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Top Stories from the European Commission - 15-19 Jan 2018

19 January 2018, 01:40 CET
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Mergers: Commission approves Qualcomm's acquisition of NXP, subject to conditions

18 January 2018, 14:00

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 January 2018 The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of NXP, based in the Netherlands, by Qualcomm of the US. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Qualcomm.

Opening remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis on NPL Progress Report

18 January 2018, 11:38

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 18 January 2018 Good morning, Today, the European Commission has adopted a Communication on the progress made in reducing levels of non-performing loans in EU banks.

Daily News 18 / 01 / 2018

18 January 2018, 11:18

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 18 / 01 / 2018 Brussels, 18 January 2018 VAT: More flexibility on VAT rates, less red tape for small businesses The European Commission has today proposed new rules to give Member States more flexibility to set Value Added Tax (VAT) rates and...

Future of Europe: President Juncker appoints members to Task Force on Subsidiarity and Proportionality

18 January 2018, 11:02

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 January 2018 Today, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appointed six members to the 'Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and "Doing Less More Efficiently"' that he announced in September in his State of the Union Address.

Banking Union: First Progress Report on the tackling of non-performing loans to support the risk-reduction agenda

18 January 2018, 10:55

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 January 2018 The European Commission has welcomed the headway made in tackling non-performing loans (NPLs) in the EU as part of ongoing work at the national and EU level to reduce remaining risks in parts of the European banking sector.

Progress in the Reduction of Non-Performing Loans in Europe

18 January 2018, 10:54

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 18 January 2018 Why is the Commission presenting a progress report on the reduction of non-performing loans (NPLs)? The Commission is presenting its First Progress Report on the Action Plan to tackle non-performing loans (NPLs) in Europe, which Finance Ministers agreed on in July...

Competition: Commission welcomes new rules that benefit consumers by promoting more competition in processing of card payments

18 January 2018, 10:45

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 January 2018 The European Commission has issued new requirements that ensure independence of payment card schemes and processing entities, to enhance competition in the card payment market.

VAT: More flexibility on VAT rates, less red tape for small businesses

18 January 2018, 10:44

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 January 2018 The European Commission has today proposed new rules to give Member States more flexibility to set Value Added Tax (VAT) rates and to create a better tax environment to help SMEs flourish.

Questions and Answers on the VAT package

18 January 2018, 10:11

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 18 January 2018 I. GENERAL QUESTIONS Why do we need these reforms? Today's proposals build on the Commission's 2016 VAT Action Plan which aims to broadly overhaul current rules, establishing a robust single European VAT area fit for an increasingly globalised world.

Third quarter of 2017 compared with third quarter of 2016 - House prices up by 4.1% in the euro area - Up by 4.6% in the EU

18 January 2018, 10:00

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 18 January 2018 House prices, as measured by the House Price Index, rose by 4.1% in the euro area and by 4.6% in the EU in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the same quarter of the previous year.

Speech by Vice-President Jyrki Katainen at the press conference on the European Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy

17 January 2018, 16:55

European Commission - Speech Strasbourg, 16 January 2018 Thank you very much Frans. This is a fascinating piece of our job – creating new markets and new opportunities, which will make our economies and societies more sustainable. Both in economic terms and environmental terms.

Friday 19 January: Launch of EU-China Tourism Year 2018

17 January 2018, 14:42

European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On Friday 19 January, the EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY) will be launched at the Doge's Palace in Venice. This initiative provides a unique opportunity to increase the number of visits, promote sustainable tourism, stimulate investment opportunities for Europe and China, and underpin the...

Daily News 17 / 01 / 2018

17 January 2018, 11:27

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 17 / 01 / 2018 Brussels, 17 January 2018 New measures to boost key and digital competences, as well as the European dimension of education Only two months after the Gothenburg Summit on 17 November 2017, the European Commission has today adopted new...

Speech by President Juncker at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the debate with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar, on the Future of Europe

17 January 2018, 11:25

European Commission - Speech - Speech Strasbourg, 17 January 2018 Mister President, Taoiseach, Ladies and Gentlemen, To be very short: I could not agree more. But I have to deliver a speech because the disappointment would be too big, if I did not do so.

