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European Commission: Executive branch of the European Union
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. The Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament. It is common, although not a formal requirement, that the commissioners have previously held senior political positions, such as being a member of the European Parliament or a government minister.

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EU's takes note of British vote on divorce deal, in no rush to react

The European Commission took note on Tuesday of the vote in British parliament rejecting Prime Minister Boris Johnson's tight timetable for the approval of a divorce deal with the EU and said it would..
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Croatia ready to join border-free Schengen area, EU Commission says

The European Commission recommended on Tuesday that Croatia joins the border-free Schengen area, more than four years after the Balkan country applied for membership.
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Commission

UK's Johnson says Brexit deal is 'reasonable, fair' [Video]UK's Johnson says Brexit deal is 'reasonable, fair'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson commended a Brexit deal reached by negotiators as on Thursday and urged lawmakers to approve it at the weekend. Lauren Anthony reports.

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Boris Johnson urges MPs to back his Brexit plan [Video]Boris Johnson urges MPs to back his Brexit plan

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, ahead of the opening sessions of the European Council summit at EU headquarters in Brussels. They talk..

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'Have a good time' - Jean-Claude Juncker signs off press conference in dismissive fashion [Video]'Have a good time' - Jean-Claude Juncker signs off press conference in dismissive fashion

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, signed off his Brexit press conference with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in style. After saying he was sad about Brexit his final words..

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Barnier on Brexit deal: We have delivered and we have delivered together [Video]Barnier on Brexit deal: We have delivered and we have delivered together

European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier outlines the details of the Brexit deal reached between the UK and the EU. Speaking at a press conference in Brussels he said: "Throughout these..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:32Published

Brexit deal under threat as DUP rejects current proposals [Video]Brexit deal under threat as DUP rejects current proposals

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s last-ditch attempt to clinch a Brexit deal was thrown into disarray just hours before a European Union summit on Thursday when the Northern Irish party he needs to help..

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EU member states agree new Brexit proposals 'do not provide basis for concluding agreement' [Video]EU member states agree new Brexit proposals 'do not provide basis for concluding agreement'

A European Commission spokesman said in a statement: "Michel Barnier debriefed COREPER (The Permanent Representatives Committee) yesterday, where member states agreed that the UK proposals do not..

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Scottish whisky makers reel over U.S. tariffs [Video]Scottish whisky makers reel over U.S. tariffs

Scottish whisky makers say jobs and investment are at risk after the U.S slapped a 25% tariff on their single malt spirit. They weren't the only ones to complain. David Pollard reports.

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Brussels cautious over Britain's new Brexit proposal [Video]Brussels cautious over Britain's new Brexit proposal

European Commission chief warns of 'problematic points' in new plan but says some 'positive advances' made.

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Romanian and Hungarian candidates for EU Commission blocked over conflicts of interest [Video]Romanian and Hungarian candidates for EU Commission blocked over conflicts of interest

Candidates for the European Commission from Hungary and Romania were blocked by the European Parliament's legal affairs committee due to conflicts of interest, EU officials said on Thursday.

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Boris Johnson can 'see the shape' of a Brexit deal [Video]Boris Johnson can 'see the shape' of a Brexit deal

Boris Johnson speaks after his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, saying he can "see the shape" of a Brexit deal. The..

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Protesters boo as Boris Johnson arrives for meeting with Luxembourg counterpart [Video]Protesters boo as Boris Johnson arrives for meeting with Luxembourg counterpart

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was booed by protesters in Luxembourg as he arrived for a meeting with his counterpart Xavier Bettel on Monday (September 16). Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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Boris Johnson ‘cautious’ on Brexit progress as he meets European Commission President [Video]Boris Johnson ‘cautious’ on Brexit progress as he meets European Commission President

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, inside Le Bouquet Garni restaurant in Luxembourg, prior to a working lunch on Brexit. Downing Street has sought to..

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Brexit "the failure of Britain, not of the European Union" – Juncker [Video]Brexit "the failure of Britain, not of the European Union" – Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing Prersident of the European Commission, has said that Brexit is a "tragedy" and "a failure" but it is "the failure of Britain, not the European Union."

