Apple Vs. EU: Will the US tech giant ever pay for taking advantage of Ireland’s taxation?

Apple Inc. together with the Irish government showed up yesterday at the EU’s second-highest court to appeal for the 13 billion euros EU tax order. The US corporation has decided to legally challenge the 2016 European Commission’s decision by claiming that its products and services are created in the US and thus the profits were […]

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world’s first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide. Jean-Claude […]

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 […]

Will the EU reconsider Frontex’s role in light of accusations about violations of migrants’ human rights?

The European border agency Frontex has been found to violate human rights and abuse its power to make excessive use of force and mistreat migrants according to latest research conducted by the ARD political magazine report München, the British Guardian and the search center CORRECTIV. However, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency has been denying […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million public support for the development of ultrafast broadband network in Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €300 million of public support for Greece’s Ultrafast Broadband Infrastructure Scheme. The scheme will bring ultrafast broadband services to customers in areas with insufficient connectivity in Greece. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy […]

Financial services: Commission sets out its equivalence policy with non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today taking stock of its overall approach to equivalence in the area of financial services. EU equivalence has become a significant tool in recent years, fostering integration of global financial markets and cooperation with third-country authorities. The EU assesses the […]

European Commission Joint Research Centre opens world-class laboratories to researchers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Researchers from across Europe will now have even more opportunities to use the Joint Research Centre’s state-of-the-art facilities: after a first round of the open access initiative, in which nearly 100 eligible proposals were received from 92 research institutions, further laboratories of the Commission’s […]

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 […]

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 issues guidance on the participation of third country bidders in the EU procurement market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today’s guidance is part of a package of Commission initiatives to ensure fair competition, high quality and a level playing field in public procurement markets. It is also the first deliverable of the 10 actions set out in the Communication on EU-China relations and supported by the European […]

Rule of Law: European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace is in breach of EU competition rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping […]

EU consumer rules: Airbnb cooperates with European Commission and EU consumer authorities improving the way it presents offers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission announced today that, as a result of negotiations with Airbnb, the platform has improved and fully clarified the way it presents accommodation offers to consumers, which is now in line with the standards set in EU consumer law. This follows the […]

EU-Ukraine Summit: moving forward together in solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, at the 21st EU-Ukraine Summit in Kyiv, the European Union and Ukraine reaffirmed their strong partnership and shared commitment to a comprehensive reform agenda. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk represented the European Union alongside the President of […]

Commission concludes that an Excessive Deficit Procedure is no longer warranted for Italy at this stage

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission took stock today of the additional fiscal effort announced by the Italian authorities this week and concluded that it was material enough not to propose to the Council the opening of an Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) for Italy’s lack of compliance with the […]

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 […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of L3 Technologies by Harris Corporation, 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 L3 Technologies by Harris Corporation, both aerospace and defence companies based in the US. The approval is conditional on the divestiture of Harris Corporation’s global night vision business. Both L3 […]

Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 19 June 2019 the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting provided an opportunity for both sides to take stock of their long-standing cooperation in this […]

European Commission increases support for the EU’s beekeeping sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will provide €120 million to the EU’s beekeeping sector over the next three years to support its essential role in agriculture and the environment. This represents an increase of €12 million compared to the support provided for the period from 2017 to 2019. […]

Clean Mobility: Commission tables proposal on car emissions testing in real driving conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to a ruling by the General Court, today the Commission proposes to reinsert certain aspects of Real Driving Emissions testing (RDE) into legislation to be adopted by the European Parliament and Council.  The European Commission has been very active in promoting air quality, […]

The European Union and the United States reach an agreement on imports of hormone-free beef

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission shared today with Member States the successful outcome of the negotiations to review the functioning of an existing quota to import hormone-free beef into the EU. EU Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said: “With the successful outcome of the negotiations, the Commission has delivered on […]

Commission’s report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States’ performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.  Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with […]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 06 June 2019, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United […]

European Semester 2019 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to advance sustainable and inclusive economic growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is growing for the seventh consecutive year and is set to continue expanding in 2020, with all Member States’ economies growing despite less favourable conditions and global uncertainties. The number of people in employment is at a record high and unemployment […]

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond. This budget is the seventh and last one under the current 2014-2020 long-term EU budget […]

Will the EU be condemned by the International Criminal Court for violating migrants’ human rights?

It was two days ago when a group of lawyers sued the EU for the deaths of Libyan migrants who attempted to cross the Mediterranean. The case is being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) which will have to rule whether or not EU nations violated human rights and are responsible for thousands of […]

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E), a new €100 million investment fund was established by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures during the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada.           The fund will help develop innovative European companies and […]

EU elections update: Can the EU voters vote unaffected from fake news and online disinformation?

EU elections already kicked off yesterday in the UK and the Netherlands with several EU citizens abstaining in Britain due to clerical errors by local councils. The old continent is now following the EU elections closely, worrying about the effect of fake news and growth of far-right parties. The EC published last week various reports concerning […]

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission today tabled a proposal that will […]

Aviation Strategy for Europe: Commission signs landmark aviation agreements with China

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and China have today signed an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement to strengthen their aviation cooperation. The agreements follow up on the EU-China Summit of 9 April and will serve to boost the competitiveness of the […]

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released today by the European Commission. The large-scale studies based on the feedback from nearly 77 […]