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European Commission: Executive branch of the European Union
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. The Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament. It is common, although not a formal requirement, that the commissioners have previously held senior political positions, such as being a member of the European Parliament or a government minister.

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Czech PM Babis: no reason to quit over EU audit on business conflicts - Pravo

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis sees no reason to resign over an ongoing European Commission audit into conflicts of interest related to the sprawling conglomerate Agrofert, Pravo newspaper quoted..
Reuters - Published

EU finds Czechs should return subsidies due to PM Babis's business conflict: reports

The European Commission has determined that the Czech Republic must return hundreds of millions of crowns in EU subsidies as Prime Minister Andrej Babis did not sufficiently separate himself from..
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Commission

European Commission President Juncker hands over to Ursula von der Leyen [Video]European Commission President Juncker hands over to Ursula von der Leyen

Jean-Claude Juncker gave his successor a symbolic ceremonial bell but joked that it was "absolutely useless."View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Watch back: New European Commission marks 10th anniversary of Treaty of Lisbon [Video]Watch back: New European Commission marks 10th anniversary of Treaty of Lisbon

The new European Commission took power after being delayed one month.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:45Published

Ceremony marking new European Commission and 10 years of Lisbon Treaty [Video]Ceremony marking new European Commission and 10 years of Lisbon Treaty

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Council President Charles Michel, EU Parliament President David Sassoli and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde officially started in..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

The Brief: MEPs' choice: politicians rate incoming European Commission's priorities [Video]The Brief: MEPs' choice: politicians rate incoming European Commission's priorities

In Strasbourg, MEPs voiced their opinions on what they believed to be the most important priority of the incoming Commission.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:35Published


Hungary and UK hold up EU Commission [Video]Hungary and UK hold up EU Commission

Hungary and UK hold up EU Commission

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Ursula von der Leyen sends reminder to Boris Johnson to nominate EU commissioner [Video]Ursula von der Leyen sends reminder to Boris Johnson to nominate EU commissioner

The future president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has reminded UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of duty to nominate new commissioner.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:13Published

Web Summit 2019: Five leading start-ups chosen by the European Commission, and what they do [Video]Web Summit 2019: Five leading start-ups chosen by the European Commission, and what they do

Five startups stand out among the 2,000 at Web Summit this year, they are representing the Enterprise Europe Network, the world’s largest support network for SMEs created by the European Union.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:03Published

What is the EU's Joint Research Centre and how does it help with airport security? [Video]What is the EU's Joint Research Centre and how does it help with airport security?

Bartel Meersman, head of transport and border security, explains how the European Commission's science and knowledge service works

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:07Published

Boris Johnson repeats December election push as EU agrees Brexit extension [Video]Boris Johnson repeats December election push as EU agrees Brexit extension

Brussels ambassadors have agreed that an extension to Britain's membership of the EU is needed, but a decision on the length will not be made until next week. The EU 27 accepted the "principle of an..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:11Published

UK's Johnson says Brexit deal is 'reasonable, fair' [Video]UK's Johnson says Brexit deal is 'reasonable, fair'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson commended a Brexit deal reached by negotiators as on Thursday and urged lawmakers to approve it at the weekend. Lauren Anthony reports.

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Boris Johnson urges MPs to back his Brexit plan [Video]Boris Johnson urges MPs to back his Brexit plan

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, ahead of the opening sessions of the European Council summit at EU headquarters in Brussels. They talk..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:19Published

'Have a good time' - Jean-Claude Juncker signs off press conference in dismissive fashion [Video]'Have a good time' - Jean-Claude Juncker signs off press conference in dismissive fashion

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, signed off his Brexit press conference with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in style. After saying he was sad about Brexit his final words..

