Panorama.sk in SlovakEN
Počasie

Európska únia

Euractiv.sk

Maďarsko Európu čoraz viac znepokojuje, členovia európskych ľudovcov hovoria dosť
K výzve 13 krajín sa ex post prihlásilo aj slovenské ministerstvo zahraničných vecí. Časť členstva európskych ľudovcov žiada Fidesz vylúčiť.

Na odpadové hospodárstvo idú z Únie milióny, problém so skládkami však musia vyriešiť prevádzkovatelia
Slovensko môže za porušovanie právnych predpisov v oblasti skládkovania skončiť na európskom súde, podľa envirorezortu je však za plán úpravy aj uzavretie skládok zodpovedný prevádzkovateľ. Nehovorí pritom, ako od neho štát môže túto povinnosť vynútiť.

Eurokomisia chce zmobilizovať 100 miliárd eur na podporu kurzarbeitu v krajinách Únie
Európska komisia predstavila nový nástroj solidarity, na ochranu pracovných miest v krajinách EÚ. Firmy budú môcť podľa Komisie dočasne skrátiť pracovný čas zamestnancov s podporou príjmu od štátu za neodpracované hodiny.

Šimečka: Kľúčové bude po kríze zlepiť základné piliere EÚ opäť dohromady
Bude treba nastaviť plán, ako sa koordinovane vrátiť voľný pohyb osôb, tovaru a služieb k stavu spred vypuknutia pandémie, hovorí europoslanec MICHAL ŠIMEČKA (PS, Renew).

Poľsko, Maďarsko a Česká republika porušili ignoráciou relokácií európske právo
Argumentácia nefunkčnosťou mechanizmu, či nepodložené obavy o vnútornú bezpečnosť na súde neuspela. Rozhodnutím nepostupovať v súlade s dočasným mechanizmom premiestnenia žiadateľov o medzinárodnú ochranu, si krajiny nesplnili povinnosti, ktoré im vyplývajú z práva Únie.

Nepomáhajú ani milióny z eurofondov: Diskriminácia rómskych detí vo vzdelávaní nemizne
Nová vláda bude musieť čo nejskôr riešiť diskrimináciu vo vzdelávaní. Slovensku pre pretrvávajúcu segregáciu rómskych detí na školách hrozí žaloba pred Súdnym dvorom EÚ. Problém zatiaľ nevyriešil školský zákon ani eurofondové projekty. 

Slováci budú cez víkend hackovať koronakrízu [Komerčný obsah]
PR SPRÁVA | Slovensko sa zapája do globálneho boja proti pandémii COVID-19. Na špeciálnom virtuálnom podujatí Hack the Crisis Slovakia budú účastníci tvoriť riešenia na akútne problémy v zdravotníctve, ekonomike, kultúre, v mestách a vo vylúčených komunitách.

Koronavírus navždy zmenil budúcnosť národnej bezpečnosti. Prečítajte si ako
Veľkým postrachom 20. storočia bola jadrová vojna. Naše inštitúcie boli vybudované tak, aby na jej hrozby reagovali. Covid­-19 však svetovým odborníkom na obranu ukázal, že sme boli slepí, píše Stephen Blank.

COVID-19: Poliaci by mali v čase korony voliť prezidenta poštou, Rumuni hlásia množstvo nakazených lekárov
O novom zákone, ktorý by umožnil Poliakom hlasovať poštou, by sa malo rozhodnúť v piatok. Ak ho parlament schváli, bude platný už od budúceho týždňa.

Slovenskí operátori začínajú súťažiť o frekvencie na 5G siete
Do 25. mája majú záujemcovia predložiť svoje ponuky na zakúpenie frekvencií. Dovtedy musia tiež uhradiť peňažné zábezpeky, ktoré dosahujú milióny eur. Jediným hodnotiacim kritériom v aukcii bude výška ponuky.

