Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with Prime Minister Plenković and President Pirc Musar on the occasion of Croatia joining the Eurozone and Schengen area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Prime Minister, dear Andrej, Madam President, dear Nataša, First of all, Happy New Year to the two of you and to everybody here around us. I am delighted to be here, with you, today. It is a day to celebrate. It is the season […]

Euro and Schengen: Croatia joins the Euro and Schengen areas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 January 2023 Croatia will adopt the euro as its currency and will fully join the Schengen area. This marks an important milestone in the history of Croatia, of the euro and Schengen areas and of the EU as a whole. It follows a […]

EU welcomes access to US subsidy scheme for commercial vehicles

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New guidance issued today by the US reaffirms that EU companies can benefit from the Commercial Clean Vehicle Credit scheme under the US Inflation Reduction Act. The EU welcomes this guidance, which reflects the constructive engagement as part of the EU-US Inflation Reduction Act […]

European Health Union: a new EU Health security framework is in motion

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As of today, the building blocks of the European Health Union are officially in place. This not only includes stronger EU rules on serious cross-border threats to health, but also a stronger mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and […]

EU wins in WTO appeal about Colombian anti-dumping duties on frozen fries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Arbitrators have in substance ruled in favour of the EU in the first WTO appeal dealt with under the ‘Multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement’, known as the ‘MPIA’. The final and binding award confirms that the anti-dumping duties imposed by Colombia on frozen fries […]

European Green Deal: €4.11 billion from the Modernisation Fund to accelerate the clean energy transition in 8 Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its second year of operation, the Modernisation Fund has disbursed a total of €4.11 billion in support of 61 projects in eight beneficiary countries. These projects will help modernise energy systems, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in energy, industry, transport and agriculture, and improve energy […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of VMware by Broadcom

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of VMware by Broadcom. The Commission is particularly concerned that the transaction would allow Broadcom to restrict competition in the market for certain hardware components which […]

EU Energy Platform: Work advances on joint gas purchasing after legal proposal is agreed by Energy Ministers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission convened today a high-level industrial roundtable to support the work of the EU Energy Platform in further advancing on joint gas purchasing which is due to kick off in 2023. Today’s meeting follows the adoption yesterday by EU Energy Ministers of […]

EU-UK relations: Commission extends arrangements for veterinary medicines to 2025

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a notice which extends to 31 December 2025 the current arrangements for the movement of veterinary medicines from Great Britain to Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and Northern Ireland. This will ensure the continuity of supplies of veterinary medicinal products, […]

Trafficking in human beings: Commission proposes stronger rules to fight the evolving crime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposed to strengthen the rules that prevent and combat trafficking in human beings. Every year over 7000 people become victims of human trafficking in the EU. That figure can be expected to be much higher as many victims remain undetected. The […]

First half of 2023: Commission to issue up to €80 billion to finance economic recovery and support for Ukraine   

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today announced that it intends to issue up to €80 billion of long-term EU-Bonds in the first half of 2023 under its unified funding approach. Under this approach, the Commission – on behalf of the EU – will henceforth issue […]

COP15: historic global deal for nature and people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Early this morning at the UN Biodiversity conference COP15 in Montréal, Canada, the EU joined 195 countries in the historic Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. This framework contains global goals and targets aiming to protect and restore nature for current and future generations, ensure its […]

International Migrants Day: Statement of the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement:  ”Every year, around 2 to 3 million people from all over the world come legally to the EU to work or study. At the same […]

Corruption scandal: MEPs insist on reforms for transparency and accountability

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament has reacted to recent allegations with immediate changes and demands for measures to close loopholes in existing transparency rules. Following Tuesday’s debate, Parliament has adopted a resolution on the suspicions of corruption by Qatar and the broader need for more transparency in the […]

Deal on establishing the Social Climate Fund to support the energy transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Saturday night, Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement to set up a new fund to help vulnerable citizens most affected by energy and transport poverty. Negotiators agreed to establish the Social Climate Fund (SCF) to benefit vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users […]

Climate change: Deal on a more ambitious Emissions Trading System (ETS)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Saturday night, MEPs and EU governments agreed to reform the Emissions Trading System to further reduce industrial emissions and invest more in climate friendly technologies. The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which enshrines the “polluter pays” principle, is at the core of European […]

Holodomor: Parliament recognises Soviet starvation of Ukrainians as genocide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs deplore that 90 years after the Holodomor, Russia is again committing horrific crimes in Ukraine.  In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament recognises the famine inflicted by the Soviet regime on Ukraine in 1932-1933 – known as the Holodomor – as […]

