Coronavirus response: Commission extends support for health systems and businesses in Italy through Cohesion policy funding
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Coronavirus response: Commission extends support for health systems and businesses in Italy through Cohesion policy funding
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Malta remains on UK travel corridor – passengers from Andorra, Belgium and Bahamas to self-isolate for 14 days
Passengers from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas will be required to self-isolate at home or another specified address for 14 days on arrival in the...
The Bank of England said Britain's economy would probably take longer to get back to its pre-pandemic size than it previously thought, but it was...
Greece's jobless rate rose to 17.0% in May from an upwardly revised 15.7% reading in the previous month, data from the country's statistics service ELSTAT...
Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, is to open its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time...
Italian industrial output rose more strongly than expected in June as factories built on the exceptional surge seen in May when production resumed after coronavirus...
Former coronavirus hospital patients are being urged to donate plasma as part of a major trial. Research is being carried out to assess whether convalescent...
Slovakia, which has one of Europe’s lowest COVID-19 death tolls, reported its biggest daily rise in new cases in more than three months, saying it...
Migrants wearing face masks board an airplane bound for Iraq, at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens, Greece, 06 August 2020. According to the...
Italy is positioning to become an influential shareholder in a tightly regulated broadband operator it plans to create by brokering a merger of Telecom Italia's...
Russian authorities reported 5,267 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, pushing its national tally to 871,894, the fourth largest in the world. The...
Amsterdam and the port of Rotterdam on Wednesday made face masks compulsory in certain busy areas including the Dutch capital’s Red Light district, as coronavirus...
The health ministry said Wednesday that Italy has registered 384 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. That is a big rise with respect...
Press release - EU long-term budget deal must be improved for Parliament to accept it
The recovery fund is a “historic move”, but long-term EU priorities such as the Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are put at risk, MEPs say.Committee on Budgets Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - MEPs debate recovery fund, condemn major cuts to long-term EU budget
In an extraordinary plenary session, MEPs commented on the 17-21 July European Council deal on EU financing and the recovery plan to tackle the pandemic fallout.Committee on Budgets Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Covid-19: 10 things the EU is doing to ensure economic recovery
Find out what the EU is doing to help Europe get back on its feet following the devastating economic effects brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Future EU financing and recovery: MEPs to assess summit outcome
MEPs will debate the 17-21 July EU summit results with Council and Commission Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday from 09:30. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - EU summit compromise: positive step for recovery, inadequate in the long-term
Commenting on the conclusions of the 17-21 July EU summit, EP negotiators welcome the recovery fund but warn that their agreement to the long-term EU budget cannot be taken for granted.Committee on Budgets Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - President Sassoli press conference on outcome of EU summit
When: Wednesday 22 July at 11:00 - Where: Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and via Skype Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Quiz: test your EU knowledge
How well do you know the EU? Find out by taking part in our EU for beginners quiz. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - First six months of 2020: Covid-19, investment in recovery, climate
To tackle the fallout from Covid-19, Parliament has pushed for ambitious and sustainable solutions for people, the economy and the environment. Read our overview of the first half of 2020. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Sassoli: The decisions we will take will reshape the Union for decades
David Sassoli told EU leaders recovery plans must meet ambitions and warned against taking Parliament’s consent on the new EU budget for granted. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - President Sassoli press conference on EU summit, Recovery Fund and Budget
When: Friday 17 July at 11:00 - Where: Anna Politkovskaya pressroom and via Skype Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
EU support for Italian biotech's red blood cell technology to treat rare diseases
European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Aug 2020 EIB signs €30 million agreement supporting EryDel's red blood cell (RBC) innovation strategy
Daily News 06 / 08 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 06 Aug 2020 L'Union européenne aux côtés du Liban : la présidente von der Leyen a parlé au premier ministre Diab pendant que l'UE déploie plus que 250 sauveteurs et experts...
Read-out of the phone call between Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab
European Commission Read-out Brussels, 06 Aug 2020 Commission President von der Leyen spoke this morning with Hassan Diab, Prime Minister of Lebanon. She expressed the EU's condolences and support to the people...
State aid: Commission approves €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations and their related entities affected by the coronavirus outbreak
European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Aug 2020 The European Commission has approved a €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations (NPOs) and their related entities in the context of...
Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon
European Commission Statement Brussels, 05 Aug 2020 "We share the shock and sadness of the people of Beirut following the deadly explosion that has taken many lives and left many more injured. Our condolences go ...
