European Commission

EU’s Copernicus satellite maps to assist Turkey’s Civil Protection Services after 5.7 earthquake

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Following a request by Turkey after the 5.7 magnitude earthquake, the European Commission is providing Turkey with Copernicus emergency satellite maps, according to the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides. The...

Sweden’s Johansson tapped as ninth woman nominated for EU College of Commissioners

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The Swedish government has decided to nominate its Labour Minister Ylva Johansson as the country's candidate to be a part of European Commission President-elect Ursula von Der Leyen’s incoming College of Commissioners. Johansson is one...

EU integrates geographic indication registry for food and alcohol products

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The European Commission has launched eAmbrosia, the EU's Geographical Indication Register, which will give easy access to information on all geographically indicated products regardless of whether they have published or registered. First launched by the...

EU expects from Turkey to prevent forced Syria returns against non-refoulement principle

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The European Commission appeared “confident” on Tuesday, that Turkey will "take any appropriate action" if allegations are true that Syrian refugees had been sent back to the war-torn country. Amid reports in EU media that...

Bosnia’s authorities draw cautious praise from Brussels after agreeing to form Council of Ministers

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Nearly 10 months after Bosnia and Herzegovina's last round of elections, the leaders of country's three main ethnoreligious groups finally reached an agreement to form a central government on 4 August, news that the...

EU directive on parental leave enters into force challenging fathers to share family burden

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The enter into force of the directive on work-life balance for parents entered into force on 1 August, aiming to allow couples to share parental leave. Since the entry into force, the EU member states...

EU Commission warns of significant disruption from hard Brexit

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The European Commission reiterated its openness and readiness to hold talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to avoid a hard Brexit that would cause significant economic disruption, of a larger extent to the...

Czech PM pushes for Jourova to remain as EU Commissioner

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During a meeting between Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and future EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the former continued to push for Vera Jourova, the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,...

Von der Leyen visits Zagreb as she vows to back Croatia’s euro and Schengen...

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Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission's President-elect, is continuing her tour of the bloc's capitals has visited Zagreb to meet with Croatia's Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic. "Following my visits to Berlin, Paris and Warsaw...

Japan and Europe jointly launch three Erasmus Mundus graduate programmes

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Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the European Commission have teamed up to offer three Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships. "I am confident that the three Joint Master Programmes...

President-elect von der Leyen meets Orban in Brussels

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The President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen met with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Brussels where the two discussed her plans for climate protection, economic, migration policy, and the role...

Germany is the top beer producer; Dutch are number 1 in terms of exports

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According to data by Eurostat to coincide with international beer day, Germany is the biggest producer of the much-loved beverage, with production hitting 8.3 billion litres in 2018, figures that represent 21% of the...

When an independent competition authority becomes politicised – The troubling example of Greece

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In recent months, the Greek Competition Authority (HCC) has been in turmoil over the appointment of Vassiliki Thanou at the helm of the Agency, amid heavy criticism that her selection was politically-motivated. And while...

East Med Gas Forum wants worldwide upgrade

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Energy ministers of the East Med Gas Forum (EMGF) met in Egypt on 25 July, agreeing to access the possible upgrade of the forum to the level of an international organisation, the first of...

Eurozone members’ economic sentiment declined in July

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The European Commission’s monthly sentiment survey showed the overall index for the 19 member states of the Eurozone at 102.7 points in July, down from 103.3 in June and 105.2 in May. The summer’s expected...

More than 130 illegal migrants are stuck in a Sicilian port

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An Italian coastguard vessel was stranded in the Mediterranean Sea with more than 130 illegal migrants aboard after the Italian government refused to let 130 illegal migrants to disembark in Sicily. The authorities, however, later allowed the vessel...

EU’s Budget Commissioner opens consulting firm in Hamburg

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European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger will become an independent business and political consultant in Hamburg after the end of his term in office. Oettinger and his partner, the Hamburg event manager Friederike Beyer, will jointly run the firm together and...

Nord Stream-2 calls on EU court to annul ‘discriminatory measures’

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Nord Stream-2, the company building a controversial second pipeline from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea, brought an action on 25 July for annulment before the Court of Justice of the European Union. “Nord...

A year after Trump-Juncker meeting, the European Commission assesses joint trade statement

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One year after US President Donald J. Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s joint statement on trade, part of the two side's attempt to ease trade tensions, the EU executive has released a...

