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Brussels plans EUR 100 billion coronavirus solidarity fund
The EU Commission proposed Thursday to set up a EUR 100 bn coronavirus solidarity fund to help businesses stay afloat and workers keep incomes, and to redirect structural funds to coronavirus response.

Country reports put sustainability at heart of EU economic policy
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the 'winter package' of EU country reports analysing Member States' key socio-economic challenges, published on Wednesday by the European Commission.

Western Balkans next target for EU enlargement
The European Commission put forward a proposal Wednesday to strengthen and make the EU accession process more predictable, targeting enlargement to the Western Balkans as a top EU priority.

EU offers zero-tariff trade deal if UK keeps to commitment on 'level playing field'
The EU offered the UK a tariff-free trade deal Monday, so long as it kept to commitments it made in the Political Declaration to a 'level playing field' and preventing unfair competitive advantages.

Green deal at centre of EU Commission's 2020 work plan
The EU's key challenge in 2020 is to grasp opportunities offered by the ecological and digital transitions, its chief Ursula von der Leyen said as she set out her Commission's new Work Programme Wednesday.

New EU growth strategy to be based on 'competitive sustainability'
The new von der Leyen Commission presented a rebooted growth strategy Tuesday focused on promoting competitive sustainability and building a European economy 'that works for people and the planet'.

New 'Green Deal' is EU's growth strategy, says Commission
The European Commission presented its long-awaited 'Green Deal' Wednesday, a package of measures to boost efficient use of resources, to turn climate challenges into opportunities across all policy areas.

MEPs vote in von der Leyen's new EU Commission
Following conclusion of its hearings process, the EU Parliament gave its approval Wednesday to a new team of Commissioners, presented by Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen.

Eight states at risk of breaching EU stability pact
High levels of debt mean eight EU Member States - including France and Italy - are at risk of non-compliance with the European Stability and Growth Pact, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

EU acts against UK for not nominating Commissioner
The European Commission sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom Thursday for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner.

EU staff budget savings come at a cost to workforce
A 2014 EU staff reforms package has achieved significant savings, says a new report from the European Court of Auditors, but also had some negative consequences for human resources.

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Von der Leyen's new Commission affirms green credentials
EU Member States accepted Tuesday the list of Commissioners until 31 October 2024 proposed by European Commission president-elect Ursula Von der Leyen, with climate policy put forward as a top priority.

EU states' VAT collection gap at EUR 137 bn in 2017
Thorough reform of the VAT system is needed to make it more fraud-proof, the EU Commission said Thursday as it released a study showing Member States lost EUR 137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017.

MEPs confirm Ursula Von der Leyen as first female Commission President
Members of the European Parliament confirmed in a secret ballot Tuesday Ursula von der Leyen as President of the next European Commission, voted in with a narrow majority by 383 MEPs.

Ursula von der Leyen nominated as next EU Commission chief
The EU at a special summit Tuesday proposed Ursula von der Leyen, Germany's German defence minister and a member of the centre-right CDU, as candidate for the next president of the European Commission.

European Semester 2019 Spring Package
The European Commission has taken the next steps in the 2019 cycle of the European Semester of economic policy coordination.

March 2019 infringements package: key decisions
In its March 2019 monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against EU Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

Auditors examine effectiveness of EU fight against superbugs
The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU action against superbugs, including bacteria which have become resistant to antibiotics, to assess the relevance and effectiveness of EU contributions and support.

Commission is circular economy champion: WEF
The EU Commission received the 2019 Circular Economy prize at the World Economic Forum Monday, in recognition of its work to accelerate the EU's transition towards a circular economy.

Brussels adopts negotiating mandates for trade deal with the United States
The EU Commission adopted Friday proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods.

'Damage control' Brexit agreement as UK ministers resign
Following Wednesday's agreement between EU Commission and the United Kingdom on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement, ministers have resigned including the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab.

Commission Work Programme 2019
The European Commission presented on 24 October its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on its ten political priorities; adopting a limited number of new initiatives to address outstanding challenges; and presenting several initiatives with a future perspective for a Union at 27 reinforcing the foundations for a strong, united and sovereign Europe.

European Commission Opinion on the 2019 draft budgetary plan of Italy
The European Commission identified on 23 October in the draft budgetary plan submitted by Italy for 2019 a particularly serious non-compliance with the fiscal recommendation addressed to Italy by the Council on 13 July 2018.

EU puts forward ideas to reform 'outdated' WTO
A day after US President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, the EU put forward proposals to upgrade World Trade Organisation rules, which it says are outdated and often ignored.