EU values in Hungary and Poland: debate on recent developments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Debate today on Article 7 developments and the state of LGBTI rights in Poland and Hungary with Commissioner for Justice Reynders and Commissioner for Equality Dalli. When: Monday, 30 November 17.05 – 18.45 Where: European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall building, room 2Q2 and […]

EU Cohesion policy: Commission and EBRD promote innovative use of data in public procurement involving EU funds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Open Contracting Partnership are joining forces to improve the quality and transparency of public tenders co-funded by EU funds in Greece and Poland. Thanks to their support, two pilot projects will […]

Commission welcomes the political agreement on the transitional rules for the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission welcomed the political agreement between the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) rules for the transitional period of 2021-2022. These rules are based on the principle of continuity of the current CAP […]

Human rights breaches in Belarus, Ethiopia, and Algeria

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Belarus, Ethiopia, and Algeria. Human rights violations in Belarus, in particular the murder of Raman Bandarenka. Parliament condemns in the strongest possible terms the murder of Raman Bandarenka […]

Polish de facto ban on abortion puts women’s lives at risk, says Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. MEPs condemn the setback to women’s sexual and reproductive rights in Poland and stress the EU’s legal obligation to uphold and protect them. In a resolution adopted with 455 votes to 145 and 71 abstentions, Parliament says that the ruling of 22 October by […]

Parliament wants to grant EU consumers a “right to repair”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament wants to boost sustainability by promoting reuse and repairs and by tackling practices that shorten the lifespan of products. The resolution on a more sustainable Single Market was adopted with 395 in favour, 94 against and 207 abstentions. MEPs call on the Commission […]

Media freedom: EP warns of attempts to silence critics and undermine pluralism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is deeply concerned about the state of media freedom within the EU and denounces the violence, harassment and pressure faced by journalists. In a resolution adopted with 553 votes to 54 and 89 abstentions, Parliament points to “attempts by governments of some member […]

Ethiopia: Authorities must protect civilians and ensure access of humanitarian workers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič issued the following statement: “Today in Brussels I met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Demeke Mekonnen to discuss the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Ethiopia and in the wider region. I conveyed my […]

MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP group leaders and the Commission advise Hungary and Poland to take the EU to Court on rule of law, instead of penalising EU citizens by blocking the budget. In the debate on the European summit of 10-11 December, Commission President Ursula von der […]

Successful third issuance of EU SURE bonds by the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has issued a €8.5 billion social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. This has been the third bond issuance this year under the programme. It consisted of a single tranche due for […]

Affordable, accessible and safe medicines for all: the Commission presents a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today adopted a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe to ensure patients have access to innovative and affordable medicines and to support the competitiveness, innovative capacity and sustainability of the EU’s pharmaceutical industry. The Strategy will allow Europe to cover its pharmaceutical needs, […]

Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To better exploit the potential of ever-growing data in a trustworthy European framework, the Commission today proposes new rules on data governance. The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of […]

EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis. The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year […]

EU should set goal to end homelessness by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament approved a series of recommendations to combat homelessness and end housing exclusion in the EU. In the resolution adopted with 647 votes in favour, 13 against and 32 abstentions, Parliament highlights the precarious living situation of over 700,000 persons who face […]

COVID-19 and natural disasters: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament approved €823 million in EU aid for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland, and the response to the coronavirus crisis in seven EU countries. The €823 million in aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows: […]

EU consumers will soon be able to defend their rights collectively

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament today endorsed a new law that will allow groups of consumers to join forces and launch collective action in the EU. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass […]

EU reconfirms support for Afghanistan at 2020 Geneva Conference

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union today reconfirmed its long-standing solidarity and partnership with the people of Afghanistan, pledging support of €1.2 billion over the period 2021–2025 in both long-term and emergency assistance at the 2020 Afghanistan Conference “Peace, Prosperity and Self-Reliance”. EU High Representative for Foreign […]

Stop violence against women: Statement by the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President, Josep Borrell, issued the following statement: “Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, and has no place in the […]

Marked improvement in Europe’s air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across […]

EU survey confirms citizens’ call for EU to have more powers to tackle pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In the grip of the second wave of coronavirus, two thirds of EU citizens call for more EU competence and an EU budget with sufficient means to tackle the crisis. The European Parliament released today the full results of its third survey this year […]

An expert explains: How to turn industrial carbon emissions into building materials

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. By 2040, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi) wants to lock away 1 billion tonnes of CO2 in building materials. Sophia Hamblin Wang is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers and COO of Mineral Carbonation International. Here she explains the process and how […]

Tigray conflict: EU humanitarian support to Ethiopian refugees reaching Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As more and more Ethiopian refugees fleeing conflict continue to reach the Sudanese borders, the European Commission is mobilising an initial €4 million in emergency assistance to help support the displaced people arriving in Sudan. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “There is […]

Mergers: Commission refers acquisition of newly created joint venture by Telefónica and Liberty Global to the UK competition authority

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission has referred the proposed acquisition by Telefónica S.A. and Liberty Global PLC of a newly created joint venture to the Consumers and Market Authority (“CMA”) of the UK, at its request. The proposed joint venture will combine Telefónica’s UK Limited business […]

Building the future of EU strategic foresight – Speech by Vice-President Šefčovič at the annual conference of the European Policy and Strategy Analysis System

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” First of all, my thanks to President Sassoli for his kind words, and to Anthony Teasdale for helping to reinforce the ESPAS community over the past few years. It is crucial that we work together across EU institutions – and also […]

Tigray conflict: EU humanitarian support to Ethiopian refugees reaching Sudan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As more and more Ethiopian refugees fleeing conflict continue to reach the Sudanese borders, the European Commission is mobilising an initial €4 million in emergency assistance to help support the displaced people arriving in Sudan. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management said: “There is […]

Nagorno Karabakh: EU allocates additional €3 million in emergency aid for civilians affected by the hostilities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has announced an additional €3 million in humanitarian support to ensure critical assistance to the civilians most affected by the conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh. This funding comes on top of €900,000 allocated since early October when the hostilities started. Commissioner […]

REACT-EU: additional support of €47.5 billion agreed to address impact of COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EU institutions reached a provisional agreement on deploying additional EU resources and measures to mitigate the immediate effects of the COVID-19 crisis. On 18 November, European Parliament and Council concluded negotiations on providing assistance to foster crisis repair in response to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with CureVac to ensure access to a potential vaccine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to […]

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine EU countries in the second instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today’s operations, Croatia has received €510 million, Cyprus €250 million, Greece €2 billion, Italy an additional […]

European values must prevail, even in a state of public emergency, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament warns against “risk of abuse of power” and calls on the Commission to step up its efforts by taking legal action where necessary. On Friday, Parliament adopted a resolution that takes stock of the state of European democratic values in the context of […]

InvestEU Fund for sustainable and social investment, MEPs ready for negotiations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. InvestEU aims to be a fund that provides support to EU investors by integrating and simplifying the financing, offered under a single budgetary guarantee scheme. Aim to generate at least €1 200 billion in investments Launchpad for investments which otherwise would be difficult to […]

Solidarity Fund: €823 million in EU aid for eight member states

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Monday, Budgets Committee Members approved €823 million in EU aid for the Croatia earthquake, floods in Poland, and the coronavirus crisis. The €823 million in aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund (EUSF) will be distributed as follows: More than €132.7 million to […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on CureVac

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across Europe. We need a safe and effective vaccine to end this pandemic. A few days after our contract with BioNTech and Pfizer, I am happy to announce a new agreement. Tomorrow, we will authorise a new contract […]