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Barnier on Brexit deal: We have delivered and we have delivered together [Video]Barnier on Brexit deal: We have delivered and we have delivered together

European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier outlines the details of the Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels he said: "Throughout these..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:32Published

Brexit deal under threat as DUP rejects current proposals [Video]Brexit deal under threat as DUP rejects current proposals

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s last-ditch attempt to clinch a Brexit deal was thrown into disarray just hours before a European Union summit on Thursday when the Northern Irish party he needs to help..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:39Published

 

EU will act as one over U.S tariffs on France - Commission

The European Union will act as one over planned U.S. tariffs on French goods and believes the World Trade Organization is the best way to settle such disputes, the European Commision said on Tuesday.
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EU pressures Malta over Bank of Valletta 'golden passport' clients

The European Commission has asked Malta to clarify how it intends to address Bank of Valletta's shortcomings over its monitoring of foreign customers who applied to buy Maltese citizenship under a..
Reuters - Published

EU audit finds Czech Prime Minister Babis in conflict of interest: report

A European Commission audit has confirmed that Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is in a conflict of interest due to his former business empire that he has put into trust funds, weekly Respekt reported..
Reuters - Published

New EU Commission head to start with climate summit, Africa trip

The new head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will attend a climate summit in Madrid and travel to Africa in her first week in the job, highlighting two of the key priorities for the..
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: EU antitrust regulators say they are investigating Google's data collection

EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google's collection of data, the European Commission told Reuters on Saturday, suggesting the world's most popular internet search engine remains in its sites..
Reuters - Published

As Juncker bids farewell, new EU executive begins with scrutiny over Luxembourg tax

Officials from the new European Commission will discuss a report by International Monetary Fund researchers that lists Luxembourg as a world-leading tax haven just days after the former leader of the..
Reuters - Published

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s lighter moments

As Jean-Claude Juncker prepares to step down as European Commission president after five years at the helm of the EU executive, the BBC looks back at his lighter moments.
BBC News - Published

Incoming EU chief promises no compromise on rule of law

Incoming EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday the rule of law must hold everywhere in the bloc, signaling no respite for nationalist governments in Poland and Hungary at odds with..
Reuters - Published

Lawmakers set to approve new EU executive to take office on December 1

EU lawmakers are expected on Wednesday to finally approve a new executive European Commission under German conservative Ursula von der Leyen after delays and disagreements.
Reuters - Published

Exclusive: Hungary makes EU bid to soften nuclear licensing rules to ease Paks expansion

Hungary has submitted draft legislation to the European Commission to amend the country's nuclear safety protocols to custom-fit a 12 billion euro Russian-led nuclear plant expansion project that it..
Reuters - Published

Britain says it does not wish to stop the formation of a new EU commission

Britain does not wish to stop the formation of a new European Commission, a spokesman for Prime minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, restating the position that London would not be nominating a new..
Reuters - Published

Explainer: Why UK's refusal to name new commissioner is headache for EU

The European Union is due to relaunch its powerful executive arm under the new leadership of the German conservative Ursula von der Leyen from Dec. 1 but faces legal risks after Britain refused to name..
Reuters - Published

EU says escalating violence in Hong Kong 'unacceptable'

The European Commission said on Monday that violence in response to the escalating anti-government protests in Hong Kong was unacceptable and called on law enforcement authorities to keep their action..
Reuters - Published

EU launches case against UK for failing to name new commissioner

The European Union's executive launched a legal case on Thursday against Britain for failing to name a representative for the new European Commission that is due to take over from Dec. 1.
Reuters - Published

EU assembly holds up Hungarian nominee for commissioner, Brexit muddies waters

The European Commission launched a legal case against Britain on Thursday after London, in the throes of a Brexit-focused election campaign, served notice it would not name its representative to the..
Reuters - Published

EU executive faces risk of new delay as Britain will not name commissioner

Britain will not name a candidate for the European Commission at least until a new government is formed after elections on Dec. 12, a British official said.
Reuters - Published

EU pushes Brexit Britain to name new commissioner

The European Union pressed Britain on Tuesday to name a representative for the new executive European Commission despite the country's planned departure for the bloc.
Reuters - Published

EU needs to learn the 'language of power', incoming chief says

The European Union can no longer rely on soft power to promote its interests and must develop more security "muscle" and policy focus on trade, incoming European Commission President Ursula von der..
Reuters - Published

