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Disagreement between the EU institutions over next year's budget has triggered a three-week conciliation period to start on 28 October. The aim is to find agreement based on the Commission's 2015 budget proposal of €142.1bn (5% more than in 2014), with the Council wanting €140bn and the European Parliament €146.42bn.
Nine African migrants were Wednesday treated for injuries after a rush on border fences separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco. Around 20 managed to get across. Spanish authorities estimated total 2,000 migrants have made it across the border fences in roughly 60 attempts this year.
Hungary's government said Wednesday it had found "irregularities" in 61 of 63 Norway funded NGO projects and will press charges against the Budapest-based Okotars Alapitvany in charge of distributing Norwegian grants. The foundation, which promotes environmental awareness among civil society, denied the accusations.
Estonia has summoned the Russian ambassador after a Russian intelligence-gathering plane entered 600 metres into its airspace for less than one minute on Wednesday. Nato "air-policing" jets from Denmark and Portugal intercepted the plane, which took off from Kaliningrad. Swedish jets were also involved in escorting it away.
EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he listened to criticism from MEPs and medical figures after he announced that pharmaceuticals and medical devices were to be moved to the industry commissioner in his new team. Juncker decided to reverse that decision and allow the health commissioner to be in charge.
Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said he has given a lot of thought but decided to keep the "enlargement negotiations" portfolio named as such, because he doesn't want to "delude people into thinking they could become members in the next 5 years." Johannes Hahn is the commissioner in charge.
Incoming Hungarian commissioner Tibor Navracsics will remain in charge of culture and education, but will get sport instead of citizenship, said commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker. MEPs said he should get a different portfolio because he was part of the Orban government in Budapest cracking down on media freedom and NGOs.
Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker told MEPs he is tasking his 'first vice-president', Frans Timmermans to "advise" him on so-called investor-state dispute settlement arrangements in the EU-US free trade deal under negotiation. ISDS clauses are common in free trade deals, but they are seen as 'special courts' favouring businesses.
EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly on Wednesday announced her office has opened an investigation into how the EU's border agency, Frontex, applies fundamental rights when migrants are forced to return to their home countries. "I want to find out how Frontex is equipped to deal with potential violations," said O'Reilly.