A press release, a Q&A and the speeches by VP Sefcovic and Commissioner Arias Cañete at the State of the Energy Union press conference are also available.
The Council today adopted a significant number of legislative acts covering a range of policy areas. This reflects the outcome of intensive negotiations with the European Parliament over recent weeks as the end of the current legislature approaches.
In order to improve the functioning of the Court of Justice of the EU, which has seen a huge increase in the number of cases brought before it, the Council today adopted a new filtering mechanism for appeals by changing the Statute of the Court of Justice of the EU. In order to implement the change in practice, the Council also approved a set of amendments to the Court’s Rules of Procedure.
Energy is crucial to the 5 Central Asian countries’ – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – economic growth, and their governments are increasingly aware of and interested in their renewable energy resources and have deployed sustainable energy strategies and projects in recent years.
The European Parliament has long sought to ensure that, by voting in European elections, European citizens not only elect the Parliament itself, but also have a say over who would head the EU executive – the European Commission. What became known as the ‘Spitzenkandidaten process’ is a procedure whereby European political parties, ahead of European elections, appoint lead candidates for the role of Commission President, with the presidency of the Commission then going to the candidate of the political party capable of marshalling sufficient parliamentary support. The Parliament remains firmly committed to repeating the process in 2019 and, with EP elections now only weeks away, attention has shifted to the European political parties. A number of parties have nominated lead candidates, and this briefing gives an overview of their nominees, as well as looking more broadly at the process.
The appointment of the new Secretary-General of the Commission in 2018 has been taken up by the European Parliament and has been put on its agenda on several occasions. In order to give interested readers an overview on the controversial decision, its circumstances and its assessment by different actors, this documentation contains a chronology of the related activities of the European Parliament and the European Ombudsman. It collects the most relevant texts from these institutions and also the answers given to them by the European Commission.