Coronavirus: Commission secures an agreement with BioNTech-Pfizer to adapt delivery schedules to Member States’ needs

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission and the vaccine developers, BioNTech and Pfizer, reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the months ahead. This will ensure Member States have access to the vaccines when they need them – including future […]

Consumer protection: Commission adopts stronger consumer rules for online financial services

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has adopted a reform of the current EU rules on Distance Marketing of Consumer Financial Services, which govern financial services sold at a distance. The Proposal will strengthen consumer rights and foster the cross-border provision of financial services in the […]

Corporate taxation: Commission proposes tax incentive for equity to help companies grow, become stronger and more resilient

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today proposed a debt-equity bias reduction allowance, or DEBRA, to help businesses access the financing they need and to become more resilient. This measure will support businesses by introducing an allowance that will grant to equity the same tax treatment […]

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. With 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported worldwide in 2021 alone, and many more going unreported, child sexual abuse is pervasive. The COVID-19 pandemic […]

Mergers: Commission approves Parker’s acquisition of Meggitt, 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 Meggitt by Parker. The approval is conditional on full compliance with commitments offered by Parker. Executive Vice-President Margarethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Manufacturers of civil and military […]

International Roma Day: Statement by Vice-President Jourová, Commissioners Dalli and Várhelyi

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Ahead of International Roma Day on 8 April, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, Vĕra Jourová, Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, and Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Olivér Várhelyi issued the following statement: “This year, as we have seen war return to Europe, we are marking International […]

MEPs lift restrictions on the cross-border hire of trucks without their drivers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Under new rules adopted on Tuesday, there will be fewer restrictions on the use of hired vans or trucks without drivers from another EU country. Parliament gave a final green light to an agreement with EU governments on the update of the EU rules […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission supports Europe’s sustainable transition with second green bond syndication

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today raised a further €6 billion in NextGenerationEU funds with its second NextGenerationEU green bond syndication. Due on 04 February 2043, this 20-year bond brings the total long-term financing raised under NextGenerationEU to €99.5 billion, of which €20.5 billion in […]

Stand Up for Ukraine: European Commission and Government of Canada team up with Global Citizen to mobilise support for refugees

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the European Commission and the Government of Canada announced the launch of a global campaign to raise funding in support of people fleeing the invasion of Ukraine, in partnership with international advocacy organisation Global Citizen. The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on […]

Enforcing sanctions against listed Russian and Belarussian oligarchs: Commission’s “Freeze and Seize” Task Force steps up work with international partners

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission’s ‘Freeze and Seize’ Task Force, set up to ensure EU-level coordination to implement sanctions against listed Russian and Belarussian oligarchs, has now stepped up its action at international level.  It will work alongside the newly established ‘Russian Elites, Proxies, and Oligarchs […]

Yemen: Commission pledges €154 million for conflict-affected people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today announced €154 million for 2022 to support those most in need in Yemen at the high-level pledging event for Yemen co-hosted by the United Nations, Sweden and Switzerland. The EU and its Member States have pledged over €371 million […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google and Meta, in online display advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether an agreement between Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) for online display advertising services may have breached EU competition rules. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: ”Many publishers rely […]

Statement by the European Commission calling for the protection of children in Ukraine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The bombardment of the children’s and maternity hospital in Mariupol yesterday is the latest in a series of atrocities and crimes committed against children. This senseless and illegal war waged by the Russian Federation is taking the lives of innocent children, and this is […]

Commission supports 225 reform projects in Member States to improve their resilience, create jobs and growth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission approved 225 projects under the Technical Support Instrument (TSI), to support Member States in preparing, designing and implementing reforms that will lead to modern and resilient public administrations, sustainable growth strategies and resilient economies while enhancing their capacity to react to […]

European Commission and EIB Group sign InvestEU agreements unlocking billions for investment across the European Union

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) signed the Guarantee Agreement on a European Union budget guarantee of €19.65 billion to support investment projects across Europe Investments under the InvestEU programme will focus on four policy areas: […]

