BALTIC GAS INTERCONNECTION
The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has welcomed the signing of the grant agreement on the GIPL (Gas Interconnector Poland – Lithuania), the first pipeline connecting Poland and Lithuania, which will end the long lasting isolation of the Baltic Sea region and bring the energy needed for a new economic dynamism to the region.
The agreement is an important step towards increased security of supply for the European energy market, as witnessed by the participation at the signature ceremony of President Juncker, Polish Prime Minister, Ewa Kopacz, the President of Lithuania and former EU Commissioner, Dalia Grybauskaité, Latvian Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma and the Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas. Read More→
RESEARCH & INNOVATION
HORIZON 2020 WORK PROGRAMME
On 13th October, the European Commission adopted the 2016-2017 Work Programme for Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.
On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, proclaimed: “Research and innovation are the engines of Europe’s progress and vital to addressing today’s new pressing challenges like immigration, climate change, clean energy and healthy societies. Over the next two years, €16 billion from Horizon 2020 will support Europe’s top scientific efforts, making the difference to citizens’ lives.” Read More→
FIAT & STARBUCKS FACING STATE AID CASE
The European Commission has decided that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted illegal selective tax advantages to Fiat Finance and Trade and Starbucks.
“Tax rulings that artificially reduce a company’s tax burden are not in line with EU state aid rules. They are illegal. I hope that, with today’s decisions, this message will be heard by Member State governments and companies alike. All companies, big or small, multinational or not, should pay their fair share of tax” said Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Read More→
DIRECTIVE PAIEMENTS EUROPEENS
Le Parlement européen a adopté la proposition de la Commission européenne visant à rendre les paiements européens plus sûrs et innovants; les nouvelles règles permettront de mieux protéger les consommateurs lorsqu’ils effectuent des paiements, elles encourageront le développement et l’utilisation de modes de paiement mobiles et en ligne innovants et elles rendront les services européens de paiement plus sûrs.
Les parlementaires ont adopté le 8 Octobre la directive révisée concernant les services de paiement (PSD 2, selon l’acronyme anglais). Read More→