If we don't embrace the Balkans, others will, says EU's Von der Leyen

North Macedonia and Albania have made enormous efforts to secure European Union membership, future European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday, implictly contesting France's..
Reuters - Published

EU's Moscovici expects orderly Brexit

The European Commission's baseline scenario is that Britain will leave the European Union with a negotiated withdrawal agreement, rather than crash out without any deal, European Commissioner for..
Reuters - Published

EU President-elect names Valean as transport commissioner: spokesperson

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has approved European lawmaker Adina Valean as the commissioner-designate for Romania, a spokesperson for the transition team told Reuters on..
Reuters - Published

EU, China agree to protect 100 of each other's regional foods

The European Union and China have agreed to protect 100 European regional food names, known as geographical indications (GI), in China and 100 Chinese geographical indications in the EU, said a..
Reuters - Published

Jean-Claude Juncker: UK will leave EU by 31 January

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says Brexit is a "too-long story" that should end.
BBC News - Published

EU concerned by Iran's latest nuclear steps, fears for 2015 deal

Iran's decision to take a new step to reduce commitments to a landmark 2015 nuclear deal is a concern, putting the accord at risk, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU regrets U.S. exit from Paris deal, says climate change fight goes on

The U.S. decision to begin its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a disappointment but work against climate change will go on and Washington may one day want to rejoin the deal, the European..
Reuters - Published

EU approves state aid for Dutch rail transport

The European Commission said on Tuesday it approved 22.2 million euros in state aid for an upgrade of freight locomotives traffic management equipment in the Netherlands, saying the support would not..
Reuters - Published

Tony Blair's approach to EU helped cause Brexit, says Jean-Claude Juncker

Outgoing European Commission president says the former PM was among those who 'wanted nothing to do with the EU' on political integration
Independent - Published

EU Commission head Juncker to undergo aneurysm surgery on Nov 11

Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing head of the European Union's executive Commission, is to undergo aneurysm surgery on Nov 11, the Commission said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

EU agrees Brexit extension needed, set no new date, next meeting Monday

European Union ambassadors on Friday agreed in principle to delay Brexit, but set no new date, European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said.
Reuters - Published

EU president Juncker says Boris Johnson lied during Brexit referendum

European Commission president says 'bulls***' was responsible for Brexit
Independent - Published

Britain will have to send a commissioner to Europe, von der Leyen says

Britain will have to propose a candidate for a commissioner in the next European Commission if it is still a member of the European Union after Oct. 31, incoming Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
Reuters - Published

Britain will have to send a commissioner to Brussels: incoming Commission head

Britain will have to propose a candidate for a commissioner in the next European Commission if it still is a member of the European Union after October 31, incoming Commission head Ursula von der Leyen..
Reuters - Published

Macron proposes Atos chief as French EU commissioner

France has proposed Atos chief executive Thierry Breton as its candidate for head of industrial policy at the European Commission, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Thursday after his first..
Reuters - Published

EU's takes note of British vote on divorce deal, in no rush to react

The European Commission took note on Tuesday of the vote in British parliament rejecting Prime Minister Boris Johnson's tight timetable for the approval of a divorce deal with the EU and said it would..
Reuters - Published

Croatia ready to join border-free Schengen area, EU Commission says

The European Commission recommended on Tuesday that Croatia joins the border-free Schengen area, more than four years after the Balkan country applied for membership.
Reuters - Published

EU team to start work on post-Brexit ties with UK on November 16

The European Commission team in charge of negotiating the divorce deal for Britain's withdrawal from the EU will become the "Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom" and is due to start work..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker brands Brexit a 'waste of time and energy'

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday that Brexit has been a "waste of time and energy", and it has irked him that he could not have spent more of his five-year mandate on..
Reuters - Published

First London, then Europe to vote on Brexit deal: EU's Juncker

The European Parliament can only clear the new exit agreement reached with London once the British parliament has ratified it, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU executive asks UK to inform of next Brexit steps ASAP

The European Commission said Britain must inform the EU executive of its next steps as soon as possible after parliament voted on Saturday to postpone a key vote on a Brexit deal.
Reuters - Published

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