Európske noviny

Europarlament upozorňuje na nebezpečenstvo dezinformácií, ktoré ohrozujú zdravie občanov aj demokraciu

Vypuknutie nákazy nového koronavírusu viedlo tiež k šíreniu nepravdivých správ a dezinformácií, ktoré maria úsilie o zvládnutie súčasnej pandémie. Druhý apríl je Medzinárodným dňom overovania informácií. Európsky parlament pri tejto príležitosti upozorňuje na nebezpečenstvo dezinformácií, ktoré ohrozujú jednak zdravie občanov, ako aj demokraciu. V čase, keď mnohí bojujú dňom i nocou za záchranu životov ľudí …

The post Europarlament upozorňuje na nebezpečenstvo dezinformácií, ktoré ohrozujú zdravie občanov aj demokraciu appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Hrozí kolaps ekonomiky? NBS je optimistická, zamestnávatelia majú obavy

SLOVENSKO / Ekonomická katastrofa v akej sme sa ocitli naberá na sile. Hrozí kolaps ekonomiky, prepúšťania tisícov. Všetci sa preto pýtajú, kedy by to mohlo skončiť. Názory sa rozchádzajú a nikto nemá vešteckú guľu. Zamestnávatelia však hovoria, ak bude vláda konať tak dlhšie ako treba. Ekonomický prepad spôsobený koronakrízou prišiel rýchlejšie ako pri poslednej veľkej hospodárskej …

The post Hrozí kolaps ekonomiky? NBS je optimistická, zamestnávatelia majú obavy appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

EN pre mladých: Gabriela Virostková o práci v EP a ľudských právach

V dnešnej časti EN pre mladých sme sa rozprávali s Gabrielou Virostkovou, ktorá pracuje vo výbore pre zahraničné veci a v podvýbore pre ľudské práva vo frakcii EPP. S Gabrielou sme hovorili o práci v Európskom parlamente, ale aj o kontrole volieb v Afrike, aj o ľudských právach vo svete. Tentoraz iba vo verzii podcastu. …

The post EN pre mladých: Gabriela Virostková o práci v EP a ľudských právach appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Kybernetickí kriminálnici teraz využívajú náš strach z pandémie a útočia. Ako sa proti tomu chrániť?

S pandémiou COVID-19 sa rozmohli aj rozličné kybernetické podvody, ktorých páchatelia sa snažia vyťažiť z toho, že ľudia majú v tejto dobe strach. Niekoľko tipov, ako sa proti tomu chrániť. Počas domácej izolácie trávime mnohí oveľa viac času na internete, či už je to kvôli prácu alebo pre zábavu. Kybernetickí kriminálnici teraz využívajú náš strach …

The post Kybernetickí kriminálnici teraz využívajú náš strach z pandémie a útočia. Ako sa proti tomu chrániť? appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Blackout by podľa zmestnávateľov znamenal kolaps, označujú ho za cestu do ekonomického pekla

Podnikateľský sektor sa ostro postavil proti vyjadreniam predsedu vlády Igora Matoviča o možnosti tzv. blackoutu. “Vaše vyjadrenia sú ekonomickou katastrofou v priamom prenose,” odkázal premiérovi predseda Klubu 500 Vladimír Soták. Vyzýva ho, aby neprezentoval návrhy, ku ktorým neexistujú analýzy, zdravotné odporučenia a ktoré môžu byť v tejto forme považované priam za šírenie poplašnej správy. “Vyzývam …

The post Blackout by podľa zmestnávateľov znamenal kolaps, označujú ho za cestu do ekonomického pekla appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Európski vedci navrhli nový kontrolný materiál, ktorý má pomôcť predchádzať zlyhaniam pri testoch na koronavírusy

Vedci Európskej komisie zo Spoločného výskumného centra (JRC) navrhli nový kontrolný materiál, ktorý môžu laboratóriá použiť na kontrolu správneho fungovania svojich koronavírusových testov. Nedávny prieskum EÚ identifikoval nedostatok materiálov pozitívnej kontroly ako jednu z troch najväčších výziev, ktorým laboratóriá čelia pri spoľahlivej implementácii testov. Materiál pozitívnej kontroly zaručí, že laboratórne testy fungujú správne.  Pomáha vyhnúť sa tomu, že …

The post Európski vedci navrhli nový kontrolný materiál, ktorý má pomôcť predchádzať zlyhaniam pri testoch na koronavírusy appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Nezamestnanosť v SR pred pandémiou stagnovala, v celej eurozóne klesla

BRATISLAVA – Sezónne upravená miera nezamestnanosti na Slovensku vo februári, čiže v mesiaci pred odštartovaním opatrení na zastavenie šírenia ochorenia COVID-19, medzimesačne stagnovala na úrovni 5,5 percenta. Medziročne klesla z hodnoty 5,9 percenta. V rámci celej eurozóny februárová nezamestnanosť medzimesačne klesla na 7,3 percenta zo 7,4 percenta. Znížila sa aj medziročne zo 7,8 percenta. V …

The post Nezamestnanosť v SR pred pandémiou stagnovala, v celej eurozóne klesla appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

“Vypne” premiér krajinu? Život na Slovensku by mohol na niekoľko týždňov úplne stíchnuť

