European Parliament elects Juncker Commission Commission Press release Strasbourg, 22 October 2014 European Today, the European Parliament gave its strong support to the new European Commission with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The Juncker Commission can thus start its term of office on 1 November 2014.
Environment: 12 cities apply for European Green Capital Award 2017 European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 October 2014 The deadline for submitting entries to the European Green Capital 2017 competition cycle has expired. The following cities have entered: Bursa (Turkey) Cascais (Portugal) Cork (Ireland) Essen (Germany) 's-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) Istanbul (Turkey) Lahti (Finland) Lisbon (Portugal) Nijmegen (Netherlands) Pécs (Hungary) Porto (Portugal)...
Antitrust: Commission settles cartel on bid-ask spreads charged on Swiss Franc interest rate derivatives; fines four major banks € 32.3 million European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 21 October 2014 (See also Statement by Commission Vice-President Joaquín Almunia.) The European Commission has found that four international banks, RBS, UBS, JP Morgan and Crédit Suisse, operated a cartel on bid-ask spreads of Swiss franc interest rate derivatives in the European Economic Area (EEA).
Antitrust: Commission settles RBS-JPMorgan cartel in derivatives based on Swiss franc LIBOR; imposes € 61.6 million fine on JPMorgan European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 21 October 2014 (See also the Statement by Commission Vice-President Joaquín Almunia.) The European Commission has found that two international banks, RBS and JP Morgan, participated in an illegal bilateral cartel aimed at influencing the Swiss franc Libor benchmark interest rate between March 2008 and...
EU high level group calls for targeted funding to boost use of new technologies in higher education European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 October 2014 The European Union's High-Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education publishes its report today on 'new modes of learning and teaching in universities'.
Taxation: Study confirms billions lost in VAT Gap European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 October 2014 An estimated €177 billion in VAT revenues was lost due to non-compliance or non-collection in 2012, according to the latest VAT Gap study published by the Commission today. This equates to 16% of total expected VAT revenue of 26 Member States1.
Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Honeywell and DuPont regarding cooperation on new refrigerant used in car air conditioning systems European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 October 2014 The European Commission has informed Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) of its preliminary view that the cooperation they entered into in 2010, based on several agreements on the production of a new refrigerant for...
European Commission proposes ratification of Marrakesh Treaty to facilitate access to books for visually impaired persons Press release Brussels, 21 October 2014 European Commission The Commission has today proposed the ratification, on behalf of the European Union, of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled.
Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments from Skyteam airline alliance members Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Delta concerning transatlantic cooperation European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 October 2014 The European Commission has invited interested third parties to comment on commitments proposed by Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Delta to address concerns that their transatlantic cooperation may harm competition for premium passengers on the Paris-New York route and for all passengers on...
European Social Fund: more than €2.6 billion to boost employment and social inclusion in Germany Commission Press release Brussels, 21 October 2014 European The European Commission has today adopted the German federal Operational Programme for the implementation of the European Social Fund (ESF) in the period 2014-2020.