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Rozdiely v zdanení bezdymových produktov v regióne? Únia pripravuje harmonizáciu
Námietky voči podstatnému zvýšeniu spotrebnej dane z bezdymových tabakových výrobkov na Slovensku v pripomienkovom konaní vzniesli okrem výrobcu aj potravinári, organizácia pacientov aj Únia miest Slovenska.

Európsky parlament: Námorná doprava bude platiť za emisie
Námorná doprava na rozdiel od energetiky, priemyslu alebo leteckej dopravy neplatí za emisie oxidu uhličitého, ktoré vyprodukuje. Zapojenie lodnej dopravy do systému ETS je podľa európskych inštitúcií kľúčové pre dosiahnutie klimatickej neutrality do roku 2050. „Je najvyšší čas, aby aj...

EÚ potrebuje povinný systém solidarity pre prijímanie migrantov, hovorí eurokomisárka
Európska komisia tento týždeň predstaví svoj nový návrh reformy azylovej politiky EÚ. Eurokomisárka pre vnútorné záležitosti Ylva Johansson nečaká oslavné reakcie.

Eurokomisia získala mandát presadiť ciele EÚ v oblasti biodiverzity v OSN
Rada EÚ poverila Európsku komisiu, aby v mene celej Európskej únie schválila „Prísľub lídrov pre prírodu“. Cieľom je vyslať jednotný signál zo strany najvyšších predstaviteľov členských krajín Únie na zvýšenie globálnych ambícií v oblasti biodiverzity.

Spoločnosti z Únie predávajú nástroje na sledovanie osôb v Číne
Amnesty International zistila, že tri spoločnosti so sídlom vo Francúzsku, Švédsku a Holandsku predali digitálne sledovacie systémy, ako technológiu rozpoznávania tváre a sieťové kamery, kľúčovým hráčom čínskeho aparátu hromadného sledovania.

Slovensko patrí medzi krajiny EÚ s najnižším podielom áut na doprave
V súvislosti s Európskym týždňom mobility na to v aktuálnej analýze upozornil analytička Wood & Company Eva Sadovská. Najaktuálnejšie údaje Eurostatu za celú EÚ sú z roku 2018.

Komisia chce jednotné pravidlá pre elektronické platby v reálnom čase
Elektronické platby majú byť v rámci EÚ jednotné, rýchlejšie a bezpečnejšie. Už koncom roka 2021 majú byť prevody v reálnom čase normou. Toto je cieľom novej stratégie pre platby v maloobchode, ktorú chce Európska komisia schváliť v stredu 23. septembra. 

Európsky týždeň | Prejav von der Leyen odrážal to, o koho sa politicky opiera
Predsedníčka Európskej komisie Ursula von der Leyenová predstúpila pred poslancov Európskeho parlamentu so svojím prvým prejavom o stave Európskej únie. Komentátori avizovali, že ide o prvý veľký test šéfky európskej exekutívy. Čo povedala a ako jej prvý prejav dopadol?

Európa je závislá od dovozu kritických surovín
Európska únia je závislá od dovozu kritických nerastných surovín. Väčšina z nich sa dováža z Číny, či Juhoafrickej republiky. V septembri predstavila Európska komisia stratégiu, závislosť od dovozu navrhuje znižovať využívaním domácich zásob, recykláciou a diverzifikáciou.

Altmaier: EÚ musí diverzifikovať svoje obchodné vzťahy
Európska únia sa musí stať sa menej závislou od ázijských dodávateľov v určitých odvetviach a rozvíjať svoje vlastné hodnotové reťazce v rámci 27-členného bloku. Uviedol to v piatok nemecký minister hospodárstva Peter Altmaier.

