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L-ugwaljanza u l-bilanċ bejn il-ħajja privata u x-xogħol: skambju mal-MEPs

L-ugwaljanza u l-bilanċ bejn il-ħajja privata u x-xogħol: skambju mal-MEPs

30/03/2015

Ħafna nisa li jaħdmu spiss jiġu mistoqsija kif ilaħħqu bejn ix-xogħol u l-familja. L-irġiel, ftit li xejn jiġu ffaċċjati b’din id-domanda. Fil-verità, nistgħu nitkellmu dwar l-ugwaljanza u l-bilanċ bejn ix-xogħol u l-ħajja privata bħala xi ħaġa li tista’ tintlaħaq verament, kemm fil-livell tal-individwu u kemm bħala soċjetà?

 
Commissioner Avramopoulos visits Malta

Commissioner Avramopoulos visits Malta

26/03/2015

The European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos is on a one-day official visit to Malta.  This morning Mr Avramopoulos visited the headquarters of the European Asylum Support Office in Valletta and during a press point given together with Dr Robert Visser, EASO's Executive Director, presented the findings of two EASO actions conducted within the framework of the Task Force Mediterranean: the pilot project on information gathering in Malta and Italy on the phenomenon of facilitation of irregular migrants and the EASO pilot project on joint processing activities in the field of asylum.  

 
How safe are your roads? Commission road safety statistics show small improvement for 2014

How safe are your roads? Commission road safety statistics show small improvement for 2014

25/03/2015

Following two years of solid decreases in the number of people killed on Europe's roads, the first reports on road deaths in 2014 are disappointing. According to the figures released today, the number of road fatalities has decreased by approximately 1% compared to 2013. This follows on the 8% decrease in 2012 and 2013. The figures reveal a total of 25 700 road deaths in 2014 across all 28 Member States of the EU. Whilst this is 5700 fewer than in 2010, it falls short of the intended target decrease.

 
Nipproteġu l-konsumatur: fl-2014 tneħħew mis-suq tal-UE kważi 2500 prodott perikoluż

Nipproteġu l-konsumatur: fl-2014 tneħħew mis-suq tal-UE kważi 2500 prodott perikoluż

24/03/2015

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea ippubblikat ċifri ġodda li juru li fl-2014 madwar 2500 prodott, li jvarjaw minn ġugarelli sa vetturi bil-mutur, jew twaqqfu qabel ma daħlu fl-UE jew tneħħew mis-swieq minħabba li kienu perikolużi għall-konsumaturi tal-UE. Sa minn 12-il sena 'l hawn, il-Kummissjoni Ewropea u l-Istati Membri tal-UE qed jaħdmu flimkien sabiex jiżguraw li l-oġġetti tal-konsum imqiegħda fis-swieq Ewropej ikunu sikuri. Għal dan l-għan, huma jużaw Sistema ta' Twissija Rapida għall-prodotti perikolużi li mhumiex tal-ikel.

 
Combatting corporate tax avoidance: Commission presents Tax Transparency Package

Combatting corporate tax avoidance: Commission presents Tax Transparency Package

18/03/2015

The European Commission today presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU. A key element of this Tax Transparency Package is a proposal to introduce the automatic exchange of information between Member States on their tax rulings.

 
More than €74 million of EU funds to help improve urban policies in Europe

More than €74 million of EU funds to help improve urban policies in Europe

16/03/2015

Boosting the knowledge, capacity and expertise of cities on integrated urban development will be at the heart of the discussions at the Brussels launch event of the URBACT III programme. With more than two-thirds of people living in Europe's cities, the performance of our cities in tackling issues such as unemployment, poverty or resource efficiency is of great importance to Europe's recovery. The launch event is a timely opportunity for stakeholders to explore how URBACT can empower our cities in these crucial tasks.

 
Is-settur tas-sajd f'Malta jingħata spinta grazzi għal pakkett ta’ investiment ta’ EUR 29 miljun ippreżentat mill-Kummissarju Vella

Is-settur tas-sajd f'Malta jingħata spinta grazzi għal pakkett ta’ investiment ta’ EUR 29 miljun ippreżentat mill-Kummissarju Vella

10/03/2015

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea llum adottat pakkett ta’ investiment ta’ EUR 29 miljun għas-settur marittimu u għas-setturi tas-sajd u tal-akkwakultura, li jinkludi EUR 23 miljun ta’ finanzjament mill-UE. Il-pakkett se jappoġġa sajd u akkwakultura intelliġenti u ekoloġiċi, u se jsaħħaħ il-vijabbiltà ekonomika tal-intrapriżi attivi fis-settur. Il-programmi se jappoġġaw lill-komunitajiet tas-sajd billi jtejbu l-infrastruttura u jgħammru lis-sajjieda b’ħiliet u opportunitajiet ġodda maħsuba biex jgħinuhom jiddiversifikaw il-mudelli tagħhom ta' negozju.

