29 Apr 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 29 APRILBrussels Daily
Vice-President Dombrovskis discusses European Semester with Belgian partners
Valdis Dombrovskis, Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, will meet Belgian authorities and social partners on 30 April to discuss the European Semester and the reforms underway in the country. He will meet the federal, regional and community Ministers of Finance and the Budget, the new Governor of the National Bank of Belgium, Mr Jan Smets, and social partners represented in the National Labour Council and the Central Economic Council. The Vice-President will have lunch with Belgian economists and will visit carmaker Audi Brussels in the presence of the Minister-President and the Budget Minister of the Brussels Capital Region, Mr Rudi Vervoort and Mr. Guy Vanhengel.Vice-President Dombrovskis is visiting Member States as part of the Commission’s outreach on the European Semester of economic policy coordination. This takes place on the basis of the Commission’s assessment of Member States’ economic and social developments, or Country Reports, published in February, and in view of the country-specific policy recommendations, which will be published by the Commission in May. During these visits, the Vice-President engages national authorities and social partners in a constructive discussion on the issues raised in the reports. After Belgium, Vice-President’s next country visit will be to Malta, on 6-8 May.
Infringement decisions: Commission acts for full and proper implementation of European legislation
The Commission has decided today to refer six Members States to the EU Court of Justice: France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. The Commission will send 38 reasoned opinions to 25 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom. The European Commission will also send a letter of formal notice to Latvia. With a total of 120 decisions, the Commission aims at ensuring proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses. A summary of the main decisions can be found in the Fact Sheet. On the general infringement procedure, see MEMO/12/12 and MEMO/15/4871
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