EP Hearing for Adina-Ioana Valean

Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee MEPs have quizzed Adina-Ioana Vălean, candidate for the transport portfolio. The committee Chair and political groups’ coordinators will now assess the performance of the Commissioner-designate. The right to move freely is highly valued by EU citizens and transport makes this possible,  Vălean said during her speech. On the European Green Deal,…

EU Launches Infringement Proceedings Against UK

The EU has started legal action against the UK for not putting forward a new commissioner. A commission statement said, “As the Guardian of the Treaties, the European Commission has today sent a letter of formal notice to the United Kingdom for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of…

Agreement Reached on Tyre Labelling Legislation

A breakthrough has been achieved for a new labelling scheme for car and truck tyres aims to increase consumer awareness and fuel savings, improve safety and decrease noise pollution. The legislation was informally agreed by MEPs from the Industry and Research Committee and the Finnish Presidency of the Council last week. Under the new rules,…

Future of the Capital Markets Union

The European Commission has announced the composition of a High-Level Forum on the future of the Capital Markets Union (CMU).  This group of experts will provide insight and support the Commission’s goal to develop further a Capital Markets Union encompassing all Member States, so they can mobilise capital for businesses, offer better investment opportunities and boost economic…

Belgium Portugal and the Blue Economy

The Belgian-Portuguese Chamber of Commerce has brought together prominent Blue Economy private stakeholders, both from Portugal and Belgium, along with financing agents, academia, clusters, associations, and EU policy makers.  Duarte Bué Alves, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD, and rapporteur of the event, opened by saying the global blue economy represents US$1.5 trillion and 31…

EP Stands By Decision to Aid Carrefour Belgium Staff

Members of the European Parliament have confirmed that they stand in solidarity with the 400 people in Wallonia who have lost their jobs after being made redundant by Carrefour Belgium.  These people should receive support from the EU budget, despite this proposal being rejected by the EU Council. Furthermore, MEPs also backed the proposal to…