Joint EU-US statement following the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial meeting

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. On 15 December 2022, the United States hosted the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs at Department of Homeland Security Headquarters in Washington D.C. The United States was represented by Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Attorney General Merrick […]

€186 million to promote high quality and sustainable EU agri-food products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission will allocate €185.9 million in 2023 to fund promotion activities for sustainable and high quality EU agri-food products in the EU and worldwide. The 2023 promotion policy work programme adopted today by the Commission contributes to the realisation of the political […]

Ukraine: EU agrees ninth package of sanctions against Russia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the Council’s adoption of a ninth package of hard-hitting sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine. This responds to Russia’s continued escalation and illegal war against Ukraine, in particular as Russia is deliberately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, seeking to […]

Asylum: deal on reception conditions for applicants to international protection

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Registered asylum-applicants will be able to start working sooner and their integration prospects will improve, under a draft law agreed by Parliament and Council. The main aim of the revised Reception Conditions Directive is to ensure equivalent reception standards across EU member states when […]

EU and African partners launch flagship initiative to enhance sexual and reproductive health and rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European and African partners are joining forces to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Africa, particularly among adolescent girls and young women, to empower and enable them to reach their full potential. The initiative, which will enhance coordination and collaboration among […]

Israel and Palestine: MEPs call for a European peace initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should set up an international conference to bring the two-state solution back on track in order to restore political prospects for long-lasting peace. In a resolution adopted on Wednesday, the European Parliament called for an end to the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict and […]

Parliament agrees to adapted €18 billion loan to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, MEPs agreed to a modified regulation allowing the €18 billion support package to be transferred to Ukraine after Hungary had vetoed the original proposal. Parliament accepted, through the so-called urgent procedure, the Council-proposed change in the Macrofinancial Assistance Plus regulation that allows […]

Energy crisis: MEPs back plans to boost the deployment of renewables

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The proposed law will accelerate the procedure to grant permits for new renewable energy power plants, such as solar panels or windmills, or to adapt existing ones. In their amendments to the Commission proposal, MEPs shortened the maximum period to approve new installations from […]

Speech by President von der Leyen at the opening ceremony of the EU-ASEAN Commemorative Summit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Your Majesty, Royal Highness, Fellow leaders, Let me add my warm welcome to Brussels, after such a long trip. One thing is for sure, there might be many, many miles that divide us but there are much more values that unite us. For 45 […]

Political Declaration on establishing the Just Energy Transition Partnership with Viet Nam

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. The Governments of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, together with the International Partners Group, consisting of the European Union, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Japan, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Republic of […]

New Common Agricultural Policy: set for 1 January 2023

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The approval of all 28 Strategic Plans (one for each EU country and two for Belgium) by the European Commission marks the start of the new Common Agricultural Policy, scheduled on 1 January 2023. €264 billion of EU funding will support European farmers in […]

Corruption allegations: MEPs call for full internal investigation

Opening the debate, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, said there must be zero tolerance for corruption. Applauding the work of the Belgian prosecutors, law enforcement, alongside EP President Metsola, MEPs and officials, for their full support and decisive action, she called the allegations extremely serious. To anyone accepting payoffs, she said: “Shame on you. […]

Data protection: Commission starts process to adopt adequacy decision for safe data flows with the US

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission launched the process towards the adoption of an adequacy decision for the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework, which will foster safe trans-Atlantic data flows and address the concerns raised by the Court of Justice of the European Union in its Schrems […]

Fisheries: 2023 fishing opportunities for Atlantic, North Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak, Mediterranean and Black Seas adopted

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This morning, the ministers responsible for fisheries in the Council agreed on fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Atlantic, Kattegat and Skagerrak, including deep-sea stocks for 2023 and 2024, as well as the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The two respective proposals were made by the Commission earlier […]

Digital workers: better working conditions and protection of rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs voted on measures to improve conditions for workers on digital labour platforms, particularly on their employment status and automated systems monitoring their work. The Employment Committee adopted on Monday a draft negotiating mandate on new rules to improve the working conditions in platform […]

Fair Taxation: Commission welcomes agreement on minimum taxation of multinationals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the unanimous agreement announced last night by the Czech Presidency of the EU Council on the Commission’s proposal for a Directive ensuring a minimum effective tax rate for large multinational groups. With this historic agreement, the EU’s pledge to be among […]