‘Eco-shaming’ is on the rise, but does it work?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Paul Stokes, Co-founder, Managed Security Forum, Prevalent AI How are your green credentials? Unless they’re whiter than white, you may encounter a new phenomenon: ‘eco-shaming’. With environmental activism on the rise this year as the consequences of climate […]

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. Hong Kong The European Parliament calls on the Hong Kong government (HKSAR) to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments […]

Venezuela: European Parliament calls for additional sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the third time this year, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation in Venezuela, expressing its deep concern at the severe state of emergency In accordance with the latest report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, MEPs hold Nicolás Maduro directly […]

Mergers: Commission clears Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s cable business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition by Vodafone of Liberty Global’s cable business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Vodafone. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge […]

Fighting forest fires in Europe – how it works

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Every year there are devastating forest fires in Europe, destroying thousands of hectares of forests. Although the South European countries are at a higher risk, no European country is immune. When a forest fire gets too big for a country to extinguish it on […]

European Union presents its progress towards sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York, the EU reaffirmed its strong commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a shared global roadmap for a peaceful and prosperous world, with human […]

EU–Canada Summit: strengthening the rules-based international order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the 17th Summit between the European Union and Canada held today in Montreal, the EU and Canada reaffirmed their determination to jointly address global challenges in a manner that strengthens the rules based international order, benefits citizens, and protects the planet by delivering […]

Antitrust: Commission fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for engaging in predatory pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €242 million for abusing its market dominance in 3G baseband chipsets. Qualcomm sold below cost, with the aim of forcing its competitor Icera out of the market. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of […]

Strengthening the rule of law through increased awareness, an annual monitoring cycle and more effective enforcement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the lessons learnt since 2014 and detailed consultations since April this year, the Commission has today decided on a series of measures to further strengthen the rule of law in Europe. Over the past five years, the European Commission has had to […]

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the […]

Finnish Council Presidency priorities debated in plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs discussed the priorities of the incoming Finnish presidency with Prime Minister Antti Rinne and Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen. In his speech, Prime Minister Antti Rinne outlined that climate leadership, common values and the rule of law, competitiveness and social inclusion, and comprehensive security […]

Parliament’s interparliamentary delegations established

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament will have 44 interparliamentary delegations this legislative term, maintaining relations with parliamentarians in other countries, regions and organisations. MEPs voted on the composition of interparliamentary delegations on Wednesday at midday. The proposal put forward by Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (i.e. the EP President […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping […]

Parliament elects Ursula von der Leyen as first female Commission President

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. With 383 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Ursula von der Leyen President of the next European Commission in a secret ballot on 16 July. She is set to take office on 1 November 2019 for a five-year term. There were 733 votes […]

The 2019 European elections: A pro-European – and young – electorate with clear expectations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament publishes first results of its post-electoral Eurobarometer survey. A significant increase in young people with a pro-European mind-set cast a vote in the 2019 European elections, according to an in-depth Eurobarometer survey across all 28 member states. Conducted in the weeks after […]

EU-U.S. trade talks: milestone reached in mutual recognition on pharmaceuticals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and the United States delivered on a significant element of the Joint Statement agreed by Presidents Juncker and Trump in July 2018. The positive transatlantic trade agenda established in the Joint Statement includes a commitment from both sides to reduce […]

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission announced today that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law. This follows the […]

Summer 2019 Economic Forecast: Growth clouded by external factors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is set for its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2019, with all Member States’ economies due to expand. Growth in the euro area was stronger than expected in the first quarter of the year due to a number of temporary […]

Mergers: Commission approves GlaxoSmithKline’s acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Health Business, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Pfizer’s Consumer Health Business by GlaxoSmithKline. The decision is conditional upon the global divestment of Pfizer’s topical pain management business carried out under the ThermaCare brand. GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) and Pfizer’s Consumer Health Business […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Sanrio €6.2 million for restricting cross-border sales of merchandising products featuring Hello Kitty characters

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Sanrio €6.2 million for banning traders from selling licensed merchandise to other countries within the EEA. This restriction concerned products featuring Hello Kitty or other characters owned by Sanrio. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said:“Today’s decision confirms […]

EU-Ukraine Summit: moving forward together in solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, at the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and shared commitment to a comprehensive reform agenda. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk represented the European Union alongside the President of […]

Mergers: Commission approves the acquisition of Flybe by Connect Airways, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of UK regional air carrier Flybe by Connect Airways, a consortium by Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Aviation and Cyrus. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Connect Airways. Today’s […]

Central Asia: the European Union matches political commitment with further concrete support

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To underpin the European Union’s political commitment and kick-start the implementation of the new EU Central Asia Strategy, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, at the EU-Central Asia Ministerial meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic, today presented a set of EU funded regional programmes. […]

Member States’ compliance with EU law in 2018: efforts are paying off, but improvements still needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today’s Annual report on Monitoring the Application of EU law sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2018. The online Single Market Scoreboard, also published today, evaluates the performance of EU/EEA countries in the EU single market and identifies the […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe: 2019 review highlights that tackling climate change can be a driver for growth and jobs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has published the 2019 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. In light of global long-term trends such as ageing, globalisation, technological transformation and climate change, the 2019 ESDE is dedicated to the theme of sustainability. The report […]

EU Trust Fund for Africa: new migration-related actions to protect vulnerable people and foster resilience of host communities in North of Africa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved five new migration-related programmes in North of Africa totalling €61.5 million. These new programmes adopted under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa will reinforce ongoing actions to protect and assist refugees and vulnerable migrants in North of Africa especially in […]

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission took stock today of the additional fiscal effort announced by the Italian authorities this week and concluded that it was material enough not to propose to the Council the opening of an Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) for Italy’s lack of compliance with the […]

President Juncker temporarily transfers portfolio responsibilities following departure of two Members of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the resignation of Andrus Ansip and Corina Creţu from their respective Commission mandates in order to take up the seats they were elected to in the European Parliament, President Juncker has decided to temporarily transfer their portfolios to Vice-President Šefčovič and Commissioner Hahn […]

European Commission adopts rules to ensure a smooth transition to its next President and the next College of Commissioners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The appointment of the President of the European Commission and of the Commissioners takes place in line with Article 17(7) of the Treaty on the European Union (TEU). The European Commission as an institution is responsible for ensuring the smooth transition between the current […]

Constitution of the 9th legislature of the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 9th legislature of the European Parliament was officially constituted today in Strasbourg at 10.00 by outgoing President Antonio Tajani. The President of the European Parliament will be elected tomorrow morning at 9am. Nominations must be submitted by political groups or by 1/20th of […]

Humanitarian aid: €7 million for disaster preparedness in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As natural disasters threaten the most vulnerable people in the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region, the EU is providing €7 million in humanitarian aid to increase the capacity of communities and authorities to prepare for and respond to disasters. This aid is in […]

State aid: Commission opens investigation into proposed public support for Peugeot plant in Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Spain’s plan to grant €20.7 million of public support to PSA for investing in its existing car plant in Vigo (Spain) is in line with EU rules on regional State aid. Commissioner Margrethe […]

Fair Taxation: New EU-wide system to resolve tax disputes between Member States applies from today

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New EU rules come into force today to ensure quicker and more effective resolution of tax disputes between Member States, making life easier and offering much more tax certainty for businesses and individuals experiencing double taxation issues. The eagerly awaited new system will help […]