this was the case of 2,000 consumers in Europe, who reported these issues to the European Consumer Centres, which help consumers when they travel or buy cross border.
During the joint press conference in Valletta with Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, President Juncker said with regards to the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union:
The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules Maltese plans to pay Electrogas Malta, operator of the Delimara plant, for providing energy to Maltese electricity company Enemalta. The measure compensates Electrogas for the additional cost of fulfilling public service obligations.
The year that has just started is a very special one for Malta, as our country, for the first time since its accession in 2004, has assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. Malta will be presiding over the Council for six months, from January to June 2017.
The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union officially launches today in Valletta. The whole College of the Commissioners has flown over from Brussels on the occasion. We bring you Karmenu Vella’s, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, personal take on the Presidency.
On Thursday 5 January, the European Commission has published an evaluation report of investments under the European Social Fund (ESF) during the 2007-2013 period, with specific reports for each Member State. The report shows that by the end of 2014, at least 9.4 million European residents found a job with support from the Fund. 8.7 million gained a qualification or certificate. Other positive results, such as increased skills levels, were reported by 13.7 million participants.
After a year of discussions, the European Parliament and Council have reached a provisional political agreement on the Firearms Directive. The Commission proposed a revision of the current EU rules on firearms on 18 November 2015 to make it harder to legally acquire high capacity weapons in the European Union, allow better tracking of legally held firearms thus reducing the risk of diversion into illegal markets, and strengthen cooperation between Member States.