16 Jul 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 16 JULYBrussels Daily
July infringement package: Commission acts for full, proper and timely implementation of European law for the benefit of citizens and businesses
To help citizens and businesses benefit fully from the internal market, the European Commission continuously engages with and, if necessary, initiates infringement procedures against Member States which do not respect European law. As part of its monthly package of infringement decisions, today the European Commission decided to refer two Member States to the Court of Justice of the European Union: Spain (in the area of Environment) and Ireland (in the area of Taxation and Customs Union). In addition, the Commission is sending 15 reasoned opinions to a total of 13 Member States: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania, as well as 8 letters of formal notice (Ireland, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Germany and France). A summary of the other key decisions as well as the contact details of relevant Spokespersons can be found in the Fact Sheet (MEMO/15/5356) and in the relevant press releases (IP/15/5354 and IP/15/5355). On the general infringement procedure, see MEMO/12/12.
EUROSTAT: Euro area international trade in goods surplus €18.8 billion
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in May 2015 was €164.4 billion, an increase of 3% compared with May 2014 (€160.2 billion). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €145.6 billion, nearly stable compared with May 2014 (€145.5 billion). As a result, the euro area recorded a €18.8 billion surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in May 2015, compared with +€14.7 in May 2014. Intra-euro area trade rose to €137.3 billion in May 2015, up by 1% compared with May 2014. These data are released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. A press release is available here.
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