About: Valdis Dombrovskis

Coronavirus 24-03-2021

EU on the outs with AstraZeneca as vaccine deliveries struggle to take off

EU officials remain frustrated by the behaviour of AstraZeneca pharmaceutical, which is still struggling to deliver the expected doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Europe, and are set to use all the tools at their disposal to secure further doses for Europeans.
Brexit 18-03-2021

UK accuses EU of brinkmanship over vaccine export threat

British foreign minister Dominic Raab accused the European Commission of brinkmanship over its threat to ban exports of COVID-19 vaccines, calling for Commission head Ursula von der Leyen to explain her comments.

Seven EU countries have not yet submitted recovery plans

The European Commission reiterated on Thursday (11 March) that the remaining seven EU member states have to submit their national recovery plans by the end of April in order to access the funds.
Economic governance 03-03-2021

Commission wants to keep fiscal rules suspended in 2022

The European Commission said on Wednesday (3 March) that the Stability and Growth Pact should remain suspended next year as the European economy needs additional stimulus to return to the pre-crisis level.

Commission wants to ‘explore options’ for India trade, investment

The European Commission said on Thursday (18 February) that it wants to "explore options" for expanding the EU’s trade and investment with India, notably ahead of the summit scheduled for May in Porto as part of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU.
Economy & Jobs 20-01-2021

Commission demands more precision and ambition in national recovery plans

Member states should include more specific milestones and targets and more ambitious reforms in their recovery plans to access the unprecedented stimulus package to combat the COVID pandemic, the European Commission warned on Tuesday (19 February).
Economy & Jobs 26-11-2020

Dombrovskis: Deep and comprehensive trade deal with the US ‘not feasible’

European Commission executive vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, believes that Joe Biden's victory will bring a fresh start to the EU-US relations. But there are limits, as he considers that it would not be feasible to try again to negotiate a deep and comprehensive trade deal like the TTIP, he told EURACTIV in an interview on Wednesday.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2020

Row over rule of law infects EU virus summit

Hungary and Poland’s opposition to Brussels’ oversight over the rule of law will be top of the EU summit agenda Thursday (19 November), sidelining efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic. EU member states had planned to share the lessons learned...
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

WTO authorises EU tariffs on $4 billion of US goods over Boeing dispute

The World Trade Organisation authorised on Tuesday (13 October) the EU to impose tariffs on US exports worth $4 billion in compensation for the subsidies given to Boeing by Washington. 
Politics 09-10-2020

Tweets of the Week: Quarantined VDL, Barless Brussels, Happy Commissioner Reshuffle

Ursula Von der Leyen is all on her own, Brussels becomes a booze-free zone and the reshuffled Commission is what we’d already known. 
Economy & Jobs 06-10-2020

Wanted: a positive trade agenda for Europe

Trade Commissioner nominee Valdis Dombrovskis needs to go back to basics and create a positive EU trade agenda. It is vital that the EU chooses a more open path and resists the renewed pressure for protectionism, argue Fredrik Persson and Anna Stellinger.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2020

Dombrovskis announces new defense instrument against trade ‘bullies’

The European Commission's executive vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, told the European Parliament on Friday (2 October) that he will put forward a new mechanism to protect the EU from the coercive manoeuvres of trade partners like US and China.
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2020

Dombrovskis and McGuinness hearings scheduled for 12 October 

Commissioners-designate Valdis Dombrovskis and Mairead McGuinness will face their European Parliament hearings to take over Trade and Financial Services on 12 October, with EU lawmakers to decide on their nominations the following week.
Energy 14-09-2020

EU to withdraw free CO2 pollution credits to clear way for carbon border tax

The European Commission plans to withdraw free allowances given to polluting industries under the EU’s emission trading system (ETS) in order to clear the way for their inclusion in the bloc's upcoming carbon border adjustment mechanism, the EU executive's vice-president, Valdis Dombrovskis, said on Monday (14 September).
Agrifood 11-09-2020

Agrifood brief: Don’t forget agriculture, Valdis

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet.   After the shock of Phil Hogan’s sudden resignation as the EU trade...
Economy & Jobs 10-09-2020

Time to put the European Green Deal at the heart of trade policy

Trade Commissioner nominee Valdis Dombrovskis faces a packed in-tray. The EU's trade policy needs a complete overhaul in order to be adapted to the EU’s new sustainability goals and to harness globalization, write Anna Cavazzini and Saskia Bricmont.  
Economy & Jobs 08-09-2020

Von der Leyen proposes McGuinness as financial services Commissioner 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen proposed on Tuesday (8 September) Ireland's Mairead McGuinness to become financial services Commissioner, taking over from executive vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis, who will assume the trade portfolio vacated by Phil Hogan.
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2020

Commission to present ‘strong’ rules for Facebook’s Libra

The European Commission will present later this year new rules to develop a “sound” crypto-asset market in the EU, including for stablecoins such as Facebook’s digital currency Libra, financial services commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, said on Tuesday.
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

Commission defends gradual return to fiscal discipline to avoid ‘mistakes’ of austerity

The European Commission could start controlling deficit and debt levels from next year, once the recession is over. But the road to balancing public accounts again will avoid the “mistakes” of the last crisis, the institution said on Wednesday (20 May). 
Economy & Jobs 20-05-2020

EU recovery funds will come with strings attached 

The EU’s unprecedented stimulus to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic will come with certain conditions which should reflect the extraordinary nature of this crisis and the European goals, senior MEPs and diplomats have said
Economy & Jobs 18-05-2020

New capital markets union strategy to take central role in EU recovery

The European Commission will outline in the autumn a new package of initiatives to deepen the capital markets union, seen as a key tool to relaunch the EU economy in the aftermath of COVID-19, according to an internal document seen by EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 08-05-2020

EU proposes scrapping usual conditions for ESM use in virus battle

The European Commission on Thursday (7 May) proposed scrapping the usual conditions for countries using the eurozone’s bailout fund as they try to revive their economies hit by the coronavirus epidemic. The proposal may make the fund more palatable for...
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2020

Commission proposes pan-European authority to fight against ‘dirty money’

The European Commission outlined on Thursday a series of proposals to bolster the flawed anti-money laundering system in Europe, including a new pan-European authority, following a series of major scandals in Europe.
Economy & Jobs 21-04-2020

EU Commission will propose ‘borrowing’ to finance recovery plan: Dombrovskis

The EU executive will propose borrowing from the markets in order to finance a recovery plan that will come on top of the EU budget, the European Commission's vice-president for the economy, Valdis Dombrovskis, told EU lawmakers on Monday (20 April).