Tag Archives: The European Commission

EMA and the European Commission update guidance to prepare pharmaceutical companies for UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Publication of updated Q+As and practical guidance LONDON, 20-Jun-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Commission have updated their guidance to help pharmaceutical companies prepare for the United Kingdom’s (UK) withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Updates to the questions-and-answers … 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

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

The European Commission to probe debt write-offs by the Romanian State in favour of Oltchim

BRUSSELS, 11-Apr-2016 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has opened an in-depth probe to verify whether debt write-offs by the Romanian State and continued supplies by State-owned enterprises in favour of Oltchim, despite the company’s deteriorating financial situation, were in line … Read the full press release

Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich approved by the European Commission under EU Merger Regulation

BRUSSELS, 18-6-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich by Merck under the EU Merger Regulation. Both companies are active world-wide in the life science sector. The decision is conditional on the divestment of … Read the full press release

The European Commission hosted the annual high-level meeting with religious leaders

BRUSSELS, 18-6-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — Today the European Commission hosted the annual high-level meeting with religious leaders. First Vice-President Frans Timmermans hosted European Parliament Vice-President Antonio Tajani and fifteen religious leaders from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Mormon communities. … Read the full press release

The European Commission: EU on track to meet its 20% 2020 renewable energy targets

BRUSSELS, 18-6-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has published the progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets, showing that the EU is on track to meet its 20% renewable energy targets. With a projected share of 15.3% of renewable … Read the full press release

The European Commission: Portuguese scheme to promote renewable energy technologies is in line with EU state aid rules

BRUSSELS, 23-4-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has found a Portuguese scheme aimed at promoting renewable energy technologies to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme will support demonstration projects producing renewable energy from the ocean … Read the full press release

The European Commission to investigate the proposed joint venture between Danish operators TeliaSonera AB and Telenor ASA

BRUSSELS, 9-4-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed joint venture between the Danish operators TeliaSonera AB and Telenor ASA is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. Both companies provide … Read the full press release

The European Commission to provide EUR 14.1M under the Hercule III anti-fraud programme to support Member States in fighting fraud and corruption

This year, the European Commission will make available EUR 14.1 million under the Hercule III anti-fraud programme to support Member States in fighting fraud, corruption and other illegal activities. This is an increase in the allocated funds compared to previous … Read the full press release

The European Commission introduced package of tax transparency measures to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU

BRUSSELS, 19-3-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission today presented a package of tax transparency measures as part of its ambitious agenda to tackle corporate tax avoidance and harmful tax competition in the EU. A key element of this Tax … Read the full press release

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission launched new initiative to provide EUR3bn of loans to Erasmus+ Master students

Luxembourg, 16-2-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Investment Fund (EIF) and the European Commission have launched a new initiative to provide a total of EUR3bn of loans to Erasmus+ Master students via financial institutions. This new and first mandate from the … Read the full press release

The European Commission welcomes the signing of the SME Initiative with Spain

BRUSSELS, 27-1-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission welcomed today the signing of the SME Initiative with Spain, a ground-breaking agreement to unlock more than €3.2 billion of additional lending for companies with fewer than 250 employees (SMEs). In practice, … Read the full press release

The European Commission suspects the Lithuanian railway incumbent AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai (“LG”) in limiting competition on the rail markets in Lithuania and Latvia

BRUSSELS, 06-1-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has informed the Lithuanian railway incumbent AB Lietuvos geležinkeliai (“LG”) that it suspects the company of having limited competition on the rail markets in Lithuania and Latvia by removing a railway track connecting … Read the full press release

The European Commission approved state aid evaluation plans for two different aid schemes in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom

Brussels, 19-12-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has for the first time approved state aid evaluation plans for two different aid schemes in the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. It will enable both countries to provide aid of … Read the full press release

Novartis’ Signifor® (pasireotide) intramuscular injection to treat adult patients with acromegaly approved by the European Commission

Acromegaly is a rare pituitary disorder, which requires normalization of hormonal levels to help prevent the serious consequences of the disease[1],[2],[3],[4] Approval based on two large phase III trials showing superior efficacy of new formulation of Signifor over current SSAs … Read the full press release

