About: Frans Timmemans

Commission ‘quietly shelves’ corruption report

The European Commission today refused to comment when faced with allegations that it had quietly shelved a regular anti-corruption report, despite massive anti-graft protests taking place in Romania.

EU plans online screening for visa-free visitors from outside EU

Millions of tourists and businesspersons who normally visit the EU’s borderless Schengen area will have to complete a €5 online security check before arrival if an EU plan to tighten controls on foreigners who do not need visas wins approval.

Frans Timmermans
Brexit 07-07-2016

Timmermans to MEPs: Don’t let your democratic mandate be ridiculed

“Don’t let your democratic mandate be ridiculed or diminished, stand up for it. You are the representatives of more than 500 million people,” European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs in a powerful speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday (6th July).

Jean-Claude Juncker.
Elections 05-07-2016

How can the Commission president be replaced?

Nicholas Whyte contends that in the event of a vacancy at the top of the European Commission, the EPP vice-presidents are well-placed to fill it.

Commission’s axing of Circular Economy Package ‘stalled’ green policies across EU

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission was accused last night of stalling national waste and recycling policies across the EU, after it emerged that only two countries have dedicated circular economy strategies.

Brexit 31-05-2016

Brexit: Environment and development case needs to be heard

UK environmental NGOs should be leading the Remain camp in order to protect the interests they believe in, writes Tony Long. However, they are failing to do so.

As refugee exodus to Greece continues, some take Bulgarian route

More than 1,000 refugees arrived at Greece's biggest port of Piraeus near Athens yesterday (13 January) as the influx of refugees fleeing conflict zones for Europe continued unabated into the winter months.

Elections 31-12-2015

EU executive voices concern over planned Polish media law

The European Commission sent a letter to two Polish ministers yesterday (30 December) expressing concern over a proposed law on control of the country's state-run media, a spokesman for the EU executive said, another sign of disquiet in Brussels over Poland's new political path.

Climate change 02-12-2015

Timmermans: EURACTIV’s been very active!

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans today launched the new Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws – and also revealed himself to be a keen reader of EURACTIV.

State of Europe Conference at the Palais d'Egmont.
Future EU 23-10-2015

Timmermans issues wake-up call to Europe

Stuck in an existential crisis, the European Union must shake-off its fears, revisit its values and achievements, and claim back its self-confidence, Frans Timmermans said in Brussels on Thursday (22 October).

Development Policy 28-09-2015

Global goals received with rapture in New York – now comes the hard part

To cheers, applause and probably a tinge of relief, the 17 global goals that will provide the blueprint for the world’s development over the next 15 years were ratified by UN member states in New York on Friday (25 September).

Merkel and Hollande to press EU to move faster on asylum policy

Germany and France will press the European Union to move faster and with more unity to deal with the worsening refugee crisis, amid complaints from Germany that it is shouldering too big a burden.