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Navaľného zadržanie môže spustiť využívanie európskeho Magnitského zákona
Nedávno schválený zákon EÚ podľa amerického vzoru Magnitského aktu, ktorý bloku umožňuje ukladať sankcie voči porušovateľom ľudských práv, by mohol čoskoro ožiť. V Únii totiž v súvislosti so zadržaním Alexeja Navaľného narastá počet výziev na uplatnenie nových opatrení voči Rusku.

Nemeckým konzervatívcom bude šéfovať umiernený Armin Laschet
Nemecká CDU zvolila do svojho čela predsedu krajinskej vlády Severného Porýnia – Vestfálska Armina Lascheta. Stranu povedie do septembrových parlamentných volieb.

Jourová: Po odchode Trumpa musíme bojovať, aby sme vytiahli demokraciu z ruín
Odchádzajúci americký prezident nie je len príčinou, ale predovšetkým symptómom. Aj keď odíde, základné dôvody rozdelenia, nedôvery a frustrácie, nezmiznú. Tieto vlastnosti nie sú jedinečné pre americkú spoločnosť a máme ich aj u nás doma, v Európe, píše Věra Jourová.

Slovensko sa ocitlo medzi európskou špičkou v obnoviteľnej energii. Veľmi sa tým nechváli
Podľa Eurostatu sa Slovensko skokovo zaradilo medzi krajiny, ktoré vedú v zelenej energii.  Do štatistiky sa totiž dostali nové údaje o spotrebe biomasy v domácnostiach. Bude to mať ďalekosiahle dôsledky pre slovenskú energetickú politiku, hovoria výrobcovia energie z obnoviteľných zdrojov.

Rezort financií vyzýva verejnosť k pripomienkovaniu plánu obnovy
Verejnosť môže na špeciálnej stránke navrhovať oblasti, na ktoré by sa mali sústrediť investície a reformy v národnom pláne obnovy. 

O poučeniach z koronakrízy a výzvach pre Slovensko v Únii
Návrat do čias pred pandémiou už nestačí, potrebujeme „nový normál“. Koronakríza preto nie je iba výzvou, ale aj príležitosťou, ktorú treba využiť, píše v komentári štátny tajomník rezortu diplomacie MARTIN KLUS (SaS).

Európsky týždeň | Európske očkovacie preukazy majú v Únii aj zarytých odporcov
Certifikáty po očkovaní sa ako návrh objavujú v európskej vakcinačnej stratégii, predstavenej začiatkom decembra. Najmä juhoeurópske krajiny sa na ne spoliehajú v súvislosti s letnou turistickou sezónou. Odporcovia však hovoria o delení obyvateľstva na základe zdravotného stavu.

Európska zahraničná a obranná politika v roku 2021: Skrotí znovuobjavenie Ameriky ambície Únie?
Spoločnú zahraničnú a bezpečnostnú politiku Únie v novom roku ovplyvní budovanie post-Trumpovského transatlantizmu. Brusel zapracuje aj na nových partnerstvách s regiónmi, o ktoré rastie záujem najmä v súvislosti s klimatickými zmenami, vrátane Indie, Afriky a Arktídy.

EURACTIV Podcast | Rok 2021 očami redaktorov EURACTIV Slovensko
O tom, aká agenda by mala dominovať tento rok v EÚ hovoria redaktorky a redaktori portálu EURACTIV.sk. Pokrývajú témy odpovede na pandémiu, právneho štátu, klimatickej politiky, digitalizácie, zahraničných vzťahov, bezpečnosti, obehovej ekonomiky, dopravy a poľnohospodárstva.

Summit o biodiverzite: Na zelený pás naprieč Afrikou pôjde 14 miliárd dolárov
Koalícia 50 krajín vrátane Slovenska sa počas budúcej dekády zaviazala zabrániť vymieraniu druhov a ochrániť biodiverzitu na 30 percentách planéty. Enviroaktivisti vystríhajú pre greenwashingom. Vysadenie pásu zelene krížom cez Afriku, zastavenie pandémií a záväzok viac ako 50 štátov, že budú...

