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Press Releases & News from European Union distributed via EuropaWire

University of Bristol recipients of the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants

BRISTOL, 21-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Five early-career researchers from the University of Bristol have been awarded over €7M in European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants in recognition of their ‘excellent science’ and potentially ground-breaking research. Five early-career researchers from the University … Read the full press release

MEPs to evaluate “search and rescue” operations in the Mediterranean

BRUSSELS, 20-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A Civil Liberties Committee delegation will be in Tunisia from 18 to 22 September to assess cooperation in migration management between the EU and countries in the region. MEPs will evaluate “search and rescue” operations … Read the full press release

EP coordinator for Brexit Guy Verhofstadt visits Northern Ireland and Ireland

BRUSSELS, 20-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On a fact-finding mission to Belfast, the border area and Dublin, EP coordinator for Brexit, Guy Verhofstadt will meet with political leaders. Mr Verhofstadt will meet with political leaders in Northern Ireland. In Republic of Ireland, … Read the full press release

MEPs to prolong intercontinental flights exemption from EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) rules until 2020

CO2 emissions from intercontinental flights to stay out of EU Emission Trading System until 2020 Airlines to go on paying  for CO2 emissions from intra-EU flights only Emission trading revenues  to be earmarked for climate action BRUSSELS, 20-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ … Read the full press release

Jean-Claude Juncker: Our Union needs a democratic leap forward

BRUSSELS, 15-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On 13 September, in his annual State of the Union address, President Jean-Claude Juncker stated: “Our Union needs a democratic leap forward. Too often Europe-wide elections have been reduced to nothing more than the sum of national campaigns. … Read the full press release

European Union will attend the ministerial week of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York

BRUSSELS, 15-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A high-level delegation of the European Union will attend the ministerial week of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, starting on 18 September in New York. The EU representatives will participate in a large number of … Read the full press release

European Parliament: draft law aims to make products and services in EU more accessible to people with disabilities

phones, ticketing machines, banking services to be more accessible rules to apply to new infrastructure 80 million people in the EU are affected by a disability BRUSSELS, 15-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Key products and services, like phones, ticketing machines and banking … Read the full press release

DNV GL study: EU’s draft Electricity Directive risks distorting the energy retail market

DNV GL experts recommend the EU takes a wider view that allows member states to choose between different compensation models according to their market needs HAMBURG, 01-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — A new study carried out by independent experts from DNV GL … Read the full press release

EU Civil Protection Mechanism: European Commission helped mobilise firefighting aircraft for Italy to battle forest fires

BRUSSELS, 29-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The Commission has helped mobilise firefighting aircraft for Italy, through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, following another request by the country for assistance to battle forest fires. Responding immediately to the request, France has offered 3 planes … Read the full press release

SGS: European Commission to restrict the application of zinc oxide as a colorant starting from August 24, 2017

The European Commission has published Regulation (EU) 2017/1413 to restrict the application of zinc oxide (CAS No. 1314-13-2) as a colorant. GENEVA, 22-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Zinc oxide is a permitted colorant, in Entry 144 of Annex IV to Regulation (EC) … Read the full press release

New hosts for UK-based EU agencies EMA and EBA will now be assessed by the European Commission

BRUSSELS, 03-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The application procedure to host the two UK-based EU agencies, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA), came to a close at midnight last night, 31 July 2017. The European Commission will … Read the full press release

Sweden submitted its official offer to host the The European Medicines Agency (EMA)

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently looking for a new location in connection with the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Sweden has now submitted its official offer to host the EMA. STOCKHOLM, 03-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The offer guarantees … Read the full press release

EU, KfW and French bank AFD to help Jordan deal with water shortage

European initiative: EU, KfW and French development bank AFD launch project against water shortage in Jordan EUR 152 million to improve drinking water supply and waste water disposal Financing provided by Germany: EUR 80 million Improvement of water supply for … Read the full press release

BPM, Sámi Blood and Western announced finalists for the 2017 Lux Film Prize

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The three films competing for the 2017 Lux Film Prize were announced on 25 July in Rome during the Giornate degli Autori (Venice Days) by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament BPM (Beats per minute) … Read the full press release

