Statement by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker following yesterday's attacks in Barcelona.
One year after the referendum in the UK, an increasing majority of people in the EU are optimistic about the future of the European Union. Close to a majority of Europeans are now also optimistic about the state of their national economy. Trust in the European Union is growing – it is at its highest level since 2010, and support for the euro is greater than it has been since 2004.
The new EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme was launched on 1 August, ready to be implemented across the Union as of the first day of the 2017/2018 school year. Aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among children, the scheme will include the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk products, as well as dedicated educational programmes to teach pupils about the importance of good nutrition and to explain how food is produced.
Following the publication of the Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs) by the European Commission, in 11 July the Council issued its 2017 recommendations and opinions on the Member States' economic, employment and fiscal policies. This was the final stage of the 2017 European Semester, an annual policy monitoring process.
The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland by sending a Letter of Formal Notice, following the publication in the Polish Official Journal of the Law on the Ordinary Courts Organisation on Friday 28 July.
The 9th Security Union progress report, published on 27 July, highlights the recent steps taken to prevent terrorist financing through trafficking in cultural goods and improve the interoperability of EU information systems.
The 2017 edition of the Consumer Conditions Scoreboard shows that more and more EU consumers are shopping online and that their trust in e-commerce has increased, in particular in buying online from other EU countries.
On 19 July, the European Commission and the High Representative reported on the actions taken and the next steps needed to implement the 2016 Joint Framework on countering hybrid threats.
The European Commission has launched a new EU-wide contest for the "Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outreach: Spreading Knowledge about Europe". This Prize will reward outstanding contributions that communicate the founding values, history, action and key benefits of the EU to citizens.
The European Commission is launching a call for proposals to select partners in Malta and Gozo to run 'Europe Direct Information Centres' (EIDCs). Successful applicants will be entitled to an action grant and technical assistance which will enable them to carry out a set of communication activities as an EDIC.