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European Commission: Executive branch of the European Union
The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg City, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate. The Commissioners are proposed by the Council of the European Union, on the basis of suggestions made by the national governments, and then appointed by the European Council after the approval of the European Parliament. It is common, although not a formal requirement, that the commissioners have previously held senior political positions, such as being a member of the European Parliament or a government minister.

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Women Political Leaders Summit: "Walk the Talk"

"Walk the Talk" is the title of a discussion from the 2019 Women Political Leaders Summit in Tokyo, Japan. This conversation with José Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission, and..
CBS News - Published

Risk of no-deal Brexit 'very real': Juncker

A deal to ensure a smooth British exit from the European Union is still possible, but the risk of a no-deal is also "very real", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Commission

Boris Johnson can 'see the shape' of a Brexit deal [Video]Boris Johnson can 'see the shape' of a Brexit deal

Boris Johnson speaks after his meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, saying he can "see the shape" of a Brexit deal. The..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:32Published

Protesters boo as Boris Johnson arrives for meeting with Luxembourg counterpart [Video]Protesters boo as Boris Johnson arrives for meeting with Luxembourg counterpart

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was booed by protesters in Luxembourg as he arrived for a meeting with his counterpart Xavier Bettel on Monday (September 16). Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:59Published

Boris Johnson ‘cautious’ on Brexit progress as he meets European Commission President [Video]Boris Johnson ‘cautious’ on Brexit progress as he meets European Commission President

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, inside Le Bouquet Garni restaurant in Luxembourg, prior to a working lunch on Brexit. Downing Street has sought to..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:39Published

Brexit Brexit "the failure of Britain, not of the European Union" – Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker, the outgoing Prersident of the European Commission, has said that Brexit is a "tragedy" and "a failure" but it is "the failure of Britain, not the European Union."

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 22:15Published

Johnson told EU is united over Brexit stance [Video]Johnson told EU is united over Brexit stance

The European Union has restated its "single united position" over Brexit as Boris Johnson prepares for talks with the leaders of its most influential nations. The Prime Minister is set to meet German..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:22Published

Brussels available to 'clarify its position' on Brexit to new UK government, says spokeswoman [Video]Brussels available to 'clarify its position' on Brexit to new UK government, says spokeswoman

The European Commission is willing to discuss Brexit with Britain over the coming weeks, a spokeswoman told a news briefing on Tuesday.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 06:39Published

Gove says Britain deeply saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit [Video]Gove says Britain deeply saddened by EU refusing to negotiate on Brexit

Michael Gove, the British minister responsible for planning for a no-deal Brexit, said on Tuesday he was saddened the European Union was refusing to reopen discussions on a divorce deal. Rough cut (no..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:45Published

Activists all abuzz as Belgians protest over use of pesticides in Europe [Video]Activists all abuzz as Belgians protest over use of pesticides in Europe

Environmental campaigners gathered outside the European Commission on Wednesday asking for an end to the usage of bee-killing pesticides.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

France's Macron Congratulates Boris Johnson As Britain's New Prime Minister [Video]France's Macron Congratulates Boris Johnson As Britain's New Prime Minister

French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated Boris Johnson’s win as Britain’s next prime minister. Future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also congratulated Johnson. She..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

 

EU defends 'European Way of Life' idea after Le Pen claims it for far-right

The incoming chief of the EU's executive on Monday defended her decision to name among the line-up of new European Commission members an official responsible for "Protecting our European Way of Life",..
Reuters - Published

No visible breakthrough in Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker held their first face-to-face talks Monday, without any visible signs of a breakthrough on an elusive Brexit..
USATODAY.com - Published

UK PM Johnson says Brexit deal 'not in the bag' but can see rough shape of it

There is the good shape of a Brexit deal but it is not necessarily "in the bag", British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday following a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude..
Reuters - Published

EU stands firm on Brexit, UK says talks to be stepped up

The European Commission said on Monday that London had still not proposed an alternative to the Irish backstop that has stymied a deal on Britain's exit from the EU, giving a blunt read-out of a..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker to PM Johnson: Britain must make proposals to replace backstop

