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Reportuje z poľsko-bieloruskej hranice: Utečenecká kríza sa dá vyriešiť za 12 hodín
Poľsko by malo dodržiavať vlastné zákony a dovoliť ľuďom požiadať o azyl. Má na to zdroje, ale nie vôľu, a Únia pred tým zatvára oči. To sa ale nedá, keď sa začínajú kopiť telá, hovorí v rozhovore novinárka CLAUDIA CIOBANU.

DSKE21 | Deň 4: Obnova budov ako pilier dekarbonizácie Slovenska
Najlacnejšia energia je tá, ktorá sa nevyrobí, zhodnú sa politici s odborníkmi. Aké sú hlavné bariéry a riziká pre implementáciu ambicióznych plánov Slovenska v sektore budov? Čo je potrebné nezanedbať? Štvrtý deň konferencie je venovaný oblasti budov.

Oceliari: K slovenskému cieľu zníženia emisií do roku 2030 vieme prispieť viac ako polovicou
Rok 2030 bude medzníkom, kedy sa v oceliarskom priemysle začnú vo veľkom zavádzať prelomové technológie. Iná možnosť pre európske oceliarstvo asi neexistuje, hovoria v rozhovore JURAJ SABOL a MICHAL PINTÉR z U.S. Steel Košice. Michal Pintér je riaditeľ pre vzťahy...

Poľsko má zákon, ktorý zakáže novinárom a aktivistom navštíviť hranicu s Bieloruskom
Prezident Duda podpísal zákon 30. novembra.

Európske inštitúcie majú politickú dohodu pre zavedenie Aktu o správe údajov
Únia má bližšie k spoločnej koncepcii zdieľania dát. Vznikne nová štruktúra riadenia deviatich európskych dátových priestorov a nové úlohy dostanú aj štáty.

DSKE21 | Deň 3: Rozvoj obnoviteľnej energie – Má Slovensko plán pre čistú elektrinu a vykurovanie?
Za fosílne palivá dnes platíme obrovskú cenu v podobe klimatickej krízy. Ako nastavíme systém rozvoja OZE vzhľadom na nové európske ciele? Ako motivovať občanov/ľudí, aby sa zapojili do transformácie energetiky? Tretí deň konferencie Dekarbonizácia slovenskej ekonomiky je venovaný obnoviteľným zdrojom.

Politika postavená na vede je potrebná, no čelí bariéram
Komplexné krízy, ako je environmentálna, podčiarkujú potrebu politických rozhodnutí postavených na dátach, vedeckom poznaní. Takéto rozhodovanie však obmedzuje nedôvera a rozdiely v jazykoch vedy a politiky.

Ak sa plány agrorezortu stanú realitou, pre prírodu to bude krok dopredu (ANKETA)
„Prvýkrát od nášho vstupu do EÚ môžeme povedať, že intervenčná stratégia v dostatočnej miere pamätá na to, že spoločná poľnohospodárska politika nevplýva len na poľnohospodársky sektor, ale aj na vzhľad krajiny, prírodu, ohrozené druhy, vodozádržnú schopnosť,“ hovorí v ankete odborníkov ochranár Jozef Ridzoň.

Riaditeľ Slovnaftu: Prechod na elektromobily bude drahý, efekt na klímu je otázny
Elektromobily vo väčšine európskych krajín pomáhajú znižovať emisie zo sektora dopravy. Problematické sú iba v krajinách s vysokým podielom výroby energie z uhlia.

Medzi najaktívnejšími europoslancami sú dvaja Slováci (INFOGRAFIKA)
V rebríčku Eulytix zabodovali Slováci venujúci sa zeleným témam. Michal Wiezik zo Spolu sa dostal na desiate miesto spomedzi 705 europoslancov, jedenásty bol Martin Hojsík z Progresívneho Slovenska. Umiestnili sa vďaka práci na stovkách pozmeňovacích návrhov s množstvom rôznorodých spojencov.

