EU Education Commissioner Androulla Vassilio explains the benefits of Ersamus+
Study Travel magazine, 5 December 2013
A clear signal the boardroom will no longer be a boys’ clubs
The Independent, 21 November 2013
Daily Mail reports on Commission proposal to tackle yearly 100 billion plastic bag usage.
Mail Online, 4 November 2013
Jose Manuel Barroso: We are determined to make EU laws more business-friendly
We have screened all EU legislation under our 'REFIT' programme and have proposed ways to make EU law lighter, simpler and cheaper. Of course we need regulation in a single market of 28 states: EU laws often replace 28 sets of national legislation, cutting red tape.
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2013
New study abroad programme makes languages an EU priority
EU Education Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou speaks about making language learning a EU priority
The Guardian, 21 October 2013
Mind your languages! UK is warned it cannot carry on at bottom of class
European education commissioner Androulla Vassiliou says that Brits can no longer rely on the world speaking English to get by. The EU target is that 50% of people speak two foreign languages fluently - in the UK, 9% of those aged 15 speak one foreign language, compared to 80% in the Netherlands and Sweden.
The Independent, Friday 18 October 2013
Cosmetic surgery review
Jackie Minor, head of European Commission Representation in London, explains to Melanie Abbott how the EU is tightening-up safety of medical devices on the European market following the PIP implants scandal.
Changes being introduced in the next month or so, include a much more rigorous assessment system for organisations that evaluate medical devices and provide the CE mark. A more fundamental reform of the system is currently being discussed by MEPs and EU government ministers and agreement is expected by early spring 2014
BBC Radio 4, You and Yours, 26 September 2013
Commissioner Stefan Fule refutes Paul Mason's claim EU ignores human rights abuses in morocco
The Guardian, 16 September 2013
How Baroness Ashton's gift for consensus opened the door to Mohamed Morsi
She has been criticised for a 'soft power' image, but the EU foreign policy chief was the first diplomat to convince the military in Egypt to allow access to the ex-president for 'frank' talks that left her hopeful for the future of democracy.
The Guardian, 4 August 2013
Morsi meeting: EU chief Catherine Ashton speaks to BBC
Catherine Ashton is the first foreign diplomat to meet with the former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi since he was ousted from power in early July. Here she speaks to the BBC about that meeting and discusses EU cooperation with Egypt.
BBC News, 30 July 2013
"More arms means more suffering, more people fleeing"
Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for humanitarian aid is interviewed by Shaun Ley about the situation in Syria.
BBC Radio 4, World at One, 20 June 2013
Barroso: EU/US trade deal will bring jobs
BBC News, 18 June 2013
EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn explains how regional funds support growth and innovation
Public service Europe, May 2013
Preparing ports for the future: making the most of a vital resource
Port Strategy, 23 May 2013
Jacqueline Minor: The EU's Woman In The UK On Referendums, Ukip, Immigration And Britain's Future In The Euro
Huffington Post, 29 April 2013
Point of View: EU defence myths and some home truths
British influence, 18 April 2013
Jeremy Irons supports launch of EU Environment initiative on plastics
Channel 4 News, 7 March 2013
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
Horsemeat scandal is example of issue requiring cross-EU co-operation, says justice commissioner Viviane Reding
The Guardian, 14 February 2013
Responding to calls for changes in the labelling of processed foods after the discovery of horsemeat in beef labelled processed foods, Frédéric Vincent, EU Health and Consumer policy spokesman, tells Winifred Robinson the current situation is not a question of labelling, but fraud. Hve also said he could see no link between the ban on the mechanical recovery of meat using high-powered hoses (desinewed meat) and these cases of fraud. The process was used in the UK and found to be illegal last year under EU rules introduced following the BSE crisis.
BBC Radio 4 "You and Yours", 13 February 2013
EU Research and Innovation Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn explains why EU research funding is investment in the future
Times higher education, 28 January 2013
Why the Doha climate conference was a success
"Yes progress was slow and frustrating, but the main goal was to prepare the ground for the big 2015 talks. Job done", writes Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for the environment.
Guardian online, 14 December 2012
It's time to break the glass ceiling for Europe's women, Viviane Reding
The Guardian, Comment is Free, 19 November 2012
Commission singled out for leading on aid transparency internationally and internally
Reuters, 1 October 2012
Europe needs to reform and grow. Europeans can make it happen.
Deeper integration, rather than division, will enable Europe to overcome the enormous challenges ahead.
