Food security in Horn of Africa: EU steps up support to drought-affected countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A devastating climate-induced drought is affecting the Horn of Africa. The situation is worsened by the impact of COVID-19, conflict and insecurity situation in the region, as well as the expected aggravation of food insecurity and nutrition due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The […]

Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs’, are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to […]

Visa Digitalisation: Visa travel to the EU becomes easier

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing the digitalisation of the Schengen visa process, replacing the visa sticker, and introducing the possibility to submit visa applications online through the European online visa platform. The New Pact on Migration and Asylum set the objective to fully digitalise […]

New trade defence tool to protect EU firms from distortive foreign subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Committee on International Trade backed a proposal designed to counteract market-distorting foreign subsidies granted to companies operating in the EU. The draft law, as adopted by the Committee on International Trade by 42 votes unanimously, gives the EU Commission the power to investigate […]

Final plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe to approve proposals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On 29-30 April, the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe will meet in Strasbourg for the last time, to finalise its proposals. Following two sessions (in late March and early April) during which it discussed draft documents tabled by the nine […]

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

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should protect women fleeing Ukraine from violence and trafficking, and women should have access to essential health services, say Gender Equality Committee MEPs. In a resolution adopted by the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality on Monday by 29 votes in […]

EU-India: Joint press release on launching the Trade and Technology Council

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, agreed to launch the EU-India Trade and Technology Council at their meeting in New Delhi on Monday. This strategic coordination mechanism will allow both partners to tackle challenges […]

Digital Services Act: Commission welcomes political agreement on rules ensuring a safe and accountable online environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes the swift political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and EU Member States on the proposal on the Digital Services Act (DSA), proposed by the Commission in December 2020. The DSA sets out an unprecedented new standard for the accountability […]

Lebanon: €20 million in humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Soaring food prices caused by Russia’s war in Ukraine are adding further strain to the compounding crises in Lebanon, which imports 96% of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine. To support the most vulnerable segments of the population in Lebanon, the EU has allocated an […]

State aid: Commission approves €7 billion French scheme to support investment towards a sustainable recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €7 billion French scheme aimed at providing investment support towards a sustainable recovery. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The Commission fully supports Member States’ efforts […]

Common charger: MEPs agree on proposal to reduce electronic waste

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs support a common charger for portable electronic devices, reducing e-waste and making the use of different mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras more convenient. On Wednesday the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopted its position on the revised Radio Equipment Directive with […]

EP inquiry committee for Pegasus and other spyware launched

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament’s new inquiry committee investigating the use of Pegasus and other spyware had its first meeting, electing a Chair and three Vice-Chairs. The new committee is tasked with investigating the use of Pegasus software and other equivalent spyware, and held its constitutive […]

War in Ukraine: MEPs to debate effectiveness of EU sanctions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs will debate the situation in Ukraine on Wednesday morning at 9.00 CEST, and will be joined by Ivan Fedorov, the Mayor of Melitopol. At the meeting, participants are expected to discuss several of the latest developments in Ukraine following the […]

EP Special Committee on COVID-19 pandemic starts work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, the special committee elected Kathleen Van Brempt as its Chair, alongside four Vice-Chairs, and will commence its review of the EU’s response to the pandemic. Specifically tasked with looking into how the European response to the pandemic and the lessons learned can […]

Ukraine: debate on the humanitarian situation in the country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Development Committee MEPs will debate with Mykyta Poturayev, the Chair of the Humanitarian Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has sparked a humanitarian crisis in the country. In this context, the Committee on Development has invited […]

EU cohesion policy: Commission adopts €20 billion Partnership Agreement with Germany for 2021-2027 

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today its Partnership Agreement with Germany, laying down Germany’s investment strategy for more than €20 billion in cohesion funding for the period 2021-2027. The cohesion funds will continue to support German regions in promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion, supporting key […]

Ukraine: EU boosts humanitarian aid with additional €50 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As heavy fighting and missile strikes continue to destroy critical civilian infrastructure, humanitarian needs in Ukraine remain extremely high. Despite access and security constraints, EU humanitarian partners are providing assistance to vulnerable people in different regions of Ukraine. The EU is allocating a further […]