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Maroš Šefčovič o zrýchlení očkovania: Do konca leta by malo byť zaočkovaných minimálne 70% dospelej populácie

Očkovanie sú akési preteky s časom. Dnes sme preto schválili ďalšie konkrétne kroky s cieľom zrýchliť očkovanie a dodávky vakcín. Vyše 13 miliónov očkovacích dávok už dorazilo do jednotlivých členských krajín EÚ, pričom boli férovo prerozdelené podľa počtu obyvateľov. Vďaka tomu už máme zaočkovaných vyše 5 miliónov ľudí. Avšak tempo očkovania sa líši od krajiny …

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I. Korčok: Vymenovanie Jána Kubiša na významný post OSN je potvrdením jeho kvalít, aj našej diplomacie

Generálny tajomník Organizácie Spojených národov (OSN) António Guterres vymenoval v pondelok 18. januára 2021 slovenského diplomata Jána Kubiša za svojho nového osobitného vyslanca pre Líbyu a vedúceho podpornej misie OSN v Líbyi (UNSMIL). Ministerstvo zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Slovenskej republiky vyjadruje Jánovi Kubišovi plnú podporu pri výkone jeho funkcie a tiež presvedčenie, že svojim …

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L. Ď. Nicholsonová: Je nelogické podmieniť športové aktivity v exteriéri negatívnym testom

Europoslankyňa Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová (SaS/ECR) sa vyjadrila k povinnosti preukazovať sa negatívnym testom na COVID-19 aj pri športových aktivitách v exteriéri. Prepis videa si môžete prečítať tu: Ako bežkyni, ktorá sa pohybuje v prostredí aktívnych športovcov, mi príde nelogické, že vláda podmienila športové aktivity v exteriéri alebo pobyt v prírode negatívnym testom, najmä ak zoberiem …

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Ivan Štefanec: Pri vakcinácii musí Európska únia postupovať spoločne

Európsky parlament dnes rokuje o ďalšom postupe pri vakcinácii proti ochoreniu COVID-19. Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca (KDH) bolo spoločné zakontrahovanie očkovacích látok veľkým úspechom, no tempo očkovania samotného je znepokojujúco nízke a v každej krajine iné. “Ak chceme v dohľadnom čase obnoviť úplnú slobodu pohybu, ktorá je …

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Pandémia a brexit ohrozujú železničného dopravcu Eurostar

Šéf francúzskej štátnej železničnej spoločnosti SNCF sa obáva o budúcnosť železničného dopravcu Eurostar, ktorý spája Veľkú Britániu s kontinentálnou Európu a vážne ho poškodilo zastavenie cestovania počas pandémie aj vplyv brexitu. Jean-Pierre Farandou, generálny riaditeľ spoločnosti SNCF, ktorá vlastní 55 percent firmy Eurostar, pre rozhlasovú stanicu France Inter v utorok povedal, že „situácia prepravcu Eurostar …

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KORONAVÍRUS: Merkelová uvažuje o zavedení prísnejších opatrení

Nemecká kancelárka Angela Merkelová v utorok s premiérmi 16 nemeckých spolkových krajín virtuálne prediskutuje pandemické opatrenia v krajine, kde sa šíria obavy, že nová mutácia koronavírusu môže spôsobiť prudký nárast prípadov. Infikovanosť v Nemecku sa v ostatných týždňoch stabilizovala, čo naznačuje, že súčasné obmedzenia mohli byť účinné pri znižovaní počtu nakazených. Tamojšie centrum pre kontrolu …

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Produkcia v slovenskom stavebníctve rástla tretím najvýraznejším tempom v rámci EÚ

Stavebná výroba na Slovensku v novembri oproti predchádzajúcemu mesiacu posilnila o sedem percent. Podľa údajov, ktoré zverejnil v utorok štatistický úrad Európskej únie Eurostat, bol jej rast tretí najvýraznejší v rámci celej EÚ. Slovenské stavebníctvo sa zotavilo po októbrovom prepade o 4,2 percenta. Výraznejším tempom ako v novembri na Slovensku produkcia rástla iba vo februári, …