 
Completing the internal energy market: €100 million released to connect European energy networks

Completing the internal energy market: €100 million released to connect European energy networks

05/03/2015

Today the Commission is opening the call for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) to help finance key trans-European energy infrastructure projects. €100 million will be made available for projects aimed at ending energy isolation, eliminating energy bottlenecks and to complete the European energy market. This European money will also act as a catalyst for securing additional financing by private and public investors. With a total of €650 million for grants foreseen in 2015, this is the first of two calls planned for 2015. The deadline for applications is 29 April 2015. A decision on the selection of proposals to be funded is expected for mid-July.

 
Environment report shows benefits of EU action

Environment report shows benefits of EU action

03/03/2015

A new report published today shows that a coordinated EU environment policy has delivered substantial benefits for citizens over the past five years. Europeans enjoy cleaner air and water, send less waste to landfill and recycle more; while environmental policies drive jobs and growth. But the report warns that Europe's long-term goal of "living well, within the limits of our planet" – the aim of the General Union Environment Action Programme (7th EAP)– cannot be achieved with the current level of ambition of environment and related policies.

 
Il-Fond Soċjali Ewropew: Investiment ta' 132 miljun euro fil-kapital uman f’Malta

Il-Fond Soċjali Ewropew: Investiment ta' 132 miljun euro fil-kapital uman f’Malta

03/03/2015

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea llum adottat il-Programm Operazzjonali Malti "Ninvestu fil-kapital uman" iffinanzjat mill-Fond Soċjali Ewropew (FSE) għall-perjodu 2014-2020. Dan il-programm għandu l-għan li jinvesti aktar minn 132 miljun euro (li 105 miljun euro minnhom ġejjin mill-FSE) għall-promozzjoni tal-impjiegi u l-inklużjoni soċjali, għat-titjib fis-sistema edukattiva u fl-effiċjenza tal-amministrazzjoni pubblika.

 
European Semester 2015 - Country Report for Malta published

European Semester 2015 - Country Report for Malta published

02/03/2015

The 2015 European Semester kicked off last November with the Annual Growth Survey, which outlined the new Commission's three-pillar jobs and growth strategy: boosting investment, accelerating structural reforms and pursuing responsible, growth-friendly fiscal consolidation. Building on these priorities, the Commission published a series of country reports, analysing Member States' economic policies.

 
European Commission launches consultation on Capital Markets Union

European Commission launches consultation on Capital Markets Union

27/02/2015

On Wednesday 18 February, the European Commission launched its landmark project to unlock funding for Europe’s businesses and to boost growth in the EU’s 28 Member States with the creation of a true single market for capital. The Capital Markets Union aims to break down the barriers that are blocking cross-border investments in the EU and preventing businesses from getting access to finance.

 
L-Unjoni tal-Enerġija: sigura, sostenibbli, kompetittiva, bi prezz raġonevoli għal kull Ewropew

L-Unjoni tal-Enerġija: sigura, sostenibbli, kompetittiva, bi prezz raġonevoli għal kull Ewropew

27/02/2015

L-enerġija tintuża biex issaħħan u tberred il-bini u d-djar, għat-trasport tal-merkanzija, u biex tmexxi l-ekonomija. Iżda b’infrastruttura li qed tiqdiem, swieq li tantx huma integrati, u politiki mhux koordinati, il-konsumaturi, il-familji u n-negozji ma jgawdux minn għażla akbar jew minn prezzijiet tal-enerġija aktar baxxi. Wasal iż-żmien li jitlesta suq uniku tal-enerġija fl-Ewropa. Illum il-Kummissjoni Ewropa qed twettaq dan l-impenn ewlieni tal-linji gwida politiċi tal-President Juncker, billi qed tippreżenta l-istrateġija tagħha biex tinkiseb Unjoni tal-Enerġija reżiljenti b'politika dwar it-tibdil fil-klima li tħares 'il quddiem.

