In 2017, the small Italian town of Ottaviano was under threat from blazing forest fires. First responders were already stretched to capacity, so Italy sounded the alarm and appealed to the EU for help. Within hours, French fire-fighting planes were in the air and on their way…
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Each year, the State of the Union address takes stock of achievements of the past year and presents the priorities for the year ahead. The President also sets out how the Commission will address the most pressing challenges the European Union is facing. The speech is followed by a plenary debate. This kick-starts the dialogue with the European Parliament and Council to prepare the Commission Work Programme for the following year.
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We all have things that we’re passionate about: from training to travelling, surfing the internet to saving the world. Living in the European Union provides endless opportunities to do what you love – wherever that may lead. EU legislation and initiatives can help unlock your potential and ignite your inspiration, giving you the tools to pursue your passion.
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