State aid: Commission approves €600 million Slovak scheme to support its economy in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €600 million Slovak scheme to support its economy in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Crisis Framework, adopted by the Commission on 23 March 2022 and amended on […]

EU Cohesion Policy: European Structural and Investment Funds supported SMEs, employment of millions of people and clean energy production

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In 2014-2020, the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) unleashed a total investment of €731 billion, of which €535 billion was funded by the EU, fostering lasting socio-economic convergence, territorial cohesion, social Europe and a smooth green and digital transition. This is explained […]

Single Market turns 30: Commission’s reports confirm the Single Market underpins Europe’s ability to tackle key challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission has published the 2023 Annual Single Market Report and the 2022 Single Market Scoreboard, as part of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the Single Market. The reports confirm that the Single Market remains a key tool to address Europe’s […]

Consumer protection: manipulative online practices found on 148 out of 399 online shops screened

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities of 23 Member States, Norway and Iceland (CPC Network), released the results of a screening (“sweep”) of retail websites. This check covered 399 online shops of retail traders selling products ranging from textiles to electronic […]

Non-transposition of EU legislation: Commission takes action to ensure complete and timely transposition of EU directives

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is adopting a package of infringement decisions due to the absence of communication by Member States of measures taken to transpose EU directives into national law. The Commission is sending a letter of formal notice to those Member States who have failed […]

Global Gateway: EU partners with South Africa to invest €280 million in its Just and Green Recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As Team Europe, the EU and its Member States will invest more than €280 million in grants in South Africa, including €87.75 million from the EU budget, to support policy reforms on green recovery, unlock green investments and build a knowledge-based transition in the […]

Terrorist content online: Commission takes action to protect people from the risk of online radicalisation and recruitment by extremists

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has decided today to send letters of formal notice to 22 Member States – Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia,  Finland and Sweden for failing to comply with […]

Ukraine: Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform for Ukraine kick-starts work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform to support Ukraine’s repair, recovery and reconstruction process has been launched today. It will allow for close coordination among international donors and international financial organisations and will ensure that support is provided in a coherent, transparent, and accountable manner. […]

Swedish Presidency debriefs EP committees on priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Sweden holds the Presidency of the Council until June 2023 included. A first set of hearings took place between 23 and 26 […]

President Herzog: “Antisemitism remains, and Holocaust denial still exists”

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Israel’s President Isaac Herzog called on MEPs to work to eradicate antisemitism in Europe and adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. Opening the commemoration ceremony, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola called the Holocaust “history’s greatest crime. A crime intended to wipe […]

Consumer protection: Google commits to give consumers clearer and more accurate information to comply with EU rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Have you ever struggled to understand whether you were buying directly from Google or from a different brand, or had difficulty finding information about final costs? In order to further align its practices with EU law – mainly on lack of transparency and clear […]

Ukraine: Donor Coordination Platform in support of Ukraine’s repair, recovery and reconstruction kick-starts work

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform to support Ukraine’s repair, recovery and reconstruction process has been launched today. It will allow for close coordination among international donors and international financial organisations and will ensure that support is provided in a coherent, transparent, and accountable manner. […]

EU agrees 24 new guarantee programmes to boost investments in enlargement and neighbourhood regions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Operational Board of the European Fund for Sustainable Development plus (EFSD+) has today endorsed a further package of 24 guarantee programmes to support investments in the EU’s neighbourhood and enlargement countries. Together with the three guarantees for the Western Balkans to support SMEs […]

Commission sets out concrete actions for greater involvement of social partners at national and EU level

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission presents an initiative to further strengthen and promote social dialogue with concrete actions at national and EU level. It renews our strong commitment to social dialogue as a cornerstone of the EU social market economy and its competitiveness. The initiative empowers […]

Semiconductors: MEPs adopt legislation to boost EU chips industry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, MEPs backed plans to secure the EU supply of chips by boosting production and innovation, and setting up emergency measures against shortages. The Industry and Energy Committee adopted two draft bills: one on the “Chips Act” that aims to bolster technological capacity […]

Food security and ecosystem resilience: Commission boosts action on pollinators

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is presenting ‘A New Deal for Pollinators’ to tackle the alarming decline in wild pollinating insects in Europe, revising the 2018 EU Pollinators Initiative. Citizens have been increasingly calling for decisive action against pollinator loss, also through the recent successful European […]

European Commission raises €5 billion to fund Europe’s priorities in its first syndicated transaction of the year

