Palestine: EU announces €261 million in support of UNRWA’s operations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union confirmed today its role as a long-standing, predictable and reliable partner of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and one of its largest donors. The European Commission adopted €261 million as the […]

COVID-19 vaccines: Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules for late summer and winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and Moderna have reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the late summer and winter period. This will ensure national authorities have access to the vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines if authorised, at the time they […]

State aid: Commission approves €149 million Romanian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support renewable hydrogen production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €149 million Romanian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (‘RRF’) to support the production of renewable hydrogen. The measure aims to contribute to the development of renewable hydrogen in line […]

State aid: Commission approves Italian scheme under Recovery and Resilience Facility to support biomethane production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, an Italian scheme made available through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (‘RRF’) to support the construction and the operation of new or converted biomethane production plants. The measure is part of Italy’s strategy to […]

EU Cohesion Policy: €76 million for a just climate transition in Austria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted the Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTP) for Austria together with the first funding under the Just Transition Fund (JTF) worth €76 million. Austria will receive in total €136 million (in current prices) under the JTF to help make sure that the transition to climate neutrality does not leave anyone behind in the Austrian local […]

State aid: Commission approves €110 million Austrian scheme to support agricultural producers 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 €110 million Austrian scheme to support primary agricultural producers in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022 and amended […]

Ukraine: 1,000 Ukrainian patients transferred to European hospitals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the EU has successfully coordinated 1,000 medical evacuations of Ukrainian patients via its Civil Protection Mechanism to provide them with specialised healthcare in hospitals across Europe. As the number of wounded people in Ukraine increases day by day, local hospitals are […]

Commission welcomes international condemnation of Russia for violation of aviation rules and EU sanctions *

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to call on the Russian Federation to immediately cease its infractions of international aviation rules, in order to preserve the safety and security of civil aviation. The ICAO decision refers to the […]

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

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Denmark’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised RAG, adopted by the Commission on 19 April […]

EP leaders condemn Prime Minister Orbán’s recent racist declarations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP political group leaders adopted a statement Friday condemning the openly racist declarations by PM Viktor Orbán and underlined that these declarations are in breach of EU values. Statement of the Conference of Presidents: “We, the leaders of the Political Groups of the European […]

Mergers: Commission approves D’Ieteren’s acquisition of PHE, 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, D’Ieteren’s acquisition of PHE. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by D’Ieteren. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “More than 90% of French motorists buy glass […]

Health Union: Commission signs Joint Procurement contract with HIPRA for COVID-19 vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. HERA, the European Commission’s Health Preparedness and Response Authority, has signed a joint procurement Framework Contract with the company HIPRA HUMAN HEALTH for the supply of their protein COVID-19 vaccine. 14 Member States and countries are participating in this joint procurement, under which they […]

State aid: Commission approves €2.98 billion German scheme to promote green district heating

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. / The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2.98 billion German scheme to promote green district heating based on renewable energy and waste heat. The measure will contribute to the implementation of Germany‘s National Energy and Climate Plan and to […]

New rights to improve work-life balance in the EU enter into application today

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, all Member States must apply EU-wide rules to improve work-life balance for parents and carers adopted in 2019. These rules set out minimum standards for paternity, parental and carers’ leave and establish additional rights, such as the right to request flexible […]

European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day: Statement by President von der Leyen, Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Dalli

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, on 2 August, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, and Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality, stated: “On the European Roma Holocaust Memorial Day, we commemorate the hundreds of thousands of […]

European Commission disburses first tranche of the new €1 billion macro-financial assistance for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed the first half (€500 million) of a new €1 billion macro-financial assistance (MFA) operation for Ukraine. The second tranche (another €500 million) will be disbursed tomorrow, 2 August. The decision about this new […]

State aid: Commission approves €181.5 million Latvian schemes 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 two Latvian schemes with a total budget of €181.5 millionto support small and medium-sized enterprises (‘SMEs’) and large companies across sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis […]

