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Top Stories from the European Commission - 28-31 May 2018

01 June 2018, 00:54 CET
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European Commission reacts to the US restrictions on steel and aluminium affecting the EU

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 31 May 2018 The US announced that starting on 1 June 2018 it will impose additional duties of 25 % and 10 % respectively on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU. President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said: "I am concerned...


Rohingya crisis: €40 million in humanitarian aid for Bangladesh and Myanmar

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 May 2018 The European Commission has released €40 million in humanitarian aid to provide life-saving support to vulnerable Rohingya civilians and host communities in Bangladesh and across Myanmar's Rakhine State. This comes on top of the €51 million the Commission mobilised in 2017.


Commission proposes to modernise and digitalise EU civil judicial cooperation

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 31 May 2018 Today, the Commission is proposing to modernise and digitalise judicial cooperation for cross-border civil and commercial cases throughout the EU. It aims to make access to civil justice cheaper, more efficient and more accessible to citizens and businesses.


The European Union mobilises additional €15 million for peace building support in Colombia

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 May 2018 The European Union is mobilising additional funds to support peace building in Colombia and the efforts to reintegrate former combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) into the Colombian society.


EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 May 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to create a Reform Support Programme and a European Investment Stabilisation Function. Both proposals are part of the broader agenda to deepen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union and make use of...


EU solidarity at work: Commission offers financial aid to Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria following natural disasters

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 31 May 2018 Today the Commission is proposing €34 million from the EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) for four Member States that were hit by natural disasters in 2017 – Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria.


The Reform Support Programme and the European Investment Stabilisation Function explained

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 31 May 2018 The European Commission has adopted today, in view of the period 2021-2027: a proposal to establish a Reform Support Programme a proposal to establish a European Investment Stabilisation Function These proposals aim to deepen and strengthen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union,...


Daily News 31 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 31 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 31 May 2018 EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe's Economic and Monetary Union Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Moscovici have presented the Commission's proposals to create a Reform Support Programme...


Mergers: Commission confirms approval of acquisition of Dutch cable TV operator Ziggo by Liberty Global, subject to conditions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2018 The European Commission has reapproved with conditions, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Ziggo by Liberty Global. The merger was first approved in 2014.


Common Fisheries Policy: Commission proposes new rules to step up enforcement

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2018 The European Commission is proposing improvements to modernise and simplify the way in which fishing rules are monitored and complied with in the EU. An effective control system is key to ensuring that the EU's fisheries are sustainably managed, which in...


EU budget: €181 million to strengthen the fight against fraud affecting the EU budget

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to make €181 million available to support Member States' efforts to fight fraud, corruption and other irregularities affecting the EU budget.


EU budget: Reinforcing Europe's cultural and creative sectors

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to increase funding for Creative Europe, the programme supporting European cultural and creative sectors and audiovisual works, to €1.85 billion.


EU budget: Commission proposes to double funding for Erasmus programme

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission is proposing to double funding for Erasmus to €30 billion. The Erasmus programme already enables millions of young Europeans to study, train or learn abroad while broadening their experience and awareness...


EU budget: A new Social Fund, Globalisation Adjustment Fund and Justice, Rights and Values Fund

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 30 May 2018 For the next long-term EU budget, the Commission proposes to further strengthen the Union's social dimension with a renewed European Social Fund, the 'European Social Fund Plus' (ESF+), and a strengthened and more effective European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF).


EU Justice, Rights and Values Fund

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 30 May 2018 The Commission is proposing a new Justice, Rights and Values Fund, simplifying the existing programmes in this field. IP/18/3923 The fund comprises the Rights and Values, and Justice programmes.


Questions and Answers on the new Social Fund and Globalisation Adjustment Fund for the period 2021-2027

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 30 May 2018 The European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) IP/18/3923 What is new about the ESF+ Regulation? Over the past 60 years, the European Social Fund has been the EU's main financial instrument to invest in people, helping them to get better jobs and...


