European Commission

Wasting waste and wasting an opportunity

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The optics of it certainly look extraordinary: Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, aged 16, sat down with the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in February to discuss climate action. Two months later, in April,...

Baltic States grid will link up with EU via Poland

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Strengthening the EU Energy Union, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian PM Krišjānis Kariņš signed on 20 June the political...

As enlargement discussions freeze, aspirants twist in the wind

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Discussions in Luxembourg regarding EU enlargement in the Western Balkans made little headway this past week, despite the threat from North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that he would call elections if a date...

EU wants Member States to implement Paris agreement faster

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The Member States of the European Union needs to step up their efforts to meet the bloc’s climate objectives and implement the Paris Climate Agreement, according to report by the Commission published on 18...

EU and Japan to cooperate in clean energy transition and climate action

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At the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which took place in Karuizawa, the European Union and Japan agreed on 15 June to strengthen bilateral energy dialogue and cooperation on innovation for clean energy...

Malmström says EU-Mercosur trade agreement is close, but issues remain

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In what is seen by many of the EU’s farmers as the first test of the bloc’s desire to protect European agriculture, Brussels is continuing to negotiate with Mercosur countries to conclude a trade and association...

EU considers freezing Customs Union negotiations with Turkey

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Amid growing concerns about the aggressive offshore drilling activities that are currently being carried out near the Cypriot coast by the Turkish government, the European Union is mulling putting Ankara's accession chapters under discussion ahead of the European Council...

EU approves new stringent emission limits in Italian capacity mechanism

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The European Commission has approved the introduction of stringent CO2 emission limits in the Italian capacity mechanism, noting that the measure will contribute to ensuring security of supply and increase the level of environmental...

EU sees no decisions yet on Switzerland despite time constraints

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The European Commission may still have on the menu the state of play of the bloc’s relations with Switzerland, however, no decisions should be expected, the Commission's deputy spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said on Monday. The EU has to...

Aid for electricity production in Italy from renewables gets EU nod

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A scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources in Italy has been approved by the European Commission. Italy intends to introduce a new aid measure to support electricity production from renewable sources, such as...

Russian disinformation campaign targeted voters during EU elections

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The European Commission revealed that Russian sources attempted to suppress turnout and influence voters during last month’s EU elections that employed a continued and sustained disinformation activity by Russia that covered a broad range...

It’s high time for Plahotniuc to leave the scene

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From time to time the small, poor country of Moldova gets into the news headlines. So it was in 2009 when the parliament and presidency were burned in, up to now, unclear circumstances. Then...

Pressure mounts on Italy to reign in its budget

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Brussels is continuing to apply pressure on the Italian government as it hopes to force Italy into realigning its budgetary policy to meet the EU's fiscal compact requirements. “It is important to keep up with the commitments,”...

Don’t slow the flow: EU wants no snag in Russian gas via Ukraine

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As Nord Stream-2 builders are planning to finish the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany underneath the Baltic Sea by the end of the year, the European Commission wants Moscow to provide guarantees of...

Brussels says its ready for a no-deal Brexit

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The EU has said that it's ready for the UK to leave the bloc without a deal and isn't planning any further contingency measures, suggesting that a no-deal Brexit was “very much possible”. Updating the press on its latest contingency preparations, the...

Banks warn that online payment regulations threaten convenient services

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Europe’s lenders have warned the European Commission that the sector will not be prepared by a 14 September deadline to abide by new online payment regulations – the so-called Second Payment Services Directive – without...

Commission wants to finalise Eurozone reforms

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The Vice-President of the European Commission in Charge of the Euro, Social Dialogue, Financial Stability, and Financial Services Valdis Dombrovskis urged the 28 members of the bloc to finalise a package of long-needed reforms for the...

Macron to support Merkel if she seeks to become EU Commission president

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French President Emmanuel Macron will support German Chancellor Angela Merkel if she seeks to become president of the European Commission. Macron, speaking to Swiss French-language television RTS, said that though he could not speak...

