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Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in sector

Maritime transport: Commission clarifies EU rules on cabotage and reports on developments in sector

The European Commission has given new guidance on the interpretation of the regulation to provide cabotage within a member state1, thus providing an internal market for the provision of maritime transport services. With the new guidance competent authorities will have more legal certainty when awarding public service contracts and imposing public service obligations. Shipowners will […]

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Opening up education: Vassiliou welcomes ‘Opening up Slovenia’ initiative

Opening up education: Vassiliou welcomes ‘Opening up Slovenia’ initiative

Europe’s schools and universities risk losing ground against their international counterparts if they fail to make the most of the digital revolution. This will be one of the themes addressed at an event promoting ‘open courseware’ – free-to-use educational material for teachers – in Ljubljana on 23 April. Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Commissioner Androulla […]

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New EU support for renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

New EU support for renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development co-operation in that region. The visit will focus above all on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, several of them co-financed by New Zealand and the EU in Samoa, […]

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‘Let’s Clean Up Europe!’ on 10 May

‘Let’s Clean Up Europe!’ on 10 May

Every year, millions of tonnes of litter end up in Europe’s streets, oceans, beaches, forests and natural areas. And every year millions of Europeans get out in their neighborhoods to clean up in voluntary actions. ‘Let’s Clean up Europe!’ is an initiative that aims to encourage more such actions, to raise awareness about the scale […]

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Ombudsman calls on member states to back EU Transparency Register

Ombudsman calls on member states to back EU Transparency Register

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has called on the Council of the European Union to participate in the Transparency Register of EU interest representatives. She also encouraged the European Commission to follow the European Parliament’s example of introducing much stronger incentives for lobbyists to register. This follows the 15 April vote on a revised Transparency Register […]

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Dynamic tool for direct democracy in EU: Learning from first two years of European Citizens’ Initiative

Dynamic tool for direct democracy in EU: Learning from first two years of European Citizens’ Initiative

An overwhelming number of European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) campaigners and stakeholders from various institutions and organizations met at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to discuss the lessons learned so far and to draw up a list of recommendations to make this instrument for direct democracy more effective and user-friendly. ECI Day 2014, the […]

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