The migratory crisis that the European Union is experiencing right now has brought to light serious weaknesses in the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which aims to define the Member State responsible for the assessment of an asylum request , to establish common procedures and reception rules for asylum seekers and to distinguish between those who really need international protection from economic migrants . In answer to this challenge and in the wake of emergency measures, the European Commission has already put forward and will present proposals for the structural reform of this system in the next few days thereby aiming to make it "more human" and more effective. Read more
On 12th July in Brussels the Martens Centre, the Adenauer and Seidel Foundations are organising a public debate on "The NATO Summit in Warsaw and European Security" hosted by Charles de Marcilly, the Manager of the Foundation's office in Brussels... Read more
On 5th July the Bank of England explained that the exit from the EU was threatening financial stability. It also decided to lighten the capital constraints that banks are obliged to respect... Read more
A resolution adopted by MEPs on 6th July believes that the integration of refugees into the labour market is vital to restore their dignity and that this is positive for the economy of the host country... Read more
MEPs of the Commission for Civil Liberties approved the establishment of a common European list of safe countries of origin on 7th July which should replace the present national lists after a transition period of three years... Read more
Hungarian President Janos Ader announced on 5th July that a referendum would be held on 2nd October next on the European plan to distribute refugees via quotas within the Member States of the EU... Read more
On 4th July the Italian police announced that it had made a great number of arrests amongst a network of migrant smugglers across the entire country thanks to an Eritrean, the first foreign smuggler to integrate a reform programme... Read more
On 5th July the European Commission signed a new public/private partnership with the cybersecurity sector that is due to generate 1.8 billion € in investments by 2020 and help make the sector more competitive... Read more
On 11th July the European Commission launched two new financial instruments with the aim of stimulating investments under the ESI funds enabling young businesses and promoters of urban development projects to ease access to financing... Read more
The Commission and the High Representative delivered a communication on 5th July on the reform of the sector of security and a proposal to step up security and development in the partner countries... Read more
On 7th July the Commission announced the initiation of an anti-dumping procedure regarding "the import of certain hot-rolled flat products of iron, non-alloy or other alloy steel originating in Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine" which might be damaging European industry... Read more
On 6th July MEPs called for a revision of the Union's long term budget in order to rise to the present challenges. At the same time they drafted recommendations for the Commission's 2017 work programme... Read more
On 11th July the Eurogroup ministers discussed the economic situation, the results of the supervisory programmes in Portugal and Ireland, of the budgetary situation in Portugal and Spain as well as improvements in investments... Read more
During the G20 Trade on 9th and 10th July Ministers said they were determined to boost international trade to stimulate the economy, but they said they were concerned about increasing protectionist barriers... Read more
After the invalidation of the second round of the Austrian presidential election of 24th May last by the country's Constitutional Court the Austrian government announced on 5th July that a new 2nd round with the same candidates will take place on 2nd October... Read more
The cessation of 67% of the company of Piraeus (OLP) the biggest port in Greece to the Chinese maritime transport giant 'China Ocean Shipping Company' Cosco, was validated on 1st July by the Greek Parliament. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras then travelled to China... Read more
David Cameron announced on 11th July that Theresa May would take over as Prime Minister as of 13th July after the announcement that Andrea Leadsom was withdrawing from the race. Mr Cameron also said that he would present his resignation to the Queen on the same day after Question Time in parliament. .. Read more
On the occasion of the NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8th and 9th July the heads of State and government announced the enhancement of collective deterrence and defence measures and addressed the situations in Afghanistan and Ukraine... Read more
According to Eurostat on 8th July the EU's population reached 510.1 million residents on 1st January 2016, ie +1.8 million in comparison with 1st January 2015. This rise is mainly due to a positive migratory balance whilst natural change was negative for the very first time... Read more
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