• Kovesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

      Kovesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

      Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed on 24 September to appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi, the MEPs’ preferred candidate, as the first head of the newly-created EU Public Prosecutor’s Office. In previous votes, the Council representing the EU’s 28 Member States, had backed a French candidate, Jean-Francois Bohnert, but the Parliament ended up prevailing.

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    • Battle for new 7-year budget starts flaring

      Battle for new 7-year budget starts flaring

      Every seven years, the picture of a fierce clash over the long-term budget is almost the same, but now - in the MFF for 2021-2027 - Brexit is amplifying its spread and dynamics. The differences between the Member States are still prodigious and the time to conclude a deal, with no detrimental effects on tens of thousands of farmers, researchers, students, is running out very fast.

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    • EU will retaliate if US imposes tariffs on French wines, Tusk says

      EU will retaliate if US imposes tariffs on French wines, Tusk says

      The European Union will “respond in kind” if the US imposes tariffs on France over digital tax, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council said on Saturday. “If US President Donald Trump uses tariffs for political reasons, it could be dangerous for the whole world, including the EU”, Tusk told reporters during a press conference prior to the G7 summit in Biarritz. “France can count on our EU solidarity”, he stated.

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    • Package on EU lead jobs agreed

      Package on EU lead jobs agreed

      Ursula von der Leyen, German defence minister, was the choice of the EU leaders for President of the European Commission. Charles Michel, Belgium's PM, was unanimously elected as a European Council President and President of the Euro Summit. For foreign policy chief was preferred Josep Borrell, Spain's foreign minister. The head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, who led the French finance ministry from 2007 to 2011, was proposed to head the European Central Bank.

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    • Awaiting 'white smoke' from the Europa Building today

      Awaiting 'white smoke' from the Europa Building today

      At 11am today starts the most decisive third day of the special summit that has to choose the leadership for the next institutional cycle. On Sunday, the first day of this extraordinary sitting, the alleged deal brokered on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka by the leaders of France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands - that the socialists' lead candidate will be preferred for the EU Commission top job - seemed to be a good starting point for breaking the standstill.

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    • Finland’s Presidency of EU Council kicks off

      Finland’s Presidency of EU Council kicks off

      Finland took over the rotating six-month EU presidency from Romania today with the motto "Sustainable Europe – Sustainable Future", news wires reported. The country will put action to combat climate change at the heart of its EU Presidency, PM Antti Rinne told the parliament in Helsinki last week.

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