One step closer to the set-up of the European Fund for Strategic Investment

One step closer to the set-up of the European Fund for Strategic Investment

Media releaseOne step closer to the set-up of the European Fund for Strategic Investment29 April 2015On 29 April the European Parliament and the Council held their second political meeting to discuss the legislative proposal on the set up of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that intends to bring an additional 315 billion euro in investments for jobs and growth.

Frequently asked questions - Galileo, the EU

Frequently asked questions - Galileo, the EU

Why is satellite navigation important to the EU?

Commission announces winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015

Commission announces winners of European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-2015

EU Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella announced the winners of the European Business Awards for the Environment 2014-15 at an evening ceremony last night.

Investment Plan for Europe: what are the investment needs for transport?

Speech by Violeta Bulc, EU Commissioner for TransportCommittee on Transport and Tourism, European ParliamentMister Chair, Honourable members, Ladies and gentlemenThis is a real pleasure to be here with you this morning.

Q&A on the

Q&A on the "Partnership Agreements" between the European Commission and the EU Member States on European Structural and Investment Fund investments for 2014-2020

A new set of rules and legislation governing the 2014-2020 round of EU investments came into force in December 2013.

EU invests €647 million in key energy infrastructure

EU invests €647 million in key energy infrastructure

Member States agreed to allocate €647 million to support key priority infrastructure projects.

Turkey joins COSME, the EU’s programme for SME financing

Turkey joins COSME, the EU’s programme for SME financing

Today, Turkey and the European Commission signed an agreement for Turkey to join the EU's Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Programme (COSME).

Delivering EU cohesion policy reform: regions and cities concerned by delays and rules

Delivering EU cohesion policy reform: regions and cities concerned by delays and rules

The Committee of the Regions Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy (COTER) met jointly with the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development (REGI) to discuss problems and opportunities emerging from the implementation of the reform of EU regional policy adopted last year.

Investment made by regions and cities to match EU structural funds should be excluded from the Growth and Stability Pact calculations

Investment made by regions and cities to match EU structural funds should be excluded from the Growth and Stability Pact calculations

The Bureau of the Committee of the Regions adopted a declaration in Turin on 12 September urging European institutions and national governments to ensure the full mobilisation of EU cohesion policy investment by excluding national and regional co-financing from the deficit calculations under the Growth and Stability Pact.

What is the EU Youth Guarantee?

What is the EU Youth Guarantee?

How serious a problem is youth unemployment and inactivity in the EU?

Youth Guarantee: progress and achievements of 18 pilot projects

Youth Guarantee: progress and achievements of 18 pilot projects

he European Commission is meeting with the coordinators of 18

EU project hunts for natural substitutes to synthetics

EU project hunts for natural substitutes to synthetics

The EU-funded AGROCOS project is foraging through the plant world for natural substitutes to synthetic ingredients currently used in cosmetics, and in agrochemical products such as insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.

Commissioner Piebalgs signs Development programmes for 21 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

Commissioner Piebalgs signs Development programmes for 21 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and representatives from 21 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, have co-signed the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) under the 11thEuropean Development Fund for the period 2014-2020 in Apia (Samoa), for a total amount of €339 million.

Nominate your favourite European Web Entrepreneur for a europioneers Award

Nominate your favourite European Web Entrepreneur for a europioneers Award

Who will become this year’s most successful European Web Entrepreneur?

EU to provide new funding to counter organised crime and drug trafficking

EU to provide new funding to counter organised crime and drug trafficking

The European Commission will provide additional funding for the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP) to disrupt the illegal networks that are disseminating drugs and other illicit products through smarter, more effective, well-connected and intelligence led counter-narcotic activities of participating airports.

EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data

EU-funded tool to help our brain deal with big data

Every single minute, the world generates 1.

EU project helps monitor the environment around you

EU project helps monitor the environment around you

Do you want to track how much ozone, black carbon and other pollutants you are exposed to when out cycling or walking?

Transport: EU supports key TEN-T infrastructure projects with over €320 million

Transport: EU supports key TEN-T infrastructure projects with over €320 million

In the last Calls of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) Programme the European Commission selected a total of 106 projects that will benefit from over €320 million in EU support for improving transport infrastructure across Europe.

155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument

155 small firms to receive funding in first wave of grants under EU SME Instrument

The European Commission today announces the first results of its new €3 billion SME Instrument, launched under Horizon 2020 to help innovative small firms get ideas from the lab to the market.

