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Vice-President Katainen visits Malta on his investment roadshow

Vice-President Katainen visits Malta on his investment roadshow

27/08/2015

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, who is responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will be visiting Malta on Friday 4 September 2015, as part of a 28-country roadshow to promote the EU Investment Plan.

 
Migration: A call for collective courage by President Juncker and Commissioner Avramopoulos

Migration: A call for collective courage by President Juncker and Commissioner Avramopoulos

26/08/2015

In an op-ed published on Monday 25 August, European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker has taken stock of the recent developments in the migration crisis and of the ways Member States have been tackling it. President Juncker expressed his deep concern in seeing Europe move away from its traditional values of tolerance and hospitality towards those in need: "Europe for me is and always has been a community of values. […] We will never turn people away when they come to us in need of protection. These principles are inscribed in our laws and our Treaties but I am worried that they are increasingly absent from our hearts."

 
EFSI: Mobilising investment for Europe's Energy Union

EFSI: Mobilising investment for Europe's Energy Union

26/08/2015

The European Commission has agreed on a package of measures designed to ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and running early autumn. EFSI will be the launchpad for investment in the areas of our economy that need it most, mobilising €315 billion worth of investment over the coming years. This will be crucial for Energy Union – an ambitious project needing significant investment - and its goals to deliver secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy to citizens and businesses. Over €1 trillion may be needed for the energy sector by 2020.

 
Managing migration and financing a safer and more secure Europe: €2.4 billion to support Member States

Managing migration and financing a safer and more secure Europe: €2.4 billion to support Member States

30/07/2015

The European Commission has this month approved 23 multiannual national programmes under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF). The total funding for the agreed programmes is approximately €2.4 billion, for the period 2014-2020. Money will now be able to flow to frontline Member States such as Greece and Italy, and to other EU Member States also dealing with high migratory flows.

 
L-Ewrobarometru Standard tar-Rebbiegħa 2015: Iċ-ċittadini jqisu l-immigrazzjoni bħala l-aktar sfida importanti għall-UE

L-Ewrobarometru Standard tar-Rebbiegħa 2015: Iċ-ċittadini jqisu l-immigrazzjoni bħala l-aktar sfida importanti għall-UE

29/07/2015

Għadd akbar ta' ċittadini Ewropej jgħidu li għandhom immaġni pożittiva tal-Unjoni Ewropea u minn Novembru li għadda 'l hawn żdiedet il-fiduċja fl-UE. Barra minn hekk, iċ-ċittadini jqisu l-immigrazzjoni bħala l-akbar sfida li qed tiffaċċja l-UE bħalissa. Dawn huma wħud mir-riżultati tal-aħħar stħarriġ tal-Ewrobarometru Standard li ġew ippubblikati llum. L-istħarriġ sar bejn is-16 u s-27 ta’ Mejju 2015 f’34 pajjiż jew territorju.

 
Commission modernises EU customs procedures

Commission modernises EU customs procedures

28/07/2015

The European Commission has adopted today a legal act to create a simpler, more modern and integrated EU customs system to support cross-border trade and provide for more EU-wide cooperation in customs matters. It builds on the Union Customs Code adopted in 2013, which sets out detailed rules for twenty-first century customs processes.

 
Stakeholders consultation on the future of the Europe 2020 Strategy

Stakeholders consultation on the future of the Europe 2020 Strategy

28/07/2015

As a follow-up to last year's public consultation on the Europe 2020 Strategy, this morning and tomorrow the European Commission Representation in Malta has brought together stakeholders to reflect on how long-term policy and societal aspects are appropriately reflected in the next phase of the EU 2020 Strategy.

 
Trillion-euro global high-tech trade deal agreed

Trillion-euro global high-tech trade deal agreed

27/07/2015

The European Union, the United States, China and the vast majority of the World Trade Organization (WTO) members that were participating in the negotiations agreed today to eliminate custom duties on 201 high-tech products. The extension of the 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA) is the biggest tariff-cutting deal in the WTO in almost two decades. The agreement initiated and brokered by the EU, will benefit both consumers and firms alike by removing customs duties on a wide range of goods, including medical equipment, video games and consoles, home hi-fi systems, headphones, blue-ray/DVR players, semi-conductors, and GPS devices.

