Chubb selects France as post-Brexit EU headquarters

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But aides say Juncker believes numerous 440 million other Europeans will only truly wake up to the fact the second-ranked economy is leaving pretty much around when it actually happens.

As at present, this arrangement will cover all EU countries plus those of the European Economic Area (EEA - Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Switzerland'.

The European Union was not a group of "naive free traders" and would always defend its strategic interests.

The latest research shows that most Europeans still hold these frustrations, even if overall favourability towards the EU has increased among member states over the last 12 months.

The British and French governments said this year they'd work toward a benchmark of banning the sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles from its roads beginning in 2040.

He repeated a call to create a post for a eurozone finance minister, but added that the post could be filled by an existing commissioner.

Juncker called for an elected "single president" to lead the EU, merging his job as head of the European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, and the president of the European Council of member states, now held by Donald Tusk.

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GETTYParliament and its lawmakers will have the power to amend or repeal the transferred laws

After Japan on the trade front, Australia, New Zealand and South America are next in Brussels' sights for rapid new agreements. He also wants a new European intelligence unit to coordinate sharing of information on suspected militants and to give the new European Public Prosecutor powers to investigate terrorism offences.

A new proposal suggests cutting 51 of the 73 United Kingdom seats from the European Parliament after Brexit, bringing the institution down from 751 to 700 elected representatives.

"We only had two choices, either come together around the positive European agenda or each retreat into our own corner", the former Luxembourg premier said. Juncker wants states to make good on pledges of aid to Africa to promote growth and slow emigration.

He also used the speech to spell out a major reform package for the EU: with a new push for all applicable member states to join the Euro, the expansion of the borderless Schengen area to Romania and Bulgaria, as well as the merger of the presidencies if the European Commission and European Council.

A leaked official document posted on the Guardian newspaper's website last week proposed a new system for European Union citizens arriving after Brexit, with those wishing to stay long-term needing to apply for a two-year residence permit.

European Union diplomats say the bloc will change the current rules, a plan also backed by Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, in a move that could make it easier for Macron to carry out economic reforms at home by showing he is delivering for French workers.



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