The European Commission Appears to be Busy

By October 9, 2009Media Relations, Trade

In reading up on European Union trade developments, we happened upon the European Commission’s news website.

Sacre livret bleu! Uff da Uppsala!

Between 12:00 (noon) and 20:27 (10:27 p.m.), the Commission’s press shop posted 155 news releases on everything from world-class dance to VAT rates on performances to telecom must-carry rules to Estonian advertising regs.

Here’s the list:

  • 08/10/09 20:27 – Fredrik Reinfeldt spoke to Czech President [Council Presidency]
  • 08/10/09 19:03 – Meet the Chairman: Indicators to measure animal welfare [Council Presidency]
  • 08/10/09 18:41 – Citizens’ rights: MEPs shape the Stockholm programme [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 18:00 – 22 High quality European tourist destinations receive the European Destinations of Excellence 2009 awards [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 18:00 – The twenty-two European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) in tourism and the protected areas [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 18:00 – 89/2009 : 7 October 2009 – Information [Court of Justice]
  • 08/10/09 17:55 – 88/2009 : 6 October 2009 – Formal sitting [Court of Justice]
  • 08/10/09 17:48 – Neelie Kroes European Commissioner for Competition Policy Tackling cartels – a never-ending task Anti-Cartel Enforcement: Criminal and Administrative Policy – Panel session Brasilia, 8th October 2009 [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 16:47 – 90/2009 : 7 October 2009 – Information [Court of Justice]
  • 08/10/09 15:09 – EU and Australia move closer to one another [Council Presidency]
  • 08/10/09 14:15 – Special committee on financial and economic crisis [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 14:15 – Presidency – Culture: World-class dance in Umeå [Council Presidency]
  • 08/10/09 13:55 – Support to earthquake-stricken Abruzzo region [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 13:16 – EU health ministers to attend extra Council meeting on new influenza [Council Presidency]
  • 08/10/09 13:08 – Midday Express of 2009-10-08 [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 13:02 – VAT: super-reduced rate for the first performances of a work: the European Commission launches the second stage of infringement proceedings against France [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 13:02 – VAT: super-reduced rate for the first performances of a work: the European Commission launches the second stage of infringement proceedings against France [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 13:02 – Financial crisis: MEPs demand more help for poorest countries [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 13:00 – Mariann Fischer Boel Member of the European CommissionResponsible for Agriculture and Rural Development Making a virtue of quality IV European Forum on Food Quality Brussels, 8th October 2009 [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:57 – Androulla Vassiliou Member of the European Commission, responsible for Health Animal Welfare and Quality: The Commission’s perspective Speech at the Conference “Delivering Animal Welfare and Quality: Transparency in the Food Production Chain” organised by the Swedish Presidency in Uppsala Uppsala, 8 October 2009 [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:55 – Viviane Reding Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media Europe’s Magazines and the new media – way ahead FAEP Gala Reception “Empowering citizens – the magazine media” Brussels, 7 October 2009 [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:54 – Renewable energy cooperation with the Mediterranean and GCC regions – What is the Commission doing? [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:52 – Commission goes step further in developing renewable energy with Mediterranean and Gulf countries [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:50 – Commission ends legal action after Italy and Estonia comply with EU advertising rules [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:48 – Telecoms: Legal action against Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden closed while Belgian must-carry rules case goes to Court [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:46 – The Commission opens infringement proceedings against Belgium concerning its gas transit system [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:43 – 28 European companies now commit to bring more women into the tech industry [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:41 – Environment: Commission takes UK to Court over waste water collection systems [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:40 – More action needed to fight spammers and protect online privacy, says Commission report [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:39 – Environment: Romania in the dock for failing to protect wild birds [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:38 – Environment: Bulgaria to receive four separate warnings about failures to comply with nature conservation legislation [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:36 – Commission considers that its decision on livret A and livret bleu has been implemented and closes infringement procedure against France on livret A and livret bleu [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:34 – Internal Market: Commission takes action to ensure that Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Italy and Poland implement EU laws [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:33 – Free movement of capital: Commission contests Greek Decree stipulating a 5% voting cap in electricity company PPC [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:32 – Internal Market: Commission action leads to removal of unjustified restrictions in Austria (casino advertising), France (bovine insemination) and Portugal (retail stores) [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:32 – Cross-border criminal cases: Parliament demands more rights for defendants [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 12:30 – Postal services: Commission refers Greece to Court of Justice over restrictions on courier services [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:28 – Internal Market: Commission takes action against restrictions on estate