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Economy & Jobs 01-04-2014

Commission proposes more flexible EU visa rules for travellers

The European Commission presented on Tuesday plans to shorten and simplify visa-procedures for non-EU nationals wishing to travel to the EU for short stays.
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Economy & Jobs 26-02-2014

European Parliament launches ‘own resources’ group

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras kicked off the European Parliament's 'own resources' group on Tuesday in Strasbourg. Chaired by former prime minister of Italy, Mario Monti, the High level he group has been tasked with studying the current system of income to the EU budget and suggesting possible improvements to it, as agreed by the institutions during negotiations on the EU's seven-year budget.
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Economy & Jobs 25-02-2014

Cyber security takes centre stage at EU-Brazil summit

Brazil and the European Union agreed on Monday to lay an undersea communications cable from Lisbon to Fortaleza to reduce Brazil's reliance o the United States after Washington spied on Brasilia. At a summit in Brussels, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the $185 million (€135 million) cable project was central to "guarantee the neutrality" of the Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil's Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.
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Global Europe 13-02-2014

Israeli MPs walk out during Schulz speech at Israel’s Knesset

Speaking about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during an official visit to the Middle East, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said that “painful concessions” were needed from both sides to reach a solution to the Middle East conflict. His comments sparked anger among pro-settlement Israeli MPs, who walked out of Israel's Knesset.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Schulz: Ukraine’s long-term strategy should lie with the EU

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in a press conference that Kiev's decision to side with Russia is a 'short-term' choice. 'The doors should be opened for Ukraine', Schulz added.
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Economy & Jobs 25-10-2013

Commission proposes standard VAT declaration for EU companies

The European Commission presented on Wednesday a new proposal to standarise VAT return for business and companies across Europe. Aiming at slashing red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient, this new regulation can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, according to the EU's executive.
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Data protection 24-10-2013

Schulz: EU should reconsider free trade negotiations with US

As socialists leaders meet on Thursday ahead ahead of the EU Summit in Brussels, European Parliament's president Martin Schulz said that the EU should reconsider holding free trade talks with the US following allegations that the US intelligence system has been spying on European leaders. 'I think we should reconsider if we can negotiate with the US on the same level. It would not be legitimate if the other side plays with an advantage', Schulz said.
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Health 19-09-2013

Vassiliou: EU should promote physical activity and a week of sport

Androulla Vassiliou, commissioner for education, culture and sport, recently launched an initiative on physical activity and called for a 'European Week of Sport'. She said that participation in sports and physical activities was one of the most effective ways of staying physically and mentally fit, and referred to the ancient Greek saying ‘A healthy mind in a healthy body’.
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EU Priorities 2020 28-06-2013

EU 2014-2020 budget agreed

A communication breakdown led to the premature announcement of an agreement of the three European institutions on the EU budget for 2014-2020 one week ago. Today (27 June), hours before the beginning of the EU summit, the three institutional top officials announced what appears to be a final compromise.
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EU Priorities 2020 22-05-2013

EP Schulz: ‘Young people are as systemically relevant as the banks’

Speaking in a press conference after the May 2013 EU Summit in Brussels, European Parliament President Martin Schulz urged EU leaders to use all the necessary resources to combat youth unemployment in Europe. Speaking about tax evasion, Schulz also added that banks 'should be required to disclose details of their activities and subsidiaries in tax havens'.
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EU Priorities 2020 22-05-2013

EP Schulz meets Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades

After meeting Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades on Wednesday in Brussels, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said that Europe will continue helping Cyprus through its financial crisis.
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EU Priorities 2020 15-05-2013

Economic and Financial Affairs press conference – April 2013

European Union finance ministers approved a €7.3-billion increase in the bloc's spending for 2013 on Tuesday (14 May), as part of a deal to unblock talks on the EU's next long-term budget. EU ministers also negotiated agreements on updated EU-wide rules on the taxation of savings.
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Economy & Jobs 15-03-2013

Cyprus bailout talks keep EU negotiators awake in Brussels

EU and IMF officials worked overnight on a rescue package for Cyprus with the aim of presenting the outline of a bailout programme to eurozone finance experts on Friday (15 March) in Brussels, sources said. Read the full article here: http://www.euractiv.com/euro-finance/cyprus-bailout-talks-keep-eu-neg-news-518535
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Future EU 14-03-2013

EP’s Schulz arrives at the March 2013 EU Summit

An EU summit opening in Brussels today (14 March) is expected to see leaders offer conflicting views on the economy, with France’s Socialist President François Hollande leading calls for Europe to loosen the austerity policies adopted in response to the eurozone debt crisis. Hollande will find an unexpected ally in UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who also backs a more “flexible” approach to debt policing.
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Future EU 08-02-2013

Martin Sculz Press Conference – EU Summit February 2013

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit (7-8 February) to forge a deal on the Union's 2014-2020 budget. Diplomats point out that it is “now or never” for heads of state and government to agree ahead of multiple elections in 2013.
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EU Priorities 2020 22-01-2013

FTT deal ignites debate on how to allocate funds

EU finance ministers on Tuesday gave the green light for the 11 countries to move forward with a harmonised FTT, opening a tricky debate on how the money should be used.
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EU Priorities 2020 13-12-2012

EU lawmakers sign off on reduced 2013 budget (MEPs vote)

MEPs gave final approval yesterday (12 December) to a €132.8 billion budget for 2013, paving the way for future talks on the long-term budget early next year.