Juncker travels to Beijing and Tokyo for EU-China, EU-Japan summits

Juncker travels to Beijing and Tokyo for EU-China, EU-Japan summits

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will, alongside Council President Donald Tusk, represent the EU at the 20th EU-China Summit and the 25th EU-Japan Summit on 16 July in Beijing and 17 July in Tokyo respectively. The two summits will allow EU Leaders, who will be accompanied by VP Jyrki Katainen and Commissioners Cecilia Malmstrom and Violeta Bulc, to assess with their counterparts in China and Japan developments in the bilateral relationships as well as regional and global challenges.

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  • Bulgaria's first step towards joining euro backed

    Bulgaria's first step towards joining euro backed

    Eurozone finance ministers gave on Thursday a moderate green light to Bulgaria's bid to join the Banking union as well as towards adopting the euro, they said in a statement. “We welcome the intention of the Bulgarian authorities to put in place the necessary elements for a successful entry into ERM II,” the statement issued at the end of the finance ministers' meeting said. According to the agreed timeframe, Bulgaria would first join the bloc's banking union in a process that should last about one year.

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  • MEPs to discuss in US Facebook data breach

    MEPs to discuss in US Facebook data breach

    Lawmakers from TAX3 will focus on the fight against financial crimes

    During the last working week before the summer recess delegations from two EP committees are heading to Washington D.C. to address with the US authorities pressing issues concerning security, data protection and financial crimes. From 16 to 19 July 2018 a delegation of the LIBE Committee, led by its chair Claude Moraes will seek to obtain up-to-date information on the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case and the Privacy Shield and other major topics.

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  • MEPs to discuss in US Facebook data breach

    MEPs to discuss in US Facebook data breach

    During the last working week before the summer recess delegations from two EP committees are heading to Washington D.C. to address with the US authorities pressing issues concerning security, data protection and financial crimes. From 16 to 19 July 2018 a delegation of the LIBE Committee, led by its chair Claude Moraes will seek to obtain up-to-date information on the Facebook/ Cambridge Analytica case and the Privacy Shield and other major topics.

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  • Mogherini inaugurates premises of EU Delegation to Libya

    Mogherini inaugurates premises of EU Delegation to Libya

    EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini inaugurated today the premises of the European Union Delegation to Libya and the EU Border Assistance Mission in Tripoli. Her visit was also connected to the upcoming on Monday Foreign Affairs Council where the situation in Libya is among the items to be discussed by the ministers. The main focus will be on the political process and preparation for the forthcoming elections in the country.

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  • Tajani will lead important mission to Niger

    Tajani will lead important mission to Niger

    EP President Antonio Tajani will lead a mission of economic diplomacy in Niger on 17 and 18 July, accompanied by representatives of over 30 European companies, experts in research and innovation, and international organisations, including the FAO. This mission is following the request of the President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, and will focus on political cooperation, boosting entrepreneurship, research, innovation and technology transfers and international cooperation.

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  • Brussels checks acquisition of Alstom by Siemens

    Brussels checks acquisition of Alstom by Siemens

    The Commission kicked off an in-depth investigation under the EU Merger Regulation to assess the suggested acquisition of Alstom by Siemens. The EU executive worries that the transaction may impede competition in the supply of several types of trains and signalling systems that provide safety controls on mainline and urban rail networks in the markets where the merged entity would be active. 

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  • Juncker travels to Beijing and Tokyo for EU-China, EU-Japan summits

    Juncker travels to Beijing and Tokyo for EU-China, EU-Japan summits

    Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will, alongside Council President Donald Tusk, represent the EU at the 20th EU-China Summit and the 25th EU-Japan Summit on 16 July in Beijing and 17 July in Tokyo respectively. The two summits will allow EU Leaders, who will be accompanied by VP Jyrki Katainen and Commissioners Cecilia Malmstrom and Violeta Bulc, to assess with their counterparts in China and Japan developments in the bilateral relationships as well as regional and global challenges.

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  • Inching towards Jersey

    Inching towards Jersey

    Last week at Chequers, the British prime minister's country house, the UK cabinet signed off a statement outlining its aspiration for the post-Brexit trading relationship with the EU. The UK and EU are still no closer to reaching agreement on the outstanding withdrawal issues, including the Irish backstop. But the Chequers statement gives useful insight into the PM's preferred final landing point. Indeed, continued close alignment with the EU on goods has been signalled as the preferred direction of travel since Theresa May's Mansion House speech in March.

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  • Artistic 180-degree twist

    Artistic 180-degree twist

    The 5th edition of the festival 180° - Laboratory for Innovative Art will be open in Sofia 21-27 July. Bulgaria's capital will welcome musicians, dancers and visual artists from four continents who will show their experimental concerts, dance performances, installations, etc.

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  • Scenic village within easy reach of Sofia

    Scenic village within easy reach of Sofia

    Zimevitsa, a picturesque mountain village just 50km away from Sofia, is huddled in the folds of the Stara Planina range. As a relief from the stuffy Sofia summer, it offers a chance for a short hike amidst the beautiful landscape of the Iskar Gorge and for a visit to some interesting historical sites. From Sofia, it takes only an hour's ride by car to reach Zimevitsa.

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