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday he must present workable proposals to replace the Brexit backstop in their stalled divorce deal,..
Reuters - Published

British PM 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks with EU's Juncker

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was feeling "cautious" as he went into talks on a Brexit deal with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, as rhetoric from both men over the..
Reuters - Published

Johnson 'cautious' ahead of Brexit talks in Luxembourg

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, asked if he was feeling optimistic ahead of Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday, told reporters he was..
Reuters - Published

EU says need to determine Saudi attack facts before establishing blame

The European Commission said on Monday it was important to determine the facts behind the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities before establishing who was responsible.
Reuters - Published

Johnson to explore Brexit deal with Juncker over lunch of snails, salmon

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will explore his chances of securing a Brexit deal over lunch with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday, after weekend rhetoric from both..
Reuters - Published

Belgium's pick for EU Commission faces graft inquiry

Belgium's candidate for the incoming European Commission, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, faces a preliminary probe into accusations of money laundering in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgian..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson says 'rough shape' exists for Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday there was "the rough shape of a deal to be done" over Brexit, as he prepared to meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in a renewed..
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson to hold Brexit talks with EU's Juncker on Monday: Downing Street

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss Brexit, Johnson's office said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Hungary's Orban hopeful on ties with new EU Commission after migration disputes

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Thursday he was optimistic that the new European Commission would improve ties with the EU's eastern members, long strained by disagreements over migration..
Reuters - Published

France warns Britain against seeking bilateral Brexit deals with EU countries

France warned Britain on Wednesday against trying to bypass the European Commission in Brexit negotiations by seeking "mini deals" bilaterally with individual EU countries.
Reuters - Published

New EU commissioner Goulard heard by French police: source

The European Commission's new internal market commissionner Sylvie Goulard was questioned by French police on Tuesday as part of an investigation into fictional jobs at the European Parliament, a..
Reuters - Published

Next EU chief says she does not see Turkish progress in EU entry bid

Incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that Turkey had not made progress on key conditions to allow it to become a member of the European Union.
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Who gets the key posts in new European Commission?

Incoming EU executive president, Germany's Ursula von der Leyen, unveiled her 27-strong team on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU executive confirms gender balance in new Commission

The next head of the European Commission formally announced her new team on Monday with the a near equal gender balance for the first time in the EU executive's history.
Reuters - Published

EU to help its firms, workers, farmers in case of no-deal Brexit: doc

The European Commission on Wednesday will propose financial help for European Union businesses, workers and farmers if Britain crashes out of the bloc without any agreement, a document seen by Reuters..
Reuters - Published

No-deal Brexit 'very distinct possibility': EU executive

A no-deal Brexit is a very distinct possibility but not a preferred option for the European Union, the European Commission said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU appointments 'puzzle' hinges on Italy as key economic jobs up for grabs

The president-elect of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, is waiting for Italy to propose its candidate before deciding the composition of the bloc's new executive and its top economic..
Reuters - Published

Merkel has no Brexit update, says up to Brussels and London to talk

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she had nothing new to report on Brexit but that she expected the European Commission was working on the issue.
Reuters - Published

EU Commission urges Britain to present Brexit proposal soon

The European Commission said on Wednesday it wanted to see a concrete proposal from Britain to resolve the deadlock over Brexit as soon as possible, without giving a specific deadline.
Reuters - Published

France proposes central banker Goulard as European Commission candidate

France has proposed Sylvie Goulard, the deputy governor of the Bank of France and a former European lawmaker, as its candidate for European Union commissioner, President Emmanuel Macron's office said..
Reuters - Published

France postpones announcement on its EU commissioner candidate

The French government has postponed an announcement, originally scheduled for Tuesday, naming its candidate to serve in the next European Commission, the president's office said.
Reuters - Published

UK's Johnson tells Juncker no Brexit deal if backstop remains

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker by phone on Tuesday that there was no prospect of a Brexit deal unless the Irish border backstop was..
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker, UK PM Johnson to hold phone call on Tuesday

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will speak on the phone on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Juncker said.
Reuters - Published

