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EU’s contribution to energy efficiency in businesses is unclear

(Source ECA)

In a special report published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) calls for clarification of the contributions made by EU funds to energy efficiency in businesses. The auditors conclude that EU funding remains insufficiently linked to business needs. And its expected results, though they are impossible to capture under the […]

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The Board of Supervisors of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has appointed Erik Thedéen as its Vice Chair. Mr Thedéen, who is the Director General of the Swedish Finansinspektionen (FI), will serve a 2½ year term effective immediately.

He replaces Anneli Tuominen, Director-General of the Finnish Finanssivalvonta (FIN-FSA) who has completed her term.

Verena Ross, […]

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European Court of Auditors (ECA)

Special report 12/2022: Durability in rural development – Most projects remain operational for the period required, but there are opportunities to achieve longer lasting results

(Source: European Court of Auditors)

Since 2007, the Commission has spent more than €25 billion of rural development funds to diversify its rural economy and improve infrastructure. Funded projects were required to remain operational for at least five years.

We examined whether these investments delivered durable benefits. We found that legal durability requirements are […]

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Special Report 15/2022: Measures to widen participation in Horizon 2020 were well designed but sustainable change will mostly depend on efforts by national authorities

(Source: European Court of Auditors)

To tackle the innovation divide, Horizon 2020 introduced specific widening measures to support Member States lagging behind in research and innovation. We assessed whether these measures were fit for purpose.

We conclude that the widening measures were well-designed to address the limited participation of widening countries in R&I framework […]

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Special report 13/2022: Free movement in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic – Limited scrutiny of internal border controls, and uncoordinated actions by Member States

(Source: European Court of Auditors)

The right of EU citizens to move freely within the territory of the EU Member States is a fundamental freedom of the European Union. We examined the Commission’s supervision of the internal Schengen border controls and travel restrictions imposed by the Member States during the COVID-19 pandemic, as […]

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European Ombudsman

Debate on EU future should not be an exercise in ‘citizen-washing’, warns Ombudsman

(Source: European Ombudsman)

The Ombudsman has called on the EU, and especially national governments, to take seriously ideas submitted by the public during the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe or risk alienating citizens.

Speaking today at the conference plenary in Strasbourg to discuss the recommendations made by two citizens’ panels, Ms O’Reilly praised the people involved […]

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European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
European Data Protection Board (EDPB)

Three arrests after police action against religious extremist propaganda in Germany

(Source: Europol)

On 28 June 2022, the German Regional Police (Landeskriminalamt) struck against the so-called ‘Caliphate State’ religious extremist organisation. During the action day, coordinated by the Landeskriminalamt Rhineland-Palatinate, German law enforcement officers from six German States raided 50 locations in a joint operation and arrested three individuals. The arrested individuals are suspected […]

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Europol’s amended Regulation enters into force

(Source: Europol)

Today, on 28 June 2022, key amendments to the Europol Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/794) enter into force, introducing a number of changes to this legal act. Based on the European Commission’s proposal, the European Parliament and the Council have agreed to strengthen Europol’s capacity to better support the EU Member States […]

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(Source: ESMA)

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will not publish the 1 August 2022 publication of the systematic internaliser (SI) regime data for non-equity instruments other than bonds, as well as that of the consolidated tape (CTP) data. This is due to operational constraints which prevent it from performing the scheduled calculations.

ESMA, […]

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Annual inflation up to 8.1% in the euro area

(Source: Eurostat)

The euro area annual inflation rate was 8.1% in May 2022, up from 7.4% in April. A year earlier, the rate was 2.0%. European Union annual inflation was 8.8% in May 2022, up from 8.1% in April. A year earlier, the rate was 2.3%. These figures are published by Eurostat, the […]

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Euro area job vacancy rate at 3.1%

(Source: Eurostat)

In the first quarter of 2022, the job vacancy rate was 3.1% in the euro area, up from 2.8% in the previous quarter and 2.1% in the first quarter of 2021, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The job vacancy rate in the EU […]

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