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The European Commission has concluded the certificates schemes for renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogeneration implemented in Flanders (Belgium) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The two schemes contribute to reaching EU energy and climate goals whilst preserving competition.
On 4 October 2017, the European Commission announced its decision that Amazon had been granted illegal state aid by Luxembourg pursuant to a 2003 tax ruling. All Amazon's European sales, and related profits, were recorded in Luxembourg (through its Luxembourg-incorporated operating company ...

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed merger between Praxair and Linde under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the merger may reduce competition in the supply of several crucial gases, like oxygen and helium.
The European Defence Fund continues to deliver with another set of EU-funded defence research projects. The Fund, launched by President Juncker in June 2017, is a catalyst for the creation of a strong EU defence industry. It boosts defence capabilities and builds new partnerships across borders.
The European Commission has concluded the certificates schemes for renewable electricity and high-efficiency cogeneration implemented in Flanders (Belgium) to be in line with EU State aid rules. Under the green certificates scheme, renewable electricity producers receive one green certificate for each ...
The first estimate for Euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in December 2017 was €180.7 billion, an increase of 1.0% compared with December 2016 (€179.0 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €155.3 bn, a rise of 2.5% compared with December 2016 (€151.4 bn). As a result ...

The Advox Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. In the wake of public panic surrounding a spike in threats of violence and hate speech online, the European Commission has been preparing new recommendations ...
Today the Commission proposes to give €104 million from the Solidarity Fund to four EU Member States that were hit by natural disasters in 2017. This is a concrete delivery on the Juncker Commission's promise to offer more than condolences when an EU country is struck by a disaster. EU Solidarity Fund ...
Among the proposals are keeping the "Spitzenkandidaten" process for electing the European Commission president, but additionally calling on political parties to make the choice of the lead candidates earlier and to start the election campaign earlier. European parties should also adopt the logo of their ...
On 16 March 2017, EU consumer authorities and the European Commission met with the companies to hear and discuss their proposed solutions. Following this meeting, the companies have made certain changes to their terms and conditions. However, the Commission and consumer authorities consider ...
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has met with the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, co-chair of SGC Advisory Council Maros Sefcovic. APA reports that President Aliyev thanked Maros Sefcovic for participation in the 4th Ministerial Meeting of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) ...
The European Commission has declined Probi's claim that its probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum 299v can increase non-haem iron absorption. The decision is a disappointment for the Swedish probiotic firm, whose efforts in establishing a cause and effect relationship began in 2009 with an unsuccessful ...
On 7 February 2018 the European Commission announced the approval under State aid rules of electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland, which are aimed to ensure that electricity supply can match demand in the medium to long term. The Commission ...
In parallel with issuing the proposal that would ultimately lead to the Damages Directive, in June 2013 the European Commission also published a recommendation on collective redress measures. The recommendation stressed that all Member States should have mechanisms available at national level ...
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Budgets are not bookkeeping exercises - they are about priorities and ambition. They translate our future into figures. So let's first discuss about the Europe we want. Then, Member States must back their ambition up with the money to match.
The European Commission has today decided to register a European citizens' Initiative entitled 'We aer a welcoming Europe, let us help!' which states: "governments are struggling to handle migration. Most of us want to help people in need because we care. Millions have stood up to help. Now we want to ...
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said today: "With the Bratislava Roadmap, the Rome Declaration and now the Leaders' Agenda, Europe has rightly been focused on creating a Union that delivers concrete and tangible results for its citizens on the issues that matter to them. We must ...