 
National Report of the latest Eurobarometer Survey published

National Report of the latest Eurobarometer Survey published

24/02/2015

The European Commission Representation in Malta is pleased to publish the National Report of the latest Standard Eurobarometer Survey (EB82). The national report outlines the main findings of the survey that was carried out in November 2014. It covers a variety of topics which includes both personal and economic issues as well as the level of public trust in institutions and attitudes towards the EU.

 
Investment Plan: Green light for SME financing before the summer

Investment Plan: Green light for SME financing before the summer

18/02/2015

Following a decision by the Board of Governors of the European Investment Bank (EIB) yesterday, small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) across Europe should be able to benefit from the first funds from the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) before the summer.

 
Seminar on traffic congestion in Malta

Seminar on traffic congestion in Malta

06/02/2015

On Friday 30 January 2015, the European Commission Representation in Malta organised and seminar to launch a study on the impact and costs of road traffic in Malta. The study conducted by the Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development of the University of Malta and supported by the Representation was presented to key stakeholders.

 
Published the Winter Economic Forecast

Published the Winter Economic Forecast

05/02/2015

For the first time since 2007, the economies of all European Union Member States are expected to grow again this year, according to the European Commission's winter forecast. Over the course of this year, economic activity is expected to pick up moderately in the EU and in the euro area, before accelerating further in 2016. Growth this year is forecast to rise to 1.7% for the EU as a whole and to 1.3% for the euro area. In 2016, annual growth should reach 2.1% and 1.9% respectively, on the back of strengthened domestic and foreign demand, very accommodative monetary policy and a broadly neutral fiscal stance.

 
G.F. Abela Junior College tal-Imsida jirbaħ bl-aqwa traduzzjoni

G.F. Abela Junior College tal-Imsida jirbaħ bl-aqwa traduzzjoni

02/02/2015

Sephora Francalanza mil-G.F. Abela Junior College kienet waħda mit-28 rebbieħa tal-Unjoni Ewropea li tħabbru llum miIl-Kummissjoni Ewropea. Kien hemm 28 student tas-sixth form, wieħed minn kull pajjiż tal-Unjoni Ewropea li rebħu l-kompetizzjoni annwali tat-traduzzjoni 'Juvenes Translatores' minn fost aktar minn 3000 parteċipant minn 740 skola madwar il-kontinent.

 
Laqgħa mal-awtur Pierre Mejlak - Serata Letterarja f’Ruma ddedikata għal-letteratura kontemporanja Maltija

Laqgħa mal-awtur Pierre Mejlak - Serata Letterarja f’Ruma ddedikata għal-letteratura kontemporanja Maltija

27/01/2015

Pierre Mejlak, li dan l-aħħar rebaħ il-Premju tal-Unjoni Ewropea għal-Letteraturs, ippreżenta waħda mill-istejjer qosra tiegħu fil-Biblioteca Europea ġewwa Ruma, bl-iskop li din isservi ta’ titwila lejn il-letteratura kontemporanja Maltija. L-istorja qasira inqalbet għat-Taljan minn Dolores Carnemolla u l-attività rnexxielha sservi ta’ podju ideali għad-diskussjoni dwar it-traduzzjoni letterarja fil-kuntest tal-letteratura Maltija kontemporanja. Kienet ukoll opportunità biex jinstema’ l-ħoss tal-ilsien Malti kif ukoll sinteżi tal-istorja tiegħu.

 
Commission staff meet the Maltese business community in the context of the 2015 European Semester

Commission staff meet the Maltese business community in the context of the 2015 European Semester

22/01/2015

Member States have committed to achieve the Europe 2020 targets and have translated them into national targets. However, only if the individual efforts of all countries are coordinated and focused, can they result in the desired impact on jobs and growth.

 
EU Investment Offensive: Commission and EIB launch new advisory service on financial instruments

EU Investment Offensive: Commission and EIB launch new advisory service on financial instruments

20/01/2015

On 19 January, the European Commission, in partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB), is launching fi-compass, a new advisory service on financial instruments for the European Structural and Investment Funds. This service is part of the "one stop shop" advisory hub, to be launched as an important part of the EU Investment Plan.

