Frans Timmermans - European Commission


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Oct 16 2017 Malta
Frans Timmermans has been quoted 51 times. The one recent article where Frans Timmermans has been quoted is EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste. Most recently, Frans Timmermans was quoted as having said, “It is not that we, through legislation, should force [producers of plastic to change], though if we have to we might, but through public awareness, to urge countries to raise awareness. Nothing disciplines companies more than consumer practices. We are on the verge of changing consumer habits. I sense a turning point, like that we saw 10 to 15 years ago on climate change. That was what happened with recycling. Who made us recycle? Our kids. I don't think there is one producer of consumer goods that would go against the grain of public awareness.”.
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Jul 21 2017

The rule of law is one of the values on which our union is founded and which defines our

Jul 19 2017 - Sanctions

Collectively they would abolish any remaining judicial independence and put the judiciary under full political control of the government. The option of triggering article 7 of the treaty is part of the discussion. And it should come as no surprise to anyone that given the latest developments we are very close to article

Jul 19 2017

Each individual law, if adopted, would seriously erode the independence of the Polish judiciary. Collectively, they would abolish any remaining judicial independence and put the judiciary under full political control of the

Jul 19 2017

We are coming very close to triggering Article 7. I will do everything I can... to make sure that Poland sticks to a development that fosters the rule of law, democracy, openness, freedom of the media, market economy and opportunity for all. This is the clear choice made by the Polish people when they freed themselves from the communist oppression... This is too much, too important to give

Jul 04 2017 - Refugees

When we drafted the Dublin regulation, we never envisaged this sort of specific situation as we have now been facing for the last two or three years in Greece and Italy. But there is also concern in Europe that many people who do not the status of refugees or aren't refugees are using the opportunity to come here for economic reasons and that is not what the refugee status is all

Jul 04 2017

It would make a world of difference if member states would just do what they agreed

Apr 27 2017

I hope we get a re - sponse on

Apr 26 2017 - CEU

Recent developments in Hungary have got many people worried in the E.U. but also in the outside world. We share those worries and concerns. The European Union is a project driven and designed by its member

Apr 21 2017 - Romania protests 2017

In this process we've jointly did since membership, 10 years of cooperation and verification, we've achieved so much that we are now in the final, final stretch of a very long marathon and my impulse, my dedication is to finishing this

Apr 12 2017

There is necessity to have a political dialogue with Prime Minister Orban and the Hungarian government, in what direction do you want to take the country, what is your vision of Europe, do you share our values and what does that mean, concretely sharing our values as you did when signing the declaration in Rome? But in the formal sense there is, in the view of the Commission today, not a systemic threat to the rule of law in

Mar 31 2017

You can't blackmail someone with one of your own existential requirements ... there is no real possibility for blackmail there because security for the United Kingdom, even if they're not in the EU, will stay an essential requirement for

Mar 31 2017 - Brexit

These people shouldn't suffer because of

Mar 22 2017 - Turkey

President Erdogan's comments about Germany and the Netherlands are not allowed. We don't want to be compared to

Mar 21 2017 - Turkey

There is a European solidarity. The remarks towards the Germans and towards the Dutch by president Erdogan are unacceptable. We do not want to be compared with

Feb 08 2017 - Greece

But at this stage I hope we can be convincing in a political sense. I think it is highly unfair to leave that only to Greece and Italy. I think there should be a collective responsibility of all member

Feb 08 2017

The phase-out is also meant to make sure that producers of solar panels in the European Union have the time to adapt to the new situation. The precise conditions are something that will be up for debate, also with member states

Dec 21 2016

We do believe there is a persistent problem with the rule of law. I think this is a substantial challenge for the rule of law in Poland. And the rule of law is the basis upon which our whole European structure is

Dec 21 2016

There is a serious issue with the independence of the highest court in the

Dec 21 2016 - Terrorism

With today's proposals, we strengthen our legal means to disrupt and cut off the financial sources of terrorists and

Nov 08 2016

What we are doing is evidence-based. We want to put the products on the list that have the highest energy yield. That is why kettles are on the list, because they are very high in terms of energy yields, and toasters are not on the

Sep 27 2016

We must be more open in everything we

Jun 07 2016

We must find solutions sustainable solutions. We cannot tolerate the loss of human lives at this scale and we must do everything we can to stop

May 04 2016 - European Parliament

Let me be very clear, the remaining benchmarks are challenging, and important and will require political determination for Turkey to fulfil the commitments it undertook on March 18. We will send our proposals to the European Parliament and Council. It should make it possible to take a decision by the end of June, based on what Turkey will have then

Apr 06 2016

The current system is not

Apr 06 2016 - Refugees

What we are putting on the table is two lines of thought. One being…you build on the existing Dublin Regulation and you add to that a mechanism that would support member states when they are overwhelmed by enormous numbers of refugees arriving in that member state. The other approach would be to have a mechanism that automatically already creates a European distribution of people who arrive in member

Jan 28 2016

What we need to do is to make sure that when people arrive in Greece they are swiftly

Jan 13 2016

This issue has to be looked at from all important angles given the subject's importance for international trade and also for the EU's

Jan 13 2016

We have specific questions about the functioning of the constitutional court and other laws made by the Polish government, which could have an effect on the rule of

Jan 07 2016

I think the political will is increasing but at a very slow rate

Dec 02 2015

That will be a mortal blow to Schengen and we need to do everything to prevent that from

Oct 14 2015 - EU Summit

It's up to the member states now to talk to each other in a frank way tomorrow at the European Council (EU summit), and to do as they promised on the 23rd of September. You've talked the talk; it's time you walk the

Sep 29 2015

I don't know this number; I don't know this assessment, so I am not in a position to comment on it. But it stands to reason that if people move to Europe, there might be also criminals in that movement, there might also be terrorists in

Sep 04 2015

Kos is a the forefront, but Kos can't be left alone with this problem, it is a global challenge that requires European solutions, that requires European solidarity. Ladies and gentlemen, we are facing a moment of truth in European

May 19 2015

I am not bothered by the Eurosceptics because they are wrong, I am bothered because they are occasionally right. And if they are right, we have to tackle their

Apr 28 2015

We need more sharing of data, effective operational cooperation, additional trust building measures. in particular, we should develop judicial cooperation to complement law enforcement cooperation. the existing European agencies need to be sufficiently equipped and work together more

Apr 13 2015

We are of course very attentive to these European Citizens' Initiative and we want to change the rules, which are disappointing people. But there is no obligation on the Commission to take legislative

Dec 16 2014 - Pollution

The council has watered it down so that it no longer meets our environmental objectives of taxing fuel in way that reflects real energy content and CO2

Nov 19 2014

We have moved from a time where government used to have an attitude towards the public of 'trust me!', to a situation now where the public says to government 'show me!', and we want to show, very clearly, we want to be fully transparent about the meetings we

Aug 29 2014 - Sanctions

Sanctions alone are not the solution. We need a diplomatic way out. We need two countries that talk to each other about the future of bilateral relations between their

Jul 22 2014

We can't do 'business as usual'! it's not anymore about economy and trade – it's about security and it's about the geostrategic position of Europe and it's about justice for almost 200 Dutch people who were killed in a cruel

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