European Commission

Tough close to second week of hearings for von der Leyen Commission

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The second week of the European Parliament’s confirmation hearings for the next European Commission came to an end on Tuesday 8 October. The process was marked by success all but one designate tapped by European...

Brussels intensifies its analysis of third-party cybersecurity threats in 5G networks

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5G networks are a key asset for Europe as it hopes to become a global leader in the cellular network technology sector as fifth-generation mobile networks become the backbone for a wide range of...

60% of Europeans are unaware of EU-funded regional projects

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Major deficiencies in the communication process between the EU, the bloc's 28 national governments, and the local authorities recently came to light when a Eurobarometer survey revealed that a whopping 60% of those who...

Europe needs to move quickly towards sustainability

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The EU must immediately move towards sustainability, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which also raised the alarm about the lack of political action and the slow pace in achieving the...

Their discontent, our problem

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If we have learnt anything from the last decade of European elections, it is that with all certainty we can say two things: (a) That European citizens are supportive of the European Union, and...

European Commission hearings: The winners and losers of week one

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At the end of the first week of public hearings of commissioners-designate, which was held between 30 September and 3 October, 19 candidates were up for their proposed posts. The last fortnight has had it...

EU Member States, corporates to help meet climate targets

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AMSTERDAM – The governments of the EU Member States need to be more specific about the detailed policy instruments they’re going to be pursuing to meet their climate targets, Wind Europe CEO Giles Dickson...

US gets WTO approval to introduce punitive tariffs on EU products over Airbus row

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The United States secured the approval of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to slap import tariffs on goods worth $7.5bn on Wednesday. The volume of the tariffs is not significant in its own right,...

Juncker responds to Johnson’s ‘problematic’ Brexit proposal: Solution must meet all backstop objectives

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In a call to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has made an initial response to the former's latest Brexit proposal which aims to deal with the issue of the border...

UK makes Brexit proposal to EU without ‘backstop’

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The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has written to European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, outlining his new plan for the Irish border, which has been the major sticking point in the negotiations for the UK's...

Romania to nominate new Commissioner

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Romania will propose a new EU commissioner designate, to replace Rovana Plumb, who was rejected by the European Parliament last week. The announcement by Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Monday should allow the new Ursula...

Urpilainen pushes for sustainable development and international cooperation

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Finland’s Commissioner-designate for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, appeared to have left a good impression on the EU’s Development Committee during her 1 October confirmation hearing when she indicated that the agenda for Europe’s 2030...

Social investment, sustainable economy dominate Schmit’s hearing at the EU Parliament

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Nicolas Schmit, the Luxembourgish politician who was tapped by incoming EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as Europe’s jobs chief, said during his confirmation hearing on 1 October that he is committed to...

Juncker Plan to support energy-efficient housing in Sweden

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The European Investment Bank announced on 30 September that it is providing €300 million of financing under the Juncker Plan's European Fund for Strategic Investments to the Swedish residential company Heimstaden Bostad, to develop...

Libra not likely to launch by 2020

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The launch of the Libra cryptocurrency is postponed, the head of the 28-member Libra Association Bertrand Perez told Reuters on Friday. “We knew that we would have to answer lots of questions coming from regulators...

The road ahead for the EU and Italy

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Interview with Antonio Tajani With the dust settling following the formation of a new pro-EU coalition government in Italy and the naming of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission the former President of the EU Parliament...

Von der Leyen faces dilemma as OLAF concludes Polish Commissioner-designate Wojciechowski must return €11,243

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The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has concluded its investigation of Polish Commissioner-designate Janusz Wojciechowski and recommended the European Parliament recover €11,243 that had been unduly paid to him while he was a Member of...

Google wins court battle against “right to be forgotten”

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The Google search engine has won a court battle in the European Court of Justice against the “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday. Google pitted the public’s “right to know” against the European Commissions advocacy...

