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From left to right: Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President Tusk and President Juncker © EU

News19/12/2014

European Council endorses the Commission's Investment Offensive

The European Council endorses the Commission's Investment Offensive and commits to continue supporting Ukraine.

President Juncker speaking at the European Parliament © EU

Press release18/12/2014

European Council: New approach to investment and support to Ukraine

Speaking ahead of the European Council, President Juncker said: "Two elements stand out when we look ahead to the European Council: First, Europe needs a new approach to investment. Second, we have to help our eastern neighbour, Ukraine."

President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans © EU

Press release16/12/2014

A New Start: An EU work plan to deliver jobs, growth and investment

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.

Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of Competition © EU

Press release17/12/2014

Enquiry on tax rulings practice extended to all Member States

The Commission will ask Member States to provide information about their tax ruling practice under State aid rules.

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Juncker Commission takes oath of independence at the Court of Justice

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College meets with Latvian government ahead of its EU Presidency

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Closing ranks with President Tusk and national parliaments

News28/11/2014

A new momentum for jobs, growth and investment

News26/11/2014

EU launches a €315 billion Investment Offensive to boost jobs and growth

Press release19/12/2014

Top News from the European Commission 22 December 2014 – 16 January 2015

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Top News from the European Commission 13 December 2014 – 9 January 2015

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Top News from the European Commission 6 December 2014 – 6 January 2015

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Top News from the European Commission 29 November – 29 December 2014

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Top News from the European Commission 21 November – 21 December 2014

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CALENDRIER du 22 décembre 2014 au 11 janvier 2015

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CALENDRIER du 15 au 21 décembre 2014

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CALENDRIER du 8 au 14 décembre 2014

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CALENDRIER du 1 au 7 décembre 2014

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CALENDRIER du 24 au 30 novembre 2014

Press release19/12/2014

Mergers: Commission approves IMS Health's acquisition of parts of Cegedim, subject to conditions

Press release19/12/2014

EU Banking Union Fit for Service: Council appoints permanent members of the Single Resolution Board and adopts the methodology for banks' contributions to the resolutions funds

Press release19/12/2014

Commission to recover €102 million of CAP expenditure from the Member States

Press release19/12/2014

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over Czech national carrier České aerolinie by Travel Service and Český Aeroholding

Press release18/12/2014

Statement from Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, on the occasion of 'International Migrants Day'

Press release18/12/2014

President Juncker appoints Dr Edmund Stoiber Special Adviser for Better Regulation; First Vice-President Timmermans announces reform of the Impact Assessment Board.

Press release18/12/2014

State aid: Commission turns state aid modernisation into action and calls for better cooperation with Member States to boost growth

Press release17/12/2014

IPA: €2 billion package to support reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey in 2014

Press release17/12/2014

Autumn 2014 Standard Eurobarometer: Confidence in the European Union is increasing

Press release17/12/2014

State aid: Commission extends information enquiry on tax rulings practice to all Member States

Press release17/12/2014

State aid: Commission approves Catalunya Banc's revised restructuring plan following its sale to BBVA

Press release16/12/2014

A New Start: European Commission work plan to deliver jobs, growth and investment

Press release16/12/2014

State aid: Commission approves aid to Banka Celje based on the restructuring plan of Banka Celje and its merger with Abanka

Press release15/12/2014

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into coffee joint venture between DEMB and Mondelēz

Press release15/12/2014

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of aviation fuel supplier Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation by rival BP, subject to conditions

Press release15/12/2014

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Lafarge by Holcim, subject to conditions

Press release15/12/2014

European Commission and Italy launch first ever EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis

Press release15/12/2014

EU backs 328 top early-career researchers with €485 million

Press release15/12/2014

EU Investment Offensive: Vice-President Katainen kicks off investment roadshow

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Antitrust: Commission announces the launch of market tests in investigations in the online hotel booking sector by the French, Swedish and Italian competition authorities

Press release14/12/2014

Lima outcome keeps climate talks on track for Paris Agreement

Press release12/12/2014

European Commission adopts first equivalence decision for the purposes of credit risk weighting Regulation (EU) No 575/2013

Press release12/12/2014

EU acts together to stop Ebola

Press release12/12/2014

First three Rural Development Programmes get green light

Press release12/12/2014

Commissioner Moscovici signs Memorandum of Understanding on Macro-Financial Assistance for Georgia

