State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion public support by twelve Member States for a second pan-European research and innovation project along the entire battery value chain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a second Important Project of Common European Interest (“IPCEI”) to support research and innovation in the battery value chain. The project, called “European Battery Innovation” was jointly prepared and notified by Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, […]

EU boosts sustainable cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union will contribute €25 million to enhance the economic, social and environmental sustainability of cocoa production in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Cameroon who are, respectively, the first, second and fifth biggest cocoa producers, generating almost 70% of the world production. This funding […]

EU boosts humanitarian aid budget for 2021 as needs rise

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As global humanitarian needs worsen further due to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the effects of climate change, the European Commission has adopted its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.4 billion for 2021. This represents an increase of more than 60% compared […]

Migrants and asylum seekers on the Greek islands: committee debate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs will discuss on Wednesday the situation on the Greek islands and the plans to establish a new reception and identification centre on Lesvos. In a debate with representatives of the European Commission and the NGO Greek Council for Refugees, the Civil Liberties Committee […]

Commission study finds positive impact of trade agreements on agri-food sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU trade agenda is set to have an overall positive impact on the EU economy and the agri-food sector, according to a new study published today. Trade agreements are due to result in substantial increases in EU agri-food exports, with more limited increases […]

European Parliament to commemorate 76 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A virtual ceremony, including speeches by European Parliament President David Sassoli and guests, will be held on Wednesday 27 January. The European Parliament will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a virtual ceremony, 76 years after the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp was liberated on […]

European Commission launches Green Consumption Pledge, first companies commit to concrete actions towards greater sustainability

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching its new Green Consumption Pledge, the first initiative delivered under the New Consumer Agenda. The Green Consumption Pledge is part of the European Climate Pact which is an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated approach on free movement restrictions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission proposed an update to the Council Recommendation of last October coordinating measures affecting free movement in the European Union. This is part of the Commission’s ongoing efforts to ensure better coordination and communication of travel-related measures at EU level. In light […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes additional safeguards on travel from outside the EU and updated criteria for applying travel restrictions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission is proposing additional safeguards and requirements for international travellers into the EU. New coronavirus variants and the volatile health situation worldwide call for further action to ensure that any travel to the EU takes place safely. To reflect the latest scientific […]

Panel of experts confirms Korea is in breach of labour commitments under our trade agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The panel report published today confirms the EU’s concerns that Korea has not acted consistently with its trade and sustainable development obligations under the EU-Korea trade agreement. The independent panel concluded that Korea needs to adjust its labour laws and practices and to continue […]

‘Right to disconnect’ should be an EU-wide fundamental right, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls for an EU law that grants workers the right to digitally disconnect from work without facing negative repercussions. In their legislative initiative that passed with 472 votes in favour, 126 against and 83 abstentions, MEPs call on the Commission to propose a […]

MEPs: Access to adequate housing should be a fundamental European right

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the EU to recognise access to decent and affordable housing as an enforceable human right and to push for measures to eradicate homelessness. The resolution – adopted by352 votes in favour, 179 against and 152 abstentions on Thursday – states that […]

MEPs: Juan Guaidó is the legitimate interim President of Venezuela

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call on the Council to unequivocally recognise Juan Guaidó as the legitimate interim President of Venezuela, and welcome the recent extension of EU sanctions. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 391 votes for, 114 against and 177 abstentions, MEPs state that they […]

Additional and more flexible funding to help those most in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted today to continue making additional resources available in 2021 and 2022 in order to provide food and basic assistance to the most deprived. With 649 votes in favour, 7 against and 31 abstentions, Parliament approved the agreement to adapt the FEAD regulation […]

Commission welcomes agreement on additional financial support for the most deprived under REACT-EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Parliament has voted through the political agreement reached by the co-legislators on the Commission’s proposal to provide more funds to support the most deprived in Europe in the recovery phase. EU Member States can soon use money from the Recovery Assistance for […]

