European Commission


    • 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.

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    •  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.

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    • 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.

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    • Safeguard measures on steel imports imposed

      Safeguard measures on steel imports imposed

      The Commission published a regulation imposing definitive safeguard measures on imports of steel products. The measures will take effect on 2 February and will replace the provisional ones in place since July 2018. They concern 26 steel product categories and consist of tariff-rate quotas above which a duty of 25% will apply.

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    • Online platforms to report each month until May EU elections

      Online platforms to report each month until May EU elections

      Our objective is simple, we need to keep working together to fight against disinformation and its dissemination online, said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, kicking off a conference in Brussels on 29 January, organised by the EU executive. The event that brought together more than 400 representatives of online platforms, advertising sector, academia and journalists, was titled ‘Countering online disinformation: Towards a more transparent, credible and diverse digital media system’.

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    • Vice-President Katainen to visit Cyprus

      Vice-President Katainen to visit Cyprus

      European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, arrives in Nicosia, Cyprus today to meet with Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, and participate in a Citizens' Dialogue on the Future of Europe and tomorrow's megatrends.

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    • 75 countries launch WTO  talks on e-commerce

      75 countries launch WTO talks on e-commerce

      75 countries - the European Union and 47 other members of the WTO decided today to start negotiations to put in place global rules on electronic commerce. The prepositions will be aimed at enhancing opportunities and addressing challenges of e-commerce in both developed and developing countries. Then, the negotiations are intended to result in a multilateral legal framework that consumers and businesses, especially smaller ones, could rely on to make it easier and safer to buy, sell and do business online.

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    • EU invests in priority energy infrastructure

      EU invests in priority energy infrastructure

      Up to €800m will be invested in key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits, after Member States voted on a Commission proposal, the EU press service reported. The funding comes from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), the European support programme for trans-European infrastructure.

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