Friday, 28 December 2018
Latvia will shortly receive a total amount of €17.7 million of aid from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF), following approval of the Commission's proposal by Parliament and Council. The money will be used to help the country deal with damages caused by the flooding disaster that took place in 2017. In particular, it will cover some of the costs of restoration of essential infrastructure and public buildings, clean-up operations and securing protecting dams.
The vision of therapeutic cancer vaccines is to effectively target and destroy all tumor cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. The GAPVAC project was funded by the European Commission. Glioblastoma is the most aggressive form of brain cancer, unfortunately with only limited therapeutic options and only very poor prognosis. Thus, there is an urgent medical need for new therapeutic approaches. Previous experience in first vaccination trials has indicated encouraging immune responses to vaccinations in these patients.
Every day, unsung heroes all over Europe join forces to make the EU a safer, more sustainable and inclusive place to live. One of the recently featured storieshighlights the efforts made in the Danube Region to save the sturgeons and to support the communities relying on these fish species, central to their culture and livelihoods.
Science and technology touch almost every part of our daily lives. The food we eat, the medicines we take and healthcare we receive, transport, communications, protecting our environment, how we work and how we play: the list is endless! This is why each year the European Union is helping scientists, researchers and innovators from across Europe to work together. Because by working together we can achieve more. Today, the EU is funding thousands of active projects involving scientists, technologists and engineers.
Thursday, 27 December 2018
Wednesday, 26 December 2018
The ‘Dobrote Dolenjske’ collective trademark has been granted to over 200 locally sourced products and handicrafts from the Dolenjska region in Slovenia. This success is set to expand even further thanks to ERDF funding. The beneficiary of ERDF funding, the Sustainable Development Society of Temeniška and Mirnska Dolina, is a social company with 10 employees, half of whom are disabled.
€71 million from Cohesion Policy funds will finance better equipped and more accessible emergency healthcare services in Bulgaria. With this new EU-funded project, 237 emergency care facilities throughout the country will have improved infrastructure and emergency rooms with state-of-the-art medical equipment. The EU will also co-finance the purchase of 400 new ambulances.
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Friday, 14 December 2018
The families of the missing need us to understand the nature of their struggle. We must listen and we must act.The EU funds a programme focusing on Syria, the Middle East and Northern Africa on a wide range of activities, including the collection of personal data from families of the missing. This programme is an important step toward establishing an effective search process.
Thursday, 13 December 2018
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
Tuesday, 11 December 2018
"Promoting the shift of freight transport from road to rail is one of many measures that Europe needs to take to help improve reduce our environmental footprint. The German aid scheme does exactly that."- EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said. The European Commission has approved €350 million to promote the shift of freight traffic from road to rail. The scheme will lower road congestion and CO2 emissions.
Monday, 10 December 2018
Sunday, 9 December 2018
Thursday, 6 December 2018
Patients with a rare disease often suffer unnecessarily and die prematurely. We need to do much more to develop effective treatments and improve diagnosis. This partnership shows how we can pool Horizon 2020 funding and resources from EU Member States and beyond in order to save lives and protect people.
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
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Saturday, 1 December 2018
Friday, 30 November 2018
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Our future will be powered by renewable energy. The European Commission today approved investment of €600 million in renewable energy in France. This will contribute to France's transition to low carbon, sustainable energy supply. The installations will help France boost the share of electricity produced from renewable energy sources to meet its climate targets.
Инвестиции по линия на политиката на сближаване в модернизацията и безопасността на железопътния транспорт в България Европейският съюз инвестира 293,4 млн. евро по линия на Кохезионния фонд в по-модерни, по-бързи и по-безопасни железопътни връзки между градовете Пловдив и Бургас, свързващи някои от най-големите градове на България с едно от най-важните пристанища на Черно море.
"As the European Union, we admire the immense courage and tireless work of Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege, who often put their own lives at risk. We have a duty to support their work and all the people they represent, as we are doing, and this is also the best way to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women," the European Commission Vice President Frederica Mogherini said as the EU made available €5 million in support of concrete projects of the two 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
40 régions d’Europe nous rejoignent pour mener une série de campagnes régionales au caractère ultra-local, et avec le sourire! Chaque campagne régionale se déroule dans un endroit familier et met en lumière des idées et initiatives qui ont germé grâce à l’UE et qui font la différence près de chez vous.
Sunday, 25 November 2018
Friday, 23 November 2018
Thursday, 22 November 2018
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
We stand united in our determination to protect and to promote the rights of all children everywhere
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Galileo services are based on highly accurate signals and every addition to the constellation (currently at 26 satellites) gradually improves Galileo availability and performance worldwide. To help maintain and further enhance the EU's leadership in space, the Commission proposed in June 2018 a €16 billion EU Space Programme for the period 2021-2027. The new programme will invest more in space activities, adapting to new needs and technologies, while reinforcing Europe's autonomous access to space.
Sunday, 18 November 2018
Thursday, 15 November 2018
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Natural resources belong to local communities not to militias. Since 2003, the EU and international partners have joined forces to make sure that the production and trade of rough diamonds contributes to peace and sustainable economic and human development. The Kimberley Process is a unique tool for conflict prevention and promotes sustainable development. Holding the rotating Chairmanship in 2018, the EU seeks to ensure that the Process remains fit for purpose in a changing context.
We cannot allow our society to suffer from collective amnesia. We have a duty to continuously teach our young generations about this and how to tame Europe's inner demons – so that nobody forgets. This is why we have dedicated funding for European remembrance, and why the Commission helps raise awareness and educate people about the Holocaust.
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.
Monday, 5 November 2018
Saturday, 3 November 2018
Three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challenges; and presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27 reinforcing the foundations for a strong, united and sovereign Europe.
Friday, 2 November 2018
Thursday, 1 November 2018
La dernière enquête Eurobaromètre, qui mesure les attitudes de l’opinion publique vis-à-vis de l’UE dans tous les États membres, montre que 62% des répondants considèrent l’adhésion de leur pays à l’UE comme une bonne chose. Il s’agit du chiffre le plus élevé enregistré depuis 25 ans. 68% pensent également que leur pays a bénéficié de l’adhésion à l’UE - le chiffre le plus élevé depuis 1983.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
In 2017, 22.5% of Europeans were at risk for poverty or social exclusion. The EU is committed to doing something about it!
Monday, 29 October 2018
Slovakia: less traffic congestion and better connectivity with neighbouring countries thanks to EU investments
Trade deals mean more opportunities, jobs, business growth and investment for Europeans. More choice for consumers along with higher quality goods and lower prices. And trade deals do not just benefit big firms: over 600 000 small businesses in Europe export goods and services to the rest of the world and each has its own story to tell.
Farms consume large amounts of fertiliser and plant protection products. The SatAgro application processes satellite data to help farmers monitor crop changes. The data is then used for mapping to show farmers where fertilisers and protection products need to be applied. This saves money and is a more environmentally friendly way of increasing crop yield.
Sunday, 28 October 2018
This publication is a guide to the European Union (EU) and what it does. The first section explains in brief what the European Union is. The second section, ‘What the European Union does’, describes what the EU is doing in 35 different areas to improve the lives of people in Europe and further afield. The third section, ‘How the European Union makes decisions and takes action’, describes the institutions at the heart of the EU’s decision-making process and how their decisions are translated into actions.