The European Commission increases assistance by further €20 million to help vulnerable people in South Sudan

BRUSSELS, 26-9-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission is responding to the continuing major crisis in South Sudan by increasing its life-saving assistance by a further €20 million to help its most vulnerable people. “A human catastrophe of alarming proportions … Read the full press release

The European Commission refers Germany to the European Court of Justice regarding its rules on VAT refund applications which discriminate against non-EU operators

BRUSSELS, 26-9-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the European Court of Justice regarding its rules on VAT refund applications which discriminate against non-EU operators. Under German VAT legislation, taxable persons established outside the … Read the full press release

The European Commission refers Greece back to the European Court of Justice for poor treatment of hazardous waste

BRUSSELS, 26-9-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission is referring Greece back to the European Court of Justice for poor treatment of hazardous waste. Five years after the first ruling, Greece is still failing to comply with EU standards. The … Read the full press release

The European Commission opens infringement proceedings against Bulgaria for its failure to correctly transpose the Deposit Guarantee Scheme Directive

BRUSSELS, 26-9-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission is opening infringement proceedings against the Republic of Bulgaria for its failure to correctly transpose Articles 1(3) and 10(1) of Directive 94/19/EC (the Deposit Guarantee Scheme Directive) as well as its failure … Read the full press release

The European Commission allocates additional €500 000 to enhance interventions aimed at curbing the worsening Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

BRUSSELS, 25-6-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission is allocating an additional €500 000 to enhance interventions aimed at curbing the worsening Ebola epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This brings the total of Commission aid to €1.9 million. “This … Read the full press release

The European Commission confirmed Neste Oil’s sustainability verification system complies with the standards for reliability, transparency, and independent third-party auditing

Espoo, Finland, 20-1-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has approved the sustainability verification system developed by Neste Oil and confirmed that it complies with the standards set for reliability, transparency, and independent third-party auditing. Verifications made under the system are always … Read the full press release

The European Commission announced it fined 8 international banks € 1.71 billion for financial derivatives cartels within the European Economic Area

Brussels, Belgium, 05-12-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has fined 8 international financial institutions a total of € 1 712 468 000 for participating in illegal cartels in markets for financial derivatives covering the European Economic Area (EEA). Four of these … Read the full press release

Schneider Electric acquisition of Invensys given green light under EU Merger Regulation by the European Commission

Brussels, Belgium, 29-11-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Invensys of the UK by Schneider Electric of France. Both companies supply, in particular, automation and control systems. The Commission concluded that … Read the full press release

Proposed acquisition of Life Technologies Corp. by Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. cleared under the EU Merger Regulation

Brussels, Belgium, 26-11-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Life Technologies Corp. by rival Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., both US-based companies active in life science markets. Their activities overlap in the supply … Read the full press release

EC found Belgium’s 12-months excise duty reductions phasing-out scheme granted to 7 biofuel producers in line with EU state aid rules

Brussels, Belgium, 18-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has found a 12-months phasing-out of excise duty reductions granted by Belgium to seven biofuel producers to be in line with EU state aid rules. The seven producers, who were selected in 2006 … Read the full press release

EC opened in-depth investigation into Belgian Walloon region funding granted to steel group Duferco

Brussels, Belgium, 18-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has launched an in-depth enquiry to determine whether the funding granted to steel group Duferco by the Walloon region of Belgium complies with the European Union’s state aid rules. The launch of the … Read the full press release

EC approved €465 million Polish state aid for series of gas pipelines construction

Brussels, Belgium, 16-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has found a 1 950 million PLN (approx. €465 million) support measure for the construction of a series of gas pipelines and modernisation works in different parts of Poland to be in line … Read the full press release

The European Commission cleared Belgacom and BNP Paribas Fortis joint venture m-commerce

Brussels, Belgium, 11-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the creation of a joint venture between the Belgian telecommunications operator Belgacom and the bank BNP Paribas Fortis. The joint venture will allow consumers in Belgium … Read the full press release

The European Commission and European Broadcasting Union to strengthen public media in the countries of the European Neighbourhood

30-8-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Commission and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) agreed to extend their cooperation in strengthening public media in the countries of the European Neighbourhood. Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with EBU President … Read the full press release