 

Presentation of the Country-Specific Recommendations to the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development

27/07/2015

On the 27th July the European Semester Officers, Alexia Zammit and Ivan Ebejer, were invited to brief the social partners during a council meeting of the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development on the Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) adopted by the Council of the Finance Ministers on the 14th July.

 
Europe Direct Gozo introduces the benefits of Erasmus+ to local students

Europe Direct Gozo introduces the benefits of Erasmus+ to local students

26/07/2015

Europe Direct Information Centre – Gozo in collaboration with the European Union Programme Agency has organised two informative sessions on the opportunities from which one can benefit from the EU Programme Erasmus+,  in preparation of the October 1st deadline.

 
Il-Ġimgħa tal-Ikkowdjar tal-UE, 10-18 ta' Ottubru 2015 - Agħti l-ħajja lill-ideat tiegħek permezz ta' #codeEU

Il-Ġimgħa tal-Ikkowdjar tal-UE, 10-18 ta' Ottubru 2015 - Agħti l-ħajja lill-ideat tiegħek permezz ta' #codeEU

24/07/2015

Ippjana l-avvenimenti tiegħek issa! It-tielet edizzjoni tal-Ġimgħa tal-Ikkowdjar tal-UE se tiġi organizzata bejn l-10 u t-18 ta’ Ottubru 2015. Miljuni ta’ tfal, żgħażagħ, adulti, ġenituri, għalliema, imprendituri u dawk li jfasslu l-politika se jingħaqdu flimkien f’avvenimenti u fil-klassijiet tal-iskola madwar l-Ewropa biex jitgħallmu joħolqu bil-kowd.

 
Vacancy notice: Director of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology

Vacancy notice: Director of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology

23/07/2015

A new recruitment process has been recently launched for the post of Director of the European Institute for Innovation and Technology following the end of the contract of the previous Director. The vacancy notice has been published in the Official Journal with the deadline for applications on 4th of September 2015.

 
Investment Plan for Europe: European Fund for Strategic Investments ready for take-off in autumn

Investment Plan for Europe: European Fund for Strategic Investments ready for take-off in autumn

22/07/2015

Today the European Commission has put the final building blocks in place to kick-start investment in the real economy. A package of measures agreed today will ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and running by early autumn 2015, keeping the ambitious timetable set by President Jean-Claude Juncker to implement the Investment Plan for Europe. The Commission has just published a Communication on the role of National Promotional Banks (NPBs)pdf in supporting the Investment Plan for Europe.

 
Malta to use €15 million of EU regional funds to stimulate private investment for local SMEs

Malta to use €15 million of EU regional funds to stimulate private investment for local SMEs

15/07/2015

The European Commission has today adopted an 'operational programme' worth €15 million in investments to Malta's economy - specifically to support SME competitiveness. The value of the investment, provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the form of guarantees is expected to quadruple to some €60, thanks to the leverage effect of expected private investment as new loans to SMEs.

 
Nittrasformaw is-sistema tal-enerġija tal-Ewropa — jitnieda l-Pakkett tas-Sajf tal-Kummissjoni għall-enerġija

Nittrasformaw is-sistema tal-enerġija tal-Ewropa — jitnieda l-Pakkett tas-Sajf tal-Kummissjoni għall-enerġija

15/07/2015

Bħala parti mill-istrateġija tal-Unjoni tal-Enerġija, illum il-Kummissjoni ppreżentat proposti biex jinħoloq patt ġdid għall-konsumaturi tal-enerġija, jitnieda disinn ġdid tas-suq tal-elettriku Ewropew, jiġi aġġornat it-tikkettar għall-effiċjenza enerġetika u ssir reviżjoni tas-Sistema tal-UE għan-Negozjar tal-Emissjonijiet. Il-pakkett hu pass importanti biex titwettaq l-istrateġija tal-Unjoni tal-Enerġija permezz ta’ politika progressiva dwar it-tibdil fil-klima, li fi Frar 2015 tnediet bħala waħda mill-prijoritajiet politiċi tal-Kummissjoni Juncker.

 
Commission sends Statement of Objections to MasterCard on cross-border rules and inter-regional interchange fees

Commission sends Statement of Objections to MasterCard on cross-border rules and inter-regional interchange fees

09/07/2015

On Thursday 9 July, the European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to MasterCard. The Statement of Objections outlines the Commission's preliminary view that MasterCard's rules prevent banks from offering lower interchange fees to retailers based in another Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA), where interchange fees may be higher.