 
Il-Kummissjoni tippreżenta liġi għall-Fond Ewropew għal Investimenti Strateġiċi

Il-Kummissjoni tippreżenta liġi għall-Fond Ewropew għal Investimenti Strateġiċi

14/01/2015

Ħamsin ġurnata biss wara li ħabbret il-Pjan ta' Investiment ambizzjuż tagħha għall-Ewropa sabiex tagħti spinta lill-impjiegi u lit-tkabbir, il-Kummissjoni Ewropea adottat il-proposta leġiżlattiva għall-Fond Ewropew għal Investimenti Strateġiċi l-bieraħ, li ser jiġi stabbilit bi sħubija mill-qrib mal-Bank Ewropew tal-Investiment (BEI). Il-Fond jinsab fil-qalba proprja tal-Inizjattiva ta' Investiment tal-President Juncker, li ser timmobilizza ta' mill-inqas EUR 315-il biljun f'investimenti privati u pubbliċi madwar l-Unjoni Ewropea.

 
“So similar, so different, so European.” Writing competition on EU enlargement now open

“So similar, so different, so European.” Writing competition on EU enlargement now open

13/01/2015

The European Commission has just launched a writing competition entitled 'So similar, so different, so European'. Young people from across Europe are invited to share their views in an article of max. 1000 words, on one or both of the following questions related to the enlargement of the European Union: 1) What is your experience in an enlarged European Union?; 2) How can the enlarged European Union meet the challenges of the future?

 
Eurobarometer survey on development and cooperation

Eurobarometer survey on development and cooperation

12/01/2015

Today, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, presented a new Eurobarometer survey to mark the beginning of the European Year for Development. Figures show that the number of people who are in favour of increasing aid has gone up significantly, and Europeans continue to feel very positively about development and cooperation. 67% of respondents across Europe think that development aid should be increased – a higher percentage than in recent years, despite the economic situation. 85% believe that it is important to help people in developing countries.

 
Launch of the European Year for Development 2015

Launch of the European Year for Development 2015

09/01/2015

As 2015 begins, so does the European Year for Development (EYD2015) − a year dedicated to raising awareness, engaging Europeans everywhere in the EU’s development cooperation and sparking a debate around the motto ‘Our world, our dignity, our future’. The EYD2015 was proposed by the European Commission and unanimously adopted by the European Parliament and Council. It is an opportunity to showcase the strong commitment of the EU and its Member States to eradicating poverty worldwide.

 
European Commission publishes TTIP legal texts as part of transparency initiative

European Commission publishes TTIP legal texts as part of transparency initiative

07/01/2015

The European Commission today published a number of documents setting out EU proposals for legal text in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) it is negotiating with the US. This is the first time the Commission has made public such proposals in bilateral trade talks. This initiative is meant to reflect the Commission's commitment to greater transparency in the negotiations.

 
A New Start: European Commission work plan for 2015

A New Start: European Commission work plan for 2015

17/12/2014

Yesterday afternoon, the European Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2015 – setting out the actions the Commission intends to take over the next 12 months to make a real difference for jobs, growth and investment and bring concrete benefits for citizens. Citizens want less EU interference in their daily lives, especially where Member States are better placed to act and provide solutions. They expect the EU to make a difference on the big economic and social challenges, such as fighting unemployment and improving competitiveness.

 
Poverty: Commission adopts Maltese programme to use €4 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Poverty: Commission adopts Maltese programme to use €4 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

11/12/2014

The European Commission has approved today the Maltese Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). Malta will receive nearly €4 million euros (in current prices) in the period 2014-2020 to provide food assistance to those most in need in the country (complemented with €600 000 from national resources). Marianne Thyssen, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, commented: "I warmly welcome the FEAD programme for Malta, which will offer much needed support to those in the most trying situation. I am confident that the programme will help Malta to advance towards its target of lifting more than 6 500 people out of poverty by 2020".

 

 
Il-Kummissjoni ta' Juncker tieħu ġurament ta' indipendenza ġewwa l-Qorti Ewropea tal-Ġustizzja

Il-Kummissjoni ta' Juncker tieħu ġurament ta' indipendenza ġewwa l-Qorti Ewropea tal-Ġustizzja

10/12/2014

Il-President Jean-Claude Juncker u l-Membri tal-Kulleġġ tal-Kummissarji se jieħdu l-ġurament formali tagħhom illum fil-Lussemburgu, ġewwa l-Qorti tal-Ġustizzja tal-UE. B'dan "l-impenn solenni", il-membri tal-Kummissjoni qed iwiegħdu li jirrispettaw it-Trattati u l-Karta tad-Drittijiet Fundamentali tal-UE, biex iwettqu r-responsabbiltajiet tagħhom b'indipendenza assoluta u fl-interess ġenerali tal-Unjoni.