SLOVENSKO / Život na Slovensku by sa mohol na niekoľko týždňov úplne zastaviť. Premiér Igor Matovič dokonca hovorí o úplnom vypnutí krajiny. Týmto spôsobom chce radikálnym spôsobom skoncovať s epidémiou koronavírusu a čím skôr sa vrátiť do starých koľají. Vďaka včasným opatreniam sme na tom v porovnaní s inými krajinami dobre, relatívne dobre. “Tešíme sa síce, že …

The post “Vypne” premiér krajinu? Život na Slovensku by mohol na niekoľko týždňov úplne stíchnuť appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Koronavírus: Domácnosti produkujú viac odpadu, jeho odvoz by mal byť podľa analytičky prioritou

BRATISLAVA – Opatrenia zavádzané na Slovensku v súvislosti s nákazou COVID-19 zastavili alebo obmedzili prevádzku mnohých odvetví a firiem. Odpadu z ich prevádzky sa tak pochopiteľne produkuje menej. Obyvatelia sa ale na druhej strane prevažne zdržiavajú vo svojich domácnostiach, v ktorých produkujú aj niekoľko kilogramov odpadu denne. V mnohých európskych krajinách, zvádzajúcich boj s nákazou, …

The post Koronavírus: Domácnosti produkujú viac odpadu, jeho odvoz by mal byť podľa analytičky prioritou appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Slovensko má 400 nakazených koronavírusom, Sulík nesúhlasí s “vypnutím Slovenska”

BRATISLAVA / Na Slovensku je už 400 potvrdených prípadov koronavírusu. V našej krajine je vyhlásený núdzový stav pre zdravotníctvo a sociálne zariadenia. Rovnako sú zavreté všetky obchody okrem potravín, lekární a drogérií. Svetová zdravotnícka organizácia označila koronavírus COVID – 19 za pandémiu. Premiér Matovič dnes na tlačovej konferencii povedal, že v hre je stále aj “blackout” …

The post Slovensko má 400 nakazených koronavírusom, Sulík nesúhlasí s “vypnutím Slovenska” appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Ivan Štefanec: Európska únia pomôže farmárom prekonať krizu

Podľa europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca (KDH) je v čase súčasnej krízy dôležité vytvoriť farmárom čo najlepšie podmienky pre plynulú produkciu potravín a ich transport cez územie jednotlivých členských štátov. “Európska komisia oznámila prvý balík pomoci určenej špeciálne pre farmárov. Rozsah podpory sa zvýši až na 125 000 eur …

The post Ivan Štefanec: Európska únia pomôže farmárom prekonať krizu appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Vyhlásenia WHO o nepotrebnosti rúšok sú len trik, tvrdí námestník českého ministra zdravotníctva

Viaceré európske krajiny trvajú v rámci bezpečnostných opatrení proti šíreniu nového koronavírusu aj na tom, aby občania na verejnosti nosili ochranné rúška. Ide predovšetkým o Slovensko a Českú republiku, od stredy sa k nim pridáva aj Rakúsko. Na obyvateľov týchto krajín preto musia pôsobiť zmätočne opakujúce sa vyjadrenia predstaviteľov Svetovej zdravotníckej organizácie (WHO), podľa ktorých …

The post Vyhlásenia WHO o nepotrebnosti rúšok sú len trik, tvrdí námestník českého ministra zdravotníctva appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

David Sassoli: Nikomu nesmie byť dovolené využiť túto pandémiu na oslabenie našich slobôd

Predseda Európskeho parlamentu David Sassoli v utorok zareagoval na zákon o predĺžení núdzového stavu, ktorý v pondelok prijalo maďarské Národné zhromaždenie. „Chceme sa z tejto krízy dostať bez ujmy na našich demokraciách. Požiadali sme Európsku komisiu ako strážkyňu zmlúv EÚ, aby posúdila, či sú nové právne predpisy, ktoré boli prijaté v Maďarsku, v súlade s článkom …

The post David Sassoli: Nikomu nesmie byť dovolené využiť túto pandémiu na oslabenie našich slobôd appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Brusel pokračuje v schvaľovaní štátnej pomoci pre členské krajiny

Európska komisia (EK) pokračuje v schvaľovaní štátnej pomoci pre členské krajiny, ktoré požiadajú o podporu na boj proti dôsledkom pandémie koronavírusu. Ako informovala, schválila dánsky systém záruk vo výške 130 mil. eur pre malé a stredné podniky, ktorých vývozné činnosti boli obmedzené v dôsledku krízy. Na podporu hospodárstva schválila 200 mil. eur pre Írsko a …