 
Commission welcomes agreement to end roaming charges and to guarantee an open Internet

Commission welcomes agreement to end roaming charges and to guarantee an open Internet

30/06/2015

Huge telephone bills ruining your holiday budget, an Internet connection not delivering on its promises: these experiences will be soon old memories. Almost two years after the European Commission put forward its proposal for a telecoms single market, an agreement was found with the European Parliament and the Council. The compromise was reached earlier today following final negotiations between the three institutions (so-called 'trilogue' meetings).

 
The Five Presidents' Report – Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

The Five Presidents' Report – Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

29/06/2015

On 22 June, the five Presidents – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the Euro Summit, Donald Tusk, the President of the Eurogroup, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz – revealed ambitious plans on how to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as of 1 July 2015 and how to complete it by latest 2025.

 
European Parliament adopts the EFSI Regulation: the Investment Plan for Europe can begin

European Parliament adopts the EFSI Regulation: the Investment Plan for Europe can begin

25/06/2015

On the evening of Wednesday 24 June, the European Parliament plenary voted through the Regulation for a European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the heart of the Commission's €315 billion Investment Plan.

 
European Alliance for Apprenticeships launched today

European Alliance for Apprenticeships launched today

22/06/2015

The fight against youth unemployment is a top priority for the European Commission. Good quality apprenticeships help young people to acquire the skills and key competences necessary to be successful on the labour market. Today more than forty companies and other organisations have joined the European Alliance for Apprenticeships, coordinated by the European Commission, and committed to providing more and better apprenticeships for young people. The companies will make a total of 140 000 apprenticeships and training opportunities available to young people. The European Commission is committed to strengthening the supply, quality and image of apprenticeships.

 
Il-Kummissjoni tniedi proċeduri ta’ ksur kontra sitt Stati Membri, inkluża Malta

Il-Kummissjoni tniedi proċeduri ta’ ksur kontra sitt Stati Membri, inkluża Malta

18/06/2015

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea qed tniedi proċeduri ta’ ksur kontra l-Awstrija, Ċipru, il-Ġermanja, Malta, il-Polonja u Spanja abbażi tal-fatt li r-regoli nazzjonali tagħhom jinkludu ostakli eċċessivi u mhux ġustifikati fil-qasam tas-servizzi professjonali. Il-Kummissjoni tqis li r-rekwiżiti imposti fuq ċerti fornituri tas-servizzi f’dawn l-Istati Membri jmorru kontrad-Direttiva dwar is-Servizzi.

 
EU Code Week 10-18 October 2015– Bringing ideas to life with #codeEU

EU Code Week 10-18 October 2015– Bringing ideas to life with #codeEU

15/06/2015

The third edition of EU Code Week is scheduled to take place across Europe from 10 to 18 October 2015. Millions of children, young adults, adults, parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and policymakers will again come together in events and classrooms across Europe to learn to create with code. You can start planning your event now!

 
In the name of Europe Day - Fun and culture outing by the EDICs

In the name of Europe Day - Fun and culture outing by the EDICs

15/06/2015

For the second consecutive year, the Europe Direct Information Centres in Malta have organised their annual Europe Day Photo Competition. This year’s competition saw its conclusion with a cultural and fun outing for the winners - class 4 Green from St Michael Foundation School in San Gwann.

 
Mediterranean countries join forces to promote smart and sustainable growth

Mediterranean countries join forces to promote smart and sustainable growth

03/06/2015

The European Commission adopted today the 2014-2020 MED transnational cooperation programme, worth more than €275 million, with €224 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A further €9.3 million has been allocated to the programme from the EU's Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA).

 
Commission plans for 2016 fishing opportunities

Commission plans for 2016 fishing opportunities

02/06/2015

Fisheries in Europe are further progressing to sustainability in the North and West of the European Union. More fish can be harvested, thereby contributing to improved revenues for our fishermen and their communities. However, in the Mediterranean Sea, serious problems of overfishing continue to persist. These are the key messages that Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, passes in this year's report on the state of fish stocks and the preparation for setting next years' fish quotas.

