European Commission

A new chapter in EU-Africa partnership

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Europe is seeking to open a new chapter in EU - Africa partnership, by fostering relations with its "sister continent" as Ursula von der Leyen called Africa, during her second visit to Ethiopia’s capital,...

EU’s trade chief sees opportunity for “mini-deal” with the US

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The European Union's Trade Chief Phil Hogan has said he is optimistic about coming to an agreement with the US on a “mini deal” trade deal after Washington opted to hold off on introducing...

Commissioner Johansson sees new ways of managing migration

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"I want to restart the EU's migration debate from the scratch," said EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson during her short visit to Malta on Tuesday, amid preparations of EU's New Pact on...

COVID-19: EU advances efforts to tackle outbreak, pledges €232 million aid

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EU's Health Chief, Stella Kyriakides and Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič announced on Monday that €232 million will be allocated by the European Commission to halt the spread of Coronavirus, amid growing fears...

Opaque EU agencies and the black box of EASME

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The European Commission is a dense and complex structure, and only the very knowledgeable insiders are able to grasp the network of interconnections that exists and makes the whole institution tick. Those who know about...

EU invests more than €100 mln in new LIFE Programme for green projects

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The European Union will invest €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action, the European Commission said on 17 February. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment...

SolarPower Europe, RGI, WindEurope, smartEn discuss climate neutrality goals

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Leading associations of the energy transition – smartEn, SolarPower Europe, the Renewables Grid Initiative (RGI), and WindEurope issued a declaration in Brussels on 18 February that sets clear policy recommendations to boost the renewables...

Expansion of renewables, storage, interconnectors key to deliver EU’s Green Deal

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BRUSSELS – Europe is not building enough new wind farms to deliver the EU’s Green Deal goal, WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson told New Europe on 18 February. “Europe now gets 15% of its electricity...

EU’s Court of Auditors says Commission should update nuclear-safety rules

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The European Commission has met its responsibilities on legislation and oversight of nuclear safety across Europe, but more steps are required to improve the overall legal framework and internal guidelines, the European Court of...

Facial recognition technology breaches GDPR says Vestager

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Margrethe Vestager, EU's tech chief Margrethe Vestager said on Thursday that facial recognition technologies breach the need to give consent, which is stipulated in Europe's data protection rules (GDPR). However, the Commissioner backed their use in case...

EU Ombudsman to investigate Commission’s backing of gas projects

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European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly announced on Thursday she has opened an investigation into the European Commission’s so-called list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs), as the EC gave last week its formal backing on 32 major...

Munich Bacchanalian surprises

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At the Munich Security Conference 2020, two reality-altering messages were sent back to Southeastern Europe, which incidentally was not the core focus of this year’s conference. One of those shocks was a US-sponsored agreement to...

Zuckerberg meets EU Commissioners ahead of antitrust proposals

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Chairman and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg will meet on Monday Europe's tech chief, Margrethe Vestager along with Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton and EU Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová, days before the EU Commission...

Yemen is the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis, Commissioner for Crisis Management Lenarčič says

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"Yemen is the world's biggest humanitarian crisis," declared Janez Lenarčič, EU Commissioner for Crisis Management, on Wednesday, prior to a Senior Officials Meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The meeting that was hosted in Brussels...

Europe’s pledge to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation worldwide

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Europe's commitment to the fight against the brutal practice of female genital mutilation that thousands of young girls find themselves the victims of remains unquestioned, however, ending female circumcision is a huge challenge for...

Von der Leyen calls for an EU budget that “delivers” on European concerns

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"Ι will not accept any result which does not guarantee that at least 25% of the budget is devoted to the fight against climate change," Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission said...

Cyprus, Portugal among states rebuked by EU over delays in money-laundering reforms

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Legal warnings have been sent to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain over delays in turning anti-money laundering rules into national laws, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The 27 EU states adopted the 5th...

Commission calls on Romania, Greece and Malta to adopt national air pollution control programmes

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Romania, Greece and Malta need to adopt their first national air pollution control programmes to limit their annual emissions, according to a warning issued by the European Commission on Wednesday. So far, the three countries have failed...

EU’s chief von der Leyen to testify at German defence inquiry

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EU Commission's chief Ursula von der Leyen testifies on Thursday before a German parliamentary committee investigating possible wrongdoing from her side, related to the award of contracts to external experts, while serving in her previous post...

