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Thursday, 14 September 2017

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Peter Praet: Karl-Otto Pöhl Lecture
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State of the Union 2017: President Juncker strengthens ethical rules for Members of the Commission in new Code of Conduct

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 13 September 2017 On the occasion of his 2017 State of the Union address today, President Juncker announced a new Code of Conduct for Members of the Commission.   On the occasion of his 2017 State of the Union address today, President Juncker announced...

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Extension of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) - Frequently Asked Questions

European Commission - Fact Sheet Strasbourg, 13 September 2017 Frequently Asked Questions What is new in EFSI 2.0? EFSI 2.0 extends the lifetime of the EFSI until 2020, covering the period of the current Multiannual Financial Framework.

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Ombudsman welcomes proposals to strengthen Commissioner ethics and transparency rules

The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, welcomes the College of Commissioners' decision to strengthen the ethics and transparency rules governing Commissioners' activities, while in office and after they leave.

The measures, which include a much more detailed Code of Conduct for Commissioners and publishing the Independent Ethical Committee's opinions on Commissioners' post-mandate jobs, have previously been called for by the Ombudsman.

Ms O'Reilly said: "EU politicians and public officials must be held to the highest transparency and ethical standards. It is important that the public sees that the checks and balances the Commission has in place are working."

"Extending the cooling-off period during which former Commissioners and Commission Presidents must inform the Commission of their intention to take up a new post and tightening the rules on the declaration of interests should positively contribute to this impression."

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98/2017 : 14 September 2017 - Opinion of the Advocate General in the case C-372/16
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Area of Freedom, Security and Justice

According to Advocate General Saugmandsgaard Øe, private divorces do not come within the scope of the 'Rome III' Regulation
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