Major renovation, expansion and construction projects are evidence...
Among the 43 million part-time workers in the EU27 in 2012, 9.2 million wished to work more hours, were available to do so1 and can therefore be considered to be underemployed. Since the start of the economic crisis the proportion of part-time workers wishing to work more hours and available to do so has grown steadily, from 18.5% in 2008 to 20.5% in 2011 and 21.4% in 2012.
The EU and Japan today finished the first week-long round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) less than a month after negotiations were officially launched.
The EU team is headed up by Mauro Petriccione, Director in the European Commission's Directorate General for Trade, the Japanese side being led by Ambassador Jun Yokota, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I applaud the breakthrough by Serbia and Kosovo in their EU-facilitated dialogue. This is a historic agreement, which must now be implemented quickly. I congratulate the leaders of both sides on their commitment, courage and vision.
I would also like to commend Cathy Ashton for her tireless efforts in her role as the facilitator and to congratulate her for successfully building consensus.
International experts say Finland has excellent preconditions for developing its wood construction know-how into a brand.
The European Commission has today presented an overview of how EU Structural Funds are working in Member States. The ‘Strategic Report’ on the implementation of 2007-2013 Cohesion Policy programmes pulls together available information from Member States, up to end-2011 in most cases. With 4 more years to go until the programmes finish in 2015, investments under the European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund have already led to progress and improvement for many citizens.
Across the EU, these include:
The European Commission has today published proposals to provide transitional arrangements in 2014 for certain Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) rules, notably the system of Direct Payments.
Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Philippe de Fontaine-Vive, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and Andrew Winbow, Assistant Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), are meeting in Athens, Greece, on the occasion of the 12th Facility for Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Investment (FEMIP) Conference (18-19 April), to affirm their commitment to work collectively and in partnership to support a blue and sustainable economy in the Mediterranean region and to maximise marine and
A new report from the European Court of Auditors, the EU spending watchdog, calls on the European Commission to improve the running of regeneration projects on so-called “brownfield” sites – former industrial and military areas which are often derelict and contaminated.
Income from tourism increased by 17% and the number of overnight stays in Finland went up by 5.4%.
Finland enjoyed a record year for tourism in 2012. International tourists spent a total of EUR
3.2 billion on goods and services during their visit to Finland, which was 17% more than in the previous year. Expenditure by Russian and British tourists increased the most, according to the Finnish Tourist Board.
The number of overnight stays by tourists in Finnish accommodation establishments increased by
In the construction sector, seasonally adjusted production1 fell by 0.8% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 0.4% in the EU272 in February 2013, compared with the previous month, according to first estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January 20133, production declined by 2.1% in the euro area and by 1.7% in the EU27.
Compared with February 2012, production in February 2013 increased by 0.8% in the euro area, but dropped by 1.1% in the EU27.
Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner
Hungary and the Rule of Law - Statement of the European Commission in the Plenary Debate of the European Parliament
17 April 2013
I want to thank the President for holding this debate today on a subject which is attracting a great deal of attention.
The Commission welcomes today's decision by the European Parliament to grant discharge to the Commission in respect of the implementation of the 2011 EU budget.
Remote monitoring and investments in energy efficiency could reduce maintenance costs by 9-12% annually, according Finnish company YIT.
It is possible to reduce the annual maintenance costs of Finland’s public administration buildings by EUR 100 million annually, according to a report by YIT, a Finnish service company for the real estate and construction sectors. The aim of YIT’s report was to map out the possibilities for improving energy efficiency through measures that can be easily adopted.
Europe's cities and regions have argued that the level of investment for a new fund dedicated to supporting citizens most in need is insufficient. The European Commission has proposed ring-fencing €2.5bn from the total EU cohesion budget to provide non-financial assistance to the most deprived in Europe. The Committee of the Regions (CoR), however, argue that given the impact of the crisis which has resulted in ever increasing numbers of people exposed to poverty, an additional €1bn is needed.
The European Commission has today proposed an amendment to existing accounting legislation in order to improve the transparency of certain large companies on social and environmental matters. Companies concerned will need to disclose information on policies, risks and results as regards environmental matters, social and employee-related aspects, respect for human rights, anti-corruption and bribery issues, and diversity on the boards of directors.
Euro area1 annual inflation was 1.7% in March 20132, down from 1.8% in February. A year earlier the rate was 2.7%. Monthly inflation was 1.2% in March 2013.
European Union3 annual inflation was 1.9% in March 2013, down from 2.0% in February. A year earlier the rate was 2.9%. Monthly inflation was 0.9% in March 2013.
These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Neste Oil is currently the world's only biofuel supplier capable of producing premium-quality renewable diesel on an industrial scale from more than 10 different types of feedstocks.
Neste Oil is the first company in the world to begin using tall oil pitch as a feedstock for refining into traffic fuel. Until now, it has not been possible to use tall oil pitch, a residue produced by tall oil refiners, as a commercial-scale feedstock for fuel refining purposes.
The first estimate for the euro area1 (EA17) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in February 2013 gave a 10.4 billion euro surplus, compared with +1.3 bn in February 2012. The January 20132 balance was -4.7 bn, compared with -9.2 bn in January 2012. In February 2013 compared with January 2013, seasonally adjusted exports rose by 0.1% while imports fell by 2.1%. These data3 are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
In 2011, EU27 residents made 1.0 billion holiday trips1, of which around one quarter were trips outside the country of residence2 (outbound trips). Looking in more detail at these outbound holiday trips, Spain was the top foreign destination of EU27 residents in 2011 (13% of all outbound trips), followed by Italy and France (both 9%). It should be noted that these figures refer to trips made by EU residents. They do not include trips made by non EU residents to the EU3.
Member of the European Education in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
EU funding for research and education – inspiring science today and in the future
CERN visit /Geneva
15 April 2013
Staff teams from the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have concluded their review mission to Greece. The mission has reached staff-level agreement with the authorities on the economic and financial policies needed to ensure the program remains on track to achieve its objectives.
New criteria make it easier for wind, biogas and solar energy projects to apply for the discretionary subsidy.
In February 2013 compared with January 2013, seasonally adjusted industrial production1 grew by 0.4% in both the euro area2 (EA17) and the EU272, according to estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In January3 production fell by 0.6% and 0.5% respectively.
In February 2013 compared with February 20124, industrial production decreased by 3.1% in the euro area and by 2.5% in the EU27.
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