Európske noviny

Súdny dvor EÚ by mal zamietnuť žaloby Maďarska a Poľska proti princípu podmienenosti, navrhuje generálny advokát

Generálny advokát Súdneho dvora Európskej únie (EÚ) navrhol zamietnutie žalôb Maďarska a Poľska proti princípu podmienenosti na ochranu rozpočtu Únie v prípade porušenia zásad právneho štátu. Manuel Campos Sánchez-Bordona uviedol, že nariadenie o podmienenosti únia prijala „na vhodnom právnom základe“ a rešpektuje „zásadu právnej istoty“. „Dodržiavanie zásad právneho štátu môže byť životne dôležité pre zdravé …

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Európska lieková agentúra začala priebežné hodnotenie vakcíny od spoločnosti Valneva

Výbor Európskej liekovej agentúry (EMA) pre lieky na humánne použitie začal s priebežným hodnotením vakcíny proti ochoreniu COVID-19 od francúzskej biotechnologickej spoločnosti Valneva. Informovala o tom oficiálna stránka EMA. Rozhodnutie výboru o začatí priebežného hodnotenia je založené na predbežných výsledkoch laboratórnych štúdií a prvotných klinických štúdií u dospelých. Tieto štúdie naznačujú, že vakcína spúšťa produkciu …

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Nezamestnanosť v únii v októbri zotrvala na hodnote 6,7 %

Miera nezamestnanosti podľa sezónne upravených údajov v eurozóne v októbri klesla na 7,3 percenta zo septembrovej úrovne 7,4 percenta. Znížila sa aj v medziročnom porovnaní, keďže v októbri 2020 bola na úrovni 8,4 percenta. Miera nezamestnanosti v rámci celej Európskej únie (EÚ) v októbri stagnovala na septembrovej hodnote 6,7 percenta. V októbri 2020 sa pohybovala …

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Únia posilňuje mandát Európskeho centra pre prevenciu a kontrolu chorôb

Rada Európskej únie (EÚ) a Európsky parlament (EP) dosiahli predbežnú dohodu o obnovení mandátu Európskeho centra pre prevenciu a kontrolu chorôb (ECDC). Aktualizovaným mandátom sa EÚ zameriava na posilnenie práce ECDC v oblasti dohľadu, včasného varovania, pripravenosti a reakcie. Oba orgány o tom informovali v tlačových správach. ECDC bude spolupracovať s Európskou komisiou, úradmi jednotlivých …

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Komisia vyzýva na zintenzívnenie očkovania, posilňujúce dávky, aj zrýchlenie reakcie na variant omikron

Komisia predstavila spoločný koordinovaný prístup EÚ zameraný na účinné riešenie výziev vyplývajúcich z opätovného nárastu prípadov ochorenia COVID-19, ktorý na jeseň tohto roka zaznamenali mnohé členské štáty. V dôsledku rapídneho nárastu počtu prípadov a opätovného tlaku na nemocnice vzniká potreba prijať bezodkladné a rozhodné opatrenia. Tieto obavy ešte zvyšuje nová potenciálna hrozba variantu omikron, ktorá …

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Vianoce budú aj v Bruseli. Komisia stiahla kontroverzný návrh

Nahradiť slovo Vianoce pojmom „sviatky” alebo „obdobie sviatkov”. Aj to obsahoval návrh interného dokumentu o používaní tzv. inkluzívneho jazyka v rámci komunikácie Európskej komisie. Ďalšie slová, ktoré Komisia navrhovala vylúčiť zo slovníka boli „dámy a páni” a nahradiť ich termínom „Vážení kolegovia”. Tieto a rôzne iné odporúčania pre euroúradníkov vyvolali v Európe doslova pobúrenie.  “Týmto počinom podľa …

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Ivan Štefanec: Dokončenie jednotného trhu je pre úspech malých a stredných podnikov kľúčové

Portál Euractiv v utorok organizoval online konferenciu s názvom “Ako môžu malé a stredné podniky prosperovať v post pandemickom a digitalizovanom svete?” Okrem europoslanca a vedúceho slovenskej delegácie pri európskej ľudovej strane Ivana Štefanca ( KDH) sa na nej zúčastnili aj Brigit Weidel z Európskej komisie, europoslankyňa Arba Kokalari, Jan Havlik zo zastúpenia Českej republiky …

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Ako kompenzáciu za Brexit Slovensko dostane vyše 36 miliónov eur

