Conference on the Future of Europe: make your voice heard

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The Executive Board approved on 9 May the Rules of Procedure that set out the composition of the Plenary of the Conference on the Future of Europe, and how it will work. The text approved on Europe Day 2021 will complete the rules determining […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes €6.8 million in total to support 1,700 dismissed workers of air carriers KLM and Finnair

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission proposes to support 1,200 former workers of KLM in the Netherlands and 500 former workers of Finnair in Finland, who lost their jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on passenger air transport. The proposed total of €6.8 […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes findings of the evaluation of rules on horizontal agreements between companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today a Staff Working Document that summarises the findings of the evaluation of the two horizontal block exemption regulations on Research & Development and specialisation agreements (“R&D BER” and “Specialisation BER” respectively, together “HBERs”), together with the Horizontal Guidelines. […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is today complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID’. Today’s Strategy covers the full lifecycle of medicines: from research, […]

Q&A: A on the EU COVID-19 certificate

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Parliament supports an EU COVID-19 certificate that would allow travel within Europe without additional restrictions or discrimination. EU member states have introduced travel restrictions in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Parliament supports the creation of an EU COVID-19 certificate […]

Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission’s proposal for a new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. “Check against delivery” Today, the European Commission has adopted two initiatives that will help build a stronger and more resilient European economy. We’ve put forward legislation that will give us the power to tackle foreign subsidies that harm fair competition in the Single Market. […]

Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission updates the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy. The updated Strategy […]

Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission proposes today a new instrument to address potential distortive effects of foreign subsidies in the Single Market. Today’s legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the […]

Europe Day: discover the European Union on 9 May 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU institutions will open their ‘virtual’ doors to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May. People across the EU and beyond will be able to find out more about the European Union and what it does. Across the week, you can learn all about […]

State aid: Commission approves €400 million Danish aid scheme to support production of electricity from renewable energy sources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Danish aid scheme to support electricity production from renewable sources. The measure will help Denmark reach its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective of achieving […]

Mergers: Commission fines Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing misleading information during Merck takeover investigation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Sigma-Aldrich €7.5 million for providing incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Merck’s acquisition of Sigma-Aldrich. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “The effectiveness of our merger control […]

European Health Union: Commission publishes open public consultation on the European Health Data Space

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published an open public consultation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS) – an important building block of the European Health Union. The EHDS aims to make full use of digital health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities. It will […]

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU while addressing variants through new ‘emergency brake’ mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide. The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for […]

Russia: Summoning of the Russian Ambassador to the EU

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Secretary-General of the European Commission, Ilze Juhansone, and the Secretary-General of the External Action Service, Stefano Sannino, jointly summoned the Ambassador of Russian Federation to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, on Monday to condemn the decision of the Russian authorities from last Friday […]

Gender equality: Parliament strives to be frontrunner among EU Institutions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Parliament leadership adopts roadmap to achieve gender equality in political processes and its administration. 50% women in middle and senior manager positions and 40% women in top manager positions in the administration. These are the targets the European Parliament’s Bureau, comprising the President, Vice-Presidents […]

Provisional agreement on temporary rules to detect and remove online child abuse

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal on new temporary legislation to avoid sexual exploitation of children online and make it easier to report. The agreed changes provide for a derogation to the confidentiality of the communication and traffic data articles of the […]

Russia: EU Presidents condemn Russian sanctions against EU nationals

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Joint statement by the Presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament on the imposition of restrictive measures on eight EU nationals by Russia. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s decision of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission takes issue with the mandatory use […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia submit official recovery and resilience plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has received official recovery and resilience plans from Belgium, Italy, Austria, and Slovenia. These plans set out the reforms and public investment projects that each Member State plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF […]

Russia: MEPs deplore military build-up, attack in Czechia and jailing of Navalny

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament is deeply concerned by the recent Russian military build-up on Ukraine border and revelations of Russian agents behind explosions in Czechia In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs confirmed how deeply worried they are about Russian military posturing close to the country’s border […]

Fighting sexual abuse of children: Commission welcomes political agreement on interim rules for voluntary detection measures by online service providers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council on the proposed interim legislation regarding the detection of child sexual abuse online by communications services. This legal adjustment was urgently needed to give certain online communications services such as webmail and messaging services legal certainty in their voluntary measures to detect and report […]

EU defence gets a boost as the European Defence Fund becomes a reality

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission welcomes the adoption of the European Defence Fund (EDF), following the European Parliament’s approval. The EDF, with a budget of €7.9 billion, is the Commission’s flagship instrument to support defence cooperation in Europe. EDF will co-finance collaborative research and capability development […]

State aid: Commission approves prolongation and modification of German scheme to support electricity production from renewable energy sources

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the prolongation and modification of a German scheme to support the production of electricity from renewable energy sources and from mine gas, as well as reductions of charges to fund support for electricity from […]

New rules adopted for quick and smooth removal of terrorist content online

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A new law to address the dissemination of terrorist content online was approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The new regulation will target content such as texts, images, sound recordings or videos, including live transmissions, that incite, solicit or contribute to terrorist offences, provide instructions […]

Ocean conservation: EU leads the international effort to establish new Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius hosted a ministerial meeting to build support among the Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) for the designation of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, […]

Recovery and Resilience Facility: Germany and Greece submit official recovery and resilience plans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has received official recovery and resilience plans from Germany and Greece. These plans set out the reforms and public investment projects that each Member State plans to implement with the support of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The RRF is the […]

Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s […]

Antitrust: Commission fines investment banks € 28 million for participating in SSA bonds trading cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Crédit Agricole, and Credit Suisse a total of € 28 494 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Deutsche Bank was not fined as it revealed the existence of the cartel to the Commission. The four banks […]

A strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism endorsed by European Parliament

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Parliament has voted for strengthening the role of the European Union (EU) in crisis management through a legislative revision of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. This allows for faster and more effective European solidarity operations in response to large-scale emergencies or disasters […]

Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. A shipment of urgently needed oxygen, medicine and equipment will be delivered over the coming days by EU Member States to India, following the country’s request for support through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, which is coordinated by the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of […]

Joint Statement on European Immunization Week 2021: Celebrating the past, present and future benefits of vaccines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On the occasion of European Immunization Week 2021, Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Hans Henri P. Kluge, Regional Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, and Afshan Khan, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Children’s Fund […]

State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a Czech scheme worth €1.9 billion to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: […]

Commission welcomes the political agreement on the proposal for a Public Sector Loan Facility of the Just Transition Mechanism

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission welcomes today’s political agreement by the European Parliament and the Council on the Commission’s proposal for a new Public Sector Loan Facility (PSLF). With this, all the proposals of the Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) have been agreed, and are pending the final […]