EU’s Response to Covid-19
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The prospect of President Vladimir Putin staying in the Kremlin until 2036 does not seem to be deterring buyers of Russia's high-yielding sovereign bonds as investors...
Former Formula One driver and Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi underwent further neurological surgery on Monday after being seriously injured in a handbike accident last month, a hospital...
Four-time Bundesliga winners Werder Bremen, up to a few years ago considered as one of the best teams in Germany, managed so stave off relegation...
At least 180 migrants rescued by a humanitarian aid boat in the Mediterranean Sea began to leave the vessel in Porto Empedocle, Sicily late on...
An aerial view of people sitting in a circle marked by the municipality with social distance, because of the pandemic of the COVID-19 disease caused...
Orders for German industrial goods rose by 10.4% in May, rebounding from their biggest drop since records began in 1991 the previous month, data showed...
Pret A Manger, the food-to-go chain, has announced plans to cut 1,000 or more jobs and close 30 stores as it wrestles with a precipitous...
Visitors wearing protective face masks line up to see Leonardo da Vinci's painting La Gioconda (Mona Lisa), at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, 06...
As many as 13 British universities could face financial disaster from the after-effects of the coronavirus outbreak, affecting one in 20 students in the UK...
One of President Vladimir Putin's relatives has been elected leader of a small Russian political party which he hopes will win seats in the national...
The Government has been accused of confusing holidaymakers after it emerged only 25 of the 74 destinations on their “travel corridor” list are fully accessible...
British finance minister Rishi Sunak will try to restart the country's economy by giving homebuyers a tax break and cutting value-added tax for pubs, restaurants...
Press release - German Presidency outlines priorities to EP committees
Ministers are outlining the priorities of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU to parliamentary committees, in a series of meetings.Committee on Constitutional AffairsCommittee on Foreign AffairsCommittee on Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentCommittee on BudgetsCommittee on Budgetary ControlCommittee on Culture and EducationCommittee on DevelopmentCommittee on Economic and Monetary AffairsCommittee on Employment and Social AffairsCommittee on the Environment, Public Health and Food SafetyCommittee on Women's Rights and Gender EqualityCommittee on the Internal Market and Consumer ProtectionCommittee on International TradeCommittee on Industry, Research and EnergyCommittee on Legal AffairsCommittee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home AffairsCommittee on FisheriesCommittee on PetitionsCommittee on Regional DevelopmentCommittee on Transport and TourismSubcommittee on Human RightsSubcommittee on Security and Defence Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - New rules to allow collective EU consumer action
New rules on collective redress will allow EU consumers to come together to fight domestic and cross-border cases of unlawful practices. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Shipping industry must contribute to climate neutrality, say MEPs
To decarbonise maritime transport, the Environment Committee voted on Tuesday to include CO2 emissions from the maritime sector in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS).Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Better working conditions for truck drivers across the EU
New EU rules on road transport aim to end distortion of competition in the sector while providing better working conditions for drivers. Find out more. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Media Advisory: Visit of Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday
On Wednesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be in Parliament to debate with MEPs the priorities of the German Presidency. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - EP group leaders deeply worried over the situation in Hong Kong
Following the latest resolution, Parliament’s Conference of Presidents reiterates its serious concerns about the erosion of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Just transition in EU regions: support to people, economy and environment
The EU must transition towards a climate-neutral economy without letting disparities between regions grow any further, say regional development MEPs.Committee on Regional Development Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Pre-session briefing on Tuesday 7 July at 17.00
A press briefing by Parliament’s Spokesperson on the plenary agenda of 8-10 July will take place in Anna Politkovskaya press conference room and via Skype at 17.00 tomorrow. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Article - Animal welfare and protection: EU laws explained (videos)
The EU has some of world's highest animal welfare standards. Find out how the legislation protects wildlife, pets as well as farm and laboratory animals. Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Press release - Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand
Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum.Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Source : © European Union, 2020 - EP
Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences
European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels.
