Jorge Valero

14-11-2018

Commission champions ‘laissez-faire’ in first response to FinTech revolution

The European Commission will start shaping the environment for the fast-evolving digital revolution in the financial sector later this year in a proposal for retail financing with a clear stance: let the revolution flourish. The institution will unveil late this...
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Agrifood 14-11-2018

Dombrovskis: ‘Trump brings concerns to international financial regulation’

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis was wary of US Donald Trump’s attempts to alter the ongoing negotiations to strengthen the international financial system. In a wide-range interview with euractiv.com, he was positive about Greece’s fiscal adjustment and he called on...
13-07-2018

Cutting-edge technologies struggle to prove disruptive impact

The ‘father’ of LiFi Harald Haas said on Monday (27 February) that its LED-based wireless connection deserved EU support, while blockchain developers defended the major impact of the public ledger in society.
Brexit 17-04-2018

EU-27 hands Spain veto over Gibraltar’s Brexit deal

Spain is likely to wield a veto over any Brexit deal for Gibraltar after the EU-27 backed Madrid in its draft negotiating guidelines for forthcoming divorce talks between the UK and the bloc.
Brexit 30-03-2017

Momentum builds behind transitional Brexit deal

EU institutions and governments discussed the need for additional time before negotiations for Britain’s exit from the EU start, in order to complete the new bilateral association agreement.
Brexit 29-03-2017

Revoking Article 50 would be illegal, claim EU diplomats

European Union member states questioned on Wednesday (29 March) the legality of a European Parliament move to open up the possibility that Article 50, the legal process taking Britain out of the EU, could be reversed. Diplomats told euractiv.com that...
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Aviation 28-03-2017

Europe struggles to tackle cyber attacks in aviation

Cyber threats to the aviation sector are rapidly becoming a major issue for airlines, aircraft manufacturers and authorities. But Europe is finding legacy problems and new challenges to address cyber risks for its air transportation systems.
Digital 23-03-2017

Brussels eyes EU-wide licence for FinTech startups

The European Commission wants to create a special regime to attract FinTech companies in Europe and help the old continent compete globally on this promising new market, EU sources told EURACTIV.com.
Vestager: Dijsselbloem's comments are "wrong"
Politics 22-03-2017

Vestager: Dijsselbloem’s comments are ‘wrong’

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager skipped the European Commission's "no comment on comments" policy to criticise Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem's remarks about southern member states.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Moedas: ‘We need to shout’ to sell our discoveries

The EU needs to be “bolder” and “shout” to promote its own scientific achievements to counter the PR tactics of partners like the US, Commissioner for Research Carlos Moedas said on Monday (21 March).
Economic governance 21-03-2017

Dijsselbloem to open debate on his future as Eurogroup chief

Acting Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said yesterday (20 March) that he would have a discussion with his eurozone colleagues about his continuation as Eurogroup president, following the electoral debacle of his party in The Netherlands.
Economy & Jobs 14-03-2017

Parliament backs shareholders’ say on directors’ pay

The European Parliament backed an agreement on Tuesday (14 March) reached with member states to allow shareholders a say on directors’ remuneration schemes.
Energy 14-03-2017

Commission leaning towards Nord Stream 2 approval

As the European Commission announced a settlement with Gazprom on Monday (13 March), officials told EURACTIV.com it was "highly likely" that the executive will approve the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
Future EU 09-03-2017

EU unity in ruins after Poland’s tussle over Tusk

European Union plans to present a united front in the face of Brexit were thrown into disarray tonight (9 March), after Poland was overruled in its opposition to the reappointment of Donald Tusk as European Council President.
Future EU 09-03-2017

Tusk reappointment highlights EPP monopoly of top posts

EU leaders will address the political imbalance at the Union’s helm this year as a “substantial” number are “unhappy” with the current distribution, Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat said today (9 March).
Competition 08-03-2017

Commission fines car suppliers €155 million

Germany's Mahle Behr, France’s Valeo and four Japanese firms (Panasonic, Calsonic, Denso, Sanden) were accused on Wednesday (8 March) of taking part in one or more cartels
Future EU 07-03-2017

Tusk against the Quartet’s multi-speed Europe

European Council President Donald Tusk considers the proposal made to deepen the EU project at various speeds a warning, as unity should be the utmost priority after Brexit.
Economy & Jobs 07-03-2017

Unitary patent expected this year, despite Brexit 

The European Patent Office on Tuesday (7 March) said that the long-awaited EU patent will be launched this year and that it was confident that the UK would continue its involvement.
Energy 07-03-2017

Hungary wins final EU approval for Russian-built nuclear plant

The European Commission cleared on Monday (6 March) the last hurdle for Hungary’s nuclear project Paks II despite outstanding concerns about the role of the national regulator and spent fuel management.
Future EU 06-03-2017

Juncker will fight for ‘more Europe’ in post-Brexit EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will support "more Europe" for all members instead of a two-speed model that would split the bloc, a senior Commission official has said, refuting previous allegations.
Global Europe 02-03-2017

The Brief: Europe enters new Dark Ages

The EU is, perhaps, the modern heir to the Holy Roman Empire. Like the Empire 700 years ago, it is in decline – sinking into an uncomfortable middle age.
Future EU 22-02-2017

Commission postpones new vision for Europe until December

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission will put forward five proposals this semester to forge a “new identity” in time for the December European Council summit, EURACTIV has learned.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

Member states’ broad definition of tax havens raises concerns

EU finance ministers agreed today (21 February) on criteria that will be used to label tax-free jurisdictions as offshore territories, sparking concerns about the negative impact on EU’s future black-list.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2017

Greece’s lenders shift from austerity to reforms

The Eurogroup took a small step on Monday (20 February) towards the completion of the second review of Greece's €86 billion rescue programme, placing the emphasis on reforms over austerity to reduce the country's huge debt pile.