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Juncker and Johnson to meet in Luxembourg

EU and British negotiators will continue talks next week, a UK government spokeswoman said in conclusion of the latest round of talks in Brussels.

“The UK has presented some ideas on an all-island SPS (animals and food products) solution. Further discussions between teams will take place next week,” the spokesperson said.

16/09/2019 AMENDED

None of the EU proposals on Irish border were accepted by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to the European Parliament representative to Brexit talks, Guy Verhofstadt all three EU proposals on Irish border made by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker did not get an approval from the UK government.

Juncker will not attend Biarritz G7

Urgent hospitalisation prevents Jean-Claude Juncker (64), the incumbent president of the European Commission from attending the G7 summit in Biarritz (France) on August 24-26, a spokesperson said. (Image: archive)

Jean-Claude Juncker a former Luxembourg Prime minister, and the chair of the Eurogroup, whose health has been the subject of widespread speculation for years, will conclude his mandate as head of the commission on October 31. He will be replaced by the German politician Ursula von der Leyen.

Juncker urgently hospitalised

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has interrupted his summer holiday in Austria to be urgently submitted to hospital to remove his gallbladder.

According to the press-release of the European Commission services, “had to shorten his holiday in Austria for medical reasons. He was taken back to Luxembourg where he will undergo an urgent cholecystectomy [surgical removal of the gallbladder].” 

Recovery from cholecystectomy might take from two up to eight weeks, dependent on the type of surgery performed in each specific case. In case of laparoscopic surgery with minor cuts, the period will take less time, than from a conventional open surgery.

Cholecystectomy removal is a relatively common and straightforward procedure. It is possible to live an active life without a gallbladder. However the multiple complications are also possible, depending to each individual situation.

The former Luxembourg Prime Minister, whose health has been a subject of numerous speculations for years, will conclude his mandate as the head of the European Commission and pass the responsibility to the German Ursula von der Leyen on October 31.

Juncker issues warning to Johnson

A no-deal Brexit would hurt the United Kingdom more than the rest of Europe no matter how much Prime Minister Boris Johnsons government pretends otherwise, outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pointed out in his remarks published during weekend.

“If it comes to a hard Brexit, that is in no one’s interest, but the British would be the big losers. They are acting as though that were not the case but it is,” Juncker told the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper.

The UK has been insisting Brussels to amend the terms of Britain’s Withdrawal agreement (WA), saying  would have to take responsibility for failure of orderly departure, and no-deal Brexit if it does not accept a compromise.

At the end of the day that would cause the most harm to the UK, Juncker said to a regional newspaper in the Austrian province of Tyrol.

We are fully prepared even though some in Britain say we are not well set up for a ‘no deal’. But I am not taking part in these little summer games,Juncker added.

The European Union has reiterated the deal negotiated by the previous British government led by Prime Minister Theresa May will not be re-negotiated.

We have made clear that we are not prepared to hold new negotiations on the Withdrawal Agreement but only to make certain clarifications in the framework of the political declarations that regulate future relations between the United Kingdom and European Union,” Juncker said.

We are well prepared (for no deal) and I hope the British are too.

Britain has been requesting the European Union to amend the terms of Britain’s Withdrawal Agreement, saying otherwise Brussels would be responsible for a no-deal Brexit if it does not take into consideration British interest.

The backstop, agreed between Brussels and May’s government, aims to keep the open border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and would effectively keep Northern Ireland within the EU’s Single market, which is not compatible with British sovereignty.

EU allocates €119M to Ukraine

The EU provides additional  million for accountable and efficient governance in Ukraine and to step up its support to the Sea of Azov region.

The EU-Ukraine Summit recognised the substantial progress made by Ukraine in its reform process, and agreed on the importance of accelerating these efforts, in particular in the fight against corruption. The EU has also showed clear solidarity with the country facing continuous challenges in the East including in the Sea of Azov region.

In the margins of the Summit, the Commission adopted new measures to support decentralisation, fight against corruption, empowerment of civil society and accountable and efficient governance in Ukraine as well as to alleviate the humanitarian situation and promoting economic opportunities for the people living in the Sea of Azov region.

The package will include a €40 million programme on decentralisation, a €15 million programme to fight corruption, a €10 million programme to support civil society and a €44 million programme for the facilitation of key reforms and the implementation of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area. The support to anti-corruption efforts and de-centralisation reforms are additional contributions to already successfully ongoing EU flagship programmes U-LEAD with Europe and EU Anti-Corruption Initiative (EUACI).

Transparency International’s recent Corruption Perceptions Index ranks Ukraine 120th out of 182 countries, the place shared with African Mali.

 

Juncker receives von der Leyen with “open arms”

Delighted to welcome von der Leyen with open arms to the  European Commission today. A true European, we are on the same page when it comes to speaking up for interests” wrote incumbent president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in his Twitter micro blog.

Von der Leyen appeared as a “surprise” candidate,  after leading candidate Manfred Weber was rejected by the Eastern European member-states. Her candidacy for the Commission president was endorsed by all EU leaders apart from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who abstained because her domestic coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), refused to support her candidacy.

If endorsed by the European Parliament, von der Leyen would become the first woman to ascend the European Union’s top post.

There was a word that Juncker was not impressed by choice of Martin Weber for top job, however he never opposed him publicly.

Franco-German wrestling over EU top jobs

European Union leaders clashed over future EU institutions top jobs, primary of powerful position of the European Commission president,  promising to meet a deadline for appointments at  June Summit (20-21/6).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  faced resistance when French President Emmanuel Macron publicly rejected the Bavarian politician Manfred Weber,  her preferred candidate, a center-right (European People’s PartyMember of the European Parliament.

After the EU elections the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D) would no longer be able to form a majority in the European Parliament to determine the next Commission head.

The EPP are have to turn for support to the liberal Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), or/and the Greens, since three groups assembly needed to approve any nomination by the 28 heads of states.

The national government leaders agreed to finalize their nominations at end semester Summit on June 20-21,  well ahead Jean-Claude Juncker mandate expiration at the end of October.

Among leading figures to heir the job of Jean-Claude Juncker, next to Manfred Weber, three oher names were announced by the President Macron:  Dutch Socialist Frans Timmermans, Danish Liberal Margrethe Vestager,and the  EU top Brexit negociator Michel Barnier, “and others”.

At Informal Summit in Brussels the EU leaders bargained behind closed doors, but by the end of the meeting the Council president Donald Tusk announced that there is a target of assigning half of top jobs to women.

 

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