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Europe in Review 2016

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The biggest events that shaped the European Union in 2016.

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the europhobes that a former commission president is associated with the unbridled and unethical Their petition was signed by over 152,000 people. Another one, organised by NGOs, gathered a further 63,000 signatures. "Nothing ever captured the public imagination as the told this publication in an interview. She suggested challenges buffeting the EU. Photo: European Parliament "In times of crisis, people get more involved in scrutinising their political leaders. They want to know why things go bad, and what can be done to stop them from happening again. They want to be reassured with strong statements in the public interest," O'Reilly said. "Barrosogate" could be turned into something good, if used as impetus to change the system, she believed. Current commission president Jean-Claude Juncker did not see it that way. promising a "political" commission "of last resort", Only two years into the job, his vow now looks forlorn. When Juncker broke his silence, it was through interviews with chosen media, where he admitted that Barroso had made a "bad choice" of employer. After the ombudsman wrote to Juncker to demand internal ethical panel. The committee, however, only added to confusion, by presenting an opinion in which it noted that Barroso lacked judgement and hurt the EU by associating it with had respected the 18-month cooling off period. is not for the committee to answer,” the panel said in its written opinion. Instead of distancing himself from his predecessor, the president sent his spokesmen to argue that Barroso had not broken any rules and that the the world". Its interpretation was so narrow that it voided article 245 of all meaning, Alberto Alemanno, professor of EU law at HEC Paris, remarked at the time, and said that the panel - which consisted of three members, all of whom had worked for the EU for most of their lives - must also be reformed. through the so-called "revolving door" from politics to business. Photo: Arek Dreyer "The EU institutional machinery remains largely Barroso did may have been acceptable 10 years ago, but it's no longer the case," he told this website. In November, in an effort to silence the critics, Juncker's team issued a press release to say the commission presidents to three years and two years for the rest of the college. But the measure was widely dismissed as too little, too late. 18 — EUROPE IN REVIEW DECEMBER 2016 Some of the EU's most ardent supporters had by then already denounced the Juncker commission as "its own worst enemy", whose handling of the Barroso

CHINA — EU RELATIONS 2016 ECONOMY. CONNECTIVITY. CULTURE. The Europe China One Belt One Road Culture and Tourism Development Committee was officially launched in Belgium on April 27. Chinese President Xi Jinping, EU Commission President Jean- Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk at the 18th China-EU Summit in Beijing on July 12. The first China Railway Express from Xi’An to Warsaw was ready for departure on August 18. The Europe-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Cooperation Dialogue was held during the 11th China-EU Business and Technology Cooperation Fair in China on November 4. 2016 has seen many positive developments for China-EU relations. Both China and the EU attach great importance to continued cooperation and communication. China firmly supports the European integration process and hopes to see a prosperous and stable EU. China stands ready to, on the basis of constructing a China-EU connectivity platform, expand infrastructure cooperation with Europe. China seeks to actively expand digital cooperation in 5G research and other areas and promoting a unified global standard. China is ready to enhance cooperation in innovation, research and sustainable development, circular economy and other areas with the EU. China is ready to further discussions on trilateral cooperation in Africa and other regions and boost cooperation in marine areas as well as facilitate personnel exchanges centering on 2017 China-EU Blue Year, 2018 China-EU Tourism Year and other activities. As we enter the 42nd year of diplomatic relations, we are hopeful and optimistic that China-EU cooperation will bring further prosperity to our people. We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May you have a successful and prosperous Year of the Rooster in 2017!

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