State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Greek scheme providing repayable advances to support the economy in the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Greek aid scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Executive […]

COVID-19: Stopping the rise in domestic violence during lockdown

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Women’s Rights committee Chair, Evelyn Regner, urges the EU and member states to increase support to victims of domestic violence during the COVID-19 crisis. Both globally and in some EU countries, it has been reported that cases of domestic violence rose by a third […]

World Health Day: Statement by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, on World Health Day, our thoughts are with everyone around the world affected by the unprecedented health crisis we are experiencing. Our thoughts are with those suffering, the family and friends of those we have lost and the many millions around the world […]

Remarks by Commissioner Lenarčič on the deployment of EU Medical Teams to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In these challenging times, when the whole world is struggling with the novel coronavirus, I am particularly proud that today I can announce a team of European doctors and nurses from Romania and another one from Norway to (have been) be deployed to Italy. […]

State aid: Commission approves €790 million Croatian guarantee scheme for companies with export activities affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a HRK 6 billion (approximately €790 million) Croatian liquidity guarantee scheme for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by […]

Coronavirus: Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group. This will allow the EIF to issue special guarantees to […]

European Defence Fund: EU funds new joint research and industrial projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is opening calls for proposals to finance up to €160 million in joint defence industrial projects in 2020, and announcing seven new defence research projects selected for more than €23 million of funding under the 2019 budget. Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal […]

Coronavirus: Chinese aid to the EU delivered to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has put international cooperation at the forefront of its response to the Coronavirus. Following an agreement reached between President von der Leyen and Premier Li Keqiang last month, a donation of protective equipment from China to the European Union has now arrived […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

How our Europe will regain its strength: op-ed by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The last few weeks have turned our world upside down. It seems like a lifetime ago that we were going about our everyday business. But by now, some of you reading will have had symptoms, many of you will know someone who is sick […]

Coronavirus: Commission waives customs duties and VAT on the import of medical equipment from non-EU countries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today decided to approve requests from Member States and the UK to temporarily waive customs duties and VAT on the import of medical devices, and protective equipment, from third countries in order to help in the fight against coronavirus. This will […]

State aid: Commission approves €200 million Danish loan in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund for travel cancellations due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a Danish State loan facility of up to DKK 1.5 billion (approx. €200 million) in support of the Travel Guarantee Fund (“Rejsegarantifonden”) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The loan was approved under the State aid […]

COVID-19: Budget MEPs call for quick progress on post-2020 contingency plan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Considering the health crisis and consequent delays to finding a timely agreement on the new long-term EU budget, Budget MEPs reiterate their call for an urgent 2021 contingency plan. While work on establishing the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027 must go on, and […]

Fact-checking Day: Fighting the virus of disinformation on Covid-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The outbreak of the coronavirus has led to fake news and disinformation spreading, which hamper efforts to contain the pandemic. Today 2 April, on International Fact-checking Day, Parliament is contributing to raising awareness of the dangers of disinformation, not only for citizens’ health, but […]

Refugees in Greece: MEPs demand solidarity, warn about impact of health crisis

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU and its member states must help Greece manage its borders, according to Civil Liberties MEPs, who warn about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in refugee camps. MEPs stressed that the current pandemic is yet more evidence that no country can deal with […]

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE. It […]

Questions and answers: Commission proposes SURE, a new temporary instrument worth up to €100 billion to help protect jobs and people in work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. What is SURE and why is the Commission proposing it? The new instrument for temporary Support to mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) is designed to help protect jobs and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It will provide financial assistance, in the […]

Statement by Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, on the announcement to postpone the COP26

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. We take note of today’s announcement by the UK Presidency that the COP26 will be postponed amid efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and that the Presidency will now consult on the most appropriate date to reschedule it. On behalf of the European Commission, […]

Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided to fund another project as part of its emergency call for urgently needed research and innovation into the coronavirus. This means it will support 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and […]

State aid: Commission approves French scheme deferring payment by airlines of certain taxes to mitigate economic impact of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found a French scheme deferring the payment by airlines of certain aeronautical taxes to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme aims at compensating airlines for part of the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak, by […]

EU approves close to €240 million to strengthen resilience in neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees in light of the coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is strengthening its support for refugees from Syria and vulnerable persons in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon through a new package of almost €240 million, raising the total assistance via the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis to […]

Statement by the European Commission following the first meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Union and the United Kingdom held their first Joint Committee meeting on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement, by means of teleconference. The Joint Committee is co-chaired by European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič and the UK Chancellor of the […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.2 billion French “Fonds de solidarité” scheme for small enterprises in temporary financial difficulties due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found France’s €1.2 billion scheme to support small and micro-enterprises as well as self-employed people affected by the economic repercussions of the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme, called “Fonds de solidarité”, was […]

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance on implementing the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has issued guidance on the implementation of the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. Together with guidance to ensure free movement of critical workers, this responds to requests made in the Statement of the Members of the European […]

EU mobilises immediate support for its Western Balkan partners to tackle coronavirus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As part of theglobal response to the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has announced up to €38 million in immediate support for the Western Balkans to tackle the health emergency caused by coronavirus and reallocation of €374 million to help the socio-economic recovery of […]

State aid: Commission approves Luxembourg guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved today another Luxembourg State aid scheme to support the Luxembourgish economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak […]

State aid: Commission amends Short-term export-credit insurance Communication in light of economic impact of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has decided to temporarily remove all countries from the list of “marketable risk” countries under the Short-term export-credit insurance Communication. This will make public short-term export credit insurance more widely available in light of the current crisis linked to the coronavirus […]

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU and 15 other members of the WTO today decided on an arrangement that will allow them to bring appeals and solve trade disputes among them despite the current paralysis of the WTO Appellate Body. Given its strong and unwavering support for a […]

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile. Commissioner Johannes Hahn, in charge of the EU budget, said: “Today’s measure […]

COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday. The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two […]

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis. The new guidance recommends operational and organisational steps to keep essential transport flows moving, including medical supplies and personnel. Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean declared: “Air cargo amounts to […]

Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU’s agri-food sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union’s agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food. Nonetheless, farmers and producers are facing difficulties and increasing pressure. Ensuring food security and an effective food supply chain […]

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024. Further, they put forward a joint proposal to […]