Commission warns about excessive macroeconomic imbalances in Spain and Slovenia

The European Commission has presented its conclusions on the in-depth reviews conducted in thirteen Member States economies. These findings indicate that both Spain and Slovenia show excessive macroeconomic imbalances which can represent a serious risk for growth and financial stability.

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Celebrating the first anniversary of the European Citizens' Initiative

One year after the implementation of the European Citizens' Initiative, 27 proposals have already been presented raising more than 1.6 million signatures. To celebrate this first anniversary and the European Citizens' Initiative Day 2013 the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) gathered in Brussels on April 9 different stakeholders who analysed the achievements and weaknesses of this tool of democratic participation.

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Commission proposed to the Council the conclusion of the Protocol amending WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)

The formal conclusion of the Protocol amending the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), the only legally binding agreement in the WTO on the subject of government procurement, was proposed by the Commission to the Council. The European Parliament will also be called upon to give its consent to the conclusion of the Protocol.

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The European Union and its 27 Member States remained the world's largest aid donor in 2012

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) published the figures confirming that the European Union and its 27 member states remained the world's largest donor in 2012, providing more than half of the Official Development Assistance (ODA) reported by Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In 2012, the EU collective ODA decreased to €55.1 billion from €56.2 billion in 2011.

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