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Energy 29-08-2017

2018 start for expansion of Russia-backed Hungarian nuclear plant

Work on the Russian-financed expansion of a Hungarian nuclear plant will begin in January, Hungary's foreign minister said Monday (29 August) after talks in Budapest between Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Energy giants back calls to cut dirty power plant subsidies

A coalition of thirteen energy industry firms, including Siemens, Shell and Total, have launched a new joint initiative to limit the amount of state aid subsidies that are sent to highly-polluting fossil fuel plants across the EU. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.

Banking union 27-06-2017

Liquidation of Italian banks shows limits of banking resolution rules

The European Commission's approval of a €17 billion aid package for an orderly wind-down of Italy's Veneto Banca and Banca Popolare di Vicenza, has sparked doubts about the strict application of banking resolution rules.

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

Italy coughs up €17bn to deal with two troubled banks

Italy will pay up to €17 billion to break up two insolvent Venetian banks, which have posed a threat to the country's banking system, the government announced Sunday (25 June).

Aviation 17-05-2017

Commission gives free hand to capitals to subsidise small airports

The European Commission announced today (17 May) a review of state aid rules that will allow member states to pour millions of euros of support into struggling regional airports without prior approval from Brussels.

Central Europe 07-04-2017

Croatia passes law to rescue debt-laden giant Agrokor

Croatia passed an emergency law yesterday (6 April) aimed at protecting the economy from big company failures as Agrokor, the country's largest private firm, seeks to resolve its debt crisis.

Economic governance 23-03-2017

Italy to stretch EU rules again with new bank bailout

Italy's plans to bail out two regional banks pose a dilemma for European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light.

Energy 07-03-2017

Hungary wins final EU approval for Russian-built nuclear plant

The European Commission cleared on Monday (6 March) the last hurdle for Hungary’s nuclear project Paks II despite outstanding concerns about the role of the national regulator and spent fuel management.

Transport 01-03-2017

European airlines implore Commission to draft strong law against Gulf rivals

French and German flag carriers Air France-KLM and Lufthansa have urged the European Commission to counter what they say are unfair practices by Gulf airlines, in a bid to influence the drafting of a new EU law.

Competition 24-02-2017

US companies would avoid EU state aid rules with Republican tax proposal

A planned reform of the US tax system designed to attract economic activity and jobs to the country could also put US companies beyond the reach of European state aid rules, an EU official told EURACTIV's media partner PaRR.

Competition 19-12-2016

Festive EU gives approval to member state projects

The European Commission was in a giving mood just in time for Christmas today (19 December) as it greenlit a number of member state projects.

Trade & Society 06-12-2016

Apple, Ireland lines of defence diverge in state aid case

In its challenge of the European Commission's €13bn recovery decision, Ireland does not agree with Apple’s position that almost the entirety of its profits are generated by R&D, and should therefore be taxed in the US, PaRR has learned.

Margrethe Vestager [Commission]
Digital 07-11-2016

EU approves France’s scheme for very high speed broadband

European Union antitrust regulators today (7 November) approved France's €13 billion scheme to roll out very high speed broadband across the country, saying it did not unduly distort competition.

Trade & Society 19-09-2016

Vestager’s poisoned Apple

Kicking the big guy in the shins is always a popular political diversion – particularly when the big guy in question is an American multinational, writes Dick Roche.

Global Europe 02-09-2016

Irish cabinet decides to fight EU on Apple tax

Ireland's cabinet agreed today (2 September) to join Apple in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand that the European Commission has slapped on the iPhone maker, despite misgivings among independents who back the fragile coalition.

Euro & Finance 31-08-2016

Brussels Apple tax ruling reverberates across the Atlantic

The European Commission’s demand for Apple to pay back a record 13 billion euros in back taxes in Ireland has triggered warnings that it could damage transatlantic economic ties. Others in Washington, however, used the case to call for an international tax system to ensure revenues are paid where they are due.

Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager.
Digital 30-08-2016

Commission’s Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

The European Commission today (30 August) hit Apple with a €13 billion clawback of unpaid taxes in Ireland, but Dublin branded the move a violation of its sovereignty and both the country and the US tech giant immediately said they would appeal the decision.

Oil and Industry 22-07-2016

New renewable energy directive should restore trust in sector, investors say

Member states should avoid frequent changes in renewable energy support regimes, investors and producers of clean energy contend. A number of stakeholders would prefer an EU-wide support scheme. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Euro & Finance 04-07-2016

State aid for Spanish football clubs was ‘illegal’, Vestager says

Some of Spain's top football teams - including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona - will have to pay back illegal public aid worth up to €70 million as it represented “an unfair advantage” versus other teams, the Commission said on Monday (4 July).

Energy 19-05-2016

Poland needs capacity market to avoid power shortages, says minister

Poland needs a power capacity market to help coal-fired power plants compete with producers of renewable energy and to avoid power shortages, the energy minister said on Wednesday (18 May).

Brexit 13-04-2016

Commission draws fire over support for British fossil fuel subsidies

New European Commission research has highlighted failings in the different state subsidies offered to electricity utilities across the EU, while giving qualified support to the ‘market-based’ model used in the United Kingdom.

Sports 08-04-2016

Planned racetrack in Wales scuppered by EU state aid law

The future of a proposed motorsport venue in South Wales has been called into question after the Welsh government concluded that it would be unable to underwrite the site’s construction costs.

Trade & Society 13-01-2016

Romanian state-owned hydro firm hit with heavy fine

Romania’s Competition Council has hit state-owned energy firm Hidroelectrica and ten other companies with fines totalling €37 million after an investigation into anti-competitive contracts. EURACTIV Romania reports.

EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger
Digital 27-11-2015

Oettinger warns against monopolies ahead of new German telecoms rules

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced yesterday (26 November) that the Commission is getting ready to check upcoming changes in Germany's telecoms rules and determine whether they're anti-competitive.