Taxes on polluting fuels are too low to encourage a shift to low-carbon alternatives

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Taxing polluting sources of energy is an effective way to curb emissions that harm the planet and human health, and the income generated can be used to ease the low-carbon transition for vulnerable households. Yet 70% of energy-related CO2 emissions from advanced and emerging economies are […]

#EUBeachCleanUp: EU organises record number of cleaning actions worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On beaches across Europe and the world, EU staff are joining hands with local communities to clean up marine litter as part of the #EUBeachCleanUp campaign. Launched on 19 August, this year’s campaign will run through October, culminating on Saturday 21 September, the International […]

EU@UNGA 74: Working towards a more peaceful, secure and prosperous world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. A high-level European Union delegation will be in New York for the 74th United Nations General Assembly next week. The EU representatives will host and participate in a large number of events and meetings with world leaders. The EU continues to be a leader […]

Circular Plastics Alliance: 100+ signatories commit to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, more than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics. The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach […]

No patents on naturally obtained plants and seeds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Fruit, vegetables or animals obtained from conventional breeding processes, such as crossing, must not become patentable, MEPs said in a non-legislative resolution on Thursday. Patent-free access to biological plant material is essential to boost innovation and competitiveness of the European plant-breeding and farming sectors, […]

Europe must remember its past to build its future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War, Parliament insists on the importance of remembering Europe’s tragic past to safeguard Europe’s future. European Parliament paid tribute to the victims of Stalinism, Nazism and other totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in a […]

Customs Union: Fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million stopped at EU customs in 2018

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New figures released by the European Commission today show that the number of interceptions of fake goods being imported into the EU increased in 2018 due to a large amount of small parcels in express and postal traffic. Detention figures for seized consignments jumped […]

MEPs boost support for EU research and Erasmus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs approved a €100 million top-up for the EU’s research programmes (€80 million for Horizon 2020) and youth mobility (€20 million for Erasmus+). MEPs approved, by 614 votes in favour, 69 against and 10 abstentions, a €100 million boost to the EU’s […]

European Parliament gives green light to Christine Lagarde

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Christine Lagarde obtained Parliament’s approval to be the ECB’s next President, in a plenary vote on Tuesday. In the secret vote, MEPs voted 394 in favour, 206 against and 49 abstentions to recommend Ms Lagarde to head up the European Central Bank. The European […]

Brexit: new European Parliament reaffirms wholehearted support for EU position

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Withdrawal Agreement is fair, balanced and provides legal certainty, MEPs say in a resolution reiterating Parliament’s support for an “orderly Brexit”. The European Parliament continues to support an “orderly Brexit” based on the already negotiated Withdrawal Agreement, MEPs reaffirmed in the resolution adopted […]

Mergers: Commission clears E.ON’s acquisition of Innogy, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition by E.ON of Innogy’s distribution and consumer solutions business as well as certain of its electricity generation assets. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments package offered by E.ON. […]

EU on track to end use of chemicals harming the ozone layer

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union (EU) has achieved its goals to phase out ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report shows that in 2018 the EU again destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported. The EEA’s […]

European Solidarity Corps: three years on

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 14 September it was the third anniversary of President Juncker’s 2016 State of the Union announcement to set up a European Solidarity Corps, offering young people the opportunity to take part in a wide range of solidarity activities across the EU. Since then, […]

Poland: €676 million worth of EU investments in better rails and roads

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted three major Cohesion Policy projects, modernising the Polish rail and road network and increasing travel safety while reducing costs and travel time. Over €487 million to modernise thecountry’s railway communication system EU-funded works will replace the outdated technology and set up […]

Third EU-Western Balkans Media Days: EU reaffirms comprehensive support to media freedom in the region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. At the third EU-Western Balkans Media Days taking place from 12-13 September in Podgorica, Montenegro, the European Commission confirmed its support to the region with new initiatives focusing on media accountability, literacy and governance, judicial expertise on freedom of expression and promotion of reconciliation and regional cooperation. […]

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world’s first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide. Jean-Claude […]

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU’s commitment to accelerated climate ambition. Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 23 September, the Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the […]

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU’s commitment to accelerated climate ambition. Preparing for the Climate Action Summit by the United Nations Secretary General in New York on 23 September, the Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the […]

Fairness in the Food Supply Chain: Commission welcomes Member States’ support for greater price transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following today’s exchange with Member States, the Commission will now adopt the measures to introduce greater transparency through improved price reporting along the food supply chain. After banning unfair trading practices and improving the conditions for producer cooperation, the Commission presented in May the […]

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines. The Commission is structured around the objectives President-elect von der Leyen […]

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission’s public consultations, say Auditors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The performance of selected recent public consultations by the Commission […]

EU leading in global agri-food trade

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In a report published today, the EU confirms for yet another year its position as largest global exporter of agri-food products, with EU exports reaching €138 billion in 2018. Agriculture products represent a solid share of 7% of the value of EU total goods […]

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission today. The so-called ‘VAT Gap’ – or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected – has reduced […]

Brexit ‘no-deal’ preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK’s withdrawal on 31 October 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has today – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ […]

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020. The EU school scheme aims at promoting healthy eating and balanced diets through the distribution of fruit, vegetables and milk […]

EU supports recovery and resilience in Nigeria with additional €50 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the margins of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) today, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica signed a new €50 million package to enhance efforts in North East Nigeria. On the occasion, Commissioner Mimica said: “The agreement signed today increases our bilateral cooperation with Nigeria by […]

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Member States today agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commissionto ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals. Agriculture and rural development Commissioner Phil Hogan said: “Since the […]

EU announces record €550 million contribution to save 16 million lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU announced a €550 million pledge to The Global Fund during the G7 summit in Biarritz. The Fund is an international partnership to fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria around the world. Its work has already saved 27 million lives since it […]

Ebola: EU announces new funds to strengthen preparedness in Burundi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to spread in the east of the country with a high risk of a spill-over into the neighbouring countries. The European Union is stepping up its assistance to Burundi with €465,000 to […]

rescEU assets mobilised to help Greece fight devastating forest fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request for assistance from Greece on 13 August 2019, rescEU assets have been mobilised to tackle forest fires ravaging several areas of Greece. As an immediate response, the European Union has already helped to mobilise 3 forest fighting planes from rescEU reserve […]

EU mobilises €9 million to tackle the food crisis in Haiti

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has released €9 million in humanitarian aid in response to the deteriorating food and nutrition situation in Haiti. The humanitarian aid will cover the basic food and nutritional needs of more than 130,000 people living in the worst affected areas. ‘For […]

EP President calls for emergency assistance to migrants stranded on Open Arms boat

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Urgent assistance and fair distribution of Open Arms rescue boat migrants needed, says EP President David Sassoli in a letter to Commission President Juncker.   Dear President Juncker, As has happened repeatedly since the decision was taken to ignore the European Parliament’s call for […]

Commission launches two projects to support cooperation and innovation in Romanian regions and cities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching two projects to provide expertise to Romanian regions and cities, in cooperation with the Romanian government and the World Bank. Under the first project, Commission and World Bank experts will help Romanian county capitals develop stronger links with their periphery […]