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Statement by Commissioner John Dalli : The adoption of Food Information regulation is good news for consumers

The European Parliament has just adopted a Regulation on Food Information for consumers.

Opening the way to Croatia's membership

"This European Council will be remembered as the meeting which paved the way for Croatia's membership of the European Union. It is a milestone for Croatia and for the Western Balkans as a whole", said President Herman Van Rompuy after the European Council meeting on 24 June. Negotiations with Croatia on its becoming the 28th member state of the EU should be concluded by the end of June 2011.

Investing today for growth tomorrow

Brussels, 29 June 2011 - The European Union has a small budget, but with a big impact for Europe's citizens. The Commission's proposal for a multi-annual budget for 2014-2020 responds to today's concerns and tomorrow's needs. 

A step further towards the unitary patent

The unitary patent came closer to realisation on 27 June, when the Competitiveness Council agreed on two proposals on the creation of an EU-wide patent title and its language regime.

Secretary-General handover

Uwe Corsepius took over from Pierre de Boissieu as the Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union on 26 June 2011. He is the new head of the General Secretariat of the Council, which assists both the European Council (heads of state and government) and the Council (ministers).<--break->

Stepping up coordination of economic policy

Finance ministers approved in ECOFIN on 20 June, country-specific guidelines issued as part of the first European Semester, concerning member states' structural reforms and budgetary policies aimed at generating growth and stability.

Fight against tobacco: European Commission launches a pan-European campaign

Brussels, 16 June 2011 – "Ex-smokers are unstoppable" is the slogan of the EU-wide campaign launched today by European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli. 

Eurobarometer: Europeans generally satisfied with train services but want more access to information when travelling

Brussels, 15 June 2011 - A Eurobarometer survey was conducted to examine EU rail passengers’ satisfaction with domestic rail services, including trains themselves, railway stations and the rail network in their country. The Eurobarometer identified on the one hand good points for rail passengers who generally feel safe when travelling by rail or find it easy to purchase their tickets, and on the other hand shortcomings such as lack of information regarding passenger rights or delays.

Commission signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas has signed today, together with the Hungarian State Secretary for Infrastructure Pál Völner, a Memorandum of Cooperation providing a framework for enhanced cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The Memorandum provides the basis for stronger EU involvement with ICAO.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT): Commission consults on future strategy

The European Commission today launches a public consultation on the future strategy of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) following the success of its initial phase. The consultation will feed into a 'strategic innovation agenda' for the EIT which the Commission is due to propose by the end of this year.


Photo exhibition “30” dedicated to the anniversary of the Romanian Revolution of 1989, opened at the EU Council, Atrium area


In 2019, we honour the memory of those who 30 years ago took the streets and stood for free and democratic Romania! Do not miss the exhibition “30” opened at the EU Council, Justus Lipsius building - Atrium area. You will see powerful images of those …

The message of Minister for European Affairs George Ciamba at the end of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union


“Presiding over the Council was the maturity test for Romania and a means to reconfirm its attachment to the European project” – George Ciamba We are preparing to hand over the Presidency of the EU Council after six intense months,…