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Elections 18-04-2018

The Brief – Selmayr stays. What next?

Is the Selmayr affair closed? That, at least, is how the Commission reads the resolution adopted by the European Parliament today. 
Digital 12-01-2018

EU scrambles to finish digital single market in 2018

The European Commission has set a tough goal for 2018 of wrapping up legal negotiations on all 25 of the digital single market proposals that it announced since 2015. It will be an uphill battle: there are 13 files still open and fights are simmering over several contentious issues.
Future EU 10-01-2018

‘Last chance’: Juncker has only 2018 to deliver the goods

This is the year when Jean-Claude Juncker's ‘Last Chance’ Commission must chalk up worthwhile achievements and shake off the sense of inertia that already risks turning into full retreat, argue Giles Merritt and Shada Islam.
EU Priorities 2020 13-09-2017

Juncker’s full 2017 State of the Union speech

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s annual State of the Union speech covered what the EU achieved last year and where the bloc is heading.
Public Affairs 19-12-2016

Commission ups the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate new Commissioner

Brussels today (19 December) increased the pressure on Bulgaria to nominate a Commissioner to replace Kristalina Georgieva, by saying that the digital economy portfolio will only be available until the end of this week.
Poland treated all present in EU institutions with delicious strawberries
Global Europe 13-04-2016

The Polish opportunity

Instead of trying to teach Poland lessons on democracy, the EU should instead recognise the country’s economic strength, and its courage to oppose Russia’s aggression, writes Roger Hodgkiss.

Commission officials demotivated by Juncker-Timmermans bottleneck

Jean-Claude Juncker has put the brakes on the Brussels legislative machine, leading many EU officials to develop an alleged “identity crisis”. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
EU Priorities 2020 30-10-2015

Juncker’s Commission on first anniversary: ‘All building blocks in place’

“We have set ourselves a sharper focus in policy. We have identified 10 strategic priorities,” European Commission spokesperson Margaritas Schinas said, after EURACTIV asked the Juncker Commission to review its first year in office. “We have good reasons to believe the main building blocks for each of these work streams are there,” Schinas added.

Commission on refugee crisis: ‘We need a single European coordinated response’

“This is a major crisis that shapes how the EU reacts. This crisis cannot be dealt through a series of national responses. We need a single European coordinated response, and we are working 24/7 to make this happen,” said European Commission spokesperson Margaritas Schinas.
Elections 30-09-2015

Juncker warns Commissioners not to skip College meetings

EXCLUSIVE / Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has sent a letter to all 27 Commissioners warning them not to skip the weekly College meetings, which is the executive’s most important decision-making body.
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Digital 01-09-2015

Madelin: ‘I have been appointed to this job to be creative’

On 1 September, Robert Madelin, until now director general at the European Commission, moves into a new position as policy advisor on innovation. In a wide ranging-interview with EURACTIV, he speaks about his new role, the digital single market and the contingencies of civil service.
EU Priorities 2020 04-08-2015

Better Regulation: expertise over politics?

As the Commission makes a bid for greater democratic legitimacy, it must take care not to allow its technocratic tendencies to sideline the EU’s elected institutions, argue Charles de Marcilly and Matthias Touillon.
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.
EU Priorities 2020 02-04-2015

The New European Commission frustrates Germany

Germany and the newly appointed European Commission have different visions for Europe's future, which has caused tension between the two, writes global intelligence company Strafor.
Elections 12-03-2015

Bratušek faces Slovenian court for nominating herself a candidate for Commissioner

Slovenian police raided the home of ex-prime minister Alenka Bratušek yesterday (11 March) in search of evidence that she might have abused her position when her cabinet nominated her last year as a candidate for European commissioner.
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Defence policy 09-03-2015

Commission quizzed over EU army

The European Commission today (9 March) fielded questions after the executive's president, Jean-Claude Juncker said an EU army would eventually be needed for the bloc to be taken seriously.
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Economy & Jobs 06-03-2015

Schulz and Juncker’s not-so-social dialogue

The bid to give new impetus to Europe’s social dialogue launched by the Commission on Thursday (5 March) was book-ended by with some less than sociable to-and-fro between Parliament President Martin Schulz and his Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker.
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Economy & Jobs 06-03-2015

“We need a European social dialogue,” Schulz says

"If we want a social market economy in Europe, we need a European - I repeat - a European social dialogue," said European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Thursday during a high level conference on social dialogue in Brussels.

Commission seeks to revive battered social dialogue

In a move to give new impetus to social partners’ relations, seen as instrumental in the new economic governance set up, the European Commission launched on Thursday (5 March) a new start for social dialogue.
Global Europe 04-03-2015

David Miliband: The world needs the EU more than ever

David Miliband, the UK Foreign Secretary between 2007 to 2010, told EURACTIV that in his present capacity as President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), he was often told by colleagues that the EU should get its act together and play a bigger role in global affairs.
Digital 03-03-2015

Rifkin: Juncker plan not enough to lift Europe’s struggling economy

Europe needs to mobilise much more than €315 billion to embark in the transformation of its economy, create millions of jobs, create new business opportunities and create a genuine post-carbon society, said Jeremy Rifkin in an interview with EURACTIV.
27-02-2015

Markkula: Juncker Plan should change the mentality of Europe

In an interview with EURACTIV's Jeremy Fleming, Markku Markkula talked about his new role as president of the Committee of the Regions and the importance of the regional input on the Juncker plan.
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.