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Top Stories from the European Commission - 13-17 May 2019

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Daily News 16 / 05 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 16 / 05 / 2019 Brussels, 16 May 2019 European Commission marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Tomorrow, Friday 17 May, marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, calling attention to discrimination suffered by the lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

Antitrust: Commission fines Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG €1.07 billion for participating in foreign exchange spot trading cartel

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 May 2019 In two settlement decisions, the European Commission has fined five banks for taking part in two cartels in the Spot Foreign Exchange market for 11 currencies - Euro, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, US, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian Dollars,...

EU and Tunisia work to strengthen their Privileged Partnership

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 May 2019 There has been continued progress in the transition towards democracy in Tunisia in the last year, but this must be accompanied by equivalent economic and social progress to ensure that it can be sustained.

EU Solidarity Fund: Commission proposes €293.5 million for Austria, Italy and Romania and evaluates the Fund

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 May 2019 Today the Commission proposes €293.5 million under the EU Solidarity Fund for Austria, Italy and Romania following natural disasters that occurred in 2018. The Commission also publishes a report evaluating the work of the Fund since its creation in 2002 and...

EU budget: Adding €100 million for research and student mobility programmes in 2019

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 May 2019 Following up on the agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the EU's 2019 budget, the European Commission is today proposing to add €100 million to the EU's flagship programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus +.

Daily News 15 / 05 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 15 / 05 / 2019 Brussels, 15 May 2019 COLLEGE MEETING: The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership Today, the European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations...

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Save the bees!' initiative'

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 15 May 2019 Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Save the bees! Protection of biodiversity and improvement of habitats for insects in Europe'.

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 May 2019 The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007. The new Joint Communication adopted today by the European Commission and the High Representative...

VAT Fraud: New tool to help EU countries crack down on criminals and recoup billions

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 May 2019 The new system will allow Member States to rapidly exchange and jointly process VAT data, leading to earlier detection of suspicious networks. The launch of the Transaction Network Analysis (TNA) tool comes as recent media investigations once again laid bare...

Celebrating 10 years of the Eastern Partnership

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 May 2019 On 14 May, the European Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine marked the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership with a High Level Conference in Brussels.

Daily News 14 / 05 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 14 / 05 / 2019 Brussels, 14 May 2019 Eastern Partnership: President Juncker opens 10th anniversary celebratory conference President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, this morning delivered the keynote speech to open the Eastern Partnership 10th Anniversary High-Level Conference."The Eastern Partnership is...

Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 May 2019 The European Commission has announced today an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and...

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into Insurance Ireland data pooling system

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 May 2019 The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into Insurance Ireland to assess whether the conditions of access to its Insurance Link data pooling system may restrict competition, in breach of EU rules.

Commission appoints Mauro Ferrari as next President of the European Research Council

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 14 May 2019 The European Commission has today appointed Professor Mauro Ferrari as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC), responsible for funding investigator-driven frontier scientific research in Europe.

Ebola: EU provides further €5 million in humanitarian aid in Democratic Republic of Congo

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 May 2019 The EU is stepping up humanitarian support with an additional €5 million as the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to experience its biggest Ebola outbreak to date. The confirmed death toll of the epidemic now stands at over 1,000 people.

Daily News 13 / 05 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 13 / 05 / 2019 Brussels, 13 May 2019 Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU.

Antitrust: Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 May 2019 The European Commission has fined AB InBev €200 409 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. AB InBev, the world's biggest beer company, has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from...

Questions and Answers: caps on international calls and SMS within the EU

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 13 May 2019 To what extent calling and sending SMS from one EU country to another one will cost less thanks to the new EU telecoms rules? As of 15 May 2019, phone calls via landline and mobile phone or SMS made from one...

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 May 2019 As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute...


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