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EU team to start work on post-Brexit ties with UK on November 16

The European Commission team in charge of negotiating the divorce deal for Britain's withdrawal from the EU will become the "Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom" and is due to start work..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker brands Brexit a 'waste of time and energy'

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday that Brexit has been a "waste of time and energy", and it has irked him that he could not have spent more of his five-year mandate on..
Reuters - Published

First London, then Europe to vote on Brexit deal: EU's Juncker

The European Parliament can only clear the new exit agreement reached with London once the British parliament has ratified it, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU executive asks UK to inform of next Brexit steps ASAP

The European Commission said Britain must inform the EU executive of its next steps as soon as possible after parliament voted on Saturday to postpone a key vote on a Brexit deal.
Reuters - Published

EU Commission: up to UK to inform of next steps as soon as possible

The European Commission said Britain must now inform the EU executive of its next steps as soon as possible after a key vote on the latest Brexit deal did not take place on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker says blocking membership for North Macedonia and Albania 'a historic error'

The European Union's failure to agree on starting talks with North Macedonia and Albania was "a historic error", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Brexit deal clinched in Brussels, Johnson still needs backing at home

Britain clinched a Brexit deal with the European Union on Thursday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said, just a few hours before the start of a summit of the bloc's leaders in..
Reuters - Published

'We have delivered', Barnier says after agreeing Brexit deal

Britain and the European Commission have agreed a new withdrawal accord that will be presented to European Union leaders later on Thursday, the EU's Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker says Brexit deal agreed

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Britain and the European Union agreed a new Brexit deal.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker, Johnson have spoken on Brexit: EU Commission

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have talked on the eve of an EU summit set to be dominated by Brexit.
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Political groups misused EU funds for 'unlawful gains': EU fraud office

More than 500,000 euros of funds granted by the European Parliament to two pan-European political groups were misused by their members, the European Commission's anti-fraud watchdog said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Report of imminent Brexit deal 'premature': EU officials

A report that Britain and the European Commission are close to agreeing on the text of a Brexit deal is "premature", two EU officials said on Tuesday, though a third said there had been some "serious..
Reuters - Published

Start of new European Commission likely delayed to December 1: EU officials

The launch of the new European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, is likely to be delayed by a month because the European Parliament has rejected three candidates proposed by EU..
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson will speak to EU leaders on Brexit deal by end of Monday: Sunday Times

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker by the end of Monday in an..
Reuters - Published

Center-right EU parliament group to vote against Macron's EU candidate: spokesman

The largest group in the European Parliament will vote against French President Emmanuel Macron's candidate for the new European Commission, a spokesman for the European People's Party said on..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker urges Turkey to halt military operation in Syria

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday called Turkey to show restraint and stop its military operation in northeast Syria.
Reuters - Published

EU position remains that it wants a Brexit deal: Commission

The European Union still wants a deal with Britain on the country's exit from the bloc and is also determined to protect the Good Friday agreement that ended decades of violence in Northern Ireland,..
Reuters - Published

EU says talks with UK's Brexit negotiator still on today

British Brexit negotiator David Frost is still due to hold talks with the European Commission on Tuesday despite comments by a Downing Street source that a deal on Britain's exit from the European..
Reuters - Published

Liberal, socialist MEPs want 'European Way of Life' title ditched

Liberal and socialist lawmakers at the European Parliament called on Thursday for a new title of European Commission Vice President for Protecting our European Way of Life to be scrapped because of its..
Reuters - Published

Irish PM spoke to Presidents Juncker and Tusk on Thursday

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar spoke to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday afternoon.
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson speaks to Merkel, Varadkar and Juncker on new Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke on Wednesday to Germany's Angela Merkel, Ireland's Leo Varadkar and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, to discuss his new proposals on..
Reuters - Published

EU says UK Brexit proposal has 'positive advances' but still 'problematic points'

The proposal made on Wednesday by Britain for a deal on its departure from the European Union included "positive advances" but there are still "some problematic points that will need further work in..
Reuters - Published

Berlin says up to European Commission to examine UK's Brexit offer

The European Commission will examine the latest Brexit proposals outlined by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and will do what it can to get a deal as time is pressing, a German government..
Reuters - Published

Belgium's pick for EU Commission faces new graft accusation

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders faced new corruption allegations on Tuesday, days after a prosecutor dropped an inquiry into money-laundering allegations against him by the same man.
Reuters - Published