Milióny eur navyše pre Slovensko. Vláda dnes schválila materiál s názvom „Spôsob implementácie pobrexitovej adaptačnej rezervy v podmienkach Slovenskej republiky“, ktorý  na rokovanie vlády predložila ministerka investícií, regionálneho rozvoja a informatizácie SR Veronika Remišová. Z európskej pobrexitovej rezervy, ktorá má členským štátom pomôcť zmierniť dopady odchodu Veľkej Británie z EÚ, Slovensko dostane viac ako 36 miliónov eur. „Peniaze z pobrexitovej rezervy …

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EÚ chce na projekt celosvetovej infraštruktúry Globálna brána vynaložiť 300 miliárd eur

Európska únia v stredu predstavuje plán, ktorého cieľom je posilniť celosvetovú infraštruktúru 27-členného bloku a jeho vplyv. Očakáva sa, že program Globálna brána do roku 2027 zmobilizuje 300 miliárd eur z verejných a súkromných zdrojov. Hoci Európska komisia (EK) neoznačuje tento projekt za pokus čeliť rozsiahlej čínskej iniciatíve v oblasti infraštruktúry s cieľom prepojiť Áziu …

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M. Hojsík: Na Slovensku je stále pol milióna ľudí bez pitnej vody

Progresívne Slovensko zmonitorovalo stav pripojenia na verejné vodovody a dostupnosti zdrojov pitnej vody. PS sa vo svojom prieskume za posledný mesiac spojilo s 225-imi obcami zo zoznamu, v ktorých nie je vybudovaný verejný vodovod. Výsledky prieskumu sú podľa slov europoslanca a podpredsedu Progresívneho Slovenska Martina Hojsíka žalostné. “Pol milióna ľudí bez pitnej vody, to nie …

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Slovensko patrí medzi štvoricu krajín Európy, kde ľudia najviac pociťujú dopady pandémie na financie

Slovensko patrí medzi štvoricu krajín Európy, kde ľudia subjektívne najviac pociťujú dopady pandémie na svoje financie a počítajú s tým, že budú potrebovať minimálne ďalších 12 mesiacov na zotavenie sa. Vyplýva to z prieskumu European Consumer Payment Report 2021, ktorý sa uskutočnil v 24 európskych krajinách. Európania sa obávajú vplyvu rastúcej inflácie na osobné financie …

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Európska prokuratúra zakročila proti colnému podvodu v Nemecku, Rakúsku a na Slovensku

Pobočka Európskej prokuratúry (EPPO) v Mníchove vykonala 10 razií v Nemecku, Rakúsku a na Slovensku v súvislosti s vážnym colným podvodom. Škody na rozpočte Európskej únie sú podľa odhadov vyššie ako 1,1 milióna eur. Prokuratúra o tom informuje na svojej webstránke. Podozriví údajne dovážali bionaftu, ktorú vraj vyrobili v krajine na západnom Balkáne. Bionaftu však …

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Medziročná inflácia v eurozóne sa v novembri zrýchlila na 4,9 %

Medziročná inflácia v eurozóne v novembri stúpla na úroveň 4,9 percenta z októbrových 4,1 percenta. Vyplýva to z rýchleho odhadu štatistického úradu Európskej únie Eurostat, ktorý o tom informoval v utorok. Na Slovensku bol podobný vývoj ako v rámci celej eurozóny a medziročná inflácia vzrástla na 4,9 percenta z októbrovej úrovne 4,4 percenta. Najvyššia medziročná …

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M. Klus: Mier a prosperita v krajinách za hranicami EÚ úzko súvisia s našou stabilitou a bezpečnosťou

“Napriek svojej polohe v strednej Európe si Slovenská republika uvedomuje, že región Stredozemného mora nemožno chápať len ako hranicu medzi Európou a Afrikou či Blízkym východom. Vnímame, že je to región plný príležitostí a ambicióznych partnerstiev, ktoré majú potenciál priniesť prosperitu na oboch brehoch. Mier a stabilita v susedstve Európskej únie (EÚ) totiž úzko súvisí …