 
EU Investment plan gets backed by European Council

EU Investment plan gets backed by European Council

10/12/2014

Meeting on 9 December in Brussels, EU finance ministers expressed their support to the Commission's recently announced €315 billion investment plan. The plan, unveiled in November, will involve setting up a new European fund for strategic investment within the European Investment Bank (EIB) group in the spring of 2015.

 
EU consumers to benefit from better food labelling as of 13 December 2014

EU consumers to benefit from better food labelling as of 13 December 2014

10/12/2014

As of 13 December 2014, new EU food labelling rules, adopted by the European Parliament and the Council in 2011, will ensure that consumers receive clearer, more comprehensive and accurate information on food content, and help them make informed choices about what they eat. The EU Commissioner in charge of Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis said: "As of 13 December 2014, European citizens will see the results of years of work to improve food labelling rules. Key content information will now be more clearly marked on labels, helping people make informed choices on the food they buy. The new rules put the consumer first by providing clearer information, and in a way that is manageable for businesses."

 
Another success for the European Film Festival

Another success for the European Film Festival

05/12/2014

The 12th Edition of the European Film Festival, 2014 organised by the European Commission Representation in Malta, launched on Friday, 14th November has almost come to an end. The Festival, which was also organised in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Malta's accession to the EU, will close with the repeat screening of the Italian film "Il Primo Incarico", on Monday, 8th December 2014 at 6.30pm at Dr l-Ewropa in St Paul's Street, Valletta. 

 
EP delegation to attend Lima summit on climate change

EP delegation to attend Lima summit on climate change

05/12/2014

A delegation of MEPs will take part in the UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, from Monday 8 to Friday 12 December. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP20), started on Monday 1 December, aims to set out the structure of a global and binding climate agreement to be concluded in Paris in 2015.

 
12th Edition of the European Film Festival

12th Edition of the European Film Festival

05/11/2014

The European Commission Representation in Malta with the collaboration of the European embassies in Malta and Rome is organising another edition of the European Film Festival. The Festival will be launched on Friday the 14th November 2014 and between the 15th and the 30th November a different film will be screened every evening at Europe House, St Paul Street, Valletta. This 12th Edition of the European Film Festival is being held in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Malta's EU membership.

Il-Kultura, l-edukazzjoni u ż-żgħażagħ

 
2014 Autumn Economic forecast: Slow recovery with very low inflation

2014 Autumn Economic forecast: Slow recovery with very low inflation

04/11/2014

The European Commission's autumn forecast projects weak economic growth for the rest of this year in both the EU and the euro area. Real GDP growth is expected to reach 1.3% in the EU and 0.8% in the euro area for 2014 as a whole. Growth is expected to rise slowly in the course of 2015, to 1.5% and 1.1% respectively, on the back of improving foreign and domestic demand. An acceleration of economic activity to 2.0% and 1.7% respectively in 2016 is expected to be driven by the strengthening of the financial sector (following the comprehensive assessment by the European Central Bank and further progress towards the Banking Union), as well as recent structural reforms starting to bear fruit.

 
Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea tadotta “Ftehim ta’ Sħubija” ma’ Malta dwar l-użu ta’ Fondi Strutturali u ta’ Investiment tal-UE għat-tkabbir u l-impjiegi matul l-2014-2020

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea tadotta “Ftehim ta’ Sħubija” ma’ Malta dwar l-użu ta’ Fondi Strutturali u ta’ Investiment tal-UE għat-tkabbir u l-impjiegi matul l-2014-2020

30/10/2014

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea adottat “Ftehim ta’ Sħubija” ma’ Malta li jistabbilixxi l-istrateġija għall-aħjar użu tal-Fondi Ewropej Strutturali u ta' Investiment mal-pajjiż kollu. Il-ftehim tal-lum iwitti t-triq għal investiment totali ta' EUR 729 miljun fil-finanzjament tal-Politika ta’ Koeżjoni matul l-2014-2020 (fi prezzijiet kurrenti, inklużi EUR 17-il miljun għall-finanzjament tal-Kooperazzjoni Territorjali Ewropea u EUR 3.9 miljun għall-allokazzjoni tal-Fond għal Għajnuna Ewropea għall-Persuni l-Aktar fil-Bżonn). Malta qed tirċievi wkoll EUR 97.3 miljun għall-iżvilupp rurali u EUR 22.6 miljun għas-sajd u s-settur marittimu.

