New measures would give all Europeans a legal right to a basic bank account anywhere in the EU – and make switching to another provider easier.
Commission calls for significant progress on completing the internal energy market and tackling growing tax fraud and evasion ahead of leaders’ meeting.
The economy is projected to return to growth in the second half of 2013. However, annual GDP is forecast to contract by 0.1% in the EU and 0.4% in the eurozone.
Europe’s open day is a time to reflect on the EU’s achievements – and look at how to make it work better for everyone. Join in the debates, events and activities for all ages.
Video streaming over the internet has given people more choice of TV programmes and movies – we need your thoughts on an EU approach so everyone can benefit.
Strategy would coordinate EU countries’ responses to the impact of global warming on local communities.
EU-wide standards for environmental claims would increase trust in the growing market for green products and allow shoppers to make informed choices.
Some countries need to step up reforms to resolve civil and commercial cases efficiently – key to attracting investment and business.
EU makes progress as a whole, but some member countries need to do more to catch up and become more competitive.
Two years into a new EU policy towards its neighbouring countries, the results are encouraging – but progress towards reforms and democracy remains uneven.
Initial proposals would establish a framework for closer integration of EU economic and monetary policies.
EU leaders discussed further measures to revive economic growth, generate jobs and help young unemployed people.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, today made a presentation on "Growth, competitiveness and jobs: priorities for the European Semester 2013" to the Heads of State and Government at the European Council meeting.
Better information about candidates’ political positions and party affiliations – and one fixed election day – would get more people to the polls.
The Commission is working to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of packaged food sold in the EU – what you see on the label should be what you get.
Commission launches consultation to get input on how to prevent forced circumcision of girls and women.
As the world’s biggest aid donor, the EU is leading efforts to set new UN targets to lift people out of poverty and achieve sustainable development.
Proposals would strengthen controls for those entering the EU’s passport-free travel area, speed up procedures for frequent visitors, and provide more security.
Return to growth more gradual than expected, says Commission's latest forecast – despite substantial improvement in EU financial market conditions since summer 2012.
Financial trading tax would be applied by Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
Package of proposals would further strengthen the EU’s product-safety laws and address new, emerging threats.
Strategy sets out common EU approach to securing digital networks, preventing online crime and protecting consumers.
A fair assessment of the agreement between the Heads of State or Government should recognise that this deal is not perfect but it offers a basis for negotiations with the European Parliament.
As Europe’s leaders gather to resume talks on the EU budget, the European commission president emphasises its role in supporting those hit hardest by the economic crisis.
New proposals to open national rail networks to competition, increase investment and offer travellers more choice and better services.
Proposals to boost use of alternative fuels would ensure drivers can fill up or plug in at more stations across EU.
Europe needs to coordinate growth and job creation efforts, help those affected most by the crisis and address rising social inequality.
Proposed measures would nurture new generations of entrepreneurs and help young people, women, older people, immigrants and unemployed people set up their own businesses.
Economic stability, growth and jobs are Ireland’s priorities for the next 6 months as it takes over the EU presidency from Cyprus.
Understanding your rights as an EU citizen is key to taking advantage of the benefits – such as the possibility to live and work anywhere in the Union.
The Commission sets out its plans for 2013, with a focus on returning the EU to growth and getting people back to work.
New plan to ban both strong flavours that disguise tobacco and misleading claims such as ‘light’ and ‘mild’ on cigarette packets.
EU presidents and prime ministers took eurozone countries closer to banking union when they sat down to their customary end-of-year meeting in Brussels on 13 December.
EU presidents and prime ministers will find the European commission’s vision for closer economic, monetary and banking union on the table when they sit down to their customary end-of-year meeting in Brussels on 13 and 14 December.
Around €1 trillion is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU. A new action plan encourages European governments to work together to clamp down on companies and individuals not paying their fair share.
2012 prize will be presented in Oslo on 10 December recognising EU’s role in advancing stability and reconciliation in Europe.
Unemployed under-25s would be guaranteed an offer of a job, further education or training under proposed EU measures.
The EU’s online jobs service will be expanded to include even more vacancies and reach even more unemployed people.
All across Europe, families are prioritising where to spend their money. Some luxuries are being cut, as people invest in what really matters for the future.
EU countries will be pushed to fully apply EU energy rules so the market works to its full potential for consumers.
EU promotes programmes to help older people stay active in their communities by recognising some of the best initiatives.