European Union

First World War centenary commemoration


EU leaders decided on their candidate for President of the European Commission. They also discussed a strategic agenda for the EU and the peace plan proposal in Ukraine. They also congratulated Greece for the main achievements of their presidency.

Food: new legislation to make the use of additives in the EU safer and more transparent

The use of additives1 in food will soon become even safer and more transparent than it currently is thanks to two pieces of legislation adopted by the European Commission.

Consumers: EU move to reduce cigarette ignited fires to save hundreds of lives each year

Cigarettes left unattended are one of the leading causes of fatal fires in Europe. Evidence shows that the number of fatalities can be reduced by over 40% with the introduction of 'Reduced Ignition Propensity' (RIP) cigarettes.

Taxation and Customs: Delivering to Member States, citizens and businesses post-2014

EU Customs and Taxation policy make a substantial contribution in helping to raise revenues for the EU and Member States' budgets every year.

Financial transaction tax proposal on the Council's table

On 8 November, the economic and financial affairs ministers took note of a presentation by the Commission of its proposal to tax financial transactions in the European Union.

Eurogroup: two options for leveraging the EFSF

At their meeting on 7 November, the finance ministers of the euro area progressed on the follow-up to the decisions taken by the euro area summit on 26 October, including work to maximise the capacity of the European Financial Stability Facility.

EU at G20: "tackling the accelerated implementation of the eurozone decisions"

"At the level of the Union and the euro area, we are tackling the accelerated implementation of the decisions taken by the euro area summit at the end of October which were welcomed by the G20 leaders," said European Council President Herman Van Rompuy after the G20 summit held on 3 and 4 November in Cannes, France.

How to manage the eurozone efficiently

Speaking at the European Parliament on 27 October, President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy explained the implications of the EU's evolving economic and financial policy structures.

Reinforcement of the EU's anti-drug policy

The European Union will increase its efforts to combat narcotic substances, specifically targeting synthetic drugs. On 27 October, the Council adopted a European pact on the subject which sets out guidelines for the future approach.

Stimulating growth is essential

The European Council on 23 October agreed on a number of measures aimed at securing growth and job creation to help overcome the current economic crisis. EU leaders agreed that enhancing economic growth is as important in current circumstances as addressing the immediate challenges of the crisis.

3D cut art Exhibition – Connexions, inaugurated in Brussels by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council


The Romanian Presidency of the EU Council inaugurated today, 13 February, the 3D cut art Exhibition – Connexions of the Romanian artist Radu Stefan Poleac, in the Lex building of the Council of the EU. In her opening speech, the Romanian…

Expos of the Romanian Presidency in the EU Council


EXPO – Atrium Justus Lipsius: „Architecture is inhabited sculpture,“ as the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi once said, and such is the motto of the exhibition organized by Romania, courtesy of the Romanian Ministry of Culture and…