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Top Stories from the European Commission - 29 Jan-2 Feb 2018

02 February 2018, 01:02 CET
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Opening remarks of First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Vella at the Press Conference on the Revision of the EU Drinking Water Directive

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 1 February 2018 Remarks of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans Good afternoon to all of you. I'm really pleased to be here with Commissioner Vella in a week which has seen him shining a light on the work the Commission does in...

ESMA sets publication date of second EU-wide CCP stress test results

Thursday 01 February 2018 17:29

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) will publish the results of its second EU-wide stress test exercise regarding Central Counterparties (CCPs) established in the European Union (EU) on Friday, 2 February 2018 at 7am CET.

The ESMA CCP stress test assesses the resilience and safety of the EU CCP industry using the ESMA CCP stress test framework. ...

EU's cities and regions share European Commission concerns over Polish government's changes to laws on the judiciary

Making access to EU Funds simpler – local and regional politicians outline reforms needed for more effective European Structural Investment post-2020

Europe on the move: cities and regions for decarbonisation and socially fair transition of road transport

EU regional policy: Committee of the Regions considers issuing "Subsidiarity Red Card"

Cohesion, competitiveness, convergence: Portugal's Prime Minister calls for greater resources and regional investment for Europe

Safer drinking water for all Europeans: Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 1 February 2018 Questions and Answers on the revision of the Drinking Water Directive. Why is the Commission revising the Drinking Water Directive? The European Commission wants to continue to ensure the provision of high-quality drinking water in light of the latest scientific advice,...

Safer drinking water for all Europeans

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 1 February 2018 Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission today will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens.

Press Release: EU Auditors examine wind and solar power production

EU leads international efforts to ensure education for all

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 1 February 2018 Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, attends today the Global Partnership for Education Conference in Dakar, Senegal and calls on global leaders to step up their investment in education.

Daily News 01 / 02 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 01 / 02 / 2018 Brussels, 1 February 2018 Safer drinking water for all Europeans Today, the European Commission is proposing to revise the EU Drinking Water Directive, to improve the quality and the access of citizens to drinking water, as well as...

European Commission launches the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 1 February 2018 The Commission launched today the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum with the support of the European Parliament, represented by Jakob von Weizsäcker responsible for the recent report on virtual currencies.

9/2018 : 1 February 2018 - Judgments of the Court of Justice in Cases C-261/16 P,C-263/16 P, C-264/16 P, C-271/16 P

Kühne + Nagel International and Others v Commission

The Court of Justice upholds the fines imposed by the Commission on a number of companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight forwarding services sector

Press Release: EASO releases overview of 2017 EU+ asylum trends

EU+ receives 43% fewer asylum applications in 2017

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has published data on asylum trends in the EU+ in 2017 on a newly enhanced interactive portal. The results show a significant decrease in lodged applications for asylum compared with 2016, with 40% of decisions in 2017 being positive.

Evaluation of advanced therapy medicines

Updated procedural advice clarifies regulatory process for advanced therapy medicinal products

Strengthened guidance on follow-up and risk management for ATMP developers

Guideline to streamline procedures and better address the specific requirements of ATMP developers published for consultation

Kenya: The EIB extends a USD 40 Million financing facility to I&M Bank Ltd

The EIB today agreed a new US $ 40 million financing facility with I&M Bank Ltd that will support investment by businesses across Kenya. Backed by the new EIB facility I&M Bank's SME, Corporate, and Institutional customers around the country will benefit from cheaper loans.

EIB boosts the Western Balkans' economies and fosters European integration

The EIB is reaffirming its commitment to support the Western Balkans. In 2017, the EU bank signed financing contracts in the region amounting to EUR 330m and disbursed EUR 548m. With a total financing of EUR 7bn provided since 2007, the EIB has consolidated its role as the leading international financier in the region. New loans and grants worth EUR 347m have already been signed since the beginning of this year, aimed at facilitating the integration of the Western Balkans countries into the European Union.

Peter Praet: Economic developments in the euro area

Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis at the European Financial Forum 2018 in Dublin

European Commission - Statement Dublin, 31 January 2018 Honourable Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to be here at the Dublin Castle this evening. This castle stands on what used to be a strategic point, with views down the River Liffey. From here, potential dangers could be spotted.

