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Top Stories from the European Commission - 26-30 November 2018

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Friday 30 November - Saturday 1 December 2018: G20 Summit, Buenos Aires

European Commission - Upcoming events The news: This year's G20 Summit, under the Argentinian Presidency, will take place in Buenos Aires. The European Union will be represented by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk.


Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of VDM by Aperam in nickel alloy industry

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of VDM by Aperam under the EU Merger Regulation. At this stage, the Commission is concerned that the merger may reduce competition in the supply of nickel alloys.


Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Fibria by Suzano, subject to conditions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the acquisition of Fibria by Suzano, both active in the production and supply of wood pulp from eucalyptus trees. The decision is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Suzano.


EU provides humanitarian aid for refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The European Commission has allocated an additional €500,000 to continue assisting the most vulnerable refugees and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This additional funding brings EU humanitarian assistance in the Western Balkans to €31 million since the start of the refugee...


DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The European Commission is launching a second DiscoverEU competition. From today (12:00 CET) until Tuesday, 11 December (12:00 CET), young people aged 18 can apply for a travel pass to discover Europe next summer.


EU Report: increased EU-Lebanon cooperation

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The EU and Lebanon achieved important progress on their cooperation, which was marked by very strong political and economic support from the EU and the international community for Lebanon.


EU Report: reinforcing the strong and solid EU-Jordan partnership

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2018 The EU and Jordan built and consolidated a strong and solid partnership via broad and intensive cooperation on multilateral, regional and bilateral issues. This is the conclusion drawn by a report released today on the partnership between the EU and Jordan...


DiscoverEU: Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 29 November 2018 Today, the Commission opens the second round of DiscoverEU, with over 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds in the EU to explore Europe in 2019. What is DiscoverEU? DiscoverEU is an EU initiative which offers 18-year-olds a travel experience that will...


Daily News 29 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 29 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 29 November 2018 DiscoverEU: 12,000 travel passes available for 18-year-olds to explore Europe in 2019 The European Commission is launching a second DiscoverEU competition.


Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Nidec's proposed acquisition of Whirlpool's refrigeration compressor business

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 November 2018 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess Nidec's proposed acquisition of Embraco, the compressor business of Whirlpool, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned the takeover may reduce competition in the supply of refrigeration compressors.


Commission launches Knowledge Centre to fight malnutrition

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 28 November 2018 The new virtual centre, bringing together experts and knowledge from different sources inside and outside the European Commission, will help to tackle the root causes of food insecurity around the world.


European Citizens' Initiative: European Commission declares as inadmissible request for EU referendum on the United Kingdom remaining or leaving

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 28 November 2018 The European Commission has today decided not to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'EU wide referendum whether the European Citizens want the United Kingdom to remain or to leave!'.


Commission reports on progress in risk reduction in the Banking Union and calls for faster progress on Capital Markets Union ahead of EU Leaders' meetings

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 28 November 2018 Today, the Commission takes stock of the latest developments as regards risk reduction in the banking sector and progress towards an even more integrated and stable EU financial system.


The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050*

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 November 2018 Today the European Commission adopted a strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for all.


Banking Union: Third Progress Report on risk reduction and the declining trends as regards non-performing loans

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 November 2018 What is the Banking Union? Making banks stronger has been one of the Commission's main goals since the financial crisis. The EU has established a new regulatory framework and institutional set-up to effectively address financial risks in the Banking Union, delivering...


Capital Markets Union: time to step up political commitment and efforts to deliver investment, growth and a stronger role of the euro

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 November 2018 Why are you publishing a Communication on Capital Markets Union (CMU) today? The Capital Markets Union (CMU) is a key priority for the European Union and it is imperative that all stakeholders give it the political attention that it deserves.


The Commission presents strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050 – Questions and answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 28 November 2018 The Commission presents strategy for a climate neutral Europe by 2050 – Questions and answers A. Political / policy process 1. Why is the Commission presenting a long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The 2015 Paris Agreement under the United...


Daily News 28 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 28 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 28 November 2018 COLLEGE MEETING: Commission reports on progress in risk reduction in the Banking Union and calls for faster progress on Capital Markets Union ahead of EU Leaders' meetings Today, the Commission takes stock of the...


Mergers: Commission clears T-Mobile NL's acquisition of Tele2 NL

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 November 2018 The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Tele2 NL by T-Mobile NL. The Commission concluded that the merger would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area or any substantial part of it.


Brexit preparedness: provisional agreement reached on amending EU rules in the area of type-approvals for vehicles

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 November 2018 The European Commission welcomes today's provisional agreement at trilogue level on its proposal to change EU rules in the area of type-approvals for vehicles.


State aid: Commission approves €600 million in public support for innovative solar power installations in France

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 November 2018 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a measure to support innovative installations for electricity production from solar energy. The measure will further support the EU's energy and climate objectives without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.


EU steps up its assistance for the reconstruction of Iraq

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 November 2018 The European Union has adopted today a €56.5 million package to promote sustainable job creation and strengthen support to refugees, internally displaced populations and their host communities in Iraq.


New €474 million co-operation package for Afghanistan

European Commission - Press release Geneva, 27 November 2018 The European Commission has today announced a financial package worth €474 million to support state building and public sector reforms, health, justice, and elections, as well as to address migration and displacement challenges in Afghanistan.


EU steps up support to displaced and crisis-affected communities in Yemen

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 November 2018 The European Union has adopted a €30 million programme in support of vulnerable communities suffering the effects of prolonged displacement in Yemen. This brings the total EU development assistance to Yemen in 2018 to €71 million.


Study: Trade supports over 36 million jobs across the EU

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 November 2018 Two new studies published today by the European Commission highlight the increasing importance of EU exports for job opportunities in Europe and beyond. EU exports to the world are more important than ever, supporting 36 million jobs across Europe, two thirds...


New report provides further evidence of link between trade and jobs

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 27 November 2018 The European Commission today published a report entitled, "EU exports to the world: effects on employment and income". The report covers the period from 2000 to 2017 – the latest figures available.


Daily News 27 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 27 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 27 November 2018 Presidents Juncker and Tusk at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk will represent the European Union at this year's G20 Summit, under the Argentinian...


State aid: Commission approves aid-free privatisation of German HSH Nordbank

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2018 The European Commission has approved the sale of HSH Nordbank by the German Länder of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to private investors, after finding the sale was carried out through an open, competitive and non-discriminatory process and resulted in a positive price...


EU supports the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2018 The European Commission has announced today an additional €5 million in support of concrete projects of the two 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege maintaining its commitment to women who are victims of sexual violence.


WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 November 2018 Today, the EU together with other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Australia, Canada, China, Iceland, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland – unveiled a proposal for concrete changes to overcome the current deadlock in the...


European Commission survey shows citizens worry about interference ahead of the European elections

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 26 November 2018 The European Commission dedicates its annual Fundamental Rights Colloquium to "Democracy in the EU" at a time when Europeans worry about interference in elections.


Questions and Answers on the new legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMP) and Medicated Feed

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 26 November 2018 Questions and Answers on the new legislation on Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMP) and Medicated Feed Why did the Commission propose these new legislations? The regulatory framework for veterinary medicinal products (VMPs) needed to be adapted to scientific progress and to the...


Daily News 26 / 11 / 2018

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 26 / 11 / 2018 Brussels, 26 November 2018 The Juncker Plan supports social enterprises in Spain The European Investment Bank Group is investing in two equity funds in Spain to support the development of 46 social enterprises in the country.


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