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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

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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EU requests WTO panel on Brazil’s discriminatory taxes

EU requests WTO panel on Brazil’s discriminatory taxes

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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EU requests WTO consultations with Russia over excessive import duties

EU requests WTO consultations with Russia over excessive import duties

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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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

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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

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

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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

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

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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