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Top Stories from the European Commission - 28 September-2 October 2020

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Daily News 01 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 01 Oct 2020 Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations
The European Commission has today se...


Germany: EIB Group and Commerzbank join forces to support small and mid-sized companies in COVID-crisis

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Oct 2020 The EIB Group, consisting of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF), has provided a mezzanine tranche guarantee of around €125 million to Commerzbank AG on an existing portfolio of loans to small and medium-sized companies (SMEs and mid-caps).


Investment Plan helps Dutch fund to raise close to €100 million for social entrepreneurs

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Oct 2020 Dutch impact investing fund manager Social Impact Ventures has launched its second fund and adopted a new name; Rubio Impact Ventures. The first closing of the new fund at €55 million includes continued strong support from the European Investment Fund with a €20 million participation.


Withdrawal Agreement: European Commission sends letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breach of its obligations

European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Oct 2020 The European Commission has today sent the United Kingdom a letter of formal notice for breaching its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement.


Press statement by President von der Leyen on the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK

European Commission Statement Brussels, 01 Oct 2020 Good morning,
As you know, we had invited our British friends to remove the problematic parts of their draft Internal Market Bill by the end of September.
This ...


Speech by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on a New Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 and a New European Research Area

European Commission Speech Brussels, 30 Sep 2020
Today we adopted three strategic proposals:

A communication on a European Education Area
A new Digital Education Action Plan
A communication on a renewe...


Vice-President Jourová Press speaking points – 2020 Rule of Law Report

European Commission Speech Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen,

Democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights are the foundations on which everything else is based in our Union: our rights, the freedom...


Commissioner Reynders Press speaking points – 2020 Rule of Law Report

European Commission Speech Brussels, 30 Sep 2020
Bonjour à tous.
Aujourd'hui, c'est une journée importante pour la protection de l'état de droit dans l'Union européenne.
La publica...


Mergers: Commission approves Worldline's acquisition of Ingenico, subject to conditions

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Ingenico by Worldline, both active in the payment services sector.


Daily News 30 / 09 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 REUNION DU COLLEGE : Premier rapport annuel sur l'état de droit dans l'Union européenne
La Commission européenne a publié aujou...


Rule of law: First Annual Report on the Rule of Law situation across the European Union

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 The European Commission has today published the first EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law. Today's report includes input from every Member State and covers both positive and negative developments across the EU.


2020 RULE OF LAW REPORT - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 What is the rule of law?
The rule of law is enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union as one of the common values for all Member States. Under the ...


A new European Research Area: Commission sets new plan to support green and digital transition and EU recovery

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 Based on excellence, competitive, open and talent-driven, the new European Research Area will improve Europe's research and innovation landscape, accelerate the EU's transition towards climate neutrality and digital leadership, and support its recovery from the coronavirus crisis.


Achieving a European Education Area by 2025 and resetting education and training for the digital age

European Commission Press release Brussels, 30 Sep 2020 Today, the Commission adopted two initiatives that will strengthen the contribution of education and training to the EU's recovery from the coronavirus crisis, and help build a green and digital Europe.


Kuwait: Joint Statement by the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission and the High Representative / Vice President on the passing of late Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad al-Sabah

European Commission Statement Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 Today we learnt with sadness of the passing of His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad al-Sabah, late Emir of the State of Kuwait. We would like to express our deepe...


Speech by Commissioner Breton at the launch of the European Raw Materials Alliance

European Commission Speech Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the launch meeting of the European Raw Materials Alliance!
Europe has set out the ambition to be the first supplier of green en...


Speech by Vice-President Šefcovic at the launch of the European Raw Materials Alliance

European Commission Speech Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 Ladies, Gentlemen,
It is no coincidence that the launch of this Alliance is the number one action on the ten-point list under the recently adopted Action Plan o...


Antitrust: Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of € 18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars ...


Speech by President von der Leyen on the Recovery Plan and Resilience at the Fundação Champalimaud

European Commission Speech Lisbon, 29 Sep 2020 Prime Minister Costa,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Allow me to start by thanking António and the city of Lisbon for your famous Portuguese hospitality. I am del...


Daily News 29 / 09 / 2020*

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 Nouvelle Alliance pour renforcer la chaîne de valeur des matières premières
Aujourd'hui, le vice-président Maroš Šefcov...


The EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights: Joint statement on behalf of the Council of Europe and the European Commission

European Commission Statement Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 The European Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vera Jourová, and the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija ...


EU and Georgia sign Financing Agreements for COVID-19 Recovery worth €129 million

European Commission Press release Brussels, 29 Sep 2020 Today, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi and the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, signed two financing agreements worth €129 million to assist Georgia in coping with the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the country's economy.


Press statement by President von der Leyen ahead of her meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Costa

European Commission Statement Lisbon, 28 Sep 2020 "Check against delivery"
This is my first official visit here as President of the European Commission. It was important for me to come here. Particularly in the...


Press statement by Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic following the third meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

European Commission Statement Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 Good afternoon everyone!
We have just concluded our third meeting of the Joint Committee on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement.
Our ...


Press remarks by Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni on the Customs Union Action Plan

European Commission Speech Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 Good morning. We present today the Customs Action Plan.
Building on an already major overhaul that entered into force 4 years ago – the Union Customs Code...


European Public Prosecutor's Office: EU Prosecutors take their oath at the European Court of Justice

European Commission Statement Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 Today, the European Prosecutors of the new European Public Prosecutor's Office have taken their oath in a ceremony at the European Court of Justice. Vera ...


Daily News 28 / 09 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 La présidente von der Leyen au Portugal
Aujourd'hui et demain, la présidente de la Commission européenne, Ursula von der Leyen, sera en vis...


Statement on World Heart Day by Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides

European Commission Statement Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 Tomorrow, 29 September, is World Heart Day.


Statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

European Commission Statement Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 Tomorrow, 29 September, has been designated the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste by the United Nations.


Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 The European Commission has today launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years.


Customs Action Plan: Frequently asked questions

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 28 Sep 2020 See also IP/20/1703
Why is the Commission launching a Customs Action Plan?
The EU's Customs Union has developed into a cornerstone of our Single Market, pr...


Statement by President von der Leyen on the result of the Swiss referendum regarding freedom of movement with the EU

European Commission Statement Brussels, 27 Sep 2020 Switzerland and the EU are more than just neighbours. We have very close and deep ties, rooted in a long, shared, European history.
Geographical proximity plays...


Calendrier du 28 septembre au 4 octobre 2020

European Commission Commissioners' weekly activities Brussels, 01 Oct 2020 (Susceptible de modifications en cours de semaine)
Déplacements et visites

Lundi 28 septembre 2020
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Counci...


Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission's decision to appeal the General Court's judgment on the Apple tax State aid case in Ireland

European Commission Statement Brussels, 25 Sep 2020 "The Commission has decided to appeal before the European Court of Justice the General Court's judgment of July 2020 on the Apple State aid case in Irelan...


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