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Implementing the European Agenda on Migration: Progress on Priority ActionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Dimitris Avramopoulos © EU

10/02/2016

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

In view of next week's European Council, the Commission is today reporting on the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda for Migration and highlighting key areas where immediate action is needed to restore control.

 

Plenary highlights: UK referendum, migration, taxes, ECB, TiSA

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

05/02/2016

Institutional affairs

The debate on the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership dominated Parliament´s first February plenary alongside migration, the future of Schengen, the liberalisation of services and car emissions.

 

Winter 2016 Economic Forecast: Weathering new challengesChoose translations of the previous link 

Pierre Moscovici © EU

04/02/2016

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The European economy is now entering its fourth year of recovery and growth continues at a moderate rate, driven mainly by consumption.

 

UK in the EU: MEPs debate proposed reforms ahead of referendum

UK and EU flags and European Parliament background © EU

03/02/2016

Institutional affairs

What will the UK’s future in Europe be like? The day after European Council President Donald Tusk proposed a settlement in response to UK demands for reforms, MEPs discussed the issue as part of a debate on the EU summit on 18-19 February, which will be dedicated to the talks as well as the migration crisis.

 

Plenary highlights: Poland, terrorism, baby food, geo-blocking

European Parliament building in Strasbourg in winter © EU

22/01/2016

Institutional affairs

The rule of law and media independence in Poland was discussed during January's plenary session in Strasbourg this week. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło rejected criticism of her government's policies during the heated debate.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Bert Koenders © EU

18/01/2016

Institutional affairs

The Council started preparations of the February European Council by examining an annotated draft agenda. At their meeting on 18 and 19 February 2016 EU leaders will aim to reach agreement on a compromise package to address the four items raised by the UK in view of an in/out referendum.

 

Refugee crisis: Commission reviews 2015 actions and sets 2016 prioritiesChoose translations of the previous link 

Refugees at the Eleonas camp in Athens, Greece © EU

13/01/2016

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

At their weekly meeting today, the College of Commissioners discussed the refugee crisis, looking at the measures taken in 2015 and the initiatives to be presented in spring 2016.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

18/12/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

European leaders met in Brussels on December 17 and 18 to discuss the migration crisis, the fight against terrorism, and Britain's reform demands.

 

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, the euro and border controls

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

18/12/2015

Institutional affairs

Ensaf Haidar accepted the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Wednesday on behalf of her husband Raif Badawi, a Saudi human rights activist who remains in prison. A day earlier, Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem attended plenary for the first time to discuss the euro, while the European Commission presented its plan for reinforcing the EU's external borders.

 

Commission endorses better law-making deal and appoints REFIT Platform members Choose translations of the previous link 

Draft documents in folder © EU

16/12/2015

Business, Institutional affairs

On 15 December, the Commission endorsed a new Inter-institutional Agreement (IIA) on Better Law-Making with the European Parliament and Council to improve the quality and the results of European legislation.

 

December infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Gavel on table © EU

10/12/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

 

Plenary highlights: terrorism, the EU budget and the Lux prize

European Parliament building in Strasbourg lit up in orange © EU

27/11/2015

Institutional affairs

Refugees should not be equated with terrorists, many MEPs said during a debate on the terrorist attacks in Paris during the November plenary session. They also approved the EU's budget for next year, securing additional funding for tackling the refugee crisis and boosting economic growth.

 

Main results of the Eurogroup

Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, President of the Eurogroup © EU

23/11/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The Eurogroup discussed the euro area member states' draft budgetary plans for 2016. These plans have to be submitted each year by 15 October, and the European Commission assesses whether they comply with the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). 

 

November infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

European Court of Justice building © EU

19/11/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

 

G20 summit, Antalya

G20 summit – family photo © EU

16/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The world's leading economies adopted a comprehensive agenda including the implementation of past commitments, boosting investment to drive growth and promoting inclusiveness to ensure the benefits of their actions can be shared by all.

 

Main results of the Informal meeting of heads of state or government

View of meeting room in Valetta © EU

12/11/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders discussed the latest developments in the migration crisis and how to accelerate the implementation of the measures agreed in September and October.

 

EP elections: "Spitzenkandidaten", mandatory thresholds, right to vote abroad

Man scanning ID card in electronic card reader © EU

11/11/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

European elections should be fought with formally endorsed, EU-wide lead candidates (“Spitzenkandidaten”) for the Commission presidency, Parliament said in a formal proposal for a change to EU electoral law.

