European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register an initiative for ‘a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Civil society initiative for a ban on biometric mass surveillance practices’. The organisers of the ECI urge the Commission to propose a legal act to permanently end indiscriminate and arbitrarily-targeted uses […]

Commission adopts Recommendation on EU coordinated approach to travel and transport in response to new variant of coronavirus in the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in parts of England, of which a large proportion belongs to a new variant of the virus, the Commission today adopted a Recommendation on a coordinated approach to travel and transport measures. The recommendation builds on the […]

Commission welcomes political agreement on InvestEU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council on the InvestEU Regulation. The political agreement, pending the final approval of the legal texts by the European Parliament Plenary and the Council, lays the ground […]

State aid: Commission requires Italy to put an end to tax exemptions for ports

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has required Italy to abolish the corporate tax exemptions granted to its ports, in order to align its tax regime with EU State aid rules. Profits earned by port authorities from economic activities must be taxed under normal national corporate tax […]

Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To better exploit the potential of ever-growing data in a trustworthy European framework, the Commission today proposes new rules on data governance. The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of […]

Commission welcomes agreement on the modernisation of EU export controls

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on its proposal for a modernisation of EU export controls on sensitive dual-use goods and technologies. The changes agreed today will upgrade and strengthen the EU’s export control toolbox to […]

Commission introduces surveillance of imports of bioethanol, and remains open to examining requests from other sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As from today, the Commission is introducing surveillance of imports into the EU of renewable fuel ethanol (‘bioethanol’). In the context of the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, imports of bioethanol have significantly increased in the last months, at low prices. The European bioethanol […]

A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted a Communication on a new European Research Area for Research and Innovation. Based on excellence, competitive, open and talent-driven, the new European Research Area will improve Europe’s research and innovation landscape, accelerate the EU’s transition towards climate neutrality and […]

Antitrust: Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of € 18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA). Magna was not fined as it revealed both cartels to the […]

Commission announces actions to make Europe’s raw materials supply more secure and sustainable

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors from the 2030 and 2050 perspectives. The Action Plan looks at the current […]

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with […]

State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market 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 €2 billion Italian scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €2 billion Italian scheme […]

State aid: Commission approves €10 billion Spanish fund to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved Spanish plans to set up a fund (Solvency Support Fund) with a budget of €10 billion that will invest through debt and equity instruments in companies active in Spain affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under […]

Excise duties: Commission welcomes agreement on rules governing alcohol

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s agreement reached in the Council on the new rules governing excise duties on alcohol within the EU. This agreement paves the way for a better business environment and reduced costs for small alcohol-producing businesses. The agreed new rules will ensure […]

Antitrust: Commission adopts guidance for national courts when handling disclosure of confidential information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the protection of confidential information by national courts in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. This follows a targeted public consultation that the Commission launched on 29 July 2019 inviting comments from stakeholders […]

Antitrust: Commission launches sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services in the European Union. The sector inquiry will focus on consumer-related products and services that are connected to a network and can […]

Public consultation: Commission seeks citizens’ views in preparation of new European Democracy Action Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a new public consultation to gather the views of citizens on the future European Democracy Action Plan. The new Action Plan is a political priority for the von der Leyen Commission and will tackle some of the key challenges […]

Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe’s recovery and growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe’s economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity. Fair taxation remains a top priority for the […]

Parliament calls on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Friday. Following Wednesday’s debate, where MEPs requested the Commission to close loopholes in EU chemicals legislation to help REACH to function […]

Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Investment Bank and CureVac sign €75 million loan agreement for the development and large-scale production of vaccines, including CureVac’s vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 The EIB loan will support CureVac’s activities to complete its new messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) production facility in Tübingen, Germany […]

Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to refer Romania to the Court of Justice, with a request for financial sanctions, following the lack of notification of transposition measures of the Trade Mark Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). Romania is the only Member State which has not yet […]

Free movement of services: Commission takes further action to ensure a well-functioning Single Market for professionals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is referring the Czech Republic and Poland to the Court for not remedying breaches of EU law on professional qualifications following reasoned opinions sent by the Commission in November 2019. The Commission considers that their national rules breach EU legislation, specifically linked […]

Commission welcomes confirmation of provisional agreement to strengthen collective redress in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed a provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for the protection of collective interest of consumers recently concluded with the European Parliament. This is a positive and important step towards empowering consumers and creating a level-playing field for collective redress in the […]

MEPs call on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee. On Monday, the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted a resolution by 65 votes to 1 and 14 […]

State aid: Commission approves €6 billion German measure to recapitalise Lufthansa

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved German plans to contribute €6 billion to the recapitalisation of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH), the parent company of Lufthansa Group. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as […]

Digital Finance: Commission holds closing pan-European conference following extensive outreach events

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission today hosts the closing conference of the 2020 Digital Finance Outreach (DFO) event in Brussels. This conference is the final in a series of 19 national events organised together with Member States, which took place from February to June 2020. More […]

Commission publishes EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online continues to deliver results

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission released the results of its fifth evaluation of the 2016 Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online. The results are overall positive with IT companies assessing 90% of flagged content within 24 hours and removing 71% of the […]

European Commission kicks off major EU trade policy review

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission launched a major review of the European Union’s trade policy, including a public consultation seeking input from the European Parliament, Member States, stakeholders and civil society. The Commission’s objective is to build a consensus around a fresh medium-term direction for […]

Re-open EU: Commission launches a website to safely resume travelling and tourism in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is launching ‘Re-open EU‘, a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. It will provide real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States. Re-open EU will also include […]

State aid: Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support the Italian economy in the context of 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 […]

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines on testing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, as part of the European Roadmap towards lifting coronavirus containment measures, the Commission is presenting guidelines on coronavirus testing methodologies. The guidance aims to support Member States in effectively using testing tools in the context of their national strategies and during the different […]

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of the EU budget, said: “Today’s measure […]

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, […]