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Valdis Dombrovskis named new EU trade commissioner

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8.9.2020 – European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis will be the EU’s new trade commissioner and Mairead McGuinness will be the new Irish commissioner with responsibility for financial services, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Tuesday. Dombrovsksis, who has served as acting trade commissioner since the resignation of Phil Hogan last month, will [...]

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Cultural capitals


28.2.2020 – Ljubljana, Nova Gorica, Piran and Ptuj have been shortlisted today, 27 February 2020, in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025 in Slovenia. The recommendation was done by a panel of independent experts evaluating applications from six competing Slovenian cities at the outcome of a 2-day meeting in Ljubljana.Being [...]

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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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Participation of Ireland in the EU relocation scheme


In line with its ‘opt in’ under the Lisbon Treaty, Ireland notified the Commission on 6 October of its wish to participate in both Council Decisions on relocation and to relocate applicants for international protection from Italy and Greece. In accordance with the Treaty provisions, the Commission on 16 December 2015 confirmed Ireland’s participation in [...]

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