The post Brusel pokračuje v schvaľovaní štátnej pomoci pre členské krajiny appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Maroš Šefčovič a Michael Gove posudzovali dodržiavanie dohody o brexite

Prvé zasadnutie spoločného výboru Európskej únie a Spojeného kráľovstva bolo zamerané na uplatňovanie dohody o vystúpení, ktorej správne a včasné vykonávanie je pre EÚ kľúčovou prioritou. Spoločnému výboru predsedajú podpredseda EK Maroš Šefčovič a kancelár pre Lancasterské vojvodstvo a vedúci úradu vlády Spojeného kráľovstva Michael Gove. Diskusia sa týkala najmä ochrany práv približne 4,5 milióna občanov EÚ a …

The post Maroš Šefčovič a Michael Gove posudzovali dodržiavanie dohody o brexite appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

WHO: Epidémia v Ázii nie je ani zďaleka prekonaná

JAKARTA – Svetová zdravotnícka organizácia (WHO) varuje ázijsko-tichomorský región pred uvoľňovaním opatrení v rámci krízy týkajúcej sa koronavírusu. Epidémia tam totiž “ešte zďaleka nie je prekonaná”, upozornil regionálny šéf WHO pre západné Tichomorie Takeši Kasai. Aktuálnymi opatreniami proti šíreniu ochorenia krajiny podľa jeho slov iba získavajú čas, aby sa mohli pripraviť na rozsiahlejší nápor nákazy. …

The post WHO: Epidémia v Ázii nie je ani zďaleka prekonaná appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Veľké firmy kritizujú vládu. Tvrdia, že zaostávame za ostatnými štátmi a strácame šancu na záchranu ekonomiky

BRATISLAVA / Veľkí zamestnávatelia sa spojili a v utorok predpoludním prvýkrát vystúpili všetky veľké priemyselné zväzy, aby pritlačili na vládu, ktorá ich zatiaľ vo svojich opatreniach obišla. Kritizujú kabinet Igora Matoviča a tvrdia, že zaostávame za ostatnými štátmi a strácame tak šancu na záchranu našej ekonomiky. V utorok sa stretli zástupcovia siedmich veľkých zväzov, aby vyjadrili …

The post Veľké firmy kritizujú vládu. Tvrdia, že zaostávame za ostatnými štátmi a strácame šancu na záchranu ekonomiky appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Dezinformácie o koronavíruse: Ako ich rozpoznať a čo robiť, ak na ne natrafíte?

Spoločne s pandémiou COVID-19 sa šíria aj falošné správy, ktoré len nahlodávajú všetko úsilie poraziť túto chorobu. Prečítajte si, ako ich rozpoznať a čo robiť, ak na ne natrafíte. Od pôvodného tvrdenia, že vírus sa na ľudí preniesol z netopierej polievky po horúce správy o tom, že krajiny EÚ navzájom bojujú o zdravotnícke pomôcky, dezinformácie …

The post Dezinformácie o koronavíruse: Ako ich rozpoznať a čo robiť, ak na ne natrafíte? appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Po koronakríze bude treba rekvalifikovať ľudí. Podľa europoslancov to môžeme využiť v prospech životného prostredia

EURÓPSKA ÚNIA / Po koronakríze bude potrebná rekvalifikácia mnohých ľudí. Priemerne sa totiž odhaduje, že o prácu by mohlo prísť približne 100-tisíc Slovákov. Pri obnove ekonomiky by sme mali ísť v línii takzvaného Európskeho ekologického dohovoru, ktorý sme prijali. Podľa europoslancov máme šancu využiť túto situáciu v prospech životného prostredia. Iba nedávno Európsky parlament vyhlasoval klimatickú …

The post Po koronakríze bude treba rekvalifikovať ľudí. Podľa europoslancov to môžeme využiť v prospech životného prostredia appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

Ivan Štefanec: PPA musí konečne začať podporať malých farmárov

Europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivan Štefanec (KDH) víta včerajšie rozhodnutie nového ministra pôdohospodárstva o odvolaní šéfa Poľnohospodárskej platobnej agentúry (PPA) Juraja Kožucha. Pripomína tiež, že PPA sa pod jeho vedením stala nástrojom korupcie a prenalsedovania malých farmárov, na čo upozorňuval ako Európsky parlament, tak aj Európska komisia.  “Poslaním PPA má byť pomoc …

The post Ivan Štefanec: PPA musí konečne začať podporať malých farmárov appeared first on EuropskeNoviny.sk.

