Sue Gray's No 10 parties report will be published in full, says Boris Johnson
But Boris Johnson says he does not know when the findings of Sue Gray's inquiry will come out.
Ukraine crisis: Nord Stream 2 pipeline could be axed, US warns
Washington threatens to halt a lucrative gas pipeline between Russia and Western Europe.
UK warned to bolster defences against cyber attacks as Russia threatens Ukraine
The National Cyber Security Centre fears threats linked to the potential conflict in Ukraine could move beyond its borders.
Novak Djokovic: Doubts over timing of Covid test
Mystery of why tennis star’s positive test was out of sequence with other test codes from Serbia.
Covid in Wales: Nightclubs to reopen as Omicron rules scrapped
Social distancing measure lifted and rule of six in pubs dropped as restrictions ease in Wales.
Scotland relaxes rules on distancing and masks
The easing of restrictions comes as the Omicron variant wave continues to decline in Scotland.
Millions yet to file tax return as scammers circle
HMRC says 3.5 million people are still to file, but it will not fine those who are up to a month late.
Holocaust Memorial Day: Portraits of last remaining UK survivors unveiled
As buildings are lit to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, paintings commissioned in tribute are revealed.
Covid: Scientists warn over 'reckless' lack of vaccines for poorer countries
Hundreds of scientists have asked the prime minister for fair sharing of jabs around the world.
Liz Truss defends using government plane for Australia trip
The foreign secretary insisted all government decisions - including travel - are "based on value for money".
Man drove without licence for more than 70 years
The man, in his 80s, tells police he has been driving with no licence or insurance since he was 12.
Apple sales soar despite supply constraints
The iPhone giant's business has boomed during the pandemic.
The Papers: 'Cost of living delayed by Downing Street turmoil'
Most papers on Friday report on the cost of living crisis and the rise in National Insurance due in April.
Former Nazi speaks in new BBC documentary
Hans Werk features in a new documentary about the last living generation of Germans in Hitler’s Third Reich.
Quiz of the week: Damon Albarn prefers which artist to Taylor Swift?
How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?
Meet the woman who has spent decades collecting plastic bags
Angela Clarke has spent almost half a century amassing a 10,000 strong collection of plastic bags.
Bloody Sunday brought to the stage in playwright's final work
BBC News looks at the final work of a playwright retelling the events of 30 January 1972.
Ronnies and trousers: Barry Cryer's BBC moments
How Barry Cryer made us laugh on the BBC over his long performing and writing career.
Survivors and leaders mark Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust survivors and international leaders honour victims of the Nazis.
Rose Ayling-Ellis calls for British Sign Language recognition
More than 150,000 people use British Sign Language across the UK, with around 87,000 relying on it.
Ukraine: How big is Russia's military build-up?
About 100,000 troops are positioned near Ukraine's border.
F35-C fighter jet: Race is on to reach sunken US plane... before China
The $100m jet is fair game, in international waters. "It's the Hunt for Red October meets the Abyss."
Twitch: Concerns over streamers' mental health
The company says it wants to support its streamers with the pressures of content creation.
North Korea missile tests: What does Kim Jong-un want?
Pyongyang has conducted six missile tests so far this year - but why now, and what do they want?
Re-doin' The Do: The resurrection of Betty Boo
Thirty years after her last hit, Betty Boo is back with a song she wrote in a Sainsbury's car park.
The scramble for cargo aircraft as shipping costs soar
Cargo aircraft are being rushed into service amid a worldwide shortage in shipping capacity.
Winter Olympics: Global sponsors quiet ahead of Beijing Games
A week before the Beijing Games start, global partners are lying low.
Why has Sue Gray's report not appeared yet?
Political correspondent Iain Watson looks at what the long-anticipated report is likely to find when it appears.
Covid vaccines: The unvaccinated NHS workers facing the sack
NHS staff explain why they have chosen not to have a Covid vaccine as the mandatory deadline looms.
Barry Cryer obituary: A life dedicated to laughter
He provided the words for many of Britain's top comedy acts and was on the stage and airwaves himself.
FIA planning new F1 race-management structure after Abu Dhabi controversy
Formula 1's governing body is planning a new race-management structure in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the problems at last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Everton to hold final talks for manager's job with Lampard, Pereira & Ferguson in frame
Everton owner Farhad Moshiri will hold a final round of talks on Friday before deciding on a managerial successor to sacked Rafael Benitez.
Aston Villa sign defender Chambers from Arsenal
Aston Villa sign defender Calum Chambers from Arsenal on a three-and-a half-year contract.
Talks for Joshua to step aside from Usyk rematch to allow Fury unification fight break down
Tyson Fury is unlikely to fight Oleksandr Usyk next with both sides blaming the other for a breakdown in step-aside talks with Anthony Joshua.
Arsenal 2-1 Brighton: WSL leaders come from behind to go four points clear
Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall says his side's comeback win against Brighton showed they were rediscovering their "identity and mentality".
