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Statement by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the passing away of former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok

Presidency - Sat, 20/10/2018 - 20:52
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 20 October 2018 It was with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing of Wim Kok, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands and my close friend. Wim Kok was an extraordinarily skilful statesman.
Categories: Environment news

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft

Competition - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 15:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 October 2018 The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of GitHub by Microsoft. The Commission concluded that effective competition in the relevant markets would continue and Microsoft would have no incentive to undermine the open nature of...

State aid: Commission approves €306 million in Greek public funding for the construction of southern section of E65 motorway

Competition - Fri, 19/10/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 19 October 2018 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Greek public funding of €306 million for the construction of the southern section of the Central Greece Motorway (E65).

Climate change: European Commission and Bill Gates-led Breakthrough Energy launch €100 million clean energy investment fund

Research and Innovation - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 14:37
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 17 October 2018 Today the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish Breakthrough Energy Europe (BEE) – a joint investment fund to help innovative European companies develop and bring radically new clean energy technologies to the market.
Categories: Environment news

EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement

Presidency - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:14
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 17 October 2018 Creating economic opportunities – defending values. Eliminating customs duties The EU-Vietnam trade agreement willeliminate over 99% of all tariffs, and partly remove the rest through limited zero-duty quotas, known as Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs).
Categories: Environment news

Commission presents EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements for signature and conclusion

Presidency - Wed, 17/10/2018 - 12:13
European - Press release Commission Brussels, 17 October 2018 The European Commission today adopted the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. Through this adoption, the Commission is demonstrating its commitment to putting these agreements in place as soon as possible.
Categories: Environment news

EU Battery Alliance: Major progress in establishing battery manufacturing in Europe in only one year

Energy - Mon, 15/10/2018 - 14:44
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 15 October 2018 Major progress in establishing battery manufacturing in Europe in only one year One year on from the launch of the European Battery Alliance (EBA), the Commission Action Plan is in place, the first pilot production facilities are being built and further...

EU fuel labelling: clearer information for consumers and operators

Energy - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 October 2018 Today, a new harmonised set of fuel labels will appear across Europe. They will give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU, helping them avoid misfuelling and informing on the environmental...

New EU fuel marking: questions and answers

Energy - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 12 October 2018 New EU fuel marking: questions and answers 1. What are the new EU fuel labels and what do they mean? What changes on 12 October? As of 12 October 2018, throughout all 28 European Union member states, the EEA countries (Iceland,...

EU fuel labelling: clearer information for consumers and operators

Climate Action - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 October 2018 Today, a new harmonised set of fuel labels will appear across Europe. They will give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles wherever they travel in the EU, helping them avoid misfuelling and informing on the environmental...
Categories: Environment news

New EU fuel marking: questions and answers

Climate Action - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Fact Sheet Brussels, 12 October 2018 New EU fuel marking: questions and answers 1. What are the new EU fuel labels and what do they mean? What changes on 12 October? As of 12 October 2018, throughout all 28 European Union member states, the EEA countries (Iceland,...
Categories: Environment news

State aid: Commission approves extension of Danish tonnage tax scheme to new types of vessels

Competition - Fri, 12/10/2018 - 09:45
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 October 2018 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules the extension of the existing Danish tonnage tax scheme to additional types of vessels. This will encourage ship registration in Europe and contribute to the global competitiveness of the sector without...

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe

Research and Innovation - Thu, 11/10/2018 - 12:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 October 2018 Today the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy. As announced by President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans in their letter of intent accompanying President Juncker's 2018...
Categories: Environment news

Vice-President Šefčovič at the “Energy Union in motion - Cohesion Policy supporting Coal Regions in Transition” event

Energy - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:28
European Commission - Speech - [Check Against Delivery] Brussels, 9 October 2018 Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič, in charge of Energy Union, at the “Energy Union in motion- Cohesion Policy supporting Coal Regions in Transition” event, in Brussels.

Statement by President Juncker following the arrest of a suspect in the investigation of journalist Victoria Marinova's murder

Presidency - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:00
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 10 October 2018 President Juncker welcomes the swift and intensive efforts by Prime Minister Borissov and the Bulgarian authorities who in close cooperation with law enforcement agencies from other EU Member States successfully arrested the suspected murderer of journalist Victoria Marinova.
Categories: Environment news

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Com Hem by Tele2

Competition - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 15:00
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 8 October 2018 The European Commission has approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Com Hem by Tele2. The Commission concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns as the companies' activities and assets are largely complementary.

Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Carlos Moedas welcome the UN climate change report on 1.5° C global warming limit

Research and Innovation - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 10:50
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 8 October 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today issued its Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.
Categories: Environment news

Commissioners Miguel Arias Cañete and Carlos Moedas welcome the UN climate change report on 1.5° C global warming limit

Climate Action - Mon, 08/10/2018 - 10:50
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 8 October 2018 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has today issued its Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.
Categories: Environment news

Statement by President Juncker following the provisional release of Diane Rwigara

Presidency - Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:59
European Commission - Statement Brussels, 5 October 2018 I strongly welcome the provisional release of Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline Rwigara by the Kimihurura High Court in Rwanda. This is a positive development and part of a wider process that can only be commended.
Categories: Environment news

State aid: Commission approves Slovakia's €125 million investment aid to Jaguar Land Rover

Competition - Thu, 04/10/2018 - 11:45
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 4 October 2018 The European Commission has concluded that Slovakia's €125 million investment aid to Jaguar Land Rover is in line with EU State aid rules. The aid will contribute to the development of the region of Nitra, without unduly distorting competition in the...

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