EU’s Response to Covid-19
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Members of the Naples branch of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (GdF) law enforcement agency inspect a world record seizure of a 14-ton haul of...
France has informed NATO that it is suspending its involvement in a naval operation in the Mediterranean after the results of a probe into an...
The British government will effectively ditch its air bridge plans and simply end the quarantine rules for those arriving from 75 countries so that people...
Austria has issued travel warnings for the whole of the Western Balkans, as the European Union added two of the six states in the region...
People enjoy the sunset and the view of the Oresund Bridge from a viewpoint outside Malmo, Sweden. The bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark, celebrates...
Russians opened the door to Vladimir Putin staying in power until 2036 by voting overwhelmingly for constitutional changes that will allow him to run again...
Germany's economy will gradually recover after an historic slump due to the coronavirus pandemic and will likely return to last year's level at the end...
Italian manufacturing activity shrank in June for the 21st month running but less steeply than the month before, a survey showed on Wednesday, as the...
British low cost carrier easyJet plans to cut jobs and the number of aircraft it has in Berlin and is proposing scrapping domestic German flights...
A new gas discovery was declared in the Mediterranean sea offshore Egypt. In a statement, Italy’s Eni said that it has successfully drilled the...
A view of a fresco paint, by street artist Amandine Lesay, paying tribute to all the medical workers, next to the Etterbeek-Ixelles site of the...
A British employers group demanded immediate action from finance minister Rishi Sunak after a record deterioration in business in the April-June period. The British Chambers...
Article - “Together for Europe’s recovery”: Germany takes over Council presidency
While the corona pandemic continues, Germany took over the six-month presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. We asked German MEPs for their expectations. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Financing the recovery must not burden the next generation
Ahead of the start of the German Council Presidency and of the 17 July European Council, Budgets Committee Chair Van Overtveldt set out Parliament’s position on the long-term EU budget.Committee on Budgets Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Deal on digitalisation of access to justice will benefit citizens
On Tuesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement to make access to justice faster, cheaper and more user-friendly for EU citizens and businesses.Committee on Legal Affairs Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - MEPs want to boost energy storage in the EU to help spur decarbonisation
As energy from renewable sources is increasingly part of the European energy mix, MEPs propose ways to step up storage solutions such as hydrogen or home batteries.Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - MEPs call on EU Commission to step up action against dangerous chemicals
The upcoming new EU chemicals strategy for sustainability must better protect our health and the environment, says Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - ACP-EU Post-Cotonou: A Joint Parliamentary Assembly is non-negotiable
European Parliament insists that the future institutional framework must still include an ACP-EU joint parliamentary dimension.Committee on Development Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Covid-19: digital surveillance, borders and human rights
Measures against Covid-19 are needed, but their impact on privacy and freedom must be proportionate and temporary, said Maria Arena, the chair of the human rights subcommittee. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Green Deal: key to a climate-neutral and sustainable EU
Parliament wants the Green Deal to be at the core of the EU’s Covid-19 recovery package. Find out more about this roadmap for a climate-neutral Europe. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - COVID-19: Both WHO and Europe must learn from the current pandemic, say MEPs
The EP Committee responsible for public health quizzed the Director-General of the WHO on its response to COVID-19, underlining the need for global cooperation.Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - MEPs approve €585 million to support refugees from Syria
Budget Committee MEPs gave their green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis.Committee on Budgets Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Vaccine against Ebola: Commission grants new market authorisations
European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission adopted the decision granting marketing authorisations to the company Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company, for a vaccine against Ebola.
Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation
European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU, and thrive in the green and digital transitions.
Investment Plan in Romania: EIB and EBRD make €12.5 million of new funds available to farmers
European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 01 Jul 2020 Funding to be provided through Agricover Credit IFN, financier of agriculture EIB with EFSI support and EBRD providing new financing of €7.5 million and €5 mil...
Youth Employment Support - A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation
European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Youth Employment Support - A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation Youth Employment Support - A Bridge to Jobs for the Next Generation Youth Employment Support...
Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press conference on the Youth Employment Support package and the European Skills Agenda
European Commission Speech Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Good afternoon, Before passing on to the main topics of today's conference, I want to present to you some of the points which we discussed during today's Colle...
