Gaps in gender equality in Europe are shrinking, but the rate of progress is slow, according to an annual EU report published today.
The EU is launching a consultation to gather ideas about how mobile technology could be used to improve health services in Europe, leading to potential savings of €99bn.
Three years of efforts to improve the lives of Roma people in Europe are starting to have visible results, says an EU report published today – but more remains to be done.
Nominations by political parties and EU-wide debates seek to increase participation and give citizens more say in the future direction of the European Union.
The EU’s annual review of its efforts to encourage reform in neighbouring countries to the east and south shows mixed results for 2013.
A record number of safety alerts were issued by the EU’s early warning system for dangerous products (RAPEX) in 2013, which also saw a marked rise in the proportion of unsafe items from China.
On 27 March, over 150 EU citizens will be in Brussels to debate the future of Europe, at the EU's invitation. To get involved in the debate, post your questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter - #EUdeb8.
President Barroso has welcomed the ambitious common positions reached at the March European Council on Ukraine, climate and energy, and savings tax, all of which he said reinforced the EU's global ambitions.
The Commission will step up efforts to improve water quality, infrastructure and sanitation, following success of first European Citizens’ Initiative.
EU sets out new approach to help companies in financial trouble and give budding entrepreneurs a second chance.
The EU wants to focus in the next few years on progress towards the European area of freedom, justice and security.
The EU is taking action to ensure that EU countries comply with the rule of law by introducing a “warning tool” to help resolve problems early on.
Europe is catching up with the US and Japan in terms of innovation, but big gaps between countries need tackling, according to an EU report.
For the second year in a row European Equal Pay Day falls on the last day of February, marking the fact that women effectively work the first 2 months of each year for nothing, given the stark difference between women and men’s pay.
The European economy continues to recover in most EU countries, though at a different rate and strength. However, the legacy of debt and fiscal consolidation from the financial crisis mean the recovery will remain fragile.
New strategy aims to address challenges facing Europe’s growing tourism industry to help it develop and become more competitive.
As part of an intensifying battle against tax fraud, the EU plans to strengthen cooperation with neighbouring countries on VAT.
On 11 February, the EU is participating in worldwide celebrations of Safer Internet Day 2014 by presenting online awards and launching a youth manifesto and safety website.
Corruption remains a Europe-wide problem and more must be done to prevent it, according to an EU report published this week.
The EU is proposing to reinforce its healthy eating programmes in schools to help address poor nutrition among children.
The EU has proposed curbing the freedom of the largest banks to engage in the sorts of speculative trading that contributed to the 2008 global financial crisis.
New EU report on the rising retail energy prices in Europe suggests ways to cut consumer costs and keep EU businesses competitive in the global market.
The EU is calling for progress on reforms to modernise Europe’s 1995 data protection rules, improving online privacy rights and helping businesses.
The European Commission has proposed measures to boost industry in Europe, which has been in decline since 2008, to secure job creation and economic growth.
The EU is aiming to develop a reliable and secure source of renewable energy by setting up an Ocean Energy Forum.
A 10-point action plan published by the European Commission calls on EU countries to do more to tackle the threat of extremist violence.
On 16 January at 20.00 CET, EU Vice-President Viviane Reding will debate live with citizens across Europe on YouTube.
Elections to a beefed-up European Parliament in May will see voters from all 28 EU countries choose politicians to represent them for the next 5 years.
Growth, employment and promoting social cohesion will be Greece’s priorities during its 6-month presidency of the EU, which started on New Year’s Day.
Stronger consumer rights will give shoppers more protection wherever they shop in the EU, particularly online.
At the December European Council summit President Barroso summed up 2013 as "a breakthrough year in terms of getting Europe's economy back on track".
The EU’s flagship research and innovation programme – Horizon 2020 - will see €15bn invested in job-creating projects in its first 2 years alone.
EU presents best practices to soften the impact of restructuring and redundancies on workers and social conditions.
The EU is proposing guidelines to ensure that employers make details of traineeships clear in advance, and that traineeships equip young people for permanent employment.
The EU has unveiled radical plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders in a bid to prevent the death of migrants seeking to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.
The EU has proposed new rules to protect businesses when confidential information is stolen or misused. The rules aim to encourage innovation and collaboration.
Changes to EU corporate tax rules seek to increase revenues for national budgets and level the playing-field by closing loopholes used by some companies to avoid paying tax.
Thousands of artists and arts professionals in European cinema, television, music, literature, the performing arts and heritage will benefit from increased EU funding.
The EU has used the proceeds of the Nobel Prize to help children affected by wars receive an education.
Package of economic and budgetary recommendations sets priorities for 2014, including tackling unemployment and restoring bank lending to the economy.
The EU could radically reduce its use of disposable plastic carrier bags over the next 4 years, under plans put forward this week by the Commission.
The European economy has started growing again in the second quarter of this year. Over the past months, there have been encouraging signs that the economic recovery will continue.
The Commission’s plans for 2014 will focus on EU growth, getting people back to work and a push to implement pending proposals.
In his statement after the October European Council, President Barroso outlined discussions which had taken place on access to finance for SMEs, regulatory fitness, the trade agreement with Canada, the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, and the issue of migration and refugees.
EU leaders to discuss the digital economy, economic and social policy, the Eastern Partnership Summit and the Lampedusa tragedy.
From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, the products of European farmers’ labour surround us. A new EU campaign has been launched to raise awareness of the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives.
The European Commission has unveiled its annual progress report and recommendations on prospective new member countries.