Social Europe: More transparent and predictable working conditions for workers in EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today is the deadline for EU Member States to transpose the Directive on transparent and predictable working conditions into national law. The Directive provides more extensive and updated labour rights and protection to the 182 million workers in the EU. With the new rules, […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses positive preliminary assessment of Latvia’s request for €201 million disbursement under Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the 2021 Annual Burden Survey, which presents concrete examples of simplification of EU rules in areas such as agriculture and rural development, competition, communications, health and food safety, transport and mobility, and the single market. The 2021 Annual […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission endorses positive preliminary assessment of Latvia’s request for €201 million disbursement under Recovery and Resilience Facility

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today endorsed a positive preliminary assessment of Latvia’s payment request for €201 million in grants under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), the key instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU. On 17 June 2022, Latvia submitted to the Commission a payment […]

Commission publishes 2021 Annual Burden Survey outlining EU efforts to simplify legislation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the 2021 Annual Burden Survey, which presents concrete examples of simplification of EU rules in areas such as agriculture and rural development, competition, communications, health and food safety, transport and mobility, and the single market. The 2021 Annual […]

State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies in the 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 €2.9 billion Italian scheme to support the liquidity needs of companies in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022 […]

President Metsola: “An opportunity to transform Ukraine”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola addressed Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada as part of the country’s Statehood Day celebrations. Dear President Zelenskyy, Dear President Nauseda, Dear Speaker Stefanchuk, Dear Members of Verkhovna Rada, Thank you for having me with you here today. It is a privilege, […]

European Health Union: HERA signs Joint Procurement contract for Pandemic Influenza Vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission, via its Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority, signed a framework contract for the joint procurement of Adjupanrix, a pandemic influenza vaccine, with the pharmaceutical company GSK. 12 Member States and other joint procurement countries are participating in the agreement, […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of VOO and Brutélé by Orange

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of VOO and Brutélé by Orange under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction may reduce competition in the retail markets for the supply of fixed […]

Digital Economy and Society Index 2022: overall progress but digital skills, SMEs and 5G networks lag behind

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission published the results of the 2022 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which tracks the progress made in EU Member States in digital. During the Covid pandemic, Member States have been advancing in their digitalisation efforts but still struggle to close the […]

Erasmus+: 44 European Universities to cooperate across borders and disciplines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has announced the results of the 2022 call for the European Universities initiative: with a record budget of €272 million from Erasmus+, 16 existing European Universities will continue to receive support, and four new alliances will be able to start their […]

Forest fires: EU sends assistance to combat fires at the Czech-German border

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has swiftly mobilised two firefighting airplanes and two helicopters to Czechia where a large forest fire is burning in the north of the country. Following yesterday’s request for assistance, Poland and Slovakia are each operating one helicopter in the country. The […]

8th Environment Action Programme: EU sets out to measure progress on Green Deal environment and climate goals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presented a list of headline indicators for monitoring progress towards the EU’s environment and climate goals to 2030, as well as the 2050 long-term vision to ‘live well, within planetary boundaries’. Resulting from intense consultations with stakeholders and Member States, the […]

Ukraine: EU report notes important steps taken in the implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the EU-Ukraine Association Council planned to take place on 5 September, the European Union today published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine. The report outlines Ukraine’s implementation of reforms under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement covering the period since the latest report published on 1 […]

EIB Board, supported by the EU Commission, approves €1.59 billion of EU financial assistance for Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EIB, the EU bank, is providing €1.59 billion, supported by guarantees from the EU budget, to help Ukraine repair the most essential damaged infrastructure and resume critically important projects addressing the urgent needs of Ukrainian people. This is the second package of support for […]

Ukraine: EU report notes important steps taken in the implementation of the reform agenda

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the EU-Ukraine Association Council planned to take place on 5 September, the European Union today published its annual Association Implementation Report on Ukraine. The report outlines Ukraine’s implementation of reforms under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement covering the period since the latest report published on 1 […]

Aid Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community: €33.4 million for the Action Programme 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is adopting today the 2022 Annual Action Programme for the Turkish Cypriot community, worth €33.4 million. Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira, said: “Our Aid Programme has shown to bring important tangible benefits to the people of Cyprus and remains as […]