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.
Delivering a deeper and fairer Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is one of the top priorities of European Commission President Juncker. The Five Presidents’ Report, presented on 22 June 2015, is the basis for achieving this aim within the next decade. In addition, the Commission committed itself to stimulate a broad-based consultation, facilitate discussions and open debates across the EU. This should gather ideas from across Europe on the future form of the EMU and help to shape consensus on the more fundamental changes that are needed.
9 May marks the most important recurrence for all Europeans: Europe Day. The date is the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration', considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union. To mark this anniversary, the European Commission Representation in Malta is launching the Europe Day Slogan Facebook Competition. Let us know what this day means to you, write a short Europe Day slogan and win!
Today the European Commission is presenting proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System by creating a fairer, more efficient and more sustainable system for allocating asylum applications among Member States. The basic principle will remain the same – asylum seekers should, unless they have family elsewhere, apply for asylum in the first country they enter – but a new fairness mechanism will ensure no Member State is left with a disproportionate pressure on its asylum system. Today's proposals also include transforming the existing European Asylum Support Office (EASO) into a fully-fledged European Union Agency for Asylum to reflect its enhanced role in the new system and reinforcing of the EU's fingerprinting database, Eurodac, in order to better manage the asylum system and to help tackle irregular migration.