• 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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    • Finland commemorates Trump-Putin summit with beer

      Finland commemorates Trump-Putin summit with beer

      A small Finland brewery is to commemorate the 16 July Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki with a special beer series it has already released. Meanwhile the country would reinstate border controls for travellers from Schengen countries for four days during the summit period, the government said on Friday.

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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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    • New way of working means 'Doing less, more efficiently'

      New way of working means 'Doing less, more efficiently'

      A new way of working to improve the current policymaking process, giving a stronger voice to local, regional and national authorities in EU, was proposed on 10 July by the Task Force on Subsidiarity, Proportionality and 'Doing Less, More Efficiently'. The group, chaired by the EC First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and comprising three lawmakers from the parliaments of Austria, Bulgaria and Estonia, and three members from the European Committee of the Regions, handed over its final report to EC President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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