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Top Stories from the European Commission - 18-21 Dec 2017

21 December 2017, 12:59 CET
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  • Opening remarks of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Readout of the European Commission discussion on the Rule of Law in Poland
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:30:00 +0100
    European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 20 December 2017 - I would like to speak to you about the situation in Poland as regards the rule of law. Sadly our concerns have deepened. Within a period of two years a significant numbers of laws have been adopted...
  • Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Cristal by Tronox
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed takeover of Cristal by Tronox under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the deal may reduce competition in titanium dioxide pigment, a critical input for many...
  • Opening remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis on the review of prudential rules for investment firms
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:59:00 +0100
    European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 20 December 2017 The European Commission has today taken another step in our efforts to build deeper and more integrated capital markets, as part of our Capital Markets Union.
  • Commission action on the Rule of Law in Poland: Questions & Answers
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:05:00 +0100
    European - Fact Sheet Commission Brussels, 20 December 2017 Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of...
  • Integration of refugees: Commission joins forces with social and economic partners
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:04:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 Integration of refugees: Commission joins forces with social and economic partners Today, the European Commission and the EU Social and Economic partners[1] will sign a 'European Partnership for Integration', laying down key principles and commitments to support and strengthen opportunities for...
  • Rule of Law: European Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:04:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has today concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of...
  • Frequently asked questions: Revised Framework for Investment Firms
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:04:00 +0100
    European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 20 December 2017 1. Investment firms What are investment firms? Investment firms play an important role in facilitating savings and investment flows across the EU, forming a vital cog in a well-functioning Capital Markets Union.
  • EU strengthens its support to the Geneva peace process to end the conflict in Syria
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:01 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 The European Union adopts a new €9 million programme to support peace and political transition in Syria. The European Union adopted the second phase of the "Syria Peace Support Initiative" under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
  • Capital Markets Union: more proportionate and risk-sensitive rules for stronger investment firms
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:01 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 Europe's capital markets will be more efficient and better supervised thanks to a revamp of rules for investment firms. The European Commission is today proposing a two-track overhaul to make life simpler for smaller investment firms, while bringing the largest, systemic...
  • European Commission appoints new Heads of Representation in Athens, Prague and Nicosia
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:01 +0100
    - Press release European Commission Brussels, 20 December 2017 Mr George Markopouliotis will take up office in Greece on 1 February 2018, Ms Dana Kovarikova will take up office in the Czech Republic on 1 February 2018 and Mr Ierotheos Papadopoulos will do so in Cyprus on 1 April 2018.
  • Visa Liberalisation Report: Questions and Answers
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:01 +0100
    European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 20 December 2017 What is the Commission presenting today? The Commission is today reporting on the functioning of the visa-free regime with the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as the Eastern...
  • EU visa reciprocity mechanism - Questions and Answers
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:00 +0100
    European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 20 December 2017 What is the visa reciprocity mechanism? Visa reciprocity is a central principle of the EU's common visa policy and an objective which the Union pursues in a proactive manner in its relations with non-EU countries.
  • Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on implementation of benchmarks for Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 . The Commission is today reporting on the continuous fulfilment of the visa liberalisation benchmarks by the Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) as well as the Eastern Partnership countries (Georgiam...
  • Visa reciprocity: Political and diplomatic efforts continue to yield results
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:02:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 The European Commission is reporting today on progress made towards achieving full visa reciprocity with Canada and the United States, evaluating the developments over the past seven months, and also providing the Commission's assessment on the effectiveness of the reciprocity mechanism.
  • EU report: Azerbaijan renews engagement and dialogue
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:01:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 Azerbaijan has renewed its engagement and dialogue with the European Union, including through the launch of negotiations on a comprehensive new agreement to modernise and revitalise the EU-Azerbaijan partnership. Azerbaijan has also embarked on an important process to diversify its economy.
  • Daily News 20 / 12 / 2017
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:01:00 +0100
    European Commission - Daily News Daily News 20 / 12 / 2017 Brussels, 20 December 2017 Rule of Law: European Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule...
  • EU puts in place new trade defence rules
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 Today the EU's new trade defence legislation, an integral part of President Juncker's agenda on A Europe That Protects, enters into force. It will change the way the EU tackles dumped and subsidised imports from countries with significant state-induced market distortions.
  • The EU's new trade defence rules and first country report
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 20 December 2017 Questions and Answers Today, the EU implemented important changes to its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy legislation and the European Commission published a report on state induced distortions existing in China.
  • Brexit: European Commission recommends draft negotiating directives for next phase of the Article 50 negotiations
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:43:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 December 2017 Following the guidelines adopted by the European Council (Art 50) on 15 December, the European Commission has today sent a Recommendation to the Council (Art 50) to begin discussions on the next phase of the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom...
  • Internet usage - Online peer-to-peer accommodation services used by 1 in 6 EU citizens - 8% booked transport services
    Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - EUROSTAT Internet usage - Internet usage - Brussels, 20 December 2017 According to 2017 survey results, 17% of individuals in the EU arranged accommodation (room, apartment, house, holiday cottage, etc.) via websites or apps from another private individual for private purposes in the preceding 12 months.
  • Commission welcomes agreement on energy performance of buildings
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 18:27:00 +0100
    European - Press release Commission Brussels, 19 December 2017 Commission welcomes agreement on energy performance of buildings A political agreement on new rules for improving the energy performance of buildings was reached today between negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission.
  • Daily News 19 / 12 / 2017
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:58:00 +0100
    European Commission - Daily News Daily News 19 / 12 / 2017 Brussels, 19 December 2017 Safe products in the EU Single Market: Commission acts to reinforce trust The Commission tabled today two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and...
