Greece's coalition government seems to be pleased with the appointment of Dimitris Avramopoulos. As a commissioner of migration, it is considered a sign of trust toward Athens. The opposition though, thinks that Greece just received a “hot potato”.
Jean-Claude Juncker announced yesterday (10 September) the appointment of Greece's defence minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, as Commissioner of Migration and Home Affairs.
Since coming to power in February, Bohuslav Sobotka’s government is touting its European credentials, and plans to join the Eurozone soon, despite falling interest by Czech voters at the last European elections. EurActiv France reports.
The directorate for public health (DG Sanco) took over the lead role for medicines and medical devices, only some years ago. Mr Juncker's announcement that these units will be moved back to DG Enterprise, is a step backwards, writes Jim Murray.
Poland said on Wednesday it was receiving 20 percent less gas than normal from Russia and a German gas operator said its supplies of Russian gas were slightly reduced.
Some European officials believe Moscow could use disruptions to the gas deliveries on which Europe depends as its trump card in a confrontation over Ukraine that has already brought ties between Moscow and the West to their lowest since the Cold War.
The Juncker Commission has promised to be “more political” than its predecessor, something GMO backers see as a negative development for the approval of genetically modified crops in Europe.
“We believe this will not be positive,” said André Goig, chairman of EuropaBio, the European association of bioindustries, referring to the announcement of the new European Commission.
MasterCard broke EU antitrust law when setting interchange charges for cross-border card payments, the highest court of the European Union today ruled (11 September).
The judgment will influence other national competition law proceedings in the EU, which were paused pending the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision in Luxembourg. The court rules on points of EU law, giving clarification to other courts.
Poles appear content to have their Prime Minister Donald Tusk elected Council President. However, as he is to be accompanied by his deputy Elżbieta Bieńkowska to take a Commissioner job in Brussels, Tusk's government seem to be entering the period of interregnum. EurActiv Poland reports.
On 3 September, Poland confirmed Deputy Prime Minister Elżbieta Bieńkowska as the country's new commissioner nominee, just days after Tusk was elected Council President at the 30-31 August summit.
The European Commission has not given a satisfactory reason for why the review of the Alcohol Strategy wasn't published last year, as promised, says MEP Glenis Willmott. She would like the next version to look into minimum pricing, include more research and health recommendations.