The Commission proposed to use ICT to speed-up, facilitate and reinforce border check procedures

The European Commission proposed a 'smart border package' that consists of a Registered Traveller Programme (RTP) and an Entry/Exit System (EES) that, according to the EU institution, will simplify life for frequent third country travellers at the Schengen external borders and enhance EU border security.

Read more …

The European legislation that provides better protection for bus and coach travellers in the EU, enters into force

The European Commission reported that the Regulation that lays down travellers' basic rights, and imposes a number of obligations on bus and coach companies and terminal managers concerning their responsibility towards the passengers, just entered into force.

Read more …

The economic crisis remains a key concern for Europeans

The results of a European Parliament latest opinion poll show that Europeans are increasingly interested in European affairs, while the economic crisis remains a key concern, as it has done since 2008.

Read more …

The Commission launches in beta version its Open Data Portal

The European Commission is gathering views with regard to the new open data portal recently launched in beta version. According to this European institution, this new Data Portal provides access to open public data from the European Commission. The Commission also highlights that this Data Portal promotes and builds literacy around Europe’s data.

Read more …

Eurostat figures warn that children are at greater risk of poverty or social exclusion than the rest of the population in …

According to Eurostat, in 2011, 27% of children aged less than 18 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU, compared with 24% of adults (aged 18-64) and 21% of the elderly (aged 65 and over). Data by member state shows that the highest shares of those aged less than 18 who were at risk of poverty or social exclusion in 2011 were registered in Bulgaria, Romania, Latvia, Hungary and Ireland.

Read more …

The Commission presented an Action Plan for Visa Liberalisation with Georgia

The European Commission presented an Action Plan that represents a further step towards full visa liberalisation with Georgia. The Commission highlighted that it clearly sets out all technical conditions to be met by Georgia before the possible establishment of a visa-free travel regime.

Read more …

Commission launched two public consultations on EU measures to fight tax evasion

The European Commission launched two public consultations on specific measures which could improve tax collection - EU Tax Identification Number (EU TIN)- and ensure better tax compliance across the EU - the EU Taxpayer's Code. The consultations will run until 17 May 2013.

Read more …

MEPs call on an annual EU-wide monitoring of member states' media laws

The Civil Liberties Committee in the European Parliament adopted a resolution which calls for annual EU monitoring of member states’ media laws in order to protect media freedom and to help prevent excessive media concentration. MEPs also called for promoting "ethical" journalism in the EU.

Read more …

Industry Committee backs Commission's proposal on data protection rules

The European Commission welcomed the adoption of an opinion by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) on the Commission’s proposals to reform the EU’s data protection rules. According to the Commission, the ITRE Committee backed the main innovations of the Commission's data protection reform.

Read more …