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V. Remišová: Rozvoj súčasnej kultúry a umenia podporíme grantmi vo výške takmer 1,4 milióna eur

Pokračujeme v podpore kultúry a umenia. Ministerstvo investícií, regionálneho rozvoja a informatizácie SR (MIRRI SR) rozdelí medzi osem projektov takmer 1,4 milióna eur z Grantov Európskeho hospodárskeho priestoru (EHP) a zo štátneho rozpočtu. Slovenská národná galéria, občianske združenia BRAK či Post Bellum SK a ďalší uspeli v tretej výzve programu „Podnikanie v kultúre, kultúrne dedičstvo a …

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Tento týždeň v Parlamente: Právny štát, Covid-19, násilie v online priestore a ochrana zvierat pri preprave

Stav právneho štátu aj na Slovensku, pandémia, migrácia, násilie na ženách v kybernetickom priestore a ochrana prepravovaných zvierat sú témami, o ktorých tento týždeň diskutujú poslanci EP. Výbor pre občianske slobody, spravodlivosť a vnútorné veci v pondelok podvečer prerokoval správy svojej Skupiny pre monitorovanie demokracie, právneho štátu a základných práv z pracovných ciest na Slovensko, do Bulharska a Slovinska. …

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Najnovší diel VIDÍME SA s Ivanom Štefancom

“Len spoločnou európskou spoluprácou prekonáme krízy, ako v zdravotníctve tak aj v energetike a ďalších oblastiach,” pripomína Ivan Štefanec. Zaujíma vás, o akých aktuálnych témach sa momentálne diskutuje v Európskom parlamente, ako vnímajú europoslanci situáciu ohľadom očkovania ale aj právneho štátu v Slovenskej republike a či má naša krajina šancu uspieť s plánom obnovy? Odpovede …

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Európska komisia zintenzívňuje podporu kultúrneho odvetvia prostredníctvom online príručky

Európska komisia (EK) vydala novú interaktívnu príručku, ktorá mapuje dostupné možnosti financovania kultúrnych a kreatívnych odvetví na úrovni Európskej únie (EÚ). CulturEU je jednotné kontaktné miesto pre financovanie z prostriedkov EÚ, pričom zhromažďuje dovedna 75 možností financovania z 21 rôznych programov EÚ vrátane programov Kreatívna Európa, Horizont Európa, štrukturálnych fondov či Programu InvestEU. Ako EK …

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KLUB 500 podporuje princípy navrhovanej daňovej reformy

Zamestnávatelia združení v Klube 500 vítajú zjednodušenie systému a zavedenie férových daní, ktoré predstavil minister financií Igor Matovič. Klub 500 podporuje opatrenia na zníženie odvodového zaťaženia zamestnancov, neodporúča však zavedenie vyšších daní pre banky či monopoly. Tieto firmy totiž vyššie daňové zaťaženie prenesú do vyšších cien, ktoré v konečnom dôsledku zaplatia opäť občania.  Združenie najväčších …

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Prebytok agropotravinárskeho obchodu EÚ dosiahol tento rok zatiaľ 44 miliárd eur

Celková hodnota agropotravinárskeho obchodu EÚ dosiahla za prvých osem mesiacov tohto roka hodnotu 210,5 miliardy eur. To odráža medziročný nárast za toto obdobie o 5,1 %. Vývoz vzrástol o 7 % na 127,5 miliardy eur, zatiaľ čo dovoz vzrástol o 2,3 % na 85 miliárd eur. Spolu to predstavuje od januára do augusta 2021 celkový …

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Disability rights: A European Disability Card to harmonise status across the EU

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers held a debate on pre-trial detention, an issue which has an impact on individual freedoms and is also important for mutual trust and mutual recognition. They were also informed about the latest developments regarding the setting up of the European Public Prosecutor's Office (EPPO).

Use of artificial intelligence by the police: MEPs oppose mass surveillance
To combat discrimination and ensure the right to privacy, MEPs demand strong safeguards when artificial intelligence tools are used in law enforcement.

EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia
During the summit, EU leaders adopted a declaration, with which the Western Balkans leaders have aligned themselves. The declaration reaffirms the EU's unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans.

