Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support […]

The Commission steps up action for high quality and inclusive youth volunteering

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published today its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level. Recognising […]

Commission proposes partial suspension of visa waiver agreement with Vanuatu to address risks linked to golden passport schemes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing today a partial suspension of the application of the agreement with the Republic of Vanuatu allowing citizens of Vanuatu to travel to the EU without a visa for stays of up to 90 days in any 180-period. This is necessary […]

Commission proposes stronger mandate for EU Drugs Agency as illicit market proliferates

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is proposing today to strengthen the mandate of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, transforming it into the European Union Drugs Agency. The proposed changes will ensure that the agency can play a more important role in identifying and […]

State aid: Commission invites comments on proposed revision of EU State aid rules for agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting all interested parties to comment on proposed revised State aid rules for the agricultural, forestry and fishery sectors. The purpose of the proposed revision is to align the current rules with the current EU strategic priorities, in particular the Common […]

Financial literacy: Commission and OECD-INFE publish joint framework to improve individuals’ financial skills

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission and the OECD International Network on Financial Education (OECD-INFE) have today published the joint EU/OECD-INFE financial competence framework for adults. This framework aims to improve individuals’ financial skills so that they can make sound decisions regarding their personal finances. It will […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on the passing of David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” È un giorno triste per l’Europa. Oggi la nostra Unione perde un convinto europeista, un sincero democratico, e un uomo buono. Today is a sad day for Europe. Our Union loses a passionate European, a sincere democrat and a good man. […]

€47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in […]

European Media Freedom Act: Commission launches public consultation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission publishes an open public consultation on the upcoming European Media Freedom Act, a landmark initiative announced by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address to safeguard the pluralism and independence of the media in the EU […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: Panel on Climate change, environment / Health delivers recommendations

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Citizens’ Panel on Climate change, environment and Health met for the third and final time on 7-9 January 2022. The College of Europe in Natolin (Warsaw, Poland) hosted the work of the Panel, while its plenary meetings on Friday and Sunday were […]

State aid: Commission approves €24 million Hungarian investment aid to Volta Energy Solutions’ battery copper foil plant

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found Hungary’s €24 million investment aid to Volta Energy Solutions for the extension of a battery copper foil plant in the Hungarian region of Közép-Dunántúl (Central Transdanubia) to be in line with EU State aid rules. The aid will contribute […]

Statement by President von der Leyen on vaccine sharing in 2021 and targets for 2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union is the biggest donor of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines so far. As Team Europe we have exceeded our vaccine-sharing target in 2021. We promised to share 250 million doses with low and middle income countries by the end of 2021. […]

State aid: Commission approves 2022-2027 regional aid map for Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Greece’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027 within the framework of the revised Regional aid Guidelines (‘RAG’). The revised RAG, adopted by the Commission on 19 April […]

EU-Moldova: Commission proposes €150 million in Macro-Financial Assistance

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request by the Republic of Moldova, the European Commission has adopted today a proposal for a new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) operation of up to €150 million, out of which up to €30 million would be provided in grants and up to €120 […]

Commission supports Croatia with €319 million for the series of earthquakes in Sisak-Moslavina, Karlovac and Zagreb Counties

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted the financing decision awarding €319 million of EU Solidarity Fund (EUSF) support to Croatia following the devastating series of earthquakes that hit Sisak-Moslavina, Karlovac and Zagreb Counties in December 2020 and January 2021. This catastrophe came only a few months […]

20 years of the euro in your pocket

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Twenty years ago, on 1 January 2002, twelve EU countries changed their national currency banknotes and coins for the euro in the largest currency changeover in history. In these two decades, the euro has contributed to the stability, competitiveness and prosperity of European economies. […]

EU Taxonomy: Commission begins expert consultations on Complementary Delegated Act covering certain nuclear and gas activities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission began consultations yesterday with the Member States Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the Platform on Sustainable Finance on a draft text of a Taxonomy Complementary Delegated Act covering certain gas and nuclear activities. The EU Taxonomy guides and mobilises private […]

How road pricing is tackling congestion and pollution in cities like London and Singapore

