19 May 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 19 MAYBrussels Daily
EUROSTAT: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €23.4 bn
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in March 2015 was €182.4 billion, an increase of 11% compared with March 2014 (€164.4 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €159.1 bn, a rise of 7% compared with March 2014 (€148.3 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €23.4 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in March 2015, compared with +€16.1 in March 2014. Intra-euro area trade rose to €150.0 bn in March 2015, +5% compared with March 2014. The Eurostat press release can be found here.
Better Regulation Agenda: Enhancing transparency and scrutiny for better EU law-making
Today, 19 May, The European Commission will adopt its Better Regulation Agenda. This comprehensive package of reforms covering the entire policy cycle will boost openness and transparency in the EU decision-making process, improve the quality of new laws through better impact assessments of draft legislation and amendments, and promote constant and consistent review of existing EU laws, so that EU policies achieve their objectives in the most effective and efficient way. The Agenda will be presented at a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg at 16h00, which can be watched live on EbS, here. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans will say: “This Commission is determined to change both what the Union does and how it does it. Better regulation is therefore one of our top priorities. We are listening to the concerns of citizens and businesses – especially SMEs – who worry that Brussels and its institutions don’t always deliver rules they can understand or apply. We want to restore their confidence in the EU’s ability to deliver high quality legislation. Better regulation is not about “more” or “less” EU rules, or undermining our high social and environmental standards, our health or our fundamental rights. Better regulation is about making sure we actually deliver on the ambitious policy goals we have set ourselves in the most efficient way.” Read the Press Release here
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