Commission 

 

EU Auditors sign off European Agencies’ accounts, but call for action to improve financial management

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has signed off the 2018 accounts of all 41 EU agencies as reliable and confirmed the positive results reported in previous years. In this year’s annual report, published today, the auditors also gave all agencies a clean bill of health as regards their income and spending – except for…

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Commission calls on Council to agree 2021-2027 budget

The Commission has called on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a “fair, balanced and modern” long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027 before the end of this year.   It comes just ahead of the European Council meeting…

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EIB invests in Lithuania

The European Investment Bank is providing €12.5 million to the Lithuanian Public Investment Development Agency, VIPA.  The agreement is backed by the Juncker Plan’s European Fund for Strategic Investments.  VIPA will use the financing to create the first national investment platform dedicated to promote and finance energy efficiency projects across Lithuania.  The investments will focus…

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Council 

 

Commission calls on Council to agree 2021-2027 budget

The Commission has called on EU Heads of State or Government to provide political guidance and new impetus to the negotiations in order to reach an agreement on a “fair, balanced and modern” long-term EU budget for the period 2021-2027 before the end of this year.   It comes just ahead of the European Council meeting…

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Will Kövesi be appointed as EU Public Prosecutor, despite the strong public opposition against her candidature?

Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on appointing Laura Codruţa Kövesi, MEPs’ preferred choice to be the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office. The negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council on the new European Chief Prosecutor to lead the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) have been ongoing since last spring. Parliament’s…

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Charles Michel elected President of the Council

The European Council has elected Charles Michel as President of the European Council.  The President of the European Council is elected for the period from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022. The mandate of two and a half years of the President of the European Council is renewable once.  The European Council also welcomed the decision of the…

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Parliament

 

Tax Havens: Should the US be blacklisted?

Tax havens: are European finance ministers guilty of applying double standards because they still do not blacklist the US? EU finance ministers have removed several third countries from the EU list of non-cooperative countries in tax matters.  But the US are still not on the EU list of tax havens. Since June 2019, countries that…

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European Parliament rejects French Commissioner nominee

Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has issued a statement after French nominee Sylvie Goulard was rejected by parliament. von der Leyen said, “We are currently in a democratic and transparent parliamentary process. I have proposed 26 candidates, 23 of whom have now been accepted. Three candidates did not obtain majority support for varied reasons. Therefore, the…

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European Parliament opposes Commission’s plans to authorise GMO imports

MEPs opposed the EU Commission plans to authorise imports of products containing three glyphosate and glufosinate ammonium-resistant GMOs, in non-binding resolutions on Thursday. On Wednesday evening, MEPs also held a debate with the European Commission on the authorisation process for GMO imports, the shortcomings of which have been regularly pointed out by Parliament. These authorisations…

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Regions

 

Coal Producing Regions to get EU Support

Coal-producing regions should receive money from the European Union to support their move away from fossil fuels, the European Committee of the Regions said on 9 October. However, the EU’s assembly for local and regional leaders insisted that support should not be at the expense of other regions. The call by local and regional leaders…

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Kazakh fugitive fraudster linked to French prepaid credit card company

In recent years the European Parliament has made great efforts in addressing issues of corruption and graft. However, despite these moves forward, there remains much to be done, starting with the matter of money laundering, and the ease with which wanted criminals and fugitives can find sanctuary in Europe. Europe is currently the base of…

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Klitschko Loses on Points

He’s a world-famous former boxing champ who has followed the well-trodden path into politics. Many have tried over the years to cross the same divide, including Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer, and British athlete Sebastian Coe. However, it’s argued that Vitaliy Klitschko, the former world boxing champion, has not only failed to land a killer…

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