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Slovensko poskytlo materiálnu humanitárnu pomoc utečeneckému táboru Moria v Grécku

Z bratislavského letiska bola v piatok 18. septembra vypravená materiálna humanitárna pomoc pre Grécko, určená na zmiernenie následkov nedávneho ničivého požiaru v utečeneckom tábore Moria na ostrove Lesbos. „V reakcii na tieto tragické udalosti dnes Slovensko posiela Grécku humanitárnu pomoc. Práve v čase krízy je prirodzený pocit spolupatričnosti a empatie ešte silnejší ako inokedy,“ uviedla …

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Ivan Štefanec: Bohatstvo Slovenska je v ľuďoch

Europoslanec a vedúci slovenskej delegácie pri Európskej ľudovej strane Ivan Štefanec (KDH) absolvoval osobný rozhovor s vedcom, podnikateľom a ekonomickým diplomatom Štefanom Kassayom. Obaja sa zhodli na tom, že budúcnosť Slovenska je v inováciách a podpore vzdelávania a to aj celoživotného. Ako ukázala aj pandémia koronavírusu, len vďaka novým technológiám sa podarilo udržať aspoň na …

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EÚ vyčleňuje 150 miliónov eur na dopravu základných zdravotníckych potrieb

EÚ poskytuje prostredníctvom nástroja núdzovej podpory 18 členským štátom a Spojenému kráľovstvu finančnú podporu vo výške 150 miliónov eur na dopravu základných zdravotníckych potrieb do Európy. Nástroj núdzovej podpory umožnil EÚ v období od apríla do septembra 2020 financovať dopravu nákladov vrátane osobných ochranných prostriedkov, liekov a zdravotníckeho vybavenia určených na záchranu života. Podporil napríklad dopravu …

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Komisia podpísala druhú zmluvu, aby zaistila prístup k potenciálnej vakcíne

Platnosť nadobudla už druhá zo zmlúv, ktoré Komisia podpisuje s farmaceutickými spoločnosťami, po tom, ako ju formálne podpísali zástupcovia Sanofi-GSK a Komisie. Zmluva umožní všetkým členským štátom EÚ nakúpiť až 300 miliónov dávok vakcíny Sanofi-GSK. Okrem toho môžu členské štáty darovať vyhradené dávky krajinám s nižšími a strednými príjmami. Sanofi a GSK sa budú takisto …

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Martin Klus: Plynovod Nord Stream 2 je nielen ekonomický, ale aj geopolitický projekt. Slovensko s ním naďalej nesúhlasí

„Aj keď Slovensko, Česko a Rakúsko majú v otázke projektu Nord Stream 2 odlišné názory, zhodujeme sa na tom, že okrem ekonomického rozmeru má plynovod z Ruska aj silný geopolitický rozmer. A ten musíme v našich pozíciách a rozhodnutiach zohľadňovať. Zachovanie plynového tranzitu cez Ukrajinu by malo byť nielen pre Slovensko, ale aj pre celú …

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NextGenerationEU: Podrobný prehľad stratégie obnovy po korone

Európska komisia stanovila v rámci svojej ročnej stratégie udržateľného rastu na rok 2021 strategické usmernenia pre vykonávanie Mechanizmu na podporu obnovy a odolnosti. Tento mechanizmus je kľúčovým nástrojom obnovy a tvorí samotnú podstatu nástroja NextGenerationEU, ktorý pomôže EÚ, aby sa zo súčasnej krízy vynorila zocelená a odolnejšia. Poskytne hospodárstvu úvery a granty v bezprecedentnej výške 672,5 …

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Rezort zahraničia zverejnil cestovné odporúčanie pre všetky krajiny

Cestovné odporúčanie Ministerstva zahraničných vecí a európskych záležitostí Slovenskej republiky je vydané v súlade s platnými opatreniami Úradu verejného zdravotníctva Slovenskej republiky č.:OLP/7310/2020 zo dňa 17. septembra 2020, ktoré vstúpilo do platnosti od 18. septembra 2020 a s odporúčaniami Konzília odborníkov. Naďalej platí uvoľnený hraničný režim pre osoby pri návrate z Austrálie, Bulharska, Cypru, Číny …

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Michal Wiezik: Blížime sa k normálnosti, pretože je normálne chrániť pralesy

