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Top Stories from the European Commission - 11-15 May 2020

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Indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits: Commission takes Austria to Court for discrimination

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 May 2020 Today, the European Commission decided to refer Austria to the Court of Justice of the EU. The Commission considers that Austrian law on the indexation of family benefits, child tax credit and family tax credits is not allowed under EU rules and is discriminatory.


Daily News 14 / 05 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 14 May 2020 Coronavirus: President von der Leyen sets out the main features of the Recovery Plan for Europe

Yesterday, President von der Leyen gave a speech at the Europea...


May infringements package: key decisions

European Commission Infringement decisions Brussels, 14 May 2020 Overview by policy area
In its regular package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against Member States for failing to comp...


Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on the retirement of Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO

European Commission Statement Brussels, 14 May 2020 I want to acknowledge the decision by Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General of the WTO, to announce his retirement today.

Over the past seven years, he has engaged...


Speech by Vice-President Sefcovic at the European Parliament Plenary on the 70th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration

European Commission Speech Brussels, 14 May 2020 Honourable Members

75 years ago, the guns of the Second World War in Europe fell silent. The Nazi Regime was defeated, but Europe lay in ruins. Just 5 years la...


State aid: Commission approves State financing granted by Spain for Correos's universal postal service obligation

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 May 2020 The European Commission has found the compensation granted by Spain to Correos to fulfil its public service mission (so-called "universal service obligation" or...


European Investment Advisory Hub sends projects worth €34 billion to European Investment Bank pipeline

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 May 2020 The European Investment Advisory Hub releases its 2019 annual report today, which provides an overview of the impact it has had across the EU.


Coronavirus: EU provides support in Horn of Africa region

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 May 2020 The EU is providing an additional €105.5 million to countries in the Horn of Africa as the coronavirus pandemic risks worsening the humanitarian situation acros...


European Commission refers Cyprus, the Netherlands and Portugal to Court for failing to upgrade road transport registers

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 May 2020 The Commission has decided to refer Cyprus, the Netherlands and Portugal to the Court of Justice of the EU as they did not upgrade their registers of road transport companies.


Factsheet - Travel and tourism in Europe: practical guidance for travelers and companies

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 13 May 2020 Factsheet - Travel and tourism in Europe: practical guidance for travelers and companies Factsheet - Travel and tourism in Europe: practical guidance for travel...


Factsheet: The EU helps reboot Europe's tourism

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 13 May 2020 Factsheet: The EU helps reboot Europe's tourism Factsheet: The EU helps reboot Europe's tourism Factsheet: The EU helps reboot Europe's tourism


Coronavirus: a common approach for safe and efficient mobile tracing apps across the EU

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 13 May 2020 What is a contact tracing and warning app?

A contact tracing and warning app is voluntarily installed and used to warn users if they have been in proximity fo...


Daily News 13 / 05 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 13 May 2020 COLLEGE MEETING: Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond

Today, the Commission presents a package o...


Tourism and transport: Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 May 2020 The Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen while respecting necessary health precautions. The package also aims to help the EU tourism sector recover from the pandemic.


TOURISM AND TRANSPORT PACKAGE

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 13 May 2020 1. What is the Commission proposing today?

The Commission package on tourism and transport in 2020 and beyond is composed of three guidelines and a recommendat...


Speech by Commissioner Breton on the Tourism & Transport Package

European Commission Speech Brussels, 13 May 2020 Thank you Margrethe.
Le 10 mars, dans cette salle de presse, nous présentions une nouvelle stratégie industrielle pour l'Europe.
C'était trois jours avant que l...


Speech by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Tourism and Transport Package

European Commission Speech Brussels, 13 May 2020 This has been a long and difficult spring. Key workers in healthcare, and other vital services, have worked selflessly to keep us safe. And we've all had to mak...


Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the new MFF, own resources and the Recovery Plan

European Commission Speech Brussels, 13 May 2020 President von Leyen delivered a speech at the European Parliament Plenary debate on the new Multi-annual Financial Framework, own resources and the Recovery Plan


State aid: Commission approves €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the agricultural sector affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The European Commission has approved a €1.5 million Latvian scheme to support companies active in the primary agricultural production sector affected by the cor...


State aid: Commission approves €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development activities in Wallonia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The European Commission has approved a €25 million Belgian aid scheme to support coronavirus related research and development (R&D) in Wallonia.The scheme was a...


State aid: Commission approves €322 million Croatian loan guarantees and subsidised loans scheme for micro, small and medium-sized companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The European Commission has approved an approximately €322 million (HRK 2.450 million) Croatian scheme for loan guarantees and subsidised loans to micro compani...


Coronavirus: €117 million granted for treatments and diagnostics through the Innovative Medicines Initiative

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The Commission announced today that 8 large-scale research projects, aimed at developing treatments and diagnostics for the coronavirus, were selected in a fast-track call for proposals, launched in March by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), a public-private partnership.


Daily News 12 / 05 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 12 May 2020 Coronavirus: €117 million granted for treatments and diagnostics through the Innovative Medicines Initiative

The Commission announced today that 8 large-scale ...


Commission publishes guidance on coronavirus-related humanitarian aid to Syria despite sanctions

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The European Commission has published detailed guidance on how coronavirus-related humanitarian aid can be sent to countries and areas around the world that are subject to EU sanctions.


State aid: Commission approves compensation for early closure of coal fired power plant in the Netherlands

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The European Commission has concluded that the compensation of €52.5 million granted to coal fired power plant Hemweg by the Netherlands for the early closure i...


State aid: Commission approves €11.5 million Maltese scheme to support investments in the production of coronavirus-relevant products

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 May 2020 The European Commission has approved a Maltese aid scheme of €11.5 million to support investments in the production of productsthat are relevant to the coronavi...


Daily News 11 / 05 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 11 May 2020 La Commission lance la plateforme « Prêts pour l'avenir » et invite les experts à la joindre

La Commission européenne a lancé ce jour la plateforme « Prêts pou...


Commission launches the Fit for Future Platform and invites experts to join

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 May 2020 The European Commission has today launched the Fit for Future Platform – a high-level expert group, which will help the Commission simplify existing EU laws and...


State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme for exporting small and midsize companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 May 2020 The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French guarantee scheme for small and midsize companies with export activities that are affect...


State aid: Commission invites comments on updated proposal on simplified rules for State aid combined with EU support

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 May 2020 The European Commission is inviting Member States and other stakeholders to comment on its updated proposal to exempt from prior Commission scrutiny under EU St...


Remarks by Vice-President Vera Jourová on "Threats to democracy during the COVID-19 crisis" event organised by B'nai B'rith

European Commission Speech Brussels, 11 May 2020 Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

Dear organisers from B'nai B'rith,

Dear participants,

We are going through extraordinary times that put ...


State aid: Commission approves €450 million Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 May 2020 The European Commission has approved a €450 million scheme (approximately PLN 2 billion)to support the Polish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak...


State aid: Commission approves € 10.3 billion UK scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnerships during the coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 May 2020 The European Commission has approved a GBP 9 billion (approximately € 10.3 billion) UK aid scheme to support self-employed individuals and members of partnershi...


State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support the self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 May 2020 The European Commission has approved a €500 million Greek scheme to support self-employed individuals, including self-employed managers of small companies in se...


Statement by President VON DER LEYEN

European Commission Statement Brussels, 10 May 2020 The recent ruling of the German Constitutional Court put under the spotlight two issues of the European Union: the Euro system and the European legal system.


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