Metsola: This is the moment to answer Europe’s call

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola received citizens’ contributions for a better, stronger and fairer Europe during the Conference on the Future of Europe closing ceremony. In her speech, President Metsola spoke about the reality of a gap which exists between what people […]

First meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs and UK parliamentarians will gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday to discuss the state of EU-UK relations and the war in Ukraine. The first meeting of the EU-UK Parliamentary Partnership Assembly (PPA), established by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and […]

Syria and the region: close to €6.4 billion mobilised during the 6th Brussels Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the international community pledged close to €6.4 billion for 2022 and beyond during the sixth Brussels Conference on ‘Supporting the future of Syria and the Region’, organised by the European Union. The funding will help people in Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting […]

Coronavirus: €17.7 million from European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to support dismissed Air France workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,580 former workers of Air France, who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with €17.7 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund for Displaced Workers (EGF). The funding will help these people find new […]

Commission boosts Horizon Europe budget to support green, health and digital innovations and displaced researchers of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted the amendment to the Horizon Europe Work Programme 2021-2022, increasing the budget by nearly €562 million to further support EU Missions towards innovative solutions to green, health and digital challenges and more actions to boost the European innovation ecosystem. […]

European Commission and EIB sign an Agreement to enable further investments worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed an ambitious Guarantee Agreement through which the European Commission will support up to €26.7 billion of EIB financial operations to enable crucial public investments in sectors like clean energy, digital and transport infrastructure, […]

The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On Europe Day, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received the final report with proposals to reform the EU. In a closing ceremony today in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel […]

Metsola: Europe is fit for the next generation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In her speech ‘Is Europe fit for the next generation?’, she encouraged European citizens and leaders to believe, to be confident and to use this difficult moment in time as an opportunity for change. The full speech can be found below. Dear Distinguished guests, […]

Eurobarometer on the European Year of Youth: Young Europeans are increasingly engaged

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Commission published its Flash Eurobarometer on Youth and Democracy, conducted between 22 February and 4 March 2022. With the European Year of Youth in full swing, and at the end of the Conference on the future of Europe – where youth played […]

Mergers: Commission seeks feedback on proposed simplification measures regarding merger procedures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on the draft revised Merger Implementing Regulation (‘Implementing Regulation’) and the Notice on Simplified Procedure. In August 2016, the Commission launched a thorough review process of the merger procedural […]

War in Ukraine: protecting women refugees from violence and sexual exploitation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament calls on the EU to protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and to grant them access to essential health services. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 462 votes in favour, 19 against and 89 abstentions, MEPs strongly condemn the use […]

Russia must return stolen airplanes, demand MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs applaud European transport and tourism operators for helping refugees from Ukraine, demand Russia return stolen airplanes and call on the EU to tighten sanctions on Russia. European transport operators are offering Ukrainian citizens free travel by train, bus, ship or plane and this […]

EU announces an additional €52 million to support the long-term resilience, recovery and reforms in the Republic of Moldova

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union will mobilise an additional €52 million for the Republic of Moldova to advance the country’s long term resilience, recovery and reforms, in particular via the implementation of the flagships foreseen in the Economic and Investment plan for its Eastern partners and […]

Eurobarometer: Europeans approve EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A Flash Eurobarometer survey in all EU Member States published today shows large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  The majority of Europeans think that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) […]

Hydrogen: Commission supports industry commitment to boost by tenfold electrolyser manufacturing capacities in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton and European electrolyser manufacturers met in Brussels to discuss how to increase industry’s capacity to produce electrolysers used to produce clean hydrogen. The Commissioner and 20 industry CEOs signed a Joint Declaration whereby industry committed to a […]

Standing with Ukraine: Commission announces new aid worth €200 million for displaced people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing a new aid package of €200 million to support displaced people in Ukraine, in the context of the International Donor’s Conference convened jointly by Poland and Sweden. President Ursula von der Leyen said: “Today we came together with a […]