 
Approved the new Juncker Commission

Approved the new Juncker Commission

22/10/2014

Today, the European Parliament gave its strong support to the new European Commission with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The Juncker Commission can thus start its term of office on 1 November 2014. President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker said: "After a long democratic journey, today my team crossed the finishing line. I feel honoured that my Commission has received the democratic backing of the European Parliament. Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and get down to work: to kick-start economic recovery, create more and better jobs, address the plight of Europe's youth for a better future, protect the most vulnerable in our society and cope with the rapidly deteriorating geopolitical situation. Together, we will succeed."

 
The European Parliament votes on the new Commission

The European Parliament votes on the new Commission

22/10/2014

MEPs decide today whether to approve the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker. In a debate before the vote, they can also say what they think about Juncker’s plans as Commission president for the next five years. As part of European Commission election process, all candidate commissioners were questioned by MEPs to assess if they were fit for the job. Now the Parliament has the final say. Watch the vote live on our website.

 

 
Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution"

Barroso: "Europe is not the cause of the crisis - it's part of the solution"

22/10/2014

After two mandates and 10 years as the head of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso is ready to pass the torch on to Jean- Claude Juncker. In an interview held just after his speech in plenary on Tuesday 21 October, in which he looked back at his second term, Barroso said that the crisis wasn't caused by the EU but by financial markets acting irresponsibly and some countries spending excessively.


 

 
The EU response to Ebola

The EU response to Ebola

21/10/2014

Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, EU ministers discussed joint strategies to contain the Ebola virus. Latest developments in Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Syria and the Middle East were also on the agenda. The Council is deeply concerned about the ongoing spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa. As of 15 October over 4 500 people have died from Ebola infection. 

 
October infringements package: main decisions

October infringements package: main decisions

16/10/2014

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law. These decisions covering many sectors aim to ensure proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. In point 3 below, Malta is listed as having received a letter of Formal Notice to reconsider its decision to resume traditional finch trapping. The Commission has today taken 140decisions, including 39 reasoned opinions and 11 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice. Below is a summary of the main decisions. For more information on infringements procedure, see MEMO/12/12.

 
Taxation: New web portal to prepare businesses for new VAT rules

Taxation: New web portal to prepare businesses for new VAT rules

15/10/2014

On Monday 13 October, the Commission has launched a web portal to help businesses to adapt to the change in VAT rules that will enter into force in 2015. From 1 January, new VAT rules come into effect for businesses selling telecommunications, broadcasting and electronic services to final consumers. VAT will be charged where the customer is based, rather than where the supplier is located. These new rules will ensure a more level playing field for businesses and fairer taxation rights amongst Member States (see IP/14/758).

 
Commission report points to opportunities to improve national tax systems

Commission report points to opportunities to improve national tax systems

15/10/2014

On Monday 13 October, the Commission published the report: "Tax reforms in EU Member States 2014 - Tax policy challenges for economic growth and fiscal sustainability". It provides an annual review of the most important tax reforms implemented by EU Member States and identifies the main tax policy challenges they are facing. To this end the report – which was prepared jointly by the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs and the Directorate General for Taxation and Customs Union – inter alia explores ways to make tax structures more growth-friendly.

 
Published the negotiating directives for talks on a EU-US trade agreement

Published the negotiating directives for talks on a EU-US trade agreement

10/10/2014

The Council of the EU today published the negotiating directives for talks on a EU-US trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships (TTIP). Commenting, European Commissioner Karel De Gucht said: 'I'm delighted EU governments have chosen today to make the TTIP negotiating mandate public – something I've been encouraging them to do for a long time. It further underlines our commitment to transparency as we pursue the negotiations. And it allows everyone to see precisely how the EU wants this deal to work, so it contributes to economic growth and jobs' creation across Europe while keeping our commitment to maintain high level of protection for the environment, health, safety, consumers, data privacy, or any other public policy goal'.

 
Mejlak fost ir-rebbieħa tal-Premju tal-Unjoni Ewropea għal-Letteratura tal-2014 imħabbra fil-Fiera tal-Kotba ta’ Frankfurt

Mejlak fost ir-rebbieħa tal-Premju tal-Unjoni Ewropea għal-Letteratura tal-2014 imħabbra fil-Fiera tal-Kotba ta’ Frankfurt

08/10/2014

Illum, waqt il-Fiera tal-Kotba ta’ Frankfurt, tħabbar Pierre J. Mejlak fost ir-rebbieħa tal-Premju tal-Unjoni Ewropea għal-Letteratura tal-2014. Dan il-premju jirrikonoxxi l-aqwa awturi ġodda u emerġenti fl-Ewropa. Flimkien ma' Mejlak, ir-rebbieħa ta’ din is-sena huma: Ben Blushi (l-Albanija), Milen Ruskov (il-Bulgarija), Jan Němec (ir-Repubblika Ċeka), Makis Tsitas (il-Greċja), Oddný Eir (l-Iżlanda), Janis Jonevs (il-Latvja), Armin Öhri (il-Liechtenstein), Ognjen Spahić (il-Montenegro), Marente de Moor (il-Pajjiżi l-Baxxi), Uglješa Šajtinac (is-Serbja), Birgül Oğuz (it-Turkija) u Evie Wyld (ir-Renju Unit).

