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# European Commission

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# Decision time
Apple and Ireland win appeal against European Commission's €13 billion tax ruling
The European Commission previously ordered the US company to hand back €13 billion in unpaid tax.
# Tax
'A bad day for the taxpayer': Opposition TDs accuse government of 'throwing away' Apple's €13 billion
Apple and Ireland won their appeal against the European Commission’s €13 billion tax ruling.
# apple tax
A major ruling is expected tomorrow in the €13 billion Apple tax row - but don't expect the saga to end there
Whoever loses is likely to appeal that decision to a higher EU court.
# frugal four
EU leaders remain divided on plans for a €750 billion recovery fund ahead of a vital summit meeting
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte leads a bloc of countries opposed to the deal.
# Covid-19
The European Commission has slashed Irish and eurozone growth forecasts
But the Commission expects the Irish economy to grow by 6.25% next year.
# Economy
European Commission issues recommendations to help get Ireland's economy back on track
The Commission published its recommendations in a report yesterday.
# European Union
Explainer: Why is Germany suddenly backing the EU recovery fund?
Experts say the scale of the crisis and a German constitutional court ruling might have something to do with it.
# European Commission
EU says airlines must refund customers for cancelled flights, and vouchers won't do
Under EU rules, travellers have the right to choose between vouchers or cash reimbursement.
# covid-19 epicentre
EU Commission boss unveils road map to exit coronavirus restrictions
The guidelines come as the number of coronavirus cases in the EU reach 1 million.
# Beef crisis
Irish farmers ask European Commission to suspend imports of beef from outside Europe
Some 318,000 tonnes of beef was imported from outside of Europe last year.
# Ursula von der Leyen
Von der Leyen 'seriously concerned' over concluding post-Brexit trade deal within 2020 deadline
“I am very worried given the little time we have,” Ursula von der Leyen said.
# From Brussels with love
You will always be welcomed back, EU chief tells UK in Brexit 'love letter'
The UK has inflicted unnecessary damage on itself with Brexit, the European Commission’s vice-president has said.
# EU commission boss
Von der Leyen's Green Deal promises a carbon-neutral EU by 2050
At least 25% of the EU’s long-term budget should be dedicated to climate action, the EU Commission has said.
# New Era
New European Commission begins fresh term under leadership of von der Leyen
The team took the reins as the 28-member union is faced with a mountain of difficulties, including Brexit.
# New Era
The new European Commission has been voted in ... here are the key players
The incoming European Commission will take office on 1 December.
# approved
EU approves state aid for €3bn National Broadband Plan
The decision means the contract for the €3 billion plan can be signed.
# sweetheart deal
€14 billion Apple tax fund could lose €70 million this year
The fund is to be held in escrow until the outcome of legal challenges to the European Commission’s landmark ruling in 2016.
# eu court
EU tax demand 'defies reality and common sense', claims Apple
It is fighting the European Commission’s landmark order that the company reimburse Ireland €13 billion in back taxes.
# Migration
EU accused of 'divisive rhetoric' after appointing Vice President for 'Protecting Our Way of Life'
This title is a rebranding of the Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship portfolio.
# competition rules
EU launches probe into Amazon's use of third-party sellers data
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the investigation would be completed as a matter of priority.
# new eu
Ursula von der Leyen narrowly elected as new President of the European Commission
The German defence minister will take up her post in November.
# new eu
Von der Leyen 'ready' to back Brexit delay in pitch to MEPs for European Commission president bid
MEPs will vote today on whether to elect the German defence minister to the European Commission top job.
# Have your say
Poll: Are you happy with Phil Hogan getting a second term?
Hogan previously served as the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.
# mercosur
Phil Hogan nominated for a second term as Ireland's European Commissioner
There had been speculation that Hogan would lose the Taoiseach’s support after the fallout from the Mercosur trade deal.
# National Broadband Plan
Telecoms group concerned about Eir's €1bn claim and will consider legal action against the Irish government
Eir’s CEO told an Oireachtas committee recently that it could deliver the NBP for less than €1 billion.
# Who do EU want
Why are leaders deadlocked over the top EU jobs - and who's in the running?
European leaders showed frustration as they entered a third day of discussions on who should fill the EU’s top jobs.
# mercosur
'It's a bad deal, there's no point in saying otherwise': Agriculture minister on trade agreement with South American countries
The deal with hit the Irish beef sector.
# mercosur
'A bad deal for Irish farmers': EU signs massive trade agreement with South American countries
The EU and the South American trade bloc Mercosur today sealed a hugely significant trade deal.
# EU top jobs
EU leaders call 'crisis' summit after failure to agree on candidates for Brussels top jobs
EU leaders failed to agree on a successor to Jean-Claude Juncker.
# age verification
UK's porn blocking laws to be delayed again
The laws were to be introduced on 15 July, but are to be delayed because of bureaucratic, legal issues.
# European Commission
The EU's Game of Thrones: Merkel and Macron clash over who should replace Juncker
The German Chancellor prefers Manfred Weber, while Macron wants a centre-left pick, or one of two French candidates.
# plastics
'Ambitious' single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council
This was the final step in adopting the single-use products ban, which will come into force in Ireland by 2021.
# european commission president
Who are the candidates most likely to replace Jean-Claude Juncker?
What does the President of the European Commission do, and how is he/she elected? It’s complicated…
# Brexit
If UK seek long extension, they'll have to run candidates in European elections, says Coveney
The man tipped to be the next EC president says the UK is ‘infecting’ Europe’s decision-making process..
# European Commission
Rising rents and lack of social housing has driven up homelessness in Ireland, EU warns
The European Commission report was highly critical of Ireland’s housing policy.
# Bad news
Taoiseach won't accept Brexit border promises that 'it will be alright on the night'
A European Commission spokesman said today that it’s “pretty obvious” that a no-deal Brexit would lead to a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
# Environment
EU reaches landmark agreement to cut usage of single-use plastics
The directive will come into effect in two years time if it is passed.
# interrailing
Irish 18-year-olds can now avail of 12,000 free interrail tickets to travel around Europe next summer
Winning applicants will have the opportunity to travel between 15 April and 31 October 2019.
# wifi4eu
EU secures funding to roll out free WiFi hotspots to public spaces
Local authorities can apply for vouchers worth €15,000 to provide free public WiFi in town centres, parks, libraries and museums.
# State Aid
European Commission withdraws ECJ case against Ireland after €13.1 billion Apple tax is recovered
Ireland completed the recovery of the aid on 6 September.