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Top Stories from the European Commission - 13-17 July 2020

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Antitrust: Commission launches sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 The European Commission today launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services i...


Boosting the EU's Green Recovery: EU invests over €2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the economy

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 The EU is supporting the economic recovery in all Member States by injecting almost €2.2 billion into 140 key transport projects.


Coronavirus global response: EU Humanitarian Air Bridge to Haiti and new funding

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 As part of the EU's global coronavirus response, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight will depart today from Liège, Belgium, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


Opening remarks by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders at the press point following the judgment in case C-311/18 Facebook Ireland and Schrems

European Commission Statement Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 Vice-President Jourová

The Court of Justice declared the Privacy Shield decision invalid, but also confirmed that the standard contractual clauses remain a val...


Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the launch of a Sector Inquiry on the Consumer Internet of Things

European Commission Speech Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 Before getting to the topic of today's press conference, a few words on yesterday's annulment by the General Court on the Commission's 2016 decision finding tha...


Daily News 16 / 07 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 Coronavirus : La Commission européenne demande d'agir pour protéger les travailleurs saisonniers

Aujourd'hui, la Commission européenne présente des lignes dire...


Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.


Coronavirus: Macro-financial assistance agreement provides for €80 million disbursement to North Macedonia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 Jul 2020 The Commission on behalf of the EU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with North Macedonia to pave the way for the disbursement of €80 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA).


Press remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on fair and simple taxation: a new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth

European Commission Speech Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen,
In every EU country, dealing with the economic impact of the coronavirus has cost a great deal of public money.
The EU is continuing to he...


Tax Package – Press Speaking Points for Commissioner Gentiloni

European Commission Speech Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Good afternoon. The goal of this first tax package of this Commission is very clear: to make life easier for honest taxpayers, and to make life harder for those...


Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Today, the Commission has presented immediate short-term measures to strengthen EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks.


Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager following today's Court judgment on the Apple tax State aid case in Ireland

European Commission Statement Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 "Today's judgment by the General Court annuls the Commission's August 2016 decision that Ireland granted illegal State aid to Apple through selective tax breaks...


The European Commission appoints a new Head of Representation in Sweden

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Today, Mr Christian Danielsson has been appointed as future Head of the European Commission's Representation in Sweden.


Questions and Answers on the Tax Package

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Why did the European Commission adopt a new Tax Package today?

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that it is more important than ever for Member States to have...


Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 The European Commission has today adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth.


Remarks by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on preparedness for future possible outbreaks of COVID-19

European Commission Speech Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Remarks by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas

"Let me start by saying that now we know more about the virus. More about its impact. But we don't know everything...


Lorenzo Natali Media Prize: 2020 winners announced

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission announced the winners of the 2020 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize: Dayu Zhang of the 'South China Morning Post', Cécile Schilis Gallego and Marion Guegan of 'Forbidden Stories' and Shola Lawal of 'Equal Times'.


Daily News 15 / 07 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 RÉUNION DU COLLÈGE: Fiscalité équitable et simplifiée: la Commission propose un nouveau paquet de mesures visant à contribuer à la relance et à la croissance de...


Public consultation: Commission seeks citizens' views in preparation of new European Democracy Action Plan

European Commission Press release Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission has launched a new public consultation to gather the views of citizens on the future European Democracy Action Plan. The new Acti...


Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel, following the EU-India Summit videoconference

European Commission Statement Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Thank you.

Indeed, today our main message has been that the European Union stands by India as friends and partners. And I want to focus on the other topics.


Speech by Commissioner Thierry Breton at Hannover Messe Digital Days

European Commission Speech Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am delighted to join this edition of Hannover Messe and I would like to congratulate the organisers for making it happen – digitally.


EIB finances ZANINI Auto Group's innovation strategy with €25 million loan

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 15 Jul 2020 The agreement is supported by the Investment Plan for Europe


Preparing the EU for future COVID-19 Outbreaks

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 15 Jul 2020 Preparing the EU for future COVID-19 Outbreaks Preparing the EU for future COVID-19 Outbreaks


Daily News 14 / 07 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 State aid: Commission recommends restricting aid to companies with links to tax havens

The European Commission has today recommended that Member States do not ...


Antitrust: Aspen proposes 73% price reduction for six off-patent cancer medicines to remove Commission's excessive pricing concerns

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The European Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments submitted by Aspen to address the Commission's concerns over excessive prici...

Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes 'Best Practices' to provide relief for consumers and businesses

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The European Commission has welcomed a list of "best practices" agreed by the financial sector and consumer and business organisations to help further mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.


State Aid: Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The European Commission has today recommended that Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.


Mergers: Commission clears Lotos' acquisition by PKN Orlen, subject to conditions

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of Grupa Lotos by PKN Orlen. The approval is conditional on full complianc...


Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Aspen to reduce prices for six off-patent cancer medicines by 73% to address Commission's concerns over excessive pricing

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The European Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments offered by Aspen to address the Commission's concerns over excessive pricing...


Humanitarian aid: EU announces €24 million in Uganda amid coronavirus pandemic

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The EU will provide €24 million in humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable people in Uganda in 2020, with a special focus on refugees and their host com...


Antitrust: Commission fines ethylene purchasers € 260 million in cartel settlement

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 Jul 2020 The European Commission has fined Orbia, Clariant and Celanese a total of € 260 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. Westlake was not fined as it revealed ...


State aid: Commission approves Dutch plans to provide €3.4 billion in urgent liquidity support to KLM

European Commission Press release Brussels, 13 Jul 2020 The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €3.4 billion Dutch aid measure consisting of a State guarantee on loans and a subordinated Sta...


Daily News 13 / 07 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 13 Jul 2020 Upskilling for life after the pandemic: Commission launches new digital competence guidelines*

Today, the Commission launches new guidelines to help educators,...


Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 10 Jul 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen, lieber Olaf,
Ich freue mich auf die Zusammenarbeit in den nächsten sechs Monate während der Deutschen Ratspräsidentschaft d...


EU Justice Scoreboard 2020: Continued improvements in efficiency and accessibility of EU justice systems, coupled with decline in the perception of judicial independence in some Member States

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission published the 2020 edition of the annual EU Justice Scoreboard – a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.


2020 EU Justice Scoreboard - Questions and Answers

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 10 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission published the 2020 EU Justice Scoreboard, which gives a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of the j...



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