Energy: No Decision From the 27 EU Countries

Brussels, 21 October 2022 “EU leaders reach a deal on energy” is the title chosen by the European Council website to hide a new stalemate of Europe on energy, yesterday in Brussels. The Commission lead by Ursula von der Leyen had proposed a new Council Regulation to tackle high gas prices in the EU and

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EU: Joint Gas purchase and Dynamic Price Cap

Brussels, 19 October 2022 The Commission has proposed a new emergency regulation to address high gas prices in the EU and ensure security of supply this winter. This will be done through joint gas purchasing, price limiting mechanisms on the TTF gas exchange, new measures on transparent infrastructure use and solidarity between Member States, and

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EU Decided on Minimum Wage

  Council and Parliament of the EU adopted the European Directive which sets the rules for determining the minimum wage and which provides for the extension of collective bargaining coverage to 80%. Minimum wage is currently foreseen in 21 EU countries.  It will always be up to the member states to decide whether it exists

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EU: Fast and Furious on Ukraine, But Not on Energy

Today the 27 Heads of State and Government met in Brussels and decided nothing to solve the european energy crisis. They had a very long discussion and once again asked Ursula von der Leyen, President of the Commission, to invent something more, given that what has been proposed so far does not satisfy. So all

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EU Collapses on Energy Again

European energy ministers’ meeting today in Brussels was not able to agree on European measures to limit the energy cost. Many countries have already done this with national measures. European citizens pay 3 or 4 times more gas and electricity and some countries have already taken their own countermeasures: by setting a national price cap

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Energy, Ursula Tries Again. But…

  Gas and electricity prices have reached record levels in 2022 and hit all-time highs. Families and companies in EU are paying an extra cost for energy. After its defeat at the last EU Energy Council to limit the bills, the Commission  proposed three new measures last 12 September. One to cut electricity consumption, another

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Minimum wage in Europe. The EU Parliament approves the compromise

Today the European Parliament voted by a large majority a new European Directive which sets the rules for determining the minimum wage and which provides for the extension of collective bargaining coverage to 80%. The minimum wage is currently foreseen in 21 EU countries and it will always be up to the Countries to decide

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Energy: 5 Von Der Leyen Proposals, 5 Failures today

  Ministers agreed that the energy issue is urgent, but they decided nothing. Gathered in Brussels for an extraordinary meeting, the 27 energy ministers said no to the 5 recipes of the president of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to deal with extraordinary measures on energy. All decisions will be sent as new proposals to

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