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M. Klus: COVID-19 certifikáty môžu uľahčiť cestovanie v EÚ a odbremeniť od byrokracie

„Spustením očkovania koncom roka 2020 sme vyslali dôležitý signál európskej spolupráce, no teraz sa naše koordinačné úsilie musí zamerať aj na získanie maximálneho množstva vakcín v čo najkratšom čase. Okrem toho Slovensko podporuje aj skoré zavedenie COVID-19 certifikátu, ktorý by umožnil čo najvyššiu mieru voľného pohybu v EÚ pri zachovaní potrebnej bezpečnosti. Takýto certifikát by …

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M. Beňová: Je dobre, že vakcíny zabezpečuje Únia, naša vláda by to nezvládla

Poslanci Európskeho parlamentu sa budú na úvod utorňajšieho plenárneho zasadnutia zaoberať dostupnosťou vakcín. Európska komisia v zmysle prijatej stratégie v oblasti vakcín proti koronavírusu doposiaľ uzavrela dohody o predbežnom nákupe s viacerými výrobcami v objeme približne dvoch miliárd dávok. Vakcíny sú do jednotlivých členských štátov distribuované potom ako získajú povolenie na úrovni Európskej únie, sú …

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Minister zahraničných vecí Maas očakáva konštruktívny dialóg s Tureckom

Nemecký minister zahraničných vecí Heiko Maas bude v pondelok rokovať s tureckým kolegom Mevlütom Čavušogluom. Pred schôdzkou v Ankare privítal nedávne kroky Turecka, ktoré signalizovalo ochotu prispieť k zlepšeniu vzťahov s Európskou úniou. „Pozitívnu atmosféru posledných týždňov je potrebné zachovať, aby sa obnovila dôvera a vytvoril základ pre dialóg zameraný na riešenia,” povedal nemecký minister. …

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Vyhlásenie Klubu 500 k plošnému testovaniu

Vláda Slovenskej republiky po päťdňovom kontinuálnom zasadnutí prijala rozhodnutie, na základe ktorého sa má na Slovensku do 27.1.2021 uskutočniť plošné testovanie. Urobila tak aj napriek výhradám odborníkov, ktorí neodporúčali plošné testovanie, ale odporúčali lokálne testovanie v najviac zasiahnutých okresoch, mestách a obciach. Klub 500 pozorne sleduje rozhodnutia Vlády Slovenskej republiky. Zastrešujeme veľkých zamestnávateľov vo výrobných …

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Podpredseda Európskej komisie Šefčovič trvá na dobrovoľnosti očkovania

Podpredseda Európskej komisie (EK) Maroš Šefčovič trvá na tom, aby očkovanie proti koronavírusu bolo dobrovoľné. Vyjadril sa tak v súvislosti s obavami, že obyvatelia Európskej únie by mohli mať povinnosť zaočkovať sa, aby sa im umožnilo cestovanie. EK totiž posudzuje návrh Grécka, aby sa vydávali doklady o zaočkovaní s cieľom urýchliť cestovanie turistov a vyhnúť …

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Rybárske spoločnosti protestovali pred parlamentom proti pobrexitovej byrokracii

Asi dvanásť nákladných vozidiel vlastnených britskými rybárskymi spoločnosťami sa v pondelok zhromaždilo v Londýne pred budovou parlamentu Spojeného kráľovstva, aby protestovalo proti byrokracii spojenej s brexitom. Britské rybárske komunity patrili k najsilnejším podporovateľom brexitu, no necelé tri týždne po definitívnom rozchode Spojeného kráľovstva s Európskou úniou tvrdia, že čelia krachu a pripisujú to novej pobrexitovej …

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Nová časť diskusie Vidíme sa hostila ministerku Máriu Kolíkovú

