About: Frans Timmermans

Enlargement 05-09-2017

Slovenia says it would be ‘very funny’ if Croatia joined Schengen

Slovenia on Monday (4 September) warned fellow EU member Croatia that failure to implement the Piran ruling will amount to a breach of the EU's rule of law.

Timmermans to Poland: ‘We are still open to dialogue’

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans discussed the rule of law in Poland with members of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee on Thursday (31 August). EURACTIV Poland reports.

Poland snubs EU over controversial court reforms

Poland's rightwing government on Monday (28 August) rejected EU concerns over controversial court reforms that Brussels fears will erode judicial independence, insisting that they are "in line with European standards".

EU takes action over Polish court reform

The European Union announced on Saturday (29 July) it had launched legal action against Poland's rightwing government over a new law that it fears will erode judicial independence.

Freedom of thought 24-07-2017

Candlelight protest against changes to Poland’s judiciary

Thousands of demonstrators bearing candles marched on the Polish Supreme Court on Sunday (23 July) in protest against controversial proposed judicial reforms.

Global Europe 21-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: EU summertime blues

At the time when many in the EU bubble are getting ready for holidays, it is helpful to remember that the summer period is a fertile time for coups, geopolitical earthquakes and big blunders.

Frans Timmermans

Poland: Fierce reactions to Article 7 threat

On Wednesday (19 July), Frans Timmermans criticised Polish efforts to reform the judiciary, considered threatening to the separation of powers, eroding democracy and rule of law. EURACTIV Poland reports.

Timmermans: ‘Journalists should not be intimidated at doing their jobs’

Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans called on Wednesday (19 July) for an end to the intimidation of journalists who are doing their job and asking critical questions. "I call on everyone to stop already the intimidation of journalists," he said.

Timmermans dangles Article 7, makes appeal to the Poles

The Commission is likely to call for the triggering of Article 7 next Wednesday (26 July) with respect to Poland, often referred to as “the nuclear option” to punish an EU member state, it emerged following the weekly meeting of the EU executive today (19 July).

Croatia tells Commission to stay away from border dispute with Slovenia

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković took a defiant stance against the European Commission on Wednesday (5 July), telling Brussels to refrain from meddling in Zagreb's border dispute with Slovenia because "it has no competencies for border issues".

Digital 21-06-2017

Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria ‘presidency trio’ outlines priorities

Ministers representing the incoming Estonian, Bulgarian and Austrian presidencies of the Council of the EU outlined on Tuesday (20 June) their priorities, which seem to differ substantially.

Brexit 15-06-2017

European Commission offers ‘open arms’ for British return

European Commission deputy chief Frans Timmermans said Thursday (15 June) that he would welcome Britain back into the EU "with open arms" if it reconsidered its decision to quit the bloc.

Commission defends Timmermans from Polish attacks

The European Commission today (29 May) sprang to the defence of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, after Poland's foreign minister blamed him personally for the current tensions between Brussels and Warsaw.

Timmermans: ‘Poland should be a leader in Europe – but it needs to cooperate’

The current Brussels/Warsaw spat is not a war of words between Frans Timmermans and Poland (as the Polish government presents it), but rather a collective demand by a decisive majority of EU states to respect the rule of law, the First Vice-President of the European Commission told EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza.

Central Europe 16-05-2017

EU ministers extend talks with Poland over rule of law fears

EU ministers agreed yesterday (16 May) to continue long drawn-out talks with Poland in a bid to stop its alleged breaches of the rule of law, backing away for now from threatening sanctions.

Elections 16-05-2017

EU ministers to debate threats to rule of law in member state Poland

For the first time ever, EU governments will debate today (16 May) on what is considered to be internal affairs of one of the Union’s members – Poland.

Hungary demands Timmermans’ resignation as ‘anti-Semitic’ row erupts

Hungary has urged European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans to quit after he was quoted suggesting Prime Minister Viktor Orbán's animosity towards US billionaire George Soros is driven by anti-Semitism.

Central Europe 27-04-2017

Orbán: Hungary has no big issue with EU, it has a problem with Soros

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said he was committed to the EU and accused US billionaire George Soros of "attacking" his country yesterday (26 April) as he defended a law that could close down a university founded by the philanthropist.

Hungarian university president: ‘I need the support of Europe’

The head of a Budapest university pressured by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán appealed to Brussels for help yesterday (25 April), a day before the European Commission will announce infringement procedures against Hungary, and when Orbán will address MEPs.

Elections 21-04-2017

Soros gets warm Brussels reception amid spat with Hungary

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and several Commissioners will meet US financier George Soros next Thursday (27 April) as part of consultations on a new Hungarian law that could close a university he funds, and of legislation targeting foreign-funded NGOs.

Politics 20-04-2017

Revising the ECI: How to make it ‘fit for purpose’

Following the high hopes for the European Citizens’ Initiative as a new instrument of participatory democracy, it has proven to be ineffective, largely unknown to citizens and neither user-friendly nor cost-effective, writes Assya Kavrakova.

Future EU 20-04-2017

Romania fears ‘two-speed Europe’ will be new Iron Curtain

The president of the Romanian Senate today (20 April) shared his concerns with Frans Timmermans about the idea of a ‘two-speed Europe’, insisting the EU should learn from the lessons of the communist period. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Commission to consider minor penalties against ‘illiberal’ Hungary

The European Commission said today (12 April) it will decide by the end of the month on the possibility of launching infringement procedures against Hungary, stopping short of mentioning heavier punishments.

Freedom of thought 11-04-2017

Hungarian education minister: University law protestors were ‘misled’

Hungarian Minister for Education László Palkovics told reporters in Brussels that tens of thousands of protestors who oppose the country's new university law were “misled” and media reports on the legal overhaul “do not reflect the truth”.