EU Newsroom

Coronavirus: the Commission mobilises all of its resources to protect lives and livelihoods
Saving lives and supporting livelihoods in these times of acute crisis is paramount. The Commission is further increasing its response by proposing to set up a €100 billion solidarity instrument to help workers keep their incomes and help businesses stay afloat, called SURE.

EU launches Operation IRINI to enforce Libya arms embargo

Emergency coronavirus research: Commission selects 18th project to develop rapid diagnostics
The European Commission has decided to fund another project as part of its emergency call for urgently needed research and innovation into the coronavirus. This means it will support 18 projects with a total of €48.5 million from Horizon 2020, the EU research and innovation programme.

COVID-19: EU adopts slot waiver to help airlines

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers
The Commission has issued new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU, in particular those in critical occupations to fight the coronavirus pandemic, can reach their workplace.

Coronavirus: Commission issues questions and answers to help increase production of safe medical supplies
The Commission is making available guidance to assist manufacturers in ramping up production of essential medical equipment and material in three areas: the production of masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), leave-on hand cleaners and hand disinfectants and 3D printing in the context of the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 - Council adopts measures for immediate release of funds

EU-Vietnam: Council gives final green light to free trade agreement
The Council today adopted a decision on the conclusion of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and Vietnam. This decision clears the path, on the EU side, for the entry into force of the agreement.

EU and 15 World Trade Organization members establish contingency appeal arrangement for trade disputes

Coronavirus: Commission boosts budget for repatriation flights and rescEU stockpile
The European Commission has proposed to make €75 million from the EU budget available to help Member States repatriate EU nationals and to increase the budget of the RescEU medical stockpile.

COVID-19: MEPs call for a more unified EU response
Showing strong support for EU measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, MEPs spoke up for strong EU solidarity to help citizens in Thursday’s plenary debate.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
On 26 March, the members of the European Council followed up, by video conference, on the EU's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. They also addressed EU enlargement, the earthquake in Croatia and the situation at the EU's external borders.

Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis
The European Commission issued guidelines to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.

Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world
The European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024.

Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs
Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general. The standards will facilitate a faster and less expensive conformity assessment procedure.

Coronavirus: Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful
Producers made offers covering and, in some cases, even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2 and 3, gloves, goggles, face-shields, surgical masks and overalls.

Main results of the Eurogroup video conference
The Eurogroup discussed further policy responses to the COVID-19 economic fallout, following the invitation of members of the European Council on 17 March.

Main results of the video conference of ministers for European affairs
EU ministers responsible for European affairs gave their political agreement to the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes
The Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, ministers discussed the flexibility of the Stability and Growth Pact, in view of the communication presented by the European Commission on the economic aspects of the COVID-19 crisis on 20 March.

Main results of the video conference of foreign affairs ministers
Ministers exchanged views on the international response to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), with a particular focus on the repatriation of EU travellers stranded abroad. Ministers also discussed how to step up international cooperation and solidarity in order to support the most fragile countries.

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment
The European Commission has decided to create a strategic rescEU stockpile of medical equipment such as ventilators and protective masks to help EU countries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State aid: Commission adopts Temporary Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak
The European Commission has adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eastern Partnership: Commission proposes new policy objectives for beyond 2020
The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have put forward a proposal for the long-term policy objectives of the Eastern Partnership beyond 2020.

COVID-19: Commission provides guidance on EU passenger rights
In our efforts to mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission has today published guidelines to ensure EU passenger rights are applied in a coherent manner across the EU.

ECB announces €750 billion Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme (PEPP)

Video conference of the members of the European Council
Members of the European Council held a videoconference on COVID 19 in order to follow up on previous conclusions of 10 March 2020 together with the ECB President, the President of the Eurogroup and the High Representative. They reaffirmed the need to work together and to do everything necessary to tackle the crisis and its consequences.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup held an in-depth discussion, together with non-euro area members, and adopted a statement on how to respond to the extraordinary human and economic crisis caused by the coronavirus.

COVID-19: Commission presents guidelines for border measures to protect health and keep goods and essential services available
The Commission presented guidelines to Member States on health-related border management measures in the context of the COVID-19 emergency. The aim is to protect citizens' health, ensure the right treatment of people who do have to travel, and make sure essential goods and services remain available.

