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30/09/2016

Reding urges UK citizens to make ‘informed decisions’ on EU membership

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31-08-2016

Francois Hollande buries hope of concluding TTIP this year

While the European Commission, Barack Obama and Angela Merkel all insist the transatlantic trade negotiations can be concluded by the end of the year, François Hollande has said he is ready to throw in the towel. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 13-04-2016

MEPs rap Poland over rule of law

MEPs passed today (13 April) a non-binding resolution, calling on the Polish authorities to restore the ability of Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal to uphold its Constitution and guarantee respect for the rule of law.
Trade & Society 28-01-2016

Reding: TiSA is not about opening EU markets, but making others' less closed

The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is not about opening up European markets, but about making others' less closed for the sake of reciprocity, said MEP Viviane Reding, before the European Parliament is due to vote on a number of recommendations.
Global Europe 16-10-2015

EU doesn’t need a CIA - but better intelligence would help

Björn Fägersten asks: could better intelligence-sharing boost European foreign and security policy? 
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Digital 21-09-2015

Growth through Online Innovation: What role for European online branding?

With the EU strategy on the Digital Single Market imminent, the EU executive will look to spur the European economy through the internet sector.
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Digital 04-08-2015

Invitation: Growth through online innovation

How can Europe bring back growth and take advantage of a digital revolution? How can SMEs be encouraged to innovate? How can consumer confidence be boosted?
Digital 15-06-2015

More data protection is better than less

Following today's agreement in the Council on Data Protection, in an exclusive op-ed, MEP Viviane Reding reminds us that the EU countries' position seems to substantially water down the Commission's proposal.
Trade & Society 13-03-2015

ISDS must be replaced by a public court

EU Institutions are currently discussing several options for the reform of Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). Yet, only a public court can yield the targeted public policy objectives: investment protection, judicial independence and right to regulate, writes Viviane Reding.
Trade & Society 13-02-2015

TiSA must include a gold-standard clause to protect public services

?Great care is needed to make sure that European public services are excluded from the scope of the Trade in Services agreement under negotiation between the EU and 22 other trade partners. A possible solution could be to include a gold-standard clause, writes Klaus Heeger.
Public Affairs 21-01-2015

Old Commissioners, new revolving doors

Only three months after the Barroso II Commission left office, some prominent members have already made moves in their professional careers which are putting to test the EU executive’s policy on revolving doors, writes Vicky Cann.
Trade & Society 16-01-2015

European Parliament is gearing up for TiSA

Overshadowed by the highly mediatised Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations are moving along, and will appear on the radar this year, promises Luxembourgish MEP Viviane Reding, responsible for the dossier.

Female leadership is a must, not an option

To stay competitive on a global scale, the European Union needs to mobilize the untapped potential and talent of women in all spheres, write a number of women leaders, after launching the EU Women Caucus on 2 December, 2014.
EU Elections 2014 01-07-2014

Four of the seven Commissioners elected take MEP seats

Seven of the present EU Commissioners stood for European elections and all were elected. Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced today (1 July) that four of them will take their MEP seats, and informed of the temporary re-allocation of their portfolios, pending decisions of their replacements.
Digital 06-06-2014

Ministers move to ensure 'right to be forgotten' applies to non-EU companies

Data protection laws will apply to all companies doing business in the European Union, national Justice Ministers agreed today (6 June), as they adapted legislation to take a recent EU ruling against Google into account.
EU Elections 2014 26-05-2014

Commissioners search for signals to decide their future

Seven Commissioners have won MEP seats, but four of them are undecided if they will take them or stay on as Commissioners, in order to maximise their chances for a better future outside the European Parliament, EurActiv has learned.
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Euro & Finance 23-04-2014

From reform to Growth - EPP Congress Dublin 2014

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies was present at the XII Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) that took place in Dublin on 6 and 7 March 2014, an event that gathered more than 2,000 participants, including the leaders of EU institutions, heads of state and government, party leaders, ministers, national and European parliamentarians, and delegates from EPP member parties throughout Europe.
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14-04-2014

Commission publishes annual report on Fundamental Rights, Gender equality

The European Commission released on Monday its 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, providing an overview of the main EU policy and legal developments in gender equality during the last year, as well as examples of policies and actions in Member States.
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e-Commerce 07-04-2014

EU bets on consumer rights to boost e-commerce

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to inform and protect consumers when they shop online, in a bid to boost e-commerce.
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Commission rates judiciary independence of EU member states

The European Commission released on Monday the second edition of the EU Justice Scoreboard, aimed to promote quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in the European Union.
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Future EU 11-03-2014

Commission proposes tool to fight 'systemic threats' to EU rule of law

The European Commission adopted on Tuesday a new framework to address systemic threats to the rule of law in any of the EU's 28 Member States. The new framework establishes an early warning tool allowing the Commission to enter into a dialogue with the Member State concerned to prevent the escalation of systemic threats to the rule of law. 
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Europe's East 11-03-2014

Reding: Sanctions against Russia are needed

Speaking at the EPP Congress in Dublin, EU Justice Commissioner Vivianne Reding said that EU leaders are 'right' about imposing sanctions against Russia. “There is a sacrosanct principle to leave the integrity of the states intact,” Reding added.

Inequality persists as EU prepares for Women's Day

Ahead of International Women’s day, the EU can only do a mea culpa. Gender equality in the 28-country bloc is far from being the norm, as research and data show women remain far more Cinderella than Superwoman.
UK & Europe 18-02-2014

EU's Reding warns Brexit would isolate London's City

London's financial services centre would lose access to the wider European Union should Britain quit the bloc, the EU's justice chief said on Monday (17 February), warning that such a move would reduce its status to that of an offshore centre.
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Reding urges UK citizens to make 'informed decisions' on EU membership

As EU elections approach, EU Justice commissioner Viviane Reding said on Monday that there is a need for more information about the European Union across EU member states. Amid increasing debate on immigration and free movement of people across the 28 nation bloc, Reding urged British citizens to make 'informed decisions' on the future of Britain's EU membership.