  • Autumn 2017 Standard Eurobarometer: Fixing the roof while the sun is shining
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:51:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 According to a new Eurobarometer released today, a majority of Europeans think the situation of the economy is good. Support for the euro is at its highest since 2004 in the euro area and optimism for the future of the EU...
  • New assistance package for Lebanon: EU strongly committed to supporting the country's development and stability
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:17:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 The EU-funded projects will support the people of Lebanon in key sectors such as democratic participation, sanitation and local developments. The European Commission adopted a new €44 million assistance package that will contribute to the promotion of stability and economic and...
  • State aid: Commission approves progressive application of renewable energy surcharge for certain self-suppliers of electricity in Germany
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:07:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 The European Commission has endorsed under EU State aid rules German plans to progressively apply renewable energy surcharges to certain self-suppliers of electricity. The surcharge reform will contribute to lower electricity bills for consumers, in a sustainable way for existing self-suppliers.
  • Single Market: trading safe products across Europe
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 19 December 2017 Question & Answers on the Commission proposals What is the Commission proposing and why? The free movement of goods is one of the building blocks of the EU Single Market.
  • Safe products in the EU Single Market: Commission acts to reinforce trust
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 The Commission is today tabling two legislative proposals to make it easier for companies, especially SMEs, to sell their products across Europe, and to strengthen controls by national authorities and customs officers to prevent unsafe products from being sold to European...
  • State aid: Commission approves introduction of tradable phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a trading system for phosphate rights for dairy cattle in the Netherlands. The measure aims to improve water quality in the Netherlands by limiting phosphate production from dairy cattle manure and...
  • State Aid: Commission approves Irish support scheme for SMEs
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Irish scheme to reduce the taxation of employee share options for SMEs. The scheme will allow small and medium-sized companies to recruit and retain employees without unduly distorting competition in...
  • State aid: Commission approves the Maltese tonnage tax scheme subject to commitments
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 December 2017 The European Commission has conditionally approved under EU State aid rules the Maltese tonnage tax scheme for a period of 10 years. The scheme will ensure a level playing field between Maltese and other European shipping companies, and will encourage ship...
  • October 2017 compared with September 2017 - Production in construction down by 0.4% in euro area - Down by 0.7% in EU28
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 19 December 2017 In October 2017 compared with September 2017, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.4% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
  • Third quarter of 2017 - Annual growth in labour costs at 1.6% in euro area - At 2.1% in EU28
    Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 19 December 2017 Hourly labour costs rose by 1.6% in the euro area (EA19) and by 2.1% in the EU28 in the third quarter of 2017, compared with the same quarter of the previous year.
  • Europe – the continent of solidarity: Joint Statement on the occasion of International Migrant Day
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:38:00 +0100
    European Commission - Statement Brussels, 17 December 2017 On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner...
  • Statement by Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta (Syria)
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:41:00 +0100
    European Commission - Statement Brussels, 18 December 2017 Over the past weeks, the situation in the besieged Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus has deteriorated rapidly. Its 400,000 inhabitants face major humanitarian challenges, as there is a shortage of basic supplies including food, fuel, medicine.
  • Fight against illicit drugs: Commission proposes to ban seven new substances
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:14:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 December 2017 Today, the Commission is proposing to ban seven new psychoactive substances (NPS) across the European Union, in addition to nine others banned previously this year.
  • Daily News 18 /12/ 2017
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:12:00 +0100
    European Commission - Daily News Daily News 18 /12/ 2017 Brussels, 18 December 2017 State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA, one of the two groups operating...
  • Questions and answers on the Baltic States' synchronisation with the continental European Network (CEN)
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 18 December 2017 Questions and answers on the Baltic States' synchronisation with the continental European Network (CEN) 1. What is the Baltic electricity synchronisation project? Today, the three Baltic States are well interconnected with other neighbouring Member States, including Poland, Sweden and Finland.
  • State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 December 2017 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA, one of the two groups operating the IKEA business.
  • Energy Union: European solidarity on energy: synchronisation of the Baltic States' electricity network with the European system will strengthen security of supply
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Statement Brussels, 18 December 2017 Today's meeting confirms the political will to synchronise the Baltic States' electricity network with the Western European continental system. Today, 18 December 2017, at a meeting in the Berlaymont building the Vice-President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefcovic, the Commissioner for...
  • State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into support for Romanian rail freight operator CFR Marfa
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 December 2017 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether debt write-offs by the Romanian state in favour of rail freight operator CFR Marfa, and the failure to collect debts from the company, have given the company an unfair advantage...
  • Europe – the continent of solidarity: Joint Statement on the occasion of International Migrant Day
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - Statement Brussels, 18 December 2017 On the occasion of International Migrant Day on 18 December, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Neven Mimica, Commissioner for...
  • Third quarter of 2017 - Euro area job vacancy rate at 1.9% - EU28 rate at 2.0%
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 18 December 2017 The job vacancy rate in the euro area (EA19) was 1.9% in the third quarter of 2017, stable compared with the previous quarter and up from 1.6% in the third quarter of 2016, according to figures published by Eurostat, the statistical office...
  • November 2017 - Annual inflation up to 1.5% in the euro area - Up to 1.8% in the EU
    Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0100
    European Commission - EUROSTAT November 2017 - November 2017 - Brussels, 18 December 2017 Euro area annual inflation was 1.5% in November 2017, up from 1.4% in October. In November 2016, the rate was 0.6%. European Union annual inflation was 1.8% in November 2017, up from 1.7% in October.

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