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, […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to activate fiscal framework’s general escape clause to respond to pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today proposes the activation of the general escape clause of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) as part of its strategy to respond quickly, forcefully and in a coordinated manner to the coronavirus pandemic. Once endorsed by the Council, it will allow […]

State aid: Commission approves €3 billion Portuguese guarantee schemes for SMEs and midcaps affected by Coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found four Portuguese guarantee schemes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps affected by the Coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The schemes, with a total budget of €3 billion, were approved under the […]

State aid: Commission adopts Temporary Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. Together with many other support measures that can be used by Member […]

COVID-19: Commission launches European team of scientific experts to strengthen EU coordination and medical response

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission launched an advisory panel on COVID-19 composed of epidemiologists and virologists from different Member States to formulate EU guidelines on science-based and coordinated risk management measures. This panel, which was created following a mandate by EU Member States, will be […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes study on the application of Interchange Fees Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a study on the application of the Interchange Fees Regulation (“IFR”) for card-based payment transactions. The study, which was commissioned by the Commission to an external contractor, finds that the main objectives of the Regulation have been achieved, as […]

Commission reaches agreement with collaborative economy platforms to publish key data on tourism accommodation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has reached a landmark agreement with Airbnb, Booking, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor on data sharing. This will allow Eurostat, the EU statistical office, to publish data on short-stay accommodations offered via these platforms across the EU. The agreement will for the first […]

EU4FairWork: Commission launches campaign to tackle undeclared work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching today the first European campaign for declared work. It will work hand in hand with the European Platform tackling undeclared work and the European Labour Authority. The initiative intends to raise awareness amongst workers, companies and policymakers that undeclared work […]

Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today endorsing the joint toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by EU Member States to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks. This follows the European Council’s call for a concerted approach to the security […]

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘Stop Finning – Stop the trade’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Stop Finning – Stop the Trade’ related to sharks and rays. The aim of the Initiative is to ‘end the trade of fins in the EU including the import, export and transit […]

European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet. The Annual Sustainable Growth […]

State aid: Commission concludes that recapitalisation of German NordLB is market conform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Germany’s plans to strengthen the capital position of state-owned Norddeutsche Landesbank – Girozentrale (NordLB) to be free of any State aid. The measures involve a direct investment of €2.8 billion as well as investments to carry out the necessary […]

State aid: Commission approves close to €94 million support for waste-to-energy high-efficient cogeneration plant in Bulgaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Bulgarian plans to support the construction and operation of a high-efficient cogeneration plant to produce heat and electricity using fuel derived from unrecyclable municipal waste to be in line with EU State aid rules. […]

Antitrust: Commission imposes interim measures on Broadcom in TV and modem chipset markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has ordered Broadcom to stop applying certain provisions contained in agreements with six of its main customers. This will prevent serious and irreparable harm to competition likely to be caused by Broadcom’s conduct, which prima facie (at first sight) infringes EU […]

European Agenda on Migration four years on: Marked progress needs consolidating in face of volatile situation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the October European Council, the Commission is today reporting on key progress under the European Agenda on Migration since 2015, with focus on steps taken by the EU since the last progress report in March 2019. The Commission also set out those […]

Taxation: Commission refers Hungary to the Court for failing to apply the minimum EU excise duty on cigarettes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission decided today to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice for failing to apply the minimum EU threshold for excise duty on cigarettes set out in EU rules on manufactured tobacco. Hungary was allowed a long transitional period until 31 December 2017 […]

Hungary: Commission takes next step in the infringement procedure for non-provision of food in transit zones

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to address a reasoned opinion to Hungary concerning the non-provision of food to persons held in the Hungarian transit zones at the border with Serbia. This concerns persons whose applications for international protection have been rejected, and who are waiting […]

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 […]

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted its first ever proposal on fishing opportunities covering both the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. With this proposal, the Commission is delivering on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations to promote sustainable management of fish […]

Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal on 31 October 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has today – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ […]

Commission launches two projects to support cooperation and innovation in Romanian regions and cities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching two projects to provide expertise to Romanian regions and cities, in cooperation with the Romanian government and the World Bank. Under the first project, Commission and World Bank experts will help Romanian county capitals develop stronger links with their periphery […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into PKN Orlen’s proposed acquisition of Lotos

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 Lotos by PKN Orlen, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the merger may reduce competition in the supply of fuels and related markets in Poland and […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to O2 CZ, CETIN and T-Mobile CZ for their network sharing agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Czech operators of mobile telephony O2 CZ and T-Mobile CZ, as well as the Czech telecom infrastructure provider CETIN of its preliminary view that their network sharing agreement restricts competition in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on guidance for national courts when handling disclosure information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting comments on a draft communication to assist national courts in dealing with requests to disclose confidential information in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. Stakeholders can send their contributions until 18 October 2019. The Antitrust Damages Directive helps […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on guidance for national courts when handling disclosure information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting comments on a draft communication to assist national courts in dealing with requests to disclose confidential information in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. Stakeholders can send their contributions until 18 October 2019. The Antitrust Damages Directive helps […]

State aid: Commission approves support for six offshore wind farms in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found support to six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measures will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting […]

Taxation: Commission refers Germany to the Court for its failure to apply EU rules on VAT for farmers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for not applying the EU Value Added Tax (VAT) scheme for farmers correctly. Under current EU rules, Member States can apply a flat-rate VAT scheme (Council Directive 2006/112/EC) […]

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 proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Building on the vision set out in the Five Presidents’ Report of June 2015, the Commission’s Communication on the Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union of 12 June 2019 and the guidance by the Euro Summit of 21 June 2019, the European Commission today proposes a governance framework for […]

Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks. The Juncker Commission put strong EU rules in place with thefourth and the fifth Anti-Money laundering directives and reinforced […]

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 […]