Brussels Daily
10 Nov 2015


Brussels Daily


Commission adopts 2015 Enlargement Package

The European Commission adopted today the annual reports assessing where the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey stand in preparing to meet EU membership requirements, and setting out what needs to be done to address the remaining challenges. Presenting the annual Enlargement Package, Commissioner Johannes Hahn said: “The current refugee crisis shows how crucial close cooperation between the EU and the countries in south-east Europe is. The EU enlargement process, covering the Western Balkans and Turkey, is a powerful tool to strengthen the rule of law and human rights in these countries. It also boosts the economy and promotes regional cooperation. A clear European perspective gradually transforms our partner countries and strengthens stability around our Union. Our firm commitment to EU enlargement, and to the conditions it involves, is therefore a long-term investment in Europe’s own security and prosperity”. The Progress Reports are available online. Also available online : Press release, factsheets: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey and speech by Commissioner Hahn to the European Parliament (Foreign Affairs Committee).  

The European Court of Auditors signs off the EU accounts for 8th year in a row

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has today given the EU accounts a clean bill of health for the 8th year in a row, in its annual report on the implementation of the EU budget in 2014. Both the revenue side and administrative expenditure are free from significant errors. The overall error rate in payments has declined for a second consecutive year, to 4.4% in 2014. The Court also stresses the progress made by the Commission to increase transparency and absorption concerning the management of the EU funds. The full press release in all languages is available here.  More details on the ECA report and how it fits into the discharge process are available here. The speech of Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva at the Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament, where she outlined the activities of the European Commission to improve the management of the EU budget is being made available here

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2016

Today, the Commission presents its annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen in the Atlantic and North Sea from the main commercial fish stocks for 2016. The Commission proposes to maintain or increase the fish quotas for 35 stocks, and reduce catches for 28 stocks on the basis of the scientific advice received. The proposal also includes an increase in fishing opportunities to help fishermen in the transition to the new obligation to land all catches. This is the first time the Commission proposes so-called quota “top ups” for all the fisheries under the landing obligation as of 2016. This extra quota aims to compensate fishermen for the extra fish they will have to land. The Commission’s goal, and one of the pillars of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), is to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels as soon as possible by 2020. This proposal will be presented by Commissioner Vella and submitted to discussion to the Ministers of the Member States at the December Fisheries Council to be applied as from 1 January 2016. The press release in all languages is available online. Questions and Answers on Commission’s proposal are available here.


  • EU Ministers adopts new rules to reduce air pollution from medium-sized combustion plants
  • Press material for G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, 15 – 16 November
  • Commissioner Malmström participating in Citizen’s Dialogue in Ljubljana
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