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The European Council extends the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI) with target of half a trillion euros of additional investments

BRUSSELS, 13-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On 12 December 2017, the Council extended the European fund for strategic investments (EFSI) with a target of half a trillion euros of additional investments. EFSI is the flagship initiative under the EU’s ‘investment plan for Europe’. “Extending EFSI and … Read the full press release

European Commission steps up support for refugees in the Horn of Africa region with new actions worth €174.4 million

BRUSSELS, 13-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has announced today 13 new actions worth €174.4 million under the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa to support refugees and host communities in the Horn of Africa region. At this occasion, Commissioner … Read the full press release

European Commission presented series of initiatives for a modern and clean economy at the One Planet Summit in Paris

PARIS, 13-Dec-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Two years after the Paris Agreement, the EU is firmly in the lead in fighting climate change. To that end the Commission announced a series of initiatives for a modern and clean economy at the One … Read the full press release

WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson: It’s good the Commission has recognised that the EU can do better than a 27% renewables target for 2030

BRUSSELS, 27-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Today (24 November 2017) Vice President for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said the European Commission will update its long-term energy projections for 2030. He said that increasing the EU’s renewable energy to 30 percent by … Read the full press release

No Time To Waste! Conference Takes a Practical Approach to Tackling Waste Crime

BRUSSELS, 23-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — DOTCOM Waste and BlockWaste have joined forces for today’s conference, “No Time To Waste! Synergies and Strategies to Tackle Waste Crime.” This interactive event will showcase the key results of the two projects on illegal … Read the full press release

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AFME comments on the European Commission’s report on the functioning of European Corporate Bond Markets

LONDON, 21-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Following the publication today of the report by the European Commission’s Expert Group on the functioning of European Corporate Bond Markets, Victoria Webster, Director of Fixed Income at AFME, said: “The uniqueness of this report … Read the full press release

EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

Focus on cooperation with EU and green finance ahead of December summit LONDON, 10-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Sir Suma Chakrabarti held high-level talks with officials from the European Union (EU) on 7 November. President Chakrabarti had meetings … Read the full press release

EU Member States to select new host city for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on 20 November 2017

Close collaboration with new host country as of day one key for successful move LONDON, 09-Nov-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — With less than two weeks to go before EU Member States select a new host city for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) … Read the full press release

EPP Group: 2017 Sakharov Prize will contribute to restoring freedom, democracy, peace, human rights and rule of law in Venezuela

BRUSSELS, 30-Oct-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — ‘The Venezuelan opposition is an example for all. They are brave people who, despite being beaten or imprisoned, are not afraid and do not give up, but fight for their freedom and for their dignity”, … Read the full press release

European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published Guidelines on Insurance-Based Investment Products (IBIPs)

The Guidelines apply to “execution-only” sales of insurance-based investment products (IBIPs) such as telephone and online sales The Guidelines ensure the appropriate use of “execution-only” sales by defining the types of products to be sold “execution-only” The Guidelines seek to … Read the full press release

Handelsverband HDE: Ladesäulen für Elektroautos: Praktikable Vorgaben für Ausbau gefordert

BERLIN, 12-Oct-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Der Handelsverband Deutschland (HDE) warnt in einem aktuellen Brief an das Bundeswirtschaftsministerium vor zu ehrgeizigen Vorgaben aus Brüssel beim Aufbau eines Ladenetzes für Elektroautos auf Einzelhandelsparkplätzen. Hintergrund ist das EU-Verfahren zur Änderung der Gebäudeeffizienzrichtlinie. Die EU … Read the full press release

EBRD, EU and the UN FAO to help wool and cashmere production in Mongolia

From goat to cashmere coat LONDON, 11-Oct-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Mongolia’s grasslands are an ideal playground for several million cashmere goats, sheep and yaks. Their world-renown wool means big business: it provides an income for around 400,000 herders, so it should … Read the full press release

European Medicines Agency (EMA): Updated annex to excipient guidelines has new safety advice for 15 excipients

LONDON, 10-Oct-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have updated the annex to the European Commission guideline on excipients in the labelling and package leaflet of medicinal products for human use. Excipients refer to everything in a medicine other than the active substance. While most excipients are considered inactive, some can have … Read the full press release

European Medicines Agency (EMA), EU healthcare payers discussed how their cooperation can contribute to boosting sustainable access to medicines for EU citizens

European Medicines Agency and healthcare payer organisations held joint meeting on 19 September LONDON, 29-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Union (EU) healthcare payers met for the first time on 19 September 2017 at EMA’s offices … Read the full press release

Commissioner Vestager: the trucks cartel fined a total of €3.8 billion – a record fine for a cartel in the EU’s 60 year history

BRUSSELS, 28-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The Commission has today decided to fine Scania more than €880 million for its participation in a trucks cartel. Today’s decision marks the end of our investigation into a cartel that had lasted 14 years. It … Read the full press release

European Commission proposes measures to preserve and strengthen the Schengen area

BRUSSELS, 28-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — As announced by President Juncker in his letter of intent on 13 September, the European Commission is today proposing measures to preserve and strengthen the Schengen area. The Commission is proposing to update the Schengen Borders Code to adapt the … Read the full press release

European Commission fines Scania for breaking EU antitrust rules

BRUSSELS, 28-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has found that Scania broke EU antitrust rules. It colluded for 14 years with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter … Read the full press release

Lobbying by University of Liverpool’s European Children’s Rights Unit (ECRU) leads to amendments seeking to protect children post Brexit

LIVERPOOL, 27-Sep-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Amendments to the Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill that aim to protect children post Brexit have been tabled by a Labour MP, following lobbying by the University’s European Children’s Rights Unit (ECRU) in collaboration with leading children’s charities, The Children’s … Read the full press release

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