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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

European Cyber Security Month

October marks the kick-off of the European Cyber security month coordinated by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA), the European Commission and supported by the Member States.  This campaign will focus on expanding awareness about cybersecurity to citizens across Europe. The 2019 campaign focuses on different themes addressing the need for behavioural change and…

European Prosecutor’s Office: Should Laura Kövesi remain the top candidate?

Last week, the majority of EU countries’ ambassadors voted to support Romania’s former anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi to be the EU’s first public prosecutor but should she be the final choice of the EU Council and the European Parliament? asks Oliver Pahnecke. This question needs to be raised in light of information that shows…

Commission President Names Core Media Team

Commission President-elect Ursula von de Leyen has unveiled her core media relations team. They are: Jens Flosdorff as Executive Communication Adviser in the President’s cabinet and responsible for the President’s media activities, Eric Mamer as Chief Commission Spokesperson and Dana Spinant as Deputy Chief Spokesperson. Jens Flosdorff, a German national with 15 years’ experience in political communication, is currently part of…

EESC calls for new EU Strategy for Sustainable Development

The European Union should grasp the opportunity of the new political mandate and financial period to improve its economic policy coordination and governance, says the EESC. The European Semester should become the most important element of economic policy coordination and a multi-level and multi-actor governance approach should be implemented, says the European Economic and Social…

EU Action Against Wildfires

Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece.  As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve from Italy and Spainto be dispatched swiftly to the affected regions….