Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The […]

Rule of law in Slovakia, Bulgaria: MEPs to meet with government, NGOs and media

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will travel to Slovakia and Bulgaria to assess respect for the rule of law there, as part of their ongoing monitoring of the situation across the EU The delegation will include the following MEPs: Sophie IN ‘T VELD (Renew, NL […]

Mergers: The Commission adopts a Statement of Objections in view of adopting interim measures following Illumina’s early acquisition of GRAIL

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Illumina and GRAIL informing them of the interim measures it intends to adopt following the companies’ alleged breach of the standstill obligation under the EU Merger Regulation. These measures aim to restore and maintain […]

State aid: Commission approves award of slots at Paris-Orly airport to Vueling in context of Air France’s recapitalisation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has ranked Vueling first among the air carriers that have applied for the portfolio of up to 18 daily slots at Paris-Orly airport. These will be made available by Air France to remedy possible undue competition distortions following its recapitalisation by […]

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the 2021 International Democracy Week, the European Union has announced five actions worth €119.5 million to boost the strong European support to democracy and human rights around the world in 2021. Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen said: “Sustainable development and equal opportunities […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €231 million in pre-financing to Slovenia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €231 million to Slovenia in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s grant allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined […]

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and the United States announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow. President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der […]

EU at UNGA 76: working together to address global challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A High-level European Union Delegation will attend the 76th United Nations General Assembly next week in New York. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year EU representatives will host and participate in events and meetings in a hybrid format – in person and virtual – […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: citizens in the spotlight

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The first of four European Citizens’ Panels starts its work with a session in Strasbourg from Friday, 17 September to Sunday, 19 September 2021. The Panels lie at the heart of the Conference on the Future of Europe and will bring together 800 citizens […]

Fair and equal social protection for riders, drivers and other platform workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a vote today, MEPs demand people working for digital labour platforms, such as food delivery services, should have the same rights as traditional employees. Platform workers are often misclassified as self-employed, depriving them of access to social protection and other labour rights. To […]

MEPs demand EU action plan to end the use of animals in research and testing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament urges the EU to accelerate the transition to a research system that does not use animals. MEPs request an EU-wide action plan with ambitious and achievable objectives as well as timelines for phasing-out the use of animals in research and testing. They see […]

MEPs call for new EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament says the EU must push back against aggressive policies while laying the groundwork for cooperation with a future democratic Russia. Assessing the state of EU-Russia relations, the European Parliament makes clear that it distinguishes between the Russian people and President Vladimir Putin’s regime. […]

Make gender-based violence a crime under EU law, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for online and offline gender-based violence to be treated as a “particularly serious crime with a cross-border dimension”. On Thursday, MEPs adopted by 427 votes in favour, 119 against, and 140 abstentions a legislative initiative demanding targeted legislation and policies to address […]

Human rights breaches in Kenya, United Arab Emirates and Cuba

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the human rights situation in Kenya, the United Arab Emirates and Cuba. The situation in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya Parliament expresses its deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation and the reports of […]

MEPs call for special visa programme for Afghan women seeking protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament deplores the violent takeover of Afghanistan, calls for more humanitarian aid and a coordinated response to protect those most vulnerable. MEPs are appalled by reports of violations, including executions, of child soldiers being recruited, peaceful protest and expressions of dissent being repressed, and […]

Poland: attacks on media freedom and the EU legal order need to stop

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Adding to a long list of concerns on the state of EU values in Poland, MEPs denounce the latest attempts to silence critical voices and undermine the primacy of EU law. In a resolution adopted on Thursday with 502 votes in favour, 149 against, […]

EU and Indo-Pacific: natural partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the High Representative adopted a Joint Communication on the EU Strategy for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. The Joint Communication contains concrete actions to reinforce the strategic engagement with the region, as tasked by the Council on 19 April 2021. President […]

Press remarks by Vice-President Jourová on the Recommendation on the safety of journalists and other media professionals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like first to pay tribute to the journalists who have paid the highest price for doing their job, those who risk their life every day to inform people, to scrutinise the action of the governments, to report on crimes. […]

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities. When an emergency […]

Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, the EU, EU Member States and European financial institutions, as Team Europe, have disbursed €34 billion in support to partner countries in addressing the pandemic and its consequences, delivering on its promises with concrete results. This […]

State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Hungary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Hungary’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Hungarian regional aid map is among the first maps approved by the Commission within the framework of the revised […]

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to […]

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU’s digital transformation by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery […]

2021 State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

STRENGTHENING THE SOUL OF OUR UNION Introduction Mr President,Honourable Members, Many are the people who feel their lives have been on pause while the world has been on fast forward. The speed of events and the enormity of the challenges are sometimes difficult to grasp. This has also been a time of soul-searching. From people […]

NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June. The European Commission issued a 7-year bond due on […]

International Day of Democracy: Joint statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Vice-President Dubravka Šuica

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Whether you care about climate change, jobs, the economy, or racial and social justice, your voice will only be heard and your vote will only count if you live in a democracy. However, European citizens’ trust in democracy cannot and should not ever be […]

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that […]

State aid: Commission approves €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, French plans to set up a €3 billion fund that will invest through debt, hybrid and equity instruments in companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary […]

EP survey: EU recovery funds should only go to countries respecting Rule of Law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the latest public opinion survey, four out of five respondents (81%) say the EU should only provide funds to Member States that respect the rule of law and democratic values. Parliament President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament has been clear that EU […]

State aid: Commission concludes Italian loans worth €900 million to Alitalia are illegal aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has concluded that two State loans for an amount of €900 million, granted by Italy to Alitalia in 2017, are illegal under EU State aid rules. Italy must therefore recover the illegal State aid, plus interest, from Alitalia. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

Strengthened EU export control rules kick in

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is today strengthening its ability to respond to new security risks and emerging technologies. The new Export Control Regulation enters into force today and will tighten controls on trade in dual-use items – civilian goods and technologies with possible military or security […]

EU reinforces its leading position in global agri-food trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 2020 marked another improvement in the EU’s leading position among the world’s biggest exporters of agri-food products. On the import side, the EU has become the third largest importer after the United States and China, according to a report published today. 2020 was an […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU’s total issuance. The framework provides investors in these bonds with confidence that the […]