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Top Stories from the European Commission - 19-22 Feb 2018

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Culture and education, tools to strengthen European identity and social cohesion

European Week of Regions and Cities 2018: Still looking for counterparts?

Commissioner Stylianides meets with Ministers from Luxembourg and Belgium and welcomes Member States' commitment in reinforcing the European Mechanism to respond to disasters

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 February 2018 The EU Civil Protection Mechanism will be strengthened thanks to a new and important contribution from Luxembourg. Its satellite-based communication platform will establish internet and telephone communication directly in the aftermath of a crisis.

Keynote speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic at EU Industry Day - EU industry leadership in the transition to a low carbon society

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 22 February 2018 @ add copyrigth here 2018 I am delighted to welcome you to this first edition of the Clean Energy Industrial Forum Back at the end of 2016 when we announced it in the Clean Energy Package, this forum...

EMCDDA continues support for EU drug-related regional programme in Central Asia

The Central Asian Drug Action Programme (CADAP), is currently in its sixth phase and reflects the EU's long-term engagement with Central Asian partners to help further strengthen their national policies in drug demand reduction.


Speech by President Jean-Claude Juncker at the opening plenary session of the Ideas Lab 2018 ''Europe – Back on Track'' of the Centre for European Policy Studies

Press release: EU Auditors to examine organic-food control system

Daily News 22 / 02 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 22 / 02 / 2018 Brussels, 22 February 2018 President Juncker visits the Western Balkans Following President Juncker's announcement in his 2017 State of the Union address, on 6 February the Commission adopted a strategy for the region with new flagship initiatives and...

Statement by Commissioner Jourová on European Day for Victims of Crime

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 22 February 2018 "In a Union founded on the principles of dignity, justice and solidarity, victims deserve support and protection to help rebuild their lives. The European Union has in place the highest standards when it comes to victims' rights.

Verena Ross, ESMA's Executive Director, speaks at ECON scrutiny on Short-Selling Regulation

Opening keynote speech by Vice-President Jyrki Katainen at the EU Industry Day 2018

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 22 February 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, Before going to the substance, I really want to thank DG Grow for putting things together and bringing us together to discuss the future of European industry.

17/2018 : 22 February 2018 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-328/16

Commission v Greece

Environment and consumers

Greece is ordered to pay a lump sum of €5 million and a sliding-scale periodic penalty payment of €3.28 million for each six-month period of delay for having delayed the implementation of EU law on urban waste water treatment,

19/2018 : 22 February 2018 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-336/16

Commission v Poland

Environment and consumers

The Court of Justice finds that Poland has infringed EU law on ambient air quality

18/2018 : 22 February 2018 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-632/16



Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe proposes that the Court holds that suppliers and dealers of vacuum cleaners may not use supplementary labels which reproduce or clarify the information contained in the energy label provided for in an EU regulation

16/2018 : 22 February 2018 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-44/17

The Scotch Whisky Association

Agriculture and fisheries

Advocate General Saugmandsgaard issues his opinion on the interpretation of EU law provisions relating to geographical indications for spirit drinks in the context of a dispute concerning a German whisky named 'Glen Buchenbach'

15/2018 : 22 February 2018 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-103/16

Porras Guisado


Pregnant workers may be dismissed on grounds of a collective redundancy

EU member states boost EU Bank initiative to tackle migration challenge

Today the EIB welcomed a boost from member states that will support the European Union's action to support resilience and tackle the migration challenge in its neighbourhood through the Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI) –an investment plan aimed at supporting job creation in the private sector and key social infrastructure such as water, health and education.

Account of the monetary policy meeting

Yves Mersch: Reaping the benefits of payment services in a new regulatory environment

Financial statements of the ECB for 2017

Irish Minister visits EIB to discuss European social housing financing

Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and senior government officials today visited the headquarters of the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg to discuss future social and affordable housing investment in Ireland. They discussed a potential pilot project and examined funding models from across Europe and ways to broaden EIB support for new social housing investment in Ireland.

Bulgaria: EIB and Raiffeisen Leasing join forces to support corporate investment

The EIB has signed an intermediated loan agreement of EUR 30 million with Raiffeisen Leasing Bulgaria to finance projects of small and medium-sized enterprises and mid-cap companies. The loan will allow Raiffeisen Leasing Bulgaria to better address the needs of SMEs and mid-caps, which are the backbone of the Bulgarian economy.

Cities and regions "central" to women's progress in Mediterranean region

14/2018 : 21 February 2018 - Judgment of the Court of Justice in Case C-518/15


Freedom of movement for persons

Stand-by time of a worker at home who is obliged to respond to calls from the employer within a short period must be regarded as 'working time'

EMCDDA releases report on European environmental prevention measures to limit unhealthy and risky substance use behaviours

In a new report published today, Environmental substance use prevention interventions in Europe, the EMCDDA offers a first operational definition of the concept and an initial overview of where and how such interventions are being used in the region.

EU's future R&I programme should build on territorial connections and be backed by strong cohesion policy

Statement by Commissioner Vestager on Commission decision to fine seven companies for participating in four cartels

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 21 February 2018 *Please check against delivery* The Commission has today fined seven companies a total of 546 million euros for taking part in four different cartels relating to cars.

European Commission and UEFA consolidate cooperation

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 21 February 2018 Today, the European Commission and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) are signing a new agreement covering the period up to the end of 2020 to consolidate and strengthen their cooperation.

Antitrust: Commission fines maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers a total of €546 million in three separate cartel settlements

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 February 2018 In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million, for taking part in cartels, in breach of EU antitrust rules.

European Commission reinforces its senior management to deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 21 February 2018 Today the European Commission decided on a number of appointments concerning its top management level. Appointing the best people to the right positions will help the Juncker Commission deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond.

President Juncker reorganises his close team; European Commission appoints new Secretary-General

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 21 February 2018 Following the wish of Secretary-General Alexander Italianer to retire, the European Commission appointed Martin Selmayr as its new Secretary-General, while President Juncker appointed Clara Martinez Alberola as his new Head of Cabinet and Richard Szostak as his new Deputy Head of...

The Economic Cost of IPR Infringement in the Tyres and Batteries Sectors

The latest report in the quantification of infringement study series, released today by the EUIPO, through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, shows that EUR 2.4 billion is lost each year through counterfeiting in the tyre and battery sectors in the EU.

Environmental substance use prevention interventions in Europe

Keynote speech by Commissioner Moscovici at the 'Masters of Digital 2018' event

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 20 February 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, dear guests, It is a great pleasure for me to join you today. Thank you for inviting me. Commissioner Gabriel was here earlier this morning: she gave you a sense of where we would like...

Remarks by Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference

European Commission - Speech - Brussels, 20 February 2018 Thank you, Vladislav. First of all, let me congratulate Luis De Guindos. The ECOFIN today adopted a Recommendation to the European Council endorsing Luis De Guindos for the upcoming ECB Vice-President vacancy.

Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides on the humanitarian situation in Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, Syria

European Commission - Statement Brussels, 20 February 2018 The humanitarian situation in parts of Syria, in particular in the De-Escalation Areas of Eastern Ghouta and Idlib, has deteriorated significantly over the past 8 weeks with hundreds of innocent victims, including many women and children.

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