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Top Stories from the European Commission - 15-19 July 2019
Antitrust: US chipmaker Qualcomm fined - Conditional approval for Vodafone acquisition of Liberty Global's cable business in Czechia, Germany, Hungary and Romania - EU–Canada Summit - progress towards sustainable development - fighting forest fires - Antitrust: Amazon probe - protecting judges in Poland against political control

Top Stories from the European Commission - 16-20 September 2019
EU Beach Clean Up - Customs Union: Fake goods 2018 - Humanitarian aid: EUR 34 million in African Great Lakes region - Eurostat: Annual inflation, production in the construction sector, job vacancies - Mergers: conditional clearance for E.ON acquisition of Innogy - Juncker-Johnson meeting - probe into individual 'excess profit' tax rulings granted by Belgium to 39 multinational companies

Top Stories from the European Commission - 9-13 September 2019
Erasmus+ boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019 - Vaccination benefits - fight against climate change - the von der Leyen Commission - VAT Gap - effectiveness of public consultations - Milk, fruits and vegetables for schoolchildren - EU unemployment figures - Drought in Europe

Top Stories from the European Commission - 29 April-3 May 2019
DiscoverEU travel passes - Africa-Europe Alliance Mauritius visit - U.S. liquefied natural gas exports up by 272 pct - EUR 22 million aid to Palestinians - Compatibility of Investment Court System with EU Treaties: ECJ - European Citizens' Initiative - EU strategic agenda 2019-2024 - Anti-Fraud Strategy - European Youth Week - Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Mastercard and Visa to cut inter-regional interchange fees

Top Stories from the European Commission - 8-12 July 2019
EU-U.S. trade talk mutual recognition on pharmaceuticals - Airbnb cooperates - European Institute of Innovation and Technology strategy - conditional approval for GlaxoSmithKline acquisition of Pfizer's Consumer Health Business - Loi 130 architectural competition winner - Summer 2019 Economic Forecast - Antitrust: Sanrio Hello Kitty fine - EU-Ukraine Summit

Top Stories from the European Commission - 25-29 March 2019
EU victory in the WTO Boeing dispute - Report on EU trade defence - CO2 emission standards for cars and vans - Venezuela emergency aid - healthy eating habits for European schoolchildren - European Citizens' NewRightsNow initiative - security of 5G networks - Clean Energy for All Europeans - Road safety rules - EC probe into Novelis' proposed acquisition of Aleris - Car rentals clearer and more transparent pricing - Nike antitrust fine

Top Stories from the European Commission - 24-28 June 2019
Mergers: EC approves acquisition of Red Hat by IBM - Canon fined EUR 28m - simplified rules for State aid - EC lifts Taiwan fishing yellow card - Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq aid package - unjustified geo-blocking - Broadcom antitrust probe - European Universities - Vietnam trade deal - cross-border parental disputes

Top Stories from the European Commission - 13-17 May 2019
Foreign exchange spot trading cartel - EU, Tunisia partnership - EU Solidarity Funding for Austria, Italy and Romania - research and student mobility programmes - 'Save the bees!' initiative - EU and Central Asia partnership - VAT Fraud - Education in Emergencies - InBev fine - cheaper calls to other EU countries

Top Stories from the European Commission - 3-7 June 2019
European Drug Report - obtaining electronic evidence - DiscoverEU - taxation - bathing water - European Semester 2019 Spring Package - EU budget 2020 - EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

Top Stories from the European Commission - 1-5 July 2019
Launch of the Finnish Presidency - Employment and Social Developments in Europe - Member States' compliance with EU law in 2018 - Commission transition rules - Excessive Deficit Procedure against Italy no longer warranted - EU Trust Fund for Africa - European citizens' initiative - Peugeot state aid - Fair Taxation

Top Stories from the European Commission - 22-26 July 2019
Drought aid for farmers - EU-U.S. trade talks - illegal yacht aid - German VAT for farmers - Court cases on waste water, air quality, radiation, biodiversity, natural habitats etc.. - guidance on participation of third country bidders in EU procurement market - Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing - GDPR - Protecting world's forests - eastern Baltic cod

Top Stories from the European Commission - 22-26 April 2019
26th EU-Japan Summit: Taking our strong partnership to a higher level - State aid: Commission approves €385 million support for production of electricity from renewable sources in Lithuania

EU development aid - highest-ever share of Gross National Income
Preliminary figures show that collectively, the EU - EU institutions and Member States – have increased Official Development Assistance (ODA) to EUR 68 billion in 2015 (up 15% from EUR 59 billion in 2014) – growing for the third year in a row (and reaching its highest level to date). EU collective ODA represented 0.47% of EU Gross National Income (GNI) in 2015, an increase from 0.43% in 2014. This is significantly above the non-EU Development Assistance Committee (DAC) country average of 0.21% ODA/GNI.

Visa reciprocity with US, Canada & Brunei: EU mulls next move
With the U.S., Canada and Brunei continuing to apply visa requirements for citizens of some EU Member States, the European Commission has assessed the legal, political and economic consequences of a possible temporary suspension of the visa waiver with these countries.

EU boosts aid to Ethiopia after worst ever El Nino
The European Commission has announced aid for Ethiopia worth some EUR 122.5 million, amidst a worsening humanitarian situation caused by one of the most severe extreme El Nino weather phenomenon on record.

Commission unveils upgrade for EU VAT system
Europe's VAT rules are to be made simpler, more fraud-proof and business-friendly as a result of European Commission plans to reboot the current EU VAT system.

EU aid for children's education in conflict zones
The European Commission announced on Tuesday a EUR 52 million humanitarian aid package aimed at educational projects for children caught up in conflict zones and other emergencies in 2016.

Winter package - European Semester 2016
EU Member States are making progress in addressing imbalances in their economies.

European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa
The European Commission launched on 12 November with other EU Member States and other European donors the EU's Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa.

Autumn 2015 Economic Forecast
The economic recovery in the euro area and the European Union as a whole is now in its third year. It should continue at a modest pace next year despite more challenging conditions in the global economy. The European Commission expects Europe's economy to continue a moderate recovery despite the challenges.

Juncker Commission second annual Work Programme
The European Commission adopted on 27 October its 2016 Work Programme, the second of the Juncker Commission, reaffirming the commitment to the ten political priorities of its Political Guidelines.

October 2015 infringements package: key decisions
In its 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.

September infringements package: highlights
For September 2015, the European Commission has taken 115 decisions of which the key ones are presented below and grouped by policy area (including 13 reasoned opinions and 3 referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union).

Investment Plan for Europe
The European Commission on 22 July put final building blocks in place to kick-start investment in the real economy. The Commission says the package of measures agreed will ensure that the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) is up and running by early autumn 2015, keeping the timetable set by EC president Jean-Claude Juncker to implement the Investment Plan for Europe.

EC website on non-cooperative tax jurisdictions
A number of EU Member States assess how countries and territories around the world apply standards of tax good governance (transparency, exchange of information, and fair tax competition). The criteria (partly common and partly their own) used by the relevant EU countries in their assessment are listed on this website. A map shows the results based on Member States lists in December 2014. The Commission says it will amend this list at least once a year to reflect changes to Member States' national lists.