Following his annual State of the Union speech, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso writes on his vision for the EU. "In the age of globalisation pooled sovereignty means more power, not less. So when I call for a federation of nation states, it should not be seen as a threat to national democracies. As a former prime minister of my own country, I certainly do not want to see a European superstate. I believe in a Europe where people are proud of their nations, but also proud to be European.
The Guardian, 19 September 2012
Samaritans in the line of fire On World Humanitarian Day
We should remember those who put themselves in peril for the greater good, Kristalina Georgieva
The Observer, 18 August 2012
Guidance for disabled air travellers
Pre-notify your needs at least 48 hours in advance is the key to avoiding unnecessary headaches when travelling by air, Helen Kearns, EU spokesperson for transport issues explains. The advice is just one of the tips contained in guidlines recently published by the Commission to help clarify travellers' rights and airlines' obligations under EU law and iron out the inconsistencies and uncertainties experienced in the past.
BBC Radio 4, You and Yours – 22 June 2012
Habbo Hotel: Neelie Kroes warns companies to tighten up moderation or face being shut down
Speaking on Channel 4 News, European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes addressed concerns about the safety of Habbo Hotel users, the virtual world popular with children and teenagers. Mrs Kroes said if Habbo Hotel did not address the flaws in its moderation which has been exposing children to sexual content, she would be "forced" to regulate.
At an event in Brussels on internet governance this week, Mrs Kroes drew attention to the Commission's recent proposal on eIdentification which would massively reduce such abuses. She explained that common rules to recognise and accept eIdentification and authentication not only give high levels of security when shopping online, they can also enhance web anonymity.
Channel 4 News, 13 June 2012
Cheaper mobile roaming charges
Mobile charges abroad will be cheaper from this summer. Neelie Kroes, the EU's digital agenda Commissioner, talks to Winifred Robinson about what it will mean for consumers and for the industry.
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 10 May 2012
A new vision of healthcare for Europe
Technology enables us to live longer and healthier lives. By implementing IT solutions to preventative and continuing healthcare we can improve the lives of everyone in need of services, says Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda.
The Guardian, 9 May 2012
I value the City
Michel Barnier, Commissioner for internal market and services, responds to criticisms by City A.M. on measures being drawn by the Commission to implement the EU directive on alternative investment fund managers. The legislation was adopted in 2010 following a call by G20 leaders to improve the regulatory framework for hedge funds and other investments funds.
City A.M. 12 April 2012
British crime bosses are hiding millions abroad, says EU chief
Some of Britain’s worst criminals are able to hide hundreds of millions of pounds of illicit profits in Europe because legal flaws prevent the money being reclaimed. Cecilia Malmström, EU commissioner for home affairs urges the UK Government to back new EU rules to strengthen confiscation powers.
London Evening Standard, 5 April 2012
Asylum: it's vital that Europe presents a united front
As EU ministers gather in Brussels today (8 March) to discuss a common asylum system, Cecilia Malmström, EU commissioner for home affairs, says leaders must ensure populist rhetoric on asylum seekers – whose numbers are historically low – doesn't dictate the agenda.
The Guardian, 7 March 2012
EU justice chief warns Google over 'sneaking' citizens' privacy away
The Guardian, 2 March 2012
Viviane Reding, Euro Commissioner, on data security
Sky News, Wednesday 29 February 2012
New EU-US organics partnership is good news for both sides of Atlantic
The agreement will make it easier to trade in organic foods and open-up opportunities for organic farmers and ranchers, small businesses, as well as and jobs in packaging, shipping, and marketing on both sides of the Atlantic, writes Dacian Cioloş, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and Kathleen A Merrigan Deputy Secretary, US Department of Agriculture.
Guardian, Wednesday 15 February 2012
What is Europe? And where is it going?
The Guardian, Thursday 26 January 2012
Ban on un-enriched battery cages
From January 2012, an EU wide ban on un-enriched cages for laying hens comes into force. Despite repeated calls from the European Commission for member states to take action, a number of them still do not fully comply with the new rules. Roger Waite, EC agriculture spokesman, makes clear that the Commission will not hesitate to take legal action against those countries which continue to use the cages from 1st January.
