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Top Stories from the European Commission - 17-21 September 2018

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State aid: Commission finds Italy granted incompatible aid to Naples port authority but no aid involved in delayed collection of concession fees by port authority

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2018 The European Commission has found that Italy's grants of €44 million to the Naples port authority to refurbish dry-docks rented out to Cantieri del Mediterraneo was in breach of EU State aid rules.


European Border and Coast Guard: Agreement reached on operational cooperation with Serbia

Commission - Press release European Belgrade, 20 September 2018 Today, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Nebojša Stefanovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, initialled a status agreement that will allow European Border and Coast Guard teams to be deployed...


One year on: EU-Canada trade agreement delivers positive results

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2018 Friday 21 September will mark the first anniversary of the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. Early signs show that the agreement is already starting to deliver for EU exporters.


U.S. is now the EU's main supplier of soya beans with a share of 52%

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2018 Today the European Commission has published the latest figures on EU imports of soya beans, showing that the U.S. has become Europe's main supplier of this commodity, reaching a 52% share compared to 25% in the same period last year.


EU consumer rules: Airbnb commits to complying with European Commission and EU consumer authorities' demands

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2018 Following the call from the European Commission and EU consumer authorities in July, Airbnb has now committed to making the necessary changes to their terms and conditions and improving the presentation of their prices.


Increased prevention efforts needed to curb the growing risk of future wildfires

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 20 September 2018 The latest Commission report on forest fires shows the need to tackle climate change "to leave a healthier planet for those that follow", as President Jean-Claude Juncker highlighted in his latest State of the Union Address and calls for stronger measures...


Daily News 20 / 09 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 20 / 09 / 2018 Brussels, 20 September 2018 One year on: EU-Canada trade agreement delivers positive results Friday 21 September will mark the first anniversary of the provisional entry into force of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU...


State aid: Commission investigation did not find that Luxembourg gave selective tax treatment to McDonald's

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 September 2018 The Commission has found that the non-taxation of certain McDonald's profits in Luxembourg did not lead to illegal State aid, as it is in line with national tax laws and the Luxembourg-United States Double Taxation Treaty.


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food' initiative

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 19 September 2018 The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Eat ORIGINal! Unmask your food'. The stated objective of the proposed Citizens' Initiative is to impose mandatory declarations of origin for all food products in order to...


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Stop fraud and abuse of EU funds' initiative

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 19 September 2018 The College of Commissioners has today decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Stop fraud and abuse of EU funds'. The proposed Citizens' Initiative calls for the application of enhanced controls and stricter sanctions in Member States which are not...


EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 September 2018 The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted a Joint Communication that sets out the EU's vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia.


Explaining the European Union's approach to connecting Europe and Asia

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 19 September 2018 Questions & Answers What is 'connectivity' for the European Union? Connectivity is essentially about networks. These can be in the form of transport links: by air, land or sea.


Daily News 19 / 09 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 19 / 09 / 2018 Brussels, 19 September 2018 College meeting: EU steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today adopted aJoint Communication that sets out...


Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation into possible collusion between BMW, Daimler and the VW group on clean emission technology

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 September 2018 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) colluded, in breach of EU antitrust rules, to avoid competition on the development and roll-out of technology to clean the emissions of petrol...


Central African Republic: EU releases €26.5 million to respond to the regional humanitarian crisis

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 September 2018 The European Commission has allocated €26.5 million in emergency aid for vulnerable families affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic and its spill-over into neighbouring countries.


The European Union strengthens its support to media freedom and young journalists in the Western Balkans

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 18 September 2018 The EU stepped up its support to media freedom and development in the Western Balkans, with a focus on media accountability, funding, capacity building, regional cooperation and young journalists.


European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 18 September 2018 The EU's approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published today will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada.


Daily News 18 / 09 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 18 / 09 / 2018 Brussels, 18 September 2018 Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation The European Commission today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit...


Daily News 17 / 09 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 17 / 09 / 2018 Brussels, 17 September 2018 Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners by Kuwait Investment Authority The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of North Sea Midstream Partners Limited, of the UK,...


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