Digital Assembly 2019: new actions on quantum, EU-Africa taskforce report and digital start-ups

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today , the 8th edition of the Digital Assembly is taking place in Bucharest, Romania. The event, co-organised by the Commission and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, will bring together representatives of EU Member States with stakeholders from industry, academia and civil […]

Ebola: EU releases additional €3.5 million to tackle epidemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo continues, with the first cases emerging in neighbouring Uganda this week, the EU has announced further emergency funding of €3.5 million, of which €2.5 million is for Uganda and €1 million for […]

New legislation on transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment model in the food chain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, following the approval by the European Parliament on 17 April 2019, the Council has formally adopted a new Regulation on the transparency and sustainability of the EU risk assessment in the food chain. This new Regulation is based on aEuropean Commission’s proposal tabled […]

EU budget 2021-2027: Commission calls on leaders to set out a roadmap towards an autumn agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the European Council meeting on 20 and 21 June, the European Commission is calling on leaders to make a push in advancing the negotiations on the EU’s next long-term budget 2021-2027 so that an agreement can be reached by autumn. An agreement […]

European Labour Authority ready to start working in October as decision is taken on new seat

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, just ahead of the meeting of the Council on Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers in which Ministers are to formally adopt the Regulation establishing the European Labour Authority, Member States decided that Bratislava will host the seat of the European Labour Authority. […]

Data Protection Regulation one year on: 73% of Europeans have heard of at least one of their rights

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at the occasion of a stock-taking event to mark the first year of application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the European Commission is publishing the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on data protection. The results show that Europeans are relatively […]

Banking Union: Non-performing loans in the EU continue to decline

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Efforts to reduce risks in the EU banking sector are bearing fruit, according to new figures released by the European Commission today. In its fourth progress report on the reduction of non-performing loans (NPLs), the Commission today confirms that NPL levels are continuing their […]

Deepening Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union: Commission takes stock of progress

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the Euro Summit on 21 June 2019, the European Commission today takes stock of the progress made to deepen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union since the Five Presidents’ Report and calls on Member States to take further concrete steps. In the four […]

‘No-deal’ Brexit: European Commission takes stock of preparations ahead of the June European Council (Article 50)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of the June European Council (Article 50), the European Commission has today taken stock – in its fifth Brexit Preparedness Communication – of the European Union’s Brexit preparedness and contingency measures, particularly in light of the decision taken on 11 April by the European Council […]

Mergers: Commission prohibits proposed merger between Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has prohibited the creation of a joint venture by Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp under the EU Merger Regulation. The merger would have reduced competition and increased prices for different types of steel. The parties did not offer adequate remedies to address these concerns. Commissioner […]

Commission’s report shows that targeted investment and robust digital policies boost Member States’ performance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is releasing the results of the 2019 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe’s overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.  Countries that have set up ambitious targets in line with […]

Humanitarian Aid: EU mobilises €6 million for people in need in Colombia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As many people continue to be displaced in Colombia and are threatened by natural disasters, the European Commission announced on 06 June 2019 a new aid package of €6 million to help those most in need in the country. This includes €1 million for […]

Taxation: Commission refers Spain to the Court for imposing disproportionate sanctions for failure to report assets held abroad

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission decided on 06 June 2019 to refer SPAIN to the Court of Justice of the EU for imposing disproportionate penalties on Spanish taxpayers for the failure to report assets held in other EU and EEA States (“Modelo 720”). Currently, Spain requires resident […]

Security Union: Commission receives mandate to start negotiating international rules for obtaining electronic evidence

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 06 June 2019, EU Member States agreed to give two mandates to the Commission to engage in international negotiations to improve cross-border access to electronic evidence in criminal investigations.The Council agreed to provide the Commission with negotiating mandates for negotiations with the United […]

Digital Single Market: Europe announces eight sites to host world-class supercomputers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Eight sites for supercomputing centres have been selected across the EU to host the first European supercomputers. They will support Europe’s researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in a wide range of areas, from designing medicines and new materials to fighting climate […]