COVID-19: Commission sets out European coordinated response to counter the economic impact of the Coronavirus
COVID-19 is a severe public health emergency for our citizens, societies and economies with infections in all Member States. It is also a major economic shock to the EU. The Commission therefore presents today an immediate response to mitigate the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, centred on a European coordinated response.

Main results from the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers were informed of the latest developments at the EU's external borders with Turkey. They also assessed how the measures mentioned in the home affairs ministers statement of 4 March are being implemented. Over lunch, ministers responsible for civil protection issues discussed the coronavirus outbreak, following up on the priorities identified by EU leaders on 10 March.

New Circular Economy Action Plan shows the way to a climate-neutral, competitive economy of empowered consumers
With measures along the entire life cycle of products, the new Action Plan aims to make our economy fit for a green future, strengthen our competitiveness while protecting the environment and give new rights to consumers.

Plenary highlights: Coronavirus debate, budget, migration
In a shortened plenary session due to coronavirus concerns, MEPs discussed the EU’s response to the outbreak, tensions at the Greek-Turkish border and the EU long-term budget.

Meeting of the members of the European Council on Coronavirus
The members of the European Council discussed, by video conference, how to coordinate EU efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, President of the Eurogroup, Mario Centeno, and High Representative Josep Borrell also took part in the discussion.

Making Europe's businesses future-ready: A new Industrial Strategy for a globally competitive, green and digital Europe
The Commission presents a new Strategy to help Europe's industry lead the twin transitions towards climate neutrality and digital leadership. The Strategy aims to drive Europe's competitiveness and its strategic autonomy at a time of moving geopolitical plates and increasing global competition.

EU paves the way for a stronger, more ambitious partnership with Africa
The European Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy proposed the basis for a new strategy with Africa. The communication sets out proposals to intensify cooperation through partnerships in five key areas: green transition; digital transformation; sustainable growth and jobs; peace and governance; and migration and mobility.

EU-Turkey leaders' meeting
Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen met President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Brussels. The leaders discussed bilateral relations, the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement on migration, security, stability in the region and the crisis in Syria.

Migration: Commission takes action to find solutions for unaccompanied migrant children on Greek islands

A Union that strives for more: the first 100 days

COVID-19: Commission steps up research funding and selects 17 projects in vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics
Following the publication of a €10 million call in January, the Commission has secured an additional €37.5 million for urgently needed research on COVID-19 vaccine development, treatment and diagnostics. This action is part of the coordinated EU response to the public health threat of COVID-19.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed the crisis in Idlib and the situation at the EU external borders with Turkey. The Council adopted a statement.

Gender Equality Strategy: Striving for a Union of equality
The European Commission presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. While the EU is a global leader in gender equality and has made significant progress in the last decades, gender-based violence and stereotypes continue to persist.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Council exchanged views on the European Green Deal and adopted the EU's long-term climate strategy submission to the UN. The Council also adopted conclusions on improving air quality. Climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed ministers as guest of the Croatian Presidency.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
The Council adopted a statement on the situation at the EU's external borders. In this statement, the Council expresses its solidarity with Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus and other member states which might be similarly affected, including in efforts to manage the EU's external borders.

Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: Commission proposes European Climate Law and consults on the European Climate Pact
The Commission presents a proposal to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a public consultation on the future European Climate Pact. Through this consultation the public will be involved in co-designing this instrument.

European Commission launches global coalition for biodiversity
On the occasion of the World Wildlife Day, the European Commission launched today in Monaco a new global coalition for biodiversity. With this communication campaign, the Commission is calling for stronger mobilisation in raising awareness about the need to protect biodiversity.

New Eurobarometer Survey: Protecting the environment and climate is important for over 90% of European citizens
The Eurobarometer Survey published today reveals that citizens want more to be done to protect the environment, and that they believe responsibility should be shared by big companies and industry, national governments and the EU, as well as citizens themselves.

Commission reports on progress made by Albania and North Macedonia

Coronavirus response
The European Commission is working on all fronts to support efforts to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes ongoing coordination with Member States to share information, assess needs and ensure a coherent EU-wide response.

EU4FairWork: Commission launches campaign to tackle undeclared work
The Commission is launching today the first European campaign for declared work. It will work hand in hand with the European Platform tackling undeclared work and the European Labour Authority. The initiative intends to raise awareness amongst workers, companies and policymakers that undeclared work does not pay off.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council
The Council adopted a set of conclusions in the context of its better regulation agenda. These conclusions touch upon the quality of impact assessments, the need for policymakers to take into account the particular interests of small and medium-size enterprises, starts-ups and micro enterprises, as well as to improve methods of checking whether existing EU laws remain fit-for-purpose.