Energy efficiency, employment and SMEs are core focus of EU 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy says new Commission report

Energy efficiency, employment and SMEs are core focus of EU 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy says new Commission report

The European Commission's 6th Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion published today shows that EU Cohesion Policy is delivering on the growth goals of the Europe 2020 Strategy by creating jobs and reducing disparities across Europe.

COSME: the European Commission and the European Investment Fund sign agreement which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs

COSME: the European Commission and the European Investment Fund sign agreement which will boost funding opportunities for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Europe will soon have access to up to € 25 bn of additional finance, as a result of an agreement signed today between the European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF).

Budget problems: EU programmes in jeopardy again

Budget problems: EU programmes in jeopardy again

The EU must stop rolling over its growing portfolio of unpaid bills from one year to the next, said MEPs in Wednesday’s debate on the alarming shortage of funds for payments due in 2014.

Public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020: launch of activities and first calls

Public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020: launch of activities and first calls

Public-private partnerships under Horizon 2020: launch of activities and first callsSeven public-private partnerships, established under the EU's new research funding programme Horizon 2020, are being launched today.

EU announces significant new funding for education

EU announces significant new funding for education

New funding to support education in developing countries over the next seven years, through the Global Partnership for Education, (or GPE), was today announced by European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.

Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreements’ with Baltic States for EU Structural and Investment Funds, 2014-20

Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreements’ with Baltic States for EU Structural and Investment Funds, 2014-20

he European Commission has adopted the "Partnership Agreements" with the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds to benefit the countries' regions and people.

Urban transport: Commission awards funding to 19 European actions to get people to

Urban transport: Commission awards funding to 19 European actions to get people to "do the right mix"

The European Commission has announced today 19 actions which will receive funding under the Sustainable Urban Mobility campaign ‘

EU, Israel sign Horizon 2020 association agreement

EU, Israel sign Horizon 2020 association agreement

European Commission’s President José Manuel Barroso and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today witnessed the signature of Israel's association to Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme.

Health and safety at work: Strategic Framework sets out EU objectives for 2014-2020

Health and safety at work: Strategic Framework sets out EU objectives for 2014-2020

To better protect the more than 217 million workers in the EU from work-related accidents and diseases, the European Commission presented today a newStrategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014 – 2020,which identifies key challenges and strategic objectives for health and safety at work and presents key actions and instruments to address these.

Turkey joins Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Turkey joins Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme

Turkey will get full access to the European Union's new seven year research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, under an agreement signed today in Istanbul.

Youth Employment Initiative: Commission adopts first programme with France to use €620 million to tackle unemployment

Youth Employment Initiative: Commission adopts first programme with France to use €620 million to tackle unemployment

The European Commission has adopted today the first Operational Programme with France to use the available funding from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) to tackle youth unemployment.

Amending the Budget to cover research, education, support to businesses and Cohesion Policy

Amending the Budget to cover research, education, support to businesses and Cohesion Policy

The Commission is proposing to increase the 2014 level of payment appropriations by EUR 4.

Fighting Fraud: Hercule III Work Programme adopted

Fighting Fraud: Hercule III Work Programme adopted

Today the European Commission adopted the first annual work programme for the new anti-fraud programme Hercule III.

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Germany on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Germany on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Germany setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions and cities.

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Greece on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Greece on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Greece setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions and citiesfor 2014-2020.

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Poland on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Poland on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The European Commission has adopted a "Partnership Agreement" with Poland setting down the strategy for the optimal use of European Structural and Investment Funds in the country's regions, cities and people.

Three projects meet the European Job Challenge and receive the Social Innovation Prize

Three projects meet the European Job Challenge and receive the Social Innovation Prize

Social innovation can be a tool to create new or better jobs, while giving an answer to pressing challenges faced by Europe.

First Natura 2000 Award winners announced

First Natura 2000 Award winners announced

The winners of the first Natura 2000 Awards were announced at a ceremony in Brussels last night.

€60 million of EU Regional Fund investments to complete Poland-Lithuania power link for energy security and Europe

€60 million of EU Regional Fund investments to complete Poland-Lithuania power link for energy security and Europe

The European Commission has today approved an investment of €60 million from the European Regional and Development Fund (ERDF) to complete the construction of the electrical grid between Poland and Lithuania.

Blue Economy Innovation: examples of EU marine research

The European Commission today set out proposals to support "Innovation in the Blue Economy" (see

Memorandum of Understanding on Macro-Financial Assistance Programme for Ukraine signed

Memorandum of Understanding on Macro-Financial Assistance Programme for Ukraine signed

European Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas today signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the new €1 billion Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) loan programme to Ukraine, which was approved by the EU Council of Ministers on 14 April.

