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#HinkleyPoint: EDF puts cork back in champagne bottle

#HinkleyPoint: EDF puts cork back in champagne bottle

The Électricité de France (EDF) board gathered on 28 July to make the long-anticipated ‘final investment decision’ on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant. After long discussions, the EDF board announced that the project would go ahead. According to EDF: “Hinkley will coincide with perfect continuity with the start-up of the EPR at […]

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#Europol: Eight of Europe’s ‘Most Wanted’ criminals captured thanks to general public

#Europol: Eight of Europe’s ‘Most Wanted’ criminals captured thanks to general public

Six months after the launch of the ‘Europe’s Most Wanted Fugitives’ website, a platform hosted by Europol, 14 of the fugitives wanted by EU member states have successfully been put behind bars. In at least eight of these arrests, the leads provided via the online platform played a direct role in locating the fugitives. Requesting the […]

#China: Commission imposes definitive anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel products

#China: Commission imposes definitive anti-dumping measures on Chinese steel products

The EU has imposed today (29 July) definitive anti-dumping measures on Chinese imports of high fatigue performance reinforcement bars (HFP rebars), a steel product widely used for reinforcing concrete in constructions. HFP rebars are a specific type corresponding to the standard used in the UK and in Ireland, which are produced in several EU member […]

Commission awards €11 million in emergency funding to #Greece and #Italy

Commission awards €11 million in emergency funding to #Greece and #Italy

The European Commission has today (29 July) awarded an extra €11 million in emergency funding to Greece and Italy under the Internal Security Fund (ISF) to strengthen the reception and registration capacity in Greece and support search and rescue activities by Italy at sea. €7.3m is awarded to the Greek Reception and Identification Service to […]

#StateAid: Commission authorizes alternative income tax regime for wholesale diamond sector in Belgium

#StateAid: Commission authorizes alternative income tax regime for wholesale diamond sector in Belgium

The European Commission has found that Belgian corporate tax provisions applicable to the wholesale diamond sector were in line with EU state aid rules. The provisions do not selectively favour certain companies and therefore involve no state aid within the meaning of EU rules. In May 2015, Belgium notified to the Commission plans to introduce […]

Spring 2016 #StandardEurobarometer: Strong public support for Commission’s political priorities

Spring 2016 #StandardEurobarometer: Strong public support for Commission’s political priorities

Europeans see immigration and terrorism as the major challenges facing the EU at the moment, and they support the political priorities of the European Commission. These are two key results of the latest Standard Eurobarometer survey published today (29 July). The survey was carried out between 21 and 31 May 2016 in 34 countries and […]

#Tax fraud: 75% of Europeans want EU to do more to fight it

#Tax fraud: 75% of Europeans want EU to do more to fight it

Only death and taxes are certain in life – as the cliché goes – but that doesn’t mean you have to like either. In the case of taxes, it’s made worse by not everyone paying their fair share. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the European Parliament, 75% of all Europeans believe the […]

#HinkleyPoint: EDF puts cork back in champagne bottle

#HinkleyPoint: EDF puts cork back in champagne bottle

The Électricité de France (EDF) board gathered on 28 July to make the long-anticipated ‘final investment decision’ on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power plant. After long discussions, the EDF board announced that the project would go ahead. According to EDF: “Hinkley will coincide with perfect continuity with the start-up of the EPR at […]

EU has to take strong action against #humantrafficking says EESC

EU has to take strong action against #humantrafficking says EESC

Ahead of the World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30 July), Gabriele Bischoff, president of the EESC Workers’ Group, has called for the EU to take strong action against human trafficking, in particular to protect children, young people, women and vulnerable people. “Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery which we cannot tolerate or […]

#Credit: EU rules on remuneration for credit institutions and investment firms work, but proportionality principle must be clarified

#Credit: EU rules on remuneration for credit institutions and investment firms work, but proportionality principle must be clarified

The European Commission released today (28 July) a report on the remuneration rules for credit institutions and investment firms. It finds that the remuneration rules are generally effective in curbing excessive risk-taking behaviour and short-termism. These were precisely the reasons why the rules were introduced in the aftermath of the financial crisis. However, drawing in […]

Facebook: This year’s most popular #EuropeanParliament posts so far

Facebook: This year’s most popular #EuropeanParliament posts so far

Parliament’s Facebook page is one of the most popular platforms for people to follow what MEPs are working on. More than two million people use it to discover the latest news and discuss the latest issues. But what are they interested in the most? Read on as the five most popular Facebook posts of the […]

#SouthSudan: EU releases €40 million as humanitarian situation worsens

#SouthSudan: EU releases €40 million as humanitarian situation worsens

The European Commission has today (28 July) announced €40 million in emergency humanitarian assistance for people affected by the crisis in South Sudan, bringing the total support from the Commission to €103m for 2016. The funding comes as the humanitarian situation worsens in the country, with more than 40,000 people displaced following the eruption of […]

Facility for refugees in #Turkey: More than €1.4 billion in support of education and health for Syrian refugees

Facility for refugees in #Turkey: More than €1.4 billion in support of education and health for Syrian refugees

The EU is delivering on its commitment to speed up the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey bringing the total amount mobilized to more than €2 billion to finance actions in the field of health, education, socio-economic support as well as humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees. Today (28 July), the European Commission adopted […]

#Romania government on arbitration alert from #Kazakhstan energy investors

#Romania government on arbitration alert from #Kazakhstan energy investors

International lawyers acting for Kazakh investors KazMunayGas International have issued a Notice of Investment Dispute to the Romanian  government regarding their treatment of the company’s investments in their Romanian subsidiary Rompetrol, writes James Wilson.  The Notice of Dispute details asset freezes totalling more than $2.1 billion and makes it very clear that the company is […]

Commission registers #Let’sFly2Europe and #People4Soil European Citizens’ Initiatives

Commission registers #Let’sFly2Europe and #People4Soil European Citizens’ Initiatives

The European Commission has today (27 July) taken the decision to register the ‘LetsFly2Europe’ and ‘People4Soil’ European Citizens’ Initiatives. The ‘LetsFly2Europe’ European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) invites the Commission to propose “an abolition of provisions under Directive 2001/51/EC which penalise transport companies allowing refugees to enter the EU via airplane”. The ‘People4Soil’ European Citizens’ Initiative invites […]

#StabilityandGrowthPact: Fiscal proposals for #Spain and #Portugal

#StabilityandGrowthPact: Fiscal proposals for #Spain and #Portugal

Following the Council decision of 12 July 2016 that Spain and Portugal did not take effective action to correct their excessive deficits, the Commission today recommends a new fiscal adjustment path for both countries. The College of Commissioners also recommends that the fine be cancelled for both countries, a recommendation which the Council will need […]

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