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EU budget  2014 and 2015: What’s the issue? Why does it matter?

EU budget 2014 and 2015: What’s the issue? Why does it matter?

What is the ‘payments’ problem? President Barroso’s letter to the Italian Presidency of the EU Council focuses on current and recurrent payments problems. The EU budget consists of commitment appropriations and payment appropriations. Broadly speaking, commitments are usually higher than payment appropriations and do not constitute ‘real money'; they could be compared to the amount […]

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Competition: Commission publishes results of retail food study

Competition: Commission publishes results of retail food study

The European Commission has unveiled the results of a comprehensive study about the evolution of choice and innovation in food products in Europe during the last decade. The results show that the entry of new competitors always increases choice and innovation. In many member states, retail markets are not overly concentrated, and the retailers’ bargaining […]

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Europe’s cultural treasures online: Opportunities ahead

Europe’s cultural treasures online: Opportunities ahead

@DigicultEU @EUFilmHeritage The European Commission today (2 October) has published two reports to coincide with an international conference that is part of the Italian Presidency of the EU, urging cultural institutions in Europe put more cultural heritage online with government support. One report looks at how to digitise, make accessible and preserve culture online, the […]

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EU provides new support to help migrants and victims of human trafficking

EU provides new support to help migrants and victims of human trafficking

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has today (2 October) announced a new project to promote and protect the rights of migrants moving between developing countries, worth more than €10 million. The project focuses on two types of migrants: those who carry out domestic work in the recipient country (e.g. house-cleaning) and those who fall victim of […]

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Horizon Report urges schools to tackle ‘Wicked’ digital skills challenge

Horizon Report urges schools to tackle ‘Wicked’ digital skills challenge

Poor digital skills and competences among school pupils and the need to integrate effective use of information and communication technologies into teacher training are among the most pressing challenges faced by European school education today, according to a report published by the European Commission and the New Media Consortium, a US-based not-for-profit body bringing together […]

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Award for Roma Integration in Western Balkans and Turkey

Award for Roma Integration in Western Balkans and Turkey

Today (2 October), the European Commission has for the first time given awards for Roma integration to civil society organizations from Western Balkans and Turkey. The awards honour the contribution and the valuable work of civil society in supporting social inclusion of Roma people. The seven winning organizations, announced during a ceremony in Brussels, have […]

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