Jean-Claude Juncker

Juncker: Not good for W. Balkans that some in Washington want to water down EU

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday it was not good for Western Balkan countries that some people in the new US administration gave the impression of being against the European Union because those countries needed the prospects of EU membership.

European Commission chief Juncker won't run for another term

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says he won't run for another term as the head of the EU's executive when his term ends in 2019.

EU determined to maintain refugee pact with Turkey, Juncker says

The European Union is determined to maintain its refugee pact with Turkey despite tensions with the country's leadership, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday.

EU's Juncker: Renzi's reforms are "good," I hope he'll win referendum

The constitutional reforms due for a December 4 referendum in Italy are "good," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview Sunday, adding he hoped that they will be approved.

EU's Juncker says Turkey avoiding blame on EU membership troubles

The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned Turkish leaders on Saturday that they needed to think carefully about whether they wanted to become part of the EU, after a flare-up in tensions between the two sides this week.

Juncker: EU powerless against authoritarian slide in Poland, Hungary

The European Union is powerless to act against the slide towards authoritarianism being seen in Poland and Hungary, the head of the bloc's executive, the European Commission, admitted in a Saturday interview.

EU and Canada sign trade deal

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and EU officials signed in Brussels on Sunday the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which aims to lift trade barriers and ease the flow of goods between Canada and the European Union.

EU's Juncker against "crackdown" on toasters, hairdryers

The European Union should not regulate the energy efficiency of devices such as toasters and hairdryers, the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, is expected to propose Tuesday.

Juncker and Schulz congratulate Plenkovic

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Thursday congratulated Andrej Plenkovic on becoming the Prime Minister of Croatia.

Croatian president meets with European Commission president

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic met with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Thursday for talks on the situation in Croatia and expectations from the new government.

Grabar-Kitarovic holds talks with Juncker in Brussels

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Thursday began her two-day visit to Brussels with a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Plenkovic expects EC's understanding for Croatia's CHF loan conversion law

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Thursday he expected the European Commission to be considerate in addressing the issue of Croatia's law on the conversion of Swiss franc loans and to have understanding for Croatia's positions.

Croatia gov't identifies 15 projects for Juncker investment scheme

The caretaker government led by Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Wednesday adopted a report on the implementation of the Investment Plan for Europe outlined by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as part of which the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) will propose two projects.

Juncker to receive HDZ chief Plenkovic Thursday

European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker will hold talks in Brussels next Thursday with Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic, the European Commission announced on Friday.

Juncker seeks to keep "European dream" alive amid Brexit upheaval

The European Union is trying to figure out how it needs to change in the wake of Britain's decision to withdraw. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes that member states should draw closer together.

Croatian MEP supports common EU values, inclusion of all member-states

Croatian member of the European Parliament Dubravka Suica on Wednesday supported European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker's address on the state of the Union, announcing that with its future Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, Croatia would actively contribute to defining new EU policies.

EU's Juncker: More time may be needed for Turkey visa-free access

More time than expected may be needed for Turkish citizens to get visa-free access to the European Union, a top official from the bloc said Wednesday, downplaying hopes on what has been a key demand from Ankara in exchange for its help on migration.

Juncker: EU-US trade deal remains a priority

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Sunday that the trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and United States remains a priority, in spite of rising skepticism about it success.

HDZ chief calls for defusing tensions in relations with Serbia

Plenkovic holds that Juncker's letter is aimed at defusing the tensions and encourages avoiding irresponsible statements.

Croatian FM says complaing will get Serbia nowhere

Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said on Thursday that the European Commission president's letter to Serbia showed that Croatia was right when it said that complaining would get Serbia nowhere.

Vucic says respects Juncker, but can't stand false parallels

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday refused to comment in more detail on European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's reply to his letter to EU officials on the situation in the region and his objections to Croatia's policy towards Serbia, saying that he respected Juncker very much but could not stand "false parallels."

Serbian foreign minister says Juncker's reply misses the point

The European Union keeps its head in the sand and the reply by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic's letter in which he warns about an anti-Serb policy in Croatia and the region misses the point, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Wednesday evening after Juncker's reply was made public.

Juncker replies to Vucic, calls for constructive dialogue between Croatia, Serbia

In his reply to a letter by Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said that good neighbourly relations, regional cooperation and reconciliation were the basic principles that should be respected by all EU candidate countries, potential candidates and EU member-countries.

New British EU commissioner to lead counterterrorism efforts

Britain's future EU commissioner should be given responsibility for counterterrorism and efforts to step up security across the bloc, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker proposed Tuesday.

EU delegation in China for summit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for a two-day EU-China summit expected to focus on the economy.

Merkel: no accelerated Brexit talks; Juncker mocks Brexit "patriots"

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday rejected suggestions from London that informal talks for Britain's exit from the European Union could begin as early as next week, even as a top EU official called out leaders of the Brexit campaign for jumping ship after their victory.

Juncker wants all EU members to adopt euro - Daily Express

The European Commission want to want to see, after Brexit, all EU nations, including Croatia, adopt the single currency and complete a monetary union, according to Britain's Daily Express, while German  Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claims the Commission wants to accelerate the completion of the monetary union.