'It's that horrible, evil word, money' - Montgomerie on power struggle with Saudi-backed tour
Colin Montgomerie says the PGA Tour and DP World Tour must "fight off" the threat of a Saudi-backed Asian Tour and avoid a "seismic shift" in golf.
What are the Covid rules in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
Covid rules are being eased across all four nations of the UK.
Who is eligible for the Covid jab and is it compulsory for anyone?
Not everyone has to get the Covid vaccine, but all NHS staff in England will soon have to be jabbed.
Covid: How to look after yourself at home
What can you expect if you have Covid, and when should you get extra help?
Covid-19 in the UK: How many coronavirus cases are there in my area?
Explore the data on coronavirus in the UK and find out how many cases there are in your area.
Covid: What are the care home visiting rules and how are they changing?
Rules limiting care home visits are easing in England and Scotland.
What are the latest rules for face coverings and masks?
Masks are no longer compulsory in England, but are still recommended in some settings.
What Covid tests do I still need to travel abroad?
Fully vaccinated people travelling to the UK soon won't need to take Covid tests on or before arrival.
What are the Covid rules in schools and will they stay open this term?
Schools have reopened across the UK with a variety of Covid restrictions in place.
Should I be working from home now?
Scotland will follow England's example and lift its working from home guidance.
Covid passports: Where do I still need to use one?
Mandatory Covid passports have been scrapped in England and for some venues in Northern Ireland.
Covid: What are the social distancing rules?
Scotland and Wales are relaxing some of their restrictions around gatherings and mixing with others.
'I grew up in care alone - why did no-one tell me I had siblings?'
Ashley John-Baptiste grew up in care, unaware he had siblings. His new documentary is called Split Up in Care: Life Without Siblings.
Beijing 2022 vs 2008: Two Olympics and two very different Chinas
In 2022, the mood, the host government's attitude, and global expectations are all very different to 2008.
‘His voice became my constant companion’ – how Dan Johnson kept his dad’s memory alive
Dan Johnson's project capturing his father's voice made him consider the importance of preserving memories.
‘Hi, thanks for calling. Are you OK? How far away are you?’
A telephone helpline launched in Edinburgh is keeping people company when they walk home alone.
Finding love as a trans woman
Trans woman Daniella McDonald had bad experiences dating men until she met Josh - but thinks attitudes are slowly changing.
Russian troops are pouring into Belarus. Opposition leader speaks out
An exiled Belarusian mother leads the opposition to her country's pro-Putin government. CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reports.
How to think about boosters in light of this week's Pfizer and Moderna news
Pfizer and BioNTech announced Tuesday that they're beginning a clinical trial for an Omicron-specific Covid-19 vaccine. Moderna had previously revealed plans to develop its own vaccine that targets the variant, which is by far the dominant one in the United States right now.
Millions of routine vaccinations have been missed amid Covid-19 pandemic
Millions of people in the United States are behind on their Covid-19 vaccinations, and millions more have missed other routine vaccinations throughout the pandemic.
Vachik Mangassarian, 'N.C.I.S.' actor, dies of complications from Covid-19
Actor Vachik Mangassarian has died of Covid-19 complications, according to his manager.
After more than 600 days shut out, Delhi's students just want to go back to school
Dharini Mathur's son had just turned 4 when he started pre-school online. More than 600 days later, he still sits behind his computer screen, attempting to learn virtually -- while making zero contact with his classmates and teachers.
Scientists slam 'absurd' and 'dangerous' climate denialism from Joe Rogan guest
As podcaster Joe Rogan faces condemnation from medical scientists for spreading misinformation about vaccines and Covid-19, another interview by the controversial host this week has become the subject of mockery -- this time among climate scientists.
Fox commentators go off on Biden's vow to nominate Black woman for court
CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson reacts to some conservative commentators blasting President Biden's plan to pick a Black woman for the Supreme Court.
US death row inmate who requested firing squad is executed by lethal injection
An Oklahoma death row inmate who had requested execution by firing squad was executed by lethal injection on Thursday, according to the state Department of Corrections.
Apple is back on top in smartphone sales worldwide after a record win in China
Apple has once again become the top-selling smartphone brand in top market China, along with the rest of the world.
'Working through list of missiles': Expert on North Korea testing
CNN's Paula Hancocks reports as North Korea is believed to have launched a sixth missile test -- a record for the month of January.
Stormy Daniels testifies on Avenatti: 'He lied to me and betrayed me'
Stormy Daniels, an adult-film actress who was allegedly defrauded by Michael Avenatti, testified Thursday in federal court as part of the criminal trial against the celebrity attorney.
Jim Acosta calls out Fox for host's pro-Putin propaganda
CNN's Jim Acosta calls out Fox host Tucker Carlson for his pro-Russia remarks and how those, among other misinforming comments, are putting the US democracy in peril.
