ENVI - Environment DG Additional tools The Directorate-General for the Environment is one of the more than 40 Directorates-General and services that make up the European Commission. Commonly referred to as DG Environment, the objective of the Directorate-General is to protect, preserve and improve the environment for present and future generations. To achieve this it proposes policies that ensure a high level of environmental protection in the European Union and that preserve the quality of life of EU citizens. The DG makes sure that Member States correctly apply EU environmental law. The DG also finances projects that contribute to environmental protection in the EU. Environment Action Programme to 2020 Every year the Directorate General makes public its priorities for the upcoming year and also publishes a yearly report on the preceding year's policy initiatives. Improving environmental management at the European Commission Documents EMAS Environmental statement EMAS Environmental policy
COMP - DG Competition Competition Policy in the European Union The European Commission, together with the national competition authorities, directly enforces EU competition rules, Articles 101-109 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU), to make EU markets work better, by ensuring that all companies compete equally and fairly on their merits. This benefits consumers, businesses and the European economy as a whole. Within the Commission, the Directorate-General (DG) for Competition is primarily responsible for these direct enforcement powers. More… Structure and staff DG Competition is headed by Alexander ItalianerOrganigram enfr The Chief Competition Economist works in DG Competition, reporting directly to the Director General to provide independent economic advice on cases and policy.The Hearing Officers, Mr Joos Stragier and Mr Wouter Wils, are independent of the Directorate General for Competition and report directly to the Competition Commissioner. Work opportunities Go to annual report page
BUDG - Directorate-General for Budget The task of the Directorate-General for Budget is to secure from the budgetary authority - the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers - the resources needed to implement the Union's policies, to encourage sound management of Community funds and to account for the use of appropriations. It is made up of five directorates based in Brussels and has almost 420 staff. The budgetary role of the Directorate-General is to manage Community expenditure in the medium-term financial perspective and at the same time to ensure that the annual budgetary procedure runs smoothly by promoting a constructive dialogue between the institutions. Although the Directorate-General for Budget is not involved in the management of appropriations, which is carried out by the Commission's operational departments, it is responsible for collecting the Community's own resources from the Member States, who finance the Union budget.
JUST - Justice - Justice, fundamental rights and citizenship policies are based on Europeans' most cherished values and principles, such as democracy, freedom, tolerance and the rule of law. In today's Europe, millions of citizens are involved in cross-border situations - either in their private lives, through their work or studies, or as consumers. The creation of the Directorate-General Justice reflects the new opportunities of the Lisbon Treaty to improve the everyday lives of EU citizens. We offer practical solutions to cross-border problems, so that citizens feel at ease about living, travelling and working in another Member State and trust that their rights are protected no matter where in the European Union they happen to be. DG Justice mission Organisation of Directorate General Justice Directorate-General for Justice was created on July 1 2010, following the division of the former Directorate-General for Justice, Freedom and Security into two separate Directorates-General. Who's who:
MARE - DG for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries - Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries The Common Fisheries Policy has come a long way since its creation in 1982 – or indeed, since the first instruments of European fisheries policy were established in the early 1970s. What began as a set of tools to preserve traditional fishing patterns and defuse tension between a handful of nations is now a complex legal and scientific framework, which seeks to protect a natural resource whose finite, though renewable, nature can no longer be ignored. Next to it, a new Maritime Policy seeks to respond in an integrated manner to all the challenges that European seas face today: from pollution to environment protection, from coastal development to job creation, from border control to surveillance and so on. The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (also known in short as DG MARE) is the Commission department responsible for the implementation of the Common Fisheries policy and of the Integrated Maritime Policy. News
REGIO - DG for Regional Policy Mission Statement The mission of the European Commission's Directorate General (DG) for Regional and Urban Policy is to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion by reducing disparities between the levels of development of regions and countries of the European Union. In this way the policy contributes positively to the overall economic performance of the EU. Reducing disparities requires a cohesion policy promoting constant improvements in competitiveness and employment. By co-financing infrastructure projects, developing the information society, accelerating the transfer of know-how, supporting investments in people and stimulating cross-border cooperation, the Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy helps regions that are less prosperous or are suffering from structural problems to improve competitiveness and to achieve a faster rate of economic development in a sustainable way. The policy is thus an important expression of the solidarity of the European Union.
TAXUD - Taxation and Customs Union European Commission Taxation and Customs Union Accessibility tools Go to content Service tools Language selector Navigation path HOMESubscribe to newsletterSitemap Taxation Customs Page navigation Additional tools In the limelight Video and web page in 23 languages: "The Missing part" What's new? MEMO/14/293 – April infringements package: main decisions See the four taxation cases involving Hungary, Ireland and the Netherlands. VAT 2017: Work started on Explanatory notes on services connected with immovable property Customs: Have your say on Binding Tariff Information! The survey is open until 25th April, 2014. In exempting the private production of small quantities of spirits from excise duty, Hungary has infringed EU law, says EU Court of Justice See the Court's press release No 62/14. A Member State may not exclude from a tax exemption dividends paid by nationally established companies to an investment fund outside the EU in certain cases, says EU Court of Justice
European Commission - External cooperation programmes The European Union believes that democracy and human rights are universal values that should be vigorously promoted around the world. They are integral to effective work on poverty alleviation and conflict prevention and resolution, in addition to being valuable bulwarks against terrorism. Having come into force on 1 January 2007, the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) is the concrete expression of the EU's intention to integrate the promotion of democracy and human rights into all of its external policies. What's On EIDHR Strategy Paper 2011-2013The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Strategy Paper for the period 2011-2013 was adopted on April 21st 2010. Annual Action Programmes, regulations and reports The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Annual Action Programme 2010 was adopted on 18 March 2010. Financial support Democracy and Human rights is funded through geographic programmes and thematic instruments: