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Žaloba pre hlucháňa je podľa slovenských europoslancov odôvodnená
Zodpovedné úrady neprejavili ochotu riešiť situáciu v prospech ochrany hlucháňa hôrneho, chránené lokality boli v čase právneho konania Komisie voči Slovensku úmyselne narúšané, hovorí europoslanec Michal Wiezik. 

Ladislav Miko: Peniaze z EÚ dajú Slovensku veľkú šancu rozšíriť bioprodukciu (VIDEO)
Nie je pravda, že plodiny ekologického poľnohospodárstva majú dramaticky nižšie výnosy ako konvenčne pestované plodiny, myslí si vedúci Zastúpenia Európskej komisie na Slovensku Ladislav Miko. „Organické poľnohospodárstvo vie dodávať podobné výnosy, ale v lepšej kvalite,“ hovorí Miko. 

EURACTIV Podcast | Miko o potravinovej stratégii EÚ: Ekologické požiadavky budú platiť aj pre producentov z tretích krajín
Zvýšenie výmery ekologických fariem neohrozí potravinovú bezpečnosť EÚ, hovorí vedúci Zastúpenia Európskej komisie na Slovensku Ladislav Miko. Investícia do organického poľnohospodárstva je investíciou do kvality a pridanej hodnoty, tvrdí Miko. 

Európska komisia žaluje Slovensko kvôli environmentálnemu hluku
Európska komisia vo štvrtok oznámila, že sa rozhodla postúpiť Súdnemu dvoru EÚ prípady Portugalska a Slovenska, pretože nezmapovali hluk a nevypracovali príslušné akčné plány.

Nová definícia komunálnych odpadov necháva priestor na špekulácie
Ak firma vyprodukuje triedený odpad, ktorý má „charakter a zloženie podobné odpadu z domácností“ nemusí od začiatku júla za jeho zber a zhodnocovanie platiť. Odborníci upozorňujú, že novela zákona o odpadoch nie je dostatočne detailná a dáva firmám široké možnosti interpretácie.

Komisia podala žalobu na Slovensko pre nedostatočnú ochranu hlucháňa
V chránených biotopoch hlucháňa hôrneho naďalej prebieha intenzívna ťažba dreva. Európska komisia preto po viacerých varovaniach na Slovensko podala žalobu na Súdny dvor EÚ. 

Česi a Slováci chcú od Nemecka rýchlu dohodu o obnove EÚ
Nemecké predsedníctvo EÚ chce pomôcť Únii spamätať sa z pandémie a nezabúda pri tom ani na digitalizáciu či vzťahy s Čínou. V mnohých oblastiach, ako je rozpočet alebo migrácia, musí o kompromise presvedčiť aj Česko a Slovensko.

Počet otcov, ktorí chodia na Slovensku na materskú, rastie
Slovenská materská pre otcov patrí k najštedrejším politikám svojho druhu na svete. Dnes ju využíva každý štvrtý otec. Problémom je, keď otcovia poberajú materskú a súbežne vo veľkej miere pracujú, vyplýva z komentáru Inštitútu finančnej politiky.

Slovenské poľnohospodárstvo a potravinárstvo po koronakríze
Nová vláda považuje zvyšovanie potravinovej sebestačnosti za strategický záujem štátu. Aké opatrenia by mala prijať pre zníženie závislosti na dovoze zahraničných potravín? A ako skĺbi svoju ambíciu s čoraz prísnejšími požiadavkami Únie pre udržateľnú potravinovú produkciu? 

Transparency: Len 37 percent europoslancov zverejnilo svoje stretnutia s lobistami
Viac ako polovica poslancov Európskeho parlamentu neoznamuje svoje stretnutia s lobistami. Vyplýva to z analýzy, ktorú uskutočnila organizácia Transparency International. Zo Slovenska stretnutia zverejňujú štyria europoslanci. 

Európske noviny

PREHĽAD: Toto je program europarlamentu, riešiť bude najmä nemecké predsedníctvo a zdravotníctvo

Nemecká kancelárka príde poslancom do pléna predstaviť priority nemeckého predsedníctva. Poslanci sa budú venovať aj rozpočtu, hospodárskej obnove, zdravotníctvu a cestnej doprave. Počas nadchádzajúceho plenárneho zasadnutia by mali poslanci prijať jasné stanovisko k dlhodobému rozpočtu EÚ na roky 2021 až 2027 a ozdravnému hospodárskemu plánu. O týchto témach príde s nimi rokovať aj predsedníčka Európskej komisie Ursula von …

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Domáca karanténa je pre ľudí prichádzajúcich z nebezpečných krajín povinná

BRATISLAVA – Ľudia prichádzajúci zo štátov, ktoré nie sú na zozname bezpečných krajín, sa budú musieť podrobiť domácej karanténe do vyhodnotenia výsledku testu na ochorenie na Covid-19. Informoval o tom Marek Eliáš z Úradu verejného zdravotníctva SR (ÚVZ). Domáca karanténa sa nariaďuje aj ľuďom žijúcim v spoločnej domácnosti. Zmeny platia od pondelka 6. júla. Všetci …

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Poľsko je podľa Matoviča vzorom boja proti korupcii a komunizmu

BRATISLAVA / Igor Matovič odcestoval na svoju ďalšiu pracovnú cestu. S predsedami vlád V4 sa stretol vo Varšave. Na stretnutí sa premiéri rovnako ako naposledy v Ledniciach venovali európskym peniazom ako aj aktuálnej situácii okolo korony a otváraniu hraníc. Poľsko je vzorom boja proti komunizmu, korupcii a ochoreniu Covid-19. Médiám to v budove Úradu vlády …

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Ekonomické dopady koronavírusu nie sú ospravedlnením na zneužitie slabej pozície podnikov, zdôrazňujú europoslanci

Pre európske firmy oslabené koronakrízou je ťažké brániť sa štátom podporovanej konkurencii z tretích krajín. EP pripomína, že pravidlá hospodárskej súťaže musia platiť rovnako pre všetkých. Počas plenárnej rozpravy, ktorá sa konala 17. júna, poslanci EP vyjadrili obavy, že zahraničné spoločnosti, ktoré dostávajú dotácie od svojich vlád, sa môžu pokúsiť získať konkurenčnú výhodu voči európskym …

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Inovačná výkonnosť sa v celej EÚ naďalej zlepšuje a už druhý rok presahuje výkonnosť USA

Komisia zverejnila hodnotiacu tabuľku európskych inovácií do roku 2020 (European Innovation Scoreboard 2020), z ktorej vyplýva, že inovačná výkonnosť sa v celej EÚ naďalej zlepšuje a už druhý rok presahuje výkonnosť Spojených štátov amerických. Podľa najnovších výsledkov je Slovensko priemerným inovátorom a jeho výkon sa v porovnaní s EÚ v roku 2011 zvýšil. Medzi najsilnejšie inovačné dimenzie patria vplyvy na predaj a vplyv …

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Kľúčové zistenia preskúmania GDPR: Občania majú silnejšie postavenie a sú viac informovaní o svojich právach

Európska komisia – len niečo vyše dva roky po tom, ako sa začalo uplatňovať všeobecné nariadenie o ochrane údajov (tzv. GDPR) – o tomto nariadení uverejnila hodnotiacu správu. V správe sa konštatuje, že GDPR splnilo väčšinu vytýčených cieľov, a to najmä tak, že ponúka občanom komplexný súbor vymáhateľných práv a že sa ním vytvoril nový …

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Europoslankyňa Nicholsonová bilancuje rok svojho pôsobenia v Európskom parlamente

Prešlo niečo vyše roka, odkedy ste ma zvolili do Európskeho parlamentu ✌️ V júli ma europoslanci zvolili za predsedníčku Výboru pre zamestnanosť a sociálne veci, čo bolo pre mňa veľkou poctou, ale najmä obrovským záväzkom a výzvou reprezentovať Slovensko čo najlepšie 🇪🇺 Som za túto príležitosť svojim voličom nesmierne vďačná a preto sa vás snažím …

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Brusel predstavil prvú stratégiu EÚ v oblasti práv obetí

Európska komisia predstavila svoju historicky prvú stratégiu EÚ v oblasti práv obetí s cieľom zabezpečiť, aby sa všetky obete trestných činov mohli v plnej miere spoliehať na dodržiavanie svojich práv bez ohľadu na to, kde v EÚ k trestnému činu došlo. V stratégii sa stanovuje viacero opatrení na nasledujúcich päť rokov so zameraním na dva ciele: …

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Slovensko sa uchádza o našu priazeň

Život po koronakríze sa vďaka uvoľňujúcim opatreniam dostáva do optimistických letných koľají. Európa otvára hranice bezpečným štátom, a hoci situácia sa priebežne mení, prieskumy naďalej avizujú zdržanlivosť k zahraničným destináciám a potvrdzujú výrazný záujem o dovolenku na Slovensku. Priaznivý efekt pomôže naštartovať ekonomiku, dostať z najhoršieho cestovný ruch zasiahnutý krízou a pozitívne nasmerovať naše cestovateľské stereotypy. Krásy Slovenska a domáci …

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Kódex správania EÚ pre boj proti nezákonným nenávistným prejavom na internete zaznamenáva úspechy

Európska komisia uverejnila výsledky piateho hodnotenia Kódexu správania pre boj proti nezákonným nenávistným prejavom na internete z roku 2016. Výsledky sú celkovo pozitívne, keďže IT spoločnosti zhodnotia 90 % označeného obsahu do 24 hodín a odstránia 71 % obsahu, ktorý sa považuje za nezákonný nenávistný prejav. Platformy však musia ďalej zlepšovať transparentnosť a spätnú väzbu používateľom. Takisto musia …

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Intenzívnu spoluprácu EÚ s Japonskom posilní dohoda o bezpečnosti civilného letectva

Európska komisia a Japonsko podpísali dohodu o bezpečnosti civilného letectva, ktorá ešte viac posilní intenzívnu spoluprácu EÚ s Japonskom a podporí konkurencieschopnosť leteckého priemyslu EÚ. Poldruha roka po nadobudnutí platnosti dohody o hospodárskom partnerstve medzi EÚ a Japonskom a začatí vykonávania dohody o strategickom partnerstve podpis dokazuje vzájomnú dôveru a záväzok prehĺbiť naše strategické partnerstvo. …

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DAC Dunajská Streda reaguje na včerajšiu kritiku zo strany Matoviča

Dunajká Streda/ 2.júla na tlačovej konferencii Igor Matovič kritizoval futbalový zápas medzi domácou Dunajskou Stredou a Slovanom Bratislava. Jeho kritika bola cielená na nedodržanie tzv. šachovnicového sedenia fanúšikov pri podujatiach.Zápas sa práve kvôli väčšej možnej kapacite presunul z nedele 28. júna na stredu 1. júla. “My sme dúfali, že s takýmto väčším počtom divákov budú …

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Dnes sa konal summit V4 v Poľsku. Témou bola koronakríza a tiež informatizácia

Poľsko/ 3. júla sa v hlavnom meste Poľska vo Varšave konal summit premiérov V4. Témou bol hlavne koronavírus, čerpanie eurofondov, ale aj migrácia a ďalšie európske témy. Igor Matovič zobral so sebou do Poľska aj 30 detí z detských domovov. “30 deťom zo slovenských detských domovov splním ich veľký sen – poletia prvýkrát lietadlom a prvýkrát …

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EN pre mladých: V Bruseli presadzujem hodnotu za peniaze, hovorí europoslanec Eugen Jurzyca

Prinášame vám ďalšiu časť EN pre mladých, tentoraz s europoslancom Eugenom Jurzycom. Rozprávali sme sa o jeho doterajšom pôsobení,čerpaní eurofondov, ale aj o tom, či sa mu páčilo viac v NR SR alebo v Bruseli. Naše rozhovory nájdete aj ako podcast v Google podcast, Apple podcast či Spotify.

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Poslanec Andrej Stančík: Mnohí cítia, že je čas na generačnú výmenu

Mgr. Andrej Stančík patrí k najmladším poslancom NR SR a zároveň doktorandom. Vo voľbách do Národnej rady SR v roku 2020 kandidoval pod číslom 41 na kandidátke OĽANO. V rozhovore sa dozviete: aká je situácia v klube OĽANO, čím presvedčil svojich voličov, či podporí návrh zákona o interrupciách, ako sa vyberajú  prednostovia okresných úradov, a …

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Koronavírus, ktorý momentálne dominuje, je nákazlivejší ako pôvodný. Vyplýva to zo štúdie vedcov

BRATISLAVA / Na celom svete v súčasnosti dominuje jedna z variant vírusu SARS-CoV-2, ktorá sa ale odlišuje od tej, ktorá prepukla na konci minulého roka v Číne a postupne sa dostala do celého sveta. Vedci zistili, že táto obmena vírusu ľahšie preniká do ľudských buniek a je preto zrejme nákazlivejšia. Podľa agentúry AFP to vychádza z …

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Vyhlásenie europoslanca Michala Wiezika k žalobe EK na Slovensko kvôli ťažbe v chránených oblastiach Hlucháňa hôrneho

Tlačové vyhlásenie europoslanca Michala Wiezika (Spolu-OD, frakcia ELS) k žalobe EK na Slovensko kvôli ťažbe v chránených oblastiach Hlucháňa hôrneho Pre nesúlad slovenskej legislatívy s tou európskou začala 19. júla 2018  Európska Komisia konanie proti Slovensku. Až do včera 2. júla 2020 bola zo strany Komisie snaha vyriešiť drastický úbytok hlucháňa hôrneho prostredníctvom dialógu, dúfalo …

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Komisia podala návrh na začatie konania proti Slovensku pre slabú ochranu hlucháňa hôrneho

Európska komisia sa rozhodla podať na Súdny dvor EÚ návrh na začatie konania proti Slovensku za to, že správne netransponovalo článok 6 ods. 3 smernice o biotopoch (smernica 92/43/EHS) a že nevykonalo článok 6 ods. 2 smernice o biotopoch a článok 4 ods. 1 smernice o vtákoch (smernica 2009/147/ES), pokiaľ ide o veľkého lesného vtáka, hlucháňa hôrneho (Tetrao urogallus), a jeho …

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Horehronskej Heľpe sa mimoriadne darí s eurofondmi

Aj malé obce môžu byť veľmi úspešné v čerpaní európskych fondov. Horehronská Heľpa je toho dobrým príkladom, keďže v poslednom čase dokázala získať päť projektov v celkovej hodnote za viac ako tri milióny EUR. Jedným z týchto projektov bolo aj zateplenie školskej budovy, stavebné úpravy, jej modernizácia a vybudovanie školskej kotolne, čím sa zvýšila efektivita …

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Takmer polovica mladých Slovákov býva u svojich rodičov

BRATISLAVA / Takmer polovica mladých Slovákov vo veku 18 až 30 rokov býva u svojich rodičov. Ako ďalej vyplýva z prieskumu, ktorý pre spoločnosť Kruk Česká a Slovenská republika vypracovala agentúra Stem/Mark, necelá tretina mladých ľudí žije vo vlastnom dome či byte a viac ako šestina býva v podnájme. Vlastné bývanie majú podľa prieskumu viac muži …

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Coronavirus: EU funding for the transport of medical goods, medical teams and patients
European Union countries can now apply for additional funding via the Emergency Support Instrument to transport essential goods, medical teams and patients affected by the coronavirus.

EU-UK talks: MEPs display unwavering support for the EU position
Parliament regrets that differences remain substantial, with little time left to reach an agreement on the future EU-UK relationship. In a resolution adopted by a large majority, Parliament takes stock of the EU-UK negotiations on a new partnership so far and acknowledges the negotiating parties’ call to intensify talks in July.

Green finance: Parliament adopts criteria for sustainable investments
Parliament has adopted new legislation on sustainable investments. It lays down six environmental objectives and allows economic activity to be labelled as environmentally sustainable if it contributes to at least one of the objectives without significantly harming any of the others.

Coronavirus: Commission unveils EU vaccines strategy
Today, to help protect people everywhere, the European Commission is presenting a European strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. An effective and safe vaccine against the virus is our best bet to achieve a permanent solution to the pandemic.

Commission adopts White Paper on foreign subsidies in the Single Market
The European Commission has adopted a White Paper dealing with the distortive effects caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market. The Commission now seeks views and input from all stakeholders on the options set out in the White Paper. The public consultation, which will be open until 23 September 2020, will help the Commission to prepare for appropriate legislative proposals in this area.

Coronavirus: EU supports with €60 million a regional response to the pandemic in the Horn of Africa

European Commission adopted Report on the impact of demographic change in Europe

European Commission kicks off major EU trade policy review

EIB Group and Banco Sabadell provide €576 million to finance SMEs and mid-caps
The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group is joining forces with Banco Sabadell to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – the businesses most affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Member States agree on an interoperability solution for mobile tracing and warning apps
Member States, with the support of the Commission, have agreed on a set of technical specifications to ensure a safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture.

Main results of the video conference of Foreign Affairs Ministers (Defence)

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs

Re-open EU: Commission launches a website to safely resume travelling and tourism in the EU
Today, the Commission is launching ‘Re-open EU', a web platform to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe. It will provide real-time information on borders and available means of transport and tourism services in Member States.

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for cohesion policy

Main results of the Video conference of energy ministers
EU energy ministers had an exchange of views on the economic recovery after the Covid-19 crisis and the European Green Deal, with a focus on innovative energy solutions.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
EU ministers of foreign affairs held a video conference to discuss transatlantic relations in the presence of the US Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo.

Future Africa-Caribbean-Pacific States/EU Partnership: “Post-Cotonou” negotiations resume at ministerial level

Main results of the video conference of ministers of health

Main results of the video conference of ministers responsible for internal market and industry
Ministers responsible for the internal market and industry exchanged views on issues falling under their competence in relation to the "Recovery plan for Europe", presented by the Commission on 27 May 2020.

Main results of the video conference of the Eastern Partnership foreign affairs ministers

Main results of the video conference of the Eurogroup
The incumbent Eurogroup president, whose term comes to an end on 12 July, informed ministers of the process for electing a new president. The Eurogroup discussed the sixth enhanced surveillance report on Greece and published a statement on the release of policy-contingent debt measures. In inclusive format, ministers exchanged views on the economic situation and economic recovery plans following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Investment Plan for Europe: European Investment Bank to provide BioNTech with up to €100 million in debt financing for COVID-19 vaccine development and manufacturing

Road safety: Europe's roads are getting safer but progress remains too slow

2020 Blue Economy Report: Blue sectors contribute to the recovery and pave way for EU Green Deal
Today, the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment.

New Commission report shows the importance of digital resilience in times of crisis
The Commission released the results of the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which monitors Europe's overall digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries with respect to their digital competitiveness.

Coronavirus: Commission recommends partial and gradual lifting of travel restrictions to the EU after 30 June, based on common coordinated approach
The Commission recommends to Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to lift internal border controls by 15 June 2020 and to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU until 30 June 2020; and sets out an approach to progressively lifting the restriction afterwards.

Coronavirus: EU strengthens action to tackle disinformation
The Commission and the High Representative are assessing their steps to fight disinformation around the coronavirus pandemic and are proposing a way forward.

Convergence report reviews Member States' progress towards joining the euro area
The European Commission has published the 2020 convergence report in which it provides its assessment of the progress non-euro area Member States have made towards adopting the euro.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (trade)

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed the EU's recovery plan. They also took stock of the process for the adoption of this year's country specific recommendations.

Quality of Europe's bathing waters remains high, latest annual assessment finds

Coronavirus: EU grants €314 million to innovative companies to combat the virus and support recovery
The Commission announced today that it has awarded nearly €166 million, via the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Pilot, to 36 companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers (development)
EU development ministers held a video conference to discuss the progress made in the implementation of the Team Europe package.

Main results of the video conference of agriculture ministers

Main results of the video conference of home affairs ministers
Home affairs ministers discussed the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the field of internal border controls and the free movement of persons. As the overall health situation improves, all member states are in the process of de-escalating and gradually lifting some of the measures that have been applied at national or regional level. This includes the gradual lifting of border controls and the full restoration of the free movement of persons which has been limited due to the pandemic.

Forest fires: Commission adds planes to rescEU fleet to prepare for summer
To prepare for the risk of forest fires during the upcoming summer, the EU is further reinforcing its European fleet of firefighting aircraft under the rescEU system. The EU is financing purchases by the Swedish government of 2 new firefighting airplanes to add to the reserve. This adds up to a total of 13 airplanes and 6 helicopters that will be part of the rescEU fleet in 2020 and funded by the EU.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Commission pledges €300 million to Gavi
The European Commission is announcing a pledge of €300 million to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for the period 2021–2025. It will help immunise 300 million children around the world and finance vaccine stockpiles to shield against outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Main results of the video conference of ministers of justice
Justice ministers covered the proposed regulation on the law applicable to the third-party effects of assignments of claims, the extradition of EU citizens to third countries and the impact of COVID-19 in the area of justice.