Zastúpenie Európskej komisie na Slovensku prichádza s ďalším pokračovaním diskusie Vidíme sa, hostkou bola ministerka spravodlivosti. „Princípy právneho štátu a demokracie sú úplnou nevyhnutnosťou pre Slovensko, aby sme ich tu mali a dôsledne ich dodržiavali,” pripomína Mária Kolíková. Zaujíma vás, ako hodnotí minuloročné zatýkanie „veľkých rýb” a napredovanie reformy slovenskej justície ministerka spravodlivosti a podpredsedníčka …

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Nový európsky Bauhaus: Komisia otvára fázu koncipovania

Komisia otvorila fázu koncipovania iniciatívy Nový európsky Bauhaus, ktorú ohlásila predsedníčka von der Leyenová vo svojom prejave o stave Únie v roku 2020. Nový európsky Bauhaus je environmentálny, hospodársky a kultúrny projekt s cieľom kombinovať dizajn, udržateľnosť, prístupnosť, finančnú dostupnosť a investície v snahe pomôcť realizovať európsku zelenú dohodu. Jeho kľúčové hodnoty sú teda udržateľnosť, estetika a inkluzívnosť. …

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Komisia schválila pomoc Slovensku vo výške 8 miliónov eur na podporu profi športovcov

Európska komisia schválila slovenskú schému vo výške 8 miliónov eur na podporu športových klubov, ktoré sa zúčastňujú na profesionálnych ligách v súvislosti s obmedzeniami spôsobenými pandémiou koronavírusu. Schéma bola schválená na základe dočasného rámca štátnej pomoci a bude mať podobu priamych grantov pre spoločnosti, ktoré zaznamenali výrazný pokles príjmov v dôsledku pandémie. Cieľom schémy je …

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Michel Barnier exkluzívne pre EuropskeNoviny.sk: Británia rázne odmietla byť naďalej zastúpená v programe Erasmus

Prinášame vám exkluzívny rozhovor s Michelom Barnierom, ktorý bol od roku 2016 hlavným vyjednávačom ​Európskej únie počas rokovaní s ​britskou vládou o podmienkach ​vystúpenia Spojeného kráľovstva​​ z Európskej únie​. V rozhovore sa dozviete:  ako vyzerajú rokovania vyjednávačov, ako sa vyriešila írska poistka, či bude možnosť študovať cez program Erasmus vo Veĺkej Británii, prečo britská strana …

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EÚ: Rozdiely v odmeňovaní žien a mužov sú stále výrazné, upozorňujú odbory

Podľa štúdie Európskej konfederácie odborových zväzov (EOK) sú ženy v Európe, ktoré vykonávajú práce vyžadujúce identické zručnosti ako práce mužov, stále platené podstatne menej. Hlavná odborová organizácia, ktorá zastrešuje 45 miliónov členov v 38 európskych štátoch, porovnávala mzdy vo dvoch krajinách západnej a východnej časti kontinentu – v Nemecku a Rumunsku, pričom do úvahy brala …

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V Bruseli to ožíva, tohtotýždňový program je nabitý

Pondelok 18/1 ·       spustenie nového európskeho Bauhausu, tlačová konferencia eurokomisárok E. Ferreirovej a M. Gabrielovej, sledujte naživo cez EbS (11:00, Brusel) ·       videokonferencia Euroskupiny Témy: nerovnováhy v eurozóne v dôsledku krízy spôsobenej pandémiou COVID-19, plány podpory obnovy a odolnosti, vzťahy USA v menovej a finančnej oblasti (inkluzívny formát EÚ 27)    ·       neformálna videokonferencia ministrov pre európske záležitosti Témy: pracovný program portugalského predsedníctva, konferencia o budúcnosti Európy, koordinácia …

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Európske vlády a USA požadujú prepustenie Navaľného

Niekoľko európskych vlád aj predstavitelia Spojených štátov vyzvali na prepustenie ruského opozičného lídra Alexeja Navaľného, ktorého v nedeľu zatkli po prílete do Moskvy. Informuje o tom spravodajský portál BBC. Prepustenie jedného z najväčších kritikov ruského prezidenta Vladimira Putina žiadajú napríklad Francúzsko a Taliansko i predseda Európskej rady Charles Michel, ktorý na sociálnej a mikroblogovacej sieti …

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EU Newsroom

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference

Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19
Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic.

