Voters across the European Union are preparing to go to the polls at the end of May for the 2019 European Parliament election. Turnout has been on a downward trend ever since the first ballot 40 years ago, with the perceived complexity of how things work in Brussels one frequently posited explanation. As part of a series outlining the form and functions of the key EU institutions, here we explain the role of the European Commission. What is the European Commission? The European Commission is the politically independent executive body of the European Union. It proposes new European legislation, implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the bloc. Established in 1958, it is based in Brussels – where it has its headquarters at the Berlaymont building in the European Quarter – and Luxembourg, and has offices around the world. It is led by a president and a team (or "college") of … [Read more...] about What does the European Commission do?
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By Adam Satariano and Jack Nicas Published 4:18 pm PDT, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Apple engages in noncompetitive practices, stifling competition in the online music market. Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Apple engages in noncompetitive practices, stifling competition in the online music market. Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images Photo: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Apple engages in noncompetitive practices, stifling competition in the online music market. Spotify has filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging … [Read more...] about Spotify accuses Apple of violating European antitrust laws
BERLIN (AP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that the head of the European Union’s executive branch has her full support in the face of a new Hungarian government campaign alleging that EU headquarters has purposely weakened the bloc’s external borders to let in more migrants. The campaign by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, launched ahead of European Parliament elections in May, has added to long-running tensions between Budapest and Brussels.Government posters featuring EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros have recently started appearing in Hungary and in the country’s newspapers and magazines. They claim that EU leaders, who Orban says are carrying out instructions from Soros, “are launching experimental immigration projects with African countries; want to introduce mandatory settlement quotas; want to reduce financial assistance for countries opposed to … [Read more...] about Merkel Offers European Union Support in Dispute Against Populist Hungary
MADRID (Reuters) - IAG, the owner of British Airways and Iberia airlines, said on Monday that it would cap ownership of its shares by non-Europeans at the current 47.5 percent level to maintain its status as a European-owned airline. Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but has yet to seal a withdrawal agreement, posing a potential risk to airlines that do not meet EU rules requiring European carriers to be majority-owned and operated in the bloc. Airlines that will no longer be majority owned by EU nationals once Britain leaves the EU face the threat of losing their right to fly within the bloc after Brexit due to share ownership rules. European Commission sources told Reuters that Brussels encouraged IAG and all airlines concerned to check with the national licensing authorities whether they would still meet the operating licence requirements in case of a "no deal" Brexit. IAG said in a statement it would suspend the voting rights of any shares acquired by a … [Read more...] about British Airways owner IAG to cap share ownership by non-Europeans
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has lowered the status of the European Union’s diplomats in Washington without notifying Brussels, EU officials said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. and European Union flags are pictured during the visit of Vice President Mike Pence to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir The change in protocol for a close U.S. ally means the bloc’s Washington-based diplomats are less likely to be invited to high-profile events and have a lower importance than under former President Barack Obama. The snub, first reported by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, was illustrated at the Dec. 5 funeral of another former U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, when Europe’s envoy was among the last diplomats to be called to pay respects, one EU official said. “We understand that there was a recent change in the way the diplomatic precedence list is … [Read more...] about Trump administration snubs European diplomats in U.S.: officials