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#Natura2000Awards: Commission awards exemplary projects protecting nature across Europe

#Natura2000Awards: Commission awards exemplary projects protecting nature across Europe

On 23 May, Commissioner Vella announced the winners of the 2016 Natura 2000 Awards. The six winners include projects from Bulgaria, Latvia, Spain, the United Kingdom and cross-border projects from Belgium, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland and Norway. The annual Natura 2000 Awards recognise conservation achievements across the EU and raise awareness about initiatives that […]

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#DigitalSociety: Defending human rights in the digital age

#DigitalSociety: Defending human rights in the digital age

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought embodies Parliament’s support for human rights. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. On 23 and 24 May nine former Sakharov laureates met in Brussels to discuss, among others, how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the […]

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#Digital: From geo-blocking to cloud computing – Parliament’s guide to the digital age

#Digital: From geo-blocking to cloud computing – Parliament’s guide to the digital age

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market in 2015. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. On 25 May MEPs […]

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#Tax: Anti-tax avoidance – close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs

#Tax: Anti-tax avoidance – close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs

The European Commission’s proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday (24 May). MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and an effective corporate tax rate of 15%. The committee approved its text by 20 votes to 15, […]

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#EURef: British expats robbed of vote

#EURef: British expats robbed of vote

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Appellants have challenged the lawfulness under EU law of the UK’s EU Referendum Act, in respect of its exclusion from the EU Referendum of British citizens who, in exercising their EU freedom of movement rights, reside outside the UK and have been resident outside the UK for a period of more than 15 years, writes […]

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#Data: Safeguarding your privacy – MEPs scrutinize new data-protection agreement with US

#Data: Safeguarding your privacy – MEPs scrutinize new data-protection agreement with US

How your online data is being used Everything you do online – from typing in search terms to page clicks and likes – is registered. Even when the information is collected in the EU, it can still be processed and sold to advertisers in the US to help them to figure out how to best […]

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#AvoidableDeaths: One death out of three in EU in 2013 could have been avoided

#AvoidableDeaths: One death out of three in EU in 2013 could have been avoided

In the European Union, 1.7 million persons aged younger than 75 died in 2013. Among them, around 577,500 deaths (or 33.7% of total deaths) could be considered as premature, as they could have been avoided in the light of medical knowledge and technology. Heart attacks (184,800 deaths) and strokes (almost 94,000 deaths) accounted together for […]

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