• Italy envisages up to €1m fine for NGO ships

      Italy envisages up to €1m fine for NGO ships

      A League amendment to the Italian government's second security and migrants decree envisages fines ranging from €150,000 to €1m for NGO ships that fail to respect Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's closed-ports policy, sources told ANSA on Tuesday. This compares to existing fines of €10-50,000.

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    • Ministers gather for ECOFIN meeting today

      Ministers gather for ECOFIN meeting today

      The finance ministers of the eurozone met yesterday at the Eurogroup meeting and are gathering today as well for the ECOFIN meetings in Brussels. At both events Vice-President Dombrovskis, Commissioner Gunther H. Oettinger and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici represent the Commission.

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    • 21st EU-Ukraine Summit kicks off in Kiev

      21st EU-Ukraine Summit kicks off in Kiev

      The 21st bilateral summit between the European Union and Ukraine takes place in Kiev this afternoon, with Ukraine's progress in its reform path, supported by the EU, high on the agenda. The summit will be the first since the new President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took office on 20 May, and follows his visit to Brussels – his first trip as President - on 4-5 June.

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    • Greece holds a general election

      Greece holds a general election

      Greeks are voting today in the first general election since their country emerged from international bailouts. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called early elections after his leftist Syriza party was defeated by the conservative opposition New Democracy in the European elections and local elections.

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    • Grand Depart of Tour de France

      Grand Depart of Tour de France

      The first stage of the 106th edition of the Tour de France, the world’s biggest cycling competition, kicked off today at noon in Brussels. The Grand Depart commenced in front of the Royal Palace and together with the five times winner of Tour de France – the Belgian legend Eddy Merckx, 74,  the riders headed for the iconic Grand Place where were welcomed by Philippe, the King of the Belgians and Prime Minister Charles Michel.  

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    • Improving the fight against fraud to the EU budget

      Improving the fight against fraud to the EU budget

      As of today, the Directive on the fight against fraud to the Union's financial interests by means of criminal law (PIF directive) enters into force. By harmonising the definitions, sanctions and prescription periods of the criminal offences linked to fraud to the EU budget, it will make work of judicial and police authorities more efficient to fight these types of crimes.

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    • Debating clean mobility on Grand Depart's eve

      Debating clean mobility on Grand Depart's eve

      The importance of clean mobility for the wellbeing of European citizens was once again highlighted at a vibrant event in Brussels, hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and its Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN). This gathering brought inspiring flavour, especially as it was held on the eve of the Grand Depart from Brussels of the 2019 Tour de France.

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