European Semester Autumn Package: Bolstering inclusive and sustainable growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Commission sets out EU’s economic and social priorities for 2019, presents Opinions on Draft Budgetary Plans and confirms the existence of particularly serious non-compliance with the Stability and Growth Pact in the case of Italy; Greece is integrated into the European Semester for the […]

EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia by six months

This story is brought to you in association with the European Union Council Today, 5 July 2018, the Council prolonged economic sanctions targeting specific sectors of the Russian economy until 31 January 2019. This decision follows an update from President Macron and Chancellor Merkel to the European Council of 28-29 June 2018 on the state of […]

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament should ask Council to act, say committee MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Hungary is at clear risk of a serious breach of EU values and the Council should intervene to prevent it, the Civil Liberties Committee said on Monday. MEPs called on EU member states to initiate the procedure, foreseen in Article 7(1) the EU Treaty, […]

Giving humanitarian help to migrants should not be a crime, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should ensure that helping migrants for humanitarian reasons is not punishable as a crime Civil Liberties Committee MEPs said on Monday. MEPs highlight concerns that EU laws on humanitarian help to migrants is having “unintended consequences” for EU citizens that provide it, […]

European Commission and four online marketplaces sign a Product Safety Pledge to remove dangerous products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten – France have signed a commitment for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces . Thanks to a dialogue facilitated by the European Commission, four major online companies have […]

Tougher defence tools against unfair imports to protect EU jobs and industry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU could protect itself better against unfairly cheap imports and combat environmental or social dumping more effectively, under a law backed by MEPs on Wednesday. Higher tariffs can be imposed on dumped or subsidised imports to better protect EU jobs and businesses, under […]

Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for smaller businesses to get financing through capital markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed new rules to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) better access to financing through public markets. Part of the EU’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) agenda, today’s initiative should help EU companies to tap market-based funding more easily and cheaply […]

Antitrust: Commission imposes binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a decision imposing on Gazprom a set of obligations that address the Commission’s competition concerns and enable the free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets, to the benefit of European consumers and […]

European Agenda on Migration: Still fragile situation gives no cause for complacency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Brussels, 16 May 2018 The Commission is today reporting on progress made under the European Agenda on Migration and the Commission’s roadmap from December 2017, and is setting out further key actions to be taken. While joint EU efforts have continued to show results, the […]

Charles Michel advocates a strong Europe that acts where it can add real value

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel debated the future of Europe with MEPs and and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday 03-05-2018. This is what he told them. “I want a strong Europe that acts where it can add real value”, he said, […]

Macron defends the idea of European sovereignty

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament The President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron debated Europe’s future with the members of the European Parliament and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday 17-04-2018. This is what he told them. “The European Parliament is, in my eyes, the seat of […]