EU leaders exclude Cameron, attempt to show united front post-Brexit

Britain was excluded from European Union summit talks for the first time in more than 40 years on Wednesday as the bloc's other 27 members discussed how to react to London's shock decision to exit the EU.

EU's Juncker rejects Brexit resignation calls: "Frankly I don't care"

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday it was unfair to blame him for the outcome of Britain's Brexit referendum and call for his resignation.

National EU parliaments to have no say in trade deal with Canada

A wide-ranging trade deal between Canada and the European Union should not require approval from the bloc's national parliaments, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EU leaders on Tuesday, despite pressure from member states.

Cameron set for showdown with EU peers at Brussels Brexit summit

Britain's outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron was set Tuesday to have difficult summit talks with his European Union counterparts over the timing and terms of his country's momentous referendum decision to leave the bloc.

Adieu English? Brexit blowback has Juncker speaking in other tongues

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addressed EU lawmakers in French and German on Tuesday, in a shift from his usual style of also giving a portion of his speech in English.

Juncker calls for quick British clarification following Brexit vote

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will ask British Prime Minister David Cameron to move as soon as possible to clarify what course his country is taking following last week's referendum to leave the EU, he says.

Juncker fears more referendum demands to follow Brexit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is expressing fear of more referendums in other countries, after British voters chose to leave the European Union this week.

EU Commission says no plan for Juncker to step down in case of Brexit

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker does not plan to resign if Britain votes to leave the European Union this week, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Putin, EU's Juncker to meet next week after 19-month hiatus

Russian President Vladimir Putin and top EU official Jean-Claude Juncker will meet in the Russian city of St Petersburg next week, the European Commission said Friday, despite enduring tensions over sanctions that the West has imposed on Moscow.

Eurogroup chief warns Juncker against bending EU budget rules

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, warned Friday against granting countries such as France too much budget flexibility, in media comments seen to criticize European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

EU's Juncker plans to go to Russia despite tensions over sanctions

Top EU official Jean-Claude Juncker plans to travel to Russia next month to attend an economic forum despite enduring tensions over sanctions that the West has imposed on Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.

Juncker: EU should be able to take in 2 million refugees

The European Union should be able to absorb 2 million refugees, the leader of the bloc's executive said Monday, despite tensions among member states over the arrival of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers last year.

Juncker slams Erdogan: He will have to explain visa delay to Turkey

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to ensure all conditions are met for granting his citizens visa free access to Europe.

EU's Juncker to travel to Rome to discuss Brenner border crisis

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will travel to Rome next week to discuss the crisis at the Brenner Pass on the Austria-Italy border with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

EU's Juncker is "sad" over Dutch referendum outcome

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is "sad" at the outcome of the Dutch referendum on the European Union's ties with Ukraine, his spokesman Margaritis Schinas says, adding that the Dutch government must now decide on its course of action.

Renzi makes peace with EU's Juncker as both condemn "blind" austerity

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker buried the hatchet on Friday, teaming up to condemn "foolish and blind" austerity policies following months of bickering between Rome and Brussels.

EU's Juncker: "Many governments" defying common sense on migration

The European Union's migration crisis is being aggravated by "many" national governments running away from common sense solutions, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

Juncker slams Austria's migrant measures, national border controls

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday criticised Austria's decision to markedly restrict its entry regime for migrants, saying the Commission would examine if such measures were in keeping with European legislation.

Croatian PM to attend EU summit next week

New Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic will for the first time attend an EU summit in Brussels next week and meet with leaders of EU institutions.

Juncker: EU refugee aid for Turkey "done deal" after Italy drops veto

Turkey will receive 3 billion euros (3.3 billion dollars) in refugee aid from the European Union as Italy has dropped its veto on the issue, the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Wednesday.

Britain, EU scramble for reform deal

British and EU officials were set Monday to continue tough negotiations on reforms demanded by London, with a European Commission spokesman warning that the two sides are still far from reaching a deal that can be put to the bloc's other leaders.

EU sounds alarm as internal barriers rise in refugee crisis

Tens of thousands more migrants are stranded in Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia after Schengen zone countries further north built fences to seal their borders.

Croatia insists that all honour Juncker plan in dealing with refugee crisis

The Croatian minister said that one of the reasons for convening the meeting would be to clarify the matter of implementing the Dublin Regulation on asylum.

Countries agree to increase accommodation capacity for refugees by 100,000

Greece promised to create, by the end of the year, the capacity to receive 30,000 people with the UN's assistance and later another 20,000. 

EC says migrant crisis can't be solved through national actions

The aim is to improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the route and decide on pragmatic operational measures that can be ...

Leaders of 10 countries to discuss EC plan for dealing with migrant crisis Sunday

The purpose of the meeting is to step up cooperation between countries on that route, which runs from Greece to Germany, ...

Juncker expects migrant wave to continue

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes the refugee wave across the Balkan states towards Germany will continue ...

EC President calls urgent meeting on Western Balkans refugee route

In view of the unfolding emergency in the countries along the Western Balkans migratory route, there is a need for much greater cooperation