Monthly Archives: February 2015

Driving the EU forward: the Energy Union

It is a great pleasure for me to be part of the CEPS Ideas Lab 2015 on “More or less Europe?” which is now coming to a close. CEPS Ideas Lab has only existed for two years, but it’s already … Continue reading

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European Commission appoints new Head of Representation in Stockholm

Anna Katarina Areskoug has been appointed as Head of the European Commission Representation in Stockholm. She will take up office on 1 March 2015. She brings to her new role almost 25 years of experience in European and international affairs … Continue reading

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Investment Plan for Europe: Spain will contribute €1.5 billion to Investment Fund projects

Today Spain announced that it will contribute €1.5 billion to projects benefiting from finance by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) which is the core element of the Investment Plan for Europe. The contribution comes via Spain’s National Promotional … Continue reading

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Commission takes Slovenia back to Court for failure to issue industrial permit for a major cement factory and asks for fines

The European Commission is referring Slovenia back to Court for its failure to license industrial installations that are operating without permits. Such permits should only be issued if a number of environmental criteria are met. In 2010 the Court ruled … Continue reading

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Taxation: Commission refers PORTUGAL to Court for failing to amend registration tax for second-hand vehicles in compliance with EU law

The European Commission has decided to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Union for its failure to amend registration tax rules for imported second-hand vehicles. Under Portuguese law, the calculation of the taxable value of second-hand … Continue reading

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Fighting poverty: Commission commits €3.8 billion to help the most vulnerable in Europe

The European Commission has adopted the last remaining national Operational Programmes for the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived for 2014-2020. In total this is worth €3.8 billion in assistance to 4 million of the people most in … Continue reading

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Energy Union: secure, sustainable, competitive, affordable energy for every European

Energy is used to heat and to cool buildings and homes, transport goods, and power the economy. But with ageing infrastructure, poorly integrated markets, and uncoordinated policies, our consumers, households and businesses do not benefit from increased choice or from … Continue reading

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Statement by Vice-President Dombrovskis at European Semester 2015 press conference

In today’s College we had a detailed debate on the country-specific situation regarding compliance with Stability and Growth Pact and macroeconomic imbalances and reassessed the economic and fiscal situation in particular in the case of France, Italy and Belgium. Decisions … Continue reading

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The transatlantic relationship in financial services: a force for positive change

Good afternoon. It is a great pleasure to be here at the Brookings Institution, a think-tank as respected as it is long-lived. Over the last century, empires have come and gone, the world order has changed but Brookings has sailed … Continue reading

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Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into General Electric’s proposed acquisition of Alstom’s energy businesses

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether General Electric’s (GE) proposed acquisition of the Thermal Power, Renewable Power & Grid businesses of Alstom is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission’s preliminary investigation indicates … Continue reading

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