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UK Queen’s Speech 2015: EU referendum, tax freeze and right-to-buy

UK Queen’s Speech 2015: EU referendum, tax freeze and right-to-buy

An EU referendum by the end of 2017 was among a packed programme of new laws in the first Conservative Queen’s Speech in nearly two decades. It also includes more free childcare, an income tax freeze and the right-to-buy for housing association tenants. David Cameron said the 26-bill package was a “programme for working people” […]

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First measures under the European Agenda on Migration: Questions and Answers

First measures under the European Agenda on Migration: Questions and Answers

What is the European Agenda on Migration? Migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration, adopted on 13 May 2015 develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The first part of the Agenda defines immediate […]

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Adoption of further 24 Rural Development Programmes to boost EU farming sector and countryside

Adoption of further 24 Rural Development Programmes to boost EU farming sector and countryside

On 26 May, the European Commission approved a further 24 Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) aimed at improving the competitiveness of the EU farming sector, caring for the countryside and climate, and strengthening the economic and social fabric of rural communities in the period until 2020. The programmes adopted are expected to create over 40 000 jobs […]

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Bluefin tuna fishing season 2015: EU benefits from recovery of stock

Bluefin tuna fishing season 2015: EU benefits from recovery of stock

The main Bluefin Tuna fishing season runs from 26 May to 24 June; this is when large vessels, purse seiners, are allowed to fish for Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic. This year, for the first time since the establishment of the Bluefin tuna recovery plan in 2006, there is a marked increase […]

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Waterloo: The taste of history

Waterloo: The taste of history

| May 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

The upcoming 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is inevitably catching the world’s attention. The spectator stands are being erected, a swish new visitor centre has opened and the finishing touches being put to years of painstaking planning. But, with the next month’s bicentenary fast approaching, it is also worth remembering that the battlefield […]

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European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration

European Commission makes progress on Agenda on Migration

Two weeks after presenting the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission is today adopting the first proposals of its comprehensive approach to improving the management of migration. Following the terrible loss of life in the Mediterranean last month, European leaders made a firm commitment to solidarity among member states to address the common migratory challenges. […]

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Fighting tax evasion: EU and Switzerland sign historic tax transparency agreement

Fighting tax evasion: EU and Switzerland sign historic tax transparency agreement

Today (27 May) the EU and Switzerland signed a historic new tax transparency agreement, which will significantly improve the fight against tax evasion. Under the agreement, both sides will automatically exchange information on the financial accounts of each other’s residents from 2018. This spells an end to Swiss bank secrecy for EU residents and will […]

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