BLÍŽIME SA K NORMÁLNOSTI! Pretože je normálne chrániť pralesy! A som veľmi rád, že vznikne unikátna rezervácia #Pralesy Slovenska. ➡️ 6456 ha bezzásahu, ktoré zahrňujú tretinu vymapovaných pralesov, ktoré doteraz boli mimo rezervácií a ďalších cca 3000 ha podporných lesov, potrebných pre udržanie, prepojenie a obnovu pralesných lokalít. Desaťročné úsilie, ktoré začalo mapovaním pralesov, zdá sa konečne úspešne …

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Martin Hojsík: Kultúra nesmie zomrieť

🤦‍♂️Kultúra a šport sú jedny zo sektorov, ktoré pandémia zasiahla najviac, no na Slovensku sme na ne mysleli doteraz najmenej. Nikto nevie aký vplyv bude mať na tento sektor druhá vlna a aby som bol úprimný keď sa pozrieme na komunikáciu ministerky kultúry a premiéra, čaká nás prinajlepšom neistota a nejaké tie obľúbené prekvapenia. ✅Kultúru …

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Miriam Lexmann: Tlaky proti postu vyslanca pre náboženskú slobodu

❌ TLAKY PROTI POSTU VYSLANCA PRE NÁBOŽENSKÚ SLOBODU Je mi ľúto, že mnohí moji kolegovia naprieč Európou – liberáli a ľavičiari v Európskom parlamente (z radov frakcií Renew Europe a Skupiny progresívnej aliancie socialistov a demokratov) sú proti postu Osobitného vyslanca na podporu slobody náboženského vyznania alebo viery mimo EÚ a aktívne sa usilujú o to, …

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VIDEO: Krásny fiľakovský hrad zrekonštruovali za eurofondy. Brusel poslal státisíce

Fiľakovský hrad hral v histórii Slovenska, najmä v dobe tureckých vpádov mimoriadne významnú úlohu. Jeho rekonštrukcia a premena na moderné múzeum bola možná aj vďaka finančnej podpore európskych fondov. Rozsiahly hrad postavili ešte v 13.tom storočí, ale najviac sa zapísal do histórie v priebehu tureckých vojen. V 16.tom storočí ho dobili Turci a takmer 30 …

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Europarlament odsúdil potláčanie práv LGBTI v Poľsku: Aj toto je výsledok mojej práce, hovorí Šimečka

🏳️‍🌈 Aj toto je výsledok mojej europoslaneckej práce. Od začiatku roka som ako tieňový spravodajca liberálnej frakcie pracoval na správe Európskeho parlamentu o stave právneho štátu v Poľsku. Dnes ju europoslanci schválili drvivou väčšinou, čo je skvelý úspech. 🇵🇱 Nebolo to jednoduché. Kritika členského štátu je zrejme najcitlivejšia záležitosť v európskej politike. Tým viac, ak sa týka …

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KORONAVÍRUS: Odkiaľ pochádzajú nakazení? POZRITE SI MAPU

SLOVENSKO/ Za uplynulý deň (piatok) Slovensko zaznamenalo 290 nových prípadov na ochorenie Covid-19.V piatok sa otestovalo 5750 ľudí, pričom spolu sa už vykonalo vyše 408-tisíc testovaní.

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KORONAVÍRUS: Pribudol rekordný počet nakazených! Vykonalo sa vyše 5500 testov

SLOVENSKO/ Za uplynulý deň (piatok) Slovensko zaznamenalo 290 nových prípadov na ochorenie Covid-19.V piatok sa otestovalo 5750 ľudí, pričom spolu sa už vykonalo vyše 408-tisíc testovaní. Celkový počet nakazených je momentálne od začiatku nákazy na čísle 6 546.Počet vyliečených je na čísle 3519. Aktívných prípadov je na Slovensku momentálne 2988. Za posledný deň pribudlo aj 129 vyliečených pacientov, …

