One day your doctor might prescribe healthy food and a museum visit – here’s why

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. During lockdown, UK children from poorer families ate more snack foods. Increasing food prices through taxation can leave lower income households disadvantaged. Doctors could add fruit and vegetables to a growing list of unusual prescriptions. Healthy foods like fruit and vegetables could soon be […]

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022. Under this contract, Member States will be able to purchase up to […]

Forest fires: EU helps Italy, Greece, Albania and North Macedonia to fight devastating fires

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. As forest fires continue affecting various regions in the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, the European Commission is swiftly mobilising support to assist countries in limiting the spread of the fires and protect lives and livelihoods. Two Canadair firefighting airplanes from France are being […]

State aid: Commission approves €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €430 million Italian measure to compensate ski lift operators for the damages suffered due to the restrictive measures introduced by the Italian government to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which prohibited the […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €12.1 million in pre-financing to Luxembourg

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €12.1 million to Luxembourg in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation. Luxembourg is one of the first countries receiving a pre-financing payment under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). It will help to kick-start the […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Kustomer by Facebook

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Kustomer by Facebook under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed transaction would reduce competition in the market for the supply of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) […]

Forest fires: EU mobilises planes to support Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 1 August, Turkey, ravaged by unprecedented forest fires, activated the EU Civil Protection Mechansim. In an immediate response, the European Commission has already helped mobilise 1 Canadair plane from Croatia and 2 Canadairs from Spain. These firefighting aeroplanes are part of rescEU, the […]

Coronavirus: EU supports Member States with transport of essential supplies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission continues to provide further financial support to six Member States through the Mobility Package of the Emergency Support Instrument amounting to over €14 million, for the transport of COVID-19 vaccination-related equipment and COVID-19 therapeutics. This comes on top of the €150 million […]

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

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Czechia’s map for granting regional aid from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2027. The Czech regional aid map is the first map approved by the Commission within the framework of the revised Regional […]

EU Cohesion policy: Commission adopts €21 billion Greek Partnership Agreement for 2021-2027

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has adopted the first Partnership Agreement for the 2021-2027 programming period for Greece, the first EU country to submit its strategic reference document for deploying more than €21 billion of investments for its economic, social and territorial cohesion. The Partnership Agreement lays […]

Commission adopts new guidance on how to climate-proof future infrastructure projects

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has published new technical guidance on climate-proofing of infrastructure projects for the period 2021-2027. The guidance will help mainstream climate considerations in future investment and development of infrastructure projects from buildings, network infrastructure to a range of built systems and […]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Telekom Romania by Orange, subject to conditions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Telekom Romania Communications (“TKR”) by Orange SA (“Orange”). The approval is conditional on the divestiture of TKR’s 30% minority shareholding in Telekom Romania Mobile Communications (“TRMC”), which is a direct […]

EU invests €122 million in innovative projects to decarbonise the economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. For the first time since the creation of the Innovation Fund, the European Union is investing €118 million into 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway. The grants will support projects aiming to bring low-carbon technologies to the […]

Commission opens infringement procedures against 12 Member States for not transposing EU rules banning unfair trading practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission opened infringement procedures against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector. The Directive on unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain, adopted on 17 April 2019, ensures protection of […]

State aid: Commission approves €30.5 billion French 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 French aid scheme to support renewable electricity production. The measure will help France achieve its renewable energy targets without unduly distorting competition and will contribute to the European objective of achieving climate neutrality […]

State aid: Commission approves €525.3 million German aid in favour of airline Condor in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found an aid package by Germany in favour of the airline Condor to be in line with EU State aid rules. The approval of the aid package, based on three separate Commission’s decisions, relates to two measures to compensate Condor […]

Application of EU Law in 2020: Protecting our agreed rules and shared values during a pandemic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted the Annual Report on Monitoring the Application of EU Law, which sets out how the Commission monitored and enforced EU law in 2020, and how the Member States performed in various policy areas. The report takes into account the […]

Migration: EU helps channel humanitarian support to migrants in Lithuania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following a request for assistance from Lithuania, the European Commission is helping European countries send support through the European Civil Protection Mechanism. Lithuania asked for help following increased arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East and Africa and entering Lithuania […]

Forest fires in Sardinia: EU mobilises immediate assistance to Italy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In response to Italy’s request for assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to help in the fight against the ongoing wildfires in Sardinia, the EU is mobilising immediate support from France and Greece. Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said: “I thank France […]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of GRAIL by Illumina

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of GRAIL by Illumina, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the proposed acquisition may reduce competition and innovation in the emerging market for the development and commercialisation […]

Vaccinating the world: ‘Team Europe’ to share more than 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with low and middle-income countries by the end of 2021

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ensuring access to safe and affordable COVID-19 vaccines around the world, and notably for low and middle-income countries, is a priority for the European Union. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, President von der Leyen announced that ‘Team Europe’ […]

Coronavirus: Commission steps up research funding with €120 million for 11 new projects to tackle the virus and its variants

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has short-listed 11 new projects worth €120 million from Horizon Europe, the biggest European research and innovation programme (2021-2027), for supporting and enabling urgent research into the coronavirus and its variants. This funding is part of a wide range of research and […]

EU disburses €250 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Jordan

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today disbursed €250 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Jordan. Today’s disbursement is partly from the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them limit the economic […]

EU-UK relations: Commission proposes draft mandate for negotiations on Gibraltar

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation for a Council decision authorising the opening of negotiations for an EU-UK agreement on Gibraltar. The Commission also presented its proposal for negotiating guidelines. It is now for the Council to adopt this draft mandate, after […]

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering. This package […]

2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State. The 2021 report looks at the new developments […]

Conference on the Future of Europe: greater say for regions and social partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Today, the Executive Board agreed to allocate more seats in the Conference Plenary to regional and local elected representatives, as well as to social partners. The sixth meeting of the Conference’s Executive Board was the first one during the Slovenian Presidency of the Council. […]

EU launches WTO dispute against discriminatory procurement by Russian State-owned enterprises

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The EU is requesting consultations with Russia in the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding certain Russian measures that restrict or prevent EU companies from selling goods and services to Russian State-owned enterprises and other entities through procurement for commercial purposes. These practices seem to […]

Digital sovereignty: Commission kick-starts alliances for Semiconductors and industrial cloud technologies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission kick-starts today two new Industrial Alliances: the Alliance for Processors and Semiconductor technologies, and the European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud. The two new alliances will advance the next generation of microchips and industrial cloud/edge computing technologies and provide […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Spanish plans to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund that will invest through debt and equity instruments in certain companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into arbitration award in favour of Antin to be paid by Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation in order to assess whether an arbitration award, to be paid by Spain in favour of Antin as compensation for the foregone support following the modification of a renewable electricity support measure, is in line with […]

Independent Ethics Body: improving transparency and integrity in EU institutions

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The new EU Ethics Body would be able to initiate investigations on possible conflicts of interest or “revolving door” cases for Commissioners, MEPs and staff. In a report endorsed by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Wednesday with 18 votes in favour, 8 against, and […]

Slovenian Presidency debriefs EP committees on priorities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Ministers outlined the priorities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings. Slovenia holds the Presidency of the Council until the end of 2021. The hearings took place between 12 and 15 July. Fisheries […]