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Top Stories from the European Commission - 3-7 June 2019

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Thursday 6 June: The launch of the European Drug Report 2019

European Commission - Upcoming events The news: On 6 June 2019, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Alexis Goosdeel will launch the European Drug Report 2019, presenting the latest drug use and market trends...


Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

European Commission - Press release Luxembourg, 6 June 2019 Today, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United...


Humanitarian Aid: EU mobilises €6 million for people in need in Colombia

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 June 2019 As many people continue to be displaced in Colombia and are threatened by natural disasters, the European Commission announces today a new aid package of €6 million to help those most in need in the country.


DiscoverEU: 20,000 more young people get the chance to explore Europe

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 June 2019 Almost 95,000 young people applied in the third round of this new EU initiative for youth. Around 20,000 18-year-old Europeans have now been selected to receive a DiscoverEU travel pass.


Taxation: Commission refers Spain to the Court for imposing disproportionate sanctions for failure to report assets held abroad

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 June 2019 The Commission decided today to refer SPAIN to the Court of Justice of the EU for imposing disproportionate penalties on Spanish taxpayers for the failure to report assets held in other EU and EEA States ("Modelo 720").


Taxation: Commission refers Austria to the Court for its failure to align with EU VAT rules for travel agents

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 June 2019 The Commission decided today to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for not applying special VAT rules for travel agents correctly. The special VAT scheme for travel agents means that VAT should be applied only on the...


Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 6 June 2019 Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union's highest 'excellent' and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report.


DiscoverEU: Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 6 June 2019 What is DiscoverEU? DiscoverEU is an EU initiative which offers 18-year-olds a travel experience that will enable them to take advantage of the freedom of movement in the European Union, discover the diversity of European regions, enjoy its cultural richness, and...


June infringements package: key decisions

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 6 June 2019 Overview by policy area In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission ('Commission') is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.


Daily News 06 / 06 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 06 / 06 / 2019 Brussels, 6 June 2019 Procédures d'infraction du mois de juin: la Commission prend des mesures en vue d'une mise en œuvre complète, correcte et en temps utile du droit de l'Union dans l'intérêt des citoyens et des entreprises...


European Semester 2019 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to advance sustainable and inclusive economic growth

Commission - Press release European Brussels, 5 June 2019 The European Commission presents today the 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs), giving economic policy guidance to all EU Member States for the next 12 to 18 months.


EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 5 June 2019 The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond.


European Commission reports on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, 10 years on

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 5 June 2019 Today, the Commission publishes its annual report on how the EU institutions and Member States have been applying the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Charter.


Draft EU Budget 2020 – Questions and Answers

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 5 June 2019 1. What are the priorities of the draft budget for 2020? The goal of the proposed 2020 EU budget is to contribute to a more competitive European economy, and to ensure solidarity and security in the EU and beyond.


European Semester 2019 Spring Package explained

Commission - Fact Sheet European Brussels, 5 June 2019 The European Commission has taken the next steps in the 2019 cycle of the European Semester of economic policy coordination. The package includes: A Communication on the 2019 European Semester: country-specific recommendations; Country-specific recommendations (CSRs) for 28 Member States; A recommendation...


Daily News 05 / 06 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 05 / 06 / 2019 Brussels, 5 June 2019 European Semester 2019 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to advance sustainable and inclusive economic growth Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Thyssen and Commissioner Moscovici are presenting the European Commission's 2019 country-specific recommendations (CSRs),...


Tuesday 18 June - Conference: 30 years of Jean Monnet Activ

European Commission - Upcoming events On 18 June, the European Commission celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Jean Monnet Activities – which promote and finance educational programmes on European integration - with a one-day conference under the title "30 years of Jean Monnet Activities: Why study the European Union today?"...


Daily News 04 / 06 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 04 / 06 / 2019 Brussels, 4 June 2019 Collector Bank to lend SEK 1 billion to Swedish SMEs with Juncker Plan support The European Investment Fund has signed a guarantee agreement worth SEK 1 billion (around €94 million) under the EU's COSME...


State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Lithuanian electricity strategic reserve measure

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 3 June 2019 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Lithuanian support to energy company AB Lietuvos Energija in the context of a strategic reserve measure may have unduly favoured the company and distorted competition in the Single Market, in...


Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 3 June 2019 The EU has pledged €100 million to help Mozambique recover from the devastating effects of cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit the country in March and April this year.


Daily News 03 / 06 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 03 / 06 / 2019 Brussels, 3 June 2019 Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth The EU has pledged €100 million to help Mozambique recover from the devastating effects of cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit...


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