Romania targets at least one important mandate of European Commissioner
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Romania is interested in one of the mandates of European Commissioners for regional policy, energy, transport and the environment. “We have not finished the regional policy mandate, so we could once again ask for this very important portfolio. So, I … Read More

Global warming and gender equality are the priorities of Ursula von der Leyen
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Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen (born Albrecht, on October 8, 1958) is a German politician and elected president of the European Commission. She was Germany’s Defense Minister from 2013 to 2019. Member of the center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU), she … Read More

Digital Assembly 2019 – Bucharest, Romania, June 13-14
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The Digital Assembly 2019 is a forum for stakeholders to take stock of the achievements of the Digital Single Market Strategy, draw lessons and to exchange views on the contours of a future digital policy. The event is also a … Read More

Banned media access to events organized by the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council
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I applied online for accreditation, and I received confirmation as a journalist. The press facilities offered at the events organized by the Romanian Presidium of the EU Council are listed on the website: 250 work spaces with broadband, phone and … Read More

Romania left out by the EU member states
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A passenger civilian plane with Russian Deputy President Dimitri Rogozin was banned from entering the Romanian airspace. In accordance with a European Union decision, Rogozin is banned from entering the EU. He was to join, together with other Russian officials, … Read More

Romanian road hauliers accuse the European Commission of favoring Western countries
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The National Union of Road Hauliers from Romania (UNTR) states that the European Commission applies a double standard in the interpretation of Regulation 561/2006 on the right of truck drivers to spend their weekly rest in the cabs, depending on … Read More

US improve Europe’s defense system on the Eastern flank
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Trump intends to increase with 40% the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI) budget, a program initiated in 2014 by the United States to ensure Europe’s security, especially the Eastern flank of NATO. The budget of the program increased from an initial … Read More

European Union: Lower VAT on e-books, bringing them into line with printed books
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EU citizens could pay less for e-books after plans to allow member states to reduce VAT on e-publications were backed in committee on Wednesday. An EU Commission proposal to enable member states to charge a reduced rate of VAT on … Read More

European Commission fines Facebook €110 million for misleading information about WhatsApp takeover
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The European Commission has fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s 2014 investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Today’s decision … Read More

What about English as EU official language, after Brexit?
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Many agencies and institutes of European Union (in fact, all of them) use the English as the main official EU language. But, after the UK decision to leave European Union, there will be no other country with English as main … Read More

European Union, 60 years
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Snipers on rooftops, drones in the air, and thousands of police on the streets in Rome. EU heads of state met in the same Renaissance Palazzo del Conservatives where it all began on March 25, 1957, with the Treaty of … Read More

EU new rules in e-commerce
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In 2015, the Commission published its communication on the Digital Single Market (DSM) Strategy, thereby addressing priority No 2 in Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘Political Guidelines for the Next Commission’ of July 2014. The latter had promised ‘ambitious legislative steps towards a … Read More

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