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ASEM: Kazakhstan at heart of EurAsia

ASEM: Kazakhstan at heart of EurAsia

Kazakhstan’s impetus has not passed unappreciated at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) 2014, in Milan, Italy 16-17 October. Although largely focused on problems of the conflict resolution in Ukraine and the security of energy supplies, the tenth meeting of the representatives of the countries from two continents had sufficent space to engage into an exchange of successful models of co-operation. The developments between Europe […]

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Outgoing Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn hails adoption of 27 Partnership Agreements for growth and jobs in Europe

Outgoing Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn hails adoption of 27 Partnership Agreements for growth and jobs in Europe

Speaking as he hands over the reins of EU regional policy and takes up his position in President Juncker’s new Commission, EU Regional Policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: “The fact that we have been able to adopt 27 Partnership Agreements as I end my mandate is evidence of the hard work and commitment of my […]

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
EU requests WTO panel on Brazil’s discriminatory taxes

EU requests WTO panel on Brazil’s discriminatory taxes

The European Union today (31 October) requested the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva to rule on a dispute concerning certain Brazilian discriminatory taxes. In the EU’s opinion, the Brazilian tax measures give an unfair advantage to domestic producers and go against WTO rules. By taking the case to the WTO, the EU aims to […]

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
EU requests WTO consultations with Russia over excessive import duties

EU requests WTO consultations with Russia over excessive import duties

The EU requested today (31 October) consultations with Russia in respect of import duties for paper products, refrigerators and palm oil. The EU takes this first step in the dispute settlement procedure in response to the violation by Russia of its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO). Upon joining the WTO, Russia committed to […]

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Frontex Joint Operation ‘Triton': Concerted efforts for managing migration flows in the Central Mediterranean

Frontex Joint Operation ‘Triton': Concerted efforts for managing migration flows in the Central Mediterranean

What is Triton? Triton is a Frontex co-ordinated joint operation, requested by the Italian authorities that will start its activity as from 1 November 2014 in the Central Mediterranean to support Italy. How have the details of the operation been defined? The details of Triton, including the operational area and the necessary assets, have been […]

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
European Commission: What Juncker’s new team will be working on

European Commission: What Juncker’s new team will be working on

The new European Commission will start its five-year term on 1 November, but what will it be working on? President Jean-Claude Juncker has already announced a €300 billion investment plan, but there will be many other plans that will have to be scrutinized and voted on by the European Parliament before they can enter into […]

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Breakthrough: $4.6 billion deal secures gas for Ukraine and EU

Breakthrough: $4.6 billion deal secures gas for Ukraine and EU

After seven rounds of gas negotiations, last night’s talks moderated by Günther H. Oettinger, Vice-President of the European Commission, yielded finally a breakthrough: A $4.6 billion winter package, agreed by Russia and Ukraine, secures gas for Ukraine – and ultimately also for Europe. European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, who witnessed the signing of the winter […]

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
Singapore: The Commission to request Court of Justice Opinion on the trade deal

Singapore: The Commission to request Court of Justice Opinion on the trade deal

The Commission decided today (30 October) to request an Opinion of the EU Court of Justice on the competence to sign and ratify a trade agreement with Singapore. Commissioner De Gucht said: “I have been saying for months that we need to clarify the interpretation of the Lisbon Treaty as regards trade matters. And this […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
First ‘equivalence’ decisions for central counterparty regulatory regimes adopted

First ‘equivalence’ decisions for central counterparty regulatory regimes adopted

The European Commission has today (30 October) adopted its first ‘equivalence’ decisions for the regulatory regimes of central counterparties (CCPs) in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore. The CCPs in these third country jurisdictions will be able to obtain recognition in the EU, and can therefore be used by market participants to clear standardized OTC […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Commissioner De Gucht heading for official visit to East Africa

Commissioner De Gucht heading for official visit to East Africa

On 31 October, Trade Commissioner Karl De Gucht will travel to Kenya to meet with a number of high level government representatives in the area of foreign affairs and international trade, East African affairs, finance, industrialization and agriculture. The visit follows conclusion, two weeks ago, of the negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement with the […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Poverty: Commission adopts Lithuanian programme to spend €77 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

Poverty: Commission adopts Lithuanian programme to spend €77 million from Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

The European Commission has approved today the Lithuanian Operational Programme to use the new Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). Lithuania will receive €77 million in current prices in the period 2014-2020 to support the provision of food aid and basic hygiene goods to those most in need in the country. This […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
€39 million EU support for promotion of agricultural products

€39 million EU support for promotion of agricultural products

The European Commission has today (30 October) approved 27 programmes to promote agricultural products in the European Union and in third countries. The total budget of the programmes, the grand majority of which will run for a period of three years, is €77.4 million of which the EU contributes €39 million. The selected programmes cover […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Biggest ever cyber-security exercise in Europe (30 October)

Biggest ever cyber-security exercise in Europe (30 October)

@Enisa_EU #CyberSecurity #CyberEurope2014. More than 200 organizations and 400 cyber-security professionals from 29 European countries are testing their readiness to counter cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation, organised by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). In Cyber Europe 2014 experts from the public and private sectors including cyber security agencies, national Computer Emergency Response […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Taxation: Commission presents options for simpler and more robust future VAT regime

Taxation: Commission presents options for simpler and more robust future VAT regime

Ideas on how to ensure a simpler, more effective and more fraud-proof VAT system tailored to the Single Market in the EU have been outlined in a paper published by the Commission today (30 October). The aim is to create a definitive VAT regime, to replace the temporary and out-dated VAT system, which has been […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
ABC of the EU institutions

ABC of the EU institutions

What does the Parliament do and what are the responsibilities of the Commission? What do we mean with the European Council and how is it different from the Council of the European Union? The institutions are there to serve the people and the countries that are a part of the EU A new European Parliament […]

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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