EC set to take fresh look at 1997 order on ‘D’ voters

‘D’ voters are included in electoral rolls but not allowed to vote during pendency of their cases before foreigners tribunals. The EC may now need to decide whether they be allowed to vote as well..
IndiaTimes - Published

EC cuts Sikkim CM's disqualification period by 5 years, paves way to contest assembly polls

The EC on Sunday reduced Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang's disqualification period by almost five years under a provision of the electoral law, paving the way for him to contest the state..
IndiaTimes - Published

Poland's EU commission candidate secures fraud reprieve

The European Union's anti-fraud agency said it would not take disciplinary action against Poland's candidate for the next European Commission, following a probe into expenses he had filed.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker says Britain will be responsible if no Brexit deal

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, said he and the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier were doing all they could to get a Brexit deal, and if they failed..
Reuters - Published

Romanian, Hungarian candidates for EU executive blocked

Candidates for the European Commission from Hungary and Romania have conflicts of interest that undermine their candidacies, EU officials said on Thursday.
Reuters - Published

Transfer of funds from DMK done in a transparent manner, will give details to EC: D Raja

His comments came after an election expenditure affidavit filed by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) before the EC revealed that it had donated Rs 15 crore each to its allies, the CPI and Kongunadu..
IndiaTimes - Published

EU executive declines comment after top UK court rules against PM Johnson

The European Commission declined to comment on "internal constitutional matters" of the United Kingdom after the Supreme Court there ruled Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament was..
Reuters - Published

EU sees no Brexit proposal deadline, but sees summit "milestone"

The European Commission has no firm deadline for when Britain should make a formal proposal to break the deadlock over Brexit, but says it should be presented before a "milestone" EU summit on Oct...
Reuters - Published

Risk of no-deal Brexit 'very real': Juncker

A deal to ensure a smooth British exit from the European Union is still possible, but the risk of a no-deal is also "very real", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

EU defends 'European Way of Life' idea after Le Pen claims it for far-right

The incoming chief of the EU's executive on Monday defended her decision to name among the line-up of new European Commission members an official responsible for "Protecting our European Way of Life",..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson says Brexit deal 'not in the bag' but can see rough shape of it

There is the good shape of a Brexit deal but it is not necessarily "in the bag", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday following a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude..
Reuters - Published

EU stands firm on Brexit, UK says talks to be stepped up

The European Commission said on Monday that London had still not proposed an alternative to the Irish backstop that has stymied a deal on Britain's exit from the EU, giving a blunt read-out of a..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker to PM Johnson: Britain must make proposals to replace backstop

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday he must present workable proposals to replace the Brexit backstop in their stalled divorce deal,..
Reuters - Published

British PM 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks with EU's Juncker

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was feeling "cautious" as he went into talks on a Brexit deal with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, as rhetoric from both men over the..
Reuters - Published

Johnson 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks in Luxembourg

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, asked if he was feeling optimistic ahead of Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday, told reporters he was..
Reuters - Published

EU says need to determine Saudi attack facts before establishing blame

The European Commission said on Monday it was important to determine the facts behind the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities before establishing who was responsible.
Reuters - Published

Johnson to explore Brexit deal with Juncker over lunch of snails, salmon

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will explore his chances of securing a Brexit deal over lunch with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, after weekend rhetoric from both..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson says 'rough shape' exists for Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday there was "the rough shape of a deal to be done" over Brexit, as he prepared to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a renewed..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson to hold Brexit talks with EU's Juncker on Monday: Downing Street

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss Brexit, Johnson's office said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Hungary's Orban hopeful on ties with new EU Commission after migration disputes

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday he was optimistic that the new European Commission would improve ties with the EU's eastern members, long strained by disagreements over migration..
Reuters - Published

France warns Britain against seeking bilateral Brexit deals with EU countries

France warned Britain on Wednesday against trying to bypass the European Commission in Brexit negotiations by seeking "mini deals" bilaterally with individual EU countries.
Reuters - Published

New EU commissioner Goulard heard by French police: source

The European Commission's new internal market commissionner Sylvie Goulard was questioned by French police on Tuesday as part of an investigation into fictional jobs at the European Parliament, a..
Reuters - Published

Next EU chief says she does not see Turkish progress in EU entry bid

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that Turkey had not made progress on key conditions to allow it to become a member of the European Union.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Who gets the key posts in new European Commission?

Incoming EU executive president, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, unveiled her 27-strong team on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

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