The EU has unveiled radical plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders in a bid to prevent the death of migrants seeking to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.
The EU has proposed new rules to protect businesses when confidential information is stolen or misused. The rules aim to encourage innovation and collaboration.
Changes to EU corporate tax rules seek to increase revenues for national budgets and level the playing-field by closing loopholes used by some companies to avoid paying tax.
Thousands of artists and arts professionals in European cinema, television, music, literature, the performing arts and heritage will benefit from increased EU funding.
The EU has used the proceeds of the Nobel Prize to help children affected by wars receive an education.
Package of economic and budgetary recommendations sets priorities for 2014, including tackling unemployment and restoring bank lending to the economy.
The EU could radically reduce its use of disposable plastic carrier bags over the next 4 years, under plans put forward this week by the Commission.
The European economy has started growing again in the second quarter of this year. Over the past months, there have been encouraging signs that the economic recovery will continue.
The Commission’s plans for 2014 will focus on EU growth, getting people back to work and a push to implement pending proposals.
In his statement after the October European Council, President Barroso outlined discussions which had taken place on access to finance for SMEs, regulatory fitness, the trade agreement with Canada, the forthcoming Eastern Partnership Summit, and the issue of migration and refugees.
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