Main results of the video conference of transport ministers

Fair minimum wages: Commission launches second-stage consultation of social partners
Today, the Commission launches the second-stage consultation of European trade unions and employers' organisations on how to ensure fair minimum wages for all workers in the European Union.

EU budget: Commission takes steps to make €11.5 billion available for crisis repair and recovery in 2020
The Commission has proposed modifications to its budget for 2020 to make €11.5 billion for crisis repair and recovery available already in 2020. Once available, the funds will go to help the regions most in need, support businesses and those in need outside EU borders.

Main results of the video conference of sport ministers

Aviation Safety: Commission adopts new EU Air Safety List
The European Commission today updated the EU Air Safety List, the list of airlines that are subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union as they do not meet international safety standards.

EU budget for recovery: rescEU - giving the EU direct crisis response tools
The Commission proposes today to give the European Union the tools to react more quickly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

The EU budget for recovery increases funds for a stronger Europe in the world
As part of the revised long-term EU budget 2021-2027 package, the European Commission has proposed a budget of €118.2 billion for external action, with an additional €15.5 billion to support its partners in recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, in line with the European Union's role of a strong global actor.

Solvency Support Instrument, helping kick-start the European economy
The Solvency Support Instrument can be operational from 2020 and will have a budget of €31 billion, aiming to unlock €300 billion in solvency support for otherwise healthy companies from all economic sectors and prepare them for a cleaner, digital and resilient future.

EU budget for recovery: Kick-starting the EU economy by incentivising private investments
The Commission is enhancing InvestEU, Europe's flagship investment programme, to a level of €15.3 billion to mobilise private investment in projects. The Commission is also proposing a new Strategic Investment Facility built into InvestEU, to generate investments of up to €150 billion, thanks to a contribution of €15 billion from Next Generation EU, to boost the resilience of strategic sectors, notably those linked to the green and digital transition, and key value chains in the internal market.

Coronavirus Global Response: kick off of new campaign with support of Global Citizen

Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with the European Investment Bank
The facility will be implemented with the involvement of the European Investment Bank and will encourage investments that support the transition towards a climate-neutral economy by public sector authorities to the benefit of coal- and carbon-intensive regions.

Research and Innovation Performance report: Enabling Europe to lead the green and digital transition

Europe's moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation
The European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all Member States, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget.

Coronavirus: following Commission's call, platforms remove millions of misleading ads

EU-Japan leaders' video conference meeting
The EU-Japan leaders' meeting took place via video conference. The leaders recognised that global solidarity, cooperation and effective multilateralism are required more than ever to defeat the virus as well as to ensure economic recovery.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
Ministers held an exchange of views on a comprehensive approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the de-escalation of containment measures and economic recovery.

COVID-19: Council adopts relief measures for aviation and railways

European Semester Spring Package: Recommendations for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic
The Commission has proposed today country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

COVID-19: Council adopts €3 billion assistance package to support neighbouring partners

Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system
Today, the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future.

Coronavirus: Commission boosts urgently needed research and innovation with additional €122 million
The Commission has mobilised another €122 million from its research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020, for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The new call for expressions of interest contributes to the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen on 4 May 2020.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Ministers discussed progress achieved on the EU's response measures taken to tackle the COVID-19 crisis. Ministers welcomed the adoption, by written procedure, of the regulation for temporary support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency (SURE).

Approving most of EU’s accounts, EP requests new measures to protect EU spending
The Parliament, voting on Wednesday by 499 votes in favour, 136 against and 56 abstentions, granted discharge of the Commission’s accounts for 2018 (covering 94% of the whole EU budget). In the accompanying resolution, adopted by 514 to 95 and 84 abstentions on Thursday, MEPs ask for even stronger protection of EU spending against fraud, corruption, conflict of interest, intentional misuse and organised crime, as well as for EU money to be distributed more fairly and transparently.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register 2 new initiatives

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers

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

Main results of the video conference of the Eurogroup
In inclusive format, the Eurogroup reviewed progress made on economic safety nets to tackle the COVID-19 fallout and discussed plans to relaunch the economy. The European Commission briefed ministers on recent amendments to the state aid temporary framework.

Plenary highlights: recovery fund, contingency EU budget, tracing apps
MEPs called for a €2 trillion recovery package to help overcome the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic during the May plenary session.