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Top Stories from the European Commission - 5-9 November 2018

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State aid: Commission approves public support for natural gas interconnector between Greece and Bulgaria

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 The European Commission has found Bulgarian and Greek plans to support the construction and operation of a natural gas interconnector to be in line with EU State aid rules.


State aid: Romania needs to recover around €60 million of incompatible aid from energy producer CE Hunedoara

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 The European Commission has found that energy producer Complexul Energetic Hunedoara (CE Hunedoara) received around €60 million of incompatible State aid from Romania through four publicly financed loans. Romania now needs to recover the illegal aid plus interest.


Africa-Europe Alliance: boosting sustainable energy investments in Africa

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 A new high-level platform initiative brings together key players in the sustainable energy sector from the public and private sectors of both Europe and Africa.


Commission requests Maltese anti-money laundering watchdog to step up supervision of banks

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 8 November 2018 The European Commission has adopted today an opinion requiring the Maltese anti-money laundering supervisor (Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit) to continue taking additional measures to fully comply with its obligations under the fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive.


Paradise Papers: Commission follows up on illegal tax breaks for yachts and aircraft

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 The Commission today stepped up its agenda to tackle tax avoidance in the yacht and aircraft sectors by implementing infringement proceedings on tax breaks being applied in the pleasure craft industries of Italy and the Isle of Man.


Prudential supervision for banks and investment firms: Commission suspends referral of Spain to the Court

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 The European Commission has decided to put on hold the execution of Spain's referral to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to fully implement EU rules on prudential supervision of credit institutions and investment firms, in light of...


Directive on markets in financial instruments (MiFID II): Commission suspends referral of Spain to the Court

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 The European Commission has decided to put on hold the referral of Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to implement the EU rules on markets in financial instruments (MiFID II), in light of the recent developments...


Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast: sustained but less dynamic growth amid high uncertainty

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with...


Airport slot allocation: Commission calls on the Court to fine Portugal for failure to comply with previous Court judgment

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 Airport slot allocation: Commission calls on the Court to fine Portugal for failure to comply with previous Court judgment. The European Commission decided to refer Portugal back to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to fully and...


Railway safety: Commission refers Bulgaria to the Court of Justice for failure to transpose and comply with EU rules on railway safety

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 Railway safety: Commission refers Bulgaria to the Court of Justice for failure to transpose and comply with EU rules on railway safety. Today, the Commission has decided to refer Bulgaria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to...


Commission refers Luxembourg to the Court of Justice for not completely implementing EU anti-money laundering rules

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 8 November 2018 Commission refers Luxembourg to the Court of Justice for not completely implementing EU anti-money laundering rules The European Commission decided today to refer Luxembourg to the Court of Justice of the EU for transposing only part of the 4th Anti-Money Laundering...


Universal Service Directive: Commission refers Portugal to the Court

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 November 2018 Today, the European Commission is referring Portugal to the Court of Justice of the EU to ensure a correct implementation of the Universal Service Directive, which, for instance, makes sure all EU citizens can make phone calls at a reasonable quality...


November infringements package: key decisions

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 8 November 2018 Overview by policy area In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission ('Commission') is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.


Daily News 08 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 08 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 8 November 2018 President Jean-Claude Juncker on official visit to Finland with members of the College Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, is currently in Helsinki, Finland on an official visit.


Mergers: Commission clears the creation of six joint ventures by Daimler and BMW, subject to conditions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7 November 2018 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the creation of six joint ventures by Daimler and BMW, subject to conditions. Daimler and BMW, both active in car manufacturing, will establish six joint ventures, bringing together the two companies'...


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan' initiative'

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 7 November 2018 The European Commission has today decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Mandatory food labelling Non-Vegetarian / Vegetarian / Vegan'. The initiative states that: "Vegetarians and vegans struggle across the EU to identify suitable food.


Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 7 November 2018 Today the Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year's fishing quotas. The European Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and the North Sea for 89 stocks: for 62 stocks the...


Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7 November 2018 Today the Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals. The Communication also outlines how the Commission intends to ensure that the EU approach remains the most modern and fit-for-purpose in the...


Questions and Answers on the Commission's proposal for Atlantic and North Sea fishing opportunities (TACs) in 2019

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 7 November 2018 Ahead of the December Fisheries Council, where Member States are expected to agree on next year's fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea, the Commission is presenting its proposal for a continued progress towards sustainable fish stocks and viable opportunities...


Commission Communication on endocrine disruptors: Questions and Answers

European - Fact Sheet Commission Brussels, 7 November 2018 Commission Communication on endocrine disruptors: Questions and Answers How does the EU protect its citizens and the environment when it comes to chemicals? Chemical substances are regulated extensively under different areas of EU law, such as Occupational Safety and Health, food...


Daily News 07 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 07 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 7 November 2018 COLLEGE MEETING: Endocrine disruptors: A strategy for the future that protects EU citizens and the environment Today the Commission has adopted a Communication, confirming its commitment to protecting citizens and the environment from hazardous chemicals.


Mergers: Commission approves Disney's acquisition of parts of Fox, subject to conditions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 November 2018 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of parts of Fox by Disney, both US based global media companies. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Disney.


EU contributes €26 million to improve women, children and adolescents' health around the world

European Commission - Press release Oslo, 6 November 2018 The EU today pledged around €26 million ($30 million) at the Global Financing Facility replenishment event. Hosted by the World Bank, the Governments of Norway and Burkina Faso, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the event takes place in Oslo.


Athens is the European Capital of Innovation 2018

European Commission - Press release Lisbon, 6 November 2018 The European Commission is awarding Athens the title of the European Capital of Innovation 2018 with a €1 million prize. Athens (Greece) is the winner of this year's European Capital of Innovation Awards, funded by the EU research and innovation programme...


Humanitarian aid: EU steps up humanitarian assistance for crisis in Yemen with additional €90 million

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 November 2018 The Commission has allocated an additional €90 million in humanitarian aid for civilians in Yemen, as the conflict-torn country plunges into the world's worst hunger crisis.


Commission invests in infrastructure and cultural heritage in Napoli, Italy

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 6 November 2018 The Commission adopted five major Cohesion Policy projects, altogether worth 868 million euros, for better transport and water infrastructure and to preserve cultural heritage in the Italian city of Napoli.


Daily News 06 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 06 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 6 November 2018 La Commission investit dans les infrastructures et le patrimoine culturel à Naples, en Italie La Commission a adopté cinq grands projets de la politique de Cohésion d'une valeur totale de 868 millions d'euros pour...


Daily News 05 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 05 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 5 November 2018 EU supports Italy following deadly floods The Commission's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre has been in constant contact with the Italian authorities to offer EU support as heavy floods have affected many parts of...


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