Czech Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers are outlining the priorities of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Czechia holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2022. A first series of hearings takes place from 11 […]

Scaling up sustainable finance in low and middle-income countries: High-Level Expert Group kick-starts work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on scaling up sustainable finance in low and middle-income countries meets in Brussels today for the first time kick-starting their reflection on the challenges and opportunities of sustainable finance in partner countries with a view to providing recommendations to […]

Standing with Ukraine: Commission welcomes Joint Statement to provide affordable, accessible and transparent remittance services to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has welcomed a Joint Statement by EU and Ukrainian financial institutions to provide access to affordable, accessible and transparent remittance services to Ukraine. Today, remittances from Ukrainians in the EU are a vital way of providing means of subsistence to their […]

ECB boss pledges to MEPs to fight inflation and restore confidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Central Bank President announced future interest hikes, while MEPs voiced concerns about rising energy and food prices, and mortgage rates. On Monday afternoon, during the third hearing this year with the European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde, MEPs in the Economic and […]

Monkeypox: Commission purchases treatment courses to meet immediate needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has secured over 10,000 treatment courses of tecovirimat to treat Monkeypox. This emergency procurement is funded by the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) and channelled via rescEU to treat patients in Member States with immediate needs. Tecovirimat is produced […]

Single Market: Commission committed to transparency and cooperation with Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the recent proposal on new rules for addressing Single Market future emergencies, the Commission is today showcasing the availibility of essential  existing tools to ensure the free movement of goods and services for  smooth functioning of the Single Market. First, the Commission is […]

Experts put forward recommendations on how to harness the power of culture for sustainable development

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of UNESCO’s World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development,  MONDIACULT 2022, taking place in Mexico from 28 to 30 September 2022, experts have issued a new report entitled “Stormy Times. Nature and humans: Cultural courage for change”, which focuses on the important […]

EU innovation performance continues to improve in spite of challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published today the 2022 edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard, which reveals that the EU’s innovation performance has grown by about 10% since 2015. Compared to 2021, innovation performance in 2022 has improved for 19 Member States, and declined for eight. […]

CETA turns 5: a privileged partnership for sustainable growth and secure supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today marks the fifth anniversary of the provisional application of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). CETA is a central pillar of the political, trade and economic partnership between the EU and Canada. The agreement has helped boost EU trade with Canada […]

EU announces historic €715 million for the Global Fund to save millions of lives from AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission announced a new record €715 millionfrom the EU budget tothe Global Fund for the period 2023-2025 at the Fund’s Seventh Replenishment Conference, hosted by US President Biden in New York. Together with the pledges from EU Member States, Team Europe […]

European Health Union: A new EU approach on cancer detection – screening more and screening better

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, as part of the EU Cancer Screening Scheme to be put forward under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission presents a new approach to support Member States increasing the uptake of cancer screening. Focusing on detection of cancers at an early stage, the […]

EU Cohesion Policy: €1.4 billion for Ireland’s economic and social development and green transition in 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ireland will benefit from €1.4 billion in Cohesion Policy funding between 2021-2027 to support the sustainable development of its economy. The details and strategy for these investments are set out in the Partnership Agreement between Ireland and the Commission that is formally launched today. […]

EU’s trade defence measures protect over 460,000 European jobs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission published its Annual Report on the EU’s trade defence activities of 2021. The Report concludes that 462,000 EU jobs were directly protected by the EU’s trade measures in 2021 in key EU manufacturing sectors such as aluminium, steel, ceramics and […]

Celebrating 35 years of the Erasmus programme

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To mark the 35th anniversary of the emblematic Erasmus+ programme, Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will meet 35 current and former Erasmus+ participants as well as representatives of the founding team of the programme, on Tuesday, 20 September 2022. The event will […]

EU at UNGA 77: EU Delegation to defend rules-based order

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A high-level delegation of the European Union will attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly next week in New York. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and Commissioners Janez Lenarčič and Jutta […]

EU budget: Commission proposes measures to the Council under the conditionality regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed budget protection measures to the Council under the conditionality regulation. This is to ensure the protection of the EU budget and the financial interests of the EU against breaches of the principles of the rule of law in […]

Fundamental rights in the EU: long-standing problems exacerbated by COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s latest assessment of the state of fundamental rights in the EU identifies numerous concerns and demands member states act in defence of European values. On Thursday, MEPs assessed the state of fundamental values in the EU in 2020 – 2021, identifying areas of […]