BBC Radio 4, Farming Today – 22 December 2011
Helping consumers solve disputes with traders
The Commission has put forward a plan which offers consumers a cheap, simple and effective way of resolving disputes with traders online and without going to court. Jacqueline Minor, Director of Consumer Policy at the European Commission, chats to Julian Worricker and explains how it could help British consumers who run into problems. more information
BBC Radio 4, "You & Yours", 12 December 2011
On a recent visit to London Commissioner Georgieva has warned that Niger and other countries in the Sahel region of West Africa are in need increased humanitarian assistance because of another looming food crisis
BBC Radio 4, Today programme, 7 December 2011
José Manuel Barroso: 'The speed of the European Union can no longer be the speed of the most reluctant member'
Britain and Europe face a choice: to come closer, share a common destiny and count in the world, or face disunity and decline, writes the president of the European commission
The Observer, 13 November 2011
EU's new 'six-pack' shows just how tough Europe will be on national governments
"When this legislation enters into force later this year, the EU will have in place a much stronger framework for preventing the economic mistakes that have cast a shadow over the recent past," writes Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs.
The Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2011
Europe to focus on democracy and human rights in aid projects
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs says economic development can't be sustainable unless human rights, democracy and good governance are at its forefront
The Guardian, 13 October 2011
A proper common sales law for Europe's common market
The US has one – and now EU sales law will give businesses and consumers one internal market, instead of 27 contract laws. By Viviane Reding and Diana Wallis
Comment is Free, The Guardian, 9 October 2011
Europe's innovation emergency
Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn tells the BBC about the battle of the knowledge superpowers.
BBC News, 28 September 2011
Pirates pillaging the oceans' bounty a threat to us all
Maria Damanaki, the EU Fisheries Commissioner, attacks the practice of "pirate fishing" around the world and talks about the global responsibility of Europe and the US as the two largest importers to ensure sustainable fishing.
The Scotsman, 7 September 2011
Andy Klom, head of the European Commission's office in Wales, explains the backdrop to budget negotiations in Brussels
BBC News, 10 August 2011
BBC article covering Commissioner Georgieva's visit to the crisis stricken regions
BBC News, 24 July 2011
Commissioner Georgieva interview with the BBC on the funding
BBC Radio 4, Today programme, 23 July 2011
Strict new rules to bring the banks to heel.
"The financial crisis is still hitting families and businesses across Europe hard. We can't let such a crisis happen again, and we can't allow the actions of a few in the financial world to jeopardise the rest of society", writes Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for internal market and services.
London Evening Standard, 20 July 2011
Our generosity can end this African catastrophe
As more than 10 million people struggle for survival in one of the world's most fragile landscapes, Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for international cooperation and humanitarian aid believes: "The hour is late, but there is still time for us to act."
The Independent on Sunday, 17 July 2011
Chantal Hughes, spokesperson for the European commissioner responsible for internal markets and financial services,
talks on the recent decisions by credit rating agencies and why it is believed they have too much influence.
BBC Radio 4, Today programme, 14 July 2011
Commission reforms on credit rating agencies
Antonia Mochan, Head of Media at the European Commission in the UK, explains the context of EU public procurement rules for the Thameslink contract award
BBC News at Ten, 5 July 2011
Jonathan Todd, Commission spokesperson for Digital Agenda talks to the Guardian about EU rules on website cookies
The Guardian, Tuesday 24 May 2011
International day of biodiversity - let's put conservation at the heart of politics
Unless biodiversity loss goes on the agenda of every minister from transport to trade, our generation will fail the next one
Article by EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik: Guardian, 20 May 2011
Women are essential to democracy
In regions beset by war and revolutionary change, women's rights must be safeguarded for the good of the many
The Guardian, 23 April 2011
EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas talks to BBC's You and Yours about his ambitions for sustainable transport in Europe
BBC Radio 4 "You and Yours", 15 April 2011
Commission President José Manuel Barroso talks to the Cambridge University publication "Varsity" during his recent visit to Cambridge
Varsity, 24 February 2011
New protection for UK timeshare owners
The programme looks into the introduction of new EU directive for timeshare and holiday club holidays that comes into British law this week. Adam Mortimer, consumer adviser from the UK-ECC talks to Julian Worricker about the changes.
BBC Radio 4 "You and Yours", 21 February 2011
Mobile phone companies agree to universal charger
Following pressure by the Commission on the mobile phone industry to voluntarily adopt common standards or face EU legislation, 13 companies have now signed up to offer universal chargers for data-enabled mobiles phones sold in the EU. Charlotte Arwidi, the EC's spokesman on industry policy, explains this is good news for consumers and the environment.