Main results of the Environment Council
EU environment ministers met in Luxembourg to exchange views on the Fit for 55 package, prepare the COP26 climate summit and discuss the new EU forest strategy for 2030.

Commission presents first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life
The European Commission presented the first-ever EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life. With antisemitism worryingly on the rise, in Europe and beyond, the Strategy sets out a series of measures articulated around three pillars: to prevent all forms of antisemitism; to protect and foster Jewish life; and to promote research, education and Holocaust remembrance.

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
Economy and financial affairs ministers discussed the economic recovery, in particular the Recovery and Resilience Facility, the implementation of the SURE instrument and Malta's national recovery and resilience plan. They also continued preparations for international meetings, including the G20, IMFC and COP26.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed macro-economic developments in the euro area, including inflation and energy price developments.

Commission proposes partial suspension of EU–Belarus Visa Facilitation Agreement for officials of the Belarus regime

New Pact on Migration and Asylum: reporting on developments and stepping up fight against migrant exploitation
One year on from the adoption of the proposal for a New Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is presenting a Report on Migration and Asylum. The Commission is also adopting a renewed EU action plan against migrant smuggling and a Communication on the application of the Employers Sanctions Directive.

Commission launches EU missions to tackle major challenges
The Commission launches five new EU missions, a new and innovative way to work together and improve the lives of people in Europe and beyond. EU missions aim to tackle big challenges in health, climate and the environment, and to achieve ambitious and inspiring goals in these areas.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Internal market and industry)

Council adopts a €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve

European Health Union: Towards a reform of EU's pharmaceutical legislation
As part of its work to create a future-proof and crisis-resilient regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical sector, the Commission has published a public consultation on the revision of the EU's pharmaceutical legislation. This is the latest step towards an ambitious reform as announced in the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe, adopted in November 2020.

Main results of the Competitiveness Council (Research)
EU research ministers adopted conclusions on the EU’s global approach to research and innovation and discussed the new European Research Area.

Energy Transition: Commission announces three Energy Compacts at UN High-Level Dialogue in New York
At the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy this week in New York, Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson presented three Energy Compacts, in partnership with the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Healthy Lifestyle: Commission launches a European-wide campaign
The Commission launched the HealthyLifestyle4All campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for all, across generations and social groups, with the objective to improve the health and well-being of Europeans. Linking sport and active lifestyles with health, food and other policies, this two-year campaign involves civil society, non-governmental organisations, national, local and regional authorities and international bodies.

Stepping up legal action: Commission urges 19 Member States to implement EU digital and media laws
The Commission takes legal action against 19 Member States failing to deliver the benefits of EU digital legislation in the area of audio-visual media and telecommunications.

Europeans strongly support science and technology according to new Eurobarometer survey

European Green Deal: Commission launches public consultation for cleaner air

Pulling the plug on consumer frustration and e-waste: Commission proposes a common charger for electronic devices
The Commission takes an important step against e-waste and consumer inconvenience, caused by the prevalence of different, incompatible chargers for electronic devices. Years of working with industry on a voluntary approach already brought down the number of mobile phone chargers from 30 to 3 within the last decade, but could not deliver a complete solution. The Commission is now putting forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all relevant devices.

Agriculture: Launch of an annual EU organic day
Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission celebrate the launch of an annual ‘EU organic day'. The three institutions signed a joint declaration establishing from now on each 23 September as EU organic day. This follows up on the Action Plan for the development of organic production, adopted by the Commission on 25 March 2021, which announced the creation of such a day to raise awareness of organic production.

Coronavirus: Commission signs contract for the supply of a monoclonal antibody treatment

EU and Colombia today open a new chapter to strengthen bilateral relations

Reviewing EU insurance rules: encouraging insurers to invest in Europe's future
The European Commission has today adopted a comprehensive review of EU insurance rules (known as “Solvency II”) so that insurance companies can scale up long-term investment in Europe's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

SURE: Report confirms instrument's success in protecting jobs and incomes
The Commission has published its second report on the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.The report finds that SURE has been successful in cushioning the severe socio-economic impact resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. National labour market measures supported by SURE are estimated to have reduced unemployment by almost 1.5 million people in 2020.