State aid: Commission approves €325 million public support to provide schools in Italy with very high internet speeds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €325 million of public support to connect 12,000 schools in Italy to very high-speed internet. The schools that will benefit from the measure are located in areas with insufficient connectivity in Italy, in line […]

Human rights and COVID-19: MEPs denounce measures taken by authoritarian regimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is deeply concerned that many authoritarian regimes around the world have used the pandemic to repress civil society and critical voices. In their annual report assessing the human rights situation in the world, adopted on Wednesday, MEPs highlight that several authoritarian regimes have […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Valve and five publishers of PC video games € 7.8 million for “geo-blocking” practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Valve, owner of the online PC gaming platform “Steam”, and the five publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax € 7.8 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain […]

New US President: MEPs hope for a new dawn in transatlantic ties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs welcome the inauguration of Joe Biden as an opportunity for Europe to strengthen EU-US ties and tackle common challenges and threats to the democratic system. On Wednesday morning, MEPs debated the inauguration of Joe Biden as new US President and the political situation […]

MEPs call for additional EU sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s imprisonment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs strongly condemn Alexei Navalny’s arrest and call on the EU to extend sanctions against Russian officials to cover those involved in his jailing. In a debate with EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday afternoon, MEPs called on the Russian authorities to […]

MEPs adopt Technical Support Instrument to speed up post-COVID-19 recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Technical Support Instrument will help EU countries prepare the recovery plans needed to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility. The regulation adopted by Plenary on Tuesday, with 540 votes in favour, 75 against and 77 abstentions outlines how the Technical Support […]

EU will have stronger powers in trade disputes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted new rules allowing the EU to use countermeasures in trade disputes when arbitration is blocked. The strengthening of the so-called enforcement regulation allows the EU to protect its trade interests against partners acting illegally. From now on, the EU can […]

Reimagining the future of the tax system

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Barton, Global Vice Chair – Tax, EY Tax authorities are fast becoming the data centres of government, with all the associated risks and responsibilities. They can use enhanced digital capabilities to improve the taxpayer’s experience and increase […]

UK and EU27 citizens in the UK to remain part of EP Communication programmes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament reaffirms its will to continue to engage with young generations of UK citizens and EU27 citizens resident in the UK. Following its decision in February 2019 to maintain the European Parliament’s presence in the UK, notably through its London Office, the […]

State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Today’s decision confirms the agreement in principle reached in […]

Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic. In a Communication adopted today, it calls on Member States […]

COVID-19 vaccines: EU must respond with unity and solidarity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs expressed broad support for the common EU approach to fighting the pandemic and called for complete transparency regarding contracts and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines. In the plenary debate on Tuesday, MEPs exchanged views with Ana Paula Zacarias, Portuguese Secretary of State for European […]

College meeting: European Commission reorganises the “Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom” into the “Service for the EU-UK Agreements”.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December 2020 means that the very successful mandate of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF) will come to an end. The UKTF will cease to exist on 1 March […]

State aid: Commission approves Greek public funding for construction and operation of North section of E65 motorway

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Greek public funding of €442 million for the construction of the North section of the Central Greece Motorway (E65). The Commission also approved support estimated at €38 million to cover the operating and maintenance […]

New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address. The New European Bauhaus is an environmental, economic and cultural project, aiming to combine design, sustainability, accessibility, […]

Creative Europe: 30 years of support to European films and cultural and creative media works

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The MEDIA strand of the EU programme Creative Europe, designed to support European film and audiovisual industries, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021. To mark this, the European Commission is launching a campaign to celebrate the 30 years of support, as well as […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: European Commission replies to ‘Minority Safepack’ initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission responded to the European Citizens’ Initiative ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe’, the fifth successful Initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. The Initiative aims to improve the protection of persons belonging to national […]

New EU-UK agreement is welcome but thorough scrutiny remains, insist lead MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Foreign Affairs and Trade MEPs welcome the new EU-UK agreement as a good deal but demand proper parliamentary scrutiny powers and thorough access to information. On Thursday morning, members on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committees held a first joint meeting on the […]