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CETA at risk after the Wallon parliament vote

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Completing the so-called CETA pact with Canada has become a top priority for EU trade advocates determined to salvage a success as negotiations for a separate, highly-touted deal with the US have become bogged down. EU trade ministers hoped to sign the deal on Tuesday, but the outcome is in doubt after the Walloon parliament [...]

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EU – US agreement to foster research cooperation

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The European Commission and the US Government signed an agreement on the 17 October 2016, which will enable European and American researchers to work together more closely on projects funded under Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Bright ideas should know no boundaries, [...]

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Highest poverty rate in Bulgaria, lowest in Czech Republic

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In 2015, around 119 million people, or 23.7% of the population, in the European Union (EU)were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. This means that they were in at least one of the following three conditions: at-risk-of-poverty after social transfers (income poverty), severely materially deprived or living in households with very low work intensity.After [...]

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The European Commission launched calls for proposals for transport


The European Commission launched on the 13 October the third round of calls for proposals under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) for transport, making €1.9 billion available to finance key transport projects. €1.1 billion are earmarked for projects in Member States eligible for financing from the EU Cohesion Fund, in order to better integrate these [...]

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European Court of Auditors signs off the EU accounts


The European Court of Auditors gave the EU annual accounts a clean bill of health for the 9th year in a row. The Court found that, in particular in cohesion policy and agriculture, the overall estimated level of error for payments has further declined from 4.4% in 2014 to 3.8% in 2015. No errors were [...]

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The European Border and Coast Guard Agency launched

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Under the new mandate, the Agency’s role and activities have been significantly expanded. The Agency’s permanent staff will be more than doubled and the Agency will be able to purchase its own equipment and deploy them in border operations at short notice. A rapid reserve pool of at least 1,500 border guards and a technical [...]

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The European Parliament has approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement

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With the European Parliament approval of the Paris Agreement ratification on the 4 October 2016 – in the presence of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the United Nation’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the President of COP 21 Ségolène Royal – the last hurdle is cleared. The political process for the European Union to ratify [...]

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The September infringements’ package

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To help citizens and businesses benefit fully from the internal market, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against Member States which do not respect European law. The European Commission also closes pending cases where the Member State concerned, in cooperation with the Commission, has solved the problem and ensured [...]

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TTIP 15th round


The 15th round of EU-US negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement will take place in New York City, from 3 to 7 October. The aim of this round is to make as much progress as possible in all areas of the talks, in particular in the regulatory cooperation and rules areas. [...]

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Number of counterfeit goods continue to rise


Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to new figures released today by the European Commission. This means that the number of intercepted goods grew by 15% compared to 2014. More than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right [...]

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Commission fines Austrian company


The Commission has fined Altstoff Recycling Austria (ARA) €6 million for blocking competitors from entering the Austrian market for management of household packaging waste from 2008 to 2012, in breach of EU antitrust rules. The fine was reduced by 30% due to ARA’s cooperation with the Commission. The Commission found that the nationwide collection infrastructure, [...]

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Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants


Today the 20 september 2016, the UN General Assembly Ministerial Week officially kicks off, again with high-level EU participation. On Monday, at the UN Summit on large movements of refugees and migrants in New York City, the European Union highlighted its strong engagement in managing the global migration challenge. Specific angles of responsibility sharing were [...]

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The state of the EU in Strasbourg

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On Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 9 am, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will deliver his State of the Union address at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The speech will be followed by a plenary debate. The State of the Union address traditionally kick-starts the dialogue with Parliament and Council, as foreseen [...]

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Statistical data at the end of G-20

Artists perform at a G20 summit event at West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the 11th G20 leaders’ summit, which took place on 4 and 5 September in Hangzhou, China. The communiqué at he end of the summit reflected the increasingly complex and technical language of G20 officials. Combined with its lack of [...]

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Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple

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The European Commission announced on the August 30, 2016, that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13 billion to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of [...]

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