Trade and sustainability: Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries
The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034. The Commission is proposing to improve some of the key features of the scheme to better respond to the evolving needs and challenges of GSP countries as well as reinforce the scheme's social, labour environmental and climate dimension.

Commission launches new Erasmus+ app with an integrated European Student Card
Today, the Commission launched the new Erasmus+ application, marking a new milestone in the digitalisation of the Erasmus+ programme. The new application, available in all EU languages, will provide a digital European Student Card to each student, valid all across the European Union. The future is digital, and this renewed app will make sure students are going even more paperless.

Main results of the General Affairs Council
Ministers assessed the state of play in EU-UK relations, in light of recent events regarding the implementation of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič updated ministers on the latest developments, including his recent visit to Ireland and Northern Ireland, and ministers reiterated their support for the European Commission's approach.

EU announces additional €119.5 million support to democracy and human rights for 2021

Joint EU-US Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge

Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Afghanistan, health
MEPs discussed the state of the EU and the situation in Afghanistan and approved the EU Blue Card reform and a fund to help with the impact of Brexit during September's plenary session.

Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Team Europe: €34 billion disbursed so far to tackle COVID-19 in partner countries

European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA): Getting ready for future health emergencies
The European Commission is launching the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to health emergencies. HERA will anticipate threats and potential health crises, through intelligence gathering and building the necessary response capacities.

New European Bauhaus: new actions and funding to link sustainability to style and inclusion
Today, the Commission adopts a Communication setting out the concept of the New European Bauhaus. This includes a number of policy actions and funding possibilities. The project aims at accelerating the transformation of various economic sectors such as construction and textiles in order to provide access to all citizens to goods that are circular and less carbon intensive.

European Health Union: better disease prevention and cross-border cooperation
MEPs are ready to negotiate with member states to reinforce the EU’s disease prevention and control framework and jointly tackle cross-border health threats. The proposal to extend the mandate of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) was adopted with 598 votes in favour, 84 against and 13 abstentions.

State of the Union 2021
In her State of the Union address on 15 September 2021, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year.

State of the Union: Commission proposes a Path to the Digital Decade to deliver the EU's digital transformation by 2030
Today, the Commission proposed a Path to the Digital Decade, a concrete plan to achieve the digital transformation of our society and economy by 2030. The proposed Path to the Digital Decade will translate the EUʼs digital ambitions for 2030 into a concrete delivery mechanism.

State of the Union: Commission calls on Member States to improve journalists' safety across the EU

NextGenerationEU: Fourth bond issuance maintains strong momentum for EU borrowing for recovery
The European Commission has today raised a further €9 billion to support Europe's recovery from the coronavirus crisis and its consequences, through the fourth NextGenerationEU bond issuance since the start of the programme in mid-June.

Same-sex marriages and partnerships should be recognised across the EU
The EU should lift all obstacles facing LGBTIQ people when exercising their basic rights, say MEPs. In a resolution on the rights of LGBTIQ persons in the EU (adopted with 387 votes in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining), the European Parliament emphasises that these citizens should be able to fully exercise their rights, including the right to free movement, everywhere in the Union.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup discussed the economic situation and how to manage the uneven impact of COVID-19 in the euro area. Ministers also looked into the corporate solvency and adjustment capacity in the recovery period and were informed by the ECB on the latest steps related to the digital euro project.

2021 Strategic Foresight Report: Enhancing the EU's long-term capacity and freedom to act
The Commission has adopted its second annual Strategic Foresight Report – “The EU's capacity and freedom to act”. This Communication presents a forward-looking and multidisciplinary perspective on the EU's open strategic autonomy in an increasingly multipolar and contested global order.

NextGenerationEU: European Commission gearing up for issuing €250 billion of NextGenerationEU green bonds
The European Commission has adopted an independently evaluated Green Bond framework, thus taking a step forward towards the issuance of up to €250 billion green bonds, or 30% of NextGenerationEU's total issuance.

Coronavirus: 70% of the EU adult population fully vaccinated
Today, the EU has reached a crucial milestone with 70% of the adult population now fully vaccinated. In total, over 256 million adults in the EU have now received a full vaccine course.