EU Youth Orchestra: a secure future following Council's agreement on funding

On 31 January 2018, EU ambassadors endorsed the provisional deal reached with the European Parliament on the financing of the European Union Youth Orchestra.

Energy efficient buildings: EU ambassadors endorse agreement

On 31 January, EU ambassadors approved the revised directive on the energy performance of buildings.

European Commission: public consultation to establish first worldwide 'Counterfeit and Piracy watch list'

The aim is to identify the marketplaces outside the EU where counterfeiting, piracy or other forms of intellectual property abuse are common practice

Auditors examine EU strategy to combat desertification

New Code of Conduct strengthening ethical rules for Members of the European Commission enters into force

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 January 2018 . Today, the European Commission formally adopted the new Code of Conduct for Members of the European Commission that President Juncker had announced in his State of the Union Address.

Sustainable Finance: High-Level Expert Group delivers roadmap for greener and cleaner economy

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 January 2018 The European Commission welcomes the final report by its High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), which sets out strategic recommendations for a financial system that supports sustainable investments.

Daily News 31 / 01 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 31 / 01 / 2018 Brussels, 31 January 2018 COLLEGE MEETING: Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation amongst Member States Today the Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health...

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the alignment of certain countries concerning restrictive measures in view of Russias actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2426 of 21 December 2017 amending Decision 2014/512/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in view of Russia's actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine

European Commission appoints Paraskevi Michou as new Director-General for Migration and Home Affairs

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 31 January 2018 Today, the European Commission appointed the current Deputy Secretary-General Paraskevi Michou as Director-General of its Migration and Home Affairs department – the first woman to hold that post. The appointment will take effect on 1 March.

Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation amongst Member States

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 January 2018 Assessing health technology in the EU: Commission proposes to reinforce cooperation amongst Member States Today the Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology.

Q&A: Commission proposal on Health Technology Assessment

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 31 January 2018 Q&A: Commission proposal on Health Technology Assessment What is Health Technology Assessment? Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is a multidisciplinary process that summarises information about the medical, social, economic and ethical issues related to the use of a health technology in a...

New assistance package for Palestine : EU strongly committed to support socio-economic revival of East-Jerusalem

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 January 2018 The EU will fund projects to increase the resilience of locals and support the Palestinian presence in the city, through targeted measures benefiting young people and the private sector.

Young people put forward their ideas for the future of Europe

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 January 2018 Commissioner Tibor Navracsics receives young people to discuss their views on the future of Europe, and how to better take their priorities into account. Today, 100 young people from across Europe are presenting their concrete ideas on how to give Europe...

Europe's transport sector: Aviation and shipping face big challenges in reducing environmental impacts

A massive shift in innovation, consumer behaviour and the take up of more ambitious green technologies to power aircraft and sea-faring cargo ships will be crucial to reducing their long-term carbon footprint. A European Environment Agency (EEA) report says incremental measures such as improving fuel efficiency to cut emissions will not be enough for the aviation and shipping sectors to meet European greenhouse gas emissions and sustainability targets.

Flash estimate - January 2018 - Euro area annual inflation down to 1.3%

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 31 January 2018 Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.3% in January 2018, down from 1.4% in December 2017, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

Nine suspects arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

December 2017 - Euro area unemployment at 8.7% - EU28 at 7.3%

European Commission - EUROSTAT December 2017 - December 2017 - Brussels, 31 January 2018 The euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in December 2017, stable compared to November 2017 and down from 9.7% in December 2016.

How to better apply the paediatric legislation to boost development of medicines for children

EMA and European Commission invite stakeholders to register for joint workshop and support development of an action plan

Accountability in practice

A new Regulation governing data processing by the EU institutions, bodies and agencies will soon replace the current Regulation 45/2001. To raise awareness on the current and new data protection rules the EDPS organised a series of workshops in Luxembourg this week.

EIB Group confirms record EUR 1 billion Irish financing in 2017

The EIB Group today confirmed that more than EUR 1 billion of new financing was signed in 2017 for public and private sector investment across in Ireland. This represents the largest ever engagement in the country by Europe's long-term lending institution since the start of Irish operations in 1973.

