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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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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

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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First ‘equivalence’ decisions for central counterparty regulatory regimes adopted

First ‘equivalence’ decisions for central counterparty regulatory regimes adopted

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Commissioner De Gucht heading for official visit to East Africa

Commissioner De Gucht heading for official visit to East Africa

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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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

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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