Transport Committee asks to guarantee transparent pricing by independent national rail regulators

MEPs at Transport Committee in the European Parliament approved a report on the “rail recast” reform plans asking for separate accounting for railway undertakings and rail network managers, non-discriminatory access to rail paths and service facilities and transparent pricing.

Read more …

Brazil, Russia, India and China all together have a younger population than the EU

Eurostat published figures in order to compare the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and the EU. The figures published show that even though the BRIC countries have certain aspects in common, such as large populations, large land coverage and rapid economic growth, there are equally large economic and social differences between them.

Read more …

The Commission will identify priority toxic chemical mixtures to be assessed

Environment Commissioner announced a new approach to assessing toxic chemical mixtures in which the Commission undertakes to address potential risks associated with chemical mixtures are properly understood and assessed. Having into account that the number of potential chemical combinations is very large, the first challenge under the new approach will be to identify priority mixtures.

Read more …

The Council reached an agreement on the essential elements of the Business Competitiveness and SME programme for 2014-2020

The Competitiveness Council meeting ended with an agreement among ministers regarding the “COSME programme”. All delegations underlined the importance of the programme to contribute to alleviate the credit crunch conditions for European business provoked by the economic crisis. The agreement paves the way to start negotiations on the programme with the European Parliament for its timely adoption.

Read more …

Commission made public the second package of recommendations to enhance financial stability

The country-specific recommendations issued by the European Commission aims at enhancing financial stability, boosting growth and creating employment across the EU. Among the key messages that emerge from this second set of annual country-specific recommendations, Member States are on the whole taking the necessary action to restore sustainability, but in several cases consolidation should be more growth-friendly.

Read more …

Both, Economic sentiment and Business Climate Indicator, fell in May in the euro area

The European Commission informed that in May 2012, the Business Climate Indicator (BCI) for the euro area decreased by 0.26 points to -0.77. In addition to this, it also informed that the Economic sentiment falls sharply in both the EU and the euro area.

Read more …

European Court of Auditors concludes that modernisation of agricultural holdings could be better targeted

The special report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) highlights that the modernisation of agricultural holdings has greater potential if funds were better targeted to EU priorities and Member States’ specific needs. In addition to this, it concludes that the procedures for establishing the viability and sustainability of a holding or investment project were not effective in all Member States.

Read more …

The Council formally adopted the new roaming rules

The Competitiveness Council meeting reached an agreement to move forward the regulation on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the EU. The current regulation will expire on 30 June 2012. The new regulation revises the current regulation by introducing pro-competitive structural measures and extending its validity until 30 June 2022.

Read more …

The EESC reiterates that the way to go out the crisis is to focus on growth and employment

The opinion "Budget 2014-2020", adopted at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) plenary session, highlights that the financial framework for 2014-2020 must make sure that the EU is able to cope with the upcoming challenges. These challenges can only be overcome with an ambitious and efficiently structured budget, according to EESC members.

Read more …

The e-commerce in the EU remains largely domestic

Consumer Scoreboard confirms that while e-commerce continues to grow, it remains largely domestic despite the clear potential in terms of choice and savings across borders. In addition it also shows that unfair commercial practices persist and knowledge of consumer rights is still worryingly low.

Read more …

The Commission launched a public consultation on the European industrial policy

With the aim at gathering vies on the improving of competitiveness and job creation, the European Commission launched a public consultation meant to provide input for the mid-term review of the industrial policy communication planned for September 2012. The contributions can be made until 7th August.

Read more …

Eurocontrol celebrated a workshop to discuss lessons learned from the ash crises in 2010/2011

“How do you best handle crises?”, a workshop organised by EUROCONTROL, brought together 120 participants to discuss among other things how to establish an effective crisis management process in Europe. EUROCONTROL is responsible for coordinating the management of responses to crises affecting the aviation network.

Read more …