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Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová o potratovej tabletke: Za toto neprestanem nikdy bojovať! VIDEO

Na pozvanie predsedníčky zdravotníckeho výboru NRSR Janka Cigániková som sa zúčastnila na diskusii o tzv. potratovej tabletke, ktorá je na Slovensku stále nedostupná. Diskutovali sme s tými, ktorí téme chemického potratu najviac rozumejú a to sú lekári, naše špičky v oblasti gynekológie a pôrodnictva. Z dát jednoznačne vyplýva, že v krajinách, kde majú ženy k potratovej tabletke …

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Modernizácia železničnej trate Poprad – Lučivná sa začína, poklepali základný kameň

Po dôležitých míľnikoch na modernizácii trate Púchov – Považská Bystrica a úspešnom podpise zmluvy na modernizáciu trate Devínska Nová Ves – štátna hranica SR/ČR sa za účasti ministra dopravy a výstavby, Andreja Doležala, uskutočnilo na železničnej stanici vo Svite slávnostné poklepanie základného kameňa na modernizácii trate Poprad – Lučivná.  Ide o prvú etapu plánovanej modernizácie …

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Eugen Juryca: Hrozienka a maliny z Bruselu alebo niekoľko zaujímavostí z hlasovania

HROZIENKA A MALINY Z BRUSELU Z celkového počtu 498 hlasovaní na tohtotýždňovej plenárke vyberám zopár zaujímavostí: ✅O ochrane lesov Hlasoval som za. Vyzdvihujem, že väčšinu materiálu zrejme písali skutoční, nie marketingoví ochranári. Správa vyzýva na opravu Smernice o obnoviteľnej energii, ktorá spôsobila katastrofálny biomasaker, keďže nahradenie dospelého stromu sadenicou chybne považuje za klimaticky neutrálne. ⚠ O …

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SAPI: Slovensko musí v klimatických cieľoch držať krok s Európou

V stredu, 16. septembra 2020 vystúpila na pôde Európskeho parlamentu predsedníčka Európskej komisie Ursula von der Leyen s prejavom o stave Európskej únie. V prejave sa venovala viacerým dôležitým témam a predstavila priority Európskej komisie, medzi ktoré patrí zníženie emisií skleníkových plynov do roku 2030 (z aktuálnych 40 % na 55 %) oproti roku 1990. To je …

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Peter Pollák o koronakríze: Šéfka Európskej komisie nás ubezpečila, že pomoc príde čoskoro. VIDEO

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V blízkosti hraníc s Českom sa od piatku vykonávajú náhodné kontroly

Ministerstvo vnútra SR upozorňuje, že od 18.09.2020 od 9:00 hod. začne polícia Slovenskej republiky vykonávať náhodné kontroly osobných motorových vozidiel, autobusovej a vlakovej dopravy na hraniciach alebo v blízkosti hraníc s Českou republikou. Cieľom kontrol bude splnenie registračnej povinnosti, ktorá vychádza z aktuálneho opatrenia. Osoby, ktoré vstúpia na územie Slovenskej republiky sú povinné ísť do …

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Plenary highlights: State of the EU, Covid-19, recovery plan
MEPs debated the state of the EU, came up with measures to fight Covid-19 and opened the way for the recovery plan during a busy September plenary.

State of the Union: A new Action Plan to turn the tide in the fight against racism
In her State of the Union Address 2020, President von der Leyen announced a new EU anti-racism Action Plan that sets out a series of measures for the next 5 years. Among others, the Commission will ensure that Member States fully implement relevant EU law and further strengthen the legal framework, if needed.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs second contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

State of the Union: Commission sets out new ambitious mission to lead on supercomputing
The Commission takes further steps in the Digital Decade agenda to strengthen Europe's digital sovereignty, as announced by President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union Address on Wednesday.

NextGenerationEU: Commission presents next steps for €672.5 billion Recovery and Resilience Facility in 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy
The European Commission has set out strategic guidance for the implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Facility in its 2021 Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy (ASGS). The Facility is the key recovery instrument at the heart of NextGenerationEU which will help the EU emerge stronger and more resilient from the current crisis.

