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Brexit 24-06-2015

Georgieva: Faull ‘very capable’ to lead EU’s ‘Brexit’ taskforce

“Jonathan Faull is someone who can very capably lead our work in terms of what expectations the UK has for reforms in the EU, what is possible and how we can meet each other”, said EU Budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva in a press conference on Wednesday.

Brexit 24-06-2015

Commission reshuffle has Faull take charge of Brexit taskforce

Jonathan Faull, the European Union’s top civil servant for financial services regulation, will head up a European Commission “Brexit” taskforce dedicated to the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership of the bloc.

Public Affairs 20-05-2015

Lobbyists shift tactics to espouse Commission’s ‘cluster’ structure

In the past year, EU lobbyists in Brussels have shifted their modus operandi to look increasingly outwards for allies in a move to adapt to the new cluster structure of the European Commission.

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EU Priorities 2020 24-04-2015

The Juncker Commission’s hotel lifestyle

Commissioners are encouraged to be present in both Brussels and at home, even if this leads to unconventional arrangements. Jean-Claude Juncker and Pierre Moscovici both accepted a settling-in grant for the move to Brussels, despite staying in hotels in the EU capital. EURACTIV France reports.

Security 18-02-2015

Juncker appoints former rival Barnier as security advisor

France's former Internal Market Commissioner is on his way back to Brussels in the guise of Jean-Claude Juncker's new special advisor on defence and security. EURACTIV France reports.

Jonathan Hill
Brexit 18-02-2015

EU law could boost ‘safe’ securitisation

The European Commission will consider reducing how much capital banks must hold against risk for a new class of asset-backed securities, a process of packaging and selling loans blamed for the financial crisis.

Jeremy Wates

EU recycling targets workable and worth it

There is nothing wise about scrapping a proposal to increase the EU’s recycling targets and delaying the development of a circular economy, writes Jeremy Wates.

EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2015

Wrap-up: first 100 days of #TeamJunckerEU

EURACTIV looks back at the first 100 days of the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, showing how the new team progressed.   

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Brussels unlocks funds for Youth Employment Initiative

The European Commission is proposing to make €1 billion from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) available earlier and increase the pre-financing rate by up to 30 times for eligible member states in order to boost youth employment.

EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2015

#TeamJunckerEU hits 100-day mark, gets passing grade

Beginning his mandate with a promise to deliver a new start for Europe, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, gets a mixed review after his first 100 days in office.

Connie Hedegaard, pictured in October 2013

Hedegaard: ‘We have to be careful about what we label as red tape’

The European Commission's drive to cut down EU legislation may sound like a good idea. But it can also do more harm than good, by reinstating borders in the single market, warns Connie Hedegaard.

Waste laws will be binned, despite protests

The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed yesterday (22 January), despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national environment ministers.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L), and Frans Timmermans, Commission First Vice-President, 22 Oct. 2014

Commission push against red tape scores points in Parliament

EU lawmakers have failed to agree on a stance against the European Commission's plans to scrap some environment policies, marking a victory for the executive's push for less regulation.

Development Policy 07-01-2015

Mimica: ‘There cannot be a sustainable foreign and security policy without a clear development contribution’

We are starting the most important year for development processes, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Frans Timmermans at his Parliament hearing [European Parliament / Flickr]

Commission plans to ditch circular economy and air pollution rules

The European Commission plans to scrap its flagship Circular Economy package and anti-air pollution rules next week.

Juncker admits he is ‘weaker’ after fresh batch of Luxleaks revelations

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker admitted that he has been weakened by the revelations of controversial corporate tax avoidance schemes during his long tenure as prime minister of Luxembourg, his confirmation coinciding with a new batch of publications exposing the schemes.

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Energy 04-12-2014

Cañete defends climate and energy credentials

Miguel Cañete, a controversial choice as Energy and Climate Commissioner, today (4 December) defended his credentials for the post.

EU Priorities 2020 03-12-2014

Juncker investment plan: project list imminent

SPECIAL REPORT: European regions and sectors hoping to benefit from the new €315 billion Juncker investment plan will be named on a list set to be published shortly by a joint task force of the European Investment Bank and the Commission.

German Vice Chancellor and Energy and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel [The Council of the European Union]
EU Priorities 2020 02-12-2014

Germany says Juncker plan short on cash and details

The European Commission's 300 billion euro plan to boost investment in Europe is not big enough and lacks details, German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday (1 December).

Bruno Liebhaberg [Photo © HorstWagner.eu, FEPS Europe/Flickr]
Transport 27-11-2014

Bruno Liebhaberg: EU should re-think liberalisation of network industries

SPECIAL REPORT: Providing quality services at affordable prices should be the guiding principles of regulation of network industries, according to Bruno Liebhaberg who urges the Juncker Commission to reconsider the EU’s approach to liberalisation in sectors such as telecoms, railways and energy.

Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Parliament, 26 Nov. 2014 [EC]

Juncker investment plan draws questions over lack of new cash

The European Commission presented a 315 billion euro plan on Wednesday (26 November) to boost Europe's stagnant economy, but some doubted private investors would provide the funding, 15 times the EU contribution, needed to make it work.

A dummy of Jean-Claude Juncker stands in a corridor at the "Juncker for President" Election Night at the EPP, 25 May 2014 [Jean-Claude Juncker/Flick]

Juncker’s €315bn investment plan unveiled: fifteenfold leverage and solidarity for the south

The European Commission yesterday (25 November) unveiled the mechanism for its much-heralded €315 billion investment plan, revealing how a limited €21 billion of initial public money is intended to lift fifteen times as much in capital.

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Euro & Finance 26-11-2014

The Juncker plan: an exercise in federalism and solidarity

The long-awaited European Fund for Strategic Investments was unveiled yesterday (25 November). The EIB, who will be investing 5 billion euros, hopes to wave its magic wand to mobilise 315 billion, without dipping into the Commission budget. EURACTIV France reports

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EU Priorities 2020 25-11-2014

Juncker set to survive censure motion as MEPs trade insults

A no-confidence motion in the EU's new chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker had no chance of success after the Eurosceptic lawmakers who brought it traded insults with the bigger parties in the European Parliament on Monday (24 November).