Europa website is accessible for Internet Protocol version 6 users

The European Commission announced on World IPv6 Day that the Europa website is accessible for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) users as well as IPv4 users. By making its website IPv6 accessible, the European Commission is setting an example and hopes to encourage other public sectors to persuade European companies and manufacturers to make their new smart devices and servers IPv6 compatible.

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Bulgaria and Romania are closer to join Schengen area

The European Parliament approved during the plenary session that Bulgaria and Romania join the Schengen border check-free area. However, the MEPs asked to kept informed of additional measures taken in the Bulgaria-Turkey-Greece area to cope with a possible surge in migration pressure.

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European Court of Auditors concluded that the EU added value of the SME Guarantee facility is not demonstrated

The European Court of Auditor’s (ECA) has published the results of its audit on the effectiveness of the Small and Medium Enterprise Guarantee facility, in terms of the effectiveness of its design and planning. Among the conclusions the ECA found that the framework for the management of the daily operations was considered appropriate, but no scoring standards and no minimum requirements were set for the selection of financial intermediaries.

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The EC presents its country-specific recommendations on growth and jobs

In order to help Member States gear up their economic and social policies to deliver on growth, jobs and public finances, the European Commission has adopted 27 sets of country-specific recommendations, plus one for the euro area as a whole. This should help each country to focus on strategic levers in the next 12 to 18 months, and thus boost EU economy as a whole.

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European Commission opens a consultation on access to EU's public procurement markets

As announced in the Single Market Act, the European Commission is consulting stakeholders in all EU Member States for their views on a new policy on access to the EU's public procurement markets. The EU has shown strong advocacy for an ambitious opening of international public procurement markets, through international commitments, such as the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and trade agreements concluded with third countries or regions.

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