Commission adopts Best Practices Code to speed up State aid control

On 16 July the European Commission has adopted a new Best Practices Code for State aid control. The Code provides guidance to the Commission, Member States, businesses and other stakeholders on State aid procedures, to improve their effectiveness, transparency and predictability. Over the past years, the Commission has implemented State Aid Modernisation, a major reform package which allows Member States to quickly implement State aid that fosters investment, economic growth and job creation, leaving the Commission to focus on high-risk cases, most likely to distort competition in the Single Market. The Best Practices Code is an extention of such efforts to focus
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“Unity through balance” – the driver of Estonian Presidency

In July 2017 Estonia has taken over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Driven by the motto ‘Unity through balance’ the Estonian Presidency aims to tackle the burning challenges Europe is facing today, focusing on these four priorities: an open and innovative economy a safe and secure Europe a digital Europe and the free movement of data an inclusive and sustainable Europe
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Interreg Project Ideas Lab

The upcoming Interreg Project Ideas Lab for North-West Europe is taking place on 4 October 2017 in Den Haag, the Netherlands. This event will help applicants who are getting ready for the upcoming Interreg North West Europe call for project proposals to: learn more about the programme key areas: innovation, social innovation, low carbon, transport and resource and materials efficiency; get to know success stories and best practices examples; share their project idea and find new partners; develop project ideas. Register before 19 September More information
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Find EFSI-funded projects in your area

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is an initiative to help overcome the current investment gap in the EU. Jointly launched by the EIB Group and the European Commission, it aims to mobilise private investment in projects which are strategically important for the EU. EFSI is one of the three pillars of the Investment Plan for Europe that aims to revive investment in strategic projects around the continent to ensure that money reaches the real economy.
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Erasmus+: Changing lives

Yet, Erasmus not only proved to improve career prospects, but it also broadens horizons and social links: 40% of former Erasmus students have changed their country of residence or work at least once since graduation, almost double the number of those who were not mobile during studies; 33% have a partner of a different nationality, compared with 13% of those who stay home during their studies. Based on this, the Commission estimated that around one million babies are likely to have been born to Erasmus couples since 1987.
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