EP Brexit Steering group: 3 main withdrawal areas: citizens’ rights, financial settlement and the Ireland border

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The Brexit Steering group met Michel Barnier, EU negotiator for Brexit on Tuesday 25 July and issued this common statement after the 2nd round of negotiations between the EU and the UK. “Last week was … Read the full press release

EP rapporteur Sophie in‘t Veld: European Court rejected the EU / Canada passenger data deal

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Sophie in‘t Veld, EP rapporteur on the PNR agreement between the EU and Canada says there may be wide-ranging consequences following the EU Court of Justice’s landmark ruling. Sophie in‘t Veld (ALDE, NL) sharply criticised the … Read the full press release

European Commission: companies active in ethylene purchasing may have violated EU antitrust rules

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission can confirm that on 16 May 2017 its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in ethylene purchasing, in several Member States. The Commission has concerns that the companies … Read the full press release

European Commission: refugee resettlement reaching record levels in June

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Today (26 July 2017), the Commission has adopted its 14th progress report on relocation of asylum seekers within the EU and resettlement of refugees from outside the EU. With relocations reaching record levels in June (with … Read the full press release

European Commission issues Rule of Law Recommendation addressed to the Polish authorities

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The Commission substantiates its grave concerns on the planned reform of the judiciary in Poland in a Rule of Law Recommendationaddressed to the Polish authorities. In the Commission’s assessment, this reform amplifies the systemic threat to the … Read the full press release

The 9th Security Union progress report: new rules on trafficking in cultural goods

BRUSSELS, 27-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The 9th Security Union progress report, published today, highlights the recent steps taken to prevent terrorist financing through trafficking in cultural goods and improve the interoperability of EU information systems. Based on a comprehensive assessment of … Read the full press release

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) published its thought paper on EU’s upcoming framework programme (FP9)

BRUSSELS, 07-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has published its thought paper on the EU’s upcoming framework programme (FP9). Cefic concludes that a reliable growth strategy for the European economy can only be realised with partnership driven innovation to … Read the full press release

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP): Brexit – the Musical to debut at this Summer’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2-28 August

LONDON, 06-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — An EU lawyer has written an all-singing, all-dancing account of the most divisive ask of the UK’s electorate in modern political history: to Leave or not to Leave, that is the question. Brexit – the Musical … Read the full press release

European Commission approves Swedish scheme to reduce the taxation of employee share options

BRUSSELS, 27-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a Swedish scheme to reduce the taxation of employee share options. The scheme will allow young and small innovative companies to recruit and retain employees without … Read the full press release

The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules

BRUSSELS, 27-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. … Read the full press release

Swiss Gov adopts dispatch on the EU regulation on the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency

BERN, 18-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — During its meeting on 17 May 2017, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the adoption and implementation of the EU regulation on the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency. This regulation forms the basis … Read the full press release

WindEurope calls on EU Member States to adopt European Commission’s new environmental standards proposal for coal and lignite plants

BRUSSELS, 28-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On 28 April the European Commission will seek the support of EU Member States for new environmental standards for large industrial plants including coal and lignite plants. EU Member States will meet in the Industrial Emissions … Read the full press release

The European Commission to release further support of EUR116 million for those in need in Yemen

BRUSSELS, 26-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission is announcing today at the United Nations in Geneva its intention to release further support of €116 million for those in need in Yemen. The support includes €46 million of emergency humanitarian aid and … Read the full press release

Swedish mobile telecommunications sector probed for breaching EU antitrust rules

BRUSSELS, 26-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission can confirm that on 25 April 2017 its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the mobile telecommunications sector in Sweden. The Commission has concerns that Swedish … Read the full press release

Malta Joins Forces with GENE to Promote Global Education in Europe

BRUSSELS, 25-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Malta has become the most recent European country to participate in GENE – Global Education Network Europe. The island joins 25 other European countries who are united in their efforts to achieve better outcomes, shared … Read the full press release

EU Comes Up With Proposals To Cut Down Food Waste by Half in 2030

BRUSSELS, 19-Apr-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Environment MEPs put forward a number of possible measures to cut the EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by half by 2030 on Tuesday. MEPs called on the European Commission to lift existing restrictions … Read the full press release