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Európski prokurátori vyšetrujú cezhraničný podvod za 14 miliónov, prehľadali aj priestory na Slovensku
Úrad európskej prokuratúry od rána 4. augusta prehľadáva priestory v Nemecku, Holandsku, Bulharsku, Maďarsku aj na Slovensku. Ide o vyšetrovanie cezhraničných podvodov s DPH s odhadovanou škodou viac ako 14 miliónov eur. „Bez Európskej prokuratúry by zriadenie tejto operácie trvalo...

Technologické firmy bohatnú na dátach. Kolektívne odškodné môže ľuďom vrátiť moc
Platforma TikTok čelí v Holandsku kolektívnej žalobe, ktorá žiada za každého používateľa pod 13 rokov odškodné dvetisíc eur. O dva roky bude podobný súd možný aj na Slovensku.

Poľnohospodárom sa nepáči nová zmena v agrodotáciách
Slovenská poľnohospodárska a potravinárska komora označila za nekoncepčný návrh na podobu redistributívnej platby v budúcom roku. O zmene nikto z ministerstva s poľnohospodármi vraj nediskutoval. 

Cezhraničné regióny: Pandémia bola tvrdou ranou, štáty by už hranice zatvárať nemali
Pandémia je pre cezhraničnú spoluprácu najväčšou ranou za posledné desaťročia. Aj predtým však regióny na hraniciach zápasili so zbytočnými prekážkami.

Cezhraničné regióny a pandémia
Pandémia znamenala pre cezhraničnú spoluprácu a život na hraniciach tvrdú ranu. Hlasy z regiónov zdôrazňujú, že koronavírus ukázal, aká silná je závislosť medzi regiónmi rôznych hlasov. Ako fungovala cezhraničná spolupráca a aká je jej v budúcnosť v časoch "nového normálu"? 

Finančné nástroje sú zlatým vajcom Európskej únie. Sú budúcnosťou eurofondov?
Finančné nástroje pomáhajú tam, kde si trh nedokáže poradiť a kde dotácie nie sú tým najefektívnejším riešením. Môžu splniť sny alebo pomôcť naštartovať podnikanie. Na čom je založené ich kúzlo a ako ich potenciál využiť naplno? Autor článku je zamestnancom Ministerstva...

Eurofondy na roky 2021 až 2027: Koľko, kam a na aké priority?
Základný kameň solidarity EÚ bude aj v nasledujúcich rokoch najväčšou položkou v rozpočte EÚ. V prvej polovici roku 2022 začne nové programové obdobie, počas ktorého Slovensko bude môcť z fondov EÚ čerpať bezmála 13 miliárd eur. 

Prideľovanie eurofondov nie je transparentné, myslí si väčšina Slovákov (INFOGRAFIKA)
Iba 53 percent obyvateľov Slovenska už počulo o projekte financovanom z fondov EÚ v ich meste či regióne, ukázal najnovší prieskum. Veľká väčšina respondentov, ktorí už o eurofondových projektoch počuli, ich však považuje za prínosné pre svoje mesto alebo región.

Sklamanie, aj spokojnosť s dobrým kompromisom: Ako dohodu o agropolitike EÚ vidia experti (ANKETA)
Slovenská poľnohospodárska a potravinárska komora je s dohodou európskych inštitúcií ohľadom reformy agropolitiky spokojná, pretože sa jej podarilo presadiť svoje priority. Mladým farmárom sa nepáči, že stropovanie priamych platieb nie je pre členské štáty povinné.

Boli sme v Starej tržnici, aby sme zistili, čo je hnutie Slow Food, ktoré pomáha malým farmárom (VIDEO)
Stratégia Z farmy na stôl chce dosiahnuť, aby ľudia mali čo najľahší prístup k potravinám zo svojho okolia. Ukážkou uplatnenia tohto prístupu je bratislavská Stará tržnica, ktorá v spolupráci s hnutím Slow Food Pressburg Bratislavčanov prepája s remeselnými výrobcami. 

Európske noviny

Taliansko vyzýva členské štáty EÚ, aby svoje prístavy otvorili lodiam so zachránenými migrantmi

Taliansko v stredu vyzvalo ostatné členské štáty Európskej únie, aby otvorili svoje prístavy lodiam, ktoré na mori zachraňujú migrantov. Výzva prichádza v čase, keď v talianskej vládnej koalícii rastie napätie vzhľadom na stúpajúce počty utečencov, ktorí od začiatku roka dorazili k južnému pobrežiu krajiny. Problematika bola témou dlhého telefonického rozhovoru, ktorý viedla ministerka vnútra Luciana …

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Európska komisia schvaľuje novú zmluvu so spoločnosťou Novavax

Európska komisia schválila svoju siedmu predbežnú kúpnu zmluvu s farmaceutickou spoločnosťou, aby zabezpečila prístup k potenciálnej vakcíne proti COVID-19 v štvrtom štvrťroku 2021 a v roku 2022. Po tom, čo agentúra EMA preskúma vakcínu Novavax a schváli ju ako bezpečnú a účinnú, členské štáty budú môcť podľa tejto zmluvy nakúpiť v rokoch 2021, 2022 a 2023 až 100 …

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Na vstup do Rakúska bude od 15. augusta nutné potvrdenie o zaočkovaní oboma dávkami

Od nedele 15. augusta bude pre vstup do Rakúska potrebné potvrdenie o zaočkovaní oboma dávkami dvojzložkovej vakcíny proti koronavírusu. Ministerstvo zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí SR o tom informuje na svojej webovej stránke. Doposiaľ sa do krajiny dalo dostať s potvrdením o očkovaní len prvou dávkou dvojzložkovej vakcíny, pričom od jej podania muselo uplynúť 22 …

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I. Korčok: Žiadam najvyšších predstaviteľov Maďarska, aby rešpektovali Slovenskú republiku

Spôsob, akým najvyšší maďarskí predstavitelia neustále otvárajú historické otázky, je v rozpore s deklarovanou snahou o dobré bilaterálne vzťahy so Slovenskom. Ďalším príkladom v tomto smere je účasť a vyjadrenia predsedu parlamentu Lászloa Kövéra na odhalení pamätníka vysídleným Maďarom v Šamoríne 2. augusta 2021. „Som rozčarovaný z toho, že z Budapešti neustále počúvame na našu …

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„Zlatý zvar“ na Prepojovacom plynovode Poľsko − Slovensko

Nowy Łupków/Výrava, 4. august 2021 – Spoločnosti EUSTREAM a GAZ-SYSTEM sa 3. augusta stretli na poľsko-slovenskej hranici pri symbolickom „zlatom zvare“ na Prepojovacom plynovode Poľsko – Slovensko. Prvý raz v histórii sa tak priamo prepojili plynárenské prepravné siete oboch krajín. Nový plynovod spájajúci prepravné systémy Poľska a Slovenska bude tvoriť dôležitú časť európskeho prioritného koridoru …

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Obrovské požiare pri Aténach, na ostrovoch Evia a Kos a na juhu Peloponézu

Viac ako 500 hasičov sa v utorok v noci snažilo zastaviť rozsiahly lesný požiar na predmestí Atén, ktorý sa dostal aj do obytných oblastí a donútil tisíce ľudí k úteku z domu. Je to najhorší z 81 lesných požiarov, ktoré v krajine vypukli za 24 hodín do utorkového večera. Šéf gréckej civilnej ochrany Nikos Hardalias …

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Slovensko sa na Expo 2020 v Dubaji odprezentuje ako krajina inovatívnych technológií aj prírodných krás

Najmodernejšie vodíkové a vesmírne technológie, inovácie v letectve, mobilita, ale aj prírodné bohatstvo a kultúrne pamiatky – aj týmto sa Slovensko plánuje prezentovať na svetovej výstave Expo 2020 v Dubaji ako moderná, progresívna krajina, ktorá má zahraničiu čo ponúknuť a je plná talentovaných ľudí. „Spojené arabské emiráty sú centrom rozvíjajúcich sa trhov a Expo Dubaj …

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Výrobné ceny v eurozóne aj v celej EÚ v júni medzimesačne vzrástli

Ceny priemyselných výrobcov v eurozóne aj v rámci celej Európskej únie (EÚ) v júni oproti máju stúpli zhodne o 1,4 percenta. Medziročne sa júnové výrobné ceny v eurozóne zvýšili o 10,2 percenta a v rámci celej EÚ vzrástli o 10,3 percenta. Informoval o tom v utorok štatistický úrad Európskej únie Eurostat. Na Slovensku výrobné ceny …

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Modernizácia IT systémov pre lepšiu komunikáciu polície s Europolom má vyjsť na 1,5 milióna eur

Ministerstvo vnútra obstaráva IT vybavenie v rámci projektu na rozšírenie a modernizáciu komunikačného kanálu Europolu SIENA na vybrané slovenské policajné útvary. Ako sa ďalej uvádza v oznámení na internetovej stránke Úradu pre verejné obstarávanie, celkové náklady na zabezpečenie potrebného vybavenia sa odhadujú na 1 358 848 eur bez DPH. „Predmetom zákazky je nákup nových serverov …

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V spore o súdnictvo sa Varšava chce dohodnúť s EÚ, tvrdí premiér Morawiecki

V spore o disciplinárny režim sudcov a ďalšie zmeny v poľskom súdnictve má Varšava záujem o dohodu s Európsku úniou. Vyhlásil to poľský premiér Mateusz Morawiecki. V podobnom duchu sa už skôr vyjadril aj poľský prezident Andrzej Duda. To by mohlo signalizovať, že poľská vláda pripravuje určité zmeny v spôsobe, akým pristupuje k zmenám v …

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Eurofondy pomôžu aj v Zádielskej doline, atrakcie pre turistov za 900-tisíc eur

V Zádielskej doline v Slovenskom krase v obci Zádiel pribudne na budúci rok informačné centrum s múzeom. Zlepšiť tam chcú aj priestor pre organizáciu workshopov a škôl v prírode. Projekt výstavby je financovaný z Európskeho fondu regionálneho rozvoja v rámci programu Interreg V-A Slovensko – Maďarsko sumou takmer 692-tisíc eur. Samotná obec prispeje financiami vo …

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Úspory nahromadené počas pandémie sa podľa ECB zatiaľ neprejavili na vyššej spotrebe

Úspory domácností nahromadené počas pandémie koronavírusu zatiaľ neposkytli dostatočne silný impulz k vyšším spotrebiteľským výdavkom v eurozóne. Informovala o tom v pondelok Európska centrálna banka (ECB). „Pravdepodobnosť, že nahromadené prebytočné úspory sa okamžite využijú na účely budúcej spotreby, zostáva celkovo omedzená,“ uviedli experti v rámci prieskumu ECB. Z ukazovateľov v prieskume sa podľa nich nedá …

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Komisia zverejňuje výzvy na podporu spravodajských médií a verejnej sféry

Európska komisia uverejnila štyri nové výzvy na predkladanie návrhov, ktorých cieľom je stimulovať rozmanitú verejnú sféru a podporovať prístup občanov k spoľahlivým informáciám v celej EÚ. Výzvy spolu predstavujú takmer 12 miliónov eur z finančných prostriedkov EÚ. Všetky financované projekty budú fungovať s úplnou redakčnou nezávislosťou. Výzvy sa zameriavajú na: ·        podporu viacjazyčného mediálneho obsahu o záležitostiach Únie prostredníctvom …

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V Spojenom kráľovstve sú od dneška zaočkovaní cestujúci oslobodení od povinnej karantény

Od dneška sú všetci plne zaočkovaní cestujúci, ktorí do Spojeného kráľovstva prichádzajú zo zelenej alebo oranžovej krajiny (vrátane Slovenska), oslobodení od povinnosti podstúpiť karanténu. V platnosti však ostáva povinnosť preukázať sa negatívnym výsledkom antigénového alebo PCR testu. Ministerstvo zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí SR o tom informuje na svojej webovej stránke. Podmienkou vstupu pre zaočkovaných …

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Únia uvalila sankcie na prvú dámu a ďalších sedem predstaviteľov Nikaraguy

Európska únia (EÚ) v pondelok uvalila sankcie na prvú dámu a viceprezidentku Nikaraguy Rosario Murillo a ďalších sedem tamojších vysokopostavených predstaviteľov, ktorí čelia obvineniam z vážneho porušovania ľudských práv či oslabovania demokracie v krajine. Rada EÚ uviedla, že zmrazenie majetku a zákaz cestovania sú zamerané na jednotlivcov a sú navrhnuté tak, aby nepoškodili nikaragujské obyvateľstvo …

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Nový Renault Megane Grandtour je pripravený na budúcnosť

Automobily s plug-in hybridnými pohonmi sú dobrým krokom k ekologickej budúcnosti. Obmedzenie v podobe potreby dobíjania batérie však nemusí byť vždy nevýhodou. Podstatné je zvládnuť to správne, a potom nie je brzdou ani kapacita batérie. Presvedčivo to dokazuje aj nami testovaný model. Renault Megane Grandtour patrí medzi najkrajšie autá vo svojej kategórii. Francúzsky dizajn má štýl, budúceho majiteľa …

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Slovensko sa v rebríčku čerpania eurofondov zlepšilo o šesť priečok

Slovensko bolo v júni tohto roku na 21. mieste v čerpaní eurofondov. Vyplýva to z najaktuálnejších dostupných údajov z Európskej komisie. „Slovensko bolo teda v júni na tom o šesť miest lepšie ako pred rokom,“ uviedla ministerka investícií, regionálneho rozvoja a informatizácie Veronika Remišová. K marcu 2020 Slovensko dokázalo podľa ministerstva investícií, regionálneho rozvoja a …

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Europoslanec Pollák: Po Igorovi Matovičovi je Eduard Heger druhý premiér v slovenskej histórii, ktorý si s nami prišiel pripomenúť hrôzy rómskeho holokaustu

Aj dnes je potrebné mladým generáciám pripomínať, že rasizmus, rôzne formy diskriminácie a nenávistné prejavy nemajú v spoločnosti miesto. V súvislosti s Pamätným dňom obetí rómskeho holokaustu, ktorý pripadá na 2. augusta, to uviedla splnomocnenkyňa vlády SR pre rómske komunity Andrea Bučková. Úrad splnomocnenkyne vlády si v Banskej Bystrici si tento deň pripomenul pietnym podujatím pod …

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Vicepremiérka Remišová: Vďaka piatim balíkom zjednodušení, ktoré sme zaviedli v eurofondoch, Slovensko v čerpaní poskočilo o šesť priečok

Bratislava, 1. 8. 2021 – Zjednodušovanie eurofondov prináša výsledky. Od nástupu vlády v marci 2020 sa Slovensko v rebríčku čerpania eurofondov výrazne zlepšilo až o šesť priečok. Vyplýva to z najaktuálnejších dostupných údajov z Európskej komisie.  „Keď v marci 2020 nastupovala naša vláda, Slovensko malo veľké problémy s využívaním eurofondov a v rebríčku čerpania sme patrili k najhorším v celej Európskej únii. Spomedzi 27 členských štátov …

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KORONAVÍRUS: EÚ podporuje členské štáty v preprave nevyhnutných dodávok

Európska komisia (EK) aj naďalej poskytuje finančnú podporu šiestim členským štátom prostredníctvom nástroja núdzovej podpory Európskej únie (EÚ) v oblasti mobility. Pomoc v hodnote viac ako 14 miliónov eur slúži na prepravu terapeutík proti ochoreniu COVID-19 a vybavenia potrebného na očkovanie. EK o tom informovala v oficiálnom stanovisku. Financované zásielky zahŕňajú napríklad prepravu liekov potrebných …

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2021 Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns
The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.

Beating financial crime: Commission overhauls anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism rules
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European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
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COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries

July infringements package: key decisions

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
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Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure
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Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars
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EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges
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€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions
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Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery
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Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard
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Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
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Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
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Long-term vision for rural areas: for stronger, connected, resilient, prosperous EU rural areas

Consumer protection: Commission revises EU rules on product safety and consumer credit
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European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals
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COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
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Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
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Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors
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Occupational safety and health in a changing world of work
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At their meeting in Brussels, EU leaders agreed to step up coordination on COVID-19 measures, including vaccinations, global solidarity, new variants and ways to return to free movement of people. They also discussed economic recovery, migration, relations with Turkey and Russia, and addressed the issue of discrimination against LGBTQI people.

EU Climate Law: MEPs confirm deal on climate neutrality by 2050
The new EU Climate Law increases the EU’s 2030 emissions reductions target from 40% to at least 55%. With the contribution from new carbon sinks it could raise to 57%.

EU Cybersecurity: Commission proposes a Joint Cyber Unit to step up response to large-scale security incidents
The Commission has laid out a vision to build a new Joint Cyber Unit to tackle the rising number of serious cyber incidents impacting public services, as well as the life of businesses and citizens across the European Union.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Commission supports researchers and organisations with €822 million in 2021
The Commission has announced new calls to support researchers' training, skills and career development under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), the EU's flagship funding programme under Horizon Europe for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

European Innovation Scoreboard: Innovation performance keeps improving in EU Member States and regions
The Commission has released the European Innovation Scoreboard 2021, which shows that Europe's innovation performance continues to improve across the EU. On average, innovation performance has increased by 12.5% since 2014.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs, and exchanged views on Belarus, Iraq and Latin America and the Caribbean. The Council also adopted conclusions on Cultural Heritage, and sanctions regarding Belarus and Myanmar/Burma.

COVID-19: EU lifts travel restrictions for more countries

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers took stock of the economic recovery in Europe, exchanged views on the ongoing VAT files and the state of play of the banking union. They also discussed fiscal sustainability in the framework of the European Semester 2021.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup was informed on the post-programme surveillance reports on Cyprus, Portugal, Ireland and Spain, and discussed the tenth enhanced surveillance report on Greece.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission raises €20 billion in first transaction to support Europe's recovery

Main results of the EU-US summit
The EU-US summit on 15 June delivered a series of bilateral trade initiatives. Leaders agreed to resolve long-standing disputes regarding aircraft, discuss measures on steel and aluminium, and set up a Trade and Technology Council. They also discussed COVID-19 vaccines, ensuring a sustainable recovery, protecting the planet and cooperating on foreign and security issues.

Main results of the EU-Canada summit
At a summit held in Brussels on 14 June, the leaders of the EU and Canada agreed to further strengthen their strategic partnership. They committed to ensuring universal access to COVID-19 vaccines, ambitious climate action, and a sustainable and green economic recovery. The EU and Canada will also cooperate more closely in the areas of health, ocean protection, raw materials, and security and defence.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
Employment and social affairs ministers discussed minimum wages, the follow up of the Porto Social Summit and new challenges for social dialogue and collective bargaining. Meanwhile, health ministers discussed a reinforced role for the European Medicines Agency in crisis preparedness, and access to medicines and medical devices.

COVID-19: Council updates recommendation on free movement restrictions

Commission and industry invest €22 billion in new European Partnerships to deliver solutions to major societal challenges
The Commission has launched 11 new European Partnerships together with industry, to boost investments in research and innovation and to overcome major climate and sustainability challenges, towards making Europe the first climate neutral economy and delivering on the European Green Deal.

G7 to provide one billion vaccine doses over the next year
At the Cornwall summit from 11 to 13 June, the G7 leaders committed to improving global access to COVID-19 vaccines, strengthening the global health system, and ensuring ambitious climate action.

Talent Partnerships: Commission launches new initiative to address EU skills shortages and improve migration cooperation with partner countries

Plenary highlights: Covid certificate, LUX Prize, biodiversity
Back in Strasbourg, MEPs had a full agenda with votes on the Covid certificate, rule of law, Belarus, the EU's biodiversity strategy, as well as the LUX Prize.

Parliament calls for COVID-19 vaccine patent waiver
To accelerate global vaccine rollout, MEPs demand the temporary lifting of intellectual property rights protection for COVID-19 vaccines.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to discuss climate change adaptation, batteries and waste batteries, and zero pollution.

June infringements package: key decisions

Parliament gives its final green light to the EU Digital COVID Certificate
MEPs completed the legislative work on the EU digital COVID Certificate package to facilitate travel within the EU and contribute to the economic recovery.

EU budget 2022: Speeding up Europe's recovery and progressing towards a green, digital and resilient future
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €167.8 billion for 2022, to be complemented by an estimated €143.5 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. Their combined firepower will mobilise significant investments to boost the economic recovery, safeguard sustainability, and create jobs.

Biodiversity: MEPs demand binding targets to protect wildlife and people

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers exchanged views on the internal security outlook regarding artificial intelligence and on the impact of COVID-19 on preventing and fighting crime. They had an initial discussion on the Schengen strategy, adopted by the Commission on 2 June. The Presidency reported on the state of play regarding the new pact on migration and asylum.

EU proposes a strong multilateral trade response to the COVID-19 pandemic
The EU has submitted its proposal seeking the commitment of World Trade Organization (WTO) members for a multilateral trade action plan to expand the production of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments and ensure universal and fair access.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Telecommunications)

Commission proposes a trusted and secure Digital Identity for all Europeans
The Commission has proposed a framework for a European Digital Identity which will be available to all EU citizens, residents, and businesses in the EU. Citizens will be able to prove their identity and share electronic documents from their European Digital Identity wallets with the click of a button on their phone.

Main results of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (Transport)
The Council agreed its positions on the Single European Sky, hired vehicles and third countries’ certificates in inland navigation. It adopted conclusions on rail and sustainable and smart mobility.

Towards a stronger and more resilient Schengen area
The European Commission presented a new Strategy to make the largest free travel area in the world – the Schengen area – stronger and more resilient.

European Semester Spring Package: Paving the way for a strong and sustainable recovery
The European Commission has presented the European Semester Spring Package, which focuses on providing fiscal guidance to Member States as they continue the process of gradually reopening their economies.

Zero Pollution: Vast majority of Europe's bathing waters meet the highest quality standards

EU Digital COVID Certificate: EU Gateway goes live with seven countries one month ahead of deadline
The EU Digital COVID Certificate has reached another important milestone with the go-live of the technical system at EU level, which allows to verify certificates in a secure and privacy-friendly way. The EU certificate was proposed by the Commission to resume safe travelling this summer.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes update to coordinated travel measures ahead of the summer
The European Commission has proposed an update to the Council Recommendation on the coordination of free movement restrictions in the EU, which were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council

Main results of the EU-Japan summit
At a summit held by videoconference, the leaders of the EU and Japan concluded a ‘green alliance’ that will boost cooperation to accelerate climate and environmental action. They also discussed global access to COVID-19 vaccines, digital transformation, bilateral relations, and foreign and security policy.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Commission presents guidance to strengthen the Code of Practice on Disinformation
The Commission has published its guidance on how the Code of Practice on Disinformation, the first of its kind worldwide, should be strengthened to become a more effective tool for countering disinformation.

Commission disburses €14.1 billion under SURE to 12 Member States
The European Commission has today disbursed €14.137 billion to 12 EU Member States in the seventh instalment of financial support under the SURE instrument.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 24 and 25 May 2021, the European Council adopted conclusions on COVID-19, climate change, Belarus, Russia, the UK, the Middle East and Mali.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macroeconomic and fiscal developments in the euro area and looked into the functioning of adjustment mechanisms. Ministers also adopted the Eurogroup work programme for the second half of 2021 and heard the reports from the chairs of the ECB Supervisory Board and of the Single Resolution Board.

Plenary highlights: Covid-19, climate and culture
Parliament debated waiving vaccine patent rights and outside plenary reached a deal with the Council on an EU Covid certificate to facilitate travelling in Europe during the pandemic.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade)
The Council exchanged views on the trade policy review. Ministers reviewed the state of play of the WTO reform and preparations for the next Ministerial Conference of the WTO and took stock of latest developments and prospects in EU-US trade relations.

Coronavirus: Commission signs a third contract with BioNTech-Pfizer for an additional 1.8 billion doses
The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023.

EU digital Covid Certificate: provisional deal between Parliament and Council
EP and Council negotiators reached a provisional deal for an EU digital Covid certificate to facilitate free movement in Europe during the pandemic. The certificate will be available in either digital or paper format. It will attest that a person has been vaccinated against coronavirus or has a recent negative test result or has recovered from the infection.

Future-proof taxation – Commission proposes new, ambitious business tax agenda
The European Commission has adopted a Communication on Business Taxation for the 21st century to promote a robust, efficient and fair business tax system in the European Union. It sets out both a long-term and short-term vision to support Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure adequate public revenues over the coming years.

Europe's global approach to cooperation in research and innovation: strategic, open, and reciprocal
The Commission has adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international research and innovation partnerships, and to deliver innovative solutions to make our societies green, digital and healthy.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council
Ministers met in Brussels to discuss equity and inclusion in education and training, the European Universities initiative and participation of young people in decision-making processes. They adopted conclusions on the recovery and resilience of the cultural sector, Europe's media in the digital decade and sport innovation.

European Green Deal: Developing a sustainable blue economy in the European Union
The European Commission has proposed a new approach for a sustainable blue economy in the EU for the industries and sectors related to oceans, seas and coasts. A sustainable blue economy is essential to achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal and ensuring a green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic.

Spring 2021 Economic Forecast: Rolling up sleeves
The Spring 2021 Economic Forecast projects that the EU economy will expand by 4.2% in 2021 and by 4.4% in 2022. The euro area economy is forecast to grow by 4.3% this year and 4.4% next year.

European Green Deal: Commission aims for zero pollution in air, water and soil
The European Commission has adopted the EU Action Plan: “Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil” – a key deliverable of the European Green Deal and the main topic of this year's EU Green Week.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers focused on the state of play on the COVID-19 EU coordination and the Conference on the Future of Europe. Under any other business, the Council was informed about matters related to the Enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process, and the EU-Switzerland relations.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs were briefed about current affairs and exchanged views on Western Balkans and transatlantic relations. The Council also adopted conclusions on Security and Defence, and the Horn of Africa.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes EU Strategy for the development and availability of therapeutics
The European Commission is complementing the successful EU Vaccines Strategy with a strategy on COVID-19 therapeutics to support the development and availability of much-needed COVID-19 therapeutics, including for the treatment of ‘long COVID'.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council (Defence)

Commission proposes new Regulation to address distortions caused by foreign subsidies in the Single Market
The legislative proposal follows the adoption of the White Paper in June 2020 and an extensive consultation process with stakeholders. It aims at closing the regulatory gap in the Single Market, whereby subsidies granted by non-EU governments currently go largely unchecked, while subsidies granted by Member States are subject to close scrutiny.

