Mergers: Commission clears Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier, 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 Bombardier Transportation by Alstom. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Alstom. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Alstom and Bombardier […]

Coronavirus: Commission launches call for innovative response and recovery partnerships between EU regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching a call for expressions of interest for thematic partnerships to pilot interregional innovation projects that support the response and recovery following the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the call is to help regions catch the opportunities emerging from […]

Integration of migrants: Commission launches a public consultation and call for an expert group on the views of migrants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation to gather views on new actions that could be taken at EU level to promote the integration and social inclusion of migrants and people with a migrant background. The Commission is also launching a call […]

Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes ‘Best Practices’ to provide relief for consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has welcomed a list of ‘best practices’ agreed by the financial sector, and consumer and business organisations, to help further mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It sets out concretely how different market participants can support citizens and businesses throughout […]

Antitrust: Aspen proposes 73% price reduction for six off-patent cancer medicines to remove Commission’s excessive pricing concerns

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments submitted by Aspen to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing as regards six off-patent cancer medicines. Aspen proposes to reduce its prices in Europe for these medicines by 73% on average. In […]

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, following the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on the sector. The wine sector is among the hardest hit agri-food sectors, due to rapid changes in demand and the closure […]

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 […]

Commission reports on 2019 European elections: fostering European debates and securing free and fair elections

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has published its report on the conduct of the 2019 elections to the European Parliament. The report shows that young and first-time voters drove turnout figures to the record high. The 2019 election campaign was the most digital to-date – […]

Employment MEPs reach consensus with Commission on workers’ health and safety

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and the Commission agreed to classify the virus that causes COVID-19 as a risk group 3 biological agent, adding more safeguards to protect all workers. Several groups in the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) had tabled an objection to the Commission’s classification […]

State aid: Commission approves € 1.6 billion Polish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an approximately €1.6 billion (PLN 7.5 billion) Polish scheme that partially compensates large enterprises and certain small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for the losses suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and provides them with […]

EU future at stake: MEPs broadly welcome Commission’s recovery package proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Focussing on future generations, Commission President von der Leyen discussed the €750 billion recovery instrument within a revamped long-term EU budget in plenary. Following the presentation by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the pledge by the Croatian Council representative Nikolina Brnjac to […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Broadcom concerning TV set-top box and modem chipset markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Broadcom to address competition concerns in relation to Broadcom’s conduct in various TV set-top box and modem chipset markets. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “TV set-top boxes […]

Coronavirus: Commission receives first preliminary application for support from the EU Solidarity Fund for health emergency from Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission received its first preliminary application for financial support from the EU Solidarity Fund from Italy to address the coronavirus outbreak and its effects. Italy is expected to submit further details in the weeks to come. Since 1 April 2020, following the […]

Coronavirus: Commission launches data sharing platform for researchers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the European Commission together with several partners launched a European COVID-19 Data Platform to enable the rapid collection and sharing of available research data. The platform, part of the ERAvsCorona Action Plan, marks another milestone in the EU’s efforts to support researchers in […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Greek aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance on implementing the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has issued guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. Together with guidance to ensure free movement of critical workers, this responds to requests made in the Statement of the Members of the European […]

State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic. To ensure that EU-wide supply chains continue to operate, Member States are requested to designate, […]

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission publishes draft legal text

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published a draft legal agreement for the future EU-UK partnership. It translates into a legal text the negotiating directives approved by Member States in the General Affairs Council on 25 February 2020, in line with the Political Declaration agreed […]

Coronavirus: Commission offers financing to innovative vaccines company CureVac

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission offered up to €80 million of financial support to CureVac, a higly innovative vaccine developer from Tübingen, Germany, to scale up development and production of a vaccine against the Coronavirus in Europe. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Commissioner for […]

Migration: Commission takes action to find solutions for unaccompanied migrant children on Greek islands

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following President von der Leyen’s visit to Greece on Tuesday, together with the Presidents of the other EU institutions, the Commission presented its Action Plan for immediate measures to support Greece, which was welcomed by the Ministers at the extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs […]

Infringement – Commission takes Italy to Court for its incomplete regime of access to genetic resources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is referring Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU because its system of access to genetic resources from non-EU countries is considered to be dysfunctional. These dysfunctionalities damage the ability of companies established in Italy to tap the benefits […]

Taxation: Commission refers Portugal to the Court for discriminatory legislation on car registration tax

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission decided to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for taxing used cars that are imported from other Member States more heavily than used cars purchased on the Portuguese market. Under EU rules, no Member State can […]

State aid: Commission approves €53 million public support scheme for charging stations for low emission vehicles in Romania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Romanian plans to support the creation of a network of recharging stations for electric vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will contribute to reducing CO2 and other pollutant emissions without unduly distorting competition […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of GrandVision by EssilorLuxottica

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 GrandVision by EssilorLuxottica, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the merger may reduce competition for the wholesale supply of ophthalmic lenses and eyewear, as well as […]

State aid: Commission approves German scheme for very high capacity broadband networks in Bavaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Bavarian scheme to deploy very high capacity networks in Bavaria. The aid will bring very fast broadband to customers in areas where the market does not provide them, in line with the EU […]

MEPs oppose EU Commission plans to authorise three herbicide-resistant GMOs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs opposed the EU Commission plans to authorise imports of products containing three glyphosate and glufosinate ammonium-resistant GMOs, in non-binding resolutions on Thursday. On Wednesday evening, MEPs also held a debate with the European Commission on the authorisation process for GMO imports, the shortcomings […]

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The performance of selected recent public consultations by the Commission […]

Drought in Europe: the Commission offers further support to European farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission is offering support to farmers faced with the waves of drought afflicting Europe. Firstly, farmers will be able to receive a higher percentage of their direct and rural development payments in advance. Secondly, to be able to feed their animals, they will […]

Data protection: Commission decides to refer Greece and Spain to the Court for not transposing EU law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission decided today to refer Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680). In April 2016, the Council and the European Parliament agreed the Directive had to […]

Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019. Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and […]

Dual Food Quality: Commission releases study assessing differences in the composition of EU food products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the Commission published the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition. Since his State of the Union Address in 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker has been committed to addressing the issue […]

Juncker Plan reaches almost €410 billion in triggered investment across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75 billion in financing and are located in all 28 Member States. Some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) are expected to benefit from improved access to finance. Currently, […]