EU-Moldova: Commission proposes to increase Macro-financial Assistance for Moldova by up to €145 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today proposing to increase the ongoing Macro-financial Assistance (MFA) to the Republic of Moldova by up to €145 million, bringing the total amount of ongoing MFA support to the country to up to €295 million. With this proposal, the Commission is […]

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Israel’s President Herzog to address MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday 26 January at 10.30, Israel’s President Isaac Herzog will address Parliament during the plenary session in Brussels, to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola will open the solemn sitting with an introductory speech. After President Isaac Herzog’s address, […]

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Launch of the European Cancer Imaging Initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at an event in Brussels, the Commission is launching the European Cancer Imaging Initiative to support healthcare providers, research institutes and innovators in making the best use of innovative data-driven solutions for cancer treatment and care. The initiative, a flagship action under Europe’s […]

Electricity Market Design: Commission launches consultation on reform to support a clean and affordable energy transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching a public consultation on the reform of the European Union’s electricity market design to better protect consumers from excessive price volatility, support their access to secure energy from clean sources, and make the market more resilient. The current […]

EU pledges €102.5 million in humanitarian funding for Africa’s Lake Chad region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has allocated €102.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the Lake Chad region. Violence in the region, where the civilian population is increasingly the victim of […]

EU pledges €1 million for landmark WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU has pledged €1 million for the Fisheries Funding Mechanism which forms part of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies reached last year. Established in November 2022, this new Fisheries Funding Mechanism aims to support sustainability in fisheries and eliminate […]

Parliament calls for more sanctions against Iranian regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. All those responsible for human rights violations should face EU sanctions and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps should be on the EU terrorist list, MEPs urge. The Iranian regime’s blatant disregard for human dignity and the democratic aspirations of its own citizens as well […]

Ukraine war: MEPs push for special tribunal to punish Russian crimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs demand the Russian political and military leadership be held accountable for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Parliament says the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Irpin and many other Ukrainian towns reveal the brutality of […]

Human rights breaches in Brazil, Morocco and Nagorno-Karabakh

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respect for human rights in Brazil, Morocco and Nagorno-Karabakh. The storming of the Brazilian democratic institutions Parliament expresses solidarity with democratically elected President Lula Da Silva, his government and Brazilian institutions and condemns in […]

State aid: Commission approves €100 million Austrian measure to reduce electricity consumption in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €100 million Austrian measure to reduce peak electricity consumption in Austria in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. This is the first measure aimed at supporting electricity consumption reduction that the Commission has approved under the State […]

Trade and Climate: EU and partner countries launch the ‘Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission, EU Member States, and 26 partners countries will launch “The Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate”, the first Ministerial-level global forum dedicated to trade and climate and sustainable development issues. The Coalition will foster global action to promote trade policies […]

30 years of the EU single market: Time to face new challenges

The European single market remains one of the EU’s greatest achievements and a key tool to protect people and businesses in times of crisis. Following a ceremony and debate at the start of the plenary session, Parliament adopted on Wednesday a resolution on the 30th anniversary of the EU single market with 537 votes in […]

Protecting gamers and encouraging growth in the video games sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament called for gamers to be better protected from addiction and other manipulative practices, while emphasising the potential of this innovative sector. Specific measures to protect children The report – adopted with 577 votes in favour, 56 against and 15 abstentions – […]

MEPs call for a firmer response to Russian threats to European security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. War in Ukraine, rising global authoritarianism, a more assertive China and the climate emergency have caused a tectonic shift in the geopolitical landscape, MEPs warn. The EU and its member states need to increase their military, political and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and strengthen […]

Corruption allegations: Parliament has to seize the moment, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. One month after the allegations and charges against some MEPs, Parliament took stock of developments and demanded concrete action to close loopholes. Opening the debate on behalf of the European Commission, Commissioner Ylva Johansson decried the “few who had put at risk the good […]

Waste shipments: MEPs push for tighter EU rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted its negotiating position for talks with EU governments on a new law to revise EU procedures and control measures for waste shipments. The revised legislation should protect the environment and human health more effectively, while taking full advantage of the […]

New European Bauhaus a major catalyst of the European Green Deal, funding to be scaled up further

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is presenting the first New European Bauhaus (NEB) Progress Reporttaking stock of the achievements in the initiative’s first two years as well as the first assessment tool for NEB project: the NEB Compass. The New European Bauhaus has created a broad community […]