MEDREG backs South Mediterranean energy regulatory reforms

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The future of energy cooperation in the Mediterranean was highlighted during a conference on MEDREG’s support to energy regulatory reforms in the Southern Mediterranean on 19 September 2019 in Brussels. The president of the Association...

The world has a moral responsibility to combat climate change

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Ignoring the thousands of people taking the streets each week demanding world leaders to keep the promises made when they signed the UN climate Paris Accord in 2015, would be not only an environmental...

Russia, Ukraine OK with EU law for gas transit

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On 19 September in Brussels, Russia, Ukraine and the European Commission held trilateral gas talks at a political level on the long-term transit of Russian gas via Ukraine to Europe as of next year...

EU Commission clears E.ON’s acquisition of Innogy under conditions

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Germany’s E.ON took a step closer on 17 September in acquiring Innogy’s distribution and consumer solutions business as well as certain of its electricity generation assets after the European Commission gave its approval but...

EU Court hears Apple’s €13bn tax bill case

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Representatives from Apple, Ireland and the EU appeared in front of the EU General Court in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Apple is contesting a 2016 order by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to pay back €13bn...

EU to help modernise Czech Republic’s electricity system

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In an effort to increase energy security in the Czech Republic, the European Union is investing more than €46 million from the European Regional Development Fund to modernise and extend the electricity substation of...

No breakthrough during Johnson-Juncker meeting in Luxembourg

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay met with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barmier on Monday in Luxembourg to discuss Britain's impending withdrawal from the bloc on...

EU wants progress in Russia-Ukraine gas talks

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The European Union will host a fresh round of Trilateral Gas Talks between Russia and Ukraine on 19 September in Brussels with European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič stressing that a solution needs to...

The mother of all hearings

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As soon as the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed on 10 September that Hungary’s former Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi was her proposed Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, alarm...

Juncker wants “European Way of Life” portfolio name to be changed

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Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing President of the European Commission, at his interview on Thursday morning at Euronews, weighed in the row over his past chief spokesperson’s new Vice-president portfolio “Protecting our European Way of...

New EU Commission President wants Green Deal to become Europe’s hallmark

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Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary-General in New York on 23 September, the European Commission on 11 September adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. European...

Official list: All the European Commission portfolio assignments

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European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, has made public the assignments of all the portfolios to the Commissioners-designate, completing the puzzle of the 2019-2024 college of Commissioners. The five vice-presidents named by von der Leyen...

New Commission needs to secure a zero-carbon target for 2050

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If the new European Commission is serious about decarbonising Europe's economy, it needs to take decisive action to secure a zero-carbon target for 2050, WindEurope said on 5 September. “Europe needs to start getting much...

EU remains in contact with Greece and Turkey as migration flow increases

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With scenes of Greek aid workers carrying out an emergency operation to evacuate 1,400 migrants from a dangerously overcrowded camp in the wake of the arrival of new refugees  on the North Aegean island...

Von der Leyen waits for an Italian decision to complete Commission puzzle

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Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is waiting for Italy to propose its candidate to the new College of Commissioners before she can move forward with making a final decision on who...

The Swiss expect ‘no deal’ with the EU before 2020

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Switzerland is unlikely to sign its own trade agreement with the EU prior to Brexit, according to Economy Minister Guy Parmelin. In a statement to Sonntags Zeitung, Parmelin expressed pessimism as social partners – unions,...

Can Ursula, be the emerging Margaret of Europe?

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The fact that in last spring’s European elections, Euroscepticism did not hit the record levels many were afraid of, does not mean that the danger is over. On the contrary, the threat is there...

The faces of the next College of Commissioners?

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Ursula von der Leyen’s future College of Commissioners is beginning to shape form as all but two – Italy and the UK – of the European Union’s 28 members have nominated candidates for the...

EU says Ukrainian pipeline still key conduit for Russian gas

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The European Union fully supports Ukraine as a stable and reliable transit route and will do its utmost to ensure that Ukraine remains an important transit route also after 2020, a EU energy spokeswoman...