European Union

Committee of the Regions presents proposals for future cohesion policy

The Committee of the Regions today outlined its proposals for reforming EU regional aid and the European Social Fund. Meeting in Brussels, regional presidents and mayors from across Europe welcomed the progress made in reducing the economic gaps between regions, but underlined that significant differences remain.

European Commission report tracks progress in enforcing fundamental rights in the EU

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights has now been legally binding for over a year – primarily on the EU institutions (European Parliament, Council and the European Commission) when preparing new European laws, but also on national authorities if they are implementing EU law.

Emissions trading: rules on transitional free allocation of allowances to the power sector adopted

From the start of the third phase of the EU Emissions Trading System (2013-20) the power sector will in general have to buy all its allowances. However, until 2019 ten Member States1 may choose to allocate a limited number of allowances for free to power stations instead of selling them. Today's Commission Decision sets out the rules Member States would have to follow if they opt to give away allowances for free, and is accompanied by a Communication with additional guidance on how any applications received will be assessed.

Digital Agenda: Commission seeks information from 16 Member States on their implementation of Audiovisual Media Services Directive

  The European Commission has written to 16 Member States seeking information about their implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive. The Commission has asked the Member States to reply within 10 weeks. The fact-finding letters are part of the Commission's efforts to ensure that the national media laws of all Member States correctly implement all aspects of the AVMS rules.

Transport 2050: Commission outlines ambitious plan to increase mobility and reduce emissions

The European Commission today adopted a comprehensive strategy (Transport 2050) for a competitive transport system that will increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe's dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050.

A collective guarantee of eurozone stability

 On 24 March, the first day of the European Council meeting, the heads of state and government adopted the final decision on a permanent European Stability Mechanism. They also approved the Euro Plus Pact which will provide for a new degree of economic coordination.

On-line gambling in Europe: let's discuss

 On-line gambling is a fast developing business in Europe, with almost 15,000 websites already identified and total annual revenues exceeding € 6 billion in 2008 and expected to double in size by 2013.

Social Summit: EU debates impact of budget constraints on jobs and growth with workers and employers

 The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, the EU Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor, the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy and Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban – for the Presidency of the Council – have met at the Tripartite Social Summit with European workers' and employers' representatives.

Majority of Europeans embrace green travel

  Most Europeans are willing to compromise on the price and the features of their car in order to reduce harmful emissions, a new survey has revealed. A Eurobarometer survey conducted in all 27 European Union Member States showed that, for instance, about two-thirds of EU car users said it was likely they would compromise on a car's speed in order to reduce emissions.

Nuclear safety and energy supply in focus

 In the light of the recent crises in Japan and North Africa, energy ministers on 21 March took stock of the state of play in the energy sectors and of the possible impact on the markets.

At the end of the meeting, the Hungarian Presidency declared that the priority is to provide Japan and Libya with humanitarian as well as technical assistance.


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,…