Press release11/12/2014

Vice-President Šefčovič speaks to Russian Energy Minister Novak on South Stream -project

Press release11/12/2014

Aviation: Commission updates the EU air safety list

Press release11/12/2014

Antitrust: Commission fines five envelope producers over € 19.4 million in cartel settlement

Press release11/12/2014

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

Press release09/12/2014

Investment Offensive for Europe: EU Task Force identifies 2,000 potential projects worth €1.3 trillion

Press release09/12/2014

EU steps up assistance for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Press release08/12/2014

EU Commissioner Mimica announces new support for fighting Ebola during visit to Guinea

Press release06/12/2014

EU Ebola Response: Member States send additional health personnel to the region

Press release05/12/2014

Aviation: EU makes €3 bn available to deliver the Single European Sky

Press release05/12/2014

Switzerland and EU join forces in science and research

Press release04/12/2014

Justice Ministers agree on modern insolvency rules

Press release04/12/2014

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Orange's proposed acquisition of Jazztel

Press release04/12/2014

EU companies must boost R&D investment to stay globally competitive

Press release04/12/2014

EU-Syria: €180 million to deal with crisis and spill-over in Lebanon and Jordan

Press release04/12/2014

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Pometon for suspected participation in a steel abrasives cartel

Press release03/12/2014

Joint Statement EU-US Energy Council

Press release03/12/2014

European Day for People with Disabilities: the Swedish city of Borås wins the Access City Award 2015 for disabled-friendly cities

Press release03/12/2014

Ukraine: €500 million EU Macro-Financial Assistance loan disbursed

Press release03/12/2014

Poverty: Commission adopts Polish programme to use €473 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Press release03/12/2014

Commission announces winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015

Press release02/12/2014

Europe and Africa double research efforts to tackle AIDS, Ebola and other infectious diseases

Press release01/12/2014

A new era for EU Justice and Home Affairs policies

Press release01/12/2014

European Commission appoints Head of the new European Political Strategy Centre

Press release28/11/2014

European Social Fund: more than EUR 1 billion for employment and social inclusion in Bulgaria

Press release28/11/2014

Budget 2015: Commission makes new proposal to Parliament and Council

Press release28/11/2014

Poverty: Commission adopts Romanian programme to use over €441 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Press release28/11/2014

Commission adopts Austrian programme to use €18,03 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Press release28/11/2014

Lima climate talks crucial stepping stone towards 2015 agreement

Press release28/11/2014

European Social Fund: EUR 1 billion for employment and social inclusion in Flanders

Press release28/11/2014

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Covidien by Medtronic, subject to conditions

Press release28/11/2014

Competition: Commission welcomes entry into force of Cooperation Agreement with Switzerland

Press release28/11/2014

European Commission assesses Draft Budgetary Plans 2015: seven Member States at risk of non-compliance

Press release28/11/2014

EU Annual Growth Survey 2015: A new Momentum for Jobs, Growth and Investment

Press release27/11/2014

EU supports Decentralisation and Regional Policy reforms in Ukraine with €55 millions

Press release26/11/2014

Mergers: Commission approves aerospace and defence joint venture between Airbus and Safran, subject to conditions

Press release26/11/2014

EU launches Investment Offensive to boost jobs and growth

Press release26/11/2014

Taxation: Commission refers Ireland to the Court of Justice of the European Union for incorrect application of the rules on marked fuel

Press release26/11/2014

Taxation: Commission refers Spain to the Court of Justice of the European Union for discriminatory tax treatment applied to investments in certain foreign bonds

Press release26/11/2014

Taxation: Commission refers Greece to the Court of Justice of the European Union on vehicle registration tax for leased or rented cars

Press release26/11/2014

Taxation: Commission decided to refer Spain to the Court of Justice of the European Union for discriminatory tax treatment applied to investments in non-resident companies

Press release26/11/2014

Rail transport: Commission takes Austria to Court for not ensuring financial transparency

Press release26/11/2014

Commission takes Spain to Court over waste water treatment presenting a risk to public health

Press release25/11/2014

Opening the windows: Commission commits to enhanced transparency

Press release25/11/2014

State aid: Commission approves state aid measures for Bulgarian First Investment Bank

