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 […]

European Commission welcomes the positive assessment about how it has managed the EU budget

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its latest report about the management of the EU budget,the European Court of Auditors – the independent auditor of EU spending – confirmed that the Juncker Commission had significantly improved the way it administered the EU budget. The auditors gave the EU annual […]

Fighting Terrorism Online: EU Internet Forum committed to an EU-wide Crisis Protocol

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the participants of the 5th EU Internet Forum, hosted by Commissioners Avramopoulos and King, have committed to an EU Crisis Protocol – a rapid response to contain the viral spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online. The Commission, Member States and online […]

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 […]