Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say’ portal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say’ portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process. The new version should […]

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 […]

Sustainable fisheries: Commission takes stock of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and launches consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published its yearly Communication on the progress of management of fish stocks in the EU, which is based on data from 2018. This year’s edition, “Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2021”, reaffirms the […]

Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, to help protect people everywhere, the European Commission is presenting a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. An effective and safe vaccine against the virus is our best bet to achieve a permanent solution to 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 […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Bayer’s animal health division by Elanco, 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 Bayer AGs animal health division by Elanco Animal Health Inc. The decision is conditional on the divestment of otitis products and several types of parasiticides in the European Economic Area […]

Forest fires: Commission adds planes to rescEU fleet to prepare for summer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the EU is further reinforcing its European fleet of firefighting aircraft under the rescEU system. The EU is financing purchases by the Swedish government of 2 new firefighting airplanes to add to […]

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards. The Commission wishes to ensure the highest level […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on a possible new competition tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today an inception impact assessment as well as an open public consultation inviting comments on exploring the need for a possible new competition tool that would allow addressing structural competition problems in a timely and effective manner. Stakeholders can […]

Mergers: Commission waives the commitments made by Takeda to obtain clearance of its acquisition of Shire

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has waived, under the EU Merger Regulation, the commitments made by Takeda to obtain clearance of its acquisition of Shire. The Commission approved the acquisition of Shire by Takeda on 20 November 2018, subject to the divestment of a biologic drug […]

Coronavirus: following Commission’s call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of its commitment to protect consumers online, the European Commission has coordinated a screening (‘sweep’) of websites, with the aim of finding out where consumers in the EU are being subjected to content promoting false claims or scam products in the context […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada

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 Transat by Air Canada, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction may reduce competition in the passenger air transport services between the European Economic […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register 2 new initiatives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission decided to register two European Citizens’ Initiatives entitled ‘Start Unconditional Basic Incomes (UBI) throughout the EU’ and ‘Freedom to share’. The Commission considers that the two initiatives are legally admissible, as they met the necessary conditions. The Commission has not […]

State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €500 million Greek scheme to support self-employed individuals, including self-employed managers of small companies in sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March […]

Commission launches the Fit for Future Platform and invites experts to join

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today launched the Fit for Future Platform – a high-level expert group, which will help the Commission simplify existing EU laws and reduce administrative burden for citizens and businesses. It will also help ensure that EU legislation remains future-proof, given […]

Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further expand State aid Temporary Framework to recapitalisation measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to further extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The Temporary Framework […]

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 […]