Brussels Daily
15 Jul 2015


Brussels Daily

Commission appoints Director in the DG Regional and Urban Policy

Today the European Commission has appointed Ms Veronica Gaffey to the position of Director ‘Budget and General Affairs’ in the Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy. Ms Gaffey, an Irish national, joined the Commission in 2000, after having worked in her national civil service. She has been part of DG Regional and Urban Policy throughout her career. She has been Head of Unit since 2005 and was last in charge of the ‘Evaluation and European Semester’ team. Ms Veronica Gaffey has holds a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance.


Two days after an agreement paving the way for a new support programme for Greece, today the European Commission revealed plans to help Greece maximise its use of EU funds. As mandated by the Euro Summit on 12/13 July, this will help mobilise more than €35 billion up to 2020 to support the Greek economy, provided that the conditions agreed upon by the Euro Summit will be met. EU Commission PresidentJean-Claude Juncker said: “Greece has already received more international financing than all of Europe did from the U.S. Marshall Plan after the Second World War. Following Monday’s Euro Summit agreement, the European Commission is willing to step this up even further to help Greece unleash a significant economic rebound and to give the proposed reforms the best chance to work: these €35 billion can help make Greece an attractive location for investment and give hope to especially the younger generation. After at times painstaking months of negotiations, we now need to look to the future. This new start for jobs and growth is the Commission’s contribution. I trust the European Parliament and Member States will play their part so we can unlock the money swiftly.” The Jobs and Growth Plan will help to invest in people and companies in Greece. It is a continuation of the support the Commission has already provided to Greece throughout the crisis, both in terms of financial support and technical assistance. A press release is available here.

Commission publishes the Climate and Energy Summer package

As part of the Energy Union strategy, today the Commission presents proposals to deliver a new deal for energy consumers, to launch a redesign of the European electricity market, to update energy efficiency labelling and to revise the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The package is an important step towards implementing the Energy Union strategy with a forward looking climate change policy, launched as one of the political priorities of the Juncker Commission in February 2015. Today’s proposals give prominence to the ‘energy efficiency first’ principle and put households and business consumers at the heart of the European energy market. The press release is available online. Please also see the fact sheet on ETS revision, fact sheet on single energy label and fact sheet on the new market design.

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