Harnessing Talent in Europe: a new boost for EU Regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Europe’s got talent. But talent needs to be nurtured, especially as the EU is going through important demographic transition. This is even more needed in regions that suffer from a shrinking labour force and a low share of persons with a tertiary education, and […]

Commission disburses first €3 billion to Ukraine of the up to €18 billion Macro-financial Assistance+ package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today disbursed a first instalment of €3 billion of the up to €18 billion Macro-financial Assistance+ (MFA+) package for Ukraine. This follows the swift adoption and entry into force of the MFA+ Regulation mid-December 2022, less than two months following the […]

rescEU: Commission creates first ever chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear strategic reserve in Finland

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is allocating today €242 million to Finland for the development of the first rescEU chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) strategic reserve. The Commission has already set up rescEU reserves for different areas across other EU Member States, such as the rescEU […]

Opening: President Metsola on more integrity, independence and accountability

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Metsola updated MEPs on measures being taken to increase Parliament’s integrity, independence and accountability, at the opening of the session. Here is President Metsola’s full statement on the new measures: “I also wanted to speak about the decisions needed on measures in this […]

Europeans concerned by cost of living crisis and expect additional EU measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The rising cost of living is the most pressing worry for 93% of Europeans, finds the latest European Parliament Eurobarometer survey, released today in full. Meanwhile, support for the EU remains stable at a high level and citizens expect the EU to continue working […]

European Citizens’ Initiative: Commission decides to register a new initiative on safeguarding fundamental rights at the EU’s borders

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to register a European citizens’ initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Article 4: Stop torture and inhuman treatment at Europe’s borders’. The Initiative calls for a framework ensuring compliance with the prohibition of violence and inhuman and degrading treatments enshrined in Article 4 […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Danish scheme to support roll-out of carbon capture and storage technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €1.1 billion Danish scheme to support the roll-out of carbon capture and storage (‘CCS’) technologies. The measure contributes to the achievement of Denmark’s climate targets and the EU’s strategic objectives under the European […]

Foreign Subsidies Regulation: rules to ensure fair and open EU markets enter into force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Foreign Subsidies Regulation (‘FSR’) enters into force. This new set of rules for addressing distortions caused by foreign subsidies will allow the EU to remain open to trade and investment, while ensuring a level playing field for all companies operating in the […]

Traineeships: Commission evaluation analyses impact of European quality framework

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has published an evaluation of the 2014 Quality Framework for Traineeships, assessing its implementation and contribution across the EU to strengthen the quality of traineeships as well as possible scope for improvement. Traineeships play a key role in helping young people […]

Antitrust: Commission invites comments on draft Guidelines for sustainability agreements in agriculture

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today launched a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on its draft proposal for Guidelines on how to design sustainability agreements in the field of agriculture (‘Guidelines’) using the novel exclusion from EU competition rules introduced during the recent […]

Labour migration: Commission and Member States enhance cooperation to tackle shortages in the EU labour market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, and Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, welcomed migration and employment experts from EU Member States at the first meeting of the Labour Migration Platform in Brussels. The platform has been set up to advance […]

First cooperation and monitoring cycle to reach EU 2030 Digital Decade targets kicks off

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Digital Decade policy programme 2030, a monitoring and cooperation mechanism to achieve common targets for Europe’s digital transformation by 2030, has entered into force. For the first time, the European Parliament, Member States and the Commission have jointly set concrete objectives and targets […]

Public health: more time to certify medical devices to mitigate risks of shortages

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission adopted a proposal to give more time to certify medical devices to mitigate the risk of shortages. The proposal introduces a longer transition period to adapt to new rules, as foreseen under the Medical Devices Regulation. The new deadlines depend on […]

Fight against illegal fishing: Commission identifies Cameroon as a non-cooperating country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to identify Cameroon as a non-cooperating country in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, giving it a so-called ‘red card’. From now onwards EU Member States shall refuse the importation of fishery products from Cameroon even when […]

EP President launches procedure for two waivers of immunity

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. President Metsola has launched an urgent procedure for the waiver of immunity of two Members of the European Parliament, following a request from the Belgian judicial authorities. The first procedural steps have been taken and the President will announce the request in plenary at […]

European Single Market is turning 30

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This year, the EU celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Single Market – one of the major achievements of European integration, and one of its key drivers. Established on 1 January 1993, the European Single Market allows goods, services, people and capital to move […]