 
Requests for Commission documents reach record high

Requests for Commission documents reach record high

08/10/2014

The latest annual report on public access to documents, adopted today, shows that the European Commission dealt with more access to documents requests than ever before during 2013. There were 6,525 requests – a rise of 8.5% on the 6,014 document requests in 2012. This compares with just 450 requests when the current rules entered into force in 2001. The Commission handles around twice as many requests as the Council and European Parliament combined, and grants access in more than four out of five cases.

 
Scheme for business start-ups by mothers with young children wins top prize at EEPA 2014

Scheme for business start-ups by mothers with young children wins top prize at EEPA 2014

03/10/2014

The seven winners of the 8th edition of European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) were announced yesterday. The Grand Jury Prize winner came from Hungary. The project, Encouraging Business Start-ups by Mothers with Young Children, helps mothers to acquire the entrepreneurial skills and mind-set needed to start a business and run it successfully.

 
Hearings for new Juncker Commission

Hearings for new Juncker Commission

29/09/2014

The hearings of the team proposed by President-elect Juncker are scheduled to start this afternoon, Monday 29 September at 14:30 hrs. The Maltese Commissioner Designate, Karmenu Vella, together with the Commissioner Designate from Sweden Cecilia Malmstrom, are scheduled to be questioned first, at 14:30 hrs. Commissioner Designate Vella will be appearing before the Environment and the Fisheries Committees. He will be required to answer questions regarding the areas of the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

 
Training Session for EU Info Providers

Training Session for EU Info Providers

25/09/2014

On Tuesday 23 September, the European Commission Representation in Malta organised a training session aimed at the local network of EU information offices. This was an occasion to help the staff of the EU relays in Malta improve their communication skills, so as to better interface with the general public and the media.

 
Il-Jum Ewropew tal-Lingwi  2014

Il-Jum Ewropew tal-Lingwi 2014

24/09/2014

Nhar is-Sibt, 27 ta' Settembru, ir-Rappreżentanza tal-Kummissjoni Ewropea f'Malta se tkun qed tiċċelebra l-Jum Ewropew tal-Lingwi f’Bay Street, San Ġiljan. Għat-tieni sena konsekuttiva, din se ssir f'kollaborazzjoni mal-Għaqda tal-Malti –Università. L-attivitajiet jibdew mill-10:00 u jibqgħu għaddejjin sas-18:00. Matul il-jum se ssibu stands minn ċentri differenti tal-lingwi, li se jqassmu tagħrif dwar l-ilsna differenti fid-dinja. Il-postise jkunu mqassma fuq livelli differenti filwaqt li l-attivitajiet se jsiru fis-sular ta’ fuq.

 
Angelina Jolie visits the Armed Forces of Malta

Angelina Jolie visits the Armed Forces of Malta

19/09/2014

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres and Special Envoy and film star Angelina Jolie visited the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) facilities in Malta recently. There they met three survivors of a recent migrants tragedy whose boat was reportedly rammed by traffickers after the 500 migrants on board refused to board a smaller vessel as they feared it was too small for all of them. (Photo: Justin Gatt/AFM)

 
Karmenu Vella appointed Commissioner Designate of the European Commission

Karmenu Vella appointed Commissioner Designate of the European Commission

17/09/2014

Karmenu Vella is the Commissioner Designate from Malta who has been assigned the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolio by Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Mr Vella was born on 19th of June 1950 in Zurrieq and is the eldest of three children. Vella lived in Zurrieq for 33 years from 1950 till 1983. He now lives in Birzebbugia with his wife Marianne née’ Buhagiar. The couple have two sons, John married to Miriam Dalli (MEP-PES), and Philip married to Rania née’ Mamo. He is also a grandfather of two, Adam and Jack.

