Category Archives: EU

Bad luck of the Irish – Bavarian friends for Britain? – Snickers danger

epa05838836 (L-R) Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, British Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite during the European spring summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 March 2017. European leaders will mainly focus on election of the European Council President and on Brexit during the two-day summit. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

epa05838836 (L-R) Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, British Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite during the European spring summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 March 2017. European leaders will mainly focus on election of the European Council President and on Brexit during the two-day summit. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

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— Theresa May didn’t come to Brussels to talk about Brexit, but there’s not much else her continental counterparts want to hear from her. Even Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny failed to get any Brexit details. In the only one-on-one meeting May held at the European Council on Thursday, Kenny asked on what date she would trigger Article 50. Her response? By the end of March. So much for the luck of the Irish! Continue reading

Future of the EU: MEPs discuss five scenarios set out by Jean-Claude Juncker

By Cezary Lewanowicz

C52WNF-XQAQQUziLead MEPs from Parliament’s political groups reacted to the Commission’s Future of Europe White Paper, presented by its President Jean-Claude Juncker to the full House. Some MEPs welcomed the Commission’s decision to outline five possible paths for the EU to take in the coming years, while others criticized it for not picking a clear preferred path or providing concrete examples.

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Must See Places in Europe

image001Europe boasts elegance, sophistication, art, grandeur and definitely the best cafes you can possibly find. Comprising approximately 50 countries, the continent is a spectacular blend of the invigorating past and breathtaking present. Let’s not keep you from its charms anymore but dive headlong into it. Continue reading

SMEs are at the core of the European Project

pr170414aThe Maltese Presidency looks forward to starting discussions on the legislative initiatives in the framework of the Single Market Strategy, and particularly welcomes the recently issued Services Package. This was stated by Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business Chris Cardona, in his address at the BusinessEurope Conference in Brussels, entitled “Is the European Single Market SME-Friendly? What do SMEs Actually Need?”. Continue reading

Malta Informal Summit: citizens and political leaders from national, regional and local levels support President Tusk and the Maltese Presidency’s call to regain faith, reunite and stand up for a strong European Union

image002EU citizens gathered just outside of Valletta last night for a town hall debate ahead of today’s challenging Malta Summit to build up a bottom-up movement in response to Europe’s pressing challenges. Together with elected politicians from all levels of government, the debate included Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of the Regions, Parliamentary Secretary Ian Borg, representing the Maltese Presidency, Joseph Cordina, Head of the Maltese Delegation in the European Committee of the Regions, as well as Marthese Portelli, Member of the Maltese National Parliament and Sarah Agius, Mayor of Zebbug (Malta). Continue reading

Malta won’t back new EU corruption prosecutor

epa05755009 Malta's Minister of Justice Owen Bonnici speaks before the Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers at the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta, Malta, 27 January 2017. It is the first Informal Meeting of Home Affairs Ministers since Malta took over the EU Presidency on 01 January 2017. EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA

Malta’s Minister of Justice Owen Bonnici speaks before the Informal Meeting of Justice and Home Affairs Ministers at the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta, Malta, 27 January 2017. It is the first Informal Meeting of Home Affairs Ministers since Malta took over the EU Presidency on 01 January 2017. EPA/DOMENIC AQUILINA

The agency will be charged with investigating and prosecuting corruption and fraud involving EU funds.

by Harry Cooper

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Antonio Tajani Elected President

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Antonio Tajani was elected president of the European Parliament on 17 January, succeeding Martin Schulz. Tajani, an Italian member of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) group and vice-president of the Parliament, received 351 votes in the fourth and final round of voting, compared to 282 votes for Gianni Pittella, the Italian leader of the S&D group. His term in office will end in 2019, when the next elections for the European Parliament will be held. Continue reading