State of the Union: Commission raises climate ambition and proposes 55% cut in emissions by 2030
The European Commission presented its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050.

State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary
In her State of the Union address on 16 September 2020, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen presented her vision for a Europe that emerges stronger from the pandemic and leads the way towards a new vitality.

Vote on Own Resources: MEPs clear way for COVID-19 recovery plan
MEPs have fast-tracked and voted already during the September plenary session on their legislative opinion on the Own Resources Decision (ORD). This removes an important barrier and speeds up the procedure to implement the key EU law to restart the economy, allowing the Commission to raise €750 billion on the markets for the recovery fund.

Greater EU Civil Protection capacity needed in light of lessons from COVID-19
Parliament calls for the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to be enhanced so that the EU can better respond to large-scale emergencies such as COVID-19.

Employment and Social Developments in Europe review: why social fairness and solidarity are more important than ever

About the State of the Union address - charting the course for the year ahead
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will deliver her address on 16 September 2020 (09:00 CEST). The speech will be followed by a plenary debate with Members of the European Parliament.

Coronavirus: Commission starts testing interoperability gateway service for national contact tracing and warning apps
To exploit fully the potential of mobile proximity contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections and save lives, the Commission is setting up an interoperability gateway service linking national apps across the EU.

Main results of the EU-China leaders' meeting
The meeting was a follow-up to the 22nd EU-China summit that took place on 22 June and was chaired by President Michel on the EU side and President Xi on the Chinese side.

Addressing COVID-19: Council approves €6.2 billion budget increase for 2020

Main results of the Eurogroup meeting
The Eurogroup meeting was hosted by the German presidency of the Council in Berlin. It was the first in-person meeting of the Eurogroup since February 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. This was also the first meeting chaired by the Eurogroup President Paschal Donohoe, who took up the function on 13 July 2020.

Urban waste water: improvement in collection and treatment across the EU helps reducing pollution in the environment

Disinformation: EU assesses the Code of Practice and publishes platform reports on coronavirus related disinformation
The assessment shows that the Code has proven a very valuable instrument, the first one of its kind worldwide, and has provided a framework for a structured dialogue between relevant stakeholders to ensure greater transparency of platforms' policies against disinformation within the EU. At the same time, the assessment highlights certain shortcomings mainly due to the Code's self-regulatory nature.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €140 billion in VAT revenues in 2018, with a potential increase in 2020 due to coronavirus
EU countries lost an estimated €140 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2018, according to a new report released by the European Commission.

Commission unveils its first Strategic Foresight Report: charting the course towards a more resilient Europe
The European Commission adopted its first-ever Strategic Foresight Report, aiming to identify emerging challenges and opportunities to better steer the European Union's strategic choices. Strategic foresight will inform major policy initiatives.

Coronavirus: Commission completes vaccines portfolio following talks with a sixth manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with BioNTech-Pfizer to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. BioNTech-Pfizer is the sixth company with which the Commission has concluded talks, following Sanofi-GSK on 31 July, Johnson & Johnson on 13 August, CureVac on 18 August and Moderna on 24 August. The first contract, signed with AstraZeneca, entered into force on 27 August.

Tackling pollution and climate change in Europe will improve health and well-being, especially for the most vulnerable
Air and noise pollution, the impacts of climate change such as heatwaves, and exposure to dangerous chemicals cause ill health in Europe. Poor quality environments contribute to 13 % (one in every eight) of deaths according to a major assessment on health and environment released by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

Commission adopts proposal to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

Integrating migrants and refugees into the labour market: Commission and social and economic partners relaunch cooperation
The Commission, trade unions, chambers of commerce and employers' organisations are renewing their cooperation to enhance the integration of migrants and refugees into the labour market.