Commission takes further steps to foster the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system
The European Commission presents a new strategy to stimulate the openness, strength and resilience of the EU's economic and financial system for the years to come.

Statement from the President of the European Commission following the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday in Moscow

New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase
The Commission has launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address.

European Citizens' Initiative: European Commission replies to ‘Minority Safepack' initiative
The European Commission responded to the European Citizens' Initiative ‘Minority Safepack – one million signatures for diversity in Europe', the fifth successful Initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. The Initiative aims to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities.

Coronavirus: Commission concludes exploratory talks with Valneva to secure a new potential vaccine
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with the pharmaceutical company Valneva with a view to purchasing its potential vaccine against COVID-19. The envisaged contract with Valneva would provide for the possibility for all EU Member States to purchase together 30 million doses, and they could further purchase up to 30 million more doses.

Commission proposes to purchase up to 300 million additional doses of BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine
The European Commission proposes to the EU Member States to purchase an additional 200 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by BioNTech and Pfizer, with the option to acquire another 100 million doses.

European Innovation Council Fund: first equity investments of €178 million in breakthrough innovations
The Commission has announced the first round of direct equity investment through the new European Innovation Council (EIC) Fund. 42 highly innovative start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) will together receive equity financing of around €178 million to develop and scale up breakthrough innovations in health, circular economy, advanced manufacturing and other areas.

European Commission authorises second safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by Moderna, the second COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement: protecting European interests, ensuring fair competition, and continued cooperation in areas of mutual interest
After intensive negotiations, the European Commission has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom on the terms of its future cooperation with the European Union.

European Commission authorises first safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19
The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for the COVID‑19 vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer, making it the first COVID-19 vaccine authorised in the EU.

Coronavirus: Commission puts forward rules on rapid antigen tests and secures 20 million tests for Member States
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council recommendation on a common framework for the use, validation and mutual recognition of rapid antigen tests.

Plenary highlights: EU budget, Sakharov Prize, water
MEPs approved the EU's budget for 2021-2027 and presented the Sakharov Prize to opposition leaders in Belarus during the 14-18 December plenary.

Commission publishes recommendations for Common Agricultural Policy national strategic plans
The Commission has published recommendations for each Member State to assist in the drafting of their Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) strategic plans, accompanied by a Communication.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
Ministers reached an agreement on the three regulations fixing fishing opportunities for 2021 in certain areas of the Atlantic, North Sea, Mediterranean and Black Sea as well as for certain deep-sea stocks (the latter also for 2022). They also approved Council conclusions on an EU-wide animal welfare label.

Multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027 adopted
Following the European Parliament's consent, the Council has adopted the regulation laying down the EU's multiannual financial framework for 2021-2027.

Main results of the Environment Council

EU regions get additional 47.5 billion EUR to tackle local effects of COVID-19

New EU Cybersecurity Strategy and new rules to make physical and digital critical entities more resilient
As a key component of Shaping Europe's Digital Future, the Recovery Plan for Europe and the EU Security Union Strategy, the Strategy will bolster Europe's collective resilience against cyber threats and help to ensure that all citizens and businesses can fully benefit from trustworthy and reliable services and digital tools.

Coronavirus response: Tackling non-performing loans (NPLs) to enable banks to support EU households and businesses
The European Commission has presented a strategy to prevent a future build-up of non-performing loans (NPLs) across the European Union, as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The strategy aims to ensure that EU households and businesses continue to have access to the funding they need throughout the crisis.

Parliament adopts deal to improve quality of tap water and reduce plastic litter
The new rules are designed to offer high quality tap water across the EU. This is in response to the demands of over 1.8 million Europeans who signed the first-ever successful European Citizens’ Initiative, “Right2Water”, in support of improving access to safe drinking water for all Europeans.

Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules for digital platforms
The Commission has proposed an ambitious reform of the digital space, a comprehensive set of new rules for all digital services, including social media, online market places, and other online platforms that operate in the European Union: the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act.