Gas stoves a threat to health, have larger climate impact, study shows
The gas emitted from household stoves and ovens is not only dangerous to public health but also has a much more significant impact on the climate crisis than previously thought, new research shows.
US Coast Guard finds 5 dead from capsized vessel off Florida coas
After finding five bodies off Florida's Atlantic coast, the US Coast Guard announced Thursday it officially suspended its search for the remaining 34 people missing after a vessel capsized over the weekend.
Man charged with groping a flight attendant sentenced to six months in prison
A man charged with groping a flight attendant has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Officials plead for help in solving killing of teen girl dumped on freeway
Nearly three weeks after the body of a teenage girl was found dumped on a busy freeway off-ramp in Los Angeles, local leaders are pleading for tips from the public and offering a large reward as an incentive to solve her killing.
Anti-Asian hate crimes increased 567% in San Francisco in 2021
Anti-Asian hate crimes in San Francisco spiked 567% in 2021, San Francisco officials said this week.
Cori Bush's car struck by gunfire while the Missouri lawmaker was not in the vehicle
The car of Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was struck by gunfire early Saturday morning in the St. Louis area, a Bush spokesperson confirmed to CNN on Thursday.
What to know about the Trump 'fake electors' scheme
In the last few weeks, more details about how former President Donald Trump tried to overturn the 2020 election have come to light, specifically about an effort by his campaign to subvert the Electoral College process and install fake GOP electors in seven swing states.
Jordan army kills 27 drug smugglers trying to enter from Syria
Jordanian soldiers killed 27 armed drug smugglers as they tried to enter the country from Syria on Thursday, an army spokesman said.
Prince Andrew's legal team is fighting back in US sex assault case. What you need to know
Prince Andrew is facing the prospect of a trial in a very public civil lawsuit for sexual abuse later this year.
Dozens of students mistakenly told they received full college scholarships
Parker Christensen, a high school senior from Newaygo, Michigan, received a notification from Central Michigan University (CMU) on January 21 informing him that he had been awarded a prestigious full-ride scholarship to the university.
Train set ablaze in India as job-seekers protest
Empty train cars were set on fire in the Indian state of Bihar as protesters complained about recruitment irregularities by Indian Railways, according to Reuters.
Honduras' first female president sworn in
Xiomara Castro was sworn in as Honduras' first female president Thursday in the capital, Tegucigalpa.
Northeast faces heavy snow and blizzard conditions this weekend
Heavy snow and strong winds are expected to slam some metro areas in the Northeast this weekend and millions will likely be under winter storm watches starting Friday.
Teacher charged with battery for allegedly pushing 14-year-old to the floor
A high school teacher in the Atlanta area has been charged with battery for allegedly shoving a 14-year-old student to the ground in front of his classmates, local officials said.
Cuban official reacts to CIA report on Havana Syndrome
A high-ranking official in Cuba's foreign ministry is calling for the Biden administration to restore relations with the island in light of a recent CIA report that found most "Havana syndrome" cases were unlikely to have been caused by a foreign power. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.
Gold is shining again as stocks wobble and cryptos melt down
Stocks have slumped this year. So has bitcoin. But gold, by comparison, has had a fairly solid start to the year. The price of the yellow metal is roughly unchanged, hovering just below $1,800 an ounce.
GOP secretary of state candidates running on the lie that the election was stolen
CNN's Kyung Lah reports on secretary of state candidates across the country who are running on former President Donald Trump's election fraud lie.
'Virginity' is a construct that puts girls' lives at risk. Time to let it go
On Monday, the British government moved to make hymenoplasty, or "virginity repair" surgery -- with or without consent -- illegal.
How double Olympic gold medalist Shim Suk-hee lost the race to overturn her ban ahead of Beijing 2022
At the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korean speed skater Shim Suk-hee stepped onto the podium with her teammates for gold medals -- the crowning moments of her sporting career.
Minnie Mouse is trading her iconic red dress for a new look
For the first time in her nearly century-long life, Minnie Mouse will add a pantsuit to her wardrobe. And it won't be just any old pair of tailored slacks, but an iconic silhouette from British fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Time warp: How time passes when you live in space
Since the pandemic began, the arrival of each new year feels like a reprise of "let's do the time warp again" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Now, imagine if you lived in space.
'Wider idea of beauty': Valentino embraces gray-haired and average-sized models
From the moment 57-year-old supermodel Kristen McMenamy opened Valentino's latest show in Paris, it was clear the fashion house was breaking with convention.
Terrifying video captures moment parents rush to cops with choking toddler
Dramatic body camera video shows an LAPD sergeant rushing to revive a toddler after being flagged down by frantic parents of a young girl who appeared to have stopped breathing.
Vitamin D and fish oil supplements may help prevent autoimmune disease, study says
Older adults who took daiiy fish oil and vitamin D supplements for more than two years were nearly 30% less likely to develop autoimmune disorders, a new study says.