 

Plenary highlights: refugee crisis, roaming, GMOs, Sakharov Prize

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

30/10/2015

Institutional affairs

The refugee crisis and its potential to disrupts politics in Europe was debated during October's third plenary session, with MEPs warning that some could use the issue to undermine the EU.

 

Juncker Commission adopts second annual Work Programme: Maintaining focus and delivering on 10 priorities Choose translations of the previous link 

Person holding folder © EU

27/10/2015

Institutional affairs

The European Commission adopted its 2016 Work Programme, the second of the Juncker Commission, reaffirming the commitment to the ten political priorities of its Political Guidelines.

 

Progress following Western Balkans Route Leaders' MeetingChoose translations of the previous link 

Refugee camp in Traiskirchen © EU

27/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The European Commission has today decided to increase the level of co-financing for transport of the assistance delivered via the EU Civil protection Mechanism for the countries needing help in the refugee crisis from 55% to 85%.

 

October infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Judge holding folder © EU

22/10/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

 

Main results of the European Council

Family photo of the European Council © EU

15/10/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on the migration and refugee crisis, the upcoming referendum in the UK, and the president’s report on the Economic and Monetary Union.

 

Refugee Crisis: European Commission reports on progress in implementation of priority actions Choose translations of the previous link 

Representation of people in EU countries © EU

14/10/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Ahead of the European Council of 15 October, the Commission has today put on the table a Communication describing the State of Play of the implementation of the priority actions under the European Agenda on Migration.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: Hollande and Merkel, Volkswagen and Kunduz bombing

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

09/10/2015

Institutional affairs

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel debated with MEPs the challenges facing Europe, from the refugee crisis to the situation in Syria, during October's first plenary session in October.

 

Capital Markets Union: an Action Plan to boost business funding and investment financing Choose translations of the previous link 

Jonathan Hill © EU

30/09/2015

Business, Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The European Commission is launching the Capital Markets Union Action Plan today to help build a true single market for capital across the 28 EU Member States.

 

Managing the Refugee Crisis: Budgetary measures under the European Agenda on MigrationChoose translations of the previous link 

Refugees walking across field © EU

30/09/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The European Commission has today made a first set of concrete proposals for €1.7 billion of EU funding in 2015 and 2016 in order to address the refugee crisis – money EU Heads of State and Government committed to matching last week.

 

September infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

European Court of Justice building © EU

24/09/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law.

 

Informal meeting of heads of state or government

Roundtable © EU

23/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The EU, together with the member states, has taken a range of measures to address the challenges created by migration. The Council and European Council are intensifying efforts to ensure an adequate and appropriate response to the current refugee crisis and establish a credible European migration policy.

 

Managing the refugee crisis: Immediate operational, budgetary and legal measures under the European Agenda on MigrationChoose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker at College meeting © EU

23/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The College of Commissioners today set out a set of priority actions to be taken within the next six months. President Juncker will present these to European Heads of State and Government tonight at an informal Summit.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

View of Council meeting room © EU

14/09/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Council adopted a positive assessment that the conditions to move to the first step of phase two on the high seas of EUNAVFOR MED have been met. It also prolonged by six months EU sanctions over actions against Ukraine's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.

 

Plenary highlights: State of the Union debate, migration, cloning ban

Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

11/09/2015

Institutional affairs

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, gave his first State of the Union speech in plenary on Wednesday morning, focusing on migration and the situation in Greece.

 

Commission signs three-year ESM stability support programme for GreeceChoose translations of the previous link 

Person holding folder with EU flag © EU

20/08/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Europe's firewall established in 2012 in response to the global financial crisis, will be able to disburse up to EUR 86 billion in loans over the next three years, provided that Greek authorities implement reforms to address fundamental economic and social challenges, as specified in the MoU.

 

July infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Gavel on table © EU

16/07/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 85 decisions including 15 reasoned opinions and 2 referrals to the EU Court of Justice. The Commission is also closing 59 cases where the issues with the Member States concerned have been solved without the Commission needing to pursue the procedure further.

 

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

From left to right: Mr Pierre MOSCOVICI, Member of the European Commission; Mr Jeroen DIJSSELBLOEM, President of the Eurogroup; Mr Klaus REGLING, European Stability Mechanism Managing Director © EU

13/07/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Ministers held a follow-up discussion on the agreement negotiated at the Eurogroup and the Euro Summit over the previous two days following the request by Greece for financial assistance from the European Stability Mechanism, which had been submitted on 9 July 2015.