Press release25/11/2014

State aid: Commission approves German renewable energy law (EEG 2014) for railway sector

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State aid: Commission approves German aid scheme for renewable energy (EEG 2012); orders partial recovery

Press release21/11/2014

Commissioner Crețu marks important milestones to start the flow of EU regional investments

Press release20/11/2014

Antitrust: Commission sends statement of objections to suspected participants in trucks cartel

Factsheet19/12/2014

Update- Single Resolution Board top management posts: frequently asked questions

Factsheet16/12/2014

Questions and Answers: the 2015 Work Programme

Factsheet16/12/2014

New appointment of Director at Eurostat; Change of mandate for Special Adviser

Factsheet12/12/2014

2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for Austria

Factsheet12/12/2014

2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for Denmark

Factsheet12/12/2014

Implementing Act on Equivalence under Regulation (EU) No 575/2013 (CRR) – Frequently asked questions

Factsheet12/12/2014

2014-2020 Rural Development Programme for Poland

Factsheet11/12/2014

Questions and Answers on Food Information to Consumers

Factsheet08/12/2014

EU Ebola response: medium/long term support through development cooperation

Factsheet08/12/2014

The European Union's response to Ebola emergency

Factsheet04/12/2014

EU-Syria: €180 million to deal with crisis and spill-over in Lebanon and Jordan

Factsheet04/12/2014

World trends in R&D private investment. Facts and figures

Factsheet02/12/2014

Commission staff concludes the sixth Post-Programme Surveillance mission to Hungary

Factsheet02/12/2014

Transport Council on 3 December 2014 in Brussels

Factsheet28/11/2014

Draft Joint Employment Report – frequently asked questions

Factsheet28/11/2014

Fourth Alert Mechanism Report on macroeconomic imbalances in EU Member States

Factsheet28/11/2014

The EU's economic governance explained

Factsheet28/11/2014

Commission Opinions on the 2015 Draft Budgetary Plans

Factsheet26/11/2014

Antitrust: Commission welcomes General Court judgment confirming its inspection powers in the area of electronic searches

Factsheet26/11/2014

November infringements package: main decisions

Factsheet21/11/2014

Fifteenth report on practical preparations for the euro: Lithuania’s preparations well on track overall

Factsheet21/11/2014

Q&A on the "Partnership Agreements" between the European Commission and the EU Member States on European Structural and Investment Fund investments for 2014-2020

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Speech16/12/2014

Commissioner Moscovici's remarks at his press conference in Athens

Speech15/12/2014

Le commerce international: Une chance pour la France

Speech12/12/2014

Building to last: boosting long-term investment in Europe

Speech11/12/2014

Morocco: an indispensable strategic neighbour of Europe

Speech09/12/2014

Commissioner Moscovici's remarks at the ECOFIN press conference

Speech09/12/2014

Economic governance package

Speech09/12/2014

Opening remarks by Vice-President Katainen at the press conference of the ECOFIN Council, 9 December 2014

Speech09/12/2014

Inspiring trust: Stronger data protection rules to boost the Digital Single Market

Speech08/12/2014

Commissioner Moscovici's remarks at the second press conference of the Eurogroup

Speech08/12/2014

Commissioner Moscovici's remarks at the Eurogroup Press conference on the assessment of the Draft Budgetary Plans

Speech05/12/2014

Remarks of Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, at the end of the Home Affairs Council

Speech04/12/2014

Vice-President Katainen's opening remarks at the Competitiveness Council, 4 December 2014

Speech03/12/2014

Enlargement policy: The EU delivers when the EU-aspiring countries deliver

Speech03/12/2014

Exchange of Views between Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and MEPs at the LIBE Committee in the European Parliament

Speech03/12/2014

Change and Innovation: Speech by Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger at Cable Europe annual event

Speech03/12/2014

Simplification as a top priority in 2015

Speech03/12/2014

The Trade Commissioner and Parliament: A Vital Relationship

Speech02/12/2014

Investment Plan for Europe: what are the investment needs for transport?

Speech01/12/2014

Financing Europe's Investment

Speech01/12/2014

Remarks of Commissioner Avramopoulos at the OECD High-Level Policy Forum on Migration

Speech01/12/2014

What's next for Sport policy in the EU?

