Frans Timmermans - European Commission

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In the past week, some things have changed in Poland and some things have not. The commission's recommendation asks the Polish authorities not to take any measure to dismiss or force the retirement of Supreme Court judges.feedback
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Jul 26 2017 Supreme Court
Frans Timmermans has been quoted 41 times. The one recent article where Frans Timmermans has been quoted is Led by populist Law and Justice party, Polish parliament moves to strip Supreme Court of independence. Most recently, Frans Timmermans was quoted as having said, “The rule of law is one of the values on which our union is founded and which defines our union.”.
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Frans Timmermans quotes

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 themselves.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Brexit

These people shouldn't suffer because of Brexit.feedback

Mar 22 2017 - Turkey

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

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 Nazis.feedback

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 states.feedback

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 now.feedback

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 built.feedback

Dec 21 2016

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

Dec 21 2016 - Terrorism

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

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 list.feedback

Sep 27 2016

We must be more open in everything we do.feedback

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 it.feedback

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 delivered.feedback

Apr 06 2016

The current system is not sustainable.feedback

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 states.feedback

Jan 28 2016

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

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 economy.feedback

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 law.feedback

Jan 07 2016

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

Dec 02 2015

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

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 walk.feedback

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 there.feedback

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 history.feedback

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 concerns.feedback

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 closely.feedback

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 action.feedback

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 emissions.feedback

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 have.feedback

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 nations.feedback

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 manner.feedback

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