Daily News 05 / 08 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 05 Aug 2020 Déclaration du commissaire à la gestion des crises Janez Lenarčič sur l'explosion à Beyrouth, Liban Le commissaire à la gestion des crises, Janez Lenarčič, a f...
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google
European Commission Press release Brussels, 04 Aug 2020 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commissi...
Daily News 04 / 08 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 04 Aug 2020 Delivering the European Green Deal: Commission consults on review of renewable energy and energy efficiency directives The Commission has taken the first steps...
State aid: Commission approves €200 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by low-income families in Italy
European Commission Press release Brussels, 04 Aug 2020 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €200 million voucher scheme to help low-income families in Italy access high-speed broadban...
Daily News 03 / 08 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 03 Aug 2020 Commission approves Cohesion Policy funds redirection to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in Denmark and near the Hungarian-Slovakian border The European Co...
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Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the postponement of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong
The EU issued a declaration on the postponement of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong
Forward look: 27 July - 31 August 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.
EU fight against terrorism: terrorist list renewed for a further six months and one person added to the ISIL/Da'esh and Al-Qaida list
The Council renewed the EU terrorist list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures and added one person to the list of ISIL/Da'esh and Al-Qaida sanctions.
Media advisory - Off-the-record technical briefing on cyber sanctions
Off-the-record technical briefing organised on cyber sanctions.
Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell on behalf of the EU: European Union response to promote international security and stability in cyberspace
High Representative Josep Borrell issued a declaration on EU response to promote international security and stability in cyberspace.
EU imposes the first ever sanctions against cyber-attacks
The Council imposed the first ever restrictive measures against six individuals and three entities responsible for or involved in various cyber-attacks.
Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border
Following a review under the recommendation on the gradual lifting of the temporary restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU, the Council updated the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted.
Kosovo: Tomáš Szunyog appointed as new EU Special Representative
The Council appointed Tomáš Szunyog as EU special representative in Kosovo from 1 September 2020 until 31 August 2021.
North Korea: EU confirms autonomous sanctions for a year
The Council renewed the list of individuals and entities subject to EU's autonomous sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for one year.
Central African Republic and Common Security and Defence Policy: EU launches civilian advisory mission and extends the mandate of military training mission
The Council launched a civilian advisory mission and extended the mandate of the existing military training mission in the Central African Republic.
European Central Bank
Volume of retail trade up by 5.7% in euro area
In June 2020, a month marked by some relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures in many Member States, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 5.7% in the euro area and by 5.2% in the EU, compared with May 2020, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2020, the retail trade volume increased by 20.3% in the euro area and by 18.3% in the EU. This means that retail trade volumes in both zones have returned to the levels recorded in February 2020, before the start of containment measures.
Industrial producer prices up by 0.7% in both euro area and EU
In June 2020, a fourth month still marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, industrial producer prices rose, compared with May 2020, by 0.7% in both the euro area and EU, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In May 2020, prices decreased by 0.6% in the euro area and by 0.5% in the EU.
Preliminary flash estimate for the second quarter of 2020: GDP down by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.9% in the EU
In the second quarter 2020, still marked by COVID-19 containment measures in most Member States, seasonally adjusted GDP decreased by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.9% in the EU, compared with the previous quarter, according to a preliminary flash estimate published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. These were by far the sharpest declines observed since time series started in 1995. In the first quarter of 2020, GDP had decreased by 3.6% in the euro area and by 3.2% in the EU.
Euro area annual inflation up to 0.4%
In July 2020, a month in which COVID-19 containment measures continued to be lifted, Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 0.4%, up from 0.3% in June according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Euro area unemployment at 7.8%
In June 2020, the month when COVID-19 containment measures started being phased out in most Member States, the euro area seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8%, up from 7.7% in May 2020. The EU unemployment rate was 7.1% in June 2020, up from 7.0% in May 2020. These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Sharpest drop of household real consumption per capita in both euro area and EU
In the first quarter of 2020, when Member States began to widely introduce COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020, household real consumption per capita dropped by 3.0% in the euro area, after a decrease of 0.4% in the previous quarter. This decline is the highest since the beginning of the time series in 1999. Household real income per capita increased in the first quarter of 2020 by 1.1%, after a decrease of 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2019.