MEPs: Hungary can no longer be considered a full democracy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament condemns the “deliberate and systematic efforts of the Hungarian government” to undermine European values and demands results in the Article 7 process. The lack of decisive EU action has contributed to the emergence of a “hybrid regime of electoral autocracy”, i.e. a constitutional […]

MEPs say EU must urgently strengthen its climate action

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, Parliament adopted a set of recommendations following a summer of devastating droughts, forest fires and other extreme weather phenomena across Europe. MEPs adopted a resolution on increasing EU’s efforts to fight climate change by 469 votes in favour, 34 against and 44 […]

Parliament approves €5 billion loan to Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, MEPs gave the green light to a €5 billion macro-financial loan to help Ukraine cover its acute financing needs caused by Russia’s invasion. This is the second, and largest, tranche of a €9 billion EU support package, of which €1 billion has […]

European political parties and foundations: MEPs ready to negotiate new rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament has adopted its position on updated rules for European-level political parties and foundations. The final report (392 votes for, 119 against, 56 abstentions) improves the Commission’s proposal, with a view to: MEPs also added provisions regarding gender equality, and will seek […]

State of the Union: New EU cybersecurity rules ensure more secure hardware and software products

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has presented a proposal for a new Cyber Resilience Act to protect consumers and businesses from products with inadequate security features. A first ever EU-wide legislation of its kind, it introduces mandatory cybersecurity requirements for products with digital elements, throughout their […]

EIB Group starts disbursements from €1.59 bn EIB Ukraine Solidarity Urgent Response package

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Yesterday, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, disbursed the first tranches of the €1.59 billion package of the Ukraine Solidarity Urgent Response, supported by an EU guarantee. The disbursed financing of €500 million will help the Ukrainian government cover priority short-term financing […]

International Democracy Day: Commission launches Youth Participation Cohort to promote democracy worldwide

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Marking the International Day of Democracy and the European Year of Youth, the European Commission launched today the Youth Political and Civic Engagement Cohort to support young people in promoting democracy locally and globally. The European Commission is one of the co-leaders of the […]

State of the EU: Ukraine, energy, climate change, economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the annual State of the European Union debate, MEPs quizzed President von der Leyen on the Commission’s work in the past year and its upcoming plans. Opening the debate, EP President Roberta Metsola said: “It is a special honour to have Olena Zelenska […]

Parliament backs boost for renewables use and energy savings

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. By 2030, the European Parliament wants renewable energy to be used much more, and energy consumption to be greatly reduced. On Wednesday, MEPs voted to raise the share of renewables in the EU’s final energy consumption to 45% by 2030, under the revision of […]

Parliament adopts new rules on adequate minimum wages for all workers in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Minimum wages in all EU countries should allow for decent living and working standards, and member states should promote collective bargaining for pay. With 505 votes in favour, 92 against and 44 abstentions, Parliament adopted new legislation on adequate minimum wages in the EU, […]

Commission moves to ban products made with forced labour on the EU market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed to prohibit products made with forced labour on the EU market. The proposal covers all products, namely those made in the EU for domestic consumption and exports, and imported goods, without targeting specific companies or industries. This comprehensive approach […]

Energy prices: Commission proposes emergency market intervention to reduce bills for Europeans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing an emergency intervention in Europe’s energy markets to tackle recent dramatic price rises. The EU is confronted with the effects of a severe mismatch between energy demand and supply, due largely to the continued weaponisation by Russia of its energy […]

Financial Services: Commission calls on the Slovak insurance supervisor to take measures in order to ensure compliance with Union law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted a formal opinion requiring the Slovak insurance supervisory authority (Národná banka Slovenska, NBS) to fully comply with the EU prudential regime for insurance and reinsurance undertakings in the EU (Solvency II). This opinion follows the recommendation issued by the European […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises a further €12 billion for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today issued €12 billion in a dual tranche transaction under its flagship NextGenerationEU programme. The deal was the 12th syndicated transaction under NextGenerationEU and the 7th in 2022. It consisted of a new 5-year bond of €7 billion due on 4 October […]

Climate change: new rules for companies to help limit global deforestation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To fight global climate change and biodiversity loss, Parliament demands companies ensure that products sold in the EU do not come from deforested or degraded land. Plenary today adopted its position on the Commission proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products with 453 votes […]

Sanna Marin: Europe needs strategic autonomy in energy, food, defence and technology

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Addressing MEPs in Strasbourg as part of the “This is Europe” debate series, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin said that Ukrainians have proven their bravery and endurance and they must win the war – there is no alternative. Europeans must therefore continue supplying […]