Commission proposes revised rules for cross-border energy infrastructure in line with the European Green Deal
The European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the EU rules on Trans-European Networks for Energy (the TEN-E Regulation) to better support the modernisation of Europe's cross-border energy infrastructure and achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal.

Main results of the video conference of energy ministers
EU energy ministers held an informal video conference to discuss energy system integration in the EU. They also received an update by the Commission on external energy relations and on a number of other matters.

Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers

Main results of the European Council
EU leaders reached a deal to address the concerns expressed on the recovery package and agreed on the 55% emissions reduction goal. They also adopted conclusions on COVID-19, security and external relations, and met for a Euro Summit in inclusive format.

Green Deal: Sustainable batteries for a circular and climate neutral economy
The European Commission proposes to modernise EU legislation on batteries, delivering its first initiative among the actions announced in the new Circular Economy Action Plan.

Relations with the UK: Commission proposes targeted contingency measures to prepare for possible “no-deal” scenario
The European Commission has put forward a set of targeted contingency measures ensuring basic reciprocal air and road connectivity between the EU and the UK, as well as allowing for the possibility of reciprocal fishing access by EU and UK vessels to each other's waters.

Security Union: A Counter-Terrorism Agenda and stronger Europol to boost the EU's resilience
The Commission presented a new Counter-Terrorism Agenda for the EU to step up the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and boost the EU's resilience to terrorist threats.

A fundamental transport transformation: Commission presents its plan for green, smart and affordable mobility
The European Commission presented its ‘Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy' together with an Action Plan of 82 initiatives that will guide our work for the next four years. This strategy lays the foundation for how the EU transport system can achieve its green and digital transformation and become more resilient to future crises.

Main results of the video conference of transport ministers

Main results of the video conference of telecommunications ministers

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers exchanged views on transatlantic relations, strategic autonomy and current affairs. The Council also adopted the EU global human rights sanctions regime, as well as conclusions on EU-US relations and Lebanon.

European Democracy Action Plan: making EU democracies stronger
Standing up to challenges to our democratic systems from rising extremism and perceived distance between people and politicians, the Action Plan sets out measures to promote free and fair elections, strengthen media freedom and counter disinformation.

December infringements package: key decisions

Digital Decade: Commission launches Action Plan to support recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sectors
The Commission adopted an Action Plan to support the recovery and transformation of the media and audiovisual sector. These sectors, particularly hit by the coronavirus crisis, are essential for democracy, Europe's cultural diversity and digital autonomy.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of employment and social policy

Commission renews its commitment to strengthen fundamental rights in the EU

Coronavirus: Commission presents “Staying safe from COVID-19 during winter” strategy

EU-US: A new transatlantic agenda for global change
The European Commission and the High Representative put forward a proposal for a new, forward-looking transatlantic agenda.

Modernising EU justice systems: New package to speed up digitalisation of justice systems and boost training of justice professionals
The European Commission adopted a package of initiatives to modernise the EU justice systems. The two main pillars of the new package are the Communication on the digitalisation of justice in the EU, and the new Strategy on European judicial training.

Main results of the video conference of justice ministers

Commission disburses €8.5 billion under SURE to five Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €8.5 billion in the third instalment of financial support to five Member States under the SURE instrument. As part of today's operations, Belgium has received €2 billion, Hungary €200 million, Portugal €3 billion, Romania €3 billion and Slovakia €300 million.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed amendments to the Council directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation ('DAC 7'), confirming their support for the agreement reached at technical level. They also exchanged views on the banking union, the capital markets union, the European Semester, international taxation and international debt relief.

EU greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2019 to the lowest level in three decades
The Commission adopted its annual EU Climate Action Progress Report, covering the EU's progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Greenhouse gas emissions in the EU-27 decreased by 3.7 % year-on-year, while GDP grew by 1.5%. Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup reached a political agreement on the reform of the ESM Treaty and the early introduction of the common backstop to the Single Resolution Fund (SRF) by the beginning of 2022. Ministers also discussed the eighth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and greenlighted the release of the fourth tranche of policy-contingent debt measures.

