European Commission

Brussels steps up disinformation fight, Facebook warns of free expression

-
Facebook has warned over freedom of expression as the European Union considers measures to stop disinformation campaigns across online platforms. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s VP for Global Affairs warned that in the online world, “the scope...

EU companies must be ones profiting from European data, Commissioner warns

-
The EU’s internal market Commissioner Thierry Breton said the bloc must ensure that Europe’s own companies are the ones capitalizing on data generated within its borders. During a conference in Germany, he said the Commission...

Artificial intelligence needs to be regulated, says new Google CEO

-
Alphabet and Google chief Sundar Pichai called for a global regulation of artificial intelligence at a conference in Brussels. "There is no question in my mind that artificial intelligence needs to be regulated. The question...

Former EU diplomat loses security clearance over allegations of spying for China

-
A German diplomat suspected of working as a secret agent for China had his security clearance revoked and was recalled from his job as EU ambassador to South Korea. Last week, German prosecutors said they...

EU should consider sending troops to Libya, Borrell says

-
The European Union’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell suggested an EU military mission to protect cease-fire in Libya. “If there is a cease-fire in Libya, then the EU must be prepared to help implement and...

The road ahead for the Green Deal

-
Becoming the world's first carbon-neutral bloc by 2050 requires more than mobilising €1 trillion in sustainable investments over the next decade. If Europe wants to leave no one behind during the transition and have...

East Med Gas Forum makes Cairo HQ

-
Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan and Palestinian Authority signed in Cairo on 16 January the East Med Gas Forum (EMGF) foundation charter, creating a platform for East Mediterranean natural gas cooperation. Cairo will be...

Commission asks EU’s top court to suspend chamber disciplining Polish judges

-
The European Commission decided on Tuesday to ask the European Court of Justice (CJEU) to temporarily suspend the functioning of the disciplinary chamber of Poland’s Supreme Court, after CJEU ruled in December that the...

Commission says Portugal fails to meet EU fiscal targets

-
The EU Commission told Portugal that its draft budget for 2020 was at risk of breaking EU fiscal rules because of insufficient progress in reducing its structural deficit. Even though the country’s debt is falling,...

Sale of Piraeus Bank’s Bulgarian subsidiary to Eurobank did not breach EU state aid...

-
After examining a complaint received in January 2019 that led to the opening of a formal investigation procedure, the European Commission confirmed on Wednesday the compliance of the sale of Piraeus Bank's Bulgarian subsidiary...

Former EU diplomat suspected of spying for China

-
German prosecutors said they were investigating three people suspected of working as secret agents and spying for China. The suspects include a former EU diplomat. “We can confirm an investigation into suspected espionage” for Chinese...

Nordic countries disagree with EU over minimum wage

-
Nordic nations were not happy about the European Commission’s plans to introduce an EU-wide minimum wage framework. As they do not have a minimum wage, Denmark, Sweden and Finland fear the measure could undermine their...

US, Japan and EU target China with new WTO subsidy rules proposals

-
The European Union, Japan and the United States proposed new global subsidy rules on Tuesday, clearly pointing at China's state-supported economic model. During a Trilateral meeting held in Washington, D.C., Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Japan's...

Ukraine to boost renewables, energy efficiency with EU help

-
Ukraine can focus in developing the country’s renewable energy sector and improve the much-delayed energy efficiency now that the former Soviet republic has concluded the gas transit agreement with Russia, the European Union’s energy...

EU Commission provides €8.5 million to VET pilot projects in Africa and the Western...

-
The European Commission allocated on Monday €8.5 million for two pilot projects with Africa and one with the Western Balkans in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. The projects are expected to start their...

Commissioner urges EU to build up its digital sector

-
The European Union’s Commissioner for the internal market, Thierry Breton, said that, in order to not fall behind on its rivals, Europe needs to help its companies with their production and management of industrial...

Less than half of EU travellers are aware of passenger rights

-
The European Commission published on Monday the results of an Eurobarometer survey on passenger rights in the European Union, which found that only 43% of EU citizens who have travelled by air, long-distance rail, coach, ship...

In Abu Dhabi, Simson to discuss global efforts to deploy renewable energy

-
On 11-12 January, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson is expected to travel to Abu Dhabi to attend the 10th session of the IRENA Assembly. The Commissioner will hold a number of bilateral meetings with regional...