Winter Package puts competitive sustainability at the heart of the European Semester
The Commission has published country reports analysing each Member State's key socio-economic challenges. The analysis in the country reports reflects the Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy, presented in December 2019, focusing on competitive sustainability with the aim to build an economy that works for people and the planet.

EU-UK relations: Council gives go-ahead for talks to start and adopts negotiating directives
The Council adopted a decision authorising the opening of negotiations for a new partnership with the UK, and formally nominating the Commission as EU negotiator. The Council also adopted negotiating directives which constitute a mandate to the Commission for the negotiations.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
The Council exchanged views on relations with the UK and adopted the negotiating mandate for the upcoming talks. Ministers also prepared for the March European Council, discussed plans for legislative work and heard presentations by the Commission on the revised enlargement methodology and the new European rule of law mechanism.

COVID-19: EU working on all fronts, €232 million for global efforts to tackle outbreak
The European Commission is working around the clock to support EU Member States and strengthen international efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Main results of the Special European Council
On 20 and 21 February, EU heads of state or government met in Brussels to discuss the EU’s long-term budget for 2021-2027. Following intense negotiations, it became evident that it was not possible to reach an agreement and more time was needed.

Main results of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council
Education ministers adopted a resolution on education and training in the European Semester and held a public debate on the topic of 'brain circulation'.

Shaping Europe's digital future: Commission presents strategies for data and Artificial Intelligence
The Commission unveils its ideas and actions for a digital transformation that works for all, reflecting the best of Europe: open, fair, diverse, democratic and confident.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council adopted a revised list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes. The Commission presented its review of the EU economic governance. The ministers also discussed the European Semester 2020 and the EU budget for 2021.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council exchanged views on current affairs, Libya and EU-African Union relations. Over an informal lunch ministers discussed EU-India relations with the Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

EU invests more than €100 million in new LIFE Programme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe
The European Commission announced an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment and climate projects in nine Member States, helping Europe's transition to a sustainable economy and climate neutrality.

Main results of the General Affairs Council meeting

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: EU long-term budget, trade with Vietnam, EU-UK relations
MEPs demanded an ambitious EU long-term budget, approved free trade deals with Vietnam and set out their position on future EU-UK relations during this week's plenary session.

Winter 2020 Economic Forecast: Offsetting forces confirm subdued growth
The Winter 2020 Economic Forecast published today projects that the European economy is set to continue on a path of steady, moderate growth. The euro area has now enjoyed its longest period of sustained growth since the euro was introduced in 1999.

Main results of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (Health)
An extraordinary Council gathered health ministers to have an exchange of views and adopt conclusions in relation to the COVID-19.

EU-UK future relations: “level playing field” crucial to ensure fair competition

February infringements package: key decisions

More than money: the long-term EU budget is a tool for Europe’s future
MEPs underlined that Parliament will only give its consent to a budget that meets the European Union’s ambitions, in a debate on EU funding for 2021-2027.

Parliament approves EU-Vietnam free trade and investment protection deals
The EU-Vietnam trade agreement, the “most modern and ambitious agreement ever concluded between the EU and a developing country”, got Parliament’s backing on Wednesday.

Trade preferences boost developing countries' exports to the European Union
Exports to the European Union from developing countries using special tariff preferences under the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) reached a new high of €69 billion in 2018.

A more credible, dynamic, predictable and political EU accession process - Commission lays out its proposals
The European Commission put forward a proposal to drive forward the EU accession process, by making it more credible, with a stronger political steer, more dynamic and predictable.

Commission presents review of EU economic governance and launches debate on its future
The Commission presents a review of the effectiveness of the economic surveillance framework and launches a public debate on its future.

European Commission and European Investment Fund launch €75 million BlueInvest Fund
The BlueInvest Fund will be managed by the European Investment Fund and will provide financing to underlying equity funds that strategically target and support the innovative blue economy.

European Commission launches EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan
Today, on World Cancer Day, the European Commission is launching an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. The consultation will help shape the Plan, identify key areas, and explore future action.

Future EU-UK Partnership: European Commission takes first step to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom
The European Commission has issued a recommendation to the Council to open negotiations on a new partnership with the United Kingdom. This recommendation is based on the existing European Council guidelines and conclusions, as well as on the Political Declaration agreed between the EU and the United Kingdom in October 2019.

Trade: First year of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement shows growth in EU exports
1 February 2020 marks the first anniversary of the entry into force of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In the first ten months following the implementation of the agreement, EU exports to Japan went up by 6.6% compared to the same period the year before.