Juncker tells Johnson Brexit deal won’t change

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has told the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a day after the latter succeeded Theresa May at 10 Downing Street, that Brussels will not reopen Brexit negotiations and reiterated that the deal...

Six EU nations will implement energy efficiency regulations

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The European Commission has requested Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom to request that the community energy efficiency regulations be transposed according to the bloc's rules. The 2012 directive establishes a common framework for measures to...

Commission gives boost to farmers to help with drought

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Farmers affected by drought will be able to ask for larger advances in EU aid for direct payments and payments for rural development, according to a statement by the European Commission on 25 July. Agriculture...

Brussels warns that several EU members could be sent to Court of Justice over...

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The European Commission has threatened 19 of the EU's 28 members that they could be sent to the bloc's Court of Justice if they continue to fail at cracking down on the sale of firearms. Brussels signalled out Cyprus,...

Greece and Spain referred to EU Court for failing to enact Personal Data Protection...

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The European Commission on Thursday announced that it will refer Greece and Spain to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to enforce the bloc's Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive. According to a decision granted by the Council and the...

Ilze Juhansone to serve as interim EU Secretary General

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Latvia's former permanent representative to the European Union, Ilze Juhansone, has been named interim Secretary-General of the European Commission, following the departure of Martin Selmayr, a close all of outgoing Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, from...

Selmayr appointed head of EU representation in Vienna, remains as ‘special adviser’ to Juncker

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The outgoing Secretary-General of the European Commission, Martin Selmayr, has been appointed to Vienna as head of the EU’s delegation in Austria while also being named as a special advisor to EU President Jean-Claude Juncker. Before taking up...

Timmermans says no-deal Brexit would be a tragedy

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The European Commission reacted to the choice of Boris Johnson as the newly-elected head of the Conservatives, making him the UK's newest prime minister, by reiterating its well-worn line that a no-deal Brexit would be the worst...

EU’s Weyand sees “little movement” in tariffs reduction talks with the US

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Sabine Weyand, the European Commission's new Director-General of Trade, and the ex-deputy negotiator on Brexit said that that there was not much movement thus far when it comes to trade talks on reduced industrial...

Commission to provide €171.7 million to Poste Italiane

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The European Commission has paid out nearly €172 million in compensation to Italy's Poste Italiane for its distribution of newspapers and publications from book publishers and non-profit organisations at reduced rates. As the country's largest provider of postal...

Brussels to further scrutinise China’s intelligence law on 5G

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The European Union must take China's national intelligence law into account when deciding on the construction of 5G networks in Europe, said EU Commissioner for Security, Julian King, on Friday. The EU is currently working...

Selmayr’s replacement for EU Secretary-General post to be decided next week

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The resignation of Martin Selmayr as Secretary-General of the European Commission will be decided by the College of Commissioners next week, according to the new chief spokesperson of the European Commission, Mina Andreeva. "President Juncker informed the...

Margaritis Schinas – Greece’s nominee for European Commissioner

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Margaritis Schinas, the current Chief Spokesperson for the European Commission, now finds himself as newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' after the latter tapped the veteran Brussels-based politician to represent his country in Commission President-elect Ursula von...

EU introduces annual ‘rule of law review cycle’

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A yearly "rule of law review cycle" to help stop countries such as Hungary, Poland, and Romania from backsliding on EU norms that have been introduced by the European Commission. The process would see EU...

Amazon faces EU antitrust investigation

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The European Union is launching an antitrust probe into how Amazon uses data from independent retailers who use its marketplace as an intermediate platform. In a statement on Wednesday, the European Commission's top antitrust official, Margrethe...

Ursula von der Leyen is the new president-elect of the European Commission

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Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's current defence minister, has won the backing of enough Members of the European Parliament to be named the president-elect of the European Commission. The 60-year old, Brussels-born German, a close ally...

Von der Leyen’s bid for the European Commission shakes grand-coalition government in Germany

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Ursula von der Leyen cannot hope for German solidarity in her bid to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the President of the next European Commission. The European Parliament votes on the nomination Tuesday and Von der...

Frontex says the number Migrants arriving via the Central Mediterranean route is on the...

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The number of illegal border crossings on Europe’s main migratory routes rose by 6% from the previous month to around 8,300, according to European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex. The agency regularly updates its...