• France tops  EU short-stay visa applications

      France tops EU short-stay visa applications

      Based on Schengen Visa statistics published by the European Commission’s department for Migration and Home Affairs last week, France received 4,010,604 visa applications in 2018, 1,030,034 of which were multiple-entry short-stay visas, an increase of 8.8% compared to the number of people who applied for a Schengen visa in 2017.

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    • Shaping up the future of Europe

      Shaping up the future of Europe

      The leaders of EU27 displayed devotion and unity during their informal meeting to discuss the future of Europe, held on 9 May in the Romanian city of Sibiu. At a press conference after the six-hour sitting, EC President Jean-Claude Juncker conceded that it was the easiest European Council he has ever attended. 

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    • Significant decrease of CO2 emissions in the EU in 2018

      Significant decrease of CO2 emissions in the EU in 2018

      Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion significantly decreased in the European Union by 2.5% over the course of 2018, according to early estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU. According to figures, CO2 emissions fell in 2018 in the majority of the 28 EU nations, with the highest decrease being recorded in Portugal (-9.0%), which was followed by Bulgaria (-8.1%), Ireland (-6.8%), Germany (-5.4%), the Netherlands (-4.6%), and Croatia (-4.3%).

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    • EU presidents call on people to vote in EP elections

      EU presidents call on people to vote in EP elections

      Heads of state from twenty one Member States, in response to Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, called on EU citizens to exercise their right to vote at the European Parliament elections on May 26, in order to reverse the downward trend and strike down nationalism. The joint statement was published on Thrusday, 9 May, which coincides with Europe Day and the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II.

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    • The EU needs a reset button

      The EU needs a reset button

      Appointment of Deputy Prime Minister for EU affairs in every Member State and three super commissioners reporting on sustainability, security and climate change is one of the 10 ideas for reform in the policy toolbox for the new EU mandate, prepared by Friends of Europe, a Brussels-based leading think tank.

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    • Denmark calls parliamentary election in June

      Denmark calls parliamentary election in June

      Denmark’s centre-right prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen has called for parliamentary elections on 5 June, 12 days before Rasmussen’s term is due to expire on the 17th.Yet, the vote is expected to deliver a rare victory in Europe for the centre-left after support for the populist Danish People’s party has fallen markedly.

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    • Commissioner Hogan on high-level mission in Japan

      Commissioner Hogan on high-level mission in Japan

      EU Commissioner  for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan will be visiting Japan from 8 to 11 May 2019 accompanied by a business delegation of 61 senior representatives from the European agri-food sector. The purpose of the visit is to promote European agricultural food and beverage exports to Japan to ensure that EU producers benefit to the fullest possible extent from the opportunities under the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in force since February 2019.

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