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26 Jul
European Commission

EU-U.S. trade talks: European Commission presents progress report

Yesterday, 25 July 2019, marks the first anniversary of the Joint Statement by President Juncker and President Trump, which launched the new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union. As a first step, the Presidents set up an Executive Working Group, co-chaired by Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström and her […]

25 Jul
European Commission decides to refer Greece and Spain to the Court

Data protection: European Commission decides to refer Spain to the Court for not transposing EU law

Data Protection. The European Commission decided today (25 July) to refer Spain and Greece to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to transpose the EU rules on personal data protection (the Data Protection Law Enforcement Directive, Directive (EU) 2016/680). In April 2016, the Council and the European Parliament agreed the Directive had […]

12 Jun
Brexit June 2019

‘No-deal’ Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

No-deal Brexit. Ahead of the June European Council (Article 50), the European Commission has today (12 June) taken stock – in its fifth Brexit Preparedness Communication – of the European Union’s Brexit preparedness and contingency measures, particularly in light of the decision taken on 11 April by the European Council (Article 50), at the request […]

12 Jun
DESI 2019 digitalisation European Commission

European Commission releases the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI 2019)

Yesterday, 11 June, the European Commission released the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness. Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with the EU Digital Single Market Strategy and combined […]

30 Apr

European Commission makes recommendations for the EU’s next strategic agenda 2019-2024

Ahead of the meeting of EU27 leaders in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May 2019, the European Commission is today (April, 30) setting out a number of policy recommendations for how Europe can shape its future in an increasingly multipolar and uncertain world. With the European Parliament elections on 23-26 May 2019 and the change of […]

12 Feb
vaping regulation

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission registers ‘Let’s demand smarter vaping regulation!’ initiative’

The European Commission has today, February 12, decided to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Let’s demand smarter vaping regulation!’. The objective of the initiative is to: ” create bespoke legislation which clearly sets vaping products apart from tobacco and pharmaceutical products”. The organisers call on the Commission to “ensure new legislation [for vaping products] […]

03 Jan
capital markets european union

Capital Markets Union: Common European Union rules on securitisation applicable as 1 January 2019

The new harmonised securitisation rules, which are applicable as 1 January 2019, are an important building block of the Capital Markets Union. They will help provide additional funding sources for companies, strengthen banks’ ability to support the economy and spread risks across market participants, while avoiding the excesses that led to the financial crisis. Drawing […]

15 Oct
Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): High level multi-stakeholder platform presents input to the Commission Reflection Paper “Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030”

On Thursday 11 October, the European Commission’s high level multi-stakeholder platform on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) met for the second time. The Platform members adopted a joint contribution to the Commission’s Reflection Paper ‘Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030’, which will be presented soon as part of the Future of Europe debate launched […]

20 Sep

European Union steps up its strategy for connecting Europe and Asia

The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy today yesterday, September 20, a Joint Communication that sets out the EU’s vision for a new and comprehensive strategy to better connect Europe and Asia. The Joint Communication builds on the European Union’s own experience of enhancing connections between […]

19 Sep

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

The European Commission has put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make international trade rules fit for the challenges of the global economy. The EU’s approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published yesterday will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 […]

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