Less red tape in EU research, say Auditors

The administrative burden on those applying for and managing research grants under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme has been reduced, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Most of the simplification measures introduced by the European Commission have been effective, say the auditors, although there is still room for improvement. Horizon … Continue reading Less red tape in EU research, say Auditors

Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

A proposed system to protect persons reporting breaches of EU law – known as whistleblowers – could increase their legal rights in all Member States and give citizens a central role in ensuring EU rules are applied in the context of their work, according to a new Opinion from the European Court of Auditors. The … Continue reading Auditors welcome greater protection for whistleblowers in the EU

Antitrust: Commission invites comments on Transgaz commitments concerning natural gas exports from Romania

The European Commission invites comments on commitments submitted by Transgaz to address competition concerns regarding the free flow of natural gas from Romania. The commitments would aim to enable natural gas exports from Romania to other Member States, in particular Hungary and Bulgaria. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Natural gas consumers across … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission invites comments on Transgaz commitments concerning natural gas exports from Romania

European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

The EU's approach to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) reform outlined in a document published today will be presented to EU partners in Geneva on 20 September during a meeting on that subject convened by Canada. The European Commission has today put forward a first set of ideas to modernise the WTO and to make … Continue reading European Commission presents comprehensive approach for the modernisation of the World Trade Organisation

Stronger anti-money laundering supervision for a stable banking and financial sector – Questions and Answers

The Commission proposed today to further strengthen the supervision of EU financial institutions to better address money-laundering and terrorist financing threats. While the EU has strong anti-money laundering rules in place, recent cases involving money laundering in some EU banks have raised concerns that those rules are not always supervised and enforced effectively across the … Continue reading Stronger anti-money laundering supervision for a stable banking and financial sector – Questions and Answers

European Commission oversight of Member States’ application of EU Law to be strengthened, say Auditors

Opportunities exist for the European Commission to further strengthen its oversight of the way EU law is applied in the Member States, according to a new Landscape Review by the European Court of Auditors. The review looks at the Commission’s oversight activities and identifies challenges and opportunities ahead. It also points to the need for … Continue reading European Commission oversight of Member States’ application of EU Law to be strengthened, say Auditors

Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court