29 Nov 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 29 NOVEMBERBrussels Daily
Commission hosts meeting to prepare Joint Declaration on objectives and priorities for 2017
Today, the European Commission will host a meeting with representatives of the European Parliament and the Council Presidency (the current Slovak Presidency and the incoming Maltese and Estonian Presidencies of the EU) with a view to finalising the Joint Declarationon objectives and priorities for 2017. On the basis of the 2017 Work Programme presented by the Commission on 25 October, the Parliament, the Council and the Commission, are working together to identify proposals that require swift advancement in order to deliver concrete results to EU citizens in 2017. This joint effort is part of a new shared commitment and is explicitly foreseen in the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law Making, enabling the Union to turn proposals into action and produce results where they are most needed.
EUROSTAT: Expenditure of households by consumption purpose- A quarter of household expenditure allocated to housing- Growing weight over last ten years
In 2015, households in the European Union (EU) devoted nearly a quarter of their total consumption expenditure to “housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels”. This represents a total spending of almost €2 000 bn (equivalent to 13.4% of EU GDP) and is by far the most significant expenditure of EU households. This is also the expenditure item whose share increased the most significantly over the last decade, from 22.5% of total household expenditure in 2005 to 24.4% in 2015 (or +1.9 percentage points). Similar trends can be observed in an overwhelming majority of the EU Member States, albeit to different extents. Full text available on EUROSTAT website
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