EU Export Helpdesk for developing countries
The EU Export Helpdesk for developing countries is an online service, provided by the European Commission, to facilitate market access in particular for developing countries to the European Union. This free and user-friendly service provides relevant information required by exporters interested in supplying the EU market.
EU Poverty and Inequalities
Brussels, 8 Oct 2014 – How many people are living at risk of poverty or social exclusion in the EU?
Europe | Cultural & Creative Industries
Creative Industries Europe
Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and media sectors. The programme consists of two sub-programmes; the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector. Results are published on the Creative Europe Dissemination Platform.
Europe 2020 Strategy
A European Strategy for Smart, Sustainable, and Inclusive Growth. Europe 2020 is a strategy to help Eu- rope emerge stronger from the crisis and prepare the EU economy for the next decade. The European Commis- sion—the executive arm of the Eu- ropean Union—has identified three key drivers for growth, which will be supported through actions at both EU and national levels: smart growth (fostering knowledge, innovation, ed- ucation and digital society), sustain- able growth (making EU production greener and more resource efficient while boosting competitiveness), and inclusive growth (enhancing labor market participation, skills acquisi- tion, and the fight against poverty).
The evolution of what is today the European Union (EU) from a regional economic agreement among six neighboring states in 1951 to today’s hybrid intergovernmental and supranational organization of 28 countries across the European continent stands as an unprecedented phenomenon in the annals of history.
Dynastic unions for territorial consolidation were long the norm in Europe; on a few occasions even country-level unions were arranged – the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were examples. But for such a large number of nation-states to cede some of their sovereignty to an overarching entity is unique.
Although the EU is not a federation in the strict sense, it is far more than a free-trade association such as ASEAN, NAFTA, or Mercosur, and it has certain attributes associated with independent nations: its own flag, currency (for some members), and law-making abilities, as well as diplomatic representation and a common foreign and security policy in its dealings with external partners.
The Benelux is an intergovernmental partnership between Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
European Creative Industries Summit 2019
Sept 10-11 2019, Helsinki, Finland
European Creative Business Network (ECBN) together with Kaapeli proudly presents the 9th European Creative Industries Summit (ECIS) in Helsinki. The ECIS19 is part of the official program and under the auspices of Finland’s EU Presidency. The ECIS 2019 focuses on the IMPACT of cross-innovations for the competitiveness of the wider economy – driven by the cultural and creative industries.
Europe | Associations
European Creative Industries Alliance
The European Creative Industries Alliance (ECIA) is an integrated policy initiative that combines policy learning with 8 concrete actions on innovation vouchers, better access to finance and cluster excellence & cooperation. It is an open platform that brings together policy-makers and business support practitioners from 28 partner organisations and 12 countries. Its overall aim is to shape a community in Europe that actively supports creative industries as a driver for competitiveness, job creation and structural change by developing and testing better policies and tools for creative industries.
EUREN (for EURopean Economic Network) is a network consisting at the time being of nine European economic research institutes.
It was created in 1999 aimed to improve the analyses of the European economy in a context of major institutional changes in the European Union, especially the setting-up of the Euro as a single currency. Since then, EUREN regular publishs forecasts of the Euro area economy and other studies of European interest.
The 28 member countries of the EU
In alphabetical order
Potential candidate countries do not yet fulfil the requirements for EU membership:
Bosnia and Herzegovina