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Checks on travel websites significantly improve compliance with consumer rights, with 62% now abiding by EU rules.


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Gaps in gender equality in Europe are shrinking, but the rate of progress is slow, according to an annual EU report published today.


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The EU is launching a consultation to gather ideas about how mobile technology could be used to improve health services in Europe, leading to potential savings of €99bn.


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The 28 winners of the EU's annual translation contest received their awards today.


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Three years of efforts to improve the lives of Roma people in Europe are starting to have visible results, says an EU report published today – but more remains to be done.


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Nominations by political parties and EU-wide debates seek to increase participation and give citizens more say in the future direction of the European Union. 


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The EU’s annual review of its efforts to encourage reform in neighbouring countries to the east and south shows mixed results for 2013.


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A record number of safety alerts were issued by the EU’s early warning system for dangerous products (RAPEX) in 2013, which also saw a marked rise in the proportion of unsafe items from China.


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On 27 March, over 150 EU citizens will be in Brussels to debate the future of Europe, at the EU's invitation. To get involved in the debate, post your questions and comments on Facebook and Twitter - #EUdeb8.


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President Barroso has welcomed the ambitious common positions reached at the March European Council on Ukraine, climate and energy, and savings tax, all of which he said reinforced the EU's global ambitions.


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