European Health Union: Commission establishes portfolio of 10 most promising treatments for COVID-19

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Delivering on a key action from the EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics, the Commission is today establishing a portfolio of 10 potential COVID-19 therapeutics. The list established is based on independent scientific advice, and focuses on COVID-19 treatment candidates that are likely to be […]

2021 Enlargement package: European Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the Western Balkans and Turkey

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by the Western Balkans and Turkey on their respective paths towards the European Union, with a particular focus on implementing fundamental reforms, […]

Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, the Commission has adopted today its formal proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people […]

EU disburses €125 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €125 million in macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This disbursement is part of the €3 billion emergency MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, which aims to help them respond to […]

State aid: Commission invites comments on draft proposal to further facilitate implementation of aid measures promoting the green and digital transition

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting Member States and all other interested parties to comment on certain proposed amendments to the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER). The purpose of the proposed revision is to reflect the changes to various sets of State aid Guidelines, which […]

Agriculture: Commission adopts exceptional measures to support the wine, fruit and vegetable sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The support measures for the wine sector adopted today include increasing support for risk management tools such as harvest insurance and mutual funds, and extending the flexibility measures already in place until 15 October 2022. For the fruit and vegetable sector, support to producer […]

Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission launched today five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and […]

Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, the Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign […]

Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications. These Member States are required to transpose into their national laws two new sets of rules, without […]

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day’. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for […]

United States–European Commission Joint Statement: Launch of the joint COVID-19 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Taskforce

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. 1. Ending the COVID-19 pandemic through global cooperation remains our first priority. That cooperation includes efforts toward smooth manufacturing and supply chains for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. 2. U.S. and EU supply chains for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics are closely intertwined. a. Critical raw […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €231 million in pre-financing to Slovenia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €231 million to Slovenia in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s grant allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined […]

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

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

State aid: Commission concludes Italian loans worth €900 million to Alitalia are illegal aid

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has concluded that two State loans for an amount of €900 million, granted by Italy to Alitalia in 2017, are illegal under EU State aid rules. Italy must therefore recover the illegal State aid, plus interest, from Alitalia. Executive Vice-President Margrethe […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU’s total issuance. The framework provides investors in these bonds with confidence that the […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €201 million in pre-financing to Denmark

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €201 million (1.5 billion kr.) to Denmark in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and […]

State aid: Commission approves €520 million Italian scheme to compensate the trade fairs and congress sector for damages suffered due to 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, a €520 million Italian scheme to compensate companies active in the trade fairs and congress sector and their service providers for the damages suffered due to the restrictive measures introduced by the Italian government […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €2.25 billion in pre-financing to Germany

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €2.25 billion to Germany in pre-financing, equivalent to 9% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This corresponds to the pre-financing amount requested by Germany in its recovery and resilience plan. The pre-financing […]

State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in context of coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “This €1 billion […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €9 billion in pre-financing to Spain

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €9 billion to Spain in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €289 million in pre-financing to Lithuania

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €289 million to Lithuania in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help to kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined […]

NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €4 billion in pre-financing to Greece

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has today disbursed €4 billion to Greece in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s grant and loan allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Greece is one of the first countries receiving a pre-financing payment under the RRF. 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) […]

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 […]

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 […]

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-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 […]

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 […]