 

Main results of the Euro Summit

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Donald Tusk and Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem © EU

13/07/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

On 13 July 2015, the leaders from the euro area member states agreed in principle that they are ready to start negotiations on an ESM financial assistance programme for Greece.

 

Plenary highlights: Greece, TTIP, emissions trading reform

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

10/07/2015

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Greece debt crisis took centre stage during July's plenary session, as Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras came to Strasbourg to discuss the search for solutions. MEPs also adopted their recommendations for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and approved a reform of the EU's emissions trading scheme that should boost incentives for green investments.

 

Report on 2014 infringements: Commission enforces correct implementation of EU law Choose translations of the previous link 

Book of the Law and gavel with EU flag in background © EU

09/07/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The 32nd 'Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law' reviews the Member States’ performance on key aspects of the application of Union law and highlights the main enforcement policy developments of 2014.

 

Main results of the Euro Summit

Mr Jean-Claude Juncker and Mr Donald Tusk © EU

07/07/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The leaders of the euro area member states discussed the situation in Greece following the referendum held on 5 July. After the meeting President of the Euro Summit Donald Tusk confirmed that the euro area authorities were ready to do all that is necessary to ensure the financial stability in the euro area.

 

Statement by the European Commission following the referendum in GreeceChoose translations of the previous link 

Greek flag © EU

05/07/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The European Commission takes note of and respects the result of the referendum in Greece. President Juncker is consulting tonight and tomorrow with the democratically elected leaders of the other 18 Eurozone members as well as with the Heads of the EU institutions.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

26/06/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

Discussions at the European Council meeting focused on Greece, migration, the upcoming referendum in the UK, security and defence and economic issues.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Mr Edgars Rinkevics © EU

23/06/2015

Institutional affairs

The Council made further progress in preparing the June European Council, including through discussions on a revised set of draft conclusions. EU leaders are expected to focus on migration, security challenges and economic affairs at their meeting on 25 and 26 June in Brussels.

 

Five Presidents' Report sets out plan for strengthening Europe's Economic and Monetary Union as of 1 July 2015Choose translations of the previous link 

Euro notes, coins and symbol © EU

22/06/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Today, the five Presidents have revealed ambitious plans on how to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) as of 1 July 2015 and how to complete it by latest 2025.

 

June infringements package: key decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Statue of Lady Justice with EU flag in background © EU

18/06/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 128 decisions including 18 reasoned opinions, 5 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice and 44 letters of formal notice.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: TTIP, Russia, Hungary, Fifa

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

12/06/2015

Institutional affairs

EU-Russia relations were high on Parliament's agenda this plenary week in Strasbourg. In two separate resolutions, MEPs called on EU member states to maintain their unity following Russia´s illegal annexation of Crimea and drew attention to the militarisation of the Black Sea basin.

 

Commission proposes draft EU budget 2016: focus on jobs, growth, migration and global action Choose translations of the previous link 

Kristalina Georgieva and Valdis Dombrovskis © EU

27/05/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The Commission today proposed a 2016 EU budget of €143.5 billion in payment credits to support the recovery of the European economy and help improve lives in Europe and beyond.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: conflict minerals, migration, maternity leave

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

22/05/2015

Institutional affairs

MEPs approved measures to prevent proceeds from conflict minerals being used to fund armed conflicts and called on governments to break the deadlock on plans to harmonise maternity leave across Europe. They also debated measures to tackle irregular migrants coming to the EU during the plenary in Strasbourg on 18-21 May as well as green-lit tougher rules to prevent money laundering.

 

Better Regulation Agenda: Enhancing transparency and scrutiny for better EU law-making Choose translations of the previous link 

Frans Timmermans © EU

19/05/2015

Institutional affairs

Today, the European Commission adopts its Better Regulation Agenda. This comprehensive package of reforms covering the entire policy cycle will boost openness and transparency in the EU decision-making process.

 

April infringements package: main decisions Choose translations of the previous link 

Judge holding folder © EU

29/04/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 120 decisions, including 38 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

March infringements package: main decisions Choose translations of the previous link 

European Court of Justice building © EU

26/03/2015

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 98 decisions, including 11 reasoned opinions and 8 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Main results of the European Council

European Council family photo © EU

19/03/2015

Energy and natural resources, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

During the meeting, EU leaders agreed to create an Energy Union. They also discussed economic topics and external relations, the situation in Libya, relations with Russia and Ukraine, and the objectives of the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Riga.

