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Top Stories from the European Commission - 11-15 February 2019

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Security Union: Commission welcomes political agreement on new rules for explosive precursors

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 February 2019 Today Member States endorsed the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission's proposal to strengthen EU rules on explosive precursors.


Digital Single Market: EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms' trading practices

European Commission - Press release Strasbourg, 14 February 2019 Yesterday evening the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission reached a political deal on the first-ever rules aimed at creating a fair, transparent and predictable business environment for businesses and traders when using online platforms.


Commission welcomes European Parliament's support for investment screening framework

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 14 February 2019 Following today's vote, the EU is one step closer to putting in place a Europe-wide framework for screening foreign direct investment. President of the European Commission Jean-Claud Juncker said: "The speed at which we were able to reach an agreement pays...


Question and Answers on the European Labour Authority

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 14 February 2019 Today, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the Commission's proposal to establish a European Labour Authority (ELA). See also a statement here.


Frequently asked questions: Intra-EU cross-border payments

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 14 February 2019 What did the Commission propose in 2018 and why? EU cross-border payments in euro are very cheap or even free in euro area Member States (priced as domestic payments) but still expensive in non-euro area Member States.


Questions and Answers - EU negotiators agree to set up new European rules to improve fairness of online platforms' trading practices

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 14 February 2019 * Why does the EU need to set rules increasing fairness and transparency for online platforms? Online platforms provide entrepreneurs with vast opportunities for fast and efficient access to EU consumer markets, which is why they have become the go-to place...


Daily News 14 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 14 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 14 February 2019 Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules Yesterday, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission found a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit...


Agreement with Singapore set to give a boost to EU-Asia trade

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 February 2019 The trade and investment agreements between the EU and Singapore have today received the approval of the European Parliament. The Parliament has also given its green light to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.


European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes

- Press release European Commission Strasbourg, 13 February 2019 Today, the Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks.

 


Digital Single Market: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules

European Commission - Press release Strasbourg, 13 February 2019 Today, the European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the Commission found a political agreement to make the copyright rules fit for digital era in Europe and bring tangible benefits to all creative sectors, the press, researchers, educators, cultural heritage...


Fisheries: Commission welcomes provisional political agreement on new technical conservation measures

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 February 2019 Today the European Parliament and the Council agreed on the Commission's proposal for decentralised and simplified technical rules, giving fishermen a stronger say in deciding on the best measures for sustainable fishing adapted to their specific needs.


Capital Markets Union: Commission welcomes political agreement on new rules to help consumers save for retirement

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 February 2019 The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached by the European Parliament and Member States on the proposal for a pan-European personal pension product (PEPP).


Anti-money laundering: Q & A on the EU list of high-risk third countries

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 13 February 2019 . See IP/19/781 Why does the Commission present a new list of high-risk third countries? As defined under the Fourth and Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directives, the EU has to establish a list of high-risk third countries, to make sure the...


Questions & Answers: EU negotiators reach a breakthrough to modernise copyright rules

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 13 February 2019 * What is the new Copyright Directive about? The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission reached a political agreement on a new Copyright Directive that will require final approval by both Institutions in the coming weeks.


Daily News 13 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 13 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 13 February 2019 European Commission adopts new list of third countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes Today, the Commission has adopted its new list of 23 third countries with strategic deficiencies in their anti-money...


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Let's demand smarter vaping regulation!' initiative'

Commission - Press release European Strasbourg, 12 February 2019 The European Commission has today decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Let's demand smarter vaping regulation!'. The objective of the initiative is to: " create bespoke legislation which clearly sets vaping products apart from tobacco and pharmaceutical products".


Energy Union: Commission welcomes tonight's provisional political agreement to ensure that pipelines with third countries comply with EU gas rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 February 2019 New rules for improving the functioning of the EU gas market and strengthening solidarity between Member States have been provisionally agreed by negotiators from the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission.


Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of joint control over Virgin Atlantic by Air-France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Group

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 February 2019 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of joint control over Virgin Atlantic by Air France-KLM, Delta and Virgin Group. The Commission concluded the transaction would raise no competition concerns in the European Economic Area.


Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts "no-deal" contingency measure for railway safety and connectivity

European Commission - Press release Strasbourg, 12 February 2019 Brexit Preparedness. Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the European Union on 30 March this year without a deal (a "no-deal" scenario), the European Commission has today adopted a proposal to help mitigate the significant impact that...


Defence: European Commission paves the way for first joint industrial projects under EU budget

European Commission - Press release Strasbourg, 12 February 2019 Today, the European Commission formally initiated work with Member States to finance joint industrial projects in the field of defence. Once the Commission adopts the work programme for the European Defence Industrial Development Programme, it will launch calls for proposals under...


Security Union: Commission welcomes the agreement on enhanced rules to fight terrorist financing

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 February 2019 Today the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on the Commission's proposal to facilitate cross-border access to financial information by law enforcement authorities.


Daily News 12 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 12 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 12 February 2019 COLLEGE MEETING: Commission paves the way for first joint defence industrial projects under EU budget Today, the European Commission formally initiated work with Member States to finance joint industrial projects in the field of...


Cambodia: EU launches procedure to temporarily suspend trade preferences

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 February 2019 The EU has today started the process that could lead to the temporary suspension of Cambodia's preferential access to the EU market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade scheme.


Boosting trust in scientific studies on food safety: Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached today

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 February 2019 Today, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the European Commission's proposal for a Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain.


Mergers: Commission approves merger between Amcor and Bemis, subject to conditions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 February 2019 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the merger between Amcor and Bemis. Both companies manufacture flexible packaging products worldwide. The approval is conditional on the divestment of Bemis' medical packaging business in Europe.


EU triggers procedure to temporarily suspend trade preferences for Cambodia

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 11 February 2019 The European Commission has launched a procedure to temporarily withdraw tariff preferences granted under the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement over concerns related to serious human and labour rights violations.


Agreement on the Commission's proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain - Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 11 February 2019 Agreement on the Commission's proposal on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain - Questions and Answers What has been agreed today? Today, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on the...


Daily News 11 / 02 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 11 / 02 / 2019 Brussels, 11 February 2019 Le Plan Juncker soutient la rénovation du campus Europe de l'INSEAD Le Plan d'Investissement pour l'Europe, ou Plan Juncker, soutient un accord signé entre la Banque Européenne d'Investissement et l'école de management INSEAD à...


Africa-Europe Alliance: EU supports the new African Union Trade Observatory

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 February 2019 The European Commission, the African Union Commission and the International Trade Centre (ITC) join forces today to set up the African Union Trade Observatory, a key pillar of the African Continental Free Trade Area.


EU boosts regional cooperation with 25 African countries

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 February 2019 Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signs in Addis Ababa additional support to regional programmes for 25 countries in Africa.


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