Opening Remarks by Frans Timmermans at virtual Ministerial meeting on Climate Action
European Commission Speech Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 I cannot say good morning, good afternoon or goodnight, as it depends on the time zone you are in. It is great to be able to welcome you to the 4th session of ...
Daily News 07 / 07 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 Prévisions économiques de l'été 2020: une récession encore plus profonde, avec des situations qui deviennent plus divergentes Selon les prévisions économiques ...
EU, Canada and China co-host international meeting on climate cooperation and a sustainable economic recovery
European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission's Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, the Canadian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson and China's Minister for Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu co-chaired the 4th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action.
Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector
European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 The Commission adopted today an additional package of exceptional measures to support the wine sector, following the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on the sector.
Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the Summer 2020 Economic Forecast
European Commission Speech Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 Good morning everybody. Let me start with the main messages of this forecast. The summer forecast shows that the road to recovery is still paved with uncertaint...
Protecting European Consumers: follow-up action on dangerous product alerts increased significantly in 2019
European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Jul 2020 Today, the European Commission has published a new report on the Commission's system to prevent or restrict the selling of dangerous products on the market, the so-called ‘Rapid Alert System'.
Investment Plan for Europe: EIAH to provide support for the development of a new specialised children's hospital in Bulgaria
European Commission Press release Sofia, 07 Jul 2020 The new hospital will be a zero-emission building linked with the existing Burgas University hospital.
Mergers: Commission clears AMS' acquisition of OSRAM
European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Jul 2020 The European Commission has approved unconditionally, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of OSRAM by AMS. The Commission concluded that th...
Daily News 06 / 07 / 2020
European Commission Daily news Brussels, 06 Jul 2020 Coronavirus: Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing The European Investment Ban...
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"Climate transition, transformation and convergence: Europe’s path towards robust resilience" - Speech of President Charles Michel
European Council President Charles Michel gave a speech via video conference on the occasion of the 20th Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence.
Forward look: 6 - 19 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.
Weekly schedule of President Charles Michel
Weekly schedule of President Charles Michel 6-12 July 2020
Media Advisory - Special European Council on 17 and 18 July 2020
The Special European Council will take place on 17 and 18 July in the Europa building in Brussels.
Media advisory - Press briefings ahead of the Eurogroup and Ecofin video conferences of 9 and 10 July 2020
Press briefings ahead of the Eurogroup and ECOFIN video conferences of 9 and 10 July 2020
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.
European Central Bank
Volume of retail trade up by 17.8% in euro area
In May 2020, when Member States began easing the COVID-19 containment measures, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade increased by 17.8% in the euro area and by 16.4% in the EU, compared with April 2020, according to estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In April 2020, the retail trade volume decreased by 12.1% in the euro area and by 11.4% in the EU.
EU current account surplus €59.9 bn
In the first quarter of 2020, when COVID-19 containment measures began to be widely introduced by Member States, the EU seasonally adjusted current account of the balance of payments recorded a surplus of €59.9 billion (1.8% of GDP), down from a surplus of €78.6 billion (2.2% of GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2019 and from a surplus of €102.0 billion (3.0% of GDP) in the first quarter of 2019, according to estimates released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Household saving rate all time high at 16.9% in the euro area while household investment rate down to 8.7%
The household saving rate in the euro area was at 16.9% in the first quarter of 2020, when Member States began to widely introduce COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020, compared with 12.7% in the fourth quarter of 2019. This was the highest increase since the beginning of the series in 1999.
Business profit share recorded sharpest drop to 37.9% while business investment is slightly down to 25.5% in the euro area
In the first quarter of 2020, when Member States began to widely introduce COVID-19 containment measures in March 2020, the business profit share dropped to 37.9% in the euro area, compared with 39.6% in the previous quarter. This decline of the business profit share is the highest since the beginning of the series in 1999.
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.