BBC Radio 4 "You and Yours", 16 February 2011
EU Fisheries Commissioner pledges to end 'nightmare of discards'
Talking exclusively to The Guardian's environment correspondent Fiona Harvey, Maria Damanaki calls for a new fishing policy to end the wasteful practice highlighted in Channel 4's recent Fish Fight campaign
The Guardian, 3 February 2011
The BBC on the EU performance in innovation
BBC, 1 February 2011
European Commissioner for Sport Androulla Vassiliou comments on the value of Arsenal's community work as part of a feature on Match of the Day.
BBC, 22 January 2011
Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy talks to Newsweek about the job she really wanted.
Newsweek, 20 December 2010
The facts about the sale of crackers
BBC R4's "You and Yours" looks into the history behind the sales of explosives in the UK. Despite the explosive headlines blaming EU legislation, the programme reveals that sales restrictions in the UK actually stem from the Explosives Act of 1875.
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 15 December 2010
BBC West Midlands host Ed Doolan asks Jonathan Scheele, Head of Representation why people in Britain don't know much about the EU.
BBC West Midlands host Ed Doolan asks Jonathan Scheele, Head of Representation why people in Britain don't know much about the EU part two.
BBC You & Yours on foreign nurses working in the UK
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 8 September 2010
No escape from tighter EU financial supervision
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for the internal market, tells the Financial Times that no one will escape tighter financial supervision under new EU new reforms which he believes will help underpin economic stability
Financial Times, 5 September 2010
BBC You & Yours focuses on EU ferry passengers' rights
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 26 July 2010
The BBC on funding opportunities for European researchers
BBC, 20 July 2010
Graduates look overseas as jobs dry up
Graham Snowdon, the Guardian's work and graduate supplements editor asks, "With 70 applicants for every UK graduate job, could applying abroad be the answer? From Brussels to Beijing, Graham chats with the enterprising university leavers finding work overseas, as well as David Bearfield, director of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) which handles recruitment for the EU institutions
The Guardian, 10 July 2010
Ten best money saving websites
The Independent's consumer Editor Martin Hickman reviews the UK's European Consumer Centre which is partly funded
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Plans to certify biofuels to ensure they help cut emissions are announced by the European Commission
BBC, 11 June 2010
A police officer from Suffolk talks to East Anglian Daily Times on what it means to be Mr Anti-Corruption in Afghanistan
20 May 2010
Connie Hedegaard interviewed by BBC and sets out the case for a unilateral 30% EU cut in CO2
BBC, 11 May 2010
Huw Davies from EPSO tells the Independent why the new EU selection procedure improves the chances for British graduates
The Independant, 29 March 2010
Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht interviewed by the BBC
Karel De Gucht discusses protectionism and EU trade relations with China and America.
BBC, 26 March 2010
Hedge funds must be intelligent
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for the internal market, speaks with Today presenter Evan Davis about his financial regulation ambitions. Mr Barnier explained that the regulation of hedge funds and of private equity is not is something which he invented as being a need, but a commitment set out in the G20 roadmap. Adding hedge funds could pose a risk and so required "intelligent and efficient" regulation.
BBC Radio 4, Today, 1 April 2010
Had by an ad?
Matthew Newman, EC spokesman for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, explainswhy enticing offers of free gifts or holidays for a pound could be illegal under the EU directive covering “unfair commercial practices”.
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 31 March 2010
If you think you've been a victim of misleading advertising than advice is available via the Commission's "Is it fair" website.
Bringing Europe closer to its citizens
If the new European citizens' initiative is embraced, it will put into practice a whole new form of participatory democracy in the EU, writes Maros Šefčovič, European Commissioner for interinstitutional relations and administration.
The Guardian, 31 March 2010
Clampdown on car hire charges in Europe
Ever hired a car and had your credit card hit with extra charges long after the holiday? Unauthorised charges make-up the biggest number of complaints to the European Commission. John Dalli, EC consumer commissioner believes a voluntary code of conduct is the best way to deliver a culture of good delivery.
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 19 March 2010
EU scientists work on safe volume limits for MP3 players
The European Commission has powers to bring in maximum sound limits for MP3 players, but an EU standard is still some way off. Stefano Soro, from the European Commission's product safety unit, explains why new players will have an override mechanism and why it is taking some time for the EU standard to set.
BBC Radio 4, You & Yours, 19 March 2010