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European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Brussels, 14 November 2018 The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement. All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive moment in the negotiations. The European Commission […]

Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019: a Contingency Action Plan

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

The United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union, invoking the procedure foreseen by Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. The Commission regrets this decision, but respects it. On 30 March 20192, the United Kingdom will become a third country. All Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the […]

UK Labour Stance on Brexit with be critical

Monday, November 12th, 2018

BY JOHN BRUTON The worst possible outcome of Brexit for Ireland would be the UK crashing out of the EU, without a deal, next March because the UK Parliament cannot make a decision. The key to avoiding this disaster is in the position of the British Labour Party. So far, the focus of discussion in regard […]

The Single Market as a Driver of Investment in Europe

Monday, November 12th, 2018

As we celebrate the EU Single Market’s 25th anniversary, it is important to take stock of the enviable economic growth and welfare it has brought to Europe, while also acknowledging that new areas need to be prioritised so that the Single Market can remain fit for purpose in the 21st century. Furthermore, sustaining higher rates […]

EU and US Sanctions: Which Sovereignty?

Monday, November 12th, 2018

This text is the outcome of a workshop with MARIEHÉLÈNE BÉRARD, investment banker, FARID FATAH, Ph.D. candidate in Law, PASCAL LAMY, President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, LOUIS SCHWEITZER, Honorary Chairman of Renault, and PIERRE VIMONT, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe. If one accepts Jean-Claude Juncker’s last State of the Union speech in September […]

Autumn 2018 Economic Forecast: sustained but less dynamic growth amid high uncertainty

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Growth in the euro area is forecast to ease from a 10-year high of 2.4% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 before moderating further to 1.9% in 2019 and 1.7% in 2020. The same pattern is expected for the EU27, with growth forecast at 2.2% in 2018, 2.0% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020. Autumn […]

Athens is the European Capital of Innovation 2018

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The European Commission is awarding Athens the title of the European Capital of Innovation 2018 with a €1 million prize Athens is the winner of this year’s European Capital of Innovation Awards, funded by the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The runner-up cities – Aarhus (Denmark), Hamburg (Germany), Leuven (Belgium), Toulouse (France), and […]

LIFE Programme: Member States to benefit from quarter of a billion euros of investments in environment, nature and climate action

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE programme supporting nature, the environment and quality of life in Europe’s transition to a more sustainable and low-carbon future. The EU funding under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action will mobilise additional investments leading to a […]

EIB AND ICO: EUR 800m to support micro-enterprises and the self-employed

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

The aim of this new agreement is to provide financing on favourable terms for small projects Ensuring that credit reaches entrepreneurs and young people wanting to turn their ideas into a business is the objective behind the agreement signed between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Instituto de Crédito Oficial (ICO). The EIB will […]

Commission Work Programme for 2019 and draft budgetary plan of Italy

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Commission presents its work programme for 2019 and requests Italy to submit a revised draft budgetary plan within three weeks Commission Work Programme 2019 The European Commission presented today its Work Programme for 2019, setting out three main priorities for the year ahead: reaching swift agreement on the legislative proposals already presented to deliver on […]