Education and training initiatives

17 January 2018, 11:00

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 17 January 2018 Questions and Answers 1. Draft Council Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning What is the main aim of this Recommendation? The objective of the proposed Recommendation is to improve the development of key competences (e.g.

New measures to boost key competences and digital skills, as well as the European dimension of education

17 January 2018, 11:00

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 January 2018 To follow up on the Gothenburg Summit, the European Commission has today adopted new initiatives to improve key competences and digital skills of European citizens, to promote common values and pupils' awareness of the functioning of the European Union.

November 2017 compared with October 2017 - Production in construction up by 0.5% in euro area - Up by 0.6% in EU28

17 January 2018, 10:00

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 17 January 2018 In November 2017 compared with October 2017, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.5% in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.6% in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

December 2017 - Annual inflation down to 1.4% in the euro area - Down to 1.7% in the EU

17 January 2018, 10:00

European Commission - EUROSTAT December 2017 - December 2017 - Brussels, 17 January 2018 Euro area annual inflation was 1.4% in December 2017, down from 1.5% in November. In December 2016, the rate was 1.1%. European Union annual inflation was 1.7% in December 2017, down from 1.8% in November.

Speech by President Juncker at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the presentation of the programme of activities of the Bulgarian Presidency

17 January 2018, 09:57

European Commission - Speech - Speech Strasbourg, 17 January 2018 Mr President, Prime Minister, Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by saying that one of the most pleasing aspects of the Bulgarian Presidency is that I will get to see my good friend Boyko more...

Daily News 16 / 01 / 2018

16 January 2018, 14:32

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 16 / 01 / 2018 Brussels, 16 January 2018 COLLEGE MEETING: Circular Economy: Commission presents Strategy for Plastics The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics was adopted today as part of the transition towards a more circular economy.

How is the EU progressing towards the circular economy?

16 January 2018, 14:30

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 16 January 2018 A circular economy aims to maintain the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible and minimise the generation of waste. The European Commission publishes today aCommunication on the monitoring framework for the circular economy and an accompanying Staff...

Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics

16 January 2018, 14:30

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 16 January 2018 Questions & Answers: A European strategy for plastics Why do we need a European strategy for plastics? Plastics are everywhere but too much of it is used only once before thrown away.

State aid: 2017 Scoreboard confirms benefits of modernisation leading to quicker implementation on the ground of public support by Member States

16 January 2018, 14:30

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 January 2018 The 2017 State Aid Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission, confirms the benefits of the Juncker Commission's State Aid Modernisation package. Over 97% of new implemented aid measures fell under the new General Block Exemption Regulation and could be quickly...

Plastic Waste: a European strategy to protect the planet, defend our citizens and empower our industries

16 January 2018, 14:30

European Commission - Press release Strasbourg, 16 January 2018 The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, adopted today, is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the...

Antitrust: Commission confirms unannounced inspection in kraft paper sector

16 January 2018, 10:21

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 16 January 2018 The European Commission can confirm that on 15 January 2018 its officials carried out an unannounced inspection at the premises of a company operating in the kraft paper sector.

Daily News 15 / 01 / 2018

15 January 2018, 11:04

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 15 / 01 / 2018 Brussels, 15 January 2018 Commission blocks Austrian regulator from introducing measures which would unduly favour the national broadcaster The European Commission decided to block today a proposal by Austrian broadcasting regulator KommAustria, as it is not compatible with...

EU steps up support to address the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh

15 January 2018, 11:00

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 January 2018 The European Union has adopted a new €5 million programme to support the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, strengthening its response to the crisis. The new initiative aims at supporting the identification and registration of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, at facilitating the...

State aid: Commission approves Polish investment aid to SMEs in the shipbuilding sector; opens investigation into Polish tax incentive for shipyards

15 January 2018, 10:45

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 January 2018 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Polish support to SMEs in the shipbuilding sector. This measure will encourage new investment and benefit regional development in Poland.


November 2017 - Euro area international trade in goods surplus €26.3 bn - €8.0 bn surplus for EU28

15 January 2018, 10:00

European Commission - EUROSTAT November 2017 - November 2017 - Brussels, 15 January 2018 The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in November 2017 was €197.5 billion, an increase of 7.7% compared with November 2016 (€183.5 bn).


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