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European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans fired up his favourite football team with a stirring speech that inspired them to an unlikely and thrilling victory. Roda JC came back from two goals down against NAC Breda to triumph in extra time during their two-leg promotion play-off. That condemned Breda to relegation, while handing Roda promotion… » read more

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As Frans Timmermans pointed out recently, what bothers people about the Eurosceptic parties is that sometimes they are right. When Marine Le Pen posed a parliamentary question to the Commission about Commissioners’ emails, after the scandal of Hillary Clinton’s private emails, she clearly had a point. The use of personal email to discuss foreign affairs… » read more

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The Commission has been incredibly slow the past couple of months. Many upcoming reports have been delayed, particularly within DG Sante. For example, the report on alcohol labelling, origin labelling, trans-fatty acids… This is not only due to the transition of the new Commissioners, officials, staff etc. An EU official puts the blame on Frans… » read more

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The First Vice-President of the European Commission was on a charm offensive in London last week. The UK is not known for its welcoming attitude of EU dignitaries. Undeterred, and armed with a barrage of cultural references, Frans Timmermans braced himself and decided to give it his best shot. He opened with a joke about… » read more

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The College of Commissioners today (25 February) adopted the executive’s 2015 work programme at their meeting in Brussels, signalling the end of the Circular Economy package of waste, incineration and recycling laws. The package will be withdrawn and resubmitted later this year, despite protests from the European Parliament and EU environment ministers. Although long-expected, the… » read more

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Revenge, they say, is a dish best served cold. Or in the case of the Chief Scientific Advisor to the European Commission, revenge is a dish best served next week in a no-holds-barred interview on BBC television. Anne Glover is expected to spill the beans about what the poor handling of science and policy-making under… » read more

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