Vestager Appeals Court Decision on Apple’s Tax Bill

EU competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has decided to appeal the July EU General Court ruling annulling her 2016 decision ordering Ireland to recover €13 billion in state aid paid to Apple. Pedro Marques, S&D spokesperson on tax matters, commented: “We applaud Vestager for her willingness to push for more fairness in corporate taxation. We hope she…

SURE provides financial support to 16 Member States

The European Commission has presented a proposal to the council for a decision  to grant €5.9 billion in financial support to Portugal under the SURE instrument.  This follows  Monday’s proposals  to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. Including Portugal, the Commission is now proposing…

Guidelines to Prioritise Energy Projects

The Commission should update its guidelines to select priority energy projects that are fully in line with its climate policy, said the European Parliament. The revision of the TEN-E guidelines, to be proposed by the European Commission later this year, should be consistent with EU energy and climate targets for 2030, its long-term commitment on…

Will There Be a Summer Holiday This Year?

The Commission says it is supporting Member States as they deal with the impact of the coronavirus on the tourism sector.  At a videoconference on Monday, EU Ministers discussed the implications of the coronavirus outbreak on the tourism industry – which accounts for 10% of EU GDP – and the recovery strategy for the tourism…

Regional voice in a global academic world

Regional voice in a global academic

I met with Ekaterina Tsaranok the Founder of the Modern Education & Research Institute, based in Brussels, which is dedicated to the modernisation of the teaching profession and to the adaptation of professors to the quickly changing educational environment. The  members of the Institute are universities and individual professors from the countries of Central Asia, the Eastern…

To Fear or Not to Fear? The Question that Will Decide Who Wins Ukraine’s Presidential Election

The Question that Will Decide Who Wins Ukraine's Presidential Election

The outcome of the presidential election in Ukraine is going to be decided not so much by the programmes or the personalities of the candidates, but by one question: whether more voters fear disruptive changes or rather deplore the current situation, writes Yuriy Sheyko. The Ukrainian leadership that has governed the country since the Revolution…

Paintings From a Russian Prison

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko

Paintings of the Ukrainian political prisoner Roman Sushchenko are being exhibited at the Brussels Press Club. A journalist of the Ukrainian state agency “Ukrinform”, based in Paris as their correspondent for France, he was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment in Russia on charges of espionage. He was arrested while travelling to Russia to visit…

Regional Approach To Refugee Situation in Europe

Regional Approach To Refugee

The  refugee situation in Europe and its neighbourhood continues to be high on the European  political agenda.  There are many actors at different levels providing a multi-layered response to the refugee situation, writes Hande Bozatli. Among these  actors the  role of Local and Regional Governments is at the forefront of offering public services to refugees. At the…

Environmental and health concerns over mineral wool production spread from the US to Europe

Environmental and health concerns over mineral wool production

As protests grow in the United States over the environmental and health impacts of the production of mineral wool, it seems these concerns are also spreading to Europe.The effects of mineral wool production are increasingly under the spotlight, with a Rockwool plant being built in Romania this year, writes James Wilson. Protests have escalated in…