Competitiveness Council ministers must intervene in a process that is currently moving in a totally non-innovative direction if the Unitary Patent is to prove a boost for European competitiveness and growth, rather than a tax on innovation, writes Arnaldo Abruzzini.
“We have a proposal for an emergency mechanism to relocate 40,000 asylum seekers. Syrians and Eritreans will be relocated from Italy and Greece to other European Union member states over a period of two years,” said EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos in Brussels on Wednesday.
There is still some way to go, but the Better Regulation Agenda, led by European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, is a great opportunity for Europe to lead the way in smart regulation, writes Oliver Gray.
The European Commission proposed a draft EU budget for 2016 of €143.5 billion euros on Wednesday (27 May). According to the EU executive, the budget aims to 'support the recovery of the European economy”. The funds will be used to create jobs and growth, to deal with migration more effectively, and to strengthen the EU's role as a global player.
Federica Mogherini said yesterday (25 May) that the results of the presidential election in Poland, the municipal elections in Spain, as well as the news from Greece and the UK, were a reason for the EU to re-think its project.