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Top Stories from the European Commission - 1-5 April 2019

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Daily News 05 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 05 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 5 April 2019 President Juncker in Rwanda for the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda President Jean-Claude Juncker and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica will be in Kigali this...


Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 April 2019 An initiative to improve the application of EU policies and rules on the circular economy, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management.


Antitrust: Commission sends Statements of Objections to Valve and five videogame publishers on "geo-blocking" of PC video games

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 April 2019 The European Commission has informed Valve, owner of the "Steam" video game distribution platform, and five videogame publishers, of its preliminary view that the companies prevented consumers from purchasing videogames cross-border from other Member States, in breach of EU competition rules.


Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to BMW, Daimler and VW for restricting competition on emission cleaning technology

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 April 2019 The European Commission has informed BMW, Daimler and VW (Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche) of its preliminary view that they have breached EU antitrust rules from 2006 to 2014 by colluding to restrict competition on the development of technology to clean the emissions...


Questions and Answers on the Safety Gate for dangerous products

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 5 April 2019 Today, the European Commission presented the results and achievements of the Safety Gate in 2018. See IP/19/1992 What is the Safety Gate for non-food dangerous products? In 2018, the European Commission renamed the European Rapid Alert System for non-food dangerous...


Protecting European consumers: toys and cars on top of the list of dangerous products

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 April 2019 Today, the European Commission released its 2018 report on the Safety Gate for dangerous products, the former Rapid Alert System. The report shows that authorities exchanged 2,257 alerts on dangerous products.


EU Trust Fund for Africa: €115.5 million to enhance security, migrant protection and job creation in the Sahel region

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 April 2019 The European Commission adopted five new programmes and three top-ups of current programmes worth €115.5 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to complement ongoing efforts in the Sahel and Lake Chad region.


Capital Markets Union: Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP)

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 4 April 2019 1. What is the Pan-European Personal Pension Product (PEPP) and what is this new legislation about? The pan-European personal pension product (PEPP) is a voluntary personal pension scheme that will offer consumers a new pan-European option to save for retirement.


Daily News 04 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 04 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 4 April 2019 Brexit preparedness: EU prepared for possible "no-deal" scenario in the area of public health and food safety The EU regrets, but respects the UK's decision to leave the EU.


European, African, Caribbean and Pacific countries conclude second round of talks on a new ambitious partnership

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 4 April 2019 Today, chief negotiators emphasised the progress made while launching the next phase of the negotiations. This new step will ultimately lead to the creation of tailor-made pillars with each region, which are among the novelties to be introduced in the future...


Secure ID cards and residence documents: Commission welcomes Parliament's vote

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 April 2019 . Today, the European Parliament voted on a new Regulation, which will strengthen the security of identity cards and residence documents throughout the European Union.


The EU invests in fast broadband for all in Italy

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 April 2019 Today the Commission adopted a Cohesion Policy project worth more than 573 million of EU funds to support the deployment of fast broadband in Italy. The EU funding, covering 60% of the project's eligible costs, will help bring fast internet access...


Road safety: Data show improvements in 2018 but further concrete and swift actions are needed

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 April 2019 Fewer people died on European roads last year but more efforts are needed to make a big leap forward, according to new, preliminary figures on road fatalities for 2018 published today by the European Commission.


2018 road safety statistics: what is behind the figures?

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 4 April 2019 The European Union has some of the safest roads in the world. Nevertheless, more than 25 000 people still lose their lives on EU roads every year, and many more are seriously injured.


Union for the Mediterranean commits to tackling employment challenges in the Euro-Mediterranean region

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 3 April 2019 At the fourth Ministerial Conference on Employment and Labour in Portugal, the member states of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) gave a new impulse to social and economic integration in the Euro-Mediterranean region.


Rule of Law: European Commission launches infringement procedure to protect judges in Poland from political control

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 3 April 2019 Today, the European Commission has launched an infringement procedure by sending a Letter of Formal Notice to Poland regarding the new disciplinary regime for judges. The Polish government has 2 months to reply.


Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 3 April 2019 The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the European Union and setting out possible avenues for future action. The Communication presented today takes stock of the available tools to monitor, assess, and protect the...


Daily News 03 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 03 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 3 April 2019 COLLEGE MEETING: Rule of Law: The Commission opens a debate to strengthen the rule of law in the EU The European Commission is launching a reflection process on the rule of law in the...


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Respect for the rule of law' initiative

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 3 April 2019 The European Commission has today decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Respect for the rule of law within the European Union'. The aim of the initiative is to create 'an objective and impartial evaluation mechanism to verify the application...


Libya: EU to provide €6 million in humanitarian assistance

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 3 April 2019 As many Libyans continued to be displaced within their country due to conflict, the Commission has announced today €6 million in humanitarian aid for 2019. This brings total humanitarian assistance in the country for 2018-2019 to €15 million.


Daily News 02 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 02 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 2 April 2019 Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States Today the EU Cohesion Policy invests €4 billion of EU funds in 25 large infrastructure projects in 10 Member States.The investment...


European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 2 April 2019 Today, the EU has brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India and Turkey, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals.


Commission adopts €4 billion investment package for infrastructure projects across 10 Member States

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 2 April 2019 Today the EU Cohesion Policy invests €4 billion of EU funds in 25 large infrastructure projects in 10 Member States. © European Union 2019 Director: Barbara Grahek-Lazarevic The investment package involves Bulgaria, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal and...


State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Slovakia's tax on the food retail sector

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 2 April 2019 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a tax on the food retail sector in Slovakia. The Commission has concerns that certain exemptions from the tax give some retailers a selective advantage over their competitors, in breach of EU...


State aid: Commission concludes part of UK tax scheme gave illegal tax advantages to certain multinational companies; remaining part does not constitute aid

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 2 April 2019 The European Commission has found that a UK tax scheme is partly justified and does not constitute State aid, insofar as it ensures the proper functioning and effectiveness of the relevant tax rules.


Global Report on Food Crises: acute hunger still affecting over 100 million people worldwide

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 2 April 2019 A report presented today jointly by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) finds that around 113 million people in 53 countries experienced acute food insecurity in 2018,...


New Deal for Consumers: European Commission welcomes provisional agreement on strengthening EU consumer protection rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 2 April 2019 The European Parliament and the Council have reached a provisional agreement on stronger and better enforced consumer protection rules. The main improvements will be more transparency for consumers when buying online, effective penalties and clear rules to tackle the issue of...


Capital Markets Union: Creating a stronger and more integrated European financial supervisory architecture, including on anti-money laundering

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 1 April 2019 1. The European System of Financial Supervision What is the European System of Financial Supervision? The European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) was set up in November 2010 in the wake of the financial crisis following the recommendations of a group...


European Border and Coast Guard: The Commission welcomes agreement on a standing corps of 10,000 border guards by 2027*

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 1 April 2019 Today, the Council green-lighted the political agreement reached last week to reinforce the European Border and Coast Guard, giving it the right level of ambition to respond to the common challenges Europe is facing in managing migration and borders.


Daily News 01 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 01 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 1 April 2019 Digital Single Market: almost half of travellers have enjoyed their online subscriptions Today marks the one-year anniversary since Europeans can travel across the EU with their online subscription to films, sports events, e-books, video...


2 and 3 April: History defines our future, Europe for Citizens*

European Commission - Upcoming events The news On 2 and 3 April, the European Commission will organise a Europe for Citizens event, "History Defines our Future". Hosted by Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and DG Home Affairs, the event will bring together around 300 participants from...


3 and 4 April – European Migration Forum

European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On 3 and 4 April, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will co-host the fifth European Migration Forum, bringing together civil society organisations, local and regional authorities, Member States and EU institutions to discuss the role of local authorities...


Questions and answers - European, African, Caribbean and Pacific countries conclude second round of talks on a new ambitious partnership

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 4 April 2019 What is the Cotonou Partnership Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries? The Cotonou Partnership Agreement is the legal framework ruling relations between the EU and 79 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP).


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