From sunlight to jet fuel: EU project makes first

From sunlight to jet fuel: EU project makes first "solar" kerosene

The four-year SOLAR-JET project was launched in June 2011 and is receiving €2.

All 2013 LIFE projects

All 2013 LIFE projects

Belgium (BE) 4 projects (28,7 million euros)Bulgaria (BG) 1 project (0,5 million)Czech Republic (CZ) 1 project (0,6 million)Denmark (DK) 2 projects (4.

€ 23 million EU support to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries

€ 23 million EU support to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries

The European Commission has approved 20 programmes to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries.

Q&A on the

Q&A on the "Partnership Agreements" between the European Commission and the EU Member States on European Structural and Investment Fund investments for 2014-2020

On 22 December 2013 a new set of rules and legislation governing the next round of EU investments for 2014-2020 came into force.

Boosting the competitiveness of SMEs, facilitating their access to financing

Boosting the competitiveness of SMEs, facilitating their access to financing

Improving the competitiveness of European SMEs and, in particular, facilitating their access to financing was the focal point of discussions at the Informal Meeting of EU Ministers responsible for Cohesion Policy, which was hosted by the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness in Athens on 24-25 April.

New EU support to renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

New EU support to renewable energy and fighting climate change in the Pacific

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and New Zealand Foreign Minister, Murray McCully, will undertake a joint mission to the Pacific on 23-27 April to further strengthen development cooperation in that region.

EU Solidarity Fund: Commission welcomes Parliament’s approval of a faster and simpler response to disasters

EU Solidarity Fund: Commission welcomes Parliament’s approval of a faster and simpler response to disasters

Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn has welcomed the European Parliament's vote today to endorse reform of the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF), strengthening the EU’s response to natural disasters across European regions.

Low carbon energy projects to benefit from EUR 2 billion funding

Low carbon energy projects to benefit from EUR 2 billion funding

The European Investment Bank is pleased to support future investment in low-carbon demonstration projects.

RegioStars 2014: top awards for Europe

RegioStars 2014: top awards for Europe

The Award categories for 2014 are:Smart Growth–SME Innovation;Sustainable Growth - Green growth and jobs through bio-economy;Inclusive Growth - Creating jobs for the younger generation;CityStar - Investment projects in sustainable urban public transport.

New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.

Speech by President Barroso:

Speech by President Barroso: "Youth Guarantee: Making it Happen"

The European Commission decided to organise something more focused, precisely to see where we are, what we should do more, how we can speed up our work, involving the stakeholders, involving you, the national experts, involving the national organisations.

Questions and Answers: Consumer Programme 2014-2020

Questions and Answers: Consumer Programme 2014-2020

Why do we need a Consumer Programme at EU level?

The EU launches a new project to fight falsified medicines in developing countries

The EU launches a new project to fight falsified medicines in developing countries

Ahead of World Health Day on April 7, the European Union has launched a new project which will support the fight against the production and the trafficking in falsified medicines in Cameroon, Ghana, Jordan, Morocco and Senegal, which are situated along two of the main routes for the production and trafficking in falsified medicines (from Arabian Peninsula and Middle East to West/Central Africa; from East/Horn of Africa, via Yemen and Sudan, to Central Africa).

The Human Brain Project just got bigger

The Human Brain Project just got bigger

One of the biggest EU-funded initiatives, the Human Brain Project (HBP), today announced the beneficiaries of its €8.

EU renews its commitment towards development in Asia

EU renews its commitment towards development in Asia

EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs will today announce over €6.

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions

Poverty: new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived - frequently asked questions.

Youth employment: Commission welcomes adoption of Quality Framework to improve quality of traineeships

Youth employment: Commission welcomes adoption of Quality Framework to improve quality of traineeships

The European Commission welcomes today's adoption by the EU's Council of Minister of a Quality Framework on Traineeships to enable trainees to acquire high-quality work experience under safe and fair conditions, and to increase their chances of finding a good quality job.

EP adopts European Earth Observation programme Copernicus

EP adopts European Earth Observation programme Copernicus

The European Commission welcomed today's vote of the European Parliament on the Copernicus Regulation.

Final

Final "simplification scoreboard": 120 measures to cut red tape on EU funding

The Commission has adopted its Final Simplification Scoreboard: over 120 measures to simplify the EU funding rules for Europe's businesses, towns, regions, scientists and NGOs.

EU Aid Volunteers to be deployed to tackle humanitarian needs

EU Aid Volunteers to be deployed to tackle humanitarian needs

“EU Aid Volunteers” will be deployed to tackle specific humanitarian needs in crises under draft legislation approved by the MEPs on Tuesday.

