Press conference by President Juncker & Tusk following #EUCO

Taking global cooperation in sustainable finance to the next stage

#EUCO press conference with Presidents Juncker & Tusk on Brexit

Falsified medicines: new rules to enhance patients' safety

These rules mean that the industry has to affix a 2-D barcode and an anti-tampering device on the box of prescription medicines. The pharmacies – including on-line pharmacies – and hospitals have to check the authenticity of medicines before dispensing to patients.

This is the final step in the implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive, adopted in 2011, aiming at guaranteeing the safety and quality of medicines sold in the EU.

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EC fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The Commission has reviewed hundreds of such agreements in the course of its investigation and found that:

(i) Google included exclusivity clauses in its contracts. This meant that publishers were prohibited from placing any search adverts from competitors on their search results pages.

(ii) Google gradually replaced these exclusivity clauses with so-called “Premium Placement” clauses, which meant that third-party websites had to take a minimum number of search ads from Google, and put them on the most visible part of the page.

(iii) Google also included clauses requiring publishers to seek written approval from Google before making changes to the way in which any rival adverts were displayed.

Today's decision concludes that Google is dominant in the market for online search advertising intermediation in the EEA since at least 2006. The Commission finds that Google has abused this market dominance by preventing rivals from competing in the online search advertising intermediation market.

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Setting up the European Innovation Council

Ahead of the 21-22 March European Council discussion on innovation, industry and competitiveness, the Commission takes decisive steps to set up a European Innovation Council. Global competition is intensifying and Europe needs to deepen its innovation and risk-taking capability to compete on a market increasingly defined by new technologies. That is why the Juncker Commission is introducing a European Innovation Council (EIC) to turn Europe’s scientific discoveries into businesses that can scale up faster. Currently in its pilot phase, the European Innovation Council will become a full-fledged reality from 2021 under the next EU research and innovation programme Horizon Europe.

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EU-China: a strategic outlook

Facts matter: Hungarian claims

FVP Frans Timmermans addresses EP on Sustainable Development Goals

Facts matter: situation in Libya

Facts matter: debunking myths about migration

FVP Frans Timmermans addresses EP on Brexit

Plastic bags: breaking the habit

EU Protects: The journey of an asylum seeker

EU Protects: Patrolling the EU’s maritime border