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Mr Edgars Rinkevics, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs © EU

17/03/2015

Institutional affairs

The Council prepared the European Council of 19-20 March. The main focus will be on the energy union. Foreign relations such as relations with Russia, the situation in Ukraine, preparations for the Eastern Partnership summit and Libya will also be discussed.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: capping payment card fees, assessing candidate countries, debating Nemtsov

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

13/03/2015

Institutional affairs

During the plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs supported the legislation on capping credit card fees and warned candidate countries to get their act together if they want to progress on their path towards the EU. Parliament also debated the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov and called for greater efforts to abolish the gender pay gap.

 

Growth, solidarity and paying the bills are Parliament's 2016 budget priorities

Person counting euro notes © EU

11/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Next year’s EU budget priorities should be to foster growth by supporting job-creation, firms and entrepreneurship; to show solidarity with countries both inside and outside the EU; and to put EU finances in order, said Parliament in a resolution.

 

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

European flag at the Justus Lipsius building © EU

02/03/2015

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The Competitiveness Council took place against the background of the broad priorities of the Latvian presidency to achieve a competitive and digital Europe. It included debates on those areas where the EU's single market and a dynamic innovation policy can increase Europe's capacity to deliver economic growth and jobs.    

 

February infringements package: main decisions Choose translations of the previous link 

Lady Justice and EU flag © EU

26/02/2015

Institutional affairs

The Commission has today taken 276 decisions, including 44 reasoned opinions and 9 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Main results of the informal European Council

Group photo © EU

13/02/2015

Institutional affairs

EU leaders discussed three challenges facing Europe: restoring peace in Ukraine, fighting terrorism and improving the European Monetary Union.

 

Things we learnt in plenary: Ukraine, terrorism, processed meat, child abduction

Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

13/02/2015

Institutional affairs

The tragedies in Ukraine and the Middle East were among the main subjects debated by MEPs during the February plenary in Strasbourg. Ahead of Thursday's extraordinary European summit, the Parliament also discussed security measures such as the exchange of passenger name records between member states to better track terror suspects. 

 

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Mr Maros SEFCOVIC, Vice President of the European Commission; Mr Evangelos VENIZELOS, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr Tonio BORG, Member of the European Commission © EU

10/02/2015

Institutional affairs

The Council discussed a revision of the EU's multiannual financial framework (MFF) for 2014-2020. The aim of the revision is to allow the EU to transfer € 21.1 billion of unused commitments from 2014 to subsequent years. 

 

Commission and Parliament Implement New Rules on Transparency Register Choose translations of the previous link 

Woman and man holding folders © EU

27/01/2015

Institutional affairs

A new version of the EU Transparency Register is being launched today following joint work by the European Commission and the European Parliament.

 

Things we learned in plenary: Paris attacks, GMOs, rotating presidencies

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

16/01/2015

Institutional affairs

The Parliament paid tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Monday at the start of the January plenary. On the legislative side, MEPs approved a proposal to give member states more flexibility to restrict or ban GMOs on their territory.

 

2 major challenges for Europe: investment and Eastern neighbourhood

European Council group photo © EU

18/12/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders focused on Europe's two most important challenges: boosting investment, and the situation at its eastern borders. It was the first European Council chaired by Donald Tusk as President and it followed a shorter format, a 'one day summit'.

 

Parliament approves EU budgets for 2014 and 2015

Euro symbol, notes and coins © EU

17/12/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

Parliament approved the draft EU budget for 2015 and a top-up of the 2014 one. The budget foresees €145.32 billion in commitments and €141.21 billion in payments for 2015, and an extra €4.25 billion to settle unpaid bills in 2014.

 

Enlargement process crucial to the EU

Karte Europas © EU

16/12/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs, Regions and local development

The General Affairs Council adopted conclusions on the EU enlargement process and on the role of the Council in safeguarding rule of law. It also dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council.

 

A New Start: European Commission work plan to deliver jobs, growth and investment Choose translations of the previous link 

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16/12/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Employment and social rights, Institutional affairs

The European Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2015 – setting out the actions the Commission intends to take over the next 12 months to make a real difference for jobs, growth and investment and bring concrete benefits for citizens.

