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Top Stories from the European Commission - 22-26 July 2019

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Sécheresse en Europe : La Commission présente des aides supplémentaires pour les agriculteurs européens

Commission européenne - Communiqué de presse Bruxelles, le 25 juillet 2019 La Commission européenne apporte son soutien aux agriculteurs confrontés aux vagues de sécheresse qui frappent l'Europe. D'une part, les agriculteurs européens pourront recevoir un pourcentage plus élevé de leurs avances en matière de paiements directs et de paiements au...


Antitrust: Commission closes proceedings against Slovak rail company ZSSK related to an inspection

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 On 25 September 2018, the European Commission sent a Statement of Objections to the Slovak rail company ZSSK. The Commission informed ZSSK about its preliminary view that the company obstructed an inspection conducted in June 2016 under the antitrust Regulation 1/2003,by...


EU-U.S. trade talks – one year on, Commission presents progress report

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today marks the first anniversary of the Joint Statement by President Juncker and President Trump, which launched the new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union.


Ebola: EU provides an additional €30 million to tackle the outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 The EU is contributing a further €30 million in humanitarian funding for Ebola response in efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The second deadliest Ebola outbreak on record has claimed so far more than 1,700 lives in a country already...


Commission takes further steps to end illegal tax breaks in the Italian and Cypriot yacht industries

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 25 July 2019 The Commission is today taking further steps to end illegal tax breaks in the yacht industries of Italy and Cyprus, first brought to light in the Paradise Papers leaks.


Taxation: Commission refers Germany to the Court for its failure to apply EU rules on VAT for farmers

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today the Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice of the EU for not applying the EU Value Added Tax (VAT) scheme for farmers correctly. Under current EU rules, Member States can apply a flat-rate VAT scheme...


Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to the Court due to its tax treatment of taxpayers investing in property abroad

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today the Commission decided to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to properly implement rules related to the calculation of rental income.


Commission refers Austria to Court over the certification of train drivers

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 25 July 2019 The European Commission decided today to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to comply with European rules on the certification of train drivers (Directive 2007/59/EC).


Data protection: Commission decides to refer Greece and Spain to the Court for not transposing EU law

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 The European Commission decided today to refer Greece and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680).


Commission takes Hungary to Court for criminalising activities in support of asylum seekers and opens new infringement for non-provision of food in transit zones

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the European Commission decided to refer Hungary to the Court of Justice of the EU concerning legislation that criminalises activities in support of asylum applications and further restricts the right to request asylum.


Migration: Commission refers Belgium to the Court for failing to transpose the Directive on intra-corporate transfers

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the Directive on intra-corporate transfers of staff from outside the EU.


Waste water: Commission refers Sweden to the Court for its failure to treat urban waste water

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the European Commission decided to refer Sweden to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to ensure that urban waste water from a number of agglomerations receives adequate treatment, as required under EU rules (Council Directive 91/271/EEC).


Biodiversity: Commission decides to refer Greece to the Court over its failure to protect natural habitats and species adequately

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the European Commission decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to protect biodiversity adequately. While Greece has designated Special Areas of Conservation to protect natural habitats and species included in the Natura...


Air quality: Commission refers Bulgaria and Spain to the Court for failing to protect citizens from poor air quality

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the European Commission has decided to refer Bulgaria and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU over poor air quality. Bulgaria is failing to respect limit values of sulphur dioxide (SO2), and Spain is failing to respect limit...


Commission refers Italy to the Court for failure to transpose EU rules on protection against radiation

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the Commission has decided to refer Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU due to its failure to transpose the revised basic safety standards for protection against the dangers arising from exposure to ionising radiation (Council Directive 2013/59/Euratom).


Energy: Commission refers Belgium to the Court for failing to comply with EU rules on electricity and gas markets

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the Court of Justice of the EU for failure to ensure the correct implementation of EU electricity market rules (Electricity Directive, Directive 2009/72/EC) and of the EU gas market rules (Gas...


Indexation of family benefits: Commission takes next step in infringement procedure against Austria

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 25 July 2019 Today, the Commission decided to send a reasoned opinion to Austria due to the incompatibility of its law on the indexation of family benefits and family tax credits with EU rules.

 


Daily News 25 / 07 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 25 / 07 / 2019 Brussels, 25 July 2019 Procédures d'infraction du mois de juillet: 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 Pour...


European Commission appoints temporary Hors Classe Adviser in the Secretariat-General and new Head of Representation in Austria

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 24 July 2019 The European Commission has today decided to appoint Mr Martin Selmayr to the temporary function of Hors Classe Adviser in the Secretariat-General as of 1 August 2019 and as the new Head of its Representation in Vienna, Austria as of 1...