Benoît Cœuré: Interview with RTÉ TV

Portugal: EU bank and CGD provide EUR 300 million to support SMEs

The EIB has granted a EUR 150 million loan to Caixa Geral de Depósitos S.A. (CGD) to facilitate financing of small and medium-sized investment projects implemented by Portuguese companies. This is the last tranche of a total EUR 300 million loan that the EIB has granted to CGD to provide funding on advantageous terms to SMEs and midcaps in order to foster economic growth and employment creation in Portugal. Around 30% of the total funds may be used to finance small projects implemented by public sector entities. CGD undertakes to match the EIB financing with at least the same amount, therefore providing total financing of EUR 300 million to SMEs and midcaps.

Austria: EIB signs financing agreement with Austrian Anadi Bank

Austrian Anadi Bank is set to take part in the EIB financing programme for SMEs and mid-caps. The two parties have signed their first joint finance contract for EUR 75m. Under the finance contract, Austrian Anadi Bank commits to adding a further EUR 75m to the EIB funds, giving SMEs and mid-caps access to a total of EUR 150m in loans on favourable terms.

Benoît Cœuré: What yield curves are telling us

Slovenia: EIB and SKB Group to support small and medium-sized companies

The EIB has agreed to lend EUR 50m to finance projects implemented by small and medium-sized companies and mid-cap businesses. A portion of the loans will be allocated under the Jobs for Youth (JfY) Initiative to SMEs and mid-caps employing people under the age of 30.

New Liaison Prosecutor for Montenegro at Eurojust

Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Viorica Dancila on her appointment as Prime Minister of Romania

President Donald Tusk congratulates Viorica Dancila on her appointment as Prime Minister of Romania.

Daily News 30 / 01 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 30 / 01 / 2018 Brussels, 30 January 2018 Air Quality Ministerial Summit: Member States have until end of next week to complete their national submissions [updated on 30/01/2018 at 12:22] Ministers from 9 Member States convened today in Brussels upon the invite...

Humanitarian aid: €37.5 million for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 January 2018 The European Commission has announced today humanitarian assistance of €37.5 million to help people affected by conflict and natural disasters in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.

Tuesday 30 January 2018 12:15

The European Securities Market Authority (ESMA) has updated today its transitional transparency calculations (TTC) for equity and tick sizes under the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II).

The update modifies the previously published values for two specific instruments, namely DK0060946788 and IE00BF0L3536. The modifications are displayed alongside the calculations already published on 19 January 2018. The calculations for the two updated instruments were executed by...

Statement by Commissioner Karmenu Vella following Air Quality Ministerial meeting

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 30 January 2018 Good morning ladies and gentlemen. A few words about this morning's Air Quality ministerial meeting. This Commission has consistently said that it wishes to be 'big on the big things'.

Preliminary flash estimate for the fourth quarter of 2017 - GDP up by 0.6% in both the euro area and the EU28 - +2.7% and +2.6% respectively compared with the fourth quarter of 2016

European Commission - EUROSTAT Brussels, 30 January 2018 Seasonally adjusted GDP rose by 0.6% in both the euro area (EA19) and in the EU28 during the fourth quarter of 2017, compared with the previous quarter, according to a preliminary flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European...

Impact of the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU – EUTMs and RCDs

EUIPO has prepared a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document on EU trade marks and registered Community designs in the context of the notification of the intention of the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.

Notice to Stakeholders regarding the withdrawal of the UK and EU rules in the field of Plant Variety Rights

Brussels, Angers, 23 January 2018

300 people gather in Helsinki for last minute advice ahead of the final registration deadline for chemicals

The European Chemicals Agency will host over 300 participants from industry, academia and authorities from all over the world for its REACH 2018 Stakeholders' Day on 31 January. The event marks the last push for companies to meet their obligations by the 31 May registration deadline.

Press Release: Council appoints eight Members of the European Court of Auditors

Results of the December 2017 survey on credit terms and conditions in euro-denominated securities financing and over-the-counter derivatives markets (SESFOD)

ECB appoints Hans-Joachim Klöckers and Claudia Mann to new management positions

Yves Mersch: The limits of central bank financing in resolution

Data Protection Day 2018

Brexit: European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the United Kingdom on transitional arrangements

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 January 2018 The European Commission welcomes today's decision by the General Affairs Council (Article 50) to allow negotiations to begin on possible transitional arrangements following the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the European Union.


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