Customs Union: New Action Plan to further support EU customs in their vital role of protecting EU revenues, prosperity and security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today launched a new Customs Union Action Plan setting out a series of measures to make EU customs smarter, more innovative and more efficient over the next four years. The announced measures will strengthen the Customs Union as a cornerstone […]

European Public Prosecutor’s Office: EU Prosecutors take their oath at the European Court of Justice

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Prosecutors of the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office have taken their oath in a ceremony at the European Court of Justice.  Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Transparency and Values, Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Budget and Administration and Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice […]

New committees begin their work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament’s new special committees, subcommittee and committee of inquiry held their constitutive meetings and elected their chairs and vice-chairs. Special Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the EU (INGE) Chair: Raphaël GLUCKSMANN (S&D, FR) 1st Vice-Chair: Javier ZARZALEJOS (EPP, […]

COVID-19: MEPs call for measures to close the digital gap in education

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, the EP’s Committee on Culture and Education called for swift and concrete measures to close the digital education gap in Europe. The resolution was adopted by 26 votes in favour, none against and 4 abstentions. “The last six months have seen our […]

Celebrating Multilingualism Day at the EP – where 24 languages meet

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament is organising an Online Multilingualism Day to celebrate one of the EU’s core values that ensures Parliament is accessible and transparent. The Online Multilingualism Day 2020 events will take place on Saturday 26 September from 10.00 to 16.30 CET. Talks and […]

Digital Finance Package: Commission sets out new, ambitious approach to encourage responsible innovation to benefit consumers and businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a new Digital Finance Package, including Digital Finance and Retail Payments Strategies, and legislative proposals on crypto-assets and digital resilience. Today’s package will boost Europe’s competitiveness and innovation in the financial sector, paving the way for Europe to […]

Capital Markets Union: Commission to boost Europe’s capital markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published a new, ambitious Action Plan to boost the European Union’s Capital Markets Union (CMU) over the coming years. The EU’s top priority today is to ensure that Europe recovers from the unprecedented economic crisis caused by coronavirus. Developing […]

MEPs question whether the new Migration Pact will bring about real change

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new Migration Pact is insufficient for the majority of EP groups. Some demand compulsory relocation of refugees; others want a firmer stance on irregular arrivals. The Civil Liberties Committee held a first debate about the Commission’s proposals with Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Commissioner […]

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s new risk assessment shows need to step up coronavirus response in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published its updated risk assessment regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside a set of guidelines for non-pharmaceutical interventions (such as hand hygiene, physical distancing, cleaning and ventilation). The updated risk assessment shows that notification rates […]

World Maritime Day: Commissioner Vălean calls for support and safe return of seafarers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “On World Maritime Day, I want to raise attention to the role seafarers have been playing during the pandemic. They ensure that trade keeps flowing, our economy does not stop and that ships continue to carry food, medicines and other goods to ports throughout […]

A fresh start on migration: Building confidence and striking a new balance between responsibility and solidarity

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Briony Harris, Senior Writer, Formative Content Today, the European Commission is proposing a new Pact on Migration and Asylum, covering all of the different elements needed for a comprehensive European approach to migration. It sets out improved and […]

Migration: A European taskforce to resolve emergency situation on Lesvos

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the fire that devastated the Moria facility on the islands of Lesvos, the Commission announces today it will establish a dedicated taskforce to improve the situation on the island in a durable way. The taskforce will implement a joint pilot with the Greek […]

Coronavirus response: over €1 billion from EU Cohesion policy to support Spain’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved the modification of nine more Cohesion policy operational programmes in Spain, worth a total of €1.2 billion from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This comprehensive recovery approach will reallocate funds […]

Single European Sky: for a more sustainable and resilient air traffic management

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is proposing an upgrade of the Single European Sky regulatory framework which comes on the heels of the European Green Deal. The objective is to modernise the management of European airspace and to establish more sustainable and efficient flightpaths. This […]

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host states of the rescEU medical equipment reserve. With financial support from the European Commission now altogether 6 EU Member States are building up common European stocks of lifesaving protective and other […]