Antitrust: Commission fines NBCUniversal €14.3 million for restricting sales of film merchandise products

Parliament wants binding rules on common chargers to be tabled by summer
The European Parliament calls on the Commission to put forward beefed-up rules on common chargers by July 2020 at the latest. There is an “urgent need for EU regulatory action” to reduce electronic waste and empower consumers to make sustainable choices, MEPs say in a resolution.

European Commission 2020 Work Programme: An ambitious roadmap for a Union that strives for more
The European Commission adopted its 2020 Work Programme. It sets out the actions the Commission will take in 2020 to turn the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen into tangible benefits for European citizens, businesses and society.

Secure 5G networks: Commission endorses EU toolbox and sets out next steps
The Commission is endorsing the joint toolbox of mitigating measures agreed by EU Member States to address security risks related to the rollout of 5G, the fifth-generation of mobile networks.

Brexit deal approved by the European Parliament
The Withdrawal Agreement was approved by the European Parliament on Wednesday evening by 621 votes in favour, 49 against and 13 abstentions.

Erasmus+ and its predecessors: a life-changing experience for 10 million young Europeans
The 2018 annual report on Erasmus+, published today, shows that over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in what turned out to be a life-changing experience for many of them.

Main results of the General Affairs Council

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
The Council exchanged views on the European Green Deal and the regulation on CAP transitional rules.

Shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe
The Commission set out its ideas for shaping the Conference on the Future of Europe, which should be launched on Europe Day, 9 May 2020 and run for two years. The Communication adopted is the Commission's contribution to the already lively debate around the Conference on the Future of Europe – a project announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her Political Guidelines, to give Europeans a greater say on what the European Union does and how it works for them.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) discussed digital taxation and the European Green Deal. It also kick-started the 2020 European Semester exercise.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, including the latest developments regarding Libya. Foreign ministers also exchanged views on the Sahel and climate diplomacy. Over a working lunch ministers discussed the Middle East peace process and issues concerning the wider region.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Plenary highlights: European Green Deal, future of Europe, Brexit
During the first plenary session of 2020, Parliament called for more ambitious measures to tackle climate change and to put citizens at the centre of an initiative to reform the EU.

To save biodiversity, MEPs call for binding targets at global and EU level
MEPs want the upcoming global biodiversity conference COP 15 to agree on legally binding targets, as was the case for the Paris agreement on climate change. Parliament adopted its position in view of the 2020 UN biodiversity conference (COP 15), in Kunming (China) in October by show of hands.

Parliament supports European Green Deal and pushes for even higher ambitions
MEPs support the European Green Deal, but highlight challenges, including ensuring a just and inclusive transition and the need for high interim targets. Parliament adopted its position on the European Green Deal, unveiled by Commission President von der Leyen in a plenary debate in December.

Brexit: MEPs concerned about citizens' rights
Parliament highlights that assurances are needed on the protection of citizens’ rights to ensure its consent to the Withdrawal Agreement. In a resolution, MEPs take stock of citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit and highlight that their consent to the Withdrawal Agreement will take into account “experiences gained and assurances given” about their protection.

Financing the green transition: The European Green Deal Investment Plan and Just Transition Mechanism
The European Green Deal's Investment Plan - the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan - presented today will mobilise public investment and help to unlock private funds through EU financial instruments, notably InvestEU, which would lead to at least €1 trillion of investments.

Commission presents first reflections on building a strong social Europe for just transitions
The Commission presents a Communication on building a strong social Europe for just transitions. It sets out how social policy will help deliver on the challenges and opportunities of today, proposing action at EU level for the months to come, and seeking feedback on further action at all levels in the area of employment and social rights.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
The Council discussed current affairs, focusing on Libya, and exchanged views on recent events in Iraq with a view to finding ways to de-escalate tensions in the region.

European Commission steps up protection of European intellectual property in global markets
The European Commission published the latest report on protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in third countries. While developments have taken place since the publication of the previous report, concerns persist and a number of areas for improvement and action remain to be addressed.

Plenary highlights: Sakharov Prize, EU Ombudsman, pollinators
The 2019 Sakharov Prize award ceremony, the election of the new EU Ombudsman and a debate on the decline of bees topped the agenda of the December plenary session in Strasbourg.

Main results of the Environment Council
The Environment Council adopted conclusions on biodiversity. Ministers spelled out member states' views on the commitments and actions needed in EU environment and climate policy 2019-2024, including the European Green Deal.