Climate Action: EIB finances 40 new electric trains in Italy

-
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided a €68 million loan to Ente Autonomo Volturno (EAV), Campania Region's railway management authority, to purchase 40 new electric trains, the European Commission said on 10 January....

Make Europe Relevant Again

-
It is increasingly clear that the European Union was not built to be a global actor. The EU is a strictly European idea, designed to bring peace and prosperity to a region ravaged by...

EIB funds to help finance electric and CNG buses in Spain

-
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has provided €27.5 million in financing to Spanish transport company Grupo Ruiz to replace its more polluting diesel buses with 32 electric and 141 compressed natural gas alternatives, the...

Putin, Erdogan launch TurkStream to Turkey, Southern Europe

-
Russia and Turkey launched the TurkStream gas pipeline on 8 January in a ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and Serbian President Aleksandar...

EU and Belarus sign visa and readmission agreements

-
On Wednesday, the European Union and Belarus signed an agreement on visa facilitation and readmission, after six years of negotiations, marking an important step in bilateral relations. The agreement was signed in Brussels by the...

EU vows to try to save nuke deal as Iran steps away after Soleimani...

-
The European Union said it will "spare no efforts” to keep the 2015 nuclear deal preventing Iran from developing atomic weapons. The head of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said its foreign policy...

Von der Leyen, Lagarde say 11 months is not enough for a EU-UK deal

-
The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, warned that the timeframe for a deal defining the post-Brexit relationship with the EU by the end of 2020 is too short. Britain leaves the...

Energean, DEPA sign EastMed pipeline gas purchase deal

-
ATHENS - Several hours before the leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed an intergovernmental agreement to construct the EU-backed gas pipeline, Energean and the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) inked a commercial...

Dancing around Turkey, Greek energy chief says EastMed deal game changer

-
ATHENS – An agreement between Greece, Israel and Cyprus to build an undersea pipeline to carry gas from new offshore deposits in the southeastern Mediterranean to Europe, is not against any other country and...

Steinitz confident Israel and Cyprus can supply EastMed pipeline

-
ATHENS – Israel and Cyprus have enough gas to fill the proposed EastMed natural gas pipeline from the East Mediterranean to Europe, Israel’s Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz told New Europe in an interview in...

It’s final! Russia’s Gazprom, Ukraine’s Naftogaz will keep EU supply flowing

-
Russian gas monopoly Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz said they have finalised the contracts ensuring uninterrupted transit of Russian natural gas to Europe. On 30 December, representatives of Naftogaz, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU)...

EU seeks reset in trade talks with US, says trade chief

-
The European Union’s trade commissioner, Phil Hogan, said he was seeking to reset trade relations with the United States during a visit in Washington in January. “We agreed to meet in Washington in mid-January to...

Acquisition of certain Senvion assets by Siemens Gamesa gets EU nod

-
The acquisition of sole control over certain assets belonging to Senvion of Germany by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy of Spain complies with EU Merger Regulation, the European Commission has said. The Senvion assets comprise a...

11 migrants found in refrigerated truck in Germany

-
11 migrants were freed from a refrigerated truck reportedly loaded with fruit, at a highway service station in Bavaria, Germany’s police said. Officials say they found the migrants after hearing knocking sounds coming from the...

EU allocates further €10 million to address Rohingya crisis

-
The European Commission announced on 23 December it is allocating a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis across Myanmar's Northern Rakhine State and the border district of Cox's Bazar...

Germany helps broker Russian gas transit deal via Ukraine to EU

-
Following intense negotiations, Russian, Ukrainian representatives have reached an agreement in principle in Berlin on 19 December to continue the transit of Russian gas through Ukrainian territory. The talks were held at the German...

EU hopes for deal at political trilateral gas talks with Russia and Ukraine

-
On 19 December, the next round of trilateral talks at political level with Russia and Ukraine on the long-term transit of gas through Ukraine post-2019 will take place in Berlin with European Commission Vice...

EU legislation on urban waste water fit for purpose but overhaul needed

-
An evaluation of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive concludes that it is overall fit for purpose although there is room to enhance its positive effects and to step up its implementation in a...

Czech Republic to develop greener railway transport with EU help

-
The Czech Republic’s plans to purchase 36 electric units for high-speed railway passenger transport in South Moravia got a boost on 16 December after the European Commission approved an investment of over €223 million...