Plenary highlights: consumer rights, homelessness, media freedom
MEPs approved new rights for consumers, called for an end to homelessness and set out their position on the EU’s industrial strategy during the 23-26 November plenary session.

Main results of the EU-Australia leaders' meeting
At a leaders' virtual meeting President Michel, President von der Leyen and Australian Prime Minster Morrison highlighted their resolve to fight the pandemic together and build more sustainable, inclusive and resilient economies. They also noted the good progress made towards a trade agreement.

Gender Action Plan – putting women and girls' rights at the heart of the global recovery for a gender-equal world
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Commission proposes measures to boost data sharing and support European data spaces
The Regulation will facilitate data sharing across the EU and between sectors to create wealth for society, increase control and trust of both citizens and companies regarding their data, and offer an alternative European model to data handling practice of major tech platforms.

MEPs call on EU leaders to end MFF deadlock without giving in on rule of law

Affordable, accessible and safe medicines for all: the Commission presents a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe
The Commission has today a Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe to ensure patients have access to innovative and affordable medicines and to support the competitiveness, innovative capacity and sustainability of the EU's pharmaceutical industry.

EU consumers will soon be able to defend their rights collectively
Parliament endorsed a new law that will allow groups of consumers to join forces and launch collective action in the EU. The new rules introduce a harmonised model for representative action in all member states that guarantees consumers are well protected against mass harm, while ensuring appropriate safeguards to avoid abusive lawsuits.

Statement by President von der Leyen on Moderna

Inclusion for all: Commission presents action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027
The action plan promotes inclusion for all, recognising the important contribution of migrants to the EU and addressing the barriers that can hinder participation and inclusion of people with a migrant background, from newcomers to citizens, in European society.

Marked improvement in Europe's air quality over past decade, fewer deaths linked to pollution
Better air quality has led to a significant reduction of premature deaths over the past decade in Europe. However, the European Environment Agency's (EEA) latest official data show that almost all Europeans still suffer from air pollution, leading to about 400,000 premature deaths across the continent.

Main results of the video conference of development ministers

Main results of the G20 summit
At a virtual summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, the G20 leaders expressed their strong commitment to coordinated global action, solidarity, and multilateral cooperation. They committed to working together to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, restore growth and jobs, and build a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient future.

Main results of the video conference of the members of the European Council
Meeting via video conference, EU leaders agreed to further strengthen coordination against the COVID-19 pandemic. They focused in particular on mutual recognition of tests, vaccine deployment and a common approach to lifting restrictive measures.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
During a video conference, EU foreign affairs ministers were briefed about the outcome of the US elections, and the situation in Afghanistan, Belarus, Nagorno Karabakh, the Eastern Mediterranean and Ethiopia. They discussed multilateralism, and exchanged views with the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki.

Boosting Offshore Renewable Energy for a Climate Neutral Europe
To help meet the EU's goal of climate neutrality by 2050, the European Commission presented the EU Strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy. The Strategy proposes to increase Europe's offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050.

Main results of the video conference of internal market and industry ministers

European Semester Autumn Package: Supporting a sustainable and inclusive recovery amid high uncertainty
The European Commission presented its autumn economic policy package, including the Opinions on euro area Draft Budgetary Plans (DBPs) for 2021 and policy recommendations for the euro area.

Commission disburses €14 billion under SURE to nine Member States
The European Commission has disbursed €14 billion to nine EU countries in the second instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with CureVac to ensure access to a potential vaccine
The European Commission has approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19.

Main results of the video conference of European affairs ministers

Commission launches new complaints system to fight trade barriers and violations of sustainable trade commitments

LIFE programme: over €280 million in EU funding for environment, nature and climate action projects
The European Commission has approved an investment package of more than €280 million from the EU budget for over 120 new LIFE programme projects. This EU funding will trigger total investments of nearly €590 million to help meet these projects' ambitious goals for environment, nature, and climate action.

