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Top Stories from the European Commission - 16-20 December 2019

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Commission welcomes agreement on €500 million Macro-Financial Assistance programme for Jordan

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Dec 2019 The European Commission welcomes the endorsement by the Council of the agreement reached with the European Parliament to provide up to €500 million in Macro-Fin...


Capital Markets Union and Fintech: Commission welcomes political agreement to boost crowdfunding in the EU

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Dec 2019 The European Commission welcomes the provisional political agreement reached yesterday evening between the European Parliament and the Council on its proposal t...


EIB grants €57.5 million under Investment Plan to Vitalia Home to build 19 retirement homes in Spain

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Dec 2019 The centres will provide some 3,200 residential places and more than 500 daycare places


EU mobilises further €15.2 million humanitarian support for food safety, epidemics preparedness and support to people in conflict areas in Latin America and Caribbean

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Dec 2019 This support will focus on food assistance in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, support to forcibly displaced Venezuelans and host communities, and essential needs and nutritional support to Haiti.


Commission welcomes provisional agreement to improve the quality of drinking water and the access to it

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Dec 2019 The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council yesterday in Strasbourg on the recast Drinking Water Directive.


Speech by President von der Leyen in the Plenary of the European Parliament at the debate on the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Treaty and the Charter of Fundamental Rights

European Commission Speech Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019 Thank you very much Mister President,

Honourable Members,

When we look at the beginning of this century, something was missing in the European project. The Ir...


Speech by President von der Leyen in the Plenary of the European Parliament at the debate on the conclusions of the European Council meeting of 12 and 13 December 2019

European Commission Speech Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019 Mister President,

Honourable Members,

Let me first congratulate President Charles Michel on chairing his first Council.


Italy: the EIB supports MolMed investment in research, development and manufacturing for cancer and rare diseases innovative treatments

European Commission Press release Milan, 18 Dec 2019 Financing guaranteed by the Investment Plan for Europe


Resettlement: EU Member States' pledges exceed 30,000 places for 2020

European Commission Press release Geneva, 18 Dec 2019 The European Commission announced financial support for Member States that collectively pledged more than 30,000 resettlement places for 2020 at the first Globa...


Sustainable finance: Commission welcomes deal on an EU-wide classification system for sustainable investments (Taxonomy)

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 Dec 2019 The European Commission has welcomed today's political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the creation of the world's first-ever "gree...


Africa-Europe Alliance: EU boosts pan-African Internet connectivity with €30 million

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 Dec 2019 Today, the EU has announced additional €30 million for the project "AfricaConnect", that will provide affordable, high-capacity Internet for research and educat...


Daily News 18 / 12 / 2019

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 18 Dec 2019 Sustainable finance: Commission welcomes deal on an EU-wide classification system for sustainable investments (Taxonomy)*

Today, the European Commission has we...


Questions and Answers: political agreement on an EU-wide classification system for sustainable investments (Taxonomy)

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 18 Dec 2019 What has been agreed?

The political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the creation of the world's first-ever "green list" classifica...


Mergers: Commission approves Danaher's acquisition of GE Healthcare Life Sciences' Biopharma Business, subject to conditions

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 Dec 2019 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of General Electric's Healthcare Life Sciences Biopharma Business...


Speech of Vice-President Jourova on the Rule of Law in Malta at the European Parliament plenary debate on the Rule of Law in Malta, after the recent revelations around the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

European Commission Speech Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019 I would like first to thank you for putting the situation of the rule of law in Malta on today's agenda. It is essential that all EU institutions contribute wit...


Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of DSME by HHIH

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 Dec 2019 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering CO., Ltd (DSME) by a...


European Investment Bank provides funding of €50 million to BioNTech as part of the Investment Plan for Europe

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 17 Dec 2019 Funds will support BioNTech's research and development of cancer treatments


Daily News 17 / 12 / 2019

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 17 Dec 2019 COLLEGE MEETING – European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet

Today, the von der Leyen Commission launches a new...


European Semester Autumn Package: Creating an economy that works for people and the planet

European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019 Today, the von der Leyen Commission launches a new European Semester cycle, the first of its mandate. It presents an ambitious, rebooted growth strategy focused on promoting competitive sustainability to build an economy that works for people and the planet.


More beehives and beekeepers thanks to EU support

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 Dec 2019 The number of beehives and beekeepers in the EU have increased over the years, resulting in a growth of EU honey production of 16% between 2014 and 2018. This i...


Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative on the occasion of International Migrants Day 2019

European Commission Statement Brussels, 17 Dec 2019 On the occasion of International Migrants Day on 18 December, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement:

"Throughout it...


European Semester: The Autumn Package explained

European Commission Questions and answers Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019

What does today's package include?

The European Semester Autumn Package represents the beginning of the 2020 European Semester cycle of economic and social ...


European Citizens' Initiative: Commission registers 'Stop Finning - Stop the trade' initiative

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 Dec 2019 Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative entitled 'Stop Finning – Stop the Trade' related to sharks and rays. The aim ...


Remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the press conference on the European Semester Autumn Package

European Commission Speech Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019 Good afternoon. Today, together with Commissioners Commissioners Gentiloni and Schmit, we presented the package launching a new cycle of the European Semester e...


Remarks by Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni at the press conference on the European Semester Autumn Package

European Commission Speech Strasbourg, 17 Dec 2019 The European Semester is the traditional exercise of coordination of our economic policies. Today, we take another step forward. We are bringing environmental s...


Daily News 16 / 12 / 2019

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 16 Dec 2019 Consumers and businesses to save money thanks to new EU cross-border payments rules

As of today, consumers and businesses in non-eurozone Member States will en...


State aid: Commission approves maritime transport support schemes in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Sweden

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Dec 2019 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules five schemes to support maritime transport in Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Poland and Sweden. The sch...


Consumers and businesses to save money thanks to new EU cross-border payments rules

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Dec 2019 Consumers and businesses to save money thanks to new EU cross-border payments rules

As of today, consumers and businesses in non-eurozone Member States will en...


Closing statement by the Finnish Presidency and the European Commission on behalf of the EU and its Member States at COP25

European Commission Statement Madrid, 15 Dec 2019 The European Union and its Member States stand firm behind the Paris Agreement. We came to Madrid to wrap up the 'Katowice rulebook' and to clear the path for r...


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