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EU Elections 2019 15-10-2019

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. Twenty-three out of 26 candidates were confirmed by the...
Future EU 27-08-2019

Von der Leyen offers Poland agriculture portfolio, candidate withdraws

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, has offered Poland the agriculture portfolio in her new executive. But designated Polish pick Krzysztof Szczerski ruled himself out of the running and withdrew his candidacy.
Climate change 23-08-2019

‘Green Deal’ supporters resist idea of splitting energy and climate portfolio

The incoming President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is preparing a ‘Green Deal’ team that may be led by Vice-President Frans Timmermans. Whether the climate and energy briefs will be split or kept together remains to be seen, however. 

Greens want four EU Commission jobs in return for von der Leyen support

The Greens in the European Parliament have spelt out their conditions for backing future legislative proposals coming out of the new Commission that will take office on 1 November. EURACTIV's media partner Ouest-France reports.

EU Commission nominee backs 50% carbon cut by 2030, fails to win Greens’ support

Ursula von der Leyen said Europe should become the world’s first climate neutral continent, as she sought lawmakers’ backing for the top job on Wednesday (10 July). EURACTIV's media partner Climate Home News reports.
EU Elections 2019 05-07-2019

New EU chief seeks ‘smart advice’ on first trip to Brussels

EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (4 July) made her first trip to Brussels since being nominated, as senior officials sought to shore up support for her appointment in the European Parliament.

A new European agenda for climate resilience

As the 2019 EU elections loom and a new European Commission takes office, climate action can become a key driver of a reformed EU project for more solidarity, protection and innovation, writes Luca Bergamaschi.
Brexit 24-06-2015

Georgieva: Faull ‘very capable’ to lead EU’s ‘Brexit’ taskforce

“Jonathan Faull is someone who can very capably lead our work in terms of what expectations the UK has for reforms in the EU, what is possible and how we can meet each other”, said EU Budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva in a press conference on Wednesday.
Brexit 24-06-2015

Commission reshuffle has Faull take charge of Brexit taskforce

Jonathan Faull, the European Union’s top civil servant for financial services regulation, will head up a European Commission “Brexit” taskforce dedicated to the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership of the bloc.
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.
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.
Jonathan Hill
Brexit 18-02-2015

EU law could boost ‘safe’ securitisation

The European Commission will consider reducing how much capital banks must hold against risk for a new class of asset-backed securities, a process of packaging and selling loans blamed for the financial crisis.
Jeremy Wates

EU recycling targets workable and worth it

There is nothing wise about scrapping a proposal to increase the EU’s recycling targets and delaying the development of a circular economy, writes Jeremy Wates.
EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2015

Wrap-up: first 100 days of #TeamJunckerEU

EURACTIV looks back at the first 100 days of the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, showing how the new team progressed.   
Thyssen

Brussels unlocks funds for Youth Employment Initiative

The European Commission is proposing to make €1 billion from the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) available earlier and increase the pre-financing rate by up to 30 times for eligible member states in order to boost youth employment.
EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2015

#TeamJunckerEU hits 100-day mark, gets passing grade

Beginning his mandate with a promise to deliver a new start for Europe, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, gets a mixed review after his first 100 days in office.
Connie Hedegaard, pictured in October 2013

Hedegaard: ‘We have to be careful about what we label as red tape’

The European Commission's drive to cut down EU legislation may sound like a good idea. But it can also do more harm than good, by reinstating borders in the single market, warns Connie Hedegaard.

Waste laws will be binned, despite protests

The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed yesterday (22 January), despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national environment ministers.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L), and Frans Timmermans, Commission First Vice-President, 22 Oct. 2014

Commission push against red tape scores points in Parliament

EU lawmakers have failed to agree on a stance against the European Commission's plans to scrap some environment policies, marking a victory for the executive's push for less regulation.
Development Policy 07-01-2015

Mimica: ‘There cannot be a sustainable foreign and security policy without a clear development contribution’

We are starting the most important year for development processes, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Frans Timmermans at his Parliament hearing [European Parliament / Flickr]

Commission plans to ditch circular economy and air pollution rules

The European Commission plans to scrap its flagship Circular Economy package and anti-air pollution rules next week.

Juncker admits he is ‘weaker’ after fresh batch of Luxleaks revelations

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker admitted that he has been weakened by the revelations of controversial corporate tax avoidance schemes during his long tenure as prime minister of Luxembourg, his confirmation coinciding with a new batch of publications exposing the schemes.
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Energy 04-12-2014

Cañete defends climate and energy credentials

Miguel Cañete, a controversial choice as Energy and Climate Commissioner, today (4 December) defended his credentials for the post.

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