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 […]

Strength in unity: Commission makes recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda 2019-2024

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is today setting out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world. With the European Parliament […]

Are we letting politicians play with migrants’ health?

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Mariona Borell, a 22-year-old medical student from Barcelona. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European […]

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access to school for […]

‘No-deal’ Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union’s intense ‘no-deal’ preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas. These areas include citizens’ residence and social security entitlements, data protection, medicine […]

Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook’s updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users’ data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company. The new terms detail what services, Facebook […]

“We need to accelerate our negotiation on the China-EU Investment Treaty”, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang highlights from the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels

The presidents of the European Commission and EU Council welcomed the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday at the 21st EU-China summit in Brussels where the two sides acknowledged their Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. EU and China agreed to a joint statement confirming their strategic intent and efforts for a more resilient cooperation in the framework of […]

Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission presents today next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group. Building on the work of the group of independent experts appointed in June 2018, the Commission is today launching a pilot phase […]

Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented today takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the rule of law […]

Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the EU Cohesion Policy invests €4 billion of EU funds in 25 large infrastructure projects in 10 Member States. The investment package involves Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The projects cover a wide range of areas: health, […]

Car rentals: EU action leads to clearer and more transparent pricing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities, five industry leaders, Avis, Europcar, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt, have changed the way they present car rental prices, making them fully transparent to consumers. Until now, the companies concerned had not fully implemented […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google’s rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner […]

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council. Global competition is intensifying and Europe needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market […]