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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 - 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 - 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 - 18-22 March 2019
European supervisory architecture - EU tax cooperation programme - Sustainable Finance - EU Budget 2021-2027: preliminary agreement on InvestEU, Horizon Europe - Mergers: conditional approval for acquisition of Asco by Spirit - EUR 750 m EU funding for clean energy infrastructure - Security Union legislative initiatives - Google fined EUR 1.49 bn for abusive practices in online advertising - European Defence Fund: EUR 525m for Eurodrone and other joint research and industrial projects - cartel eLeniency tool - European Innovation Council

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 - 7-11 January 2019
Nike in Netherlands tax probe - Commission lifts Thailand's fishing 'yellow card' - Commission to assess acquisition of Chantiers de l'Atlantique by Fincantieri - Commission approves support for production of electricity from renewable energy sources and for electro-intensive users in Lithuania - EC adopts two decisions recommending taxation of ports in Italy and Spain - EC to prolong EU State aid rules and launch evaluation - EC approves EUR 50 million voucher scheme for faster broadband services in Greece - United States is Europe's main soya beans supplier with imports up by 112 per cent

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

Top Stories from the European Commission - 28-31 January 2019
European government bonds cartel: Statement of Objections - EU-Japan trade agreement - EU report: Georgia clear progress on reform agenda - EU-U.S. trade talks progress report - Brexit Preparedness 'no-deal' contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and EU budget - Sustainability reflection paper - countering online disinformation - U.S. Soya bean scheme sustainable - Property regimes for international couples - competition enforcement contributes to affordable and innovative medicines: report

Top Stories from the European Commission - 25-28 February 2019
State aid: probe into public financing of Oresund fixed rail-road link, approval of RWE acquisition of E.ON electricity generation assets - Rare Disease Day - Education for Children with Disabilities - European Semester Winter Package progress - New ACP-EU Partnership talks - EUR 10bn for innovative clean technologies - wind farms in France support

Top Stories from the European Commission - 21-25 January 2019
State aid: 2018 Scoreboard - 99 pct skimmed milk powder public stocks sold - Erasmus+ record year - EU-Ethiopia cooperation - January infringements package: ECB documents, VAT, property registration tax, asylum, energy efficiency in buildings, family benefits - impact of 'no-deal' Brexit on EU fisheries - energy infrastructure - Mastercard fine - new rules for sharing of public sector data - Antisemitism in Europe - digital prescriptions

Top Stories from the European Commission - 18-22 February 2019
State aid probe into British Capacity Market scheme - InvestEU - EU Visa Policy - Iraq aid - Infringements calculation methodology - European Defence Fund - Cohesion Policy after 2020 - Brexit preparedness - Lorenzo Natali Media Prize - polluting trucks - Andromeda-Nireus-Selonda-Amerra and Mubadala acquisition - Rohingya Crisis aid - red tape for citizens living abroad - LIFE programme funding - aid for agri-businesses in rural Africa

Top Stories from the European Commission - 11-15 February 2019
New rules for explosive precursors - fairness of online platforms' trading practices - investment screening framework - European Labour Authority - Intra-EU cross-border payments - EU-Asia trade - anti-money laundering - modernising copyright rules - fisheries technical conservation measures - pensions - smarter vaping regulation - pipelines with third countries - Virgin Atlantic-Air-France-KLM-Delta-Virgin Group - Brexit Preparedness for railway safety - first joint industrial defence projects - Cambodia trade - scientific studies on food safety

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.