Commission suspends cross-border cooperation and transnational cooperation with Russia and Belarus

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the Russian military aggression against Ukraine and in line with the Commission’s decision to fully implement all EU restrictive measures, the Commission has suspended the cooperation with Russia and its ally Belarus in the European Neighbourhood Instrument cross-border cooperation programmes (ENI CBC) as […]

International Women’s Day: Parliament

shows solidarity with Ukraine This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Agenda of the Women’s Rights inter-parliamentary meeting modified to address the situation in Ukraine  Guest speakers included President Metsola, Committee Chair Biedroń, French Minister Moreno and Chair of the Verkhovna Rada’s Committee on EU integration Klympush-Tsintsadze   At an inter-parliamentary […]

Ukraine: EU agrees to exclude key Russian banks from SWIFT

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Union has today agreed to exclude key Russian banks from the SWIFT system, the world’s dominant financial messaging system. This measure will stop these banks from conducting their financial transactions worldwide in a fast and efficient manner. Today’s decision has been closely […]

Commission selects first 50 women-led companies to boost deep-tech innovation in Europe

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission announced today the results of the first call under the new Women TechEU pilot programme, supporting deep-tech start-ups led by women. The call is funded under the European Innovation Ecosystems work programme of Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme. Mariya […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Insurance Ireland concerning access to its data sharing platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments on commitments offered by Insurance Ireland, an association of Irish insurers, to address competition concerns regarding access to its Insurance Link information exchange system.  On 14 May 2019, the Commission opened a formal investigation into Insurance Ireland’s conduct. In […]

European Commission launches €3.2 billion investment package to advance sustainable connectivity in the Western Balkans

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has unveiled a substantial €3.2 billion investment package to support 21 transport, digital, climate and energy connectivity projects in the Western Balkans. This is the first major package of projects under the EU’s ambitious Economic and Investment Plan for the […]

Data Act: Commission proposes measures for a fair and innovative data economy

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission proposes new rules on whocan use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. The Data Act will ensure fairness in the digital environment, stimulate a competitive data market, open opportunities for data-driven innovation and make data more […]

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed merger between Cargotec and Konecranes. The approval is conditional on the divestiture of certain businesses.

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Cargotec and Konecranes are two global leaders of container and cargo handling equipment. Port terminal operators, logistics companies and a wide range of industrial players in Europe depend on this equipment to lift and […]

Just and sustainable economy: Commission lays down rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence. The proposal aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate behaviour throughout global value chains. Companies play a key role in building a sustainable economy and society. They will […]

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

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules Cyprus’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 […]

Rule of Law conditionality: MEPs call on the Commission to act immediately

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Following the Court of Justice ruling on the “rule of law conditionality” mechanism, MEPs demand that the Commission applies it and protects EU values. “The rule of law is our treasure”, said Clément Beaune on behalf of the French Presidency of the Council. He […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises an additional €5 billion in support for Europe’s recovery

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. In its first bond syndication of 2022, the European Commission has today raised a further €5 billion in NextGenerationEU funds on behalf of the EU in yet another successful deal. Due on 6 July 2051, the 30-year bond – executed as an increase to […]

Creative Europe: Commission launches first calls for proposals to support audiovisual industry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has published the first three calls for proposals opened under the framework of the Creative Europe MEDIA 2022, a programme with a total of €226 million of EU funding available this year. It aims at supporting the recovery of the audiovisual industry […]

State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into German support measures in favour of DB Cargo

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether certain German support measures in favour of DB Cargo are in line with EU State aid rules. DB Cargo is a 100% subsidiary of the State-owned, vertically-integrated German rail operator Deutsche Bahn AG […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

European Commission obtains further acceleration of deliveries of vaccine doses to Member States

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has reached an agreement with Moderna to accelerate the delivery of its mRNA vaccine to EU Member States that have a short-term need, in particular Germany. Moderna agreed to anticipate the delivery of 10 million doses to December for Germany. This […]