agents’ activities in Cyprus [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:27 – Free movement of services: Commission takes action against Portugal (estate agents and patent agents), Belgium (access to service activities) and Spain (medical expenses) [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:25 – Professional qualifications: Commission takes action to ensure that Luxembourg and Portugal implement EU rules [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:24 – Professional qualifications: Commission acts to ensure that EU veterinary diplomas are recognised in Greece [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:22 – State aid: Commission recalls rules concerning Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital transactions for banks subject to a restructuring aid investigation [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:19 – Nationality requirement for notaries: the European Commission brings a case before the European Court of Justice to ensure non-discrimination in Portugal [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:18 – Public procurement: Commission requests Slovakia to review legal services contracts for motorway construction projects [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:17 – Public contracts: the Commission refers Spain to the Court of Justice concerning the joint ventures set up by the publicly owned company IVVSA [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:16 – Professional qualifications: Commission formally requests Luxembourg to amend national legislation on training requirements for general care nurses [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:14 – Public procurement: Commission requests Spain to comply with Court judgment on review period between contract award and conclusion [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:14 – G20: avoid placing too big a burden on future generations [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 12:13 – Public procurement: Commission closes infringement case against Germany concerning public-public cooperation for waste treatment in Rhineland-Palatinate [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:12 – VAT refunds: the European Commission calls on Hungary to change its VAT reimbursement rules [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:10 – Public procurement: Commission closes infringement case against Germany concerning public-public cooperation for IT contracts in Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:09 – Corporate taxation: Commission refers the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice over improper implementation of an ECJ ruling on cross-border loss relief [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:08 – Direct taxation: The European Commission refers Spain and Portugal to the European Court of Justice [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:07 – Reduced rate of VAT on horses: the European Commission refers Austria, France, Germany and Luxembourg to the Court of Justice [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:05 – Public procurement: Commission requests United Kingdom to review contracts for the provision of housing services awarded by Glasgow Housing Association without competitive tender [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:03 – VAT: Commission requires Greece to ensure in its legislation the refund of unduly paid VAT and other taxes [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:03 – VAT: Commission requires Greece to ensure in its legislation the refund of unduly paid VAT and other taxes [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:02 – VAT: Commission takes steps against Spain as regards the application of the travel agents’ scheme [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:02 – Debate on freedom of information in Italy [European Parliament]
  • 08/10/09 12:01 – VAT – The European Commission refers Austria to the European Court of Justice for the inclusion of car registration tax in the taxable base on which VAT is calculated for road vehicle supplies [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Law enforcement access to EURODAC: EDPS expresses serious doubts about the legitimacy and necessity of proposed measures [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Commission warns Member States over lack of implementation of the ‘first rail package’ [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Commission refers Greece to the Court over free establishment of road hauliers and fuel traders [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Commission takes Greece to court over Single European Sky [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Maritime safety and port state control: Commission requires proper implementation of European rules [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Access to the groundhandling market: Commission sends letter of formal notice to Hungary [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Groundhandling market at Community airports: the Commission sends reasoned opinion to Latvia [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Consumer Rights: Commission acts to ensure that Spain implements EU law [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Distance marketing of financial services: Commission launches infringement proceedings against Belgium, Italy, Latvia, Spain, Sweden and The Netherlands [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Unfair terms in consumer contracts: infringement proceedings against the Czech Republic and Slovakia continue [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Direct taxation: the Commission asks Belgium to amend its discriminatory legislation on accounts keepers/settlement institutions and investment funds [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – VAT – Commission pursues infringement proceedings against Finland and Austria on the application of certain exemptions [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Commission proposes €200 million macro-financial assistance to Serbia [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Environment: Spain risking fines over failure to treat waste water [Rapid]
  • 08/10/09 12:00 – Anti-Corruption Prosecutors from all over Europe meeting in Austria [Rapid]

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