18.11.2020

Hungary and Poland veto stimulus against pandemic – euractiv.com

Jorge Valero Hungary and Poland blocked the approval of the EU’s seven-year budget and the recovery fund totalling €1.81 trillion, as both countries continued to oppose the rule of law mechanism attached to the EU funds.  The veto – which could still be overcome at the level of EU27 national leaders – further complicates the […]

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21.10.2020

Commission seeks to revive enlargement with new package – Euractiv

Alexandra Brzozowski The European Commission published its long-awaited enlargement package on Tuesday (6 October) in a fresh attempt to revive the stalled process with promises of more substantial economic assistance in exchange for reforms. The package included country-specific reports on the progress of the six Western Balkans countries and Turkey. The overall tone of the Commission’s […]

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18.10.2020

Public hearing on European Citizens’ Initiative – Minority Safepack

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/public-hearing-on-european-citizens-init/product-details/20201013CAN57884 The European Parliament hold a public hearing on the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe’, on 15 October 2020. Having gathered the support of 1,123,422 signatories in 28 Member States, the organisers of the ECI had the opportunity to present their initiative in the presence […]

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18.10.2020

The European Union at a glance: see the Fact Sheets online

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/product/product-details/20200226CAN53522 The Fact Sheets on the EU provide an overview of European integration and of Parliament’s contribution to that process. They present a brief overview of the EU’s institutions and policies, and of Parliament’s role in their development. Available in 24 languages, they cover five main areas: how the EU works; economy, science and quality […]

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18.10.2020

Trade Policy Day 2020

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/product/product-details/20201008CHE07602 József Antall 6Q2 and remote participation On 12 October, the 5th INTA ‘Trade Policy Day’ was dedicated to a renewed EU trade policy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Vice-President and new trade commissioner, V. Dombrovskis, gave a keynote speech. Then, Prof. Felbermayr, Kiel Institute, and Prof. Shapiro, UC Berkeley, set the scene for a […]

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18.10.2020

EU-India: Trade prospects

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/fr/document.html?reference=EPRS_ATA(2020)659270 The EU-India Summit held in July 2020 agreed to establish a regular high-level dialogue at ministerial level on bilateral trade and investment relations. In this way, the EU and India expressed a clear political will to work together to overcome issues that have hampered their trade relations in recent years and impeded advances towards […]

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22.06.2020

The Brief – Ceci n’est pas une troïka – euractiv.com

Jorge Valero The Commission is going to great lengths to stress that the proposed recovery fund will not be a bailout programme. “This is not an adjustment program with a different name,” the Commissioner for Economy, Paolo Gentiloni, said in May. We are not back to troïka times. The EU executive even avoids using the word “conditionality” […]

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13.06.2020

German EU Presidency: MEPs warn Merkel of company lobbying – euractiv.com

Florence Schulz An alliance of MEPs is calling on Germany to tighten the rules on transparency and lobbying when it takes over the EU Council Presidency in July. Germany should follow Finland’s example and report what happens at the Council meetings, the MEPs say. EURACTIV Germany reports. In an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, 92 MEPs from […]

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19.05.2020

Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/speech_20_895 « Seul le texte prononcé fait foi » Mesdames et Messieurs, Je suis heureux de vous retrouver, même par écrans interposés. J’espère que vous et vos proches allez aussi bien que possible, dans ces circonstances qui restent graves et qui nécessitent toute notre mobilisation, individuelle et collective. Il y a trois semaines, à l’issue de notre […]

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