18.05.2020

Jourová: Commission looking at Hungary’s emergency changes to labour code and GDPR – euractiv.com

By  Vlagyiszlav Makszimov  The European Commission is examining Hungary’s emergency regime, including government decrees affecting the country’s labour code and the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Vera Jourová told the European Parliament on Thursday (14 May). “The Commission is monitoring the situation in all states, but in case of Hungary, I can reveal […]

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18.05.2020

What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? – euractiv.com

By  Celia Nyssens, Nick Jacobs and Nikolai Pushkarev What has COVID-19 changed for the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy? Nothing apart from underlining the urgency of transforming our food systems, write Nick Jacobs, Celia Nyssens and Nikolai Pushkarev. Nick Jacobs is the Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food (IPES-Food), Celia Nyssens is Policy Officer for […]

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18.05.2020

Europe should temporarily ban Chinese takeovers, Weber says – euractiv.com

The European Union should impose a temporary ban on Chinese takeovers of companies that are currently undervalued or have business problems because of the coronavirus crisis, the leader of the bloc’s largest political alliance said on Sunday (17 May). Manfred Weber, a senior German conservative and head of the centre-right EPP grouping in the EU […]

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15.05.2020

EU-UK talks: ‘disappointing’ progress, says Barnier – euronews.com

https://www.euronews.com/2020/05/15/barnier-on-eu-uk-talks-are-we-heading-towards-another-extension The EU-UK trade talks were never going to be plain sailing, but then came COVID-19, with both chief negotiator Michel Barnier and the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson being personally affected. In the meantime, a June deadline for significant progress is looming, and key arguments remain unresolved. Questions remain over fishing rights, how closely […]

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09.05.2020

A deep and uneven recession, an uncertain recovery – ec.europa.eu

Unlocking activity: how quickly will the European economy emerge? https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/economy-finance/ecfin_forecast_spring_2020_overview_en_0.pdf The COVID-19 pandemic and the containment measures it has necessitated have profoundly disrupted people’s lives and the economy. Global demand, supply chains, labour supply, industrial output, commodity prices, foreign trade and capital flows have all been affected. The pandemic struck the European economy when it […]

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05.05.2020

Financiers join EU ‘green recovery alliance’ – euractiv.com

Frédéric Simon More than 50 CEOs from the banking and insurance sector – including household names such as BNP Paribas, AXA, Allianz, and Santander – have joined the “green recovery alliance” in the European Parliament. The alliance was launched last month at the initiative of Pascal Canfin, a French centrist MEP who chairs the European […]

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04.05.2020

Statement following the first meeting of the Specialised Committee on the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/fr/statement_20_787 Today, the European Union and the United Kingdom held their first Specialised Committee meeting on the implementation and application of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland, by means of videoconference. The discussion took place in a constructive atmosphere. The parties took stock of the implementation efforts on both sides. They also had a […]

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