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today raised €5 billion in its first syndicated transaction for 2023, via a tap of its 30-year bond due on 4 March 2053. The transaction was the first syndication under the EU’s unified funding approach that the Commission introduced as its […]

EU-Moldova: Commission proposes to increase Macro-financial Assistance for Moldova by up to €145 million

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission is today proposing to increase the ongoing Macro-financial Assistance (MFA) to the Republic of Moldova by up to €145 million, bringing the total amount of ongoing MFA support to the country to up to €295 million. With this proposal, the Commission is […]

Holocaust Remembrance Day: Israel’s President Herzog to address MEPs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday 26 January at 10.30, Israel’s President Isaac Herzog will address Parliament during the plenary session in Brussels, to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola will open the solemn sitting with an introductory speech. After President Isaac Herzog’s address, […]

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan: Launch of the European Cancer Imaging Initiative

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, at an event in Brussels, the Commission is launching the European Cancer Imaging Initiative to support healthcare providers, research institutes and innovators in making the best use of innovative data-driven solutions for cancer treatment and care. The initiative, a flagship action under Europe’s […]

Electricity Market Design: Commission launches consultation on reform to support a clean and affordable energy transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission is launching a public consultation on the reform of the European Union’s electricity market design to better protect consumers from excessive price volatility, support their access to secure energy from clean sources, and make the market more resilient. The current […]

EU pledges €102.5 million in humanitarian funding for Africa’s Lake Chad region

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has allocated €102.5 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the Lake Chad region. Violence in the region, where the civilian population is increasingly the victim of […]

EU pledges €1 million for landmark WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU has pledged €1 million for the Fisheries Funding Mechanism which forms part of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies reached last year. Established in November 2022, this new Fisheries Funding Mechanism aims to support sustainability in fisheries and eliminate […]

Parliament calls for more sanctions against Iranian regime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. All those responsible for human rights violations should face EU sanctions and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps should be on the EU terrorist list, MEPs urge. The Iranian regime’s blatant disregard for human dignity and the democratic aspirations of its own citizens as well […]

Ukraine war: MEPs push for special tribunal to punish Russian crimes

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs demand the Russian political and military leadership be held accountable for the crime of aggression against Ukraine. Parliament says the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Irpin and many other Ukrainian towns reveal the brutality of […]

Human rights breaches in Brazil, Morocco and Nagorno-Karabakh

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respect for human rights in Brazil, Morocco and Nagorno-Karabakh. The storming of the Brazilian democratic institutions Parliament expresses solidarity with democratically elected President Lula Da Silva, his government and Brazilian institutions and condemns in […]

State aid: Commission approves €100 million Austrian measure to reduce electricity consumption in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €100 million Austrian measure to reduce peak electricity consumption in Austria in the context of Russia’s war against Ukraine. This is the first measure aimed at supporting electricity consumption reduction that the Commission has approved under the State […]

Trade and Climate: EU and partner countries launch the ‘Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate’

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission, EU Member States, and 26 partners countries will launch “The Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate”, the first Ministerial-level global forum dedicated to trade and climate and sustainable development issues. The Coalition will foster global action to promote trade policies […]

30 years of the EU single market: Time to face new challenges

The European single market remains one of the EU’s greatest achievements and a key tool to protect people and businesses in times of crisis. Following a ceremony and debate at the start of the plenary session, Parliament adopted on Wednesday a resolution on the 30th anniversary of the EU single market with 537 votes in […]

Protecting gamers and encouraging growth in the video games sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Wednesday, Parliament called for gamers to be better protected from addiction and other manipulative practices, while emphasising the potential of this innovative sector. Specific measures to protect children The report – adopted with 577 votes in favour, 56 against and 15 abstentions – […]

MEPs call for a firmer response to Russian threats to European security

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. War in Ukraine, rising global authoritarianism, a more assertive China and the climate emergency have caused a tectonic shift in the geopolitical landscape, MEPs warn. The EU and its member states need to increase their military, political and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and strengthen […]

Corruption allegations: Parliament has to seize the moment, MEPs say

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. One month after the allegations and charges against some MEPs, Parliament took stock of developments and demanded concrete action to close loopholes. Opening the debate on behalf of the European Commission, Commissioner Ylva Johansson decried the “few who had put at risk the good […]

Waste shipments: MEPs push for tighter EU rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. On Tuesday, Parliament adopted its negotiating position for talks with EU governments on a new law to revise EU procedures and control measures for waste shipments. The revised legislation should protect the environment and human health more effectively, while taking full advantage of the […]