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    • Juncker Plan triggers €410bn in investment across the EU

      Juncker Plan triggers €410bn in investment across the EU

      As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75bn in financing and are located in all 28 Member States, with some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) expected to benefit from that improved access to finance, the European Commission announced today. This has, as a result has triggered €410bn in investment across the bloc.

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    • Commission to launch evaluation of EU State aid rules

      Commission to launch evaluation of EU State aid rules

      The European Commission has launched on Monday an evaluation of the EU State aid rules applicable to services of general economic interest in the field of health and social services, such as medical care provided by hospitals, long term-care, childcare and social housing as these services form an essential part of the welfare system of each Member State.

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    • Europeans are not fully aware of GDPR

      Europeans are not fully aware of GDPR

      On 13 June, at the occasion of a stock-taking event to mark the first year of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European Commission published the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on data protection. Figures show that Europeans are relatively well aware of the new data protection rules, their rights and the existence of national data protection authorities, to whom they can turn for help when their rights are violated.

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    • EU needs to accelerate digital transformation

      EU needs to accelerate digital transformation

      The European Union needs to speed up its digital transformation to keep the bloc globally competitive, bloc's 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows. Released today by the European Commission, the results of the index present Europe’s overall digital performance and track the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

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    • New EU rules and guarantees in criminal proceedings in force

      New EU rules and guarantees in criminal proceedings in force

      The directive on special safeguards for children enters in force as of today. It is the last in a set of six EU directives guaranteeing procedural rights for people across the EU, completing the full set of rights. In addition to these new rights for children, the directive guaranteeing access to legal aid started to apply on 5 May. This package of rules ensures that EU citizens' fundamental rights of fair and equal treatment are respected in criminal proceedings and that they are applied in a similar way in all Member States.

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    • Italy warned over insufficient progress on debt

      Italy warned over insufficient progress on debt

      The European Commission has sent a letter on Wednesday to the Italian government asking for clarification over its insufficient progress made in reducing the public debt and demanding that Italy change course from the current deficit target of 2.04%, or 0.7% of GDP, which corresponds to €11bn.

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    • Europe progressing in tackling hybrid threats

      Europe progressing in tackling hybrid threats

      The European Union and Member States have made good progress in responding to evolving hybrid threats through a number of concerted actions in a wide range of sectors to significantly boost capacities, the latest report adopted on 29 May by the Commission and the European External Action Service shows.

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    • Italy to be slapped with €3bn EU fine

      Italy to be slapped with €3bn EU fine

      The European Commission is threatening Italy with a €3bn fine over breach of EU rules due to country's rising debt and structural deficit levels, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday. Commenting on the move, Salvini, whose far-right League party triumphed in European elections on Sunday, said he would use “all my energies” to fight what he said were outdated and unfair European fiscal rules.

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    • Advanced EU rules for the safe operation of drones adopted

      Advanced EU rules for the safe operation of drones adopted

      On Friday, 24 May, the European Commission adopted new EU rules, aimed at ensuring increasing drone traffic across Europe is safe and secure for people on the ground and in the air. The rules will apply to all operators of drones – both professionals and those flying drones for leisure.The move follows the recently adopted technical requirements for drones under the Commission's Aviation Strategy for Europe.

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