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Renegotiating NI Protocol is ‘unrealistic’ – EU Commission

Renegotiating NI Protocol is ‘unrealistic’ – EU Commission

Vice president of the European (EU) Commission, Maros Sefcovic has ruled out renegotiating the Northern Ireland Protocol. The British government...

June 14, 2022

EU audit deems NI goods checks ‘not fit for purpose’

EU audit deems NI goods checks ‘not fit for purpose’

An audit by EU Commission officials has found that the system of controls for the entry of goods and animals...

January 29, 2022

EU ‘not to launch infringement action’ over UK decision to extend Grace Periods

EU ‘not to launch infringement action’ over UK decision to extend Grace Periods

The European Commission has said it will not launch infringement action after the UK yesterday announced plans to extend the...

September 7, 2021

UK urged to act over EU plans to relax animal protein feed ban

UK urged to act over EU plans to relax animal protein feed ban

A Northern Ireland peer has demanded the UK intervene over changes to EU law that would allow processed animal protein...

July 6, 2021

Sefcovic: Swiss-style veterinary zone would mean 80% reduction in SPS checks

Sefcovic: Swiss-style veterinary zone would mean 80% reduction in SPS checks

A ‘Swiss-style’ veterinary agreement would eliminate more than 80% of checks on UK agri-food goods entering the Single Market. European...

June 29, 2021

Hopes UK-EU chilled meat issue will be resolved in ‘next 48 hours’

Hopes UK-EU chilled meat issue will be resolved in ‘next 48 hours’

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic told Northern Ireland politicians he was “hopeful” a solution could be found “over the next...

June 29, 2021

EU to look at legal options in response to UK’s NI Protocol move

EU to look at legal options in response to UK’s NI Protocol move

The EU will respond to the UK’s unilateral move on the Northern Ireland Protocol “in accordance with the legal means established...

March 4, 2021

Renewable energy accounted for 20% of energy used in Europe in 2019

Renewable energy accounted for 20% of energy used in Europe in 2019

In 2019, renewable energy accounted for 19.7% of energy consumed across the 27 EU member states, according to Eurostat. These...

December 23, 2020

Allergic to cow’s milk? Commission says Santa’s milk and cookies could still be on the menu

Allergic to cow’s milk? Commission says Santa’s milk and cookies could still be on the menu

Allergic to cow’s milk? According to the European Commission, cookies, chocolate and cakes could still be on the menu for...

December 23, 2020

Report: Decrease in air pollution across Europe

Report: Decrease in air pollution across Europe

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) ‘Air quality in Europe – 2020 report’ published yesterday (Monday November 23) shows that better...

November 24, 2020

EC President warns UK that withdrawal agreement cannot be changed

EC President warns UK that withdrawal agreement cannot be changed

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, says the British withdrawal agreement cannot be changed. Von der...

September 16, 2020

EU predicts drop in meat consumption for 2020

EU predicts drop in meat consumption for 2020

The European Commission is predicting a fall in meat consumption for 2020, due to changes in consumer demand during the...

July 8, 2020

25% of EU agriculture land to be organically farmed by 2030

25% of EU agriculture land to be organically farmed by 2030

One-quarter of agricultural land in the EU will be under organic farming by the year 2030, according to the EU’s...

May 21, 2020

EU and Mexico conclude final element of trade agreement

EU and Mexico conclude final element of trade agreement

The EU and Mexico have concluded the last outstanding element of the negotiation of their new trade agreement. Trade Commissioner...

April 29, 2020

EU member states told to ‘exchange information’ on seasonal worker needs

EU member states told to ‘exchange information’ on seasonal worker needs

The European Commission has issued guidelines for EU member states to follow to ensure the continued movement of workers, including...

March 31, 2020

Commission working to ‘ensure flow of essential goods’ across borders

Commission working to ‘ensure flow of essential goods’ across borders

The European Commission is working with member states to ensure the flow of essential goods across land borders. In a...

March 16, 2020

Commission outlines €1 trillion Green Deal and Just Transition

Commission outlines €1 trillion Green Deal and Just Transition

The European Commission has revealed details of the European Green Deal Investment Plan, which will see €1 trillion in climate...

January 15, 2020

‘Europe loses 1,000 farms per day’ – new agriculture commissioner

‘Europe loses 1,000 farms per day’ – new agriculture commissioner

There could be up to 1,000 farmers losing their farms per day across the EU, according to the prospective European...

October 2, 2019