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European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to burden of chronic disease in form of tobacco subsidies

European Parliament will not gain people’s trust by continuing to contribute to burden of chronic disease in form of tobacco subsidies

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amid all the furore yesterday (22 October) about the new Commission, the European Parliament also quietly voted against ending EU subsidies to tobacco crops. While on the one hand many MEPs so supportive of legislating in favour of health with regards to pharmaceutical products, it seems that over half of the European Parliament is happy […]

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October 2014: Flash consumer confidence indicator

October 2014: Flash consumer confidence indicator

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

In October 2014, after four months of decline, the DG ECFIN flash estimate of the consumer confidence indicator increased slightly in the EU (by 0.6 points to -7.4) and remained broadly stable in the euro area (+0.3 points to -11.1) compared to September. Computation of Flash CCI To compute the flash consumer confidence indicator for […]

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New European Commission: The commissioners and their portfolios

New European Commission: The commissioners and their portfolios

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, has now been formally elected by the European Parliament in Strasbourg with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. It will starts its five-year term on 1 November. Find out more about its composition, the new commissioners and their portfolios in the infographic in the […]

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MEPs prolong Ukraine’s duty-free access to EU market

MEPs prolong Ukraine’s duty-free access to EU market

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Plans to prolong a largely duty-free access to the EU market for Ukraine’s exports until the end of 2015 were backed by the European Parliament on Thursday (23 October). MEPs voted by 497 votes to 78, with 56 abstentions, to take over the original Commission proposal and prolong the measure without amending it. “Given the […]

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Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS

Kobane: MEPs call on Turkey to do more to help Syrian city under threat by IS

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Turkey should do more to help Kurds fight off the IS threat in Kobane, many MEPs said in a debate on the besieged Syrian city on 22 October. They also condemned the violence by IS and said more should be done to tackle the terrorist group and help its victims. Some also raised the potential […]

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Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to stimulate investment to create more and better jobs

Tripartite Social Summit: EU leaders and social partners stress need to stimulate investment to create more and better jobs

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

EU leaders and social partners have agreed this morning (23 October) on the urgent need to stimulate investment and create more jobs in order to meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, the EU’s long-term growth and jobs plan. During the twice-yearly Tripartite Social Summit ahead of the European Council today, workers’ and employers’ […]

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