Expert Group set to meet to discuss delay to EU’s tobacco traceability system

Expert Group set to meet to discuss delay to EU’s tobacco traceability system

A Commission Expert Group, including representatives of the executive’s health directorate and member states, will meet on Friday to discuss the EU’s tobacco traceability system. A European Union directive requires member states to gradually introduce systems providing for tobacco traceability and security from May 20. With concern mounting about the likelihood of member states meeting the…

As EU-Azerbaijan Partnership Strengthens, survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies 

Survey shows strong support for Aliyev’s policies

More than 90 percent of the text of the new EU-Azerbaijan trade and political agreement deal is already agreed, it has been revealed. The news, which emerged from this week’s Azerbaijan-EU Cooperation Council in Brussels, coincides with publication of a new survey by a French pollster showing that over 85% of those polled appraised  Azerbaijani…

EP gives thumbs up to management of the EU’s 2017 budget

Gives thumbs up to management of the EU’s 2017 budget

At this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg MEPs welcomed the fact that the error rate for payments – as estimated by the ECA – had reached an all-time low of 2.4%. However, they raised some concerns about how testing samples were selected. MEPs are worried about the mounting payments backlog, which reached a new record of…

Cluj-Napoca Progressing with Strategic Challenges

Cluj-Napoca Progressing

The investment backed by EU cohesion policy 2014/2020 is improving the life of millions of citizens across Europe, focusing on those who are weaker. But more should be done to ensure that the European Structural and Investment (ESI) funds over the next decade are more flexible and effective to counter the worrying trend of regional…

Commission to Provide €161.5 million Aid to Yemen for 2019

aid to Yemen

As millions of people continue to suffer in Yemen, the European Commission has announced its intention to provide €161.5 million in humanitarian aid for 2019. This brings total Commission support for Yemen since the beginning of the crisis in 2015 to €710 million. Announcing the EU’s contribution today in Geneva, at  the conference on the…

EU Negotiations with UK on Brexit

Reports to the European Parliament - Michel Barnier

President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chief Negotiator for Article 50 Negotiations, Michel Barnier spoke this afternoon at the European Parliament’s Plenary session debate on the latest state of play concerning the Article 50 negotiations with the United Kingdom. They provided a reaction to the vote in the House of Commons last night. President Juncker said: “The Withdrawal…

Power to Gas

Power to Gas

“Power to Gas” uses renewable or low-carbon electricity to make hydrogen. The electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen and oxygen has existed almost since the “discovery” of electricity, writes Mike Parr. Until the 1950/1960s electrolysis was the key method used to produce hydrogen which is an important feedstock for the production of chemicals such as…