Speech01/12/2014

The EU strategy for the Alpine region: making the most of what the Alps can offer

Speech01/12/2014

Europe at the crossroads: the challenge of environmental sustainability

Speech28/11/2014

A common commitment for structural reforms

Speech27/11/2014

Speech at the 25th Meeting of the Energy Charter Conference

Speech27/11/2014

European Rail Freight Days Conference

Speech27/11/2014

Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning and Tourism

Speech26/11/2014

Partnership: cornerstone of Europe's response to humanitarian crises

Speech26/11/2014

Speech at the EP plenary “2014 UN Climate Change Conference Lima”

Speech26/11/2014

Speech by Vice-President Jyrki Katainen on the Investment Plan

Speech26/11/2014

Investing in Europe: speech by President Juncker in the European Parliament plenary session on the € 315 billion Investment Plan

Speech25/11/2014

Opening Statement by Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos during the European Parliament plenary debate on Migration

Speech21/11/2014

EU and Montenegro in partnership to prepare the country for accession

Speech21/11/2014

Prejav na podujatí " EU Stakeholder brunch"

Speech21/11/2014

Business and Biodiversity Platform: 1st Annual Conference

Speech20/11/2014

Remarks by Commissioner Christos Stylianides and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos at the conclusion of the ARETE 2014 exercise

Speech20/11/2014

A fresh start for job creation and social fairness

Press release18/12/2014

October 2014 compared with September 2014 - Production in construction up by 1.3% in euro area - Up by 0.4% in EU28

Press release18/12/2014

Third quarter of 2014 - Euro area job vacancy stable at 1.6% - EU28 also stable at 1.6%

Press release17/12/2014

Third quarter of 2014 - Annual growth in labour costs down to 1.3% in euro area - Stable at 1.4% in EU28

Press release17/12/2014

November 2014 - Annual inflation down to 0.3% in the euro area - Down to 0.4% in the EU

Press release16/12/2014

October 2014 - Euro area international trade in goods surplus - €24.0 bn €7.6 bn surplus for EU28

Press release16/12/2014

Internet usage by individuals in 2014 - One out of every five individuals in the EU28 used the cloud to save files - Free-of-charge services prevail

Press release15/12/2014

Labour Cost Survey 2012 in the EU28 - Labour costs highest in the financial and insurance sector - Three times higher than in the accommodation and food sector

Press release15/12/2014

First estimates for 2014 - EU28 real agricultural income per worker down by 1.7%

Press release12/12/2014

Third quarter of 2014 compared with second quarter of 2014 - Employment up by 0.2% in the euro area and by 0.3% in the EU28 - +0.6% and +0.9% respectively compared with the third quarter ...

Press release11/12/2014

Consumption per capita in purchasing power standards in 2013 - Consumption per capita varied between 49% and 136% of the EU28 average

Press release09/12/2014

ICT usage in enterprises in 2014 - Cloud computing services used by one out of every five enterprises in the EU28 - Lack of knowledge main reason for not using cloud services

Press release08/12/2014

Opening of the European Census Hub - The Census Hub: a new, easy and flexible way to access population and housing census data from all EU countries

Press release05/12/2014

Second estimate for the third quarter of 2014 - GDP up by 0.2% in the euro area and up by 0.3% in the EU28 - +0.8% and +1.3% respectively compared with the third quarter of 2013

Press release04/12/2014

Air passenger transport in the EU28 - Record number of air passengers carried at more than 840 million in 2013 - London/Heathrow continued to be the busiest passenger airport

Press release03/12/2014

October 2014 compared with September 2014 - Volume of retail trade up by 0.4% in euro area - Up by 0.7% in EU28

Press release02/12/2014

Situation of people with disabilities in the EU - Fewer than 1 in 2 disabled adults were in employment in the EU28 in 2011 - And almost a third at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2013

Press release02/12/2014

October 2014 compared with September 2014 - Industrial producer prices down by 0.4% in euro area - Down by 0.5% in EU28

Press release28/11/2014

October 2014 - Euro area unemployment rate at 11.5% - EU28 at 10.0%

Press release28/11/2014

Macroeconomic Imbalances Procedure Scoreboard - Eurostat publishes latest indicators for early detection of macroeconomic imbalances

Press release25/11/2014

Causes of death in the EU28 in 2011 - 1 in 4 deaths caused by cancer in the EU28 - Lung cancer main fatal cancer