 

November infringements package: main decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Statue of Lady Justice with EU flag in the background © EU

26/11/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has today taken 205 decisions, including 32 reasoned opinions and 6 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Commission commits to enhanced transparency Choose translations of the previous link 

EU flag in front of Commission building © EU

25/11/2014

Institutional affairs

The European Commission gave a boost to transparency by committing to publishing information about who meets its political leaders and senior officials and to providing greater access to documents relating to the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the United States.

 

Council discussed EU's €300 billion investment plan for growth and jobs

Ms Corina CRETU, Member of the European Commission, Mr Graziano DELRIO, Italian State Secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office © EU

19/11/2014

Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council meeting on 18-19 November dealt with preparations for the upcoming European Council. They also discussed the €300 billion investment plan and adopted conclusions on the EU cohesion policy.

 

Towards a work programme for a new start for Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Frans Timmermans, Jean-Claude Juncker and Kristalina Georgieva © EU

12/11/2014

Institutional affairs

The Juncker Commission is committed to restoring citizens' confidence by demonstrating that the EU can deliver for them on the big challenges facing European economies and societies. That starts with setting the right priorities for the 2015 Commission Work Programme.

 

EU must focus on getting better results from its spending, say EU auditors

ECA President Vítor Caldeira © EU

05/11/2014

Institutional affairs

In its annual report on the EU budget published today, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) warns that the budget system is too focused on just getting funds spent and needs to place more emphasis on achieving results. As independent auditor, the ECA signed off the 2013 accounts of the European Union, but stresses that the management of EU spending is not yet good enough overall - either at EU level or in the Member States.

 

The Juncker Commission takes officeChoose translations of the previous link 

Juncker Commission group photo © EU

01/11/2014

Institutional affairs

Today the Juncker Commission is starting its term of office. President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "Together with my strong and experienced team I look forward to being at the helm of the European Commission for the next five years."

 

Europe leads the way in the fight against climate change and Ebola

European Council group photo © EU

24/10/2014

Energy and natural resources, Environment, consumers and health, External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

EU leaders agreed to the world's most ambitious 2030 climate energy policy. They also decided to increase EU financial help to €1 billion to fight Ebola and discussed the state of the European economy. Euro area leaders also met in the Euro Summit format to discuss the euro area.

 

Parliament elects new European Commission

Juncker Commission group photo © EU

22/10/2014

Institutional affairs

MEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions.

 

EU auditors warn the incoming Commission on the use of blending pdf

Map showing investment facilities © EU

22/10/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

While the European Court of Auditors (ECA) report delivers a positive verdict on the set-up and general effectiveness of blending regional investment facility grants with financial institution loans, it points out a number of key issues which need to be urgently addressed.

 

October infringements package: main decisions Choose translations of the previous link 

Gavel on table © EU

16/10/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has taken 140 decisions, including 39 reasoned opinions and 11 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Improving EU accountability: ECA engages in dialogue with stakeholders at EU and national levelpdf

Olli Rehn, Vitor Caldeira, Ingeborg Grässle and Kevin Cardiff © EU

15/10/2014

Institutional affairs

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has held a high-level conference on 14 October, which brought together many of those concerned with ensuring that the European Union is accountable for public funds put at stake to meet EU objectives.

 

Making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly – taking stock of achievements Choose translations of the previous link 

José Manuel Barroso and Dr Edmund Stoiber © EU

14/10/2014

Institutional affairs

Under the title "Smart Regulation in the EU – Building on a Strong Foundation" politicians, stakeholders and experts have been examining the achievements and persisting challenges in the field of smart regulation, administrative burden reduction and better implementation of EU legislation.

 

Application of EU Law: how EU Member States performed in 2013Choose translations of the previous link 

Judge holding folder © EU

01/10/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

There has been a marked decrease in the number of on-going infringement cases in recent years whilst the number of cases resolved through in problem solving mechanisms such as EU Pilot has increased, according to the 31st Annual Report on monitoring the application of EU law.

 

Scrutiny time: candidate commissioners’ hearings start today

European Parliament building in Brussels © EU

29/09/2014

Institutional affairs

During the three-hour hearings EP committees will test the candidate commissioners' expertise and competences ahead of the EP voting on whether to approve the new Commission on 22 October.