Vice-President Dombrovskis renominated as Latvia’s EU Commissioner

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Latvia's cabinet of ministers has decided to re-nominate current European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis as Latvia's European Commissioner. The coalition parties of parties in the Baltic nation made the decision following an extensive meeting Dombrovskis had with...

Commission warns Tory leadership that Brexit deal won’t change

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The European Commission has made clear that the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU-27 will not change following the election of a new tenant at 10 Downing Street . With the Conservative...

Vestager insists she’s still a top candidate to become Commission head

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In an attempt to dismiss concerns over her candidacy to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, Danish-born Competition Commissioner, Margrethe Vestager, reaffirmed on Tuesday her desire to take the helm of the EU...

EU’s Vestager blocks Thyssenkrupp, Tata Steel merger

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The European Union's powerful antitrust authority blocked the merger of German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp with steel giant Tata in order to "avoid serious harm to European industrial customers and consumers” the European Commissioner for competition, Margrethe...

Russia hacked EU’s embassy in Moscow

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Kremlin-linked entities are believed to have been behind a sophisticated cyber espionage attack that targeted the European Union’s embassy in Moscow and stole highly sensitive material from the mission’s internal network just weeks before...

Enlargement, going back to square one

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North Macedonia and Albania are inexorably tied by the delay in their long course to join Europe, yet for different reasons. Albania has the perpetual problem of narcotics production that cannot be overcome unless Tirana...

The collapse of the ‘Big Tent’

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What are the first words that come to one’s mind when America’s tumultuous 1960s are mentioned? That decade saw social and societal change aplenty, on both sides of the Atlantic. With certainty, it is...

Did Weber unwittingly throw himself under the bus?

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Before all of the European election ballots have been counted and all of the new Members of the European Parliament seen their names in the official results, the EPP Group has already rushed to...

Zaev hints at early elections

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Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of North Macedonia hinted on 5 June, and again the next day, that he would consider calling early elections if the European Union does not provide the country with a...

ECJ dismisses Dalli’s case

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The European Union's General Court has dismissed a case filed by former European Commissioner John Dalli, who sought compensation for damages that he allegedly suffered after losing his position on the Commission in 2012. Dalli based his case on...

Commission warns Greece about complying with agreed fiscal targets

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Greece must comply with the fiscal targets that it agreed to with its creditors as part of its record-setting post-bailout procedure, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Wednesday in the wake of...

Italy faces EU sanctions due to excessive debt and deficit

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The European Commission formally put Italy on notice for its deteriorating deficit and huge accumulating debt, a move that re-opens a bitter battle between Brussels and the Italian coalition government. The EU executive officials that...

In defence of the Spitzenkandidaten process

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Emmanuel Macron is right when he does not trust that Manfred Werber would be a good President of the European Commission. I would certainly not vote for Weber: during his campaign he remained grey,...

EU probes support into Lithuanian state energy incumbent

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Concerned that Lithuanian support for Lietuvos Energija may have unduly favoured the company and distorted competition in the EU market, the European Commission opened an in-depth investigation to see the government’s decision to provide...

EU Data protection watchdog flags institution websites for GDPR issues

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A recent inspection by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) found that the websites of major EU institutions and bodies were far from secure in terms of data protection and data security issues. The EDPS inspected...

Cañete calls for establishing effective carbon markets

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International carbon markets and carbon pricing will play a major role in the fight against climate change and help advance ambitious climate action, Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said, adding: “But we...

Romania’s PM Dăncilă to meet with Juncker, Timmermans in Brussels

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Romania's Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă arrived in Brussels to meet with European Commission President Jean Claude Junker and First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, as well as the President of the Party of European Socialists, Serghei Stanișev. The meeting is scheduled and...

Avramopoulos visits Erdogan

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The EU's Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos is in Turkey to meet with Ankara's political leadership. Avramopoulos met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at an event closed to the press and...

Kosovo-Serbia relations again disrupted

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Raids by Kosovo police on 28 May in a large anti-corruption operation triggered a serious deterioration of already-strained Kosovo-Serbia relations in the following days, prompting significant engagement on the part of European and UN...