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Top Stories from the European Commission - 4-8 February 2019

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Thursday 7 February 2019: The Commission publishes its Winter Interim Economic Forecast

European Commission - Upcoming events On 7 February 2019, the Commission will publish its Winter Interim Economic Forecast. Background: The European Commission's Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs produces two comprehensive forecasts (spring and autumn) and two interim forecasts (winter and summer) each year.


Winter 2019 Economic Forecast: growth moderates amid global uncertainties

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 7 February 2019 The European economy is expected to grow for the seventh year in a row in 2019, with expansion forecast in every Member State. The pace of growth overall is projected to moderate compared to the high rates of recent years and...


Daily News 07 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 07 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 7 February 2019 Joint statement on behalf of President Juncker and Prime Minister May President Juncker and Prime Minister May have met today to review the next steps in the UK's withdrawal from the EU.


Science meets Parliaments. The Role of Science in 21st Century Policy-Making

European Commission - Upcoming events On 6-7 February, Commissioner for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, Tibor Navracsics will host a high-level conference on the importance of science in today's policy-making process.


European Commission appoints new Directors-General for Communication and for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 6 February 2019 . Today, and with effect of 16 March 2019, the European Commission appointed current Deputy Secretary-General Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen as Director-General of its Communication department (DG Communication).


Mergers: Commission prohibits Wieland's proposed acquisition of Aurubis Rolled Products and Schwermetall

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 February 2019 The European Commission has prohibited, under the EU Merger Regulation, Wieland's proposed acquisition of Aurubis Rolled Products and Aurubis' stake in Schwermetall.


Mergers: Commission prohibits Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 February 2019 The European Commission has prohibited Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom under the EU Merger Regulation. The merger would have harmed competition in markets for railway signalling systems and very high-speed trains.


European Commission publishes practical arrangements for Commissioners participating in European Parliament elections

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 6 February 2019 The European Commission has today issued detailed and practical guidance on ethical standards for Members of the Commission who campaign for the European Parliament elections in May.


Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 6 February 2019 Today the Commission presents a set of recommendations for the creation of a secure system that will enable citizens to access their electronic health files across Member States.

Questions and Answers - Commission makes it easier for citizens to access health data securely across borders

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 6 February 2019 . What are the objectives of the Recommendation? The Recommendation aims to allow EU citizens to access securely their health records across Member States more easily. In particular it aims at the creation of a European format that will allow electronic...

Daily News 06 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 06 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 6 February 2019 Mergers: Commission prohibits Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom The European Commission has prohibited Siemens' proposed acquisition of Alstom under the EU Merger Regulation.

Venezuela crisis: EU mobilises additional humanitarian assistance

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 February 2019 EU to provide further humanitarian assistance to help the Venezuelan people As many people continue to suffer from the severe socio-economic crisis in Venezuela, the Commission has allocated today additional humanitarian assistance of €5 million to help those most in need.

Capital Markets Union: Agreement reached on measures to improve the EU's investment fund market

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 February 2019 The Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States today on new rules to make it easier, quicker and cheaper for EU asset managers to sell funds to a wider range of investors.

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

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 5 February 2019 Today, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Minister of the Interior of Montenegro Mevludin Nuhodžic, initialled a status agreement that will allow European Border and Coast Guard teams to be deployed in Montenegro.

Simpler EU rules for derivatives will reduce costs and regulatory burdens for market participants

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 February 2019 The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and EU Member States today on the targeted reform of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).

Security Union: Security Union: Commission welcomes political agreement to close gaps between information systems

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 February 2019 . Today, the European Parliament and the Council reached political agreement on the Commission's proposal to close important security gaps by making EU information systems for security, migration and border management work together in a more intelligent and targeted way.

Security Union: Commission recommends negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 February 2019 Today, the European Commission recommends engaging in two international negotiations on cross-border rules to obtain electronic evidence. With the majority of criminal investigations requiring access to evidence based online and often outside the EU, there is an urgent need to equip...

Questions and Answers: Mandate for the Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 5 February 2019 * What is the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime? The Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime (CETS No. 185) of 2001 is a multilateral treaty that provides a legal framework for the fight against crimes committed over the Internet or...


Questions and Answers: Mandate for the EU-U.S. cooperation on electronic evidence

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 5 February 2019 * What is electronic evidence? Electronic evidence refers to various types of data in electronic form that are relevant in investigating and prosecuting criminal offences — including 'content data' such as e-mails, text messages, photographs and videos – often stored on...


Questions and Answers about Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 5 February 2019 The EU promotes actively the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation. The EU has actively participated in international cooperation to promote the elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.


Daily News 05 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 05 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 5 February 2019 Security Union: Commission recommends negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence [updated with correct links 05/02/2019 at 12:31] Today, the European Commission recommends engaging in two international negotiations on cross-border rules to obtain electronic evidence.


Countering illegal hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 February 2019 The fourth evaluation on the EU Code of Conduct shows that this Commission initiative delivers successful results. IT companies are now assessing 89% of flagged content within 24 hours and 72% of the content deemed to be illegal hate speech is...


Juvenes Translatores: European Commission announces winners of its annual translation contest for schools

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 February 2019 Congratulations to the 28 winners in the 12th edition of the European Commission's Juvenes Translatores translation contest for secondary schools! The best young translator from each of EU's 28 Member States will now travel to Brussels to collect their awards and...


Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online: Questions and answers on the fourth evaluation

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 4 February 2019 Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online: Questions and answers on the fourth evaluation See IP/19/805 What is the aim of the Code of Conduct? The European Commission launched the Code of Conduct in May 2016 together with four...


Daily News 04 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 04 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 4 February 2019 Countering illegal hate speech online – EU Code of Conduct ensures swift response The fourth evaluation on the EU Code of Conduct shows that this Commission initiative delivers successful results.


Commission imposes definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 1 February 2019 Commission imposes definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products. Today, the European Commission published a regulation imposing definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products.


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