About: Frans Timmermans

Circular economy 07-02-2018

A plan for plastics

The EU is losing 95% of the value of the plastics it produces. But the European Commission has a strategy to make plastic packaging more sustainable, both environmentally and economically.

Leaky drinking water rules tightened by EU

The European Commission revealed on Thursday (1 February) how it plans to update drinking water rules, with the goal of improving human health, reducing emissions and tackling plastic waste high on the list of priorities.
Global Europe 26-01-2018

Turkey tells EU to back their anti-Kurd campaign in Syria

Turkey's European affairs ministers told the EU yesterday (25 January) to side with Ankara in its campaign against a Kurdish militia in northern Syria.

Timmermans and Poland’s new foreign minister dig for common ground

Poland's new foreign minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, and European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans met for the first time in Brussels, where they spoke about the rule of law in Poland and the issue of refugees. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Circular economy 16-01-2018

Commission maps out plastics vision in new strategy

The European Commission presented on Tuesday (16 January) its eagerly anticipated strategy on how the EU intends to approach plastic production and pollution over the next decade and beyond.

Poland banks on ‘dialogue’ to solve EU rule-of-law row

Warsaw banks on "dialogue" to solve its row with the EU over recent reforms denounced by Brussels as violating the rule of law, Poland's new Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said yesterday (15 January).

Brussels triggers unprecedented action against Poland

European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans announced with a 04:13am tweet that the EU executive had activated Article 7 of the Lisbon Treaty against Poland, due to "a risk of serious breach of of the rule of law".
Future EU 05-12-2017

National and regional parliaments bet on Timmermans’ task force to gain clout

A few weeks after the European Commission launched yet another task force to look at ways to improve legislative scrutiny, national and regional parliaments representatives mulled new ideas to put more flesh on subsidiarity.
Politics 27-11-2017

EU’s trying trilogues

MEPs want to tell the world what happens in their negotiations with member states over proposed legislation, but the EU’s national capitals are resisting. Why do governments have an impulse to hide what they do in Brussels?
Politics 24-11-2017

EU mandatory register for lobbyists, a baby step towards full transparency

Over time, the business of influence has been honed into a fine art in Western democracies. But that art is becoming increasingly regulated, even if the average citizen perceives lobbyists as cigar-smoking men in suits wining and dining lawmakers to gain an unfair advantage.
Politics 23-11-2017

Balancing secrecy and openness, the EU strives for transparency

EU laws go through a roller-coaster of opacity, with lawmaking only becoming visible in some parts of the process. But a new regime could extend this transparency from conception to birth.

Bulgaria, Romania have made progress but still more needed – EU report

Bulgaria and Romania have made some progress in implementing judicial reforms and the fight against corruption but "there is still more work to be done," the Commission said in its regular report on the two countries that remain blocked from joining the borderless Schengen area despite becoming EU members in 2007.