Commission proposes to further reinforce key rules for EU budget management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed targeted adjustments to the European Union’s financial rules, known as the Financial Regulation. The main objective of the proposal is to align existing rules with the current long-term budget 2021-2027, and make further improvements to the already existing very […]

Spring 2022 Economic Forecast: Russian invasion tests EU economic resilience

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The outlook for the EU economy before the outbreak of the war was for a prolonged and robust expansion. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has posed new challenges, just as the Union had recovered from the economic impacts of the pandemic. By exerting further […]

Mergers: Commission approves Parker’s acquisition of Meggitt, 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 of Meggitt by Parker. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Parker. Executive Vice-President Margarethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Manufacturers of civil and military […]

Commissioner Schmit’s opening remarks at the Conference on the Right to Disconnect and Telework

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Dear chair, Madame la Ministre, dear participants, First, let me express our very strong solidarity with the Ukrainian people. It is my pleasure to participate in the opening of this joint conference of the European Parliament and the Commission on telework and the right […]

Rule of Law conditionality: MEPs call on the Commission to act immediately

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the Court of Justice ruling on the “rule of law conditionality” mechanism, MEPs demand that the Commission applies it and protects EU values. “The rule of law is our treasure”, said Clément Beaune on behalf of the French Presidency of the Council. He […]

EU Taxonomy: Commission presents Complementary Climate Delegated Act to accelerate decarbonisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented a Taxonomy Complementary Climate Delegated Act on climate change mitigation and adaptation covering certain gas and nuclear activities. The College of Commissioners reached a political agreement on the text, which will be formally adopted once translations are available […]

Europol: Commission welcomes political agreement on stronger mandate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on a stronger mandate for Europol, the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation. Under this reinforced mandate, Europol will be able to step up its support to Member States in fighting […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes final report on consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today the findings of its competition sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT). The final report and its accompanying staff working document identify potential competition concerns in the rapidly growing markets for IoT related products and services […]

State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Greece’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised RAG, adopted by the Commission on 19 April […]

Asylum and return: Commission proposes temporary legal and practical measures to address the emergency situation at the EU’s external border with Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today putting forward a set of temporary asylum and return measures to assist Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in addressing the emergency situation at the EU’s external border with Belarus. The measures will allow these Member States to set up swift and […]

Commission welcomes political agreement to boost data sharing and support European data spaces

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and EU Member States on a European Data Governance Act. Trilogue negotiations have now concluded, paving the way for final approval of the legal text by the European Parliament and the Council. […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges […]

State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek aid scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a Greek scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework and has an estimated budget of up to €500 million. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €2.25 billion in pre-financing to Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €2.25 billion to Germany in pre-financing, equivalent to 9% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This corresponds to the pre-financing amount requested by Germany in its recovery and resilience plan. The pre-financing […]

State aid: Commission approves €108 million Danish aid measure to support coronavirus-related research and development activities of Bavarian Nordic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €108 million Danish aid measure to support coronavirus-related research and development (R&D) activities of Bavarian Nordic, a company active in the vaccine development and manufacturing industry. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €9 billion in pre-financing to Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €9 billion to Spain in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in […]

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” […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘ReturnthePlastics’ initiative on plastic bottle recycling

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘ReturnthePlastics: A Citizen’s Initiative to implement an EU-wide deposit-system to recycle plastic bottles’. The organisers of the initiative call on the Commission to present a proposal to: implement an EU-wide deposit-system to recycle […]

State aid: Commission approves €550 million German support to compensate Deutsche Bahn for damages suffered by its subsidiary DB Fernverkehr due to the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a €550 million German support measure in favor of Deutsche Bahn AG (“Deutsche Bahn”) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure, which will take the form of an equity injection, aims at compensating Deutsche Bahn […]

State aid: Commission approves €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to 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 €430 million Italian measure to compensate ski lift operators for the damages suffered due to the restrictive measures introduced by the Italian government to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which prohibited the […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Telekom Romania by Orange, 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 of Telekom Romania Communications (“TKR”) by Orange SA (“Orange”). The approval is conditional on the divestiture of TKR’s 30% minority shareholding in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications (“TRMC”), which is a direct […]

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning. The Commission has imposed a fine of € 875 189 000. Daimler was […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Slovenia’s €2.5 billion recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a positive assessment of Slovenia’s recovery and resilience plan, a key step paving the way for the EU to disburse €1.8 billion in grants and €705 million in loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing […]

Lessons learnt from the Commission’s 2020 rule of law report

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s assessment of the Commission’s 2020 report on the rule of law provides ways to improve the mechanism so that it can better protect EU values. During the plenary debate on Wednesday, a broad majority of speakers called on the Council and the Commission […]

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today laying out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union. Advanced and coordinated responses […]

Commission welcomes the move towards more innovative health technologies for patients

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement on the Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Regulation reached by the European Parliament and the Council early this morning. The Regulation will improve the availability of innovative health technologies such as innovative medicines and certain medical devices for EU […]

Questions and answers: European Commission endorses Luxembourg’s €93 million recovery and resilience plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. How did the Commission assess Luxembourg’s recovery and resilience plan? The Regulation ensures a transparent assessment on the basis of 11 criteria against the back of the six pillars of the Regulation. The 11 criteria require an assessment of whether: the measures have a […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Insurance Ireland for restricting access to a data sharing platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has informed Insurance Ireland, an association of Irish insurers, of its preliminary view that it breached EU antitrust rules by restricting competition in the Irish motor vehicle insurance market. The Commission takes issue with certain conditions of access to the Insurance Link […]

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching Talent Partnerships, a key initiative under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum that will help to address skills shortages in the European Union and to strengthen mutually-beneficial partnerships on migration with third countries. Matching the skills of workers […]

Refund for cancelled travel during the pandemic: Commission decides to refer SLOVAKIA to the Court of Justice

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided today to refer Slovakia to the Court of Justice because its national rules infringe EU law on package travel rights (Directive (EU) 2015/2302). Although initially Slovakia had announced an amendment to its legislation, the national provisions on reimbursement for […]

EU external action budget: European Commission welcomes the final adoption of the EU’s new long-term external action budget for 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the European Parliament’s decision to adopt the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) – ‘Global Europe’ for the period 2021-2027. This is the final step of the adoption process following the negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and […]

Circular economy: Commission provides guidance for harmonised application of Single-Use Plastic rules and advances on monitoring of fishing gear

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission provides guidance on the EU rules on single-use plastics and adopts an Implementing Decision on the monitoring and reporting of fishing gear placed on the market and waste fishing gear collected. These rules aim to reduce marine litter from single-use […]