Investing in Water – a LIFE+ project

The aim of the LIFE+ Investing in Water Project was to have enterprises adopting water saving solutions which led to a reduction in water consumption. The project was led by the Malta Business Bureau, together with partners the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association. The project ran in Malta from October 2011 to March more

Progress Microfinance loans worth €182 million given to over 20,000 entrepreneurs for start-ups and expansion

More than 20,000 entrepreneurs have already benefited from loans and guarantees worth a total of €182 million under the European Progress Microfinance Facility, according to the latest European Commission report about the implementation of this financial instrument.

European Commission and data industry launch €2.5 billion partnership to master big data

The European Commission and Europe's data industry have committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership (PPP) that aims to strengthen the data sector and put Europe at the forefront of the global data race.

Commission adopts detailed prudential rules for banks and insurers to stimulate investment in the economy – investment plan of up to € 300 billion in additional public and private investment in the real economy

The European Commission has adopted delegated acts under the Solvency II Directive and the Capital Requirements Regulation which will help promote high quality securitisation, ensure that banks have sufficient liquid assets in testing circumstances and introduce international comparability to leverage ratios.

EU Solidarity Fund: Commission moves to help Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria after May's major floods

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, has announced an aid package worth nearly €80 million proposed by the European Commission for Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria after flooding disasters struck the countries in May and June 2014.

ESF: €2.6 billion to boost employment and social inclusion in Germany

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor commented: "I am happy to see that Germany is placing particular emphasis on facilitating the transition from school to work for disadvantaged young people.Read more

European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for visually impaired persons

The Commission has today proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled. The Treaty will ensure that books in formats such as Braille, large print, e-books and audio books with special navigation tools, produced under copyright exceptions, can be exchanged across borders, not only within the EU but also between the EU and third countries. The Marrakesh Treaty will simplify the lives of millions of visually impaired people around the world. The EU can help to improve access to books with equal conditions for all and contribute to the fight against the book famine....Read more

Speech - Financial Fair Play helping to preserve the real values of football, says Commissioner

I have had the opportunity already to discuss the idea of Financial Fair Play with [UEFA] President Michel Platini. I know the importance of this tool in promoting fairness of competitions and giving each team a chance. It is part of an overall policy to preserve the real values of football, its roots and what makes it a success....Read more

European Social Fund: €2.6 billion to boost employment and social inclusion in Germany

European Social Fund: €2. ESF) in the period 2014-2020. This programme outlines the priorities and objectives to spend over €4. billion (of which over €2.Read more

Statement on the results of the European employment summit (Milan, 8 October)

their determination to make the Youth Guarantee a reality. As you know the European Commission under the leadership of President Barroso has taken a number of initiatives to improve the employment situation and the life prospects of young people. Its implementation is at the core of the EU coordination of employment policies and it is therefore central to the European Semester and the country-specific recommendations. The Youth Guarantee is a comprehensive policy which includes modernisation of vocational training, strengthening of public employment services, greater support for apprenticeships and traineeships as well as financial incentives for job creation and business start-ups.Read more