Green Deal: EU announces €1 billion worth of commitments to protect the ocean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Palau, the EU has renewed its pledges towards international Ocean governance. Presenting a list of 44 commitments for the 2020-2022 period for an amount of almost €1 billion, the EU has brought forward its most important […]

Fisheries: Commission proposes second package of crisis measures to support fishery and aquaculture sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposed a legislative amendment to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund 2014–20 (EMFF), which would allow for additional crisis measures to support the EU fishery and aquaculture sectors in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This complements the first package […]

Intellectual property: Commission boosts protection of European craft and industrial products in the EU and beyond

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has proposed a first-ever framework to protect the intellectual property for craft and industrial products that rely on the originality and authenticity of traditional practices from their regions. This framework will cover products such as Murano glass, Donegal tweed, Porcelaine de […]

Ukraine: EU humanitarian operation in the Republic of Moldova enhances assistance for refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Since the start of Russia’s invasion on 24 February, the refugee influx of civilians fleeing Ukraine to reach neighbouring countries has resulted in skyrocketing humanitarian needs. The Commission is working on all fronts to provide emergency assistance to people in need, including by supporting […]

EU-UK relations: European Union ensures continued supply of medicines to Northern Ireland, as well as Cyprus, Ireland and Malta

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission welcomes the swift adoption by the Council of the proposals to ensure the continued long-term supply of medicines from Great Britain to Northern Ireland and to address outstanding supply concerns in Cyprus, Ireland and Malta – markets that have been historically […]

Future of Europe: Conference nears finalisation of policy recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Conference on the Future of Europe Plenary session on 8-9 April debated concrete proposals. The Chairs and spokespersons of nine Working Groups tabled consolidated draft proposals, grouped by theme, to the Conference Plenary. The proposals were mainly based on the recommendations of European […]

Mergers: Commission approves Parker’s acquisition of Meggitt, 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 proposed acquisition of Meggitt by Parker. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Parker. Executive Vice-President Margarethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Manufacturers of civil and military […]

EuroLat Assembly: hate speech, circular economy and food security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The 14th Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly plenary session will take place in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 13 and 14 April. Members of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly (EuroLat), composed of 75 MEPs and 75 representatives of Latin American and Caribbean parliaments, will participate on […]

Aviation safety: 20 Russian airlines added to EU Air Safety List

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has updated the EU Air Safety List, which is the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union, because they do not meet international safety standards. Following the update, 21 airlines certified in […]

Energy Security: Commission hosts first meeting of EU Energy Purchase Platform to secure supply of gas, LNG and hydrogen

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In order to secure the EU’s energy supply at affordable prices in the current geopolitical context and to phase out dependency on Russian gas, the European Commission has established with the Member States an EU Platform for the common purchase of gas, LNG and […]

Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has […]

Human rights breaches in Russia, North Korea and Guatemala

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respective human rights situations in Russia, North Korea and Guatemala. Increasing repression in Russia, including the case of Alexei Navalny Parliament condemns the Russian regime’s continued domestic repression, which has worsened in the wake […]

Afghanistan: Parliament strongly condemns education ban for girls

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs are deeply worried by the recent Taliban decision to indefinitely extend the ban on allowing girls in seventh grade and above to attend school. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament calls for a reversal of these restrictions, while noting previous commitments by […]

MEPs back plans to restock gas reserves before next winter

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs plans to accelerate the refilling of Europe’s strategic gas reserves, so households and businesses have enough gas for the next heating season. The proposal, adopted under Parliament’s urgent procedure process, will now be negotiated with EU ministers. MEPs want to establish a […]

MEPs demand full embargo on Russian imports of oil, coal, nuclear fuel and gas

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament expresses indignation over reported atrocities by the Russian armed forces and demands that perpetrators of war crimes be held accountable. In a resolution adopted with 513 votes to 22 and 19 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs call for additional punitive measures, including “an immediate […]

Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. With 509 votes to 3 and 47 abstentions, the European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution recalling […]