McDonald's sales haven't been this good since Bill Clinton was president
Higher prices and chicken sandwiches are helping boost McDonald's sales. But earnings disappointed Wall Street Thursday morning.
Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are reportedly engaged
Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song are engaged.
Get an exclusive look at how Bud Light's zero-carb beer is brewed
Anheuser-Busch is launching a new zero-carb beer bearing the Bud Light name just in time for the Super Bowl. Get an inside look at how the company brews its latest innovation.
What happened when 67,000 acres of farmland was left to run wild
In the Great Karoo, a vast semi-arid expanse in South Africa, lions and cheetahs once roamed. But then came farms and fences and guns. By the 1840s lions were gone; then by the 1870s, cheetahs too.
Brian Cox recounts childhood and mom's fight with mental illness
Brian Cox, aka Logan Roy of HBO's "Succession," joins Anderson to talk about the show, his six-decade career and his new memoir "The Rabbit in the Hat." Anderson Cooper Full Circle airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6pm E.T.
Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire reunite to discuss 'Spider-Man: No Way Home'
To say "Spider-Man: No Way Home" has been a roaring success would be an understatement.
The US and its allies are racing to draw up contingency plans in case crucial gas supplies are choked off
The United States and its allies are racing to draw up contingency plans in case supplies of Russian gas crucial to powering businesses and heating homes in Europe are choked off by conflict in Ukraine.
Myanmar’s ghostly monkey among new species found in Mekong region
Popa langur found living in an extinct volcano in Myanmar among 224 new species listed by the World Wildlife Fund.
Reports of casualties as guards clash at Kyrgyz-Tajik border
Four Kyrgyz servicemen reported wounded while Tajikistan said there were casualties among its civilians, border guards.
US defence chief orders military to better protect civilians
Lloyd Austin's memo comes amid condemnation of US drone attacks that killed civilians in Middle East, Afghanistan.
Wall Street’s volatility streak continues as stocks close lower
Investors are juggling upbeat economic news with mixed corporate earnings, geopolitical unrest and a hawkish US Fed.
Apple smashes earnings estimates with record sales
The company's overall fiscal first-quarter revenue was $123.9bn, higher than analysts' average estimate of $118.7bn.
Anti-vaccine Canada truckers praised by Tesla’s Musk
Hundreds of truck drivers, converging on Ottawa from several directions, are due to arrive on Friday.
Four more bodies found off Florida coast where boat capsized
US Coast Guard says it plans to call off search for more survivors after boat carrying 39 people capsized on Sunday.
Can Europe be weaned off Russian gas?
European leaders are concerned Moscow may cut gas supplies if Ukraine tensions worsen.
Some women allowed into stadium as Iran secures World Cup spot
Officials allocate 2,000 tickets for women spectators as Iran defeats Iraq 1-0 in Tehran to secure place in Qatar.
How will US respond to 9/11 victims seeking frozen Afghan funds?
Biden administration faces looming deadline to give position on matter regarding $7bn held at New York Federal Reserve.
Biden warns of possible Russian invasion of Ukraine in February
US requests an open United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss the crisis over Ukraine.
Calls grow to repatriate ISIL child detainees after jail clashes
After deadly ISIL jailbreak in northeast Syria, rights groups warn that children detainees should be repatriated.
US man cleared of murder conviction after 37 years in prison
Police used perjured evidence to convict Willie Stokes, who is suing Philadelphia for 'outrageous police misconduct'.
Denmark pulls troops from Mali as military gov’t swipes at France
Decision comes amid tensions after countries sanctioned Mali for failing to organise elections following two coups.
Dozens dead from Tropical Storm Ana in southern Africa
At least 70 killed in storm that struck Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi as authorities scramble to repair damages.
Peru seeks travel ban for oil company execs amid spill probe
Prosecutors want to bar Repsol SA local refinery executives from leaving Peru as probe into enormous oil leak continues.
Amazon illegally threatened staff, union board alleges
The complaint seeks remedies including requiring management to read a notice to employees about their rights.
Honduras swears in Xiomara Castro as first female president
Castro takes office amid myriad challenges, including an ongoing dispute about who will lead the newly elected Congress.
US warns of ‘missile or drone attacks’ in UAE travel advisory
Emirati official says UAE remains one of the safest countries, pledging that Houthi attacks will not be 'new normal'.
US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announces retirement
President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate a Black woman to the US high court now dominated by conservatives.
India’s Modi, Central Asian leaders pledge closer economic ties
A declaration after Thursday's summit said the nations reached regional consensus on the issues related to Afghanistan.
Out of Africa
The fight to return looted colonial-era artefacts from Europe's museums back to Africa.
Jerusalem blanketed in white after rare snowfall
Snow carpets Jerusalem as a rare storm turns the holy city into a winter wonderland.
