09 Jun 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 09 JUNEBrussels Daily
Commissioner Phil Hogan visits Portugal
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Phil Hogan, today visits Portugal, where he will open the first water connection from the Alqueva Irrigation Global System in the small town of Ervidel. He will also deliver a keynote speech at the International Conference “The Grand Challenges for Innovation in Agriculture” at the National Agriculture Fair in Santarém. On the occasion of his visit, Commissioner Hogan held bilateral meetings this morning with Mr Luís Capoulas Santos, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development of Portugal and with Mr Vasco Cordeiro, President of the Regional Government of the Azores. From 2014-2020, the CAP will invest more than €8 billion in the Portuguese farming sector, including €4 billion for projects benefiting rural areas. More information about the CAP in Portugal can be found here.
Final adoption of new rules to cut red tape on citizens’ public documents
Today the European Parliament has adopted the Regulation, proposed by the Commission, to cut costs and formalities for citizens who need to present a public document in another EU country. Costs and formalities that citizens had to face to prove that their public documents (such as a birth, marriage or death certificate) are authentic will no longer be required. With the new regulation, public documents have to be accepted as authentic in every Member State, and multilingual standard forms can be used to avoid translation requirements. Vĕra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, said: “We have good news for people who move to another EU country, for example to study or work. These citizens often need to go through costly and time-consuming bureaucratic procedures to present a public document to get married or obtain a job in the country they live in. Today, we put an end to this red tape and help people move easily across the European Union.” Member States now have two years and a half to adopt all necessary measures to allow for the smooth application of the Regulation. A full press release is available online, as well as a factsheet.
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