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According to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, house prices rose by 2.9% in the euro area and by 3.8% in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter of the previous year. Compared with the third quarter of 2015, house prices remained stable in the euro area and rose by 0.2% in the EU in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The Single Market is one of Europe’s greatest achievements. However the European Commission is seeking to make it work better and in October 2015 published its roadmap to deliver on President Juncker’s political commitment to unleash its full potential.
On 16 February the Commission launched its first strategy to tackle the use of energy in the heating and cooling sector. Heating and cooling accounts for 50% of the EU’s energy consumption and renewables account for just 18% of this. The strategy includes plans to boost the energy efficiency of buildings, improve linkages between electricity systems and district heating systems which will greatly increase the use of renewable energy, and encourage reuse of waste heat and cold generated by industry. It is part of the Commission’s Energy Union Strategy, launched one year ago, and aims to reduce energy demand and better manage supplies from external sources.
Figures released by Eurostat on 20 January show that, in the third quarter of 2015 compared with the third quarter of 2014, house prices rose by 2.3% in the euro area and by 3.1% in the EU. Compared with the second quarter of 2015, house prices rose by 1% in the euro area and by 1.3% in the EU in the third quarter of 2015.
From January 18th estate agents will be amongst the first professions able to apply for a European Professional Card EPC). The other professions included in the first group to benefit from the EPC are general care nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists and mountain guides. The aim of the EPC is to make it easier for professionals to offer services throughout the EU by simplifying the procedure for getting their professional qualifications recognised in another EU country.