About: Viviane Reding

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Digital 21-09-2015

Growth through Online Innovation: What role for European online branding?

With the EU strategy on the Digital Single Market imminent, the EU executive will look to spur the European economy through the internet sector.
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Digital 04-08-2015

Invitation: Growth through online innovation

How can Europe bring back growth and take advantage of a digital revolution? How can SMEs be encouraged to innovate? How can consumer confidence be boosted?
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Economy & Jobs 23-04-2014

From reform to Growth – EPP Congress Dublin 2014

The Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies was present at the XII Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) that took place in Dublin on 6 and 7 March 2014, an event that gathered more than 2,000 participants, including the leaders of EU institutions, heads of state and government, party leaders, ministers, national and European parliamentarians, and delegates from EPP member parties throughout Europe.
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Social justice 14-04-2014

Commission publishes annual report on Fundamental Rights, Gender equality

The European Commission released on Monday its 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, providing an overview of the main EU policy and legal developments in gender equality during the last year, as well as examples of policies and actions in Member States.
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Commission rates judiciary independence of EU member states

The European Commission released on Monday the second edition of the EU Justice Scoreboard, aimed to promote quality, independence and efficiency of justice systems in the European Union.
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Future EU 11-03-2014

Commission proposes tool to fight ‘systemic threats’ to EU rule of law

The European Commission adopted on Tuesday a new framework to address systemic threats to the rule of law in any of the EU's 28 Member States. The new framework establishes an early warning tool allowing the Commission to enter into a dialogue with the Member State concerned to prevent the escalation of systemic threats to the rule of law.
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Europe's East 11-03-2014

Reding: Sanctions against Russia are needed

Speaking at the EPP Congress in Dublin, EU Justice Commissioner Vivianne Reding said that EU leaders are 'right' about imposing sanctions against Russia. “There is a sacrosanct principle to leave the integrity of the states intact,” Reding added.
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Reding urges UK citizens to make ‘informed decisions’ on EU membership

As EU elections approach, EU Justice commissioner Viviane Reding said on Monday that there is a need for more information about the European Union across EU member states. Amid increasing debate on immigration and free movement of people across the 28 nation bloc, Reding urged British citizens to make 'informed decisions' on the future of Britain's EU membership.
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Commission wants member states to keep voting rights for EU citizens abroad

The European Commission took action on Wednesday to help EU citizens who lose the right to vote in national elections after moving abroad in the EU. 'Every EU citizen has the right to vote in European and in local elections in his or her Member State of residence. This is one of the key rights for the free movement of citizens and you know that 14 million of citizens are living in another Member State than their own.' EU Justice commissioner Viviane Reding said.
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Reding: “Freedom of Movement is non-negotiable”

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said on Wednesday that freedom of movement within the EU is 'non-negotiable'. The comments come after UK's Prime Minister David Cameron wrote in the Financial Times that he will announce a crackdown on European Union immigration rules, vowing to deport vagrants, restrict the right of foreign nationals to social benefits and call for new rules to stop “vast migrations” of Romanians and Bulgarians.
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Economy & Jobs 20-11-2013

Parliament backs Reding’s gender quotas

The European Parliament backed the European Commission's proposal on Wednesday (20 November) to increase the number of women in Europe's company boardrooms, which in 2013 stood at only 17.6% for non-executive boards.
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Data protection 19-11-2013

EU Commissioner Reding: US meeting on data protection ‘constructive’

European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, responsible for justice and fundamental rights, expressed her satisfaction for the “positive and constructive” meeting with US Attorney General Eric Holder on data protection, following revelations about US interception of EU communications.
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Data protection 30-10-2013

US NSA chief denies collecting intelligence on EU citizens

The US intelligence chief has fought back against claims that the US was allegedly tapping the phones of EU citizens and leaders, including Angela Merkel. In a snap hearing in the US Congress on Tuesday, General Keith Alexander said that the US had not collected information on European citizens, hinting that it was EU governments who handed over the data. “Data was provided to NSA by foreign partners”, Alexander said.
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Economy & Jobs 15-10-2013

MEPs back 40% quota in company boards

MEPs backed on Monday a proposal by the European Commission to address the gender imbalance in top management jobs in Europe. The new legislation would require most listed EU companies to make sure that 40% of all non-executive board members are women.
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EC on freedom of movement within the EU

The European Commission comments on the freedom of movement within the EU after French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called for Roma from Bulgaria and Romania to sent back where they came from. 
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Croatia surrenders on EU arrest warrant

New EU member Croatia backtracked in its first row with the bloc's executive Commission on Wednesday, agreeing to fully apply the EU extradition law after Brussels raised the prospect of sanctions. The European Commission warned Croatia on 26 August it could face legal action, including a possible loss of EU funds, because a few days before its 1 July accession Zagreb changed its laws to prevent the extradition of suspects of crimes committed before 2002, when EU rules were changed.
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Data protection 15-07-2013

European Commission on EU data protection regulation

Chancellor Angela Merkel has vowed to push for tougher EU data protection rules and force Internet firms to be more open as she tried to reassure voters before a September election about intrusive snooping by US intelligence in Germany.
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Global Europe 02-07-2013

EU-US trade talks at risk after spying allegations

EU policymakers said on Monday that talks for a free trade agreement between the US and the EU might be at risk. The threat comes after reports revealed over the weekend that American spies had allegedly been wiretapping EU buildings in Brussels and Washington. Both the European Commission and the European Parliament have demanded quick clarification.
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Digital 12-06-2013

EU slams US over data scandal

MEPs on Tuesday slammed the US government over reports that the country's Security Agency had been snooping on EU citizen's information and called for tougher online regulations. The scandal comes after whistleblower Ed Snowden revealed last week that the US authorities had tapped the servers of internet companies for personal data.
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Euro & Finance 14-05-2013

EC Reding on gender balance

EU's Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with Accenture's Managing Director Markus Klimmer on Tuesday to discuss how best to improve gender balance on company boards.                                           
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Future EU 18-04-2013

Commission accuses Hungary of transgressions

The European Commission accused Hungary of nonconformity with EU legislation and breaches of the rule of law during a plenary debate in the European Parliament yesterday (17 April), in the presence of the country’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
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Economy & Jobs 05-03-2012

Boardrooms need quota for women, says EU’s Reding

The European Commission said on Monday it's working on a new law to get more women into top management jobs in Europe. Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding launched a public consultation aimed at getting solutions to address the gender imbalance. Binding quotas might be one of them. Only around one out of seven board members in Europe's top companies are currently women. Commissioner Reding said that at this current rate, it would take more than 40 years to reach significant equality.
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Data protection 25-01-2012

EU wants ‘right to be forgotten’

The European Commission on Wednesday presented a new "comprehensive" reform on data protection rules. This to replace the current laws that came into force back in 1995. Brussels wants to give people more control over their personal data by introducing the controversial "right to be forgotten". Under the proposed law, people can ask companies to delete information that they hold about them. Companies who don't comply could face fines of up to 2% of their annual turnover.