Poland Seeks WTO Action Which Could Cripple Russian Economy

Poland has urged the European Union to report Russia to the World Trade Organisation in an effort to remove its ban on fresh food from the EU. If successful, the long-term result of the appeal could be a banning of Russian produce from some of the world's largest consumer markets...Read more

EU compensates fruit and veg growers

The European Commission has announced emergency EU funding of 125m euros (£100m; $170m) for fruit and vegetable growers hit by Russia's ban on most imported Western food.The funding is compensation for fresh produce which will not be sold. Instead it will be distributed free to schools, hospitals and other institutions. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, grapes and pears are included in the scheme. Russia has banned many food imports, angry at EU-US sanctions over Ukraine.Read more

EU lifts measures against Faroe Islands

Aligning regional investment to digital enablers for future growth

In a participatory format, the event aims to collect ideas, analyse challenges and possible solutions for a better use of financial tools for ICT infrastructures and digital applications for services. This should facilitate growth and jobs while creating inclusive conditions for the most vulnerable. The dialogue that this seminar allows comes at a crucial moment as the EC and Member States are negotiating about the exact use of public funding for the further roll-out of digital broadband and other enablers for making N. Kroes' flagship goal of 'Making Every European Digital' a reality across the EU.Read more

Background materials

The Committee EESC firmly believes that broadband access for everyone is key to the development of the European economy and from now on will be an essential element in the creation of new jobs. Yet, on 8 February 2013, under the new multiannual financial framework (MFF), the Council slashed the digital Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) budget to EUR 1 billion. The amended proposal takes into account the latest positions in the Council and in the relevant European Parliament committee. The EESC therefore laments the fact that the Commission's revised proposal envisages deep cuts in the relevant budget and expresses its regret that the Commission has been forced to make far-reaching changes to projects of common interest for the development of broadband networks and digital service infrastructures.Read more

FAQ – GALILEO, the EU's satellite navigation programme

Why is satellite navigation important to the EU? Today, the positioning and timing signals provided by satellite navigation systems are used in many critical areas of the economy, including power grid synchronization, electronic trading and mobile phone networks, effective road, sea and air traffic management, in-car navigation, search and rescue service. Satellite navigation applications are now numerous and varied and play key roles both in business and in the daily lives of citizens and communities. European access to reliable and accurate satellite navigation services is therefore essential.Read more

European satellite navigation: Galileo launches two more satellites

Tomorrow Galileo, the EU's satellite navigation programme, will send two more satellites into space, reaching a total number of 6 satellites in orbit. The lift-off will take place at the European spaceport near Kourou in French Guiana, at 14. The launch marks another milestone for Galileo as a step towards a fully-fledged European-owned satellite navigation system. These two satellites are the first of a new series which is fully owned by the EU.Read more

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