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British voters, not Barroso, are my boss over EU immigration says UK Prime Minister

British voters, not Barroso, are my boss over EU immigration says UK Prime Minister

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

David Cameron is to set out further plans to curb the rights of EU migrants to work in the UK by Christmas, insisting the British people and not Brussels officials are his “boss”. No 10 is said to be examining several options but no decision has been taken. Outgoing European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso […]

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Hearings today (Strasbourg): Maroš Šefčovič and Violeta Bulc

Hearings today (Strasbourg): Maroš Šefčovič and Violeta Bulc

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two additional hearings for candidate commissioners will be held in Strasbourg today (20 October). Maroš Šefčovič, who has been nominated as the vice-president for the energy Union, will be heard by the environment and industry committees. Meanwhile Violeta Bulc, the new candidate from Slovenia replacing Alenka Bratušek, will be interviewed by the transport committee regarding […]

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Telecoms: Commission asks German regulator to lower mobile call tariffs for fifth time

Telecoms: Commission asks German regulator to lower mobile call tariffs for fifth time

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The European Commission has requested the German telecoms regulator (Bundesnetzagentur – BNetzA) to amend or withdraw its proposal on mobile termination rates (MTRs) for the fifth time. BNetzA proposed to introduce MTRs for operator sipgate Wireless, which are up to 80% higher than in most other member states; costs which ultimately mobile phone users would […]

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EU and China settle telecoms case at Joint Committee

EU and China settle telecoms case at Joint Committee

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Intensive discussions between the European Commission and the Chinese government were concluded by an amicable settlement on the trade defence investigation into Chinese telecoms. Today (20 October), the Commission took the official decision that it no longer considers it necessary to pursue this investigation. The talks culminated on 18 October at the EU-China Joint Committee, […]

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Safeguarding your privacy: Parliament to appoint European data protection supervisor

Safeguarding your privacy: Parliament to appoint European data protection supervisor

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who should care about their personal data being kept safe. The Parliament plays a key role in deciding who the European data protection supervisor should be for the next five years. The supervisor is in charge of protecting personal data and privacy as well as promoting good practice in the […]

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Commission assesses progress by Turkey in visa dialogue

Commission assesses progress by Turkey in visa dialogue

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today (20 October) the Commission presented its first report on progress by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements set in its visa liberalization road map. “This first report shows that Turkey is doing effective efforts to meet the criteria identified in its visa liberalization road map and I welcome in particular the progress achieved in the […]

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