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Romania taking over EU Council Presidency


9.1.2019 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will attend the ceremony for the Romanian EU Council Presidency on the 10 and 11 January 2019 in Bucharest. Live on EbS + on Thursday. Romania has taken over 6 months presidency on the 1 January 2019.  More: here Source: EC Press

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Juncker and the arbitrary agreement mess

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22.9.2018 – On the 15 September 2018 the article in Der Spiegel featured the current state of the arbitrary agreement between Slovenia and Croatia which has been ruled by the EU Court but has never been adopted by the Croatian government. More so Der Spiegel says : “… in a strange twist, a good six [...]

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State of the Union 2018


12.9.2018 – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in today’s annual speech on the State of the Union (#SOTEU) before the European parliamentarians in Strasbourg presented the priorities for the year ahead and its vision of how the European Union can continue building a “united, stronger and more democratic EU “which was the theme of his [...]

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Leading staff changes in the European Commission

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22.2.2018 – Following the wish of Secretary-General Alexander Italianer to retire, the European Commission appointed Martin Selmayr as its new Secretary-General, while President Juncker appointed Clara Martinez Alberola as his new Head of Cabinet and Richard Szostak as his new Deputy Head of Cabinet. After over 32 years at the service of the European Commission, [...]

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Security Union – actions


18.10.2017 -As announced by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union Address, the Commission is today presenting alongside its 11th Security Union Report a set of operational and practical measures to better defend EU citizens against terrorist threats and deliver a Europe that protects. The measures aim to address vulnerabilities exposed by recent [...]

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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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President Juncker appoints the Special Envoy for freedom of religion and beliefs


Speaking at the Vatican today on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis, President Jean-Claude Juncker announced his decision to appoint Mr Ján Figeľ (former European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth from 2004-2009) as the first Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside [...]

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Juncker’s team confirmed after further portfolio changes

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Before MEPs voted to confirm his college of commissioners, Jean-Claude Juncker promised changes to medicines, citizenship, sustainability and space. The proposed college of 28 commissioners put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker, the president-elect of the European Commission, was approved today (22 October) by the European Parliament. 423 MEPs voted, 209 voted against, and 67 abstained. The [...]

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Juncker may need to reshuffle the pack

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Jean-Claude Juncker may be forced to reshuffle his proposed college of commissioners following a poor performance by Alenka Bratušek of Slovenia at her confirmation hearing today and a vote by the European Parliament’s culture committee to take the citizenship portfolio away from Tibor Navracsics of Hungary. The culture committee took the vote at the end of Bratušek’s hearing. They [...]

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Juncker interviewing future Commissioners


The future President of the European Commission Juncker began with interviews with the candidates of the Member States’ for the posts of European Commissioners. After completing the interviews, the final decision on the names for future EU Commissioners will be presented to the Council of the EU. The interviews will help Juncker determine if a [...]

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EMPs elect Juncker as the new president of the Commission


The newly elected European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot with 422 votes in favour, as President of the new European Commission, which is expected to take office in November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was an absolute majority, minimum of 376 in favor. This is [...]

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