Visa facilitation and readmission: agreements with Belarus now in force
European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today, the EU-Belarus visa facilitation and readmission agreements enter into force. These agreements represent an important step in strengthening the EU's enga...
Daily News 01 / 07 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 COLLEGE MEETING: Commission presents Youth Employment Support package and the European Skills Agenda Today, the European Commission is taking action to give yo...
Questions and Answers on Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation
European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Why do we need to act on youth employment? Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full...
Questions and answers: European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Why are skills so important? Skills are key for sustainable competitiveness, resilience and ensuring social fairness for all. Businesses need workers with the s...
Commission presents European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
European Commission Press release Brussels, 01 Jul 2020 Today the Commission presents the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years.
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Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the adoption by China’s National People’s Congress of a National Security Legislation on Hong Kong.
The European Union issued a declaration reiterating its grave concerns about the adoption of the National Security Law in Hong Kong.
"Aux côtés du G5 Sahel, l'Union européenne tient ses engagements" - discours du Président Charles Michel au Sommet de Nouakchott
"Aux côtés du G5 Sahel, l'Union européenne tient ses engagements" - discours du Président Charles Michel au Sommet de Nouakchott
“On the path to a deeper and stronger partnership, living up to the European and African aspirations”: Council adopts conclusions on Africa
The Council approved conclusions on Africa, restating the paramount importance of a stronger EU-Africa partnership.
Venezuela: Declaration by the High Representative, on behalf of the European Union, on the latest developments in Venezuela
The European Union issued a declaration on the latest developments in Venezuela.
Brussels IV Conference on 'Supporting the future of Syria and the region': co-chairs' declaration
The co-chairs of the Brussels IV conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region, the European Union and the United Nations, issued a declaration.
Extension of current CAP rules until the end of 2022: informal deal on transitional regulation
Extension of current CAP rules until the end of 2022.
Council extends the mandates of EU CSDP civilian missions for one more year
The Council extended the mandates of three of its Common Security and Defence Policy civilian missions: EUBAM Rafah, EUBAM Libya and EUPOL COPPS.
Forward look: 29 June - 12 July 2020
Overview of the main subjects to be discussed at meetings of the Council of the EU over the next two weeks and upcoming media events.
Modernising judicial cooperation across borders: Presidency and Parliament reach provisional agreement on the taking of evidence and the service of documents regulations
The EU is working to modernise cross-border exchanges between authorities through digitalisation and the use of IT to improve judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters.
Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries
The Council today adopted a recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU.
European Central Bank
Industrial producer prices down by 0.6% in euro area
In May 2020, a third month still marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, industrial producer prices fell, compared with April 2020, by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2020, prices decreased by 2.0% in the euro area and by 1.9% in the EU.
Euro area unemployment at 7.4%
In May 2020, a third month marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.4%, up from 7.3% in April 2020. The EU unemployment rate was 6.7% in May 2020, up from 6.6% in April 2020. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Euro area annual inflation up to 0.3%
In June 2020, a month in which many COVID-19 containment measures have been gradually lifted, Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.3%, up from 0.1% in May according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Debt mainly held by resident financial sector in more than half of the EU Member States
Significant differences can be observed across the European Union (EU) regarding the sector in which government debt is held. Among Member States for which data are available, the share of government debt held by the (resident) financial corporations sector at the end of 2019 was highest in Denmark (74%), followed by Sweden (73%), Croatia (67%) and Italy (63%). In contrast, the largest proportion of debt held by non-residents was recorded in Cyprus (80%), ahead of Lithuania (76%), Latvia (74%) and Estonia (70%).
How has the EU progressed towards the Sustainable Development Goals?
The von der Leyen Commission has made sustainability an overriding political priority for its mandate. All Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) feature in one or more of the six headline ambitions for Europe, announced in the Political Guidelines, making all Commission work streams, policies and strategies conducive to achieving the SDGs. In December 2019, the Commission presented ‘The European Green Deal’, the new EU growth strategy, aiming to transform the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where climate and environmental challenges are addressed and turned into opportunities, while making the transition just and inclusive for all.
Price levels varied by almost one to three across the EU Member States
In 2019, the year before COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States, price levels for consumer goods and services differed widely in the European Union of 27 Member States (EU). Denmark (141% of the EU average) had the highest price level, followed by Ireland (134%), Luxembourg (131%), Finland (127%) and Sweden (121%).