Common charger: Parliament commits to reducing electronic waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is ready to start negotiations on a common charger to reduce e-waste and make the use of different mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras more convenient. The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted its position on the amended Radio Equipment Directive on […]

MEPs say solidarity within EU is key to helping Ukraine and ending the war

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate with French Minister Delegate Klinkert and President von der Leyen, MEPs said internal EU unity and solidarity is crucial now and for the future reconstruction of Ukraine. On Wednesday morning, MEPs discussed the social and economic consequences for the EU of […]

New tool to protect internal market against distortive foreign subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament set its negotiating position on legislation designed to counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies granted to companies operating in the EU. The new tool gives the EU Commission the power to investigate and counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies granted to companies set to acquire EU businesses […]

Parliament backs giving more powers to Europol, but with supervision

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the European Parliament plenary gave its final green light to granting new powers to Europol. With 480 in favour, 143 against, and 20 abstaining, MEPs endorsed the deal reached in February by Parliament and Council negotiators on strengthening the mandate of Europol, […]

Discharge: MEPs delay signing off on

accounts of EU border control agency Frontex This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament signed off on the 2020 budgets of most EU bodies, except for Frontex, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Council. In a vote by show of hands, Parliament withheld their approval of the management […]

State aid: Commission approves German umbrella scheme to support companies in context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a German umbrella scheme with a budget of around €11 billion to support companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission […]

New European Bauhaus: five lighthouse projects to be financed across Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is announcing the five selected projects for the €25 million call for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators‘ of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). The Commission is currently negotiating grant agreements with the selected beneficiaries. The projects will create more sustainable, inclusive, […]

MEPs begin revising rules on EU elections, calling for pan-European constituency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has started the reform of the EU’s Electoral Act, seeking to turn the 27 separate elections and their diverging rules into a single European election. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted a legislative initiative report that seeks to overhaul the rules for European elections. The […]

European Health Union: A European Health Data Space for people and science

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across […]

The Commission’s renewed Strategy for the EU’s outermost regions puts people first and unlocks their potential

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today a renewed Strategy for the most remote parts of the EU, the so-called outermost regions, aiming to unlock their potential through appropriate investment and reforms. The EU outermost regions – Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion and Saint-Martin (France), the […]

Future of Europe: Conference Plenary agrees final set of proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 29 and 30 April, the Conference on the Future of Europe Plenary session met for the last time and agreed to a set of 49 detailed proposals covering a wide range of subjects from climate change to health, migration and the EU in […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple over practices regarding Apple Pay

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it abused its dominant position in markets for mobile wallets on iOS devices. By limiting access to a standard technology used for contactless payments with mobile devices in stores (‘Near-Field Communication (NFC)’ or […]

Commission announces 100 cities participating in EU Mission for climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission today announced the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, the so-called Cities Mission. The 100 cities come from all 27 Member States, with 12 additional cities coming from countries associated […]

Parliament’s right of initiative: proposals to strengthen EU democracy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on Constitutional Affairs adopted a series of proposals for a revision of the EU’s legislative process. In the resolution adopted by the Constitutional Affairs Committee with 22 in favour, 5 against and one abstention, MEPs propose giving Parliament a “general and direct” […]

EU COVID Certificate: committee backs one-year extension to ensure free movement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the Civil Liberties Committee endorsed proposals to keep the EU Digital COVID Certificate framework in place for another year. To ensure that EU citizens can benefit from their right to free movement regardless of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee […]

EU and international partners put forward a Declaration for the Future of the Internet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union, the United States, and several international partners have proposed a Declaration for the Future of the Internet, setting out the vision and principles of a trusted Internet. Partners support a future for the Internet that is open, free, global, interoperable, […]

Fisheries: EU and Norway strengthen cooperation for sustainable fishing in the Northeast Arctic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Norway and the EU reached a political understanding in relation to the fisheries in the Northeast Arctic, in ICES subareas 1 and 2. The area concerned includes the waters around the archipelago of Svalbard and the international waters of the Barents Sea. The understanding […]