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#NeelieKroes’ skeleton in closet

#NeelieKroes engagement with Bahamas offshore is even greater blow to the EU bureaucracy in crisis of confidence than #Barroso’s Goldman Sachs employment. It looks OLAF’s Emily O’Reilly has more work to do with the former European Commission major protagonists, who are fuelling debate about European Institutions as a cupola for international lobby. If in #Barroso’s case there … Continue reading

#Bratislava Summit: Roadmap illusion

Assessing the perspectives of informal #Bratislava Summit #EU27 Roadmap one has a difficulty to see any light in the end of a tunnel. Paradoxically the first Summit of #EU27 without the #UK appeared to be even more tumultuous, marked by disagreements, pessimism, and blame-games between the leaders, who with astonishing frankness have drawn new dividing lines among European nations. … Continue reading

Bratislava Declaration: announcement of up to €108 million in support to Bulgaria for border and migration management

  EU 27 agree way forward in Bratislava Today European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, took part in the informal meeting of the EU 27 Heads of State or Government. The meeting agreed the Bratislava Declaration and Roadmap, which welcomes the State of the Union speech of the President and sets out clear priorities for action … Continue reading

2016 Police & Public Safety 9/11 Medal Honorees Announced

Honorees from around the world gather in San Diego on Oct. 14 for the annual awards ceremony and presentation Honorees representing current and former police, public safety and government organizations from a dozen countries are among the 2016 International Police and Public Safety 9/11 Medal recipients. The honorees will gather in San Diego, Calif. on … Continue reading

New European travel document to ease return of non-EU nationals

An EU Commission proposal for a standard European travel document to speed up the return of non-EU nationals staying irregularly in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards was approved by Parliament on Thursday. A key aim for MEPs has been to strengthen the form’s security features and technical safeguards, so as to … Continue reading

#SOTEU: Plaudite!

The State of the Union speech (#SOTEU) of president Jean-Claude Juncker resembled himself – pale, drained out of energy, contrasting with  confronting him triumphant Euro skeptics Nighel Farage and Syed Kamall.  Behalf of the entirely new context there was hardly anything new to the usual mantra of ‘more-more-more EU’ as if it can be a … Continue reading

The State of the Union 2016

Towards a Better Europe – A Europe that Protects, Empowers and Defends European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2016 State of the Union address, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Key messages European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today delivered his 2016 State of the Union address, before the Members of … Continue reading

#Verhofstadt: #Brexit sherpa

Unlike  the UKIP and Conservatives in the European Parliament (EP) suggest, Liberal group leader and former Belgium PM Guy Verhofstadt is not such a terrible choice as pictured in outburst of emotions over his appointment as the EP #Brexit negotiator. The passion for European federalism, often described as fanaticism by his political opponents will not … Continue reading


The Italian yachting market is growing, and shipyards are coming back to Genoa, starting from the English but not only them, showing that Italy and the Ligurian capital are still the world stage for high-level yachting. Market data, two weeks before the biggest Boat Show in the Mediterranean, speak of 17.1% growth in turnover in … Continue reading

Why did the Dalai Lama warn that refugees should leave Europe?

The 14th Dalai Lama is going to start a new visit in Europe soon, with his first stop planned at Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Stuck in the series of crisis in terms of refugee problems and terrorism, the Brussels city nowadays hardly goes back to the peaceful and calm time as it used to … Continue reading

Regatta Palermo – Montecarlo

2016 Palermo-Montecarlo, starting next august 21st from Mondello gulf, will be joined by one of the world’s most beautiful sailing boats: Circolo della Vela Sicilia has just registered the supermaxi Rambler 88, of the USA ship-owner George David. Rambler 88’s enrollment seriously threaten the record of the Regatta, of 47 hours, 46 minutes and 48 … Continue reading

The “Nuvola” by Massimiliano Fuksas

After eight years of work at the new Convention Centre in Rome, the realization of the most controversial of Fuksas is finally concluded. Tuesday, July 19 took place the presentation of the work in the night: a tour through the 17 thousand tons of steel and 58 thousand meters of the structure of glass, with … Continue reading

Michel Barnier appointed Chief Negotiator for #Brexit

President Juncker appoints Michel Barnier as Chief Negotiator in charge of the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50 of the TEU Today, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, appointed Michel Barnier, former Vice-President of the European Commission and former French Minister, as Chief Negotiator in charge of … Continue reading

Rule of Law: Commission issues recommendation to Poland

The European Commission has today adopted a Rule of Law Recommendation on the situation in Poland, setting out the Commission’s concerns and recommending how these can be addressed. This new step under the Rule of Law Framework follows the intensive dialogue that has been ongoing with the Polish authorities since 13 January. After the adoption … Continue reading

New EU ambassador to Ukraine

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission, announced today the appointment of Hugues MINGARELLI  as Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. He is currently serving as Senior Adviser on Global Strategy and European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Review Implementation within the EEAS. Minsk process … Continue reading


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