Main results of the video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers

New Consumer Agenda: European Commission to empower consumers to become the driver of transition
The European Commission has launched the New Consumer Agenda to empower European consumers to play an active role in the green and digital transitions.

Green Deal: How MEPs wish to channel EU investment to sustainable activities

EU4Health: MEPs pave the way for an effective EU health programme
To close gaps exposed by COVID-19 and ensure that health systems can face future threats to public health, an ambitious EU health programme is needed, say MEPs.

Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers
Ministers discussed the fight against terrorism, following the recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria, and issued a joint statement. They also discussed various aspects of the pact on migration and asylum, proposed by the European Commission on 23 September.

EU increases its contribution to COVAX to €500 million to secure COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries

Union of Equality: The Commission presents its first-ever strategy on LGBTIQ equality in the EU
The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address.

Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with BioNTech-Pfizer alliance to ensure access to a potential vaccine
The European Commission approved a fourth contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the initial purchase of 200 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 100 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and effective against COVID-19.

Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe
The Commission is putting forward a set of proposals to strengthen the EU's health security framework, and to reinforce the crisis preparedness and response role of key EU agencies.

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Amazon
The European Commission has informed Amazon of its preliminary view that it has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets.

Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

Main results of the video conference of trade ministers
Ministers took stock of the US elections and underlined the importance of the trans-Atlantic relations to deal with the challenges of our time, especially in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Autumn 2020 Economic Forecast: Rebound interrupted as resurgence of pandemic deepens uncertainty
The coronavirus pandemic represents a very large shock for the global and EU economies, with very severe economic and social consequences. Economic activity in Europe suffered a severe shock in the first half of the year and rebounded strongly in the third quarter as containment measures were gradually lifted.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed Council conclusions on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism, giving them broad support. They also exchanged views on non-performing loans, the European Semester and EU statistics, and heard a presentation on the 2020 annual report of the European Fiscal Board.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
Ministers discussed the economic situation in the context of resurgence of the pandemic and issued a statement. They also exchanged views on the euro as a digital currency, heard reports on the operational aspects of the banking union and reviewed the state of play of the COVID-19 EU safety nets agreed in April 2020.

October infringements package: key decisions

Main results of the video conference of health ministers

EU-Canada leaders' meeting via video conference
The leaders re-affirmed their determination to continue joint efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic in keeping with shared principles and values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and based on the EU-Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Video conference of the members of the European Council
EU leaders met via video conference on 29 October 2020 and discussed the need to strengthen the collective effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They focused on testing and tracing policies, and on vaccines. Leaders also addressed the terrorist attacks in France and the relations with Turkey.

Coronavirus resurgence: Commission steps up action to reinforce preparedness and response measures across the EU
The European Commission is launching an additional set of actions to help limit the spread of the coronavirus, save lives and strengthen the internal market's resilience.

Customs Union: Commission proposes new ‘Single Window' to modernise and streamline customs controls, facilitate trade and improve cooperation

Advancing the EU social market economy: adequate minimum wages for workers across Member States
The Commission proposed an EU Directive to ensure that the workers in the Union are protected by adequate minimum wages allowing for a decent living wherever they work.

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2021

Commission disburses €17 billion under SURE to Italy, Spain and Poland
The European Commission has disbursed a total of €17 billion to Italy, Spain and Poland in the first instalment of financial support to Member States under the SURE instrument.

Latest Eurobarometer survey: Economic situation is EU citizens' top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic
In a troubled period marked by the coronavirus pandemic, trust in the EU remains stable and Europeans trust the EU to make the right decisions in response to the pandemic in the future.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov laureate, EU farm policy, digital services, Brexit
MEPs set out their priorities on digital service rules, artificial intelligence and EU farm policy during the October plenary session.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers reached agreement on a partial general approach on the proposed European climate law and endorsed the objectives of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030, including its nature protection and restoration targets.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries for which restrictions should be lifted

Eradicating human trafficking: Persistent risks call for strategic approach

European Commission issues first emission of EU SURE social bonds
The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for repayment in 2040.