The Government of Finland will meet the European Parliament President David Sassoli and leaders of the EP’s political groups in Helsinki on 6 September. The purpose of the meeting between the Government and the Conference of the Presidents of the European Parliament is to discuss the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU and inter-institutional cooperation.
During the European elections in May, about 200 million Europeans elected MEPs to represent them over the coming five years in the new European Parliament. Those MEPs are organised into groups based on their political affinities. Find out about the priorities of each group in the video series created by the European Parliament.
Update – public versions of the decisions are available (cases SA.53054, SA.53055 and SA.53056).
The European Commission has found German plans to support the retrofitting of municipal and commercial diesel vehicles to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure should contribute to reducing nitrogen oxides emissions by 1,450 tonnes per year, while limiting distortions of competition.
Update: letters concerning the nominations of Mr Margaritis SCHINAS have been published.
Update: the amendments to the EP PECH and ECON Committee opinions are now available.
A new Eurobarometer survey released today shows a strong increase in citizens’ positive perception of the European Union across the board – from the economy to the state of democracy. These are the best results since the June 2014 Eurobarometer survey conducted before the Juncker Commission took office.
Update: the public version of the Decision, the Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Final report of the Hearing Officer have been made available.
The European Commission has prohibited Siemens’ proposed acquisition of Alstom under the EU Merger Regulation. The merger would have harmed competition in markets for railway signalling systems and very high-speed trains. The parties did not offer remedies sufficient to address these concerns.
On 4-5 September Bruegel will organise its Annual Meetings. As in previous years, the Meetings will offer relevant topical discussions through which we strive to contribute to the quality of economic policy making in Europe and beyond.
A summary of the exchange of views, with a focus on digital, transport and finance policy, is now available.
A summary of the discussion on the Finnish Presidency priorities is now available.
A new release of the Online Collection System (OCS) for the European Citizens’ Initiative is out! This version 3.0.0 includes major upgrades in terms of accessibility and maintainability of the application. The OCS is a reusable tool that permits the online collection of statements of support in a way that complies with the Regulation on the European Citizens’ Initiative.