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Future EU 19-12-2012

Salaries of EU officials to increase in new year

Failed attempts to modify the EU's staff regulation will result in an automatic pay increase for European civil servants, the European Commission admitted yesterday (18 December) as a special 5.5% tax on salaries is due to expire.
Future EU 11-05-2012

Brussels regrets it cannot afford ‘wizards’ anymore

Despite attractive salaries and working conditions, the European Commission says it is unable to recruit the same kind of highly-talented personnel as giant multinationals.
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Future EU 30-03-2012

Šef?ovi? on European Citizens Initiative launch

Maroš Šef?ovi? on Friday, March 30th in an EUX.TV interview about the upcoming launch of the European Citizens Initiative. Although launching on April 1st, he insisted that it is not an April Fool's Joke, and "the Commission is taking it very very very seriously".
Future EU 30-03-2012

EU opens to first citizens’ initatives amid criticism

Civil society groups have complained about the prohibitive administrative and security procedures of filing a European Citizen Initiative (ECI) as the EU prepares to venture into participative democracy on Sunday (1 April) by opening the first petitions to registration.
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Future EU 29-03-2012

EU, from April 1, will allow citizens to propose laws

It is not an April Fool's joke. It is finally happening. After years of talks, the EU will launch on the 1st of April the European Citizens initiative. The programme will enable people to propose new laws. Citizens will need to collect one million signatures from at least 7 different member states.
Future EU 26-03-2012

European petitions in search for ‘helpdesk’ anchored in civil society

The new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) will be launched on 1 April 2012, beginning a new era for participative democracy in Europe. At a conference on 20 March, several challenging questions were raised to EU Institutions: Are member states ready? Is there enough communication? Are ECIs relevant to the 2014 elections? Could there be a neutral civil society helpdesk to assist initiators?
Future EU 27-01-2012

Commission fleshes out working of citizens’ initiative

The European Commission unveiled a new website yesterday (26 January) for the European Citizens' Initiative and detailed the procedure for their acceptance. 
Future EU 26-01-2012

Šef?ovi?: Citizens’ Initiative to bridge European divide

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šef?ovi? is confident that the Citizens’ Initiative, one of the new democratic tools pushed forward by the Lisbon Treaty, will bring Europe closer to its citizens and create a "genuine European public space".
Future EU 19-12-2011

Depressed EU staff struggle to fix ‘image problem’

Civil servants in the EU institutions are struggling to defend their image in the face of growing pressures to cut pay and increase working time. In response, trade unions have made their own proposals for savings as part of the Europe-wide austerity drive.
Future EU 04-10-2011

Šef?ovi?: EU staff will keep high wages, but work more

To increase budget efficiency while maintaining salaries at the same level, the Commission is asking officials to work longer hours without giving additional compensation or other sweeteners. EURACTIV has spoken with European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi?, as intensive negotiations with the staff unions are underway.
Public Affairs 04-10-2011

EU staff to keep high wages, but work more, says admin chief

In an effort to increase budget efficiency, while maintaining salaries at the same level, the Commission is asking officials to work longer hours without giving additional compensation or other sweeteners. EURACTIV has spoken with European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šef?ovi?, as intensive negotiations with the staff unions are underway.
Central Europe 22-05-2003

Serbia-Montenegro to apply for EU membership in 2004

Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic has told EURACTIV that Serbia-Montenegro will be ready to apply for EU membership in the second half of 2004.
Central Europe 22-05-2003

Zoran Zivkovic, Prime Minister of Serbia

Serbia-Montenegro has been harmonising its laws with the EU since October 2000 and is confident it will be ready to join the Union together with Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia in 2007, says Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Zivkovic.

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