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Top Stories from the European Commission - 8-12 April 2019

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Africa-Europe Alliance: EU invests €10 million to improve business climate in West and Central Africa

European Commission - Press release Washington, 12 April 2019 The EU is investing €10 million in technical assistance and capacity building in partner countries in Africa to help improve the business and investment climate, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


EU to facilitate financing for small businesses in Africa and the European Neighbourhood

European Commission - Press release Washington, 12 April 2019 The European Commission makes available €4.2 million under the External Investment Plan to help banks in Africa and the European Neighbourhood to better assist underfinanced sectors such as small businesses, including young entrepreneurs and women.


Mergers: Commission approves Nidec's acquisition of Embraco, subject to conditions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 April 2019 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition by Nidec of Embraco, Whirlpool's refrigeration compressor business. The approval is conditional on compliance with Nidec's commitments.


Daily News 12 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 12 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 12 April 2019 Juncker Plan: almost €393 billion of investment now mobilised across Europe The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of the Juncker Plan, has mobilised almost €393 billion of investment, according to April...


EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: third annual report shows continued vital and tangible support for refugees and their host communities

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 April 2019 The third annual report on the implementation of the Facility shows solid results on EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, including: monthly transfer to 1.5 million refugees for their basic needs, 5 million primary health care consultations, access...


Publication of preliminary figures on 2018 Official Development Assistance*

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 11 April 2019 What do the figures show? Preliminary OECD figures show that Official Development Assistance (ODA) provided by the European Union and its Member States has reached €74.4 billion in 2018 on a grant equivalent basis, representing 0.47% of EU Gross National Income...


Europe remains the world's biggest development donor – €74.4 billion in 2018

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 April 2019 The European Union and its Member States continued to be the world's leading provider of official development assistance in 2018 and stepped up their efforts directed at developing countries.


Daily News 11 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 11 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 11 April 2019 Procédures d'infraction du mois d'avril: la Commission clôt des cas encore ouverts La Commission européenne a décidé aujourd'hui de clôturer 94 cas de procédures d'infraction encore ouverts jusqu'à ce jour, estimant que les points...


EU-funded scientists unveil first ever image of a black hole

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 April 2019 The Commission is today revealing the first ever image of a black hole taken by Event Horizon Telescope, a global scientific collaboration involving EU-funded scientists.


Daily News 10 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 10 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 10 April 2019 COLLEGE MEETING: 'No-deal' Brexit preparedness: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock...


EU foreign investment screening regulation enters into force

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 April 2019 The new EU framework for the screening of foreign direct investments has officially entered into force on 10 April 2019. The new framework is based on proposal tabled by the European Commission in September 2017 and will be instrumental in safeguarding...


c: European Commission takes stock of preparations and provides practical guidance to ensure coordinated EU approach

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 April 2019 Ahead of the European Council (Article 50) today, the European Commission has taken stock of the European Union's intense 'no-deal' preparations and has issued practical guidance to Member States in 5 areas.


EU-China Summit: Rebalancing the strategic partnership

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 April 2019 The 21st EU-China Summit took place on 9 April in Brussels, providing a forum for engagement at the highest level and for advancing the relationship as regards the bilateral and multilateral agendas.


Future of Work: High-level conference discusses how the EU can face challenges and grasp opportunities

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 April 2019 Hosted by the European Commission, the conference "The Future of Work: Today. Tomorrow. For All." has steered today an open discussion on the main changes taking place in the world of work.


The Energy Union: from vision to reality

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 April 2019 The fourth report on the State of the Energy Union, adopted today, shows that the Commission has fully delivered on its vision of an Energy Union strategy guaranteeing accessible, affordable, secure, competitive and sustainable energy for all Europeans.


The state of the Energy Union explained

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 9 April 2019 . What does today's package include? Today, the Commission publishes the fourth State of the Energy Union report. The State of the Energy Union Report is an important tool to highlight and monitor the implementation of this key priority of the...


Cyclone Idai: €12 million EU assistance in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 April 2019 The European Union has announced today an additional €12 million in humanitarian support in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This funding will assist people in need following cyclone Idai and the subsequent floods.


Daily News 09 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 09 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 9 April 2019 EU-China Summit takes place in Brussels This afternoon, the 21stEU-China Summit takes place in Brussels, bringing together the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, and...


Facebook changes its terms and clarify its use of data for consumers following discussions with the European Commission and consumer authorities

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 April 2019 Today, the European Commission and consumer protection authorities have welcomed Facebook's updated terms and services. They now clearly explain how the company uses its users' data to develop profiling activities and target advertising to finance their company.


Security Union: European Commission welcomes the final adoption of the new European Criminal Records Information System on convicted third country nationals

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 9 April 2019 The Council gave today its final approval to the Commission's proposal to create a European Criminal Records Information System on convicted third country nationals.


Daily News 08 / 04 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 08 / 04 / 2019 Brussels, 8 April 2019 Brexit preparedness : EU prepared to support European farmers in possible « no-deal » scenario While the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated between the EU and the UK remains the best possible outcome, the EU is prepared for a...


Digital Day 2019: EU countries will commit to three digital cooperation initiatives

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 April 2019 Tomorrow at the Digital Day 2019, EU Member States are expected to sign three Declarations to pool efforts and resources for accelerating digital developments in key areas that can bring tangible benefits to our economies and our societies.


Artificial intelligence: Commission takes forward its work on ethics guidelines

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 April 2019 . The Commission presents today next steps for building trust in artificial intelligence by taking forward the work of the High-Level Expert Group. Building on the work of the group of independent experts appointed in June 2018, the Commission is today...


Mergers: Commission fines General Electric €52 million for providing incorrect information in LM Wind takeover

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 April 2019 The European Commission has fined General Electric €52 million for providing incorrect information during the Commission's investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of GE's planned acquisition of LM Wind.


9 April: Digital Day 2019

European Commission - Upcoming events On 9 April, the third edition of Digital Day will take place in Brussels. The annual one-day event aims to encourage EU and interested Member States to accelerate digital developments in key areas though joint efforts and resources.This year it will combine panel discussions with...


9 April 2019: High-level Conference "Future of Work: Today. Tomorrow. For All."

European Commission - Upcoming events The news: The European Commission (EC) is organizing a high level conference on the future of work in Brussels, hosted by President Jean-Claude Juncker together with Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Financial Valdis Dombrovskis and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen.


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