European Commission appoints new Director-General to its department for international cooperation and development, reinforces top management across other departments

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 24 July 2019 The European Commission has today decided to appoint Mr Koen Doens to the position of Director-General in its department for international cooperation and development (DG DEVCO), in view of Mr Stefano Manservisi's retirement on 1 October 2019.


Commission issues guidance on the participation of third country bidders in the EU procurement market

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 24 July 2019 Today's guidance is part of a package of Commission initiatives to ensure fair competition, high quality and a level playing field in public procurement markets. It is also the first deliverable of the 10 actions set out in the Communication on...


European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Germany

- Press release European Commission Brussels, 24 July 2019 Today, the European Commission has decided to appoint Mr Jörg Wojahn as the new Head of its Representation in Berlin, Germany. He will take up his duties on 1 September 2019. Mr Wojahn is succeeding Mr Richard Kühnel, whom the Commission has today...


Fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Commission assesses risks and calls for better implementation of the rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 July 2019 The European Commission is today adopting a Communication and four reports that will support European and national authorities in better addressing money laundering and terrorist financing risks.


General Data Protection Regulation shows results, but work needs to continue

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 July 2019 Just over one year after the entry into application of the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission has published today a report looking at the impact of the EU data protection rules, and how implementation can be improved further.


A Europe that protects: Continued efforts needed on security priorities

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 July 2019 The Commission is today reporting on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union. Thanks to close cooperation between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission, the EU has taken significant strides in this work, putting in place a...


Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 24 July 2019 Building on the vision set out in the Five Presidents' Report of June 2015, the Commission's Communication on the Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union of 12 June 2019 and the guidance by the Euro Summit of 21 June 2019, the...


Commission assesses risks and implementation shortcomings in fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Questions and Answers

European - Fact Sheet Commission Brussels, 24 July 2019 Why is the Commission publishing reports on money laundering and terrorist financing? Money laundering and the terrorism financing remain a major concern for the integrity of Union's financial system and the security of its citizens.


Daily News 24 / 07 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 24 / 07 / 2019 Brussels, 24 July 2019 COLLEGE MEETING: Commission proposes a governance framework for the Budgetary Instrument for Convergence and Competitiveness Building on the vision set out in the Five Presidents' Report of June 2015, the Commission's Communication on the...


The EU resumes budget support assistance to the Republic of Moldova

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 July 2019 The Commission has resumed budget support assistance to the Republic of Moldova by disbursing €14.54 million today to support the implementation of the EU-Moldova free trade agreement, to finance vocational education trainings and to assist the implementation of the visa liberalisation...


Commission steps up EU action to protect and restore the world's forests

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 23 July 2019 Today the European Commission adopted a comprehensive Communication setting out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and...


Humanitarian Aid: EU announces €18.5 million additional package for Latin America and the Caribbean

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 23 July 2019 As numerous natural disasters threaten vulnerable communities in the Latin American and Caribbean region, the Commission has announced today new humanitarian funding of €18.5 million.


Commission approves emergency measures to protect eastern Baltic cod

European - Press release Commission Brussels, 23 July 2019 The Commission has announced emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019.


Questions and Answers - Emergency measures eastern Baltic cod

European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 23 July 2019 Why did the Commission adopt emergency measures? Scientists discovered recently that the stock was doing a lot worse than expected. It has been below safe biological limits for two years and will stay there at least in the medium term even...


Daily News 23 / 07 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 23 / 07 / 2019 Brussels, 23 July 2019 Protecting the world's forests : European Commission steps up EU action Today the European Commission has set out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of...


State aid: Commission approves €171.7 million compensation to Poste Italiane for distributing newspapers at reduced tariffs

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 July 2019 The Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €171.74 million public service compensation granted by Italy to Poste Italiane for distributing, at reduced tariffs, newspapers and publications of book publishers and non-profit organisations in the period 2017-2019.


Humanitarian Aid: €8.5 million for South and South East Asia*

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 July 2019 To help the most affected communities in South and South East Asia hit by natural disasters and humanitarian crises, the Commission has mobilised a new humanitarian funding package worth €8.5 million.


African Peace Facility: African Union Peace & Security Operations boosted by an additional €800 million from the European Union

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 July 2019 The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, today announced the signing of an agreement through which the EU commits a further €800 million to support...


Daily News 22 / 07 / 2019

European Commission - Daily News Daily News 22 / 07 / 2019 Brussels, 22 July 2019 Le Plan Juncker soutient 180 millions d'euros de financement pour un programme d'économie circulaire en France et l'innovation industrielle en Espagne La Banque Européenne d'Investissement (BEI) finance deux projets innovants en France et en...


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