Press release25/11/2014

First estimate for the third quarter of 2014 - EU28 current account surplus €7.8 bn - €47.0 bn surplus for trade in services

Press release21/11/2014

Social inclusion of migrants in the EU28 - Non-EU citizens twice as likely to be at risk of poverty or social exclusion as nationals in 2013

Statement18/12/2014

Statement by Commissioner Vestager welcoming Luxembourg's decision to provide all information requested on tax rulings and patent boxes

Statement17/12/2014

Commission welcomes political agreement reached by European Parliament and Council on capping inter-bank fees for card-based payments

Statement17/12/2014

Statement by Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, following the adoption of the 2015 EU budget and amending budgets for 2014

Statement17/12/2014

Statement by President Juncker ahead of the European Council on 18-19 December: Boosting Investment to create Jobs and Growth

Statement16/12/2014

Speaking Points of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Presentation of the 2015 Commission Work Programme to the European Parliament

Statement16/12/2014

EU-Montenegro: four chapters of accession negotiations opened

Statement14/12/2014

Joint statement on the police raids and arrests of media representatives in Turkey

Statement12/12/2014

Statement by Commissioner Věra Jourová following the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Statement11/12/2014

Statement by Vice-President Dombrovskis after the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Statement11/12/2014

Statement by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen after the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Statement11/12/2014

Statement by Commissioner Vestager on the envelopes cartel settlement decision

Statement11/12/2014

Commissioner Thyssen welcomes provisional agreement on revamped EURES job search network

Statement11/12/2014

Commissioner Thyssen welcomes Council's agreement on proposals to better protect seafarers and inland waterway workers

Statement10/12/2014

European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos calls in Geneva for more protection and admission possibilities for Syrian refugees

Statement09/12/2014

Joint Press Statement by Ministers and Representatives of Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Romania and Slovenia and VP Šefčovič

Statement09/12/2014

Joint statement on the formation of the new government in Kosovo

Statement09/12/2014

Statement at the Conclusion of the IMF and EC Staff Visit to Romania

Statement09/12/2014

Political agreement on the Proposal for a Council Implementing Regulation specifying uniform conditions of application of Regulation (EU) n° 806/2014 with regard to ex ante contributions...

Statement09/12/2014

Statement by Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission for Budget and Human Resources, on the political agreement on 2015 budget proposal

Statement09/12/2014

Commissioner Moscovici welcomes Council agreement on measures against tax avoidance and unfair tax competition

Statement08/12/2014

Statement by Commissioner Christos Stylianides on World Food Programme funding shortages for Syria

Statement05/12/2014

Title:Commissioner Jonathan Hill welcomes the General Approach agreement reached in Council on the revised Payment Services Directive

Statement05/12/2014

Statement on Typhoon Hagupit by Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management

Statement05/12/2014

Statement on Basel Regulatory Consistency Assessment of Basel III implementation

Statement04/12/2014

Statement by President Juncker following his meeting with Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria

Statement04/12/2014

Commissioner Andriukaitis welcomes provisional political agreement on GMO cultivation

Statement03/12/2014

Life expectancy in the EU still on the rise: launch of the "Health at a Glance: Europe 2014" report

Statement02/12/2014

Statement by Commissioner Avramopoulos at the end of his meeting with Thomas de Maizière, Federal Minister of Interior of Germany

Statement01/12/2014

Joint statement on the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova

Statement01/12/2014

EU will continue to support Ukraine

Statement01/12/2014

Insurance stress test: European Commission emphasises need for full and rapid implementation of the "Solvency II" insurance regulatory regime

Statement27/11/2014

World AIDS Day 2014: "We need to keep up the momentum in the fight against HIV/AIDS", says EU Health Commissioner, Vytenis Andriukaitis

Statement25/11/2014

Déclaration conjointe par la Haute Représentante et Vice-Présidente Federica Mogherini et le Commissaire européen à la politique européenne de voisinage Johannes Hahn sur le premier...

Statement24/11/2014

Joint Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Statement20/11/2014

Joint Statement by Commissioner Violeta Bulc and German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt

Statement20/11/2014

Firmly committed to Serbia's EU perspective

Statement20/11/2014

Joint Statement on the occasion of the Universal Children’s Day and the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child