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EU aid to Indonesia


9.8.2018 – The European Commission is closely following through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism the impact of the strong earthquakes that struck the Indonesian island of Lombok in late July and in early August that displaced thousands of people. The EU’s emergency Copernicus Satellite mapping system has been activated to help the Indonesian civil protection [...]

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Commission clears acquisition of Gorenje by Chinese


7.8. 2018 – The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Gorenje gospodinjski aparati of Slovenia by Hisense Group of China. Both companies produce and supply large domestic appliances, such as refrigerators or ovens. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns given [...]

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Commission increases emergency assistance for Spain to €32 million

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3.8.2018 – the Commission awarded an additional €3 million in emergency assistance under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to support Spain in responding to the recent migratory pressure. The assistance will mainly support the costs linked to the deployment of extra staff from the Guardia Civil to the southern borders of Spain. This support brings [...]

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Support to European farmers dealing with droughts

2.8.2018 – The European Commission is standing by Europe’s farmers this summer, as they grapple with the difficulties of extreme droughts. Farmers will be able to receive their direct and rural development payments in advance and will be granted more flexibility to use land that would normally not be used for production, in order to [...]

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Report on unfair trade

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31.7. 2018 – The Commission published today its annual report on trade defence activities. As part of Commission’s commitment to “Europe that protects”, the report details how the EU used its anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures in 2017 to ensure a level-playing field for European companies, in line with the requirements of the World Trade Organisation. [...]

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Joint U.S.- EU Statement

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25. 7. 2018 – “We met today in Washington, D.C. to launch a new phase in the relationship between the United States and the European Union – a phase of close friendship, of strong trade relations in which both of us will win, of working better together for global security and prosperity, and of fighting [...]

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Fires in the EU


24.7.2018 – The Commission’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre is working 24/7 and is in constant contact with the authorities of Greece, Sweden and Latvia which have all requested EU support following the unprecedented forest fires which are raging across Europe. Following the devastating fires in Greece, President Juncker spoke to President of the Hellenic Republic, [...]

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The study on the cross border health care

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20.7.2018 – Patients in Europe are still generally unaware of their rights and the possibility to access health services in other EU Member States, as well as of the existence of National Contact Points (NCPs) to help them exercise their rights under the Cross-border Healthcare Directive. These are the results of the study ”Enhancing information [...]

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July infringements package: key decisions

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19.7.2018 – In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission (‘Commission’) is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. [...]

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EU-Japan Summit: a landmark moment for trade and cooperation

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17.7.2018 – The 25th EU-Japan Summit took place today in Tokyo. At the summit, leaders signed two landmark agreements, the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Economic Partnership Agreement, which will significantly boost bilateral relations. The Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and Japan is the biggest ever negotiated by the European Union. It creates an [...]

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Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2018 review


13.7.2018 – Today, the Commission has published the 2018 edition of its yearly Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review. This year’s edition confirms the ongoing positive labour market trends as well as an improving social situation. The numbers of people in employment reached new record levels. With almost 238 million people having a [...]

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Strengthening the border management and protection of migrants in North Africa

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6.7.2018 – The European Commission today has approved 3 new migration-related programmes in Northern Africa totalling more than €90 million. The newly adopted €90.5 million in assistance will fund 3 programmes, which will complement ongoing EU efforts in the region: Through the programme on border Management for the Maghreb region worth €55 million, the EU [...]

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Less red tape


6.7.2018 – The European Parliament endorsed the European Commission’s proposal to simplify the rules on cohesion policy funds for the period 2014-2020. The revised rules, which will enter into force at the end of July, bring more possibilities of integration between the European Strategic Investment Fund (EFSI), which is the pillar of the Juncker Plan, [...]

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Austrian Presidency

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4.7.2018 – On July 1, 2018, Austria took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the third time after 1998 and 2006. As holder of the Presidency, Austria will contribute significantly to the legislative and political work of the Council, but the possibilities to shape the agenda are more limited than [...]

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Commission launches infringement procedure

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3.7.2018 – On 3 July, 27 out of 72 Supreme Court judges face the risk of being forced to retire – more than one in every three judges – due to the fact that the new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65. This [...]

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