Over 85% of European bathing sites rated as excellent for water quality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Just over 85% of bathing water sites across Europe monitored last year met the European Union’s highest ‘excellent’ and most stringent quality standards for water cleanliness, according to the latest annual European bathing water quality report. The results published today give a good indication […]

June infringements package: key decisions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Overview by policy area In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission (‘Commission’) is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure […]

European Semester 2019 Spring Package: Commission issues recommendations for Member States to advance sustainable and inclusive economic growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European economy is growing for the seventh consecutive year and is set to continue expanding in 2020, with all Member States’ economies growing despite less favourable conditions and global uncertainties. The number of people in employment is at a record high and unemployment […]

EU budget 2020: Commission focuses its proposal on jobs, growth and security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €168.3 billion for 2020 for a more competitive European economy, and for solidarity and security in the EU and beyond. This budget is the seventh and last one under the current 2014-2020 long-term EU budget […]

Commission pledges €100 million to help Mozambique recover from cyclones Idai and Kenneth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has pledged €100 million to help Mozambique recover from the devastating effects of cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which hit the country in March and April this year. Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, made the announcement on June 1 at the […]

Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next […]

The European Commission, European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures establish a new €100 million fund to support clean energy investments

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe (BEV-E), a new €100 million investment fund was established by the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Breakthrough Energy Ventures during the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting in Vancouver, Canada.           The fund will help develop innovative European companies and […]

The EU heads of State and Government about the result of the European Elections 2019

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Conference of Presidents held a meeting on 28 May ahead of the informal dinner of the EU heads of State and Government, scheduled today, and it committed to the following: The May 2019 European Parliament elections open a new chapter for Europe’s political and […]

Election 2019: New, Updated seat projection for new Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New, updated seat projection for the new European Parliament based on final and provisional results in 27 countries and estimates in one more:       Provisional results 28.05.2019 18:11  Seat projections will continue to be updated and published on http://www.election-results.eu. This new projection […]

European Elections: “Web giants” are urging users to vote

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Social media platforms and web services, used by millions of Europeans, have joined the effort to remind citizens to cast their votes in European elections. Facebook, Google, Snapchat and Twitter are among the platforms offering extra services to make sure Europeans cast their vote, […]

Fairness in the food supply chain: Commission proposes to increase price transparency

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Having banned unfair trading practices and improved producer cooperation, the Commission is today presenting the third element to improve fairness in the food supply chain by introducing greater transparency in the way prices are reported throughout the chain. The European Commission today tabled a proposal that will […]

2019 European Elections gets backing from professional footballers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Dozens of professional footballers from across Europe have joined a campaign by the European Parliament and FIFPro to promote this week’s 2019 European Elections. German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, Sweden midfielder Nilla Fischer and Finland captain Tim Sparv are among those to send out the […]

Aviation Strategy for Europe: Commission signs landmark aviation agreements with China

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union and China have today signed an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement to strengthen their aviation cooperation. The agreements follow up on the EU-China Summit of 9 April and will serve to boost the competitiveness of the […]

rescEU: EU establishes initial firefighting fleet for next forest fire season

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the Commission is launching today the first fleet of firefighting aircraft under the new rescEU system to tackle natural disasters. So far seven firefighting airplanes and six helicopters will be part of […]

Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released today by the European Commission. The large-scale studies based on the feedback from nearly 77 […]

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is outlining its vision for a renewed partnership with Central Asia, updating its strategy on relations with the region first set out in 2007. The new Joint Communication adopted today by the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign […]

Education in Emergencies: EU announces record humanitarian funding for 2019 and launches #RaiseYourPencil Campaign

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission has announced today an unprecedented €164 million for Education in Emergencies projects in 2019. Together with international and Belgian celebrities as well as around 400 students, the Commission has launched a social media campaign to raise awareness and solidarity among young […]

Digital Single Market: Cheaper calls to other EU countries as of 15 May

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As of 15 May, a new maximum price will apply for all international calls and SMS within the EU. As a result, consumers calling from their country to another EU country will pay a maximum amount of 19 cents per minute (+VAT) and 6 […]