 
Commissioner Malmström's visit to Malta

Commissioner Malmström's visit to Malta

08/09/2014

Cecilia Malmström has recently visited the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Malta to discuss EASO’s achievements and its progress in implementing the Common European Asylum System, as well as to discuss the latest trends of this phenomenon. At the Marsa office the Commissioner met EASO’s Executive Director, Dr Robert K. Visser, to discuss EASO’s work and activities, including its current operational support missions in various countries including Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece and Italy. Photo – DOI – Jeremy Wonnacott

 
Customs: Commission adopts strategy and action plan for better customs risk management

Customs: Commission adopts strategy and action plan for better customs risk management

25/08/2014

A new strategy to improve customs risk management, together with a detailed action plan, was adopted by the Commission on 21 August. Robust customs risk management is essential to protect the safety and security of the EU and its citizens, the interests of legitimate traders and EU financial interests, while at the same time enabling the smooth flow of trade. As the volume of trade grows and the international supply chain becomes ever more complex and fast-moving, the framework for customs risk management needs to be adapted and developed accordingly.

 
Il-Kummissjoni l-ġdida ta’ Juncker - perjodi taż-żmien u l-prijoritajiet

Il-Kummissjoni l-ġdida ta’ Juncker - perjodi taż-żmien u l-prijoritajiet

05/08/2014

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea hija l-korp eżekuttiv tal-UE u tirrappreżenta l-interessi tal-Ewropa kollha kemm hi (u mhux l-interessi tal-pajjiżi individwali). 

Spjegazzjoni dwar l-UE

 
Martin Schulz elett mill-ġdid President tal-Parlament Ewropew

Martin Schulz elett mill-ġdid President tal-Parlament Ewropew

04/08/2014

Il-Membri tal-Parlament Ewropew tellgħu mill-ġdid lil Martin Schulz bħala l-President tal-Parlament għal mandat ieħor ta’ sentejn u nofs sena. Il-MPE Ġermaniż ta’ 58 sena se jmexxi l-Parlament sa Jannar 2017.

Spjegazzjoni dwar l-UE

 
Diskussjoni bejn il-pari dwar ir-Rakkomandazzjonijiet Speċifiċi għall-Pajjiż 2014 għal Malta

Diskussjoni bejn il-pari dwar ir-Rakkomandazzjonijiet Speċifiċi għall-Pajjiż 2014 għal Malta

12/07/2014

L-adozzjoni tar-rakkomandazzjonijiet speċifiċi għall-pajjiż (CSRs) tal-2014 mill-Kunsill tal-Ministri fit-8 ta' Lulju kkonkluda ċ-ċiklu tas-Semestru Ewropew ta’ din is-sena tal-koordinazzjoni tal-politika ekonomika. L-Istati Membri issa huma mistennija li jimplimentaw dawn ir-rakkomandazzjonijiet billi jħaddnuhom fil-baġits nazzjonali tagħhom u fil-politiki relevanti oħra.

L-ekonomija, l-finanzi u t-taxxa, Negozju, Spjegazzjoni dwar l-UE

 

Environment: 80 per cent of Europeans want their country to waste less

30/06/2014

According to a new survey, most European citizens think their own country is generating too much waste. The survey on the "Attitudes of Europeans towards Waste Management and Resource Efficiency" indicates that 96 % of respondents say it is important for them that Europe uses its resources more efficiently: 68 % say this is very important for them, and just 3 % of respondents say this issue is not important. Across the EU, nine out of ten respondents now sort paper/cardboard/beverage cartons (90 %), plastics (90%) and glass (88 %), at least occasionally, while three quarters sort household hazardous waste (79 %), metal cans (78 %), electrical waste (76 %) and kitchen waste (74 %). There are, however, major differences between Member States, with replies ranging from 99 % (paper in Austria) to 28 % (hazardous waste in Romania).

L-Ambjent, il-konsumatur u s-saħħa

 

Market conditions for consumers continue to improve

30/06/2014

There is an improved performance across all consumer markets finds the 10th Consumer Markets Scoreboard published today. This improvement is particularly marked for goods markets, while services continue to be the main sources of dissatisfaction. "Consumers should be the master not the servant of the market," said Commissioner for Consumer Policy Neven Mimica, "The Consumer Markets Scoreboard we publish today shows that, overall, market conditions are getting better for consumers. However much more needs to be done, especially on services and energy. I am working hard with my colleagues in the Commission to address these issues, be it through the Payment Accounts Directive, the Connected Continent package or through facilitating the switching of suppliers."

L-Ambjent, il-konsumatur u s-saħħa

 
 

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