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Top Stories from the European Commission - 21-25 May 2018

25 May 2018, 00:54 CET
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Antitrust: Commission imposes binding obligations on Gazprom to enable free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 May 2018 The European Commission has adopted a decision imposing on Gazprom a set of obligations that address the Commission's competition concerns and enable the free flow of gas at competitive prices in Central and Eastern European gas markets, to the benefit of...


Cohesion policy beyond 2020: new Commission initiative helps Member States and regions improve the management of EU funds

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 May 2018 The Commission has selected five national and regional authorities in Greece, Poland, Spain, Croatia and Bulgaria to participate in a new pilot action on good governance and administrative capacity-building.


Consumer Financial Services: stronger insurance rules to protect victims of motor vehicle accidents

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 May 2018 The European Commission is today proposing to strengthen EU rules on motor insurance to better protect victims of motor vehicle accidents and improve the rights of insurance policyholders.


Sustainable finance: Making the financial sector a powerful actor in fighting climate change

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 May 2018 The Commission is today delivering the first concrete actions to enable the EU financial sector to lead the way to a greener and cleaner economy. Today's proposals confirm Europe's commitment to be the global leader in fighting climate change and implement...


Capital Markets Union: Making it easier for smaller businesses to get financing through capital markets

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 May 2018 The Commission has today proposed new rules to give small and medium enterprises (SMEs) better access to financing through public markets. Part of the EU's Capital Markets Union (CMU) agenda, today's initiative should help EU companies to tap market-based funding more...


Financial Union: Commission launches risk reduction proposal to enable sovereign bond-backed securities

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 May 2018 The Commission is today proposing new rules that will allow market-led solutions to support further integration and diversification within Europe's financial sector, leading to a stronger and more resilient Economic and Monetary Union.


Frequently asked questions: Commission proposal to amend the Motor Insurance Directive

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 24 May 2018 What is the Motor Insurance Directive and why is it important? The current Motor Insurance Directive (MID), a consolidation of five earlier Directives, the first of which dates back to 1972, enables seamless travel within the EU by EU residents with...


Frequently asked questions: Commission proposals on financing sustainable growth

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 24 May 2018 Why is there a need for an EU-wide strategy on sustainable finance? The signature of the Paris Agreement on 12 December 2015 and the adoption of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 25 September 2015 marked a shift in...


Frequently asked questions: Easier access to financing for smaller businesses through capital markets

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 24 May 2018 What is the Commission proposing and why? A core aim of the Capital Markets Union is to give better access to market-based sources of financing for EU companies at each stage of their development.


Frequently asked questions: Enabling framework for sovereign bond-backed securities

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 24 May 2018 What are SBBS and why would they be a helpful addition to the financial landscape? According to the criteria outlined in the Commission proposal, sovereign bond-backed securities (SBBS) would take the form of low-risk liquid assets backed by a pre-defined pool...


Daily News 24 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 24 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 24 May 2018 Commission proposes new measures to further strengthen the Capital Markets Union and the Banking Union Today the Commission is presenting a series of measures stemming from the Capital Markets Union and the Banking Union,...


EU and African Union Commissions step up their cooperation to support young people, jobs and peace

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 May 2018 African Union and European Union Commissioners today adopted concrete measures to address pressing global issues in key areas such as peace and security, migration, job creation and agriculture.


2019 EU Budget: Commission proposes a budget focused on continuity and delivery – for growth, solidarity, security

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 May 2018 The Commission today proposed the 2019 draft EU Budget of €166 billion in commitments, corresponding to a 3% increase over 2018, investing in a stronger and more resilient European economy and promoting solidarity and security on both sides of the EU's...


Security Union: Commission welcomes agreement on its proposal to tackle illicit cash flows

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 May 2018 The Commission has welcomed the agreement reached by EU Member States and the European Parliament today on key measures to control illicit cash flows in and out of the EU.


Commission proposes new rules for OLAF as a close partner of the European Public Prosecutor's Office

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 23 May 2018 The creation of a European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO) marks the beginning of a new phase in the fight against fraud affecting the EU budget. In this context, the European Commission is proposing today to amend Regulation (EU, Euratom) 883/2013 concerning...


European Semester 2018 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to achieve sustainable, inclusive and long-term growth

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 23 May 2018 The European Commission presents today the 2018 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), setting out its economic policy guidance for Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.


Commission releases 2018 Convergence Report: Review of Member States' progress towards euro adoption

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 23 May 2018 The 2018 Convergence Report assesses Member States' progress towards joining the euro area. The report covers the seven non-euro area Member States that are legally committed to adopting the euro: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden.


Factsheet: European Commission and African Union Commission step up their cooperation to support young people, jobs and peace

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 23 May 2018 At the 9th high level meeting between the Commissions of the European Union and the African Union, both sides have adopted today concrete actions measures to address pressing global issues in key areas such as peace and security, migration, job creation...


Draft EU Budget 2019 – Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 23 May 2018 . 1. What are the priorities of the draft budget for 2019? The 2019 EU budget will allow us to continue boosting Europe's economy while safeguarding security both inside and beyond EU's borders.


European Semester 2018 Spring Package explained

Commission - Fact Sheet European Brussels, 23 May 2018 The European Commission has taken the next steps in the 2018 cycle of the European Semester of economic policy coordination. The package includes: A Communication on the 2018 European Semester: country-specific recommendations; Country-specific recommendations (CSRs) for 27 Member States (all Member...


The 2018 Convergence Report: Review of Member States' progress towards euro adoption

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 23 May 2018 What is the Convergence Report? The Convergence Report forms the basis for the Council of the EU decision on whether a Member State fulfils the conditions for joining the euro area.


Daily News 23 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 23 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 23 May 2018 RÉUNION DU COLLÈGE: paquet "semestre européen 2018" du printemps - La Commission adresse des recommandations aux États membres afin que ceux-ci parviennent à une croissance durable, inclusive et à long terme Aujourd'hui, le vice-président...


Commission welcomes green light to start trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 22 May 2018 The Commission welcomes today's adoption by the Council of the negotiating directives for free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. The preparations – which included an impact assessment for both agreements – are now complete and formal negotiations can begin.


EU mobilises international support for The Gambia

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 May 2018 A total of €1.45 billion were mobilised by the International Conference for The Gambia, co-chaired by The Gambia and the European Union. The reinforced political and financial support by the international community will assist The Gambia in continuing its democratic transition,...


Circular Economy: New rules will make EU the global front-runner in waste management and recycling

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 May 2018 Today EU Member States approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU's wider circular economy policy. The new rules - based on Commission's proposals part of the Circular Economy...


Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 May 2018 The Commission is advancing work to build a European Education Area by 2025, reinforce the cultural dimension of the European Union and bolster youth participation, with a new set of measures, including a new Youth Strategy and a new Agenda for...


Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 22 May 2018 The initiatives adopted by the Commission today will advance work towards building a European Education Area by 2025, set out how to better harness the potential of culture in driving economic and social development and boost young people's participation and resilience.


Daily News 22 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 22 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 22 May 2018 Building a stronger Europe: new initiatives to further boost role of youth, education and culture policies Following the presentation of a first set of measures in January, the Commission tables today a second package...


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