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Ombudsman: How to make the Commission’s expert groups more balanced and transparent

Ombudsman: How to make the Commission’s expert groups more balanced and transparent

| January 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly (pictured), has made proposals to the European Commission on how to make its expert groups more balanced and transparent. The Commission oversees hundreds of such advisory groups which play a crucial role in the development of EU legislation and policy. The Ombudsman calls on the Commission to establish a legally […]

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Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply

Discard ban: MEPs delay enforcement of sanctions on fishermen who fail to comply

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) discard ban take effect, under a tentative deal struck by the European Parliament and the European Council on Thursday (29 January), with European Commission help. The agreement amends the omnibus regulation setting out detailed arrangements for enforcing […]

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Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-US Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business by Mylan, subject to conditions

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-US Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business by Mylan, subject to conditions

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Abbott Laboratories’ Non-U.S. Developed Markets Specialty and Branded Generics Business (“Abbott EPD-DM”), by Mylan, Inc (“Mylan”). Abbott EPD-DM is a Swiss-based manufacturer focused on distributing branded ex-originator products with expired patents and with internal production capabilities in Europe, Canada and Japan. […]

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EU steps up humanitarian assistance to Syria crisis

EU steps up humanitarian assistance to Syria crisis

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

With the humanitarian situation worsening every day, growing numbers of people inside Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries are in need of assistance. The European Union is increasing its assistance to the Syria crisis by €136 million in humanitarian funding, half of which will go to needs inside Syria via cross-border assistance from neighbouring countries, […]

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State aid: Commission approves UK flood reinsurance scheme

State aid: Commission approves UK flood reinsurance scheme

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a UK reinsurance scheme aimed at ensuring the availability of domestic insurance at affordable prices for flood-related damage. The scheme (“Flood Re”) will set up a pool to provide reinsurance for the flood risk element from those households deemed at high risk of flooding. It […]

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United by energy concerns

United by energy concerns

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The EU is at constant risk of energy supply disruption. Too much energy is wasted and 10% of households in the Union cannot afford proper heating, the European Commission vice-president for energy union told the European Parliament’s energy and environment committees this week. Maroš Šefčovič (pictured right) was presenting his vision for an energy union […]

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Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups

Juncker plan welcomed by most political groups

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Commission vice-president for growth and investment, Jyrki Katainen, called on the European Parliament on Wednesday (28 January) to do its utmost to ensure the Juncker plan for strategic investment would be up and running by June. He stressed the importance of the plan’s three pillars: the fund itself, the project pipeline and the […]

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