Qatar foreign minister holds talks in Iran before emir’s US visit
Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani meets Iranian counterpart days before Qatari emir due to meet US President Joe Biden.
After year one in office: Can Biden build himself back better?
Despite successes, a combination of coronavirus, inflation, legislative impasses - and Ukraine - have set Biden back.
Commission puts forward declaration on digital rights and principles for everyone in the EU
The draft declaration on digital rights and principles aims to give everyone a clear reference point about the kind of digital transformation Europe promotes and defends. It will also provide a guide for policy makers and companies when dealing with new technologies.
COVID-19: Council adopts new recommendation on travel measures in the EU
Under the new recommendation, COVID-19 measures should be applied taking into account the person's health status rather than the epidemiological situation at regional level, with the exception of areas where the virus is circulating at very high levels (dark red areas). This means that a traveller's EU digital COVID certificate should be the key determinant.
Main results from the Foreign Affairs Council
The Foreign Affairs Council was updated on the latest developments in Russia’s military build-up around Ukraine and had a discussion on the European security situation, covering also the situation in Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Higher education: making EU's universities ready for the future through deeper transnational cooperation
Today, European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever. The two new initiatives adopted today, a European strategy for universities and a Commission proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation, will support universities in this endeavour.
Roberta Metsola elected new President of the European Parliament
Roberta Metsola won the election in the first voting round, where she received an absolute majority of 458 votes out of 690 cast in the remote secret vote, among three candidates. At the beginning of the day’s proceedings, Kosma Złotowski (ECR, PL) withdrew his candidacy, bringing the number of candidates down to three.
Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The French Minister for Agriculture and Food, Julien Denormandie, presented the presidency’s priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries. These priorities include, on the one hand, the reciprocity of trading standards – in other words, ensuring (chiefly by means of ‘mirror clauses’) that agri-food products imported into Europe abide by the EU’s environmental and health standards, particularly as regards the sustainable use of phytopharmaceutical products – and, on the other hand, low-carbon agriculture, in particular carbon sequestration in agricultural soils.
Memorial for President Sassoli: “Your fight for democracy will live on”
MEPs honoured the memory of Parliament’s late President David Maria Sassoli in a ceremony during the Plenary in Strasbourg on Monday. Opening the ceremony, Parliament’s acting President Roberta Metsola said: “Europe has lost a leader, democracy has lost a champion and we have all lost a friend. He always knew how to translate the values he believed in into concrete action.”
Creative Europe: Increased budget in 2022 to support cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has adopted the 2022 work programme of Creative Europe, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and the growing global competition.
The Commission steps up action for high quality and inclusive youth volunteering
As one of the first concrete initiatives under the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission published its proposal for a Council Recommendation on youth volunteering to facilitate transnational youth volunteering under the European Solidarity Corps or other schemes at national level.
€47 million fund to protect intellectual property of EU SMEs in their COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions
Today, the Commission and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) launched the new EU SME Fund, which offers vouchers for EU-based SMEs to help them protect their intellectual property (IP) rights. This is the second EU SME Fund aiming at supporting SMEs in the COVID-19 recovery and green and digital transitions for the next three years (2022-2024).
The Commission proposes the next generation of EU own resources
The new own resources proposed today will help to repay the funds raised by the EU to finance the grant component of NextGenerationEU. The new own resources should also finance the Social Climate Fund. The latter is an essential element of the proposed new Emissions Trading System covering buildings and road transport, and will contribute to ensuring that the transition to a decarbonised economy will leave no one behind.
Global Europe: the European Union sets out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world
The Commission has adopted the Multiannual Indicative Programmes (MIPs) of Global Europe setting out priority areas for cooperation with partner countries and regions around the world for 2021-27. This also includes the financial allocation for 2021-2024 (country level) and for 2021-2027 (regional level) that will support this cooperation for a total of almost €26.3 billion.
EU Digital COVID Certificate: Commission adopts binding acceptance period of nine months for vaccination certificates
A clear and uniform acceptance period for vaccination certificates will guarantee that travel measures continue to be coordinated, as called for by the European Council following its latest meeting of 16 December 2021. The new rules will ensure restrictions are based on the best available scientific evidence as well as objective criteria.
European Commission authorises fifth safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine Nuvaxovid, developed by Novavax, the fifth COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU. This authorisation follows a positive scientific recommendation based on a thorough assessment of the safety, effectiveness and quality of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and is endorsed by the Member States.
Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, digital policy, gender equality
Alexei Navalny was awarded the 2021 Sakharov Prize, MEPs voted on laws shaping the digital world, and pushed for gender equality in the last plenary of 2021.
Main results of the European Council
EU leaders discussed developments related to COVID-19, crisis management and resilience, and external relations, including the situation in Belarus and Ukraine. They also debated security and defence, external aspects of migration and energy prices.