European Green Deal: Commission prepares new initiatives to boost the organic farming sector
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming. This sector will play an important role in achieving the European Green Deal ambition, and reaching the objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes more clarity and predictability of any measures restricting free movement in the European Union
The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation to ensure that any measures taken by Member States that restrict free movement due to the coronavirus pandemic are coordinated and clearly communicated at the EU level.

Commission announces actions to make Europe's raw materials supply more secure and sustainable
The Commission presents an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors from the 2030 and 2050 perspectives.

Coronavirus Global Response: Commission joins the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX)
The European Commission has confirmed its interest to participate in the COVAX Facility for equitable access to affordable COVID-19 vaccines everywhere, for everyone who needs them.

Car industry: New rules on cleaner and safer cars start to apply across Europe
Tomorrow, the EU Regulation on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles will start to apply. Adopted in May 2018, the new Regulation significantly overhauls and tightens the previous type approval and market surveillance system.

Coronavirus Global Response: European Union organises a humanitarian air bridge to Côte d'Ivoire

Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021: improving long-term sustainability of stocks
The Commission today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2021 for the Baltic Sea. The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for herring in the Gulf of Riga and main basin salmon, whilst maintaining the current levels for herring in the Gulf of Bothnia, sprat and plaice. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the remaining stocks covered by the proposal.

Coronavirus: the Commission signs first contract with AstraZeneca
Today, the first contract the European Commission has negotiated on behalf of the EU Member States with a pharmaceutical company entered into force following the formal signature between AstraZeneca and the Commission. The contract will allow the purchase of a vaccine against COVID-19 for all the Member States of the EU as well as the donation to lower and middle income countries or the re-direction to other European countries.

Rules of origin: EU to enhance preferential trade with Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) countries

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to provide €81.4 billion in financial support for 15 Member States under SURE
The European Commission has presented proposals to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. SURE is a crucial element of the EU's comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Commission expands talks to a fifth vaccine manufacturer
The European Commission has concluded exploratory talks with Moderna to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. Moderna is the fifth company with which the Commission has concluded talks.

European Citizens' Initiative: Commission decides to register ‘Right to Cure' initiative
Today, the European Commission decided to register a European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) entitled ‘Right to Cure'. The organisers of the ECI call on the Union “to put public health before private profit [and] make anti-pandemic vaccines and treatments a global public good, freely accessible to everyone”.

Coronavirus: Commission continues expanding future vaccines portfolio with new talks
The European Commission has today concluded exploratory talks with CureVac to purchase a potential vaccine against COVID-19. This is following the positive steps with Sanofi-GSK on 31 July and Johnson & Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with AstraZeneca on 14 August.

Main results of the Video conference of the members of the European Council
The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. EU leaders also addressed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and in Mali.

Coronavirus: Commission proposes to extend 2020 European Capitals of Culture into 2021
Due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis, the European Commission has proposed to give Rijeka (Croatia) and Galway (Ireland) the possibility to extend their year as 2020 European Capitals of Culture until 30 April 2021.

Coronavirus: Eight macro-financial assistance programmes agreed to support enlargement and neighbourhood partners

Coronavirus: 23 new research projects to receive €128 million in EU funding
The Commission will support 23 new research projects with €128 million in response to the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The funding under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme, is part of the Commission's €1.4 billion pledge to the Coronavirus Global Response initiative, launched by President Ursula von der Leyen in May 2020.

Lifting of travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of third countries

Member States' compliance with EU law in 2019: more work needed

Coronavirus: European Commission strengthens support for treatment through convalescent plasma

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force
EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less as of tomorrow, 1 August. This is the immediate effect of the entry into force of the EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides. Doing business in Vietnam will also become easier for European companies: they will now be able to invest and pitch for government contracts with equal chances to their local competitors.

Skills: Five new cross-border collaboration projects selected for Erasmus+ funding to develop excellence in vocational training in Europe
The Commission has proposed Erasmus+ funding for five new Platforms of Centres of Vocational Excellence, to meet the needs of an innovative, inclusive and sustainable economy.

