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State aid: Commission approves Austrian network reserve for ensuring security of electricity supply

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Austrian plans to establish a network reserve for the Austrian electricity market. The temporary measure will be in force until end 2025 and will contribute to safeguarding secure network operation and sufficient electricity supply […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia submit official recovery and resilience plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has received official recovery and resilience plans from Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. These plans set out the reforms and public investment projects that each Member State plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF […]

The European Commission and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and Austria are announcing today the conclusion of agreements for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans. The 651,000 BioNTech/Pfizer doses are funded by the European Commission and will be shared with the facilitation of Austria. The first delivery […]

EU Cohesion policy: first REACT-EU support measures for recovery and transition approved for the Netherlands and Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission approved the first decisions under REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe) involving a modification of four operational programmes for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the Netherlands and Austria that will increase the funding available for investments […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The package […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Today’s decision confirms the agreement in principle reached in […]

MEPs unanimously condemn recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EPs call for unity and a robust response to terror attacks, in parallel with additional efforts promoting fundamental freedoms and integration. In a debate with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, who announced upcoming EU initiatives such as strengthening Europol’s mandate and an action plan […]

State aid: Commission approves €150 million Austrian subordinated loan to compensate Austrian Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found an Austrian €150 million subordinated loan (convertible into a grant) in favour of Austrian Airlines AG to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at partly compensating the airline for the damages suffered due to […]

Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today referred Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the European Union, with a request for financial sanctions, for failing to fully implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4) into their national law.   Executive Vice-President […]

Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament on Wednesday approved €279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019. The report by José Manuel Fernandes, (EPP, PT) was adopted by 680 votes in favour, 7 against and 1 abstention, to allocate €279 […]

Austria, Italy, Portugal, Spain receive €279m after natural disasters in 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, Budgets Committee Members approved €279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019. The draft report by rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes, (EPP, PT), who recommended that the assistance be approved, was adopted by 38 […]

Indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits: Commission takes Austria to Court for discrimination

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU. The Commission considers that Austrian law on the indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits is not allowed under EU rules and is discriminatory. […]

Austria: reforms will be necessary to uphold high well-being levels

‌ This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Austria stands out for its high levels of economic and social well-being. Preserving these will require reforms to improve competition in the service sector, increase access to risk capital for firms of all sizes, encourage more women and migrants into the workforce and lengthen work […]

Austrian Presidency priorities discussed in committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers are being outlined to parliamentary committees by ministers, in a series of meetings. Austria is holding the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2018. Hearings take place between 9 and […]

Austria’s EU Presidency: Chancellor Sebastian Kurz aims to “build bridges”

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.  Borders, migration, the MFF, and enlargement were key issues in a debate with Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on the EU work programme for the rest of 2018. During its six-month presidency in the Council, the Austrian government intends primarily to promote stronger protection […]

Czech Babis, Austrian Kurz and others threaten Europe with nationalist populism

Andrej Babis, a media magnate and second wealthier Czech leading his anti-immigration, nationalist and populist ANO party, won last Sunday’s election, with around 30% of the vote. He is to become the next Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Babis did that on an anti-systemic Trump-like ticket. He was recently implicated in a tax fraud […]

Too Young to Feel Hopeless – Mental Health of the Youth and the Effects of COVID-19

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Carlotta Oltmanns, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Vienna in Austria. She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect […]

EU Cohesion policy on the front line of the recovery: €34 billion approved for regions and cities in just 4 months  

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the press conference for the launch of the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities 2021, the Commission took stock of the implementation of the Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe (REACT-EU). With €34.1 billion approved and €3.5 billion […]

Consumer protection: Airlines commit to timely reimbursement after flight cancellations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following dialogues with the Commission and national consumer protection authorities, 16 major airlines have committed to better information and timely reimbursement of passengers in case of flight cancellations. The Commission had alerted the Consumer Protection Cooperation (CPC) enforcement authorities in December 2020 to address […]

Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications. These Member States are required to transpose into their national laws two new sets of rules, without […]

2021 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

STRENGTHENING THE SOUL OF OUR UNION Introduction Mr President,Honourable Members, Many are the people who feel their lives have been on pause while the world has been on fast forward. The speed of events and the enormity of the challenges are sometimes difficult to grasp. This has also been a time of soul-searching. From people […]

European Year of Rail: Connecting Europe Express now leaving the station

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The ‘Connecting Europe Express’, a special train put together as part of the European Year of Rail 2021, will pull out of Lisbon train station on 2 September. It will stop in more than 100 towns and cities during its five-week journey, before arriving […]

State aid: Commission gives green light to new synthetic securitisation product under the European Guarantee Fund to further support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak in 22 Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, the introduction of a new  product in the the form of guarantees on synthetic securitisation tranches under the European Guarantee Fund managed by the European Investment Bank Group (consisting of the European Investment Bank, “EIB” […]

Forest fires: EU continues to mobilise assistance for Greece and other countries in region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism continues to channel support to help combat unprecedented forest fires in Greece and the rest of the Mediterranean. Following requests from Greece, North Macedonia, Albania, Italy and Turkey, the European Union has now helped mobilise 14 firefighting planes, 3 […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Kustomer by Facebook

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Kustomer by Facebook under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would reduce competition in the market for the supply of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) […]

Coronavirus: EU supports Member States with transport of essential supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission continues to provide further financial support to six Member States through the Mobility Package of the Emergency Support Instrument amounting to over €14 million, for the transport of COVID-19 vaccination-related equipment and COVID-19 therapeutics. This comes on top of the €150 million […]

Commission opens infringement procedures against 12 Member States for not transposing EU rules banning unfair trading practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission opened infringement procedures against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector. The Directive on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain, adopted on 17 April 2019, ensures protection of […]

Migration: EU helps channel humanitarian support to migrants in Lithuania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request for assistance from Lithuania, the European Commission is helping European countries send support through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Lithuania asked for help following increased arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania […]

This is the most popular type of home in Europe right now

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Simon Torkington, Senior Writer, Formative Content Almost half the population of the European Union lives in apartments. Seven out of 10 people in EU member states own their house or flat. But across Europe and indeed the world, […]

Repairing – not recycling – is the first step to tackling e-waste from smartphones. Here’s why.

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mo Chatterji, Project Fellow, Scale360° and Senior Consultant at Kearney, World Economic Forum As smartphone sales have skyrocketed, so has the device’s contribution to waste streams and carbon emissions. Manufacturers will need to conserve resources as 6 of […]

EU supporting Belgium with flood response

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated to tackle heavy floods, following a request for assistance from Belgium on 14 July 2021. In an immediate response, a flood rescue team and a helicopter have been mobilised from France to assist with local rescue […]

Is the internet really more effective at radicalizing people than older media?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: John Letzing, Digital Editor, Strategic Intelligence, World Economic Forum & Andrew Berkley, Lead, Immersive Technology and Content, World Economic Forum Researchers have now been studying the internet’s role in radicalization for decades. The World Economic Forum created a […]

European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe’s innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014. There is continued convergence within the EU, with lower performing countries growing faster […]