Category Archives: European Commission

European Cyber security month

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Cyber security is a shared responsibility!

The EU’s annual awareness campaign on cyber security is taking place this month with the aim of raising awareness of cyber security threats and promoting cyber security.

Find out more on the ECSM website  and then test your knowledge in the quiz.

Further information about the European Commission’s response to cyber attacks, including links to legislation, reports and factsheets, is available here.
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State of the Union Address 2017

Every September the President of the European Commission President gives his State of the Union Address to the European Parliament.

On Wednesday Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the State of the Union Address for 2017 and took stock of the achievements of the past year,  presented his priorities for the coming year and outlined his vision of how the EU might evolve by 2025.

The text of his speech is available here.

Other useful documents include:

The Roadmap for a more unite, stronger and more democratic Union.

Factsheets on the topics covered in the State of the Union address:

 

Brexit Negotiations

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The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. The latest topics include:

A full list is available here.

Brexit negotiations

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The European Commission has published documents and position papers on a wide variety of topics since the start of the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom as part of their approach to transparency.

These include:

A full list is available here.

The UK government department responsible for overseeing negotiations for the UK to leave the EU, the Department for Exiting the European Union, has published various position papers including:

A full list of publications is available here.

The abolition of mobile roaming charges and Brexit

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Since 15 June 2017 roaming charges in the EU have been abolished allowing mobile customers to use their network provider’s allowance of minutes, text messages and data throughout the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) without incurring additional charges.

The abolition of roaming charges will continue to apply in the UK until it leaves the EU.

A new House of Commons Library briefing paper, available here, looks at possible scenarios after Brexit.

The factsheets below, produced by the European Commission, explain the current pre-Brexit situation.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

 

 

 

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

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As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

Draft EU position papers on Article 50 negotiations

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The European Commission has released policy papers on citizens rights and on a financial settlement with the UK prior to the start of the Brexit talks.  They are available here.

European Year of Cultural Heritage

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2018 is to be designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Find out more here or have a look at the video below.

“Our cultural heritage is more than the memory of our past; it is the key to our future. A European Year of Cultural Heritage will be an opportunity to raise awareness of the social and economic importance of cultural heritage and to promote European excellence in the sector.”

EU Commission presents five scenarios for Europe

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Earlier this week the European Commission presented a White Paper on the Future of Europe, which forms the Commission’s contribution to the forthcoming Rome Summit to be held on the 25 March which marks 60 years since the Treaties of Rome established a common market.

The scenarios in the white paper are:

Scenario 1: Carrying On

Scenario 2: Nothing but the Single Market

Scenario 3: Those Who Want More, Do More

Scenario 4: Doing Less, More Efficiently

Scenario 5: Doing Much More Together

Read the full press release and access the full report and the annex  here.

Improving the implementation of European environmental policy

If you are interested in how EU environmental policies and laws are put into practice across Europe and seeing where there are implementation gaps, you may wish to have a look at the European Commission’s new tool to improve implementation of EU environmental law called The Environmental Implementation Review.

While the review shows that that environmental policies in general work, it identifies the most pressing  implementation gaps across EU Member States are in waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, noise and water quality.

Country reports are available showing national strengths, opportunities and weaknesses. Summary national factsheets are also available for each Member State. The one for the UK is available here

The European Commission has produced this short video below.