New transport proposals target greater efficiency and more sustainable travel
To support the transition to cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility, in line with the objectives of the European Green Deal, the Commission today adopted four proposals that will modernise the EU's transport system.
Commission presents guide for a fair transition towards climate neutrality
The proposal pays particular attention to addressing the needs of the people and households that are highly dependent on fossil fuels and could be most affected by the green transition, and invites Member States to make optimal use of public and private funding and work in close cooperation with social partners.
Commission presents Action Plan to boost the social economy and create jobs
The European Commission has presented an Action Plan to help the European social economy thrive, tapping into its economic and job-creation potential, as well as its contribution to a fair and inclusive recovery, and the green and digital transitions.
Police Cooperation Code: Boosting police cooperation across borders for enhanced security
The Police Cooperation Code – which includes a Recommendation on operational police cooperation and new rules on information sharing – will help improve cross-border operations, provide clear channels and timeframes for exchanging information and give Europol a stronger role.
EU strengthens protection against economic coercion
The aim is to deter countries from restricting or threatening to restrict trade or investment to bring about a change of policy in the EU in areas such as climate change, taxation or food safety. The anti-coercion instrument is designed to de-escalate and induce discontinuation of specific coercive measures through dialogue as a first step.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers agreed on a proposal for a Council directive on rates of value added tax (VAT). The updates to the legislation aim to ensure member states are treated equally and give them more flexibility to apply reduced and zero VAT rates. The rules also aim to phase out preferential treatments for environmentally harmful goods.
Global Gateway: up to €300 billion for the European Union's strategy to boost sustainable links around the world
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy launch the Global Gateway, the new European Strategy to boost smart, clean and secure links in digital, energy and transport and strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.
Modernising judicial cooperation: Commission paves the way for further digitalisation of EU justice systems
The European Commission has adopted several initiatives to digitalise EU justice systems, making them more accessible and effective. The overarching aim of the measures is to make digital communication channels the default channel in cross-border judicial cases, thus translating one of the priorities set out in last year's Communication on the Digitalisation of Justice into action.
Coronavirus: Commission proposes to strengthen coordination of safe travel in the EU
The European Commission has proposed to update the rules on coordination of safe and free movement in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes new measures to boost Europe's capital markets
The European Commission has adopted a package of measures to improve the ability of companies to raise capital across the EU and ensure that Europeans get the best deals for their savings and investments.
European Semester Autumn Package: rebounding stronger from the crisis and making Europe greener and more digital
The European Commission has launched the 2022 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The European Semester Autumn Package includes the Annual Sustainable Growth Survey, Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2022, policy recommendations for the euro area and the Commission's proposal for a Joint Employment Report.
Commission outlines contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, which frames the important role of competition policy for Europe's path towards recovery, the green and digital transitions, and for a resilient Single Market.
European Green Deal: Commission adopts new proposals to stop deforestation
The Commission adopted three new initiatives that are necessary for making the European Green Deal a reality. The Commission is proposing new rules to curb EU-driven deforestation, as well as new rules to facilitate intra-EU waste shipments to promote circular economy and tackle the export of illegal waste and waste challenges to third countries.
Agreement reached on 2022 EU budget
The Council reached an agreement with the European Parliament on the 2022 EU budget, setting total commitments at €169 515,8 million and payments at €170 603,3 million. Next year’s budget strongly reflects the EU’s main priorities: economic recovery, fighting climate change, and the green and digital transitions.
Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine
The European Commission approved the eighth contract with a pharmaceutical company with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The contract with Valneva provides for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase almost 27 million doses in 2022.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Ministers exchanged views on the future of the EU’s economic governance following the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed the energy price and inflation developments and shared their initial views on the Basel III package.
COP26: European Commission announces €1 billion pledge to protect world forests
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced €1 billion at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow as the European Union contribution to the Global Forests Finance Pledge. This 5-year support package from the EU budget will help partner countries to protect, restore and sustainably manage forests worldwide and deliver on the Paris Agreement.
Commission strengthens cybersecurity of wireless devices and products
The Commission has taken action to improve the cybersecurity of wireless devices available on the European market. As mobile phones, smart watches, fitness trackers and wireless toys are more and more present in our everyday life, cyber threats pose a growing risk for every consumer.
Banking Package 2021: new EU rules to strengthen banks' resilience and better prepare for the future
The European Commission has adopted a review of EU banking rules (the Capital Requirements Regulation and the Capital Requirements Directive). These new rules will ensure that EU banks become more resilient to potential future economic shocks, while contributing to Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition to climate neutrality.
State of the Energy Union 2021: Renewables overtake fossil fuels as the EU's main power source
The Commission adopted its State of the Energy Union Reports for 2021, taking stock of the progress that the EU is making in delivering the clean energy transition, nearly two years after the launch of the European Green Deal.
