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  • The EU's response to the
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    20 February 2017
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  • The importance of labour
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    20 February 2017
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  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re
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    29 December 2016
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  • A boost for the European
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    26 October 2016
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  • EU increasing support fo
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    26 October 2016
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  • Commission proposes EU c
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
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  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil
    A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the ...
    06 September 2016
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  • Variable attitudes towar
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
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  • Commission proposes 2018
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
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  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia
    The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Startin...
    30 August 2016
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  • Commission proposes fish
    The European Commission today tabled its proposal on fishing opportunities in...
    29 August 2016
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  • Towards better social st
    The Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to...
    24 August 2016
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Europe's transition to a low-carbon economy
20 July 2016

The Commission delivers on its commitment to move towards a modern and competitive low-carbon economy. The College of Commissioners adopted proposals which present binding annual greenhouse gas emissions targets for Member States from 2021-2030 for the transport, buildings, agriculture, waste, land-use and forestry sectors. The new framework is based on the principles of fairness, solidarity, cost-effectiveness and environmental integrity. All Member States are concerned, as they will be in the forefront in deciding how to implement the measures to meet the agreed 2030 target.

The Commission also presented a strategy on low-emission mobility setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emissions fuels.

Today's package is part and parcel of the Energy Union and a forward-looking Climate Change policy, one of the key priorities of the Juncker-Commission. Together with last year's proposal for the revision of the EU Emission Trading System (ETS), this legislative package will steer Europe's transition to a low-carbon economy and respond to the commitments made by the European Union countries under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

College orientation debate on the treatment of China in anti-dumping investigations 

The College discussed the political, economic and legal implications resulting from the expiry on 11 December 2016 of some provisions in China's Protocol of Accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and what consequences to draw from this.

The College agreed that the Commission must make sure that Europe has trade defence instruments that can deal with the current realities – notably existing overcapacities in various countries and sectors – in the international trading environment, while respecting the EU's international obligations in the WTO legal framework.

At the same time, and as stressed just this week by the Foreign Affairs Council, China should make significant and verifiable cuts in industrial over-capacity based on a clear timeline of commitments and an independent monitoring mechanism.

Taking into account the College debate of today, the Commission will revert to the matter and table a proposal before the end of this year.

In the press conference following the Commission meeting, Vice-President Katainen and Commissioner Malmström explained the Commission's approach and underlined the importance of fair and open trade for job creation and growth in the European Union.

Posting of Workers

The College adopted today a Communication re-examining its proposal for a revision of the Posting of Workers Directive in the context of the subsidiarity control mechanism that several national parliaments triggered in May. After careful consideration of their views, the Commission concluded that the proposal for a revision of the Directive does not constitute a breach of the subsidiarity principle. The Juncker-Commission maintains that "the posting of workers is a cross-border issue by nature and remains firmly committed to the free movement of people on the basis of rules that are clear, fair for everybody and enforced on the ground " as Commissioner Marianne Thyssen underlined.

The proposal seeks to ensure that workers carrying out work at the same location are protected by the same mandatory rules, irrespective of whether they are local workers or posted workers.  The obligation for all Member States to apply the rules in all sectors of the economy cannot be established at national level but must be laid down at Union level. The proposal furthermore fully and explicitly respects the competence of Member States to set wages in accordance with national practices.

The College had a first discussion on the fiscal situation of Spain and Portugal. Given the importance of economic governance, it did not take any decisions today.


  • The EU's response to the...
    One of our student interns produced this well-written article about the ongoi...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The importance of labour...
    This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately c...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re...
    The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturall...
    29 December 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • A boost for the European...
    The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to develop a strong space ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU increasing support fo...
    The EU has announced that it shall implement new aid programmes in the Latin ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes EU c...
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil...
    A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the ...
    06 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Variable attitudes towar...
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes 2018...
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia...
    The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Startin...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes fish...
    The European Commission today tabled its proposal on fishing opportunities in...
    29 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Towards better social st...
    The Commission adopted a proposal for a Regulation on new, integrated ways to...
    24 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
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