On Wednesday 27 July, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appointed Michel Barnier, former Vice-President of the European Commission and former French Minister, as Chief Negotiator in charge of leading the Commission Taskforce for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the TEU.
On Tuesday 26 July, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the Single Digital Gateway, an instrument that will provide user-friendly access to information, e-procedures and advice services throughout Europe. Citizens and businesses who want to move to another EU country, do business or buy products from abroad are often confronted with a lack of information available online, limited access to assistance and no possibility to use e-procedures across borders. As a result, they do not move to, or buy or sell to other EU countries, which in turn stifles job creation and slows down economic growth.
In line with the Commission's ambition to move towards low and zero-emission vehicles as outlined in the European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility adopted last Wednesday, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed an online tool to help citizens estimate the fuel costs and CO2 emissions of their daily commute or holiday trips by car, for instance.
The European Commission today updated the 2017 work programme of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation scheme, which will invest €8.5 billion in research and innovation next year. Important novelties include the introduction of open research data in all new Horizon 2020 calls. For projects funded under the programme, free online access to scientific data will become the norm, which will boost competitiveness through open science by accelerating innovation and collaboration.
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.