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Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe.


Commission reports on European arrest warrant: 56,000 persons surrendered since 2005, Member States need to improve implementation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission published a report assessing the transposition of the European arrest warrant in 27 Member States and the UK from 2004 until now....


State aid: Commission prolongs EU State aid rules and adopts targeted adjustments to mitigate impact of coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The European Commission has prolonged the validity of certain State aid rules which would otherwise expire at the end of 2020. In this context, and to take the ...


EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa: New assistance package to support vulnerable groups and address COVID-19 in North Africa

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Today, as part of the EU's global response to the coronavirus outbreak, the EU - through its Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) - has adopted a new assistance package to protect migrants, stabilise local communities and respond to COVID-19 in North Africa.


Statement by President von der Leyen on reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package

European Commission Statement Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Reaching a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package is the EU's highest priority for the coming weeks.

The Commission has made proposals ...


Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The European Commission has today referred Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the European Union, with a request for financial sanctions, for failing to fully implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4) into their national law.


Noise: Commission decides to refer PORTUGAL and SLOVAKIA to the Court of Justice of the EU for their failure to map noise and draw up noise action plans

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The European Commission is calling on Portugal and Slovakia to comply with the key provisions of Directive 2002/49/EC on the assessment and management of environmental noise.


Statement by Michel Barnier following the restricted round of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom

European Commission Speech Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 This week, David Frost and I continued our discussions, together with a restricted number of experts on each side.

As agreed two weeks ago at the High-Level Me...


Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Today, the Commission decided to refer Romania to the Court of Justice, with a request for financial sanctions, following the lack of notification of transposit...


Nature: Commission decides to refer SLOVAKIA to the Court of Justice of the EU over failure to assess the impact of sanitary logging on Natura 2000 sites and failure to take measures for the protection of a bird species

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The European Commission has decided to refer Slovakia to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to correctly transpose Article 6 (3) of the Habitats Directive


July infringements package: key decisions

European Commission Infringement decisions Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Overview by policy area
In its regular package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comp...


Free movement of services: Commission takes further action to ensure a well-functioning Single Market for professionals

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The Commission is referring the Czech Republic and Poland to the Court for not remedying breaches of EU law on professional qualifications following reasoned op...


Guidelines on the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive – Questions and Answers

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Why is the Commission issuing guidelines on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive?

Under the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), the Commi...


Daily News 02 / 07 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time

The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have alrea...


Marine environment: Commission decides to refer BULGARIA to the Court of Justice of the EU over late reporting under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The Commission has asked Bulgariato comply with their reporting obligation under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive(MSFD, Directive 2008/56/EC). T


Commission takes further steps to promote European audiovisual works and protect vulnerable viewers

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 Today, the Commission adopted guidelines to help Member States implement the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The guidelines will offer a practical...


Nature: Commission decides to refer IRELAND to the Court of Justice of the EU over failure to take appropriate conservation measures

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to designate Special Areas of Conservation, more than five years after the deadline expired.


State aid: Commission approves €46.5 million Hungarian investment aid to Toray's lithium-ion battery separator film plant

European Commission Press release Brussels, 02 Jul 2020 The European Commission has found Hungary's €46.5 million investment aid to the chemical company Toray for a new battery separator film plant in the Közép-Dunán...


Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants new market authorisations

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisations to the company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, for a vaccine against Ebola.


Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press conference on the Youth Employment Support package and the European Skills Agenda

European Commission Speech Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Good afternoon,

Before passing on to the main topics of today's conference, I want to present to you some of the points which we discussed during today's Colle...


Youth Employment Support - A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Youth Employment Support - A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation Youth Employment Support - A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation Youth Employment Support...


Investment Plan in Romania: EIB and EBRD make €12.5 million of new funds available to farmers

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 01 Jul 2020 Funding to be provided through Agricover Credit IFN, financier of agriculture

EIB with EFSI support and EBRD providing new financing of €7.5 million and €5 mil...


Commission drafts negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission presented to the Council draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia, laying out the guidelines and principles for their accession talks.


Commission presents European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today the Commission presents the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years.


Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU, and thrive in the green and digital transitions.


Questions and answers: European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Why are skills so important?
Skills are key for sustainable competitiveness, resilience and ensuring social fairness for all. Businesses need workers with the s...


Questions and Answers on Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Why do we need to act on youth employment?

Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full...


Daily News 01 / 07 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 COLLEGE MEETING: Commission presents Youth Employment Support package and the European Skills Agenda

Today, the European Commission is taking action to give yo...


Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU's enga...


Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU-Republic of Korea Summit videoconference

European Commission Statement Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 Thank you so much, Charles.
I would also like to thank President Moon for our discussions this morning.
Indeed, in times of an unprecedented global health cris...


Joint press release: Republic of Korea - EU Leaders' video conference meeting

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 H.E. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea, H.E. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and H.E. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, held a Leaders' meeting via video conference on 30 June 2020.


Daily News 30 / 06 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 EU-Republic of Korea leaders' videoconference: cooperation, solidarity and sustainability at the heart of a joint response to the coronavirus pandemic

This mor...


Commission welcomes confirmation of provisional agreement to strengthen collective redress in the EU

European Commission Statement Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 Today, the Council endorsed a provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for the protection of collective interest of consumers recently concluded with the European...


Competition: The European Commission launches a process to address the issue of collective bargaining for the self-employed

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 The European Commission is launching today a process to ensure that the EU competition rules do not stand in the way of collective bargaining for those who need...


State aid: Commission approves €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 The European Commission has approved a €30 billion French subordinated loan scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was app...


Syrian crisis: EU mobilises an overall pledge of €6.9 billion for 2020 and beyond

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Jun 2020 At the fourth Brussels Conference on "Supporting the future of Syria and the Region", the international community pledged a total of €6.9 billion for Syria and the main countries hosting Syrian refugees . The European Union overall pledged 71%, or €4.9 billion, with €2.3 billion from Member States.


Speeches by EVP Timmermans, Commissioner Ferreira and Commissioner Simson at the Just Transition Platform Launch Event

European Commission Speech Brussels, 29 Jun 2020 Speeches by EVP Timmermans, Commissioner Ferreira and Commissioner Simson at the Just Transition Platform Launch Event


Press Statement by Commissioner Sinkevicius at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

European Commission Speech Brussels, 29 Jun 2020 Speech by Commissioner Sinkevicius, in charge of Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Dear colleagues,

Today I ...


Daily News 29 / 06 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 29 Jun 2020 Coronavirus Global Response: Saturday's summit raised €6.15 billion for universal access to coronavirus vaccines

Saturday was an important day for global solid...


Antitrust: Commission publishes report on the impact of the Interchange Fees Regulation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 Jun 2020 The European Commission has published a report on the impact of the Interchange Fees Regulation ("IFR") for card-based payment transactions. In line with the re...


Discours du commissaire Thierry Breton - Inauguration de la Table Ronde de l'Automobile Espagne

European Commission Discours Brussels, 29 Jun 2020 Madame la Ministre [Reyes Maroto],

Mesdames et Messieurs,

Merci pour votre invitation à cette première réunion de la Table Ronde de l'Automobile.

Je suis trè...


State aid: Commission expands Temporary Framework to further support micro, small and start-up companies and incentivise private investments

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 Jun 2020 The European Commission has adopted a third amendment to extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy i...


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