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On 8 November, the Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) elected  the German leader of the group in the European Parliament, Manfred WEBER as the EPP’s Spitzenkandidat and candidate for President of the European Commission, ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections. Weber got 492 votes (79 percent of the votes cast), according to results announced by EPP President Joseph Daul. Weber beat former Finnish prime minister Alexander Stubb.

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calendrier

The last half of 2018 will have a special meaning with the upcoming European elections, the debates on reforming the European Union and, of course, the Brexit perspective. The Commission will present new measures, including a long-term strategy on a low-carbon economy by 2025. In order to be well-prepared, 3BS made its very own end-of-the-year European schedule. Continue reading End-of-the-year European schedule

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The new EU budget proposed by the European Commission in early May follows a dual objective that might seem contradictory:

  • Lower spending

  • A larger budget

 

In fact, the Commission wants to limit its costs while also targeting new resources to fund this new budget, in the constrained context of Brexit. Indeed, EU aims at ensuring the continuity of its flagship policies (research and innovation, youth, security) and develop new priorities (digital, defence). It is an ambitious goal, that the Council and the European Parliament will soon examine. This two institutions will have to adopt and vote before the next European elections in May 2019.

 

“This EU Budget is even more important than previous ones because it will decide on our future at EU 27. It is a budget for a Union that protects, empowers and defends.”

European commission President, Jean-Claude JUNCKER

 

Main elements of the proposal

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digital day 2018

3BS was at Digital Day 2018! A week after this key event for Europe’s digital future took place at Brussels Square, what should we remember?

The aim was to reach joint commitments related to the digital future of Europe, in order to encourage investment in European digital technologies and infrastructures, notably AI, digital healthcare and blockchain. Of all the different discussions between high-level European representatives 3BS followed, here are the key takeways: Continue reading Digital Day 2018 : Key takeaways 🔑

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At 92 years old, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, former French President and EU founding father, wants the bloc to move forward with a ‘stronger nucleus’ of committed countries.

Under Giscard’s presidency (1974-1982), France and Germany put in place the European monetary system that laid the ground for a single EU currency, and established the European Council, which is widely considered the most powerful institution in Brussels. It was also under Giscard’s tenure that members of the European Parliament were directly elected for the first time.

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