Plenary highlights: Poland, Sakharov Prize, climate, food
MEPs said the primacy of EU law must be upheld in Poland, welcomed the EU's new farm to fork strategy and awarded Alexei Navalny the 2021 Sakharov Prize.
Main results of the European Council
EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss COVID-19, energy prices, trade and external relations. They also held a debate on the rule of law and discussed migration and the EU’s digital transition.
Commission relaunches the review of EU economic governance
The European Commission has adopted a Communication that takes stock of the changed circumstances for economic governance in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis and relaunches the public debate on the review of the EU's economic governance framework.
Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts
The Commission adopted a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe's people and businesses.
The summit reaffirmed the continued commitment to strengthening the political association and economic integration of Ukraine with the European Union, and the European Union's unwavering support to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Commission to provide 60,000 rail passes to young Europeans
The Commission will provide free travel rail passes to 60,000 Europeans aged from 18 to 20 years, thanks to DiscoverEU. Applications open tomorrow, 12 October, at noon and close on 26 October, at noon, for a travel period in 2022, which will be the European Year of Youth.
Plenary highlights: energy prices, tax revelations, Arctic
MEPs discussed solutions to the current energy price hikes as well as new tax avoidance revelations during October's first plenary session.
Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers held a debate on pre-trial detention, an issue which has an impact on individual freedoms and is also important for mutual trust and mutual recognition. They were also informed about the latest developments regarding the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).
Use of artificial intelligence by the police: MEPs oppose mass surveillance
To combat discrimination and ensure the right to privacy, MEPs demand strong safeguards when artificial intelligence tools are used in law enforcement.
EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia
During the summit, EU leaders adopted a declaration, with which the Western Balkans leaders have aligned themselves. The declaration reaffirms the EU's unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans.
Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to exchange views on the Fit for 55 package, prepare the COP26 climate summit and discuss the new EU forest strategy for 2030.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Economy and financial affairs ministers discussed the economic recovery, in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the implementation of the SURE instrument and Malta's national recovery and resilience plan. They also continued preparations for international meetings, including the G20, IMFC and COP26.
Commission presents first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life
The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. With antisemitism worryingly on the rise, in Europe and beyond, the Strategy sets out a series of measures articulated around three pillars: to prevent all forms of antisemitism; to protect and foster Jewish life; and to promote research, education and Holocaust remembrance.
Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macro-economic developments in the euro area, including inflation and energy price developments.
New Pact on Migration and Asylum: reporting on developments and stepping up fight against migrant exploitation
One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is presenting a Report on Migration and Asylum. The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive.
Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges
The Commission launches 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 inspiring goals in these areas.
European Health Union: Towards a reform of EU's pharmaceutical legislation
As part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020.
Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Research)
EU research ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s global approach to research and innovation and discussed the new European Research Area.
Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York
At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.
Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign
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 involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies.
Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day
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 the development of organic production, adopted by the Commission on 25 March 2021, which announced the creation of such a day to raise awareness of organic production.
Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws
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.
Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices
The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices.
Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future
The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020.
Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries
The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.
Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card
Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless.
Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach.
Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.
Griffiths to Security Council: ‘Your responsibility is not over’ to Syrian people
The UN and its partners need to reach more Syrians with immediate life-saving aid, the UN relief chief warned the Security Council on Thursday, calling for expanded access and more funds to sustain humanitarian operations, as the country struggles with an uptick in violence, deepening economic crisis, and a winter storm that has left a ‘trail of destruction’ in its wake.
In central Sahel, ‘needs are growing faster than generosity’
“Needs are growing faster than generosity” in the central Sahel, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs told a group of senior officials on Thursday, meeting to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation across the vast African region.
UNICEF providing aid for children caught up in Syria prison siege
Boys and girls caught up in intense fighting which raged for six days around a besieged prison in northeast Syria, need protection and assistance, the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, said on Thursday.
Food insecurity soaring across 20 hunger hotspots
Food insecurity is soaring across 20 countries and regions - “hunger hotspots”, where conflict, economic shocks, natural hazards, political instability, and limited humanitarian access, are putting millions of lives at risk, UN agencies highlighted on Thursday.
UN report finds nature conservation funding must triple globally this decade
G20 leading industrialized nations must embrace their role as influential leaders against climate change, by aligning development and economic recovery with international nature and climate goals, according to a new UN report, published on Thursday.
UN remembers ‘unprecedented horror and calculated cruelty’ of the Holocaust
The Holocaust “defined the United Nations”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a virtual ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, recalling that the UN Charter was drafted in San Francisco “as the Dachau concentration camp was liberated”.
UN assisting thousands affected by Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique
UN teams are on the ground in Mozambique assisting thousands of people affected by Tropical Storm Ana, which made landfall in central and northern regions of the country earlier this week.
Tonga tsunami: ‘Kids were screaming as if a war was upon us’
A Tongan family’s trip to visit relatives on Mango island earlier this month turned into a nightmare, when the country was devastated by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, and subsequent tsunami.
