Hungarian PM’s supporters are winning EU-funded contracts while facing little competition
A European parliamentary watchdog has called for tougher scrutiny of EU spending in Hungary, as concern grows among MEPs and transparency campaigners that a class of oligarchs with ties to the prime minister, Viktor Orbán, could use the EU “as a cash register”.
Hungary is on course to receive €25bn (£22.2bn) from the EU in the seven years to 2021, making it one of the largest per-capita recipients of the bloc’s economic development funds.
Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says other western Balkan countries could catch up
Serbia and Montenegro could join the EU in 2025, the European commission has said, as Brussels seeks to renew the path to membership for six western Balkan states after years of distracting economic crises and enlargement fatigue.
“The future of the union is not bound to be at 27,” said the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, referring to the number of countries that will be in the EU once Britain leaves in 2019. The 2025 goal was “not a target date, not a deadline”, she said, stressing that countries would only be able to join through merit-based processes that meant strengthening the rule of law and tackling organised crime and corruption.
US chipmaker paid billions of dollars to monopolise iPhones and iPads and shut out rivals such as Intel, investigators say
US chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined €997m (£872m) by EU antitrust regulators for paying Apple to use only its chips in the iPhone, locking out rivals such as Intel.
The European commission launched an investigation in July 2015, covering the period from 2011 to 2016, looking at Qualcomm’s dominance within the market for modems and chips required to connect handsets to 4G mobile phone networks. It issued a charge sheet five months later.