• Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      Commission intensifies “no-deal” customs preparedness

      The European Commission has on Monday stepped up its “no-deal” outreach to EU businesses in the area of customs and indirect taxation such as VAT, given the risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal. The outreach campaign is in line with the European Council (Article 50) conclusions of December 2018, calling for intensified preparedness work for all scenarios.

    • Eurogroup meeting starts today

      Eurogroup meeting starts today

      Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis, Commissioner Guenther Oettinger and Commissioner Pierre Moscovici will represent the Commission at today's Eurogroup meeting. The Eurogroup will ouline the main findings of the Commission's post-programme surveillance missions to Ireland and Portugal and will discuss the economic outlook for the euro area on the basis of the Commission's Winter 2019 Economic Forecast.

    • EU to cooperate with 25 African countries

      EU to cooperate with 25 African countries

      EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, signed on 9 February in Addis Ababa additional support to regional programmes for 25 countries in Africa. The additional cooperation funding will support economic integration and job creation, as well as strengthen the nexus between development and security since recent developments in the region have generated a need for stronger support in these areas to overcome the growing challenges.

    • Common Industrial Policy: no region will be left behind

      Common Industrial Policy: no region will be left behind

      Nowadays, the digital shift is transforming everything around with rampant pace, altering the old patterns and cliches and creating huge opportunities for the European industry to innovate, to prosper and to grow. About 1,500 people from industry, the financial sector, academia, civil society, EU institutions, took part at the EU Industry Days, an initiative of the European Commission that was held in Brussels Egg Conference Centre on 5 and 6 February. Issues such as industry and the future of globalisation, creating value for society, circularity and carbon neutrality, were in the centre of the debate. 

    • Making personal health data exchange across borders easier

      Making personal health data exchange across borders easier

      A package of recommendations that will make it possible to exchange health records across borders, which will help citizens to have better health care as they travel around the EU, was presented by the Commission on Wednesday. The idea is that sharing records can provide important health history about a patient in the event of an accident or sickness while on move. Back home, the records of the treatment abroad will be integrated into the existing health “file”. 

    • Eurozone growth forecast slashed

      Eurozone growth forecast slashed

      The European Commission slashed its growth forecast for the 19 countries that use the euro, saying even the lower estimate was vulnerable to “large uncertainty” from slowing growth in China and weakening global trade. The EU's executive body cut the forecast for this year to 1.3% from 1.9% in their earlier forecast issued in the autumn. The Eurozone probably grew 1.9% last year, slowing from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017. For the full 28-member Union, growth forecasts were cut to 1.5% in 2019 from 1.9%.

    • EC with new directors-generals for communication and for internal market

      EC with new directors-generals for communication and for internal market

      Yesterday and with effect of 16 March 2019, the EU Commission announced that current Deputy Secretary-General Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen is appointed as director-general of its Communication department. Meanwhile, Timo Pesonen, the current director-general of DG Communication, will be heading the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs department as of 1 March 2019. He will succeed Lowri Evans in that position, who will retire in the beginning of next month.

    •  EU opens a humanitarian office in Caracas

       EU opens a humanitarian office in Caracas

      As many people continue to suffer from the severe socio-economic crisis in Venezuela, the EU Commission announced on Tuesday that it has allocated additional humanitarian assistance of €5m to help those most in need in the country. The amount is in addition to the humanitarian assistance totalling €34m for the crisis in 2018 alone.

    • Negotiating international rules on electronic evidence

      Negotiating international rules on electronic evidence

      The Commission recommended last Tuesday engaging in two international negotiations on cross-border rules to obtain electronic evidence, the EU press service reported. With the majority of criminal investigations requiring access to evidence based online and often outside the EU, there is an urgent need to equip police and judicial authorities with quick and efficient tools fit for modern reality.