European Commission


    • EU zooms in planned Boeing, Embraer JVs

      EU zooms in planned Boeing, Embraer JVs

      The EU executive has opened yesterday an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed creation of two joint ventures (JVs) by aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer, under the EU Merger Regulation. Its concerns are that the transaction may reduce competition as regards commercial aircraft.

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    • First hearings for Von der Leyen's EU commission team

      First hearings for Von der Leyen's EU commission team

      The team of the incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen faces its first test on Monday with hearings in front of the European Parliament, with two candidates already in hot water over possible conflicts of interest. The procedure kicks off on Monday around 2:30 pm (1230 GMT) in the respective committees with the designated commissioner Maros Sefcovic from Slovakia.

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    • EU-US launch negotiations over access to electronic evidence

      EU-US launch negotiations over access to electronic evidence

      European Commission and US Department of Justice officials met to begin formal negotiations on an EU-US agreement to facilitate access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations. After a productive first discussion this week, an agreement was made on holding regular negotiating rounds with the view to concluding an agreement as quickly as possible. Progress will be reviewed at the next EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial in December.

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    • European SRSS and EIB join forces

      European SRSS and EIB join forces

      The European Commission's Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) and the European Investment Bank's (EIB) Advisory Services Department have stepped up their cooperation in providing support to EU Member States. Following the declaration of intent signed on Friday, the SRSS and the EIB, via the European Investment Advisory Hub, will collaborate closely to provide technical support and advice to Member States on a broad range of policy areas.

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    • Fake, dangerous goods worth €740m stopped at EU customs

      Fake, dangerous goods worth €740m stopped at EU customs

      Fake and possibly dangerous goods worth about €740m were apprehended at EU customs in 2018, the EP press service reported. According to the new figures, released by the Commission, the number of interceptions of fake goods imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic. The number of seized consignments jumped from 57,433 in 2017 to 69,354 in 2018, though the total amount of goods detained decreased compared to previous years. Almost 27 million articles that infringed the intellectual property rights were stopped.

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    • EU invests in reliable electricity system in Czechia

      EU invests in reliable electricity system in Czechia

      The EU is investing more than €46m from the European Regional Development Fund to modernise and extend the electricity substation of Kocín, southern Bohemia, one of the most important node in the Czech transmission system. When completed in November 2023, the project will increase the country's energy security, ensuring reliable operations even in extreme conditions.

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    • EU launches in-depth investigation into Belgian tax benefits

      EU launches in-depth investigation into Belgian tax benefits

      The European Commission has opened separate in-depth investigations to assess whether “excess profit” tax rulings granted by Belgium to 39 multinational companies gave those companies an unfair advantage over their competitors, in breach of EU State aid rules. Today's opening decisions follow the General Court's February 2019 annulment of the Commission's January 2016 decision concluding that the same tax rulings formed part of a Belgian aid scheme that was illegal under EU State aid rules.

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