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EU-Japan Energy Dialogue: a wide-ranging partnership

Energy policy-makers from the EU and Japan are due to discuss topics that include electricity market design, renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, and energy research and innovation. They will also focus on the global liquid natural gas (LNG) market, in preparation for a bilateral Memorandum of Cooperation to promote the liquidity, flexibility and transparency … Continue reading

Consumer protection in the digital age: EU presidency to strengthen EU-wide cooperation

The Maltese presidency reached a preliminary agreement with European Parliament representatives to strengthen cooperation between EU national authorities responsible for the enforcement of consumer protection laws. “Trust in e-commerce by citizens and companies is an essential condition for making the digital single market more attractive and dynamic. The safeguarding of consumers’ rights and interests will … Continue reading

Eurogroup statement on Greece

The Eurogroup welcomes that agreement has been reached between Greece and the institutions on a policy package of structural measures, which aims at shoring up growth and addressing the underlying structural imbalances in public finances and paves the way for a successful completion of the second review of the ESM programme. The Eurogroup also welcomes … Continue reading

Remarks by Jeroen Dijsselbloem following the Eurogroup meeting of 15 June 2017 Good evening everyone and welcome to this Eurogroup press conference.

  Today we welcomed two new ministers, Toomas Toniste, who is the new finance minister for Estonia, and Paschal Donohoe, who is the newly appointed Irish minister of finance. We very much look forward to working together with them. We also congratulated Edward Scicluna who, after winning the elections, was appointed for another term as … Continue reading

IMF and EIB, “valued and valuable” cooperation in and outside EU

The EIB and the IMF are doing more together to promote economic stability in Europe and beyond. At a meeting today at the headquarters of the EU bank in Luxembourg, EIB President Werner Hoyer and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde took stock of progress of complementary efforts by the two … Continue reading

Commission seeks a mandate from Member States to negotiate with Russia an agreement on Nord Stream 2

  The European Commission has today adopted a request for the Council of the European Union for a mandate to negotiate with the Russian Federation the key principles for the operation of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project. The Commission seeks to ensure that, if built, Nord Stream 2 operates in a transparent and … Continue reading

Donald Tusk against #NordStream2 pipeline

The head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has waded into a dispute over a proposed new pipeline for Russian gas that pits Germany against eastern members of the EU, saying the plan would be harmful to the bloc’s interests. Poland, the Baltic states and others argue that Nord Stream 2 would increase the European … Continue reading

Antitrust: Commission opens formal investigation on clothing company Guess

The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into the distribution agreements and practices of clothing manufacturer and retailer Guess. The Commission will examine whether Guess illegally restricts retailers from selling cross-border to consumers within the EU Single Market. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “The Commission has information indicating that … Continue reading

Reducing VAT on e-books, to match printed book rates

EU citizens could pay less for e-books now that Parliament has agreed to allow member states to reduce VAT on them to match printed book rates. An EU Commission proposal to enable member states to charge a reduced rate of VAT on e-books — bringing them into line with VAT levied on printed matter — … Continue reading

Digital Europe: opportunities for industry; conditions for the gigabit society

Digitising European industry requires safeguards against a divided society and more legal certainty, whilst an EU spectrum strategy should boost 5G technology. Access to telecommunications should be equal across the EU, whilst avoiding an unequal digital development in industries such as transport and tourism, MEPs say in a resolution voted on Thursday. Artificial intelligence and … Continue reading

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