15 Feb 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 15 FEBRUARYBrussels Daily
February infringements package: key decisions
In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.
The key decisions taken by the Commission (including 5 letters of formal notice, 50 reasoned opinions, 7 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union, and 3 closures) are presented below and grouped by policy area. The Commission is also closing 103 cases in which the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.
Eurostat: December 2016- Euro area international trade in goods surplus €28.1 bn- €20.9 bn surplus for EU28
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in December 2016 was €178.6 billion, an increase of 6% compared with December 2015 (€168.7 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €150.5 bn, a rise of 4% compared with December 2015 (€144.4 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €28.1 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in December 2016, compared with +€24.4 bn in December 2015. Intra-euro area trade rose to €137.4 bn in December 2016, up by 5% compared with December 2015. Full text available here
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