Institutional Affairs

MEPs prepare 'lively' hearings for new commissioners

25.09.14 @ 07:52

MEPs are preparing "lively" hearings for the new commissioners-to-be, with the Spanish, British, Slovenian, and Hungarian candidates likely to have the hardest time of it.

Highlights

Ombudsman vows 'robust' action against EU secrecy

23.09.14 @ 17:46

EU ombudsman Emily O'Reilly wants more transparency from EU institutions on letting officials switch to the private sector, negotiating trade agreements, and allowing medicines onto the European market.

Voting under way in Scottish independence referendum

18.09.14 @ 09:29

Over 4 million people are to cast their vote in favour or against Scottish independence on Thursday, with Spain calling it a "torpedo" against EU integration.

Catalans turn out en masse to ask for independence vote

12.09.14 @ 09:27

Almost 2 million Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday calling for the right to vote on independence from Spain. A consultative vote is planned for 9 November.

Catalonia to press ahead with referendum after Scottish No

19.09.14 @ 16:06

Catalan leader Artur Mas has said the Scottish referendum has reinforced his plan to hold a similar vote at home.

EP gears itself up for hearings of new commissioners

17.09.14 @ 17:04

The European Parliament is preparing a set of "obstacle course" hearings for incoming EU commissioners with recent past form showing that at least one of the designates will fall by the wayside.

Greek to front Juncker's new media strategy

11.09.14 @ 10:03

Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed a Greek EU official as his main spokesperson, part of his revamped media strategy for the new EU commission.

New commission sees greater role for Juncker deputies

10.09.14 @ 14:57

The new EU commission will have a less centralised power structure, with Jean-Claude Juncker delegating more responsibilities to his deputies.

Juncker set to unveil new commission

09.09.14 @ 18:06

The new EU commission chief is to present his new team and their posts on Wednesday. Here is a round-up of the latest portfolio speculations.

Juncker starts interviews for new EU commission

02.09.14 @ 13:41

Incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has started meeting the nominees for his 28-strong college, but gender balance continues to be a problem.

EU expert groups dominated by corporate interest, say NGOs

01.09.14 @ 09:09

Pro-transparency groups and trade unions are urging the European Commission to scale back corporate influence on policy-making decisions.

EU commission creates new foreign policy cell

11.09.14 @ 09:18

The EU foreign relations chief is to move her office back to the European Commission to steer a cell of top officials on external policy.

Names list for new EU commission complete

04.09.14 @ 20:09

The list of proposed new EU commissioners is now complete, with enough women for the European Parliament to approve the 28-strong team led by Jean-Claude Juncker.

Who is Tusk and what does he mean for the EU?

01.09.14 @ 18:44

Some compare Tusk, the new EU Council chief, to Merkel. But unlike her, he has “given up” on Moscow, with Russia relations set to make or break his EU tenure.

Who is Federica Mogherini?

01.09.14 @ 08:59

Italy's Federica Mogherini's will have to hit the ground running as EU's new foreign policy chief as the Russia conflict escalates.