Ireland promises to nominate Commissioner candidates “as soon as possible”

Ireland promises to nominate Commissioner candidates “as soon as possible”

Ireland’s government on Friday nominated Mairead McGuinness and Andrew McDowell as candidates to be the country’s next European commissioner, following Phil Hogan’s resignation as EU trade chief last week. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen must now decide which candidate to accept and whether they will retain the trade portfolio. The alternative is for her to conduct a broader reshuffle that could mean an existing commissioner taking trade and Ireland being allocated a less prestigious area of responsibility. European Parliament First Vice President McGuinness is a member of Ireland’s…

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The EU approves the sending of antiviral aid to Alitalia in the amount of 200 million euros

The EU approves the sending of antiviral aid to Alitalia in the amount of 200 million euros

The European Commission gave its blessing on Friday (4 September) to the Italian government’s plan to pump €199.45 million into Alitalia, as Rome continues to throw money at its embattled flag-carrying airline. The €200m grant is intended to compensate Alitalia for damages incurred by the coronavirus pandemic, and EU competition regulators say the bailout is in line with Union law. According to the Commission, the money “will compensate the damage suffered by Alitalia that is directly linked to the coronavirus outbreak” and “does not exceed what is necessary to make…

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