Updating the 2020 Industrial Strategy: towards a stronger Single Market for Europe's recovery
The Commission has updated the EU Industrial Strategy to ensure that its industrial ambition takes full account of the new circumstances following the COVID-19 crisis and helps to drive the transformation to a more sustainable, digital, resilient and globally competitive economy.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU
The Commission proposed that Member States ease the current restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide.

EU ratifies the deal with the UK
The Council adopted a decision on the conclusion of the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement and the security of information agreement. This is the last step for the EU in the ratification of the post-Brexit deal. Both agreements will enter into force on 1 May 2021.

EU COVID-19 certificate must facilitate free movement without discrimination
Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the proposal for a certificate to reaffirm the right to free movement in Europe during the pandemic. MEPs agreed that the new “EU COVID-19 certificate” - instead of Digital Green Certificate, as proposed by the Commission - should be in place for 12 months and not longer.

Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future
The Commission has adopted a Communication on Better Regulation, proposing several improvements to the EU law-making process. To foster Europe's recovery, it is more important than ever to legislate as efficiently as possible, while making EU laws better adapted to tomorrow's needs.

European Parliament upgrades rail passengers’ rights

Parliament formally approves EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement
Parliament voted with a large majority in favour of granting its consent to the agreement setting the rules of the future EU-UK relationship. The consent decision was adopted by 660 votes for, five against and 32 abstentions, while the accompanying resolution, setting out Parliament’s evaluation of and expectations from the deal, passed by 578 votes, with 51 against and 68 abstentions.

Coronavirus: EU channels critical support to India via EU Civil Protection Mechanism

Migration management: New EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration
The Commission adopted the first EU Strategy on voluntary return and reintegration. The Strategy promotes voluntary return and reintegration as an integral part of a common EU system for returns, a key objective under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum.

European climate law: Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement
The Council's and the European Parliament's negotiators reached a provisional political agreement setting into law the objective of a climate-neutral EU by 2050, and a collective, net greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (emissions after deduction of removals) of at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990.

Europe fit for the Digital Age: Commission proposes new rules and actions for excellence and trust in Artificial Intelligence
The Commission has proposed new rules and actions aiming to turn Europe into the global hub for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI). The combination of the first-ever legal framework on AI and a new Coordinated Plan with Member States will guarantee the safety and fundamental rights of people and businesses, while strengthening AI uptake, investment and innovation across the EU.

Sustainable Finance and EU Taxonomy: Commission takes further steps to channel money towards sustainable activities
The European Commission has adopted an ambitious and comprehensive package of measures to help improve the flow of money towards sustainable activities across the European Union.

COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen: EMA finds possible link to very rare cases of unusual blood clots with low blood platelets
At its meeting of 20 April 2021, EMA’s safety committee (PRAC) concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low blood platelets should be added to the product information for COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. PRAC also concluded that these events should be listed as very rare side effects of the vaccine.

Conference on the Future of Europe: launch of the multilingual digital platform
The Executive Board of the Conference on the Future of Europe, comprising representatives from the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union and the European Commission, is launching the multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe inviting all EU citizens to contribute to shaping their own future and that of Europe as a whole.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup held a discussion on insolvency frameworks and looked into ongoing work on the euro as a digital currency. Ministers were also briefed about the outcomes of recent international meetings and reviewed the Eurogroup's transparency policy.

European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027: First call for proposals to support youth volunteering activities
The Commission has launched the first call for proposals under the new European Solidarity Corps 2021-2027. The European Solidarity Corps supports young people wishing to engage in volunteering activities in a variety of areas ranging from helping people in need to supporting health and environmental action, across the EU and beyond.

NextGenerationEU: Commission gets ready to raise up to €800 billion to fund the recovery
The Commission has taken steps to ensure that borrowing under the temporary recovery instrument NextGenerationEU will be financed on the most advantageous terms for EU Member States and their citizens. The Commission will use a diversified funding strategy to raise up to around €800 billion in current prices until 2026.