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kayleigh Bateman, Senior Writer, Formative Content Private vehicle traffic is skyrocketing – bringing with it more traffic jams, longer travel times and worsening air quality. Modifying road pricing can play a pivotal role in solving these challenges as […]

State aid: Commission approves €71.4 million Portuguese measure to further compensate TAP Air Portugal for damages suffered due to coronavirus pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €71.4 million Portuguese aid measure to further support TAP Air Portugal in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. TAP Air Portugal is a Portuguese flag carrier and, as the largest airline based […]

EU and US officials discuss efforts to donate and deliver 1.7 billion vaccine doses around the world by mid-2022

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Senior European Commission officials met yesterday with senior White House and other U.S. government officials on progress and next steps towards achieving the US-EU Agenda for Beating the Global Pandemic Vaccinating the World, Saving Lives Now, and Building Back Better Health Security. Led by […]

Syria: €10 million to help vulnerable people in Syria affected by the drought

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU mobilised an additional €10 million to help people in Syria. This funding brings total EU humanitarian support to Syria in 2021 to €141 million. The funding announced today will help people access water and rehabilitate critical water infrastructure. It will also improve […]

The Commission proposes the next generation of EU own resources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today proposed to establish the next generation of own resources for the EU budget by putting forward three new sources of revenue: the first based on revenues from emissions trading (ETS), the second drawing on the resources generated by the proposed […]

Sahel food crisis: EU allocates €15 million in additional humanitarian funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU has allocated €15 million in additional humanitarian funding to Africa’s Sahel region, in response to the unprecedented food crisis affecting more than 8.7 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Mauritania. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said “Earlier this year, […]

European Health Union: An empowered HERA in future health emergencies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Council reached a political agreement on the Regulation allowing for the activation of urgent and targeted medical countermeasures by the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) during public health emergencies in the EU. These measures include the procurement and purchase […]

European Commission authorises fifth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and […]

Horn of Africa drought: EU allocates €21.5 million in additional humanitarian funding

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has allocated €21.5 million in additional humanitarian funding to the Horn of Africa to help the region fight off what is rapidly becoming its worst drought in decades, already affecting millions of people.  This new EU humanitarian funding will ensure life-saving operations […]

International Migrants Day: Statement of the European Commission and the High Representative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of the International Migrants Day, the European Commission and the High Representative made the following statement:  “This International Migrants Day we celebrate the potential of human mobility. In 2020, there were 281 million international migrants in the world, representing 3.6% of […]

Overseas Countries and Territories: Stepping up cooperation for green prosperity and improved learning and skills

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is reinforcing its partnership with Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), which have constitutional links to Denmark, France and The Netherlands, based on jointly agreed priority areas. To underpin this cooperation, the Commission has adopted a financial contribution of €385.4 million for the […]

European Commission ensures another acceleration of deliveries of vaccine doses to Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has today agreed with BioNtech-Pfizer to accelerate the delivery of its mRNA vaccine to Member States, starting in a few weeks. In Q1 of 2022, BioNtech-Pfizer will deliver an additional 20 million vaccine doses (5 million in January, 5 million in February […]

Ivory trade: Commission updates rules to end most forms of ivory trade in the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission takes further steps aimed at effectively banning most forms of EU trade in ivory, as announced in the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The adopted new measures reaffirm and deliver on the EU’s commitment to take further action against elephant poaching […]

EU institutions agree priorities for 2022 for a resilient and reinvigorated EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The leaders of the EU institutions signed a Joint Declaration identifying key legislative priorities for 2022, and welcomed progress on the 2021 priorities. On Thursday, European Parliament President David Sassoli, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and […]

Russia must immediately withdraw its forces threatening Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Against the backdrop of increasing Russian military threats against Ukraine, MEPs say any aggression by Moscow must come at a high economic and political price. In a resolution adopted on Thursday by 548 votes in favour, 69 against and 54 abstentions, Parliament condemns the […]

MEPs condemn “the electoral farce” in Nicaragua

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU should consider introducing additional sanctions against the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Thursday. MEPs demand that Nicaraguan regime leader Daniel Ortega be added to the list of sanctioned individuals and urge the EU […]