MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis. The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday […]

Venezuela: MEPs call for free and fair elections in the crisis-torn country

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, the European Parliament reiterates its deep concern at the severity of the humanitarian emergency in Venezuela. In the text, adopted by 487 votes in favour, 119 against with 79 abstentions, MEPs call for urgent action to prevent the […]

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for […]

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020. The political agreement with the Council was reached in December […]

EU Citizenship: New survey shows EU citizens are more aware of their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new Eurobarometer survey on EU Citizenship and Democracy released today by the European Commission shows that a vast majority of Europeans (91%) are familiar with the term “citizen of the European Union”. This is the highest level of awareness yet since 2007 and […]

Time to act together: Von der Leyen at the European Parliament July plenary

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “If we do it right, we can also emerge stronger from this crisis thanks to a common European purpose based on NextGenerationEU,” President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said on 8 July. She spoke at the European Parliament plenary on the […]

24 new European Universities reinforce the European Education Area

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that come together for the benefit of students, teachers and society. Today, the European Commission has unveiled the additional 24 European Universities that will join the first 17 alliances of higher […]

MEPs want the EU to play a stronger role in improving public health

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a debate on the EU’s future public health strategy, MEPs said COVID-19 has shown that the EU needs stronger tools to deal with health emergencies. In the plenary debate with Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and the Council, preceding Friday’s vote on a resolution […]

EU leaders prepare timetable and structure for EU budget negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The four presidents of the main EU institutions met today to prepare the intensive inter-institutional negotiations that lie ahead. A read-out of the meeting between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, […]

European Commission and World Bank Group renew agreement to strengthen development cooperation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the World Bank Group have today signed a Financial Framework Partnership Agreement, which guides the terms under which the Bank Group will use funding from the European Union to implement development projects across the world. Building on the partners’ longstanding […]

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen

  This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.   To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted today, will pave the way towards a more efficient and […]

EU allocates over €22 million to help Palestinians in need

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU has announced €22.7 million in humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable people in Palestine[1], who are increasingly threatened by violence, hardship and a lack of essential services. Already affected by movement restrictions prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus has exacerbated […]

German 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 German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Germany holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2020. The first series of hearings is taking place from […]

EU, Canada and China co-host international meeting on climate cooperation and a sustainable economic recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the Canadian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson and China’s Minister for Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu co-chaired the 4th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA). This year’s meeting took place in […]

Shipping industry must contribute to climate neutrality, say MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. To decarbonise maritime transport, the Environment Committee voted on Tuesday to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS). The Commission has put forward a proposal to revise the EU system for monitoring, reporting and verifying CO2 emissions […]

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission adopted today an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, following the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on the sector. The wine sector is among the hardest hit agri-food sectors, due to rapid changes in demand and the closure […]

Just transition in EU regions: support to people, economy and environment

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU must transition towards a climate-neutral economy without letting disparities between regions grow any further, say regional development MEPs. On Monday 6 July, the Regional Development Committee approved the establishment of the Just Transition Fund (JTF) with 27 votes in favour, 7 against […]

Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum. On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their […]

State aid: Commission approves €150 million Austrian subordinated loan to compensate Austrian Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found an Austrian €150 million subordinated loan (convertible into a grant) in favour of Austrian Airlines AG to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at partly compensating the airline for the damages suffered due to […]

Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Investment Bank and CureVac sign €75 million loan agreement for the development and large-scale production of vaccines, including CureVac’s vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2 The EIB loan will support CureVac’s activities to complete its new messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) production facility in Tübingen, Germany […]

Migration situation at the Greek-Turkish border: ensuring the right to asylum

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Greek Ministers for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrisochoidis, and for Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi, will update the Civil Liberties Committee on the latest developments at the border, in a follow-up to the debate held in April. Commissioner Ylva Johansson, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri […]

Coronavirus response: Team Europe supports Somalia with three EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, an EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flight arrived in Mogadishu from Brindisi, Italy, carrying humanitarian and medical supplies provided by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italian civil society organisations and international NGOs. Two other flights to Somalia will take off […]

Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more to ensure the good functioning of the EU Single Market*

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is publishing the Single Market Scoreboard 2020, which shows that despite improvements in certain areas, Member States need to do more to ensure the proper functioning of the Single Market. As experienced during the coronavirus crisis, a well-functioning single market is […]

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say’ portal

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say’ portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process. The new version should […]

Boosting the EU’s green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund , one of the world’s largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU’s Emissions Trading System. The […]

Next six months crucial for the EU, says von der Leyen at the start of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The College of Commissioners met today via videoconference the Government of Germany for the beginning of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU. President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the start of the German Presidency came at […]

Trade marks: Commission decides to refer Romania to the Court of Justice for not transposing the Trade Mark Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission decided to refer Romania to the Court of Justice, with a request for financial sanctions, following the lack of notification of transposition measures of the Trade Mark Directive (Directive (EU) 2015/2436). Romania is the only Member State which has not yet […]

Free movement of services: Commission takes further action to ensure a well-functioning Single Market for professionals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is referring the Czech Republic and Poland to the Court for not remedying breaches of EU law on professional qualifications following reasoned opinions sent by the Commission in November 2019. The Commission considers that their national rules breach EU legislation, specifically linked […]

Anti-Money Laundering: Commission decides to refer Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to fully implement EU anti-money laundering rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today referred Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands to the Court of Justice of the European Union, with a request for financial sanctions, for failing to fully implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD4) into their national law.   Executive Vice-President […]

Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU’s engagement with the Belarusian people and civil society. They will pave the way for improved mobility of citizens, contributing to closer links between […]

Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants new market authorisations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisations to the company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, for a vaccine against Ebola. The authorisation was granted in one month, reducing the decision-making process timing in half, further demonstrating the Commission’s commitment in […]

Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget. During his press conference on Tuesday, the Chair of the Committee on Budgets, Johan […]

Commission welcomes confirmation of provisional agreement to strengthen collective redress in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council endorsed a provisional agreement on EU-wide rules for the protection of collective interest of consumers recently concluded with the European Parliament. This is a positive and important step towards empowering consumers and creating a level-playing field for collective redress in the […]