 
Post vakanti għal Direttur taċ-Ċentru Ewropew għall-Prevenzjoni u l-Kontroll tal-Mard, Stokkolma

Post vakanti għal Direttur taċ-Ċentru Ewropew għall-Prevenzjoni u l-Kontroll tal-Mard, Stokkolma

01/06/2015

Post vakanti għal Direttur taċ-Ċentru Ewropew għall-Prevenzjoni u l-Kontroll tal-Mard, Stokkolma. Id-data tal-għeluq tar-reġistrazzjoni hi t-22 ta’ Ġunju 2015.

 
Il-Kummissjoni titlob għall-ideat tal-pubbliku biex tiżviluppa l-Ekonomija Ċirkolari

Il-Kummissjoni titlob għall-ideat tal-pubbliku biex tiżviluppa l-Ekonomija Ċirkolari

01/06/2015

Il-Kummissjoni Ewropea fetħet konsultazzjoni pubblika biex tiġbor il-fehmiet tan-nies dwar l-għażlietpolitiċi ewlenin għall-iżvilupp ta' approċċ ġdid ambizzjuż dwar l-Ekonomija Ċirkolari. Il-kontribut tal-partijiet interessati se jgħin fit-tħejjija tal-pjan ta' azzjoni l-ġdid, li għandu jiġi preżentat sa tmiem l-2015.

 
Eurobarometer: Tobacco use down by 2 percentage points in the EU

Eurobarometer: Tobacco use down by 2 percentage points in the EU

29/05/2015

Tobacco use in the EU is down by 2 percentage points compared with 2012 (26% vs. 28%) and down by 4 percentage points in age category 15 to 24 years (25% vs 29%). Average age of starting smoking remains unchanged at 17.6 years. 59% of smokers have tried to quit – 19% in the past 12 months. 12% of Europeans have tried e-cigarettes, compared to 7% in 2012.

 
Il-pakkett ta’ proċeduri ta’ ksur għax-xahar ta’ Mejju

Il-pakkett ta’ proċeduri ta’ ksur għax-xahar ta’ Mejju

28/05/2015

Il-pakkett ta’ proċeduri ta’ ksur għax-xahar ta’ Mejju Permezz tal-pakkett tagħha ta’ kull xahar dwar id-deċiżjonijiet ta’ ksur, il-Kummissjoni Ewropea qiegħda tieħu diversi azzjonijiet legali kontra xi Stati Membri minħabba li naqsu milli jikkonformaw b’mod xieraq mal-obbligi tagħhom skont il-liġi tal-UE. Dawn id-deċiżjonijiet li jkopru bosta setturi għandhom l-għan li jiżguraw l-applikazzjoni xierqa tal-liġi tal-UE għall-benefiċċju taċ-ċittadini u tan-negozji.

 
European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration

European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration

27/05/2015

Two weeks after presenting the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission is today adopting the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration. Following the terrible loss of life in the Mediterranean last month, European leaders made a firm commitment to solidarity amongst Member States to address the common migratory challenges. With today's proposals, the Commission is turning words into action and setting out immediate and long-term responses to the migration challenges that Europe faces.

 
Commission proposes draft EU budget 2016: focus on jobs, growth, migration and global action

Commission proposes draft EU budget 2016: focus on jobs, growth, migration and global action

27/05/2015

The Commission today proposed a 2016 EU budget of €143.5 billion in payment credits to support the recovery of the European economy and help improve lives in Europe and beyond. The money will be invested to boost innovation, create jobs, help convergence among Member States and among regions, deal more effectively with migration and further strengthen the role of the EU as a global player. The proposal also includes contributions to the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI), which is at the heart of the Investment Plan for Europe. Today’s draft will be sent to the European Parliament and EU Member States who will jointly decide on the final budget.

 
Country Specific Recommendations 2015

Country Specific Recommendations 2015

26/05/2015

On the 13th of May the European Commission adopted country-specific economic policy recommendations for 2015 and 2016 asking for national actions to create jobs and stimulate growth. These recommendations reflect the Commission’s economic and social agenda. Since President Juncker’s Commission took office in November 2014 and published its Annual Growth Survey 2015pdf, this agenda has focused on three mutually reinforcing pillars: boosting investment, implementing structural reforms and pursuing fiscal responsibility.

 
European Bathing Water Report: Excellent water quality at all bathing sites in Malta

European Bathing Water Report: Excellent water quality at all bathing sites in Malta

20/05/2015

Ninety-five per cent of the monitored bathing sites in the European Union met minimum standards for water quality in 2014. Water quality was excellent at 83 % of the sites, an increase of almost 1 percentage point compared to 2013. Malta at the top of the list.