Poverty in Europe: helping those who most need it

Poverty in Europe: helping those who most need it

Aid for Europe`s poorest people has been secured until 2020 after the Parliament approved a deal with the Council on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived.

Youth unemployment: putting words into action

Youth unemployment: putting words into action

The EU launched a youth guarantee scheme to help the more than five million young Europeans who are out of work.

Q&A on the third Health Programme 2014-2020

Q&A on the third Health Programme 2014-2020

What is the overall aim of the new health programme?

€85 million EU cash for online safety projects; six projects already helping to keep you safe online

€85 million EU cash for online safety projects; six projects already helping to keep you safe online

Funding is available now for cyber security under the Commission`s Horizon 2020 research programme.

EUR 200 million loan for renewable energy and energy efficiency in India

EUR 200 million loan for renewable energy and energy efficiency in India

The European Investment Bank is providing a long-term loan of EUR200 million to the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) to help finance projects in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in the country.

Budget 2014 adjustments to facilitate SMEs access to EU funding

Budget 2014 adjustments to facilitate SMEs access to EU funding

The Commission has proposed technical adjustments to the 2014 EU budget to reflect the latest decisions on the new EU expenditure programmes.

EIB Group: Strong response to crisis

EIB Group: Strong response to crisis

19 February 2014 – As an integral part of the European Union’s response to the crisis, the EIB Group significantly stepped up its financial support in 2013 to promote growth and jobs in Europe.

LIFE needs design and implementation improvements, say EU Auditors

LIFE needs design and implementation improvements, say EU Auditors

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) calls on the EU Commission to increase the effectiveness of the LIFE programme by improving the dissemination and replication of successful environmental projects.

Water innovation in action: €50 million for new research projects

Water innovation in action: €50 million for new research projects

A summary of the 11 resource-efficiency research projects.

First ever “Jobs for Youth” financing for SMEs in Poland

First ever “Jobs for Youth” financing for SMEs in Poland

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 50 million to Europejski Fundusz Leasingowy S.

EIB and UBI Banca Group provide €350 million for SMEs, midcaps, start-ups and youth employment

EIB and UBI Banca Group provide €350 million for SMEs, midcaps, start-ups and youth employment

The signing of a credit linefosteringyouth employmentbrings the number of mediumto long-termlending agreementsin support of Italian firmsconcluded by the European Investment Bank (EIB)and the UBIBancaGroupin the past three monthsto three – for a total amount of €350 million.

European Social Fund: conference to promote more effective and efficient implementation in 2014-2020

European Social Fund: conference to promote more effective and efficient implementation in 2014-2020

To ensure an efficient and effective use of the more than €70 billion (more than €80 billion in current prices) available to Member States from the 

EBRD, EIB and EU finance improvements to water services in Moldova

EBRD, EIB and EU finance improvements to water services in Moldova

€59 million in loans to modernise water and waste water management in Chisinau.

New opportunities to work with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

New opportunities to work with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) launches a selection process today to set up two new Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), with partners from higher education, research and business.

Erasmus+ to boost student exchanges and partnerships between EU and Latin America

Erasmus+ to boost student exchanges and partnerships between EU and Latin America

Students and academic staff from Latin America will have more opportunities to study or train in European universities thanks to increased support from Erasmus+, the new European funding programme for education, training, sport and youth.

New project financed by EIB in the sector of energy for €205 million

New project financed by EIB in the sector of energy for €205 million

Today, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a loan agreement for an amount of €205 million to finance ElShababpower plant project.

State aid: Commission consults on draft Communication on State aid to promote Important Projects of Common European Interest

The European Commission is consulting the public on a draft communication on how Member States can support the execution of Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEIs).

Employment: Commission proposes to improve EURES job search network

The panEuropean job search network EURES would be strengthened to provide more job offers.

State aid: Commission approves amendments to a UK scheme financing small and medium enterprises

he European Commission has found several amendments to a UK scheme allowing publicly-backed funds to invest in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) affected by a market failure, to be in line with EU state aid rules.

Commission sets out an action plan to support the development of blue energy

Commissioners Maria Damanaki and Günther Oettinger today presented a new action plan to facilitate the further development of the renewable ocean energy sector in Europe.

Serbia: EUR 150 million for SMEs

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia have signed in Belgrade a EUR 150 million loan aiming at financing small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and otherinfrastructure projects.

Further EU support for southern Neighbourhood to boost socio-economic development

The European Union (EU) has recently adopted an assistance package worth €45 million to support development and cooperation with a number of southern Neighbourhood partner countries.