Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed merger of Cargotec and Konecranes

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 merger of Cargotec Corporation (‘Cargotec’) and Konecranes Plc (‘Konecranes’) under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition in the supply of certain container and […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Belgium’s €5.9 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 Belgium’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards the EU disbursing €5.9 billion in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support the implementation of the crucial […]

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 […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses Greece’s €30.5 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 Greece’s recovery and resilience plan. This is an important step towards disbursing €17.8 billion in grants and €12.7 billion in loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) over the period 2021-2026. This financing […]

New EU copyright rules that will benefit creators, businesses and consumers start to apply

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This Monday 7 June marks the deadline for Member States to transpose the new EU copyright rules into national law. The new Copyright Directive protects creativity in the digital age, bringing concrete benefits to citizens, the creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators and cultural heritage […]

Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with […]

State aid: Commission approves German support for cogenerated electricity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the prolongation and modification of an existing German scheme to support the production of electricity from new, modernised and retrofitted highly efficient cogeneration (‘CHP’) plants (except coal and lignite-fired CHP). The scheme (‘Kraft-Wärme-Kopplungsgesetz’ – […]

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 […]

State aid: Commission approves €10 billion German scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a €10 billion German scheme to compensate companies for damages related to the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €10 billion scheme enables […]

Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation. It sets out Commission expectations, calls for stronger commitments by the signatories […]

Commission disburses €14.1 billion under SURE to 12 Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Bulgaria €511 million, Cyprus €124 million, Greece €2.54 billion, Spain […]

European Green Deal: Commission adopts strategic guidelines for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted new strategic guidelines for a more sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture. The guidelines offer a common vision for the Commission, Member States and stakeholders to develop the sector in a way that contributes directly to the European Green Deal and in […]

Remarks by Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius on the Zero Pollution Action Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Good afternoon everyone, And thank you Executive Vice-President for showing importance of this initiative in a bigger picture of the European Green Deal. Last year the Commission adopted the Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability. It was an early bird of our wider approach towards pollution […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €6.8 million in total to support 1,700 dismissed workers of air carriers KLM and Finnair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,200 former workers of KLM in the Netherlands and 500 former workers of Finnair in Finland, who lost their jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on passenger air transport. The proposed total of €6.8 […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes findings of the evaluation of rules on horizontal agreements between companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today a Staff Working Document that summarises the findings of the evaluation of the two horizontal block exemption regulations on Research & Development and specialisation agreements (“R&D BER” and “Specialisation BER” respectively, together “HBERs”), together with the Horizontal Guidelines. […]

Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission proposes today a new instrument to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market. Today’s legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU while addressing variants through new ‘emergency brake’ mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide. The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for […]

Fighting sexual abuse of children: Commission welcomes political agreement on interim rules for voluntary detection measures by online service providers

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 the proposed interim legislation regarding the detection of child sexual abuse online by communications services. This legal adjustment was urgently needed to give certain online communications services such as webmail and messaging services legal certainty in their voluntary measures to detect and report […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register two citizens’ initiatives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register two European Citizens’ Initiatives (ECI) entitled ‘Civil Servant Exchange Program (CSEP)’ and ‘Green Garden Roof Tops’. The organisers of the ‘Civil Servant Exchange Program (CSEP)’ initiative call on the Commission to launch an exchange and training programme […]

State aid: Commission adopts revised Regional Aid Guidelines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted revised EU guidelines on regional State aid (the “Regional Aid Guidelines”), setting out the rules under which Member States can grant State aid to companies to support the economic development of disadvantaged areas in the EU, while ensuring a […]

Coronavirus Response: Commission proposes to exempt vital goods and services distributed by the EU from VAT in times of crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed to exempt from Value Added Tax (VAT) goods and services made available by the European Commission, EU bodies and agencies to Member States and citizens during times of crisis. This responds to the experience gained  during the course […]

State aid: Commission approves €24.7 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found €24.7 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at compensating the airline for the damages suffered on certain routes due to the coronavirus outbreak between 1 […]

MEPs ready to take Commission to court for failing to protect EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is prepared to take legal action should the Commission delay the application of the budget’s Rule of Law conditionality mechanism any further. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 529 votes in favour, 148 against and 10 abstentions, MEPs recall that the failure […]

Withdrawal Agreement: Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations under the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has sent today a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching the substantive provisions of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the good faith obligation under the Withdrawal Agreement. This marks the beginning of […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: […]

Commission supports Member States in tackling coronavirus hotspots with offer of four million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to be delivered this month

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has reached an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer for the supply of four million more doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Member States in the next two weeks in order to tackle coronavirus hotspots and to facilitate free border movement. The President of the […]

Commission supports reform projects in Member States for more jobs and sustainable growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission approved 226 projects in all 27 Member States that will support their efforts in designing and implementing national reforms to enhance growth. These support actions are delivered in the framework of the Technical Support Instrument (TSI) and will have a total […]

State aid: Commission approves €325 million public support to provide schools in Italy with very high internet speeds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €325 million of public support to connect 12,000 schools in Italy to very high-speed internet. The schools that will benefit from the measure are located in areas with insufficient connectivity in Italy, in line […]

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 […]