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EC recognises Indonesia’s licensing scheme for exports of verified legal timber


The Commission has amended the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade Regulation (FLEGT) to recognise Indonesia’s licensing scheme for exports of verified legal timber to the EU. The delegated regulation amends the FLEGT Regulation to include Indonesia and its Licensing Information Unit under the list of ‘Partner countries and their designated licensing authorities’. It [...]

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Excessive deficit procedure: Council agrees to zero fines and new deadlines for Portugal and Spain

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On 8 August 2016, the Council agreed not to impose fines on Portugal and Spain for their failure to take effective action to correct their excessive deficits. It also stepped up the excessive deficit procedure for both countries, setting new correction deadlines and giving notice of measures to be taken. On 12 July 2016, the Council found [...]

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New candidate for the Commissioner for security

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On 2 August, President Juncker announced his intention to allocate the Security Union portfolio to Sir Julian King, the candidate for Commissioner from the United Kingdom. The Commissioner for the Security Union will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security that the European Commission adopted on 28 April 2015. He will contribute to [...]

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Milion euro to Kosovo


A new bank in Kosovo, BPB, has joined the energy efficiency financing programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Under an agreement signed in Pristina today by EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti and Arton Celina, the Chief Executive Officer of BPB, the bank will receive a €1 million EBRD credit line for [...]

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The July 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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Commission fines truck producers

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The European Commission has found that MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF broke EU antitrust rules. These truck makers colluded for 14 years on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of compliance with stricter emission rules. The Commission has imposed a record fine of € 2 926 499 000. MAN was not fined [...]

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Turkey coup against President Erdogan

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An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble in the early hours of Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets to support him. Gunfire and explosions had rocked both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara in a chaotic night after soldiers took up positions in both cities and [...]

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Attack in Nice


Najmanj 84 ljudi je umrlo, med njimi tudi z otroci, je 14. julija ob 23.00 ponoči, v Nici, tovornjak zapeljal skozi množico, ki je praznovala praznuje nacionalni praznik Bastilije. Voznik je vozil 2km na Promenade des Anglais preden so ga policisti ustrelili. Predsednik Evropskega sveta Donald Tusk je obsodil napad, kot tragičen paradoks, kajti ljudje [...]

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The celebration of the European Amazons


On the 10 July 2016 participants of the “Big jump” event, including the popular Slovene singer Vlado Kreslin, jumped into the river Mura and joined the global event Big Jump, with the desire that our rivers remain natural, healthy and alive. The traditional Great Big Jump in Mura, Drava and Danube rivers gathered hundreds of [...]

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Priority to the citizens of the EU

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The EU must address an alarming fall in public investment in order to tackle growing regional disparity, support sustainable growth and restore faith among citizens, politicians across Europe said today during a two-day Summit of Regions and Cities in Bratislava. Meeting in the Slovak capital a week after Slovakia took over the Presidency of the [...]

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European Commission proposes signature and conclusion of EU-Canada trade deal


On the 5 July the European Commission formally proposed to the Council of the EU the signature and conclusion of a free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The deal is set to benefit people and businesses – big and small – across Europe [...]

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Spanish professional football clubs have to pay back incompatible aid

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The European Commission has concluded following in-depth investigations that public support measures granted by Spain to seven professional football clubs gave those clubs an unfair advantage over other clubs in breach of EU state aid rules.As a result, Spain has to recover the illegal state aid amounts from the seven clubs, namely FC Barcelona, Real [...]

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Commission offers new opportunities to participate in the law-making process


New online feedback tool launched as part of the Commission’s new, user-centred web presence. The Commission has opened up another part of the EU decision-making process for stakeholder input. In line with its commitments under the Better Regulation Agenda and the broad effort to increase transparency in the EU Institutions, as of 30 June, draft [...]

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Citizen of Europe Award 2016


Photographer, philosopher, and fighter for the rights of the blind, Evgen Bavcar, who lives and works in Paris, is this year’s winner of the citizens of Europe award, which is since 2008, awarded by the European Parliament. Mr. Bavčar was proposed by MEP Lojze Peterle (NSi / EPP) and his proposal was supported by MEPs [...]

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EU Member States fail to take responsibility for the decision on glyphosate extension


Despite repeated efforts of the Commission to address concerns expressed about the re-approval of glyphosate, Member States were not prepared to take responsibility for a decision as no qualified majority was reached at the Standing Committee on 6 June and again at the Appeal Committee on 24 June. As a result, taking into account the [...]

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