EU to suspend some of Cambodia trade benefits over human rights

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The European Union will partially suspend the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade privileges Cambodia is enjoying because of systematic violations of human rights, the European Commission said on Wednesday. Cambodia will lose about 20% of the...

EU clears the acquisition of OLT by SNAM and FSI

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The European Commission said on 12 February the acquisition of joint control over OLT Offshore LNG Toscana (OLT) of Italy by SNAM of Italy and First State Investments International (FSI) of the UK complies...

Acquisition of Eneco by Mitsubishi Corporation gets EU approval

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The acquisition of Eneco Group of the Netherlands by Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) of Japan complies with EU merger regulation, the European Commission said on 10 February. Eneco is active in the production and storage of...

Brussels chief Brexit negotiator slams UK PM for backlashing on EU rules

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Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator heavily criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for saying that he will not follow "high-alignment" EU rules now that the country has officially left the bloc. Barnier said...

EU’s health chief Kyriakides meets China’s ambassador to the EU for updates on Coronavirus

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While the number of confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of Coronavirus still remains low across the bloc, the EU's health chief, Stella Kyriakides met on Monday with the Head of China's Mission to the EU,...

EU energy commissioner discusses European Energy policy in Denmark

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EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson visited Denmark on 6 and 7 February as part of the Commission’s drive to promote the European Green Deal and engage with citizens and stakeholders. Simson kicked off her Denmark...

Spanish energy company CEPSA to become greener with EU help

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is providing €60 million in financing to Spanish energy company CEPSA to develop and implement more sustainable and efficient technologies in its production process, the European Commission said. The chemicals...

Europe installs 3.6 GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2019

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Europe installed 3.6 GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2019, statistics released on 6 February by WindEurope showed. This is a new record in annual installations. According to WindEurope, 10 new offshore wind farms...

EU launches €75 million BlueInvest Fund to protect oceans, seas and coasts

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During the BlueInvest Day conference in Brussels, European Investment Bank (EIB) Vice-President Emma Navarro and EU Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius have launched a €75 million equity investment fund for the blue...

EBRD funds electric public transport in Sarajevo to tackle air pollution

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said on 5 February the bank is financing major investments to improve public transport in Sarajevo, with CO2 emission reductions likely to exceed 30%, in an...

EU Commissioner for Equality Dalli pledges to advance LGBTI rights in the EU

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Speaking in the European Parliament on Tuesday, Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality said that the EU Commission will place advancement of LGBTI rights on top of its agenda, and slammed Poland's creation of LGBTI...

France scores victory on Enlargement rules

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The EU Commission released new proposed rules on February 5 which substantially modify the current Enlargement process but also allow EU member states to stop any accession aspirant seen as unreliable in accession negotiations...

EU Commission approves €223 million fund to boost ultrafast broadband in Greece

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The European Commission approved on Friday a €223 million funding of an ultrafast broadband project in Greece that will provide fast internet access to almost 11 million users across the country and in particular to...

EU mobilises €10 million for Coronavirus outbreak research

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The European Commission announced on Friday it will grant €10 million for research into Coronavirus, from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, amid intensification of the disease's outbreak. EU's top executive body has launched an emergency...

Polish cities to modernise heating distribution networks with EU help

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The heating distribution operators of two Polish cities - Bydgoszcz and Lublin - have signed two financing agreements with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance their modernisation programmes. This project will result in energy...

EU clears acquisition of joint control over SET by STEAG and OYAK

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The proposed acquisition of joint control over STEAG Enerji Ticareti ve Hizmetleri (SET) of Turkey by STEAG of Germany and Ordu Yardimlasma Kurumu (OYAK) of Turkey complies with EU merger regulation, the European Commission...

Von der Leyen’s deSelmayrisation of the European Commission

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Cut off the head of the snake, and the body will die, the old adage goes. In the European Commission, the process is a little bit slower than that. The start happened, when Martin...

Morocco’s wind farms alternative energy idea for EU

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TANGIER, Morocco – At the gateway to Tangier, the strong wind blowing on the corridor from Gibraltar between Europe and Africa powers the long line of wind turbines along the mountain ridge with dramatic...