Military solution for Syria remains 'an illusion': Pedersen
With no shifts in the frontlines in almost two years, the UN Special Envoy for Syria warnedt he Security Council about “a strategic stalemate” in the nearly 11-year-old war.
WHO: New guidance on treating complications due to unsafe abortion
New insights into quality of care for girls and women facing medical complications due to unsafe abortion were published on Wednesday by the UN health agency and partners.
COVID-19 cases in the Americas reach highest level yet
More than eight million new COVID-19 cases were reported in the Americas last week, the highest weekly caseload since the start of the pandemic, the head of the regional office of the World Health Organization (WHO) told journalists on Wednesday.
Bachelet: ‘We need to push back against hatred’
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned on Wednesday that “racism and xenophobia are rising sharply”, highlighting violent attacks on Jewish sites and antisemitic incidents reported in many countries.
‘We cannot abandon the people of Afghanistan’ Guterres tells Security Council
With Afghanistan “hanging by a thread” six months after the Taliban takeover, the world cannot abandon the country now – for the sake of its people and overall global security, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the Security Council on Wednesday.
UN mourns ‘true pioneer’: Brigadier General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu
For the United Nations’ Secretary General, Brigadier General Constance Emefa Edjeani-Afenu, who passed away this week in her home country, Ghana, was “a true pioneer.”
Pledge to ‘never forget’ the Holocaust, Guterres tells synagogue ceremony
People everywhere must stand firm against hate, amid rising antisemitism and other forms of religious bigotry, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday.
January will ‘almost certainly’ shatter records for civilian casualties in Yemen
Violence in Yemen continues to escalate, raising casualties and spilling across the war-torn country’s borders, the Special Envoy for the country and the Humanitarian Coordinator warned on Tuesday.
Madagascar: Deadly tropical storms cause flooding, landslides
Two separate tropical weather systems in Madagascar have left at least 34 dead and triggered flooding and landslides, particularly in the capital, Antananarivo, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on Tuesday.
More than 50 million worldwide hit by urban conflict
Opening a Security Council debate on how to protect civilians caught up in urban conflict,the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday said that more than 50 million people are currently impacted by fighting inside towns and cities.
UN mission calls for probe into deadly attack in South Sudan
Authorities in South Sudan must investigate a report of deadly intercommunal violence in Jonglei State earlier this week, the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, said on Tuesday.
Syria: 700 child detainees held in prison under siege
Four days after ISIL terrorists launched apparently coordinated attacks on a large prison in northeast Syria in a bid to free fighters detained there, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, described the still unfolding situation on Tuesday as “deeply troubling”.
Bachelet deplores military coup in Burkina Faso
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet deeply deplores this week’s military takeover in Burkina Faso, her office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.
Rising caseloads, disrupted recovery, higher inflation: New IMF forecast
The global economy is entering 2022 in a weaker position than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced on Tuesday, in an update to their World Economic Outlook (WEO).
UN chief calls for Olympic Truce to build ‘culture of peace’ through sport
Secretary-General António Guterres is urging the world to “build a culture of peace” through the power of sport, calling for nations to observe the Olympic Truce, endorsed last week through a resolution of the UN General Assembly.
Guterres calls on Burkina Faso coup leaders to ‘lay down their arms’
Following Sunday’s coup in Burkina Faso carried out by sections of the armed forces, the United Nations’ Secretary-General is following the developments in the landlocked West African nation with deep concern.
Senior humanitarian describes 'horror scenes' in Syria camps
Well below zero temperatures hitting Syria this week have turned camps for internally displaced people into disaster zones, the UN Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator warned on Monday.
Unified Libya will come only via ballot box, ‘not the gun’, Security Council hears
Libya is at a “delicate and fragile juncture in its path to unity and stability”, the UN Political Affairs chief told the Security Council on Monday, urging the international community to remain united in supporting national elections postponed last month.
‘No free ride’ for COVID, it's here ‘for the foreseeable future’: Tedros
The world must accept that COVID-19 is with us “for the foreseeable future”, even if it is possible to end the acute phase of the pandemic this year, UN health agency chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said on Monday.
‘Global learning crisis’ continues says Guterres; millions still hit
Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures continue to disrupt the lives of over 31 million students, exacerbating what the United Nations’ Secretary General called “a global learning crisis.”
Interview: As millions fall behind, how can we bridge the growing education gap?
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on education, laying bare a crisis that was already causing widespread concern well before the spread of the virus. Robert Jenkins, the Director of Education at the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling for a transformation in learning, amid warnings that the current system is failing millions of people.
Bringing dry land in the Sahel back to life
Millions of hectares of farmland are lost to the desert each year in Africa’s Sahel region, but the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is showing that traditional knowledge, combined with the latest technology, can turn arid ground back into fertile soil.