 
The 2015 Country-Specific Recommendations for Malta

The 2015 Country-Specific Recommendations for Malta

14/05/2015

Yesterday, the Commission adopted a number of economic governance decisions and the 2015 Country-Specific Recommendations addressed to Member States, including Malta. The Recommendations are a key stage of the so-called European Semester, the EU's annual cycle of economic policy guidance and surveillance.

 
Managing migration better in all aspects: A European Agenda on Migration

Managing migration better in all aspects: A European Agenda on Migration

14/05/2015

Yesterday, the European Commission presented a European Agenda on Migration outlining the immediate measures that will be taken in order to respond to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean as well as the steps to be taken in the coming years to better manage migration in all its aspects.

 

Call for applications at the European Food Safety Authority Management Board

13/05/2015

The European Commission is currently organising a selection procedure to replace 7 out of 14 members of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), whose mandates will expire on 30 June 2016. The call for expressions of interest was published in the Official Journal of the European Union: OJ C158 of 13.05.2015, and can be found here.

 
A week full of activities to celebrate Europe Day in Malta

A week full of activities to celebrate Europe Day in Malta

12/05/2015

Peace and Unity were the main themes for this year’s activities organised in Malta to celebrate Europe Day. This day, which is commemorated on the 9th of May is Europe’s 'birthday', and is a celebration of peace and unity commemorating the historical 'Schuman declaration'.

 
Il-Viċi President Dombrovskis waqt iż-żjara tiegħu f'Malta għas-Semestru Ewropew

Il-Viċi President Dombrovskis waqt iż-żjara tiegħu f'Malta għas-Semestru Ewropew

06/05/2015

Valdis Dombrovskis, il-Viċi President għall-Euro u d-Djalogu Soċjali, se jżur Malta fis-7 u t-8 ta’ Mejju bħala parti mis-Semestru Ewropew dwar il-koordinazzjoni tal-politika ekonomika u se jiddiskuti r-riformi li għaddejjin fil-pajjiż. Hu se jkun qed jiltaqa’ mal-Prim Ministru, id-Deputat Prim Ministru, il-Ministru tal-Finanzi u l-Ministru għad-Djalogu Soċjali.

L-ekonomija, l-finanzi u t-taxxa

 
A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission sets out 16 initiatives to make it happen

A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission sets out 16 initiatives to make it happen

06/05/2015

The Internet and digital technologies are transforming our world – in every walk of life and in every line of business. Europe must embrace the digital revolution and open up digital opportunities for people and businesses. How? By using the power of the EU's Single Market. Today, the European Commission unveiled its detailed plans to create a Digital Single Market, thereby delivering on one of its top prioritiespdf.

Ix-Xjenza u t-teknoloġija

 
Languages – A Road to Opportunities

Languages – A Road to Opportunities

06/05/2015

On Tuesday 5th May, all Gozitan students attending Form 2 were treated to a half-day of entertainment organised by Europe Direct Information Centre of Gozo in collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Malta. The activity was opened by Mr Michael Grech, President of the Gozo Business Chamber who spoke about his experiences, both professional and personal, with regards to the importance of language learning.  

 
Spring 2015 Economic Forecast: Tailwinds support the recovery

Spring 2015 Economic Forecast: Tailwinds support the recovery

05/05/2015

Economic growth in the European Union is benefitting from positive economic tailwinds. According to the European Commission's Spring 2015 Economic Forecast, these short-term factors are boosting an otherwise mild cyclical upswing in the EU.

L-ekonomija, l-finanzi u t-taxxa

 
Traineeship opportunity at the EC Representation in Malta

Traineeship opportunity at the EC Representation in Malta

05/05/2015

The European Commission Representation in Malta, based at Europe House, Valletta, is currently looking for a motivated and dynamic trainee willing to join its team for a period of up to six months. The traineeship is unpaid, but presents an excellent opportunity to gain an important work experience in a distinctly multinational and stimulating environment. If interested, please keep reading the specifications below and apply by Friday 15 May 2015.

