European Commission receives mandate to begin negotiations with the UK

The European Commission welcomes the Council’s decision today to authorise the opening of the Article 50 negotiations with the UK and to nominate the Commission as Union negotiator. The Commission also welcomes the adoption of the first set of negotiating directives. Together with the European Council guidelines agreed by the leaders of the EU27 on 29 April … Read more

Mergers: Commission fines Facebook €110 million for providing misleading information about WhatsApp takeover

The European Commission has fined Facebook €110 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s 2014 investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Today’s decision sends a clear signal to companies that they must comply with all aspects of EU merger … Read more

European Defence Action Plan: Towards a European Defence Fund

The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient spending in joint defence capabilities, strengthen European citizens’ security and foster a competitive and innovative industrial base. The European Commission proposes a European Defence Fund and other actions to support Member States’ more efficient spending in joint defence … Read more

The Commission increases the budget for promoting EU agricultural products

EU producers will receive an increased budget of €133 million in 2017 to promote EU agricultural products outside and inside the EU and to continue finding new markets. The Commission adopted the 2017 promotion strategy for EU agricultural products with a total budget of €133 million compared to the €111 million available for 2016. This … Read more

Parliament vetoes energy drink “alertness” claims

EU Commission plans to allow claims that sugary drinks and energy drinks containing caffeine boost “alertness” or “concentration” were vetoed by the European Parliament on Thursday. Displaying these claims on drinks cans would have led to higher sugar consumption among adolescents, who are the largest group of energy drink consumers, said MEPs in their resolution. … Read more

Public trust in charities has fallen, reports Charity Commission

Trust and confidence in charities has fallen since 2014. The public cite media stories, lack of knowledge and trust in how donations are spent. Public trust and confidence in charities has fallen to the lowest recorded level since monitoring began in 2005, according to a report produced by Populus for the Charity Commission, the regulator of charities … Read more