State aid: Commission approves €200 million Danish loan in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund for travel cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a Danish State loan facility of up to DKK 1.5 billion (approx. €200 million) in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund (“Rejsegarantifonden”) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The loan was approved under the State aid […]

Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided to fund another project as part of its emergency call for urgently needed research and innovation into the coronavirus. This means it will support 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and […]

Statement by the European Commission following the first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and the United Kingdom held their first Joint Committee meeting on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement, by means of teleconference. The Joint Committee is co-chaired by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and the UK Chancellor of the […]

State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, such as ventilators, and personal protection equipment, such as masks, goggles, gowns, and safety suits. The scheme will help Italy provide the necessary medical […]

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020. These aim at increasing trade, strengthening connectivity and deepening economic integration […]

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 […]

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 […]

Commission reports on progress made by Albania and North Macedonia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presented updates on the progress made by Albania and North Macedonia in further addressing rule of law related reforms, in particular in the areas set by the Council in June 2018. Both countries have delivered further tangible and sustainable results and […]

State aid: the Commission launches an in-depth investigation into the regulation mechanism for natural gas storage in France

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation in order to determine whether the regulation mechanism for the storage of natural gas implemented by France complies with EU rules on State aid. Ms Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President in charge of competition policy, stated: ‘France has […]

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision today, as expected, to authorise the opening of the future partnership negotiations with the UK. The negotiating directives adopted today are based on the draft recommendation put forward by the Commission on 3 February 2020. They fully […]

Antitrust: Commission fines hotel group Meliá €6.7 million for discriminating between customers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Spanish hotel group Meliá €6 678 000 for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators. These clauses discriminate consumers within the European Economic Area (EEA) based on their place of residence, in breach of EU antitrust rules. […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over Prosegur Alarmas by Telefónica and Prosegur

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Prosegur Alarmas by Telefónica and Prosegur. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area. Under the proposed acquisition, […]

Shaping Europe’s digital future: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. I am a tech optimist. My belief in technology as a force for good comes from my experience as a medical student. I learnt and saw first-hand its ability to change fates, save lives and make mundane what once would have been a miracle. […]

European Commission launches EU-wide public consultation on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action. Every year, 3.5 million persons are diagnosed with cancer in the […]

European Commission and International Monetary Fund strengthen cooperation to support sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, on behalf of the European Union, and International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva concluded a new Financial Framework Partnership Agreement that will boost their cooperation to tackle key challenges including climate change, and help countries achieve […]

Mergers: Commission approves Synthomer’s acquisition of Omnova, 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 Omnova by Synthomer, both manufacturers of specialty chemicals. The approval is conditional on the divestment of a remedy package. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Specialty […]

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission published today the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to […]

Rohingya crisis: EU strengthens humanitarian support with €10 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is releasing a further €10 million in humanitarian aid to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. This comes on top of the €33 million funding already announced earlier this year and aims to ensure life-saving assistance to refugees, displaced […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of DSME by HHIH

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 Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering CO., Ltd (DSME) by another shipbuilding group, Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings (HHIH), under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the merger may […]

State aid: Commission approves €3.2 billion public support by seven Member States for a pan-European research and innovation project in all segments of the battery value chain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Important Project of Common European interest (“IPCEI”) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries. The seven […]

Mergers: Commission approves Varta AG’s acquisition of Energizer’s divestment business, 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, Varta AG as a suitable purchaser of assets divested by Energizer in order to acquire Spectrum Brands’ batteries and portable lighting business. The Commission also approved Varta AG’s acquisition of the divested assets under […]

Water reuse: Commission welcomes the provisional agreement on minimum requirements for water reuse in agriculture

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The new rules, proposed by the Commission in May 2018, will set out harmonised minimum water quality requirements for the safe reuse of treated urban wastewaters in agricultural irrigation. Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “With this provisional agreement, we […]

Compensation for damages by the State for infringement of EU law: the European Commission refers Spain to the Court of Justice for its rules on the compensation for damages incurred by private parties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding Spanish rules on compensation for damages caused by the State when adopting legislation contrary to Union law. Following complaints received about certain Spanish provisions regulating the compensation […]

Taxation: Commission refers Poland to Court for failing to remove certain tax exemptions on the use of energy products by highly polluting businesses

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission decided today to refer Poland to the Court of Justice for allowing energy intensive businesses to be exempted from excise duty on coal and gas.Under Polish legislation and contrary to EU law, certain energy products, such as coal and gas, used […]

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. […]

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative Federica Mogherini issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is violence against the whole humankind, and should have no place in […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Metallo by Aurubis

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 Metallo by Aurubis, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the acquisition may reduce competition in the purchasing of copper scrap for refining. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, responsible […]

Raw materials: Commission launches new online portal to support responsible sourcing in businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching Due Diligence Ready!, an online portal that provides businesses with guidance on how to check the sources of the metals and minerals entering their supply chains – the so-called “due diligence” process. It will help them ensure that […]

Mergers: Commission clears Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, 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 Bonnier Broadcasting by Telia. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by Telia. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “We have today […]

OECD and European Commission join forces to further support structural reforms in European countries

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. The OECD and the European Commission’s Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) sealed a new agreement today in Paris that will see the OECD provide wide-ranging policy support to advance structural reforms in European countries. OECD Chief of Staff, Gabriela Ramos, and Director General of the SRSS, […]

Brexit: European Commission recommends the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached on the revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland and revised Political Declaration

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today recommended the European Council (Article 50) to endorse the agreement reached at negotiator level on the Withdrawal Agreement, including a revised Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, and approve a revised Political Declaration on the framework of the future […]

Rule of Law: European Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice to protect judges from political control

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges, requesting an expedited procedure. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new […]

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 […]