Key players from the offshore wind industry benefit from €10m EU funding via this Horizon2020 flagship project. ROMEO will contribute to accomplish European climate change and energy transition commitments by seeking to reduce offshore O&M costs through the development of advanced monitoring systems and ...
REZBUILD project (Refurbishment decision making platform through advanced technologies for near Zero Energy Building Renovation) is a new European initiative funded by the Horizon2020 Programme of the European Commission that grows with the main aim of defining an innovative and collaborative refurbishment ...
Backed by a robust economic growth, employment in the EU continued to rise more strongly than expected in the third quarter of 2017, while unemployment figures declined further according to the latest Quarterly Review on Employment and Social Developments in Europe. Marianne Thyssen ...
The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Kuehne + Nagel Drinkflow logistics Holdings Limited and its subsidiary, Kuehne + Nagel Drinkflow Logistics Limited (together "K+N Drinksflow Logistics") byKuehne + Nagel Limited ("K+N"), ...
The European Commission has sued Hungary in the European Court of Justice over the discriminatory "NGO law", reports hvg.hu. According to the European Commission, the law violates the freedom of association enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental rights of the European Union. In addition, the law ...
Today at the World Urban Forum in Malaysia, the Commission takes stock of what was achieved under the three commitments put forward by the EU and its partners 15 months ago. Significant progress has been achieved under the three commitments since they were presented at the UN Habitat III ...
The European Commission has proposed a €2.1 million contribution from the European globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to help 646 workers in Germany previously employed at the Tyre manufacturer Goodyear find new jobs. Marianne Thyssen, EU Commissioner for employment, Social Affairs, Skills ...
President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a press conference, at the European Commission, in Brussels. President Jean-Claude Juncker receives Mr Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of Croatia, for a working lunch with the College of Commissioners. President Jean-Claude Juncker holds a joint press point ...
The European Commission has approved an investment package of €98.2 million to support Europe's transition to a low-carbon, circular economy under the new LIFE funding programme for the Environment and Climate Action.Today's investment package will contribute towards improving the quality of life ...
From this year, the European Commission will revert to publishing two comprehensive forecasts (spring and autumn) and two interim forecasts (winter and summer) each year, instead of the three comprehensive forecasts in winter, spring and autumn that it has produced each year since 2012. The interim ...
The European Commission has today published a draft text of the transitional arrangements to be included in the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement, following the United Kingdom's request to remain in the Single market and the Customs Union for a short time-limited period after its withdrawal from the ...
The European Commission has accepted a request from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Shazam by Apple. The Commission considers the transaction may threaten to adversely affect competition in the EEA.
On 1 February 2018, the European Commission issued a notice on the impact of Brexit for food products originating from the UK. The Commission confirmed that, in the absence of a transitional agreement, the UK will become a 'third country' from the date of its withdrawal from the EU. This will impact a ...
Skopje, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The European Commission (EC) is prepared to launch Macedonian accession talks, taking into consideration the significant progress that Macedonia has done on its European path, European Union (EU) Ambassador to Skopje Samuel Zbogar told a press conference here on ...
"The European Parliament voted to end unjustified discrimination when people shop online in the European Union. Banning unjustified geoblocking is great news for consumers in Europe. Thanks to the European Parliament, another building block of the Digital Single market has been put in place ...
The European Commission has cleared, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Abertis by Hochtief. The Commission concluded that the merged entity would continue to face effective competition in the relevant markets. Abertis manages and operates toll road infrastructure. Hochtief ...
Today, the European Commission announced six flagship initiatives - specific actions that the EU will take over the next years to support the transformation efforts of the Western Balkans in areas of mutual interest. These range from initiatives to strengthen the rule of law, reinforced cooperation on security ...
Discovery Communications Inc. announced today that the European Commission has approved its acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive. The merger was announced last July and both companies' shareholders voted to approve the $14.6 billion deal in November. Discovery, which owns TLC, Animal ...
While Discovery Communications and Scripps Networks got good news from the European Commission today, Apple and Shazam weren't so lucky. In December, Apple confirmed that it purchased Shazam for an undisclosed amount believed to be in the range of $400 million. But today the European ...
The European Union (EU) has committed itself to reducing energy consumption by 20% by 2020 compared to projections. This objective is also known as the 20% energy efficiency target. In other words, the EU has pledged to attaining a primary energy consumption of no more than 1 483 million tonnes of ...
To promote the platform and explain more about Female Genital Mutilation, the European Commission releases a series of videos today: one for professionals and five short clips for the general public. The NON.NO.NEIN.campaign (see #SayNoStopVAW) aims to share information and showcase success ...
There is "absolutely no doubt" that Brexit would negatively impact the region's aviation industry, the European Commission said Monday. It is already certain at this point that the U.K. would not remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency and get full access to the E.U. single market for aviation, said ...
The European Committee of the Region has voiced its support for a decision by the European Commission to invoke Article 7 of the EU Treaty against Poland, as there is "a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law". In a resolution adopted on 1 February, the EU's assembly of local and regional ...
Revised European legislation proposed by the European Commission today will improve the quality of drinking water and access to it as well as provide better information to citizens. The right to access essential services of good quality, including water, is one of the principles of the European Pillar of Social ...
Recent years have seen air quality deteriorate throughout various parts of Europe, despite relatively strong air quality standards in the European Union. With that reality in mind, it was recently announced that the European Commission would begin a much stricter enforcement of the rules. Will it? Judging ...
Today, the European Commission is proposing to revise the EU Drinking Water Directive, to improve the quality and the access of citizens to drinking water, as well as provide better information to consumers. The right to access essential services of good quality, including water, is one of the principles of the ...
The European Commission wants to build on the existing initiatives, ensure that they can work across borders, consolidate expertise and address the challenges created by the new paradigms enabled by blockchain (such as disintermediation, trust, security and traceability by design). The EU Blockchain ...
What is the role of the European Commission? The Commission will support the work of the Coordination Group by hosting the meetings of national HTA experts carrying out the joint work, providing scientific, secretarial and IT support, and facilitating cooperation with other EU organisations, such as the ...
The Euro area (EA19) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 8.7% in December 2017, stable compared to November 2017 and down from 9.7% in December 2016. This remains the lowest rate recorded in the euro area since January 2009. The EU28 unemployment rate was 7.3% in December ...
100% EU renewable power system without natural gas 'profoundly wrong': European Commission official ... economy using only renewable electricity and no natural gas would be "profoundly wrong," according to the European Commission's top internal energy market official, Klaus-Dieter Borchardt.
A taxonomy should be developed to define areas where capital is most needed to help promote Sustainability in the European Union, recommends a group of pension funds and other investors. The EU High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable finance was established by the European Commission to ...
Today the Commission has put forward a proposal to boost cooperation amongst EU Member States for assessing health technology. Greater transparency will empower patients, by ensuring their access to information on the added clinical value of new technology that could potentially benefit them.
Danish exporters have been caught red-handed selling cheese illegally branded as 'feta' overseas, in the latest twist in the long-running battle between Greece and Denmark over Europe's most controversial dairy product. The European Commission has now demanded the Danes stop selling the cheese ...


 

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