European Commission

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...

Airbnb to respect Commission demands on accommodation offers

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The global shared economy online accommodation platform Airbnb has given in to pressure from the European Commission pressure and will change the way it advertises the fees for its popular room-booking service, in order...

The name is Ambassador. EU Ambassador.

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It's very cool to have a great twitter handle. Typically, for the European Commission politicians, and civil servants you would expect to find something that combines ones name with the letters EU. Or maybe...

EU Commission president nominee says Brexit could be delayed a third time

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Ursula von der Leyen, the European Council’s favourite to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president, said on Wednesday that the UK could be granted another extension, meaning Brexit could be delayed for a third time. Von...

EU confident new Greek government will fulfill all commitments

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Just when new Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was being sworn-in, questions on whether the new conservative government will respect the fiscal agreements made by the outgoing administration of Alexis Tsipras. Greece's conservative New Democracy...

EU finds compromise to maintain status quo

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The heads of state, key political actors and Brussels-watchers alike will tell anyone who cared enough to follow the European Union’s top jobs saga (that is, not the citizens of Europe). A pat on...

Commission prepares for von der Leyen transition

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A day after the European Council's decision on the EU's top jobs, the European Commission began to take the necessary steps for the transition to its next president, Ursula von der Leyen. "Previous experience has shown that it is necessary...

Juncker: Decision for Ursula von der Leyen’s nomination was not very transparent

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European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, says that the appointment of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as his successor, was not very transparent. The outgoing President of the EU's executive, said on Friday that the process...

Ursula von der Leyen meets Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels

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The EU-28 member states’ nominee to be the next European Commission, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, came to Brussels to meet the EU executive chief, Jean-Claude Juncker. "It was a friendly meeting between...

Italy avoids EU Excessive Deficit sanctions over high debt

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The European Commission has dropped its threat of taking disciplinary action against Italy after the Italian government tabled a substantial remedy package. Speaking on behalf of the European Commission, Pierre Moscovici told reporters in Brussels that an...

Weber drops EU top job bid as Europe’s leaders abandon Spitzenkandidat process

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The group president of the European People’s Party, Manfred Weber, has ended his bid to become president of the European Commission after the leaders of the EU moved to abandon the lead candidate, or Spitzenkandidaten, system. During the EPP Group...

EU-Mercosur sign landmark trade agreement

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After 20 years of talks, Europe and the South American customs union Mercosur have signed a sweeping free-trade deal worth almost €90 billion a year which will create a market for goods and services covering...

EU-Mercosur nearing agreement, while Macron warns Brazil on Paris Accord

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After several days of meetings and very long discussions, the EU might seem a step closer to Mercosur, on the ling-negotiated Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The meetings may be held at a ministerial level but...

Brussels tones down budget standoff with Rome

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 The European Union will allow Italy to increase its deficit if it helped the country’s economy,” Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday. The comments by the leader of the 5-Star Movement...

Making peace with violence and a disinformation machine

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On 24 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reinstalled Russia’s voting rights in the institution charged with upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The rights were suspended...

Vestager to be reappointed Commissioner by new Danish PM Frederiksen

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Margrethe Vestager, Denmark’s Competition Commission is set to remain in Brussels for another five-year term, according to the country’s new prime minister, Mette Frederiksen. Vestager may not come from Frederiksen’s party, but the former political...

Commission approves annual report on 2018 EU budget implementation

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The European Commission’s annual management and performance report (AMPE) for the EU Budget has been approved by the College of Commissioners. The priority for the 2018 budget was to build on the economic recovery, in...