Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Hilde Hardeman, Head of the European Commission's Service for Foreign Policy Instruments toldus the history of her own hometown and why it matters so much for Europe today.Her interview is part of the EUpeople series which shows the personal stories and values that motivate EU officials to help move Europe forward. It puts the spotlight on the real stories of passionate Europeans, dedicated professionals but also family members, normal citizens and interesting characters.
The latest SME growth outlook by the Enterprise Europe Network confirms another positive year for European SMEs. Based on survey data from businesses using the Network's services, the report provides insight into how SMEs across Europe view growth in terms of turnover, workforce, market share, prospects for international expansion, and innovation.
"Athens stands out as an example that a city facing many challenges can achieve great things. Through innovation, Athens has found new purpose to turn around the economic and social crisis," EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas said while awarding Athens the title of the European Capital of Innovation 2018. See which are the runner-up cities.
Monday, 12 November 2018
The Commission confirms its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the world. The Communication delivers on the commitment taken by the Commission last year, when working with Member States on the criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the areas of pesticides and biocides.
The Smart Regions video series in partnership with Euronews is back. The first episode brought us in the north of Europe, and in particular in the centre of Sweden where we discovered how forest-based industries can develop innovative and sustainable solutions, involving academia, businesses and civil society.
Sunday, 11 November 2018
EU countries can achieve much more together than on their own. Big projects such as Galileo (the EU satnav system) could not be financed by one country alone. This is why we have an EU budget. In some areas, a euro spent by the EU is worth more for the common European good than a euro spent nationally.
Over seven years of war in Syria has resulted in six million internally displaced people and 5.6 million refugees. Since 2017, a clinic financed by the EU Humanitarian Aid department aims to improve access to specialised health services for Syrian refugees. The centre was opened five years ago by doctors from the Syrian diaspora and it's still run by Syrians.
EU trade agreements cover nearly 70 partners all over the world. They help European companies get better access to foreign markets and EU companies, workers and consumers. They promote high standards of labour and environment protection. The new report shows that trade is growing, but more could still be achieved.
In 2017, the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) department and the international community provided assistance to avoid a new famine in Somalia, but the hardship is far from over. In recent years, drought and internal conflict in Somalia have displaced more than 2.6 million Somalis. Most of the displaced population are women. Women already have special protection concerns, but often the need to walk several kilometres to collect water in an insecure environment where gender-based violence is rife, places women at even more risk. Through the construction of water points and rehabilitating wells, the EU’s humanitarian partner, Polish Humanitarian Action (Polska Akcja Humanitarna), provided much-needed clean water to thirsty communities and their livestock. See how they made a difference to the lives of displaced women in this video.
Saturday, 10 November 2018
Starting from January 2019 and over 5 weeks, the winners will be selected by a public online vote, with the result being announced here on the competition’s webpage and on the European Commission’s social media accounts. Every week will be dedicated to a category: we will announce the two category nominees and ask users to vote for their favourite film idea.
Friday, 9 November 2018
As of 3 December, Europeans will be able to shop online without unjustified geoblocking wherever they are in the EU. As of next year, you will be able to compare parcel delivery costs more easily and benefit from more affordable prices for cross-border parcel delivery. The EU is working towards making the Digital Single Market a reality for all and creating new digital rights.
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
The European Commission is working towards a Europe where learning, studying and carrying out research are not blocked by borders. From 2019, funds available for Erasmus+ are expected to increase by €300 million. From this amount, €30 million will be set aside for dedicated universities to boost excellence and make European higher education institutions more competitive.