About: Frans Timmemans

EU’s Timmermans defends new ETS in front of sceptical lawmakers

EU climate chief Frans Timmermans faced lawmakers in the European Parliament on Wednesday (14 July), hours after the European Commission presented a new legislative package aimed at reaching the EU's 2030 climate goals.
Circular economy 02-03-2021

EU plotting ban on internal combustion engine as of 2025: industry

The European Commission's proposed Euro 7 emission rules on cars, vans, trucks and buses would amount to "a ban through the back door" of internal combustion engines as of 2025, if implemented in their current form, industry has said, calling the proposal premature and "completely out of the question".
Climate change 20-01-2021

Competition or cooperation? EU, US enter new era of climate diplomacy

As Joe Biden takes the reins of a tumultuous America, analysts have tempered expectations about the ability of the new US administration to closely align with Europe on climate change.

Green transition ‘has to happen locally’, EU Commission says

The green transition needs to happen at a local level, with citizens engaged in climate activism and policy, the European Commission said at the launch of the Climate Pact on Wednesday (16 December).
Brexit 26-12-2019

Timmermans tells UK it is ‘always welcome to come back’

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans has written a "love letter" to Britain expressing his grief at its decision to leave the European Union and stressing it was always welcome back.

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.

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.

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.
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.
Agrifood 20-05-2015

‘State of Nature’ report highlights farming impact on EU wildlife

About half of wild birds have a "secure status" as EU programmes to protect endangered species have boosted numbers. But some of their habitats are cause for major concern, largely because of intensive farming, an EU report found on Wednesday (20 May).

Commission denies power grab claims over ‘Better Regulation’

The European Commission has denied claims that its plans to introduce expert panels to scrutinise changes to its legislation by the EU Parliament and Council of Ministers are an attempted power grab.
Public Affairs 12-05-2015

NGOs demand Timmermans make good on mandatory lobbying register

One hundred and twelve organisations sent a letter to European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans today (11 May) asking for stronger rules on lobbying transparency.

NGOs demand Commission justify axing of Circular Economy package

Environmental campaigners have demanded the European Commission provide any analysis it has that justifies its decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of recycling, waste and landfill rules.

MEPs debate saved air rules before Circular Economy inquest

Members of the European Parliament yesterday (21 January) debated air pollution rules for the first time since the laws narrowly escaped being axed by the EU’s executive arm.
Trade & Society 13-01-2015

ISDS decision delayed to end of TTIP talks

The European Union won’t decide whether to include the investor- state-dispute-settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) until the “final phase of the negotiations” with the US.

Council of Ministers signals support for threatened Circular Economy package

EU environment ministers have signalled their support for waste rules, part of the Circular Economy package axed today from the European Commission’s 2015 work programme, and will discuss the pending legislation at their meeting in Brussels tomorrow (17 December).

Gender equality and environment laws on business lobby hit list

EXCLUSIVE: EU legislation to ensure gender equality on company boards, to extend maternity leave, and to reduce air pollution and landfill should be killed off, a leading business lobby organisation has told the European Commission.
EU Priorities 2020 11-09-2014

Juncker’s new team seen as a ‘make it or break it’ Commission

As Europe wakes up to a new executive, expected to be much more ‘political’, a chorus of reactions greets the change of structure of the new Juncker Commission, but analysts are adopting a wait-and-see attitude towards the new strategic rationale.
Frans Timmermans at the opening night of the Crossing Border Festival 2008 [Flick/Maurice]
Public Affairs 10-09-2014

Timmermans to wield veto right over ‘excessive bureaucracy’ (UPDATED)

“He will be my right-arm,” said European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, refering to Frans Timmermans, as he unveiled his new team on Wednesday (10 September), promising a more effective European Union which can deliver results, and restore its lost credibility.
EU Elections 2014 03-09-2014

Juncker starts interviews with Commissioner candidates

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday (2 September) met with the candidates for commissioners presented by the member states. Belgium, the only country that hasn’t yet submitted a candidacy, is expected to do so on 4 September.