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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 plays down claim that a legal case has been launched against AstraZeneca [Video]

EU plays down claim that a legal case has been launched against AstraZeneca

Irish health minister Stephen Donnelly said the European Commission would take legal action against the vaccine producer, but Brussels played down the claim.

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The European Commission announced new criteria Wednesday for its "green taxonomy", a list of investments that are environmentally friendly, to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable..

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'The higher the risk, the stricter the rule': Brussels' new draft rules on artificial intelligence

Systems considered high risk, such as facial recognition, will be subject to extra scrutiny, says the European Commission.

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EU countries should lower price of PCR tests, says EU justice commissioner [Video]

EU countries should lower price of PCR tests, says EU justice commissioner

The European Commission expects to start negotiations on the green pass at the beginning of May and launch a pilot project in early June, justice commissioner Reynders explained.

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EU to get an extra 50 million COVID vaccines by the end of June [Video]

EU to get an extra 50 million COVID vaccines by the end of June

The European Commission chief said the total doses EU countries will receive from Pfizer will now be 250 million in the second quarter of this year.

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EU Commission May Not Be Renewing Vaccine Contracts With AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson [Video]

EU Commission May Not Be Renewing Vaccine Contracts With AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson

The EU Commission has reportedly decided to move away from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines

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Turkey fumes after Italian PM Draghi called Erdogan ‘dictator’ [Video]

Turkey fumes after Italian PM Draghi called Erdogan ‘dictator’

Draghi’s remarks come after EU Commission chief von der Leyen did not get proper seating arrangement during her Ankara visit.

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EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen, only woman left standing at the meet with Erdogan | Oneindia News [Video]

EU President Ursula Von Der Leyen, only woman left standing at the meet with Erdogan | Oneindia News

The hashtag #GiveHerASeat is trending on Twitter ever since European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's visit to Turkey along with her associates and fellow top EU officials, the most..

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Ursula von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe [Video]

Ursula von der Leyen snubbed in chair gaffe

Ursula von der Leyen was speechless after being left without a chair during a meeting with Turkey's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The European Commission president was eventually seated on a sofa..

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Technology, agriculture's friend for the sustainable farms of the future [Video]

Technology, agriculture's friend for the sustainable farms of the future

Farm of the Future is a project in partnership with the EU Commission's 'Farm to Fork' strategy. It uses the latest technology and innovations to produce sustainable agriculture for a healthier planet.

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EU leaders under pressure as COVID infections rise [Video]

EU leaders under pressure as COVID infections rise

It became clear that EU leaders had not agreed to back a proposal by the EU Commission to curb exports of COVID vaccines.

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Daily politics briefing: March 26 [Video]

Daily politics briefing: March 26

The key facts behind the day's political headlines on March 26 as the European Commission president has warned AstraZeneca that it must “honour” its vaccine contract with the bloc before exporting..

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EU leaders back tightening vaccine exports at Brussels summit [Video]

EU leaders back tightening vaccine exports at Brussels summit

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said that the EU needed pharmaceutical companies to match Europe's openness to exports.

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EC chief warns AstraZeneca must honour contract before exporting doses elsewhere [Video]

EC chief warns AstraZeneca must honour contract before exporting doses elsewhere

The European Commission president has warned AstraZeneca that it must “honour” its vaccine contract with the bloc before exporting doses elsewhere in the world.Ursula von der Leyen urged..

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EU and US kick off diplomatic rapprochement. But will it last? [Video]

EU and US kick off diplomatic rapprochement. But will it last?

"It's time for the Atlantic to become, once again, the beating heart of global cooperation," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Fishermen and wind farms must learn to coexist, says MEP [Video]

Fishermen and wind farms must learn to coexist, says MEP

The European Commission wants 30% of electricity production to come from offshore wind turbines, as part of its 2050 carbon neutrality target, but this increase in wind farms is affecting fisheries.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 02:50Published
Brussels considers visa restrictions against non-EU countries refusing to take back migrants [Video]

Brussels considers visa restrictions against non-EU countries refusing to take back migrants

The European Commission may impose visa restrictions on third countries that refuse to take back their citizens who have tried to come into the EU unsuccessfully.

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Will travel be possible this summer with the EU's Digital Green Certificate? [Video]

Will travel be possible this summer with the EU's Digital Green Certificate?

"No, I do not think that Europe is losing the battle of vaccines. I think there is a lot of noise around the European vaccination programme". - Margaritis Schinas, Vice President of the EU Commission,..

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