About: Maroš Šefčovič

Brexit 12-05-2022

NI protocol on the brink as London warns it will ‘have no choice but to act’

Talks between the EU and UK aimed at resolving the status of the controversial Northern Ireland protocol appear to be on the brink of collapse, after London warned on Thursday 12 May that it would ‘have no choice but to act’.

France to speed up adoption of battery regulation

France, currently at the helm of the EU Council presidency, hopes to make as much progress as possible on the battery regulation in the coming months. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 22-02-2022

EU chides UK over citizens’ rights, warns over ‘next steps’

The European Union on Monday (21 February) criticised the UK’s handling of the residency rights of EU nationals following Brexit, with European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič warning that the bloc would “consider our next steps”.
Brexit 20-01-2022

EU and UK set end February deadline for NI protocol deal

EU and UK officials have set the end of February as the unofficial deadline for reaching agreement on the Northern Ireland protocol, amid anxiety that the long–running talks could disrupt the campaign for the Northern Ireland assembly elections.
Brexit 14-01-2022

‘Deal to be done’ on NI protocol, says UK Brexit minister

The UK has stated its commitment to reaching a deal in the long running dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol following two days of talks between UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and European Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

Swiss-EU relationship could fall apart if talks fail, EU’s Sefcovic says

The European Union's relationship with Switzerland could fall apart if negotiations over Switzerland's place in the EU internal market fail, European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, told Der Spiegel magazine.
Brexit 22-11-2021

EU urges ‘big move’ from Britain to break post-Brexit stalemate

European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič urged Britain on Sunday (21 November) to make a "big move" to break months of deadlock over post-Brexit arrangements in Northern Ireland that has threatened a trade war.
Brexit 19-11-2021

Time to build on ‘momentum’ on N.Ireland protocol, say EU and UK

EU and UK officials stressed on Friday (19 November) the need to build on new 'momentum' in the talks on the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, after a week in which the threat of a trade war appeared to recede.
Brexit 18-11-2021

EU and UK edge towards N. Ireland protocol deal as rhetoric softens

The UK and the European Union appear to be edging closer to a compromise on the Northern Ireland protocol, after a week of softening rhetoric from both sides.
Ignazio Cassis and Maroš Šefčovič
Economy & Jobs 16-11-2021

Worlds apart: Switzerland and EU keep talking past each other

The Swiss foreign minister was in Brussels to launch a political dialogue between the EU and Switzerland six months after the Swiss government decided to stop negotiations on a framework agreement between the EU and Switzerland.
Brexit 01-11-2021

UK vows action if French ‘don’t back down’ in fishing row

Britain warned France on Monday (1 November) it will take action if Paris does not withdraw "unreasonable" threats to impose trade measures in an increasingly acrimonious row over post-Brexit fishing rights.
Brexit 29-10-2021

EU–UK talks make slow progress as UK prepares to suspend protocol

EU–UK talks aimed at overhauling the Northern Ireland Protocol are far from resolved, officials conceded, as the UK prepares for the fallout from suspending it.
Batteries 26-10-2021

Simona Bonafè MEP: Recovery of raw materials is cornerstone of EU battery law

The European Commission has proposed new standards which would make batteries produced and sold in Europe the greenest in the world. MEP Simona Bonafè spoke to EURACTIV about the EU's battery regulation and the future of battery production in Europe.
Brexit 13-10-2021

EU to unveil measures to ease British goods flow to Northern Ireland

The European Commission will on Wednesday (13 October) put to Britain a package of measures to ease the transit of goods to Northern Ireland, while stopping short of the overhaul London is demanding of post-Brexit trading rules for the province.
Brexit 13-10-2021

Overhauling Irish protocol is ‘prerequisite’ to return to ‘normal’ relations, says UK minister

UK Brexit minister David Frost warned on Tuesday (12 September) that overhauling the Northern Ireland protocol was a “prerequisite” for repairing the current “fractious” relations between the UK and Brussels.
Brexit 07-10-2021

EU will go to ‘enormous lengths’ on Irish protocol, says Sefcovic

The European Union will table new proposals for the Northern Ireland Protocol next week, European Commission Vice President Maros Šefčovič said on Thursday (7 October).
Brexit 24-09-2021

EU must respond to UK’s demand on Brexit deal urgently, minister says

The European Union must respond urgently to Britain's demands for changes to the deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland, British Brexit Minister David Frost said on Thursday.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

France builds EU support in sub row, but some warn against US rift

European allies rallied cautiously around France on Tuesday (21 September) after the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, but some warned the dispute should not torpedo trade talks.
Brexit 14-09-2021

UK announces new delays to Irish goods checks

The UK government has set out plans to delay border checks on goods until January 2022, as it intensifies its attempts to push the European Commission towards renegotiating the terms of the Northern Ireland protocol.
Climate change 08-09-2021

Climate tops list of global threats in EU ‘strategic foresight’ report

“Climate change and other environmental challenges” are identified as the first biggest challenge that will affect Europe in the coming decades, raising risks ranging from migration pressure to food price shocks, the European Commission said in a report adopted on Wednesday (8 September).
Global Europe 08-09-2021

US, Germany to host talks on how to engage with Taliban

The EU on Wednesday (8 September) sharply criticised the composition of the new Taliban “caretaker” government, as international coordination efforts are under way to find a way in dealing with the new rulers in Kabul. The Taliban on Tuesday had...
Brexit 07-09-2021

UK extends grace periods on Northern Ireland goods checks, again

The UK and the European Union are again on collision course over the Northern Ireland protocol after Boris Johnson’s government announced on Monday (6 September) that it would again unilaterally extend grace periods on goods checks.
Brexit 22-07-2021

EU rejects UK demand for new post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland

Britain demanded on Wednesday (21 July) that the European Union agree to rewrite a deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland just a year after it was agreed with the bloc, a call immediately rejected by Brussels.
Circular economy 13-07-2021

EU, Ukraine sign ‘strategic partnership’ on raw materials

Kyiv will be invited on Tuesday (13 July) to join EU industrial alliances on batteries and raw materials, with a view to develop an entire value chain of the extraction, refining and recycling of minerals in Ukraine to supply the EU market for electric cars and digital equipment.