Eurostat – Statistical Office of the European Communities
Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities situated in Luxembourg.Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
http://www.euractiv.com Euractiv is an online news resource which gives daily news coverage, looking at 5 to 10 selected news stories per day. It also offers in-depth reports and analysis and a database of major organisations and people involved in EU policymaking.
European Voice Online
http://www.europeanvoice.com EuropeanVoice.com is the website of European Voice, the weekly newspaper on European Union affairs. Published every week by The Economist Group, European Voice publishes ground-breaking news and in-depth analysis of the most important developments in the European Union.
The European Commission operates at the very heart of the EU. Its role as the source of policy initiatives is unique and the Commission has used its right of initiative to transform the framework provided by the treaties establishing the European Communities into today’s integrated structures.
Council of the European Union
The Council of Ministers is the European body comprised of representatives of the Member State Governments. Also informally known as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies. For example the Agricultural Council meetings will be comprised of each Members Agriculture Ministers.
The European Council defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It does not exercise legislative functions. With the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon on 1 December 2009, it became an institution. Its President is Herman Van Rompuy.
The European Council consists of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States, together with its President and the President of the Commission. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy takes part in its work.
When the agenda so requires, the members of the European Council may decide each to be assisted by a minister and, in the case of the President of the Commission, by a member of the Commission.
The European Council meets twice every six months, convened by its President.
When the situation so requires, the President will convene a special meeting of the European Council.
The European Parliament
The European Parliament represents ‘the peoples of the States brought
together in the European Community’. Some 507 million European citizens in 28 countries are now involved in the process of European integration through their 751 representatives in the European Parliament.
Court of Justice of the European Union
This site contains useful information about the institutions, including a database of case law, up to date news and list of publications.
The Council of Europe (not part of the EU Institutions – it should not be confused with the European Council, part of the EU) is an intergovernmental organisation which aims:
to protect human rights, pluralist democracy and the rule of law;
to promote awareness and encourage the development of Europe’s
cultural identity and diversity;
to seek solutions to problems facing European society (discrimination
against minorities, xenophobia, intolerance, environmental protection,
human cloning, Aids, drugs, organised crime, etc.);
to help consolidate democratic stability in Europe by backing political,
legislative and constitutional reform.
European Court of Human Rights
The European Court of Human Rights is comprised of entirely independent
judges, elected by the Parliamentary Assembly. The Court deals with individual’s petitions and inter-state cases concerning the European Convention on Human Rights.
ACAP (Automated Content Access Protocol) has been devised by publishers in collaboration with search engines to revolutionise the creation, dissemination, use, and protection of copyright-protected content on the worldwide web.
ACAP has become the universal permissions protocol on the Internet, a totally open, non-proprietary standard through which content owners can communicate permissions for access and use to online intermediaries.
Responsible Advertising and Children Programme
The members of the WFA led RAC Programme believe that children are as
entitled as adults to receive information about products that are of interest to them. Together with our partners from the media and agencies in all Member States, the RAC represents a tripartite of advertising interests at European Level and provides industry with a comprehensive platform from which it may express its views on the subject.
The ATC represents the interests of commercial television at the EU Institutions, and promotes co-operation between members and with companies active in the field of communication in Europe. Membership of the ACT is open to all private broadcasting companies in Europe that approve ACT’s statutes of association.
Association of European Radios (AER)
The Association of European Radios (AER) is a Europe-wide trade body representing the interests of approximately 4,500 private/commercial radios stations across the EU27 and in Switzerland.”
AER’s main objective is to develop and improve the most suitable framework for private commercial radio activity. AER constantly follows EU actions in the fields of media, telecommunications and private radio transmission, in order to contribute, to enrich and develop the radio sector.
British Internet Publishers Alliance (BIPA)
The British Internet Publishers’Alliance(BIPA)promotes the growth and development of new Internet services in a way which permits a wide diversity of entrants to the market, on a free and fair competitive basis.BIPA comprises a number of substantial publishers and commercial broadcasters.
Business Marketing Association (BMA)
Not-for-profit international organisation which serves the professional,
educational and career development needs of business-to-business marketers and their partner suppliers.
US-based industry consortium with European partners dedicated to accelerating the growth of e-commerce by jointly developing and implementing new technologies and business practices.
The Direct Marketing Association (UK)
The DMA is dedicated solely to the evolution of direct, database, and interactive global marketing, and is the oldest and largest organisation of its kind. It includes 4,700 member companies from the US and 53 foreign nations on six continents.
European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA)
The European Advertising Standards Alliance (EASA) is a non-profit organisation which brings together national advertising self-regulatory organisations (‘SROs’) and organisations representing the advertising industry in Europe. The Alliance is, on behalf of the advertising industry, the single authoritative voice on advertising self-regulation issues.
European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA)
The European Association of Communications Agencies is the sole central representative for the European agency industries. The association has complete coverage of all the leading International Agencies active in Europe, with all EU member states represented by National Agency Associations and with a vast majority of Media Specialist agencies as (relatively new) members.
European Magazine Media Association
EMMA, represents more than 15.000 publishing houses across Europe, publishing more than 50.000 magazine titles. EMMA promotes Europe’s magazine media in times of change, to ensure the long-term survival and prosperity of a plural, diverse, and economically successful magazine media in the EU.
European Group of Television Advertising (EGTA)
The EGTA (European Group of Television Advertising) is a trade association
based in Brussels. It gathers 39 sales houses and/or commercial departments which, on behalf of over 85 television channels spread across 26 Europeancountries (+ Korea), collect well over 15 billion Euro, thus representing more than 60% of all TV advertising investment in Europe. Through the years EGTA has clearly become the reference centre for advertising in Europe.
European Newspaper Publishers Association (ENPA)
The ENPA represents the national publishing associations at European Level. ENPA works towards ensuring a sympathetic European legislative and economic environment, as these are indispensable conditions for the development of an independent newspaper industry.
Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA)
FEDMA is the single voice of the European direct marketing industry. Its national members are direct marketing associations (DMAs) representing users, service providers and media/carriers of direct marketing. FEDMA also has more than 350 direct company members.
Federation of European Publishers (FEP)
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) is an independent, non commercial umbrella association of book publishers associations in states of the European Union. It first saw the light of day – under a different name- on 19th January 1967.
Interactive Advertising Bureau Europe (IAB)
The pan-European body that represents Europe’s interactive media industry. Established in 1997 with extensive operation and teams in 12 European countries, the IAB’s activities are structured around five key programmes of research, marketing standards, public affair and training. Together with its members – companies and national trade associations – IAB Europe represents over 5,500 organisations
World Federation of Advertisers (WFA)
The mission of the World Federation of Advertisers is to create an environment of free and legitimate commercial communication guided by responsible self-regulation and which stimulates maximum effectiveness of ad spend and favours commercial transparency with communication agencies and consultancies.