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Aid to Croatia

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23.3.2020 – EU mobilises emergency aid for Croatia after earthquake. In an immediate response, the European Commission has already helped mobilise tents, beds, mattresses, heaters and sleeping bags from Slovenia, Hungary, Austria and Italyto be dispatched swiftly to the affected areas. “The EU is here to assist Croatia at this difficult time. European support is [...]

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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 blocks Austrian broadcasting regulator


15.1.2018 – The European Commission decided to block today a proposal by Austrian broadcasting regulator KommAustria, as it is not compatible with the EU telecom’s rules and principles of competition law. Following two months of in-depth investigation the Commission required KommAustria to withdraw plans for continued regulation of the wholesale market for analogue terrestrial radio [...]

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European Court of Justice rules on migration rules in Austria and Slovenia


27.7.2017-European Court of Justice rules it was lawful to return migrants to Croatia, the country where they entered the EU. Austria and Slovenia were entitled to deport migrants during the 2015-2016 migration crisis back to the state where they first arrived, according to a ruling from the European Court of Justice on Wednesday. The case [...]

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Austria will maintain border controls ‘indefinitely’

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“A return to Schenghen borders is not ‘justifiable”, said an interior minister of Austria, on the 6 January 2017. “As long as the European Union is not in a position to protect its external borders, Austria will rely on national measures.” Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka told the German newspaper. “It’s essential to our own security [...]

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Presidental elections in Austria


Norbert Hofer lost to former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen, who had put the June Brexit referendum at the center of his campaign. Hofer, of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO), was seeking to become Europe’s first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two but conceded defeat soon after polls [...]

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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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Austra and Germany closed the borders

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 The European Commission has published today its “Opinion” on the temporary reintroduction of controls at internal borders by Germany and Austria. The Commission has concluded that the initial reintroduction of controls at internal borders by Germany and Austria, as well as the subsequent prolongations, are in compliance with the Schengen Borders Code. The Opinion assesses the [...]

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