Do you want to have your say about what is happening in the European Union, how it is tackling key challenges and how you benefit? The European Commissioners are listening! Further to the call from President Juncker, the European Commissioners on visits in Member States are taking the time to meet with citizens, to present and communicate the common agenda and listen to ideas in Citizens' Dialogues. These dialogues, in the style of town-hall debates, are taking place across the EU.
Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, will be on an official two day visit to Malta on Thursday, 23rd and Friday, 24th June. During the visit, he will engage in exchanges with ministers and the Parliamentary Committee for Health, meet stakeholders and host an open dialogue with Maltese citizens to discuss the issues under his portfolio and other EU matters. The event is open to the public.
The Commission has welcomed today's agreement by Member States on their general approach for far-reaching new rules to eliminate the most common corporate tax avoidance practices. First proposed by the Commission in January, these legally-binding rules were agreed swiftly to spur global efforts to clamp down on aggressive tax planning. They are particularly timely given the recent Panama Papers revelations.
Along with the Investment Plan for Europe, the Connecting Europe Facility plays a major role in bridging the investment gap in Europe, one of the Commission's top priorities. Today the European Commission is firmly delivering on President Juncker's top priority of creating jobs and boosting growth in the European Union, by unveiling a list of 195 transport projects that will receive €6.7 billion of funding under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)
Today the European Commission presents criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products and biocides. Endocrine disruptors are substances, both natural and chemical, that can alter the functions of the hormonal system and consequently cause adverse effects on people or animals. Today, the European Commission presents two draft legal acts with scientific criteria that will allow for a more accurate identification of chemical substances which are endocrine disruptors, in the plant protection products and biocides areas.
Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken over the past month. Since the last report, Member States have significantly increased their efforts on resettlement as part of the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. The number of relocations has increased to 2,280, with the rate having almost doubled since the Commission's third report on 18 May. Despite these positive signs, progress is still too slow. Action must be accelerated to avoid migrants returning to irregular routes.
The European Development Days is a two day event in Brussels on 15-16 June to generate new ideas, take action and shape the future with world leaders, young leaders and hundreds of speakers, civil society organisations and international organisations.
The Commission has adopted today a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe. The aim is to ensure that people develop a broad set of skills from early on in life and to make the most of Europe’s human capital, which will ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe.
The European Commission welcomes the entry into force on 9 June 2016 of new rules to make the costs of payments with debit or credit cards more transparent to retailers and consumers and allow them to make efficient choices. All elements of the Interchange Fee Regulation are now fully applicable.
Today the European Commission is launching a public consultation on the safety of applications (apps) and other non-embedded software to determine whether the EU should take action to strengthen consumer protection in this area. The Commission wants to hear from all those who develop and use apps and software that are not embedded in a physical object at the time of their placement in the market.