Beating cancer: Better protection of workers against cancer-causing chemicals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Each year, about 120,000 work-related cancer cases occur as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work in the EU, leading to approximately 80,000 fatalities annually. To improve workers’ protection against cancer, the Commission has proposed today to further limit their exposure to cancer-causing […]

Commission launches initiative for more sustainable cocoa production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today kicks off an initiative to improve sustainability in the cocoa sector. A new multi-stakeholder dialogue brings together representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – the two main cocoa producing countries accounting for 70% of global cocoa production – as well […]

EU long-term budget: EP still fighting for a good agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. During the fourth trilateral talks with Council and Commission, Parliament’s negotiators underline that a lot remains to be done before an acceptable agreement can be reached. “During this fourth meeting, on Friday, substantial progress has been achieved on the legally binding commitment to introduce […]

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe’s digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday. The Commission has proposed a new Regulation for the European High […]

Coronavirus Global Response: the Commission’s contribution to the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission confirmed its participation in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines, following its expression of interest on 31 August and its announcement of a contribution of €400 million. In a joint effort between the European Commission and […]

COVID-19: Member states need to harmonise health assessments and measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Virus might stay active for several months, until an efficient and safe vaccine is supplied Common definition needed for a positive COVID-19 case, for a death by COVID-19 and for recovery from infection Influenza season likely to increase the number of people who should […]

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s services have published the 2020 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review dedicated to the theme of social fairness and solidarity. The review provides evidence-based analysis on how to achieve greater fairness across the EU in the […]

President von der Leyen’s State of the Union Address: charting the course out of the coronavirus crisis and into the future

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today pledged that the European Commission will drive a sustainable and transformational recovery that will give Europe a global platform to lead economically, environmentally and geopolitically. MAIN HIGHLIGHTS The response to coronavirus – and protecting Europe’s health […]

Green Deal: measures to step up the fight against global deforestation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. MEPs outline how the EU can contribute to tackling worldwide deforestation and call for domestic policies to be revised to protect European forests. In the non-binding resolution adopted on Tuesday with 543 votes to 47 and 109 abstentions, in response to a Commission communication, […]

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission’s services have published the 2020 edition of the Employment and Social Developments in Europe (ESDE) review dedicated to the theme of social fairness and solidarity. The review provides evidence-based analysis on how to achieve greater fairness across the EU in the […]

EU and China sign landmark agreement protecting European Geographical Indications

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the EU and China signed a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GIs) in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation. This agreement, first concluded in November 2019, should bring reciprocal trade benefits as well […]

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU. Today, an important milestone has been […]

EU-China Leaders’ Meeting: Upholding EU values and interests at the highest level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Joint press release by President Michel, President von der Leyen and Chancellor Merkel The European Union and China held a Leaders’ Meeting via videoconference on 14 September 2020. An EU-China Leaders’ meeting with the participation of leaders of all EU member states was initially […]

International Democracy Week 2020: how democracy is dealing with COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The spread of COVID-19 in 2020 has not only put people’s lives in danger, but has also transformed how they work, communicate and make political decisions. International Democracy Week comprises a series of events and workshops on global democracy and the COVID-19 pandemic. It […]

Aung San Suu Kyi suspended from the Sakharov Prize Community

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament’s Conference of Presidents decided on Thursday to formally suspend Sakharov Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from the Sakharov Prize Community. The decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and political group leaders) to exclude Aung San Suu Kyi formally from all activities […]

EU climate law: MEPs want to increase emission reductions target to 60% by 2030

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Environment Committee MEPs voted to make climate neutrality obligatory by 2050 in both EU and member states and call for a more ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target. On Friday, the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety adopted their report on the EU […]

Do not jeopardise future-oriented EU programmes, say EP’s budget negotiators

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. During the third round of talks on Friday, Parliament’s negotiators reiterated their key demands, based on a strong plenary mandate. “We continue our trilateral talks with the German Council Presidency. It is positive to have seen eventually some movement from them today. There was […]