L-impieg u d-drittijiet soċjali, Spjegazzjoni dwar l-UE

 
Statement from the special meeting of the European Council, 23 April 2015

Statement from the special meeting of the European Council, 23 April 2015

24/04/2015

Following last week's tragic events that claimed the life of hundreds of migrants, the European Council called a special meeting on Thursday 23 April to discuss how to bring relief to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. EU leaders have agreed to triple the resources available to Triton border mission. They have also pledged considerable concrete support, including many more vessels, aircraft, experts. Next step for action is the European Agenda for Migration in mid-May, that will develop a more systemic and geographically comprehensive approach to migration.

Spjegazzjoni dwar l-UE

 
European Commission proposes ten point action plan on migration

European Commission proposes ten point action plan on migration

22/04/2015

At a joint meeting of Foreign and Interior Ministers, chaired by High Representative / Vice-President Federica Mogherini and held in Luxembourg, Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Avramopoulos presented a 10 point plan of the immediate actions to be taken in response to the crisis situation in the Mediterranean. The plan received the full backing of Foreign and Interior Ministers.

Ġustizzja, affarijiet interni u drittijiet taċ-ċittadini

 
Debating TTIP, today and tomorrow - Blog post by Cecilia Malmström, 17 April 2015

Debating TTIP, today and tomorrow - Blog post by Cecilia Malmström, 17 April 2015

21/04/2015

This Saturday, a number of organisations have proclaimed a "global day of action" against free trade agreements and unfair trade. I find it very inspiring that trade policy is garnering this type of far-reaching, heated debate. Trade used to be one of the issues that few people cared about, and even fewer debated. No more. Trade - and in particular TTIP, the trade deal that the EU is negotiating with the US - is the focus of discussion all over Europe.

Ir-relazzjonijiet esterni u affarijiet barranin, Negozju

 
What it means to be young in the European Union today

What it means to be young in the European Union today

20/04/2015

How many children live in the European Union? And how has their share in the population evolved and is expected to change in the future? Are the youngest children in our country cared for more often by their parents, relatives, a child-minder or through a day-care centre? How do young people make the switch from school to work? How are they affected by information and communication technologies in their everyday lives? Answers to these questions and many more can be found in the publication “Being young in Europe today” issued by Eurostat.

Il-Kultura, l-edukazzjoni u ż-żgħażagħ

 
The 2015 Country report for Malta discussed with stakeholders

The 2015 Country report for Malta discussed with stakeholders

16/04/2015

On 25 February, the European Commission published an economic surveillance package setting out the analytical basis for the adoption of Country-Specific Recommendations in May. The country reports analyse the economic policies of each Member State and the euro area as a whole, in line with this year’s streamlined European Semester cycle.

L-ekonomija, l-finanzi u t-taxxa

 
The external costs of passenger and commercial vehicles use in Malta

The external costs of passenger and commercial vehicles use in Malta

10/04/2015

The Institute for Climate Change and Sustainable Development of the University of Malta was commissioned to carry out a study on the external costs of traffic and congestion in Malta by the European Commission Representation in Malta in May 2014. This report outlines the purpose, context and objectives of the study. It describes the approach and methodology used in the research and presents the findings of the study.

It-trasport u l-ivvjaġġar

 
Seminar on capital Markets Union - Building blocks towards a new EMU

Seminar on capital Markets Union - Building blocks towards a new EMU

10/04/2015

The European Commission has recently launched a Green Paper on building a Capital Markets Union and two flanking consultation papers on securitisation and a review of the Prospectus Directive. The main objectives of this initiative is to break down the existing barriers to cross-border investments in Europe which prevent businesses from getting access to finance at a reasonable cost, give savers more investment choices as well as enhance the efficiency of the system that channels such funds.

L-ekonomija, l-finanzi u t-taxxa

 
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?

L-impieg u d-drittijiet soċjali

 
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.

It-trasport u l-ivvjaġġar

 
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.

L-Ambjent, il-konsumatur u s-saħħa

 
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.

L-Agrikoltura, is-sajd u l-ikel

 
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.

L-Ambjent, il-konsumatur u s-saħħa

 
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.

Ir-reġjuni u l-iżvilupp lokali, L-impieg u d-drittijiet soċjali

 
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.

L-enerġija u r-riżorsi naturali

 
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.

Negozju

 
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.

It-trasport u l-ivvjaġġar

 
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.

Ir-reġjuni u l-iżvilupp lokali

 
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.

Ir-relazzjonijiet esterni u affarijiet barranin

 
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.

Ir-relazzjonijiet esterni u affarijiet barranin, Negozju

 
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.

 
 

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