 

September infringements package: main decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

European Court of Justice building © EU

25/09/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has taken 147 decisions, including 39 reasoned opinions and 4 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

19/09/2014

Institutional affairs

In a historic vote on Tuesday, Parliamentarians in Strasbourg and Kiev voted simultaneously to approve the EU–Ukraine association agreement. Closer to home, the EP proposed to increase financial aid for farmers affected by the Russian agricultural import ban and urged the EU to use all possible means to combat the Islamic State. 

 

The Juncker Commission: A strong and experienced team standing for change Choose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

10/09/2014

Institutional affairs

President-elect Juncker unveiled his team and the new shape of the next European Commission. After the European Union has come through one of the most testing periods in its history, one of the biggest challenges will be to convince citizens that things will change.

 

Formation of Juncker Commission advances Choose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

05/09/2014

Institutional affairs

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker today sent the list of Commissioners-designate to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union.

 

President-elect Juncker interviews candidates for Commissioner Choose translations of the previous link 

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

02/09/2014

Institutional affairs

Starting today, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker will interview each Member State's candidate for Commissioner, before taking a final decision and communicating the list of Commissioners-designate to the Council of the European Union.

 

Special meeting of the European Council

Donald Tusk, Herman Van Rompuy and Federica Mogherini © EU

30/08/2014

Institutional affairs

At the meeting the new President of the European Council and EU High Representative were appointed. EU leaders also discussed the weak economy and the situation in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq.

 

Adoption of agreed EU sanctions over Russia's role in Eastern Ukraine

EU flags outside Justus Lipsius building © EU

31/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The Council has adopted further EU restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Additional restrictive measures against Russia

Justus Lipsius building in Brussels © EU

29/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

On 29 July, the EU agreed a package of significant additional restrictive measures targeting sectoral cooperation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.

 

Spring 2014 Standard Eurobarometer: The European elections made a differenceChoose translations of the previous link 

Crowd of people and European flag © EU

25/07/2014

Institutional affairs, Statistics

After the European Elections, the number of citizens who feel their voice counts in the EU has risen from 29% in November 2013 to 42%. This is the highest level since this question was first put into the Standard Eurobarometer a decade ago.

 

Lithuania to adopt the euro on 1 January 2015

Group photo © EU

23/07/2014

Institutional affairs

The General Affairs Council celebrated Lithuania's entry into the euro area. Ministers also discussed the Italian presidency work programme and the mid-term review of the Europe 2020 strategy.

 

Special meeting of the European Council

Family photo © EU

16/07/2014

External relations and foreign affairs, Institutional affairs

The European Council met to discuss a number of key appointments to be made for top EU positions. They also discussed new sanctions on Russia and the situation in Gaza.

 

Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President

Jean-Claude Juncker © EU

15/07/2014

Institutional affairs

With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.

 

July infringements package: main decisionsChoose translations of the previous link 

Court of Justice of the European Union © EU

10/07/2014

Institutional affairs

The Commission has taken 420 decisions, including 29 reasoned opinions and 12 referrals to the European Union's Court of Justice.

 

Future of Europe: MEPs debate Italian Council presidency priorities

Matteo Renzi at European Parliament © EU

02/07/2014

Institutional affairs

“If Europe was to take a selfie today, it would be a tired, resigned image," said Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi in a debate with MEPs on his country's priorities for the Council presidency for the next six months.

 

Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament

Martin Schulz © EU

01/07/2014

Institutional affairs

MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot.

 

REFIT – Commission making EU law lighter, simpler and less costly Choose translations of the previous link 

Documents in folder on table © EU

18/06/2014

Business, Institutional affairs

A Communication adopted today shows that the implementation of the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (REFIT) is in full swing and that EU law is indeed becoming lighter, simpler and less costly.

 

2015 EU draft budget to help Europe's economic growth despite financial constraints Choose translations of the previous link 

Janusz Lewandowski © EU

11/06/2014

Economy, finance, tax and competition, Institutional affairs

The bulk of the commitments is for future projects that make Europe stronger economically whereas some 40% of the payments still cover EU funded projects from the 2007-2013 financial period.

 

Commission proposes final step in OLAF reform processChoose translations of the previous link 

Algirdas Šemeta © EU

11/06/2014

Institutional affairs, Justice and citizens rights

The Commission has proposed measures to further safeguard procedural guarantees in OLAF investigations, in order to complete the already comprehensive reform of the EU's anti-fraud office.

 

European Elections 2014

European Parliament building in Strasbourg © EU

26/05/2014

Institutional affairs

Elections to the European Parliament took place throughout the EU from 22 – 25 May.