Almunia will be asked to defend his handling of a high-profile antitrust investigation into Google’s search and advertising business.
- MasterCard loses antitrust appealRuling will strengthen the case for adopting legislation capping the fees imposed by card firms on shops and other merchants.
- MasterCard wins legal battle on interchange studyRuling could slow down legislation on new interchange fee limits, and comes ahead of a larger ruling on card fees.
Options to boost the EU's growth include a €300bn investment scheme proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker or a €700bn plan advanced by Mateusz Szczurek, Poland’s finance minister.
- Eurogroup adopts guiding principles on tax reformMember states with large deficits should compensate cuts in employment taxes by either cutting public spending or raising other forms of taxes, finance ministers say.
- France and Germany to put forward joint investment plan Poland's finance minister will also propose creating a €700 billion fund to invest in infrastructure and with the power to raise money on capital markets.
An alumni association for Erasmus students will provide networking opportunities for students and feedback for the European Commission.
- Record number of Erasmus grants awardedLast academic year saw an increase of 6% in the number students and staff using grants to study or work abroad.
- The MapAbility project: taking the initiative on mobilityDisabled students are under-represented in mobility schemes because many think moving abroad to study is not an option.
The European Parliament's environment committee will vote next week on whether to give industries extra free allowances for emitting carbon over the next five years.
- Auditors criticise EU support for aquacultureEuropean Court of Auditors says that funds to support the fishing industry have not been well spent.
- Juncker's plan would 'shut down environmental policy', campaigners warnBusiness groups have welcomed Juncker's new 'streamlined' Commission structure, but green campaigners have decried the loss of dedicated environment and climate commissioners.
The European Commission has suspended emergency market measures for perishable fruit and vegetable markets following exaggerated claims.
- EU farm ministers call for further compensationAgriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the Russian ban on Western food and possible compensatory measures.
- EU agriculture ministers to hold emergency meetingMinisters will evaluate the impact of the Russian ban on EU food imports and discuss possible compensation.
- Ukraine ratifies association agreement with EUEuropean Parliament simultaneously ratifies association agreement that Ukraine describes as ending its post-Soviet era.
- EU puts Ukraine trade deal on legal iceGoodwill gesture to Russia would leave Ukraine with nearly all the advantages of a full trade deal, EU argues.
Commission reorganisation announcement prompts health NGO to pull out of plans to create a health intergroup in the European Parliament
- EU warns of 'potentially disastrous' Ebola crisisOfficials renew calls for the international community to respond with greater commitment and closer co-ordination.
- Ebola patient arrives in Spain as WHO declares public health emergencySo far more than 900 people have been killed by the virus in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Migrants trying to get to Europe were apparently deliberately killed by human traffickers after a dispute, survivors told the International Organisation for Migration.
- Expats suffer over inheritance taxesThe ECJ is clamping down on tax rates on cross-border inheritances, but EU citizens who die abroad will still pay more than those who stayed at home.
- Commission help for former Ford workers in BelgiumJust over half a million euros would be made available to help workers retrain and find new jobs.
Spanish nominee to become commissioner for climate action and energy had been criticised for having connections to the oil industry.
- Parliament maps out schedule for hearingsConfirmation hearings for European Commission nominees scheduled to take place in late September/early October.
- French government to face confidence voteVote likely to show the extent of problems within the ruling socialist party over plans to cut public spending and introduce structural reforms in order to meet EU budget rules.
Television broadcasters would lose access to ultra-high frequency spectrum but would have other bands reserved for their use.
- Search engines questioned over 'right to be forgotten'EU data protection supervisors issue search engines with questionnaire about how they implement data rules.
- Consumer authorities warn Apple over appsThe network of national consumer protection authorities is satisfied that changes to be introduced by Google would bring its app platform in line with EU consumer law.
The two positions fell vacant in quick succession earlier this year. The Commission has confirmed the appointments will take effect immediately.
- EU rejects citizens’ petition against US trade dealEuropean Commission finds that the citizens initiative is invalid because what it is asking for falls outside of the Commission’s powers.
- WTO rules against Argentina's import restrictionsThe EU, US and Japan had complained about restrictions facing firms selling their products in Argentina.
An ECJ ruling that a flight has not actually arrived until passengers disembark will mean airlines have to pay compensation more often.