The European Parliament and the Council have reached a political agreement on the Commission's proposal to provide the European Solidarity Corps with its own budget and legal framework until 2020. Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther H. Oettinger, and Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, welcomed the agreement with the following statement:
Today the College of Commissioners met in Brussels in preparation for the European Council meetings on 28 and 29 June.
The Commission has now published three notes which form the basis of its contribution to the European Council:
The reform of EU asylum rules initiated by the Commission in 2015 are designed to ensure humane and dignified treatment of asylum seekers, simplified and shortened asylum procedures, as well as stricter rules to combat abuse.
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is travelling to Berlin today to participate at the 14th European Congress in Disaster Management.
The Commission has published a note ahead of the European Council on the next Multiannual Financial Framework.
Read the note here.
Today, four major online marketplaces, Alibaba (for AliExpress), Amazon, eBay and Rakuten - France have signed a commitment for faster removal of dangerous products sold on their online marketplaces.
The European Commission has launched a EUR 1,000,000 call for proposals aiming at preventing and addressing trafficking in human beings in the northern part of Cyprus.
Today, the Commission is recommending a set of measures for Member States to ensure that the equality bodies effectively protect citizens and fight discrimination.
The Commission welcomes the comprehensive agreement reached at the Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg. Together, the different elements of this agreement will provide the basis for a successful conclusion of the stability support programme for Greece in August.
The Commission has welcomed the political agreement reached by EU Member States today on new tools to close loopholes in the EU's Value Added Tax (VAT) system. These inconsistencies can lead to large-scale VAT fraud causing losses of €50 billion for national budgets of EU Member States each year.