Main results of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Home affairs ministers met to discuss developments in Afghanistan, more specifically in relation to potential implications in the areas of international protection, migration and security. The Council adopted a statement on the matter.

COVID-19: Council removes 5 countries and one entity/territorial authority from the list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted

G7 meeting on Afghanistan
On 24 August, G7 leaders met via video conference to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and to coordinate international action. Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen represented the EU at the virtual meeting.

Coronavirus: Commission approves new contract for a potential COVID-19 vaccine with Novavax
The European Commission has approved its seventh Advanced Purchase Agreement (APA) with a pharmaceutical company to ensure access to a potential vaccine against COVID-19 in Q4 of 2021 and in 2022.

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
The European Commission has presented an ambitious package of legislative proposals to strengthen the EU's anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. The package also includes the proposal for the creation of a new EU authority to fight money laundering.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
EU agriculture ministers met in Brussels to discuss the EU's organic action plan, agriculture-related trade issues and the Slovenian presidency's priorities for agriculture and fisheries.

European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
The European Commission has adopted the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.

July infringements package: key decisions

COVID-19 travel restrictions: EU reviews list of third countries

European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
The European Commission has adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting

Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
EU economic and finance ministers approved 12 Council decisions on national recovery and resilience plans, exchanged views on the Commission's new sustainable finance proposals, and approved conclusions on in-depth reviews of member states' macroeconomic imbalances.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
EU ministers of foreign affairs discussed current affairs and exchanged views on the geopolitics of new digital technologies, Ethiopia and the Strategic Compass. The Council also approved conclusions on a Globally Connected Europe and on the EU's priorities at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Plenary highlights: LGBTIQ in Hungary, migration, infrastructure
MEPs criticised new LGBTIQ rules in Hungary, approved funds for migration measures as well as investments for transport, digital and energy projects.

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars
The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.

EU Justice Scoreboard 2021: digital tools help courts and prosecution services mitigate COVID-19 challenges
The European Commission has published the 2021 EU Justice Scoreboard, an annual overview providing comparative data on the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States.

€30 billion for infrastructure projects connecting EU regions
Parliament has adopted the upgraded Connecting Europe Facility programme and released new funds for transport, digital and energy projects for 2021-2027.

Summer 2021 Economic Forecast: Reopening fuels recovery
The European economy is forecast to rebound faster than previously expected, as activity in the first quarter of the year exceeded expectations and the improved health situation prompted a swifter easing of pandemic control restrictions in the second quarter.

Commission puts forward new strategy to make the EU's financial system more sustainable and proposes new European Green Bond Standard
The European Commission has adopted a number of measures to increase its level of ambition on sustainable finance.

Farm to Fork Strategy: 65 companies and associations sign the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices
The Commission, alongside industry stakeholders, has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, another deliverable under the Commission's Farm to Fork Strategy.

Eastern Partnership: a renewed agenda for recovery, resilience and reform underpinned by an Economic and Investment plan
The European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have outlined a proposal on how to take forward priorities for cooperation with our Eastern partners in the years to come.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission to propose phasing out of cages for farm animals
The Commission has decided to positively respond to the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) “End the Cage Age”, the sixth successful initiative supported by over 1 million citizens across the EU. In its reply, the Commission sets out plans for a legislative proposal by 2023 to prohibit cages for a number of farm animals.

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
The European Commission has proposed revisions of two sets of EU rules to enhance consumer rights in a world reshaped by digitalisation and the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Therapeutics Strategy: Commission identifies five promising candidate therapeutics
The EU Strategy on COVID-19 Therapeutics delivers its first outcome, with the announcement of the first portfolio of five therapeutics that could soon be available to treat patients across the EU.

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
At the June Agriculture and Fisheries Council in Luxembourg, ministers discussed a range of topics including the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, setting a protection goal for bees, fisheries control, the market situation, and the recent extreme weather event in Czechia.

Commission proposes coordinated measures for the safe reopening of the cultural and creative sectors
The Commission has published EU guidelines to ensure the safe resumption of activities in the cultural and creative sectors across the EU. The guidelines aim to provide a coordinated approach in line with the specific national, regional and local conditions.