European Commission

    • 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.

    • ЕC invests €11bn to solve societal challenges, boost jobs

      ЕC invests €11bn to solve societal challenges, boost jobs

      The European Commission announced on Tuesday how it plans to spend the last and biggest annual share of €11bn of the EU research and innovation funding programme Horizon 2020. In this final year the Commission will focus on fewer and crucial topics such as climate change, clean energy, plastics, cybersecurity and the digital economy, supporting further the Commission's political priorities.

    • Stiffening rules on cybersecurity

      Stiffening rules on cybersecurity

      Entering into force on 27 June, the Cybersecurity Act is providing a new, strengthened and permanent mandate for ENISA, which will become the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity. So far, the Greece-based body was called European Network and Information Security Agency. The Cybersecurity Act puts in place, for the first time, EU-wide rules for the cybersecurity certification of products, processes and services.

    • EU budget is well managed

      EU budget is well managed

      The 2018 Annual Management and Performance Report (AMPR) approved by the College of Commissioners and published by the European Commission on 25 June shows the performance, management and protection of the EU budget, as well its key achievements in terms of creating jobs, investing in youth and supporting bloc's political priorities, like cohesion policy, cutting-edge research, climate action and migration.

    • Vestager to remain Commissioner

      Vestager to remain Commissioner

      Denmark’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, is set to remain in Brussels for another five-year term after receiving the support from country’s new Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen. Although still in the running to become the next president of the EU's executive arm, Vestager’s position in the EU Commission was previously far from guaranteed given that she hails from a different political family to Frederiksen’s ruling Social Democrats.

    • Merkel ready to compromise on European Commission chief

      Merkel ready to compromise on European Commission chief

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel admitted Wednesday that she might have to drop her choice for the next leader of the European Commission in a spirit of compromise, news wires reported. Speaking to the German parliament on a failed EU leaders effort last week to name a new top team to reform the bloc in the coming years, Merkel said a fresh summit on Sunday could again prove fractious.

    • European Commission assesses differences in food products

      European Commission assesses differences in food products

      The European Commission on Monday published the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition. Since his State of the Union Address in 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker has been committed to addressing the issue of dual quality of products, Commission's press service noted.