About: Věra Jourová

Future EU 15-04-2022

Over 10% of citizen proposals on EU’s future require treaty changes, expert says

Twelve per cent of European citizens’ proposals as a part of the conference on the Future of Europe require a treaty change if they are to be implemented, according to an EU law expert.
Coronavirus 08-03-2022

Women’s day: Time to address inequalities experienced by women during pandemic

Ahead of Women’s Day, the European Parliament started discussing the disproportionate effects that the pandemic had on women, who ultimately faced more unpaid care work, violence and worsened mental health as a consequence of lockdowns and curfews.
Health 28-01-2022

EU watchdog accuses Commission of maladministration over texts to Pfizer CEO

The European Commission's denial of access to text messages between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla amounts to ‘maladministration’, the EU Ombudsman found.
Elections 12-10-2021

Jourova: EU ‘will start collapsing’ unless it takes on Polish challenge

The European Union "will start collapsing" unless it challenges a ruling by Poland's top court that national legislation trumps European laws, Commission Vice President Věra Jourová said on Monday (11 October).
Economy & Jobs 01-10-2021

EU mulls approving Hungary, Poland recovery plans, with conditions

The EU is prepared to approve multi-billion-euro recovery plans for Hungary and Poland in the coming weeks, but with strict conditions attached, bloc officials said.
Media 31-08-2021

Jourová meets Polish PM amid tension on rule of law, media freedom

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, visited Poland on Monday and Tuesday (30-31 August), as tensions remain high over rule of law and media freedom in the biggest eastern member state.
03-06-2021

‘Deadline elapsed’: MEPs vow to sue Commission over failing to apply rule of law regulation

The liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament pledged on Wednesday (2 May) to seek a majority in the legislative’s plenary sitting next week to sue the European executive for failing to apply a rule tying disbursement of EU...

New prosecutor’s office joins EU ‘Justice League’

A newly created EU prosecutor's office started work on Tuesday (1 June), in time to throw legal-eagle scrutiny on hundreds of billions of euros of Covid recovery spending about to sprayed across the bloc.
Politics 31-05-2021

The decision on who should lead the EU’s Warsaw office is crucial

The next Head of the European Commission in Warsaw needs to be a political heavyweight, argues Piotr Maciej Kaczyński.
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Russian ambassador: Moscow and EU need to pull themselves out of ‘this mess’

The Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, discussed the current tensions against the background of purported covert operations by Russian military intelligence GRU on EU soil, jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, the Sputnik vaccine, and the upcoming Economic Forum in St Petersburg.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

EU summons Russian envoy over travel bans on Brussels officials

The European Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to condemn Moscow's decision to bar eight officials from entering the country, which the Kremlin said was in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens by the EU.
Global Europe 01-05-2021

Russia bars EU officials as latest row escalates

Tensions between Russia and the European Union escalated on Friday (30 April) as Moscow barred eight EU officials from entering the country and Brussels warned it could respond in kind.
On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
Technology 16-04-2021

Jourová on the future for European media: Big Tech, Democracy, and Independence

On the occasion of EURACTIV's launch of its new 'Digital & Media' hub, Editor Samuel Stolton caught up with the Commission's Vice President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová, to discuss the wide range of issues currently impacting the European media landscape. 
Technology 14-04-2021

EU Commission ‘concerned’ about PKN Orlen media takeover, Jourová says

Polish state-owned oil refiner PKN Orlen’s takeover of publisher Polska Press has raised concerns in the European Commission, its Vice-President Vera Jourová has told EURACTIV, adding to the concerns already raised by the opposition in Poland.
Agrifood 24-03-2021

New report reiterates there is no East-West divide in food quality

A new study on food quality has found detectable differences between European products but said they were not correlated with geography, lending weight to the idea that there is no East-West divide in food quality discrimination in Europe.
China 24-03-2021

Looking at China: Dazed and confused

China is using its economic and technological force to attack the vital interests of the United States and its main strategic partner, the European Union, writes Vladimir Krulj.
Data protection 12-03-2021

Data Privacy post COVID-19: What has changed and where do we go now?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started last year, privacy has been in the spotlight, becoming an even more important priority, both for individuals and companies. European citizens and businesses have had to radically realign their lives to the new reality. While...
The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
Technology 11-03-2021

US ‘concerned’ about EU data localisation, as Irish regulator reveals TikTok worry

The US administration has hit out at calls in the EU for personal data to be localized on the bloc and thus avoid having to be transferred to third countries, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice last year in the famed Schrems II case.
EU negotiators want an 'absolute guarantee' that personal data transferred to the US will not be subject to 'mass surveillance,' as part of ongoing talks on a new EU-US data transfer mechanism, according to the Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.
Technology 11-03-2021

Jourová defends EU data against US ‘mass surveillance’ in Privacy Shield talks

EU negotiators want an 'absolute guarantee' that personal data transferred to the US will not be subject to 'mass surveillance,' as part of ongoing talks on a new EU-US data transfer mechanism, according to the Commission's Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová.
#Media4EU 11-03-2021

Media4Europe: Quality news suffers, skills and funding required

On 3 March 2021, the Media4Europe Summit gathered 200 media professionals, key policymakers and publishers,  around the theme “Towards a healthy news media sector?”. The event was also the official launch of the second edition of the Stars4Media innovation exchange...
Media 04-03-2021

European Commission pledges support for struggling media sector

The European Commission is set to implement an action plan to support Europe’s media sector, which is facing an economic crisis, Vera Jourova, Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency told a EURACTIV event on Wednesday (3 March). “Strengthening media freedom...
Major platforms should take measures to de-monetise disinformation across their platforms, as part of the EU's wider bid to clamp down on harmful content online, the European Commission has said.
Technology 28-01-2021

EU Commission presses platforms to de-monetise disinformation

As part of a wider bid to clamp down on harmful content on the internet, the European Commission has urged major digital platforms to take measures to de-monetise disinformation online.
Non-discrimination 21-01-2021

German minorities criticise EU for rejecting citizens’ initiative

More than 1.1 million people demanded that the Commission do more to protect minorities, but Brussels neglected to take action. German minority associations are outraged and are trying to build up the pressure through the member states. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Technology 14-01-2021

After Trump, we must fight to rebuild the ruins of democracy

Even after US President Trump is gone, the underlying causes of division, mistrust, and frustration won't go away and Europe must future-proof itself against any risks to democracy – particularly in the online world, writes Věra Jourová.