Five EU states to take in migrants disembarked from Open Arms: Commission

Five European Union countries will take in migrants who had been stranded on the Open Arms rescue ship before being allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Tuesday night, a European..
Reuters - Published

EU says ready for no-deal Brexit, 'British would be the biggest losers'

The European Commission said on Monday that the EU was ready for a no-deal Brexit and that Britain would suffer most under such a scenario.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker to miss G7 summit after surgery: spokeswoman

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will miss the G7 summit in France later this week following surgery to remove his gallbladder, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker cuts holiday short for urgent surgery: statement

The outgoing head of the European Union's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission, has cut short a holiday to undergo urgent surgery, his press team said in a statement on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

EU's Juncker tells Britain: no-deal Brexit will hurt you the most

A no-deal Brexit would hurt Britain more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude..
Reuters - Published

EU parliament chief urges Juncker to help migrants aboard Spanish ship

The European Commission should help 121 migrants who have spent a week aboard a Spanish rescue boat to find refuge, European Parliament speaker David Sassoli said in a letter on Thursday to the EU..
Reuters - Published

EU open to Brexit discussions but prepared for no-deal: spokeswoman

The European Commission is willing to discuss Brexit with Britain over the coming weeks, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Brexit agreement is 'the best deal possible', EU Commission says

The deal reached on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union is the "best possible" and is not up for negotiation but the European Commission is ready to talk with British Prime Minister Boris..
Reuters - Published

EU Commission warns of significant disruption from hard Brexit

The European Commission is open to talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to avoid a hard Brexit that would cause significant economic disruption, a spokeswoman for the EU executive said on..
Reuters - Published

British PM Johnson unveils 'new approach', no UK commissioner to EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he was launching a new approach to drive independent trade policy and so would not nominate a UK commissioner to take a place in the new European..
Reuters - Published

France's Macron congratulates Boris Johnson, as ex-minister warns 'EU not for turning'

French President Emmanuel Macron and future head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen both congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming Britain's next prime minister, although a key Macron ally..
Reuters - Published

No-deal Brexit would be tragedy, EU will stick to agreement: Timmermans

A no-deal Brexit would be a tragedy for both the EU and Britain but the bloc will stick to its withdrawal agreement with London, a deputy head of the European Commission said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

EU executive ready to work with new UK PM: spokeswoman

The European Commission is ready to establish working relations with "any new prime minister of the United Kingdom", a spokeswoman said on Monday as Britain's Boris Johnson was expected to take over..
Reuters - Published

Merkel: Britain will remain partner even if it is no longer EU member

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain would remain a partner even if it is no longer a member of the European Union in future, adding that work with British Prime Minister Theresa May's..
Reuters - Published

Incoming EU chief von der Leyen says 'we don't want a hard Brexit'

The future head of the European Commission said she would be minded to grant Britain an extension to talks on its exit from the EU if London gave good grounds, adding that an orderly departure was..
Reuters - Published

Sea-Watch captain says hopes for change in EU migrant rules

The German captain of a charity rescue ship, under investigation for aiding illegal immigration, said on Thursday she hoped the new EU Commission would work to let boat migrants enter Europe..
Reuters - Published

Senior UK Labour members challenge decision to back new EU Commission chief

Members of Labour's top policy team are angry over a decision by their party in the European Parliament to support a new Commission president, questioning an "anti-democratic" move that elected what..
Reuters - Published

Italy's warring coalition parties warn of government collapse

The leaders of Italy's coalition partners the League and 5-Star Movement warned on Thursday the government could collapse following mutual recriminations over the election of the next European..
Reuters - Published

Greece picks Commisssion chief spokesman as its EU Commissioner

Greece nominated the EU Commission's chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas as its next commissioner, the prime minister's office said in a statement on Friday.
Reuters - Published

League's decision not to back von der Leyen risks isolating Italy: Deputy PM

The decision of Italy's ruling League party not to back Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission risks isolating the country in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio..
Reuters - Published

Italy's populist coalition clashes over EU Commission election

Italy's coalition parties clashed on Wednesday over the election of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next president of the European Commission, in a vote that could endanger Rome's hopes of..
Reuters - Published

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