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#Brexit: Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives first press address

#Brexit: Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives first press address

Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier will address the press officially today (6 December) for the first time since being appointed to his new role. This is the article, written by Catherine Feore, on his appointment on 27 July 2016. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appointed Michel Barnier (pictured), former vice president of the European Commission […]

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#ECB says ‘#HelicopterMoney’ legally feasible under conditions

#ECB says ‘#HelicopterMoney’ legally feasible under conditions

In a public letter, Mario Draghi (pictured) recognizes that making transfers directly to citizens is legally feasible if the design of such scheme is clearly within the monetary policy framework. Since Mario Draghi first discussed the notion of helicopter money in March 2016, he repeatedly said that ‘helicopter money’ was fraught with accounting-wise, technical and […]

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Mandatory checks at #EUExternalBorders: Deal done by MEPs and ministers

Mandatory checks at #EUExternalBorders: Deal done by MEPs and ministers

All EU citizens and third country nationals entering or leaving the EU will be checked against databases, e.g. of lost and stolen documents, under a draft law informally agreed by MEPs and EU ministers on Monday (5 December). These checks, designed to improve security inside the EU, would be mandatory for everyone. A key goal […]

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Commission welcomes member states’ backing for plan to make free #WiFi4EU available in public areas

Commission welcomes member states’ backing for plan to make free #WiFi4EU available in public areas

Last Friday (2 December), Telecoms Council marked a first positive step towards providing free Wi-Fi connections in towns, cities and villages across Europe, according to an initiative announced by President Juncker in his State of the Union Address. Less than three months after the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled a scheme to […]

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EU nations near compromise on how to counter #Russia gas supply risks

EU nations near compromise on how to counter #Russia gas supply risks

EU nations are edging toward a compromise on a proposal to guard against gas supply disruptions, agreeing to share details on contracts and cooperate across borders, the Slovak presidency said on Monday (5 December), writes Alissa de Carbonnel. Cuts in gas supplies from Russia in 2006 and 2009 exposed the bloc’s vulnerability – particularly in […]

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UK not ruling out continued budget payments after #Brexit: Hammond

UK not ruling out continued budget payments after #Brexit: Hammond

UK Finance Minister Philip Hammond (pictured) said on Tuesday (6 December) that the government would not rule out the possibility of continuing to make payments into the European Union budget once it leaves the bloc in order to maintain good access for its exporters. “We want to keep all options open,” Hammond told reporters in […]

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For London’s food and wine businesses, #Brexit has a bitter taste

For London’s food and wine businesses, #Brexit has a bitter taste

Importing fine foods from Spain has been a good trade for London firm Brindisa, but like many food and wine businesses that rely on the free movement of goods and workers within the European Union, it has been badly hit by Britain’s vote to leave, writes Estelle Shirbon. Launched on a shoestring by entrepreneur Monika […]

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
#Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services: More choice for better services

#Transport MEPs back reform of domestic rail services: More choice for better services

Easier access for all rail operators to domestic rail markets should give rail passengers more choice and better quality services under draft rules backed by Transport and Tourism Committee on Monday (5 December). The new rules combine granting access for rail operators to use rail track and stations in EU domestic rail markets and bidding, […]

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#Brexit: Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives first press address

#Brexit: Chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives first press address

Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier will address the press officially today (6 December) for the first time since being appointed to his new role. This is the article, written by Catherine Feore, on his appointment on 27 July 2016. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appointed Michel Barnier (pictured), former vice president of the European Commission […]

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
Clampdown on #terrorism: New law backed by civil liberties MEPs

Clampdown on #terrorism: New law backed by civil liberties MEPs

Foreign fighters as well as ‘lone wolves’ training and preparing terrorist attacks on European soil will be criminalized under new EU-rules to fight terrorism backed on Monday (5 December). Civil Liberties Committee MEPs voted by 37 to four, with seven abstentions, to back an informal deal on the draft law, struck by Parliament, the Council […]

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UK parliament moves to impose Magnitsky asset freezes on human rights violators

UK parliament moves to impose Magnitsky asset freezes on human rights violators

MPs from all of Britain’s main political parties have joined forces to introduce Magnitsky asset freezing legislation in the UK as part of the Criminal Finances Bill. The new anti-corruption legislation, known as the Magnitsky Amendment, will apply to those who are involved in or profited from human-rights abuse, including those engaged in retaliation against […]

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#Oceana: European Parliament supports steps for transparency in EU fishing operations outside EU waters

#Oceana: European Parliament supports steps for transparency in EU fishing operations outside EU waters

Members of the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted on 5 December on the European Commission’s proposal to regulate activities of the EU’s fishing fleet operating outside EU waters. The Committee has agreed on the need for new and unprecedented measures for transparency and sustainability within fisheries, including the creation of the first public […]

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#Greece: Eurogroup agrees on short-term debt-relief measures

#Greece: Eurogroup agrees on short-term debt-relief measures

The Eurogroup finally agreed to short-term debt-relief measures for Greece. The measures outlined by European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Managing Director Klaus Regling should lead to a cumulative reduction of the Greek debt to GDP ratio of 20 percentage points of GDP by 2060, which Regling recognizes is an unusually long period, writes Catherine Feore. There are […]

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
#RoyalBridges presented for first time in #Dubai

#RoyalBridges presented for first time in #Dubai

The inaugural edition of Royal Bridges—an art movement dedicated to the enrichment of global artistry—under the support of ArtBahrain, took place in Dubai from November 29-30, 2016, at the Ritz Carlton DIFC. Royal Bridges featured a multi-dimensional exhibition titled Convergence – showcasing the diverse, individual histories and narratives intertwined with the background of each exhibitor. […]

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
UN #refugees chief warns EU against carrot-and-stick approach to migration

UN #refugees chief warns EU against carrot-and-stick approach to migration

Linking aid for countries in the Middle East and Africa to how they manage migration can create dangerous precedents, the United Nations top refugee official warned the European Union on Monday (5 December), writes Gabriela Baczynska. Overwhelmed by the arrival of more than a million refugees and migrants in 2015, the EU has tightened its […]

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments
In Parliament this week: #Terrorism, #FutureofEurope, anti-money laundering

In Parliament this week: #Terrorism, #FutureofEurope, anti-money laundering

With committees meeting and the final plenary session of the year to prepare for, members have a busy week in store for them in Brussels. Members vote on proposals to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions, to help member states better fight terrorism, and to make the EU more democratic and transparent. The political groups also […]

| December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

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