Delivering on its Digital Single Market and Single Market strategies, on Wednesday 25 May the European Commission has presented a three-pronged plan to boost e-commerce by tackling geoblocking, making cross-border parcel delivery more affordable and efficient and promoting customer trust through better protection and enforcement.
On Wednesday 25 May, the European Commission proposed an update of EU audiovisual rules to create a fairer environment for all players, promote European films, protect children and tackle hate speech better. This proposal also reflects a new approach to online platforms, addressing challenges in different areas.
The European Union’s efforts to ensure clean and healthy bathing water began forty years ago when the first Bathing Water Directive was issued. The annual bathing water report published on 25 May proves the value of the legislation and the years of investment in waste water infrastructure and other pollution reduction measures. It shows that bathing water quality has improved continuously over time leading to 96 % of monitored bathing sites in the EU meeting the minimum standards for water quality in 2015.
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.
Migration and human rights are two of the priorities of the Junker Commission. To raise awareness about these topics amongst secondary school students, the Europe Direct Information Centre of Victoria, Gozo, teamed up with the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) and launched theEurope Direct Gozo/YRE Award.
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 the 20th May 2016 the European Parliament Information Office, in collaboration with the European Commission Representation and the European Personnel Selection Office hosted an information session on the EPSO Competitions for Maltese linguistic assistants which were launched at the end of April, and those for Maltese translators planned to be released on the 9th of June 2016.
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.