29th June 2020
Finalising the European Union’s package of measures to help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic is a “massive priority” for Germany’s presidency of the EU, German Deputy Finance Minister Joerg Kukies said on Friday. EU leaders agreed in April to build a trillion-euro emergency fund to help the 27-nation… Read More
26th June 2020
A senior government official has called a new amnesty on dirty money to bring billions of euros in hidden bank accounts back into the legal economy. In an interview with De Tijd, Steven Vanden Berghe, a senior civil servant with the federal finance ministry, argues there are billions of undeclared… Read More
25th June 2020
The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld sanctions against Russia’s second-largest bank VTB (VTBR.MM), dismissing the lender’s appeal against the restrictive measures the bloc had first imposed in 2014 over the turmoil in Ukraine. The sanctions restrict the bank’s access to some financial transactions and to capital markets… Read More
25th June 2020
Just under two years ago gardaí became inundated with requests for assistance from police forces in Europe all telling a similar story. Somebody in a European country had made a purchase online – from a luxury watch to a caravan, tractor or classic car – but they had not… Read More
23rd June 2020
The Council of Europe is calling for tougher tools for the fight against organized crime which only in the European Union could be making over 100 billion euro a year while authorities are confiscating just a fragment of its proceeds. To enhance the powers of investigators, the Council of… Read More
17th June 2020
Experts and opposition-minded politicians warned during an online conference on Monday (January 15th) of a “huge” risk of corruption in connection with the generous funds the European Commission has proposed to mobilise in response to the coronavirus crisis. The conference, organised by EURACTIV Bulgaria and MEP Radan Kanev (EPP, Democratic… Read More
15th June 2020
As the UK and the EU exchange expressions of disappointment with each other’s alleged inflexibility after every round of Brexit trade negotiations, the usual areas of disagreement are raised: access to Britain’s fishing grounds, the requirements of a level playing field agreement, regulations over state aid and other issues that… Read More
12th June 2020
Germany is urging its fellow European Union governments to impose the bloc’s first-ever sanctions for hacking on a Russian suspect in the 2015 cyberattack on the German parliament. An EU sanctions framework for cyberattacks took effect last year, allowing the imposition of travel bans to the EU and the freezing… Read More
11th June 2020
July 14, 2015 was a landmark date in the long-running feud between Europe, the US and Iran. Iranian officials agreed to terminate the country’s nuclear programme, and in exchange, would benefit from the removal of crippling sanctions – including on petroleum exports. Trade with the EU soared. Over the following… Read More
9th June 2020
The European Commission may lower recruitment standards for the new EU public prosector’s office – because Malta is unable to find enough suitable candidates. Didier Reynders, the European Commissioner for justice, described the situation as “extraordinary”. Speaking to reporters in Brussels on Thursday (4 June), Reynders said Malta was unable… Read More