Daily News 30 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 30 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 30 May 2018 EU budget: Investing in people with a new Social Fund, Erasmus, Creative Europe, Globalisation Adjustment Fund and Justice, Rights and Values Fund Investing in people and strengthening the social dimension of the European Union...


Protecting and supporting migrants and refugees: new actions worth €467 million under the EU Trust Fund for Africa

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 May 2018 The European Union adopts today new programmes and projects worth a total of €467 million under the Emergency Trust Fund for Africa. The EU continues to deliver on its commitments to assist vulnerable migrants and refugees and address root causes of...


EU budget: Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020

European Commission - Press release Strasbourg, 29 May 2018 For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the Commission proposes to modernise Cohesion Policy, the EU's main investment policy and one of its most concrete expressions of solidarity.


EU Trust Fund for Africa: new programmes worth €173 million to protect migrants and support stability and employability in the Sahel and Lake Chad region

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 29 May 2018 Today the Operational Committee of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has adopted a new set of 6 programmes for the Sahel and Lake Chad region. This new package complements 79 already ongoing actions amounting to €1,376 million in that...


EU Trust Fund for Africa: new programmes worth €294 million to further foster stability and jobs and growth in the Horn of Africa

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 29 May 2018 Today, the Operational Committee of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa has adopted a new set of 8 programmes and 4 riders worth €294 million for the Horn of Africa region.


Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020: Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 29 May 2018 Regional Development and Cohesion Policy beyond 2020: Questions and Answers See IP/18/3885 A modernised Cohesion Policy, for all regions The Commission is proposing to modernise Cohesion Policy.


Daily News 29 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 29 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 29 May 2018 RÉUNION DU COLLÈGE: Budget de l'UE – Développement régional et politique de Cohésion après 2020 Pour le prochain budget à long terme de l'UE 2021-2027, la Commission propose de moderniser la politique de Cohésion,...


State aid: Germany needs to recover illegal aid from certain large electricity users exempted from network charges in Germany in 2012-2013

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 The European Commission has concluded that the exemption for certain large electricity users in Germany from network charges in 2012-2013 was against EU State aid rules. There were no grounds to fully relieve those users from paying network charges.


State aid: Commission approves compensation granted by Denmark to Post Danmark for its universal service obligation

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 The European Commission has concluded that the compensation granted by Denmark to Post Danmark to fulfil its public service mission during the period 2017-2019 is in line with EU State aid rules.


EU Justice Scoreboard 2018: justice systems' key role in upholding the rule of law and EU values

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 Today, the European Commission publishes the 2018 EU Justice Scoreboard which gives a comparative overview of the independence, quality and efficiency of justice systems in the EU Member States.


Water reuse: Commission proposes measures to make it easier and safer for agricultural irrigation

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 Today, the Commission is proposing new rules to stimulate and facilitate water reuse in the EU for agricultural irrigation. The new rules will help farmers make the best use of non-potable wastewater, alleviating water scarcity whilst protecting the environment and consumers.


Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost...


Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 May 2018 The Commission is proposing a targeted adjustment to intellectual property rules to help Europe's pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and foster jobs, growth and investments in the EU.


Justice Scoreboard 2018 - Q&A

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 May 2018 Today, the European Commission publishes the 2018 EU Justice Scoreboard which gives a comparative overview of the independence, quality and efficiency of justice systems in EU Member States.


Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 May 2018 Questions & Answers Why is the Commission proposing a new Directive to tackle marine litter? More than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules that target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found...


Supplementary protection certificate for medicinal products: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 May 2018 What is a supplementary protection certificate (SPC)? A Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) extends patent protection for medicinal products which must undergo lengthy testing and clinical trials before being authorised to be placed on the EU market.


Daily News 28 / 05 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 28 / 05 / 2018 Brussels, 28 May 2018 Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the...


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