Travel restrictions: Council reviews the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external border

European Commission secures EU access to Remdesivir for treatment of COVID-19
The European Commission has signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead to secure treatment doses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir. Veklury was the first medicine authorised at EU level for treatment of COVID-19.

Coronavirus global response: 45 EU Humanitarian Air Bridge flights deliver over 1,000 tonnes of medical aid

EU and China discuss trade and economic relations
The European Union and China held today their 8th High-Level Trade and Economic Dialogue (HED). The HED focused on the joint response to coronavirus and global economic governance issues, bilateral trade and investment concerns, and cooperation in the area of financial services and taxation.

5G security: Member States report on progress on implementing the EU toolbox and strengthening safety measures

Coronavirus response: Making capital markets work for Europe's recovery
The European Commission has adopted a Capital Markets Recovery Package, as part of the Commission's overall coronavirus recovery strategy. Today's measures aim to make it easier for capital markets to support European businesses to recover from the crisis. 

EU Security Union Strategy: connecting the dots in a new security ecosystem
The European Commission sets out a new EU Security Union Strategy for the period 2020 to 2025, focusing on priority areas where the EU can bring value to support Member States in fostering security for all those living in Europe. 

MEPs debate recovery fund, condemn major cuts to long-term EU budget
In an extraordinary plenary session, MEPs commented on the 17-21 July European Council deal on EU financing and the recovery plan to tackle the pandemic fallout.

Main results of the Special European Council
EU leaders agreed a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget that will help the EU to rebuild after the pandemic and will support investment in the green and digital transitions.

European Semester 2020: country-specific recommendations adopted

Capital markets union: Council adopts new rules for crowdfunding platforms

Main results of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council
In the first physical meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council since January 2020, ministers discussed in detail the farm to fork strategy, the green architecture of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package and the market situation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The German presidency presented its work programme and priorities in the area of agriculture and fisheries.

The Court of Justice invalidates Decision 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Data Protection Shield
However, it considers that Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid. The General Data Protection Regulation (‘the GDPR’) provides that the transfer of such data to a third country may, in principle, take place only if the third country in question ensures an adequate level of data protection.

Coronavirus: European Commission calls for action in protecting seasonal workers
The European Commission presents Guidelines to ensure the protection of seasonal workers in the EU in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.

Boosting the EU's Green Recovery: EU invests over €2 billion in 140 key transport projects to jump-start the economy
The EU is supporting the economic recovery in all Member States by injecting almost €2.2 billion into 140 key transport projects. These projects will help build missing transport links across the continent, support sustainable transport and create jobs.

Council updates the list of countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions at the external borders

Coronavirus: Commission strengthens preparedness for future outbreaks
The Commission has presented immediate short-term measures to strengthen EU health preparedness for COVID-19 outbreaks. The Commission has from the outset coordinated the exchange of information and recommendations with regard to cross border health actions and measures.

Fair and Simple Taxation: Commission proposes new package of measures to contribute to Europe's recovery and growth
The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Tax Package to ensure that EU tax policy supports Europe's economic recovery and long-term growth. The Package is built on the twin pillars of fairness and simplicity.

Main results of the EU-India summit via video conference
Leaders adopted a joint statement, reaffirming their commitment to strengthen the EU-India strategic partnership. This should be based on shared principles and values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and respect for human rights, aiming at delivering concrete benefits for the people in the EU and India.

Coronavirus Response: Commission welcomes ‘Best Practices' to provide relief for consumers and businesses

State Aid: Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens
The European Commission has recommended that Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

Main results of the Foreign Affairs Council
Foreign affairs ministers discussed EU-Turkey relations, Latin America and the Caribbean in light of COVID 19, and current affairs.

Statement by President Charles Michel, President Ursula von der Leyen and EU HR Josep Borrell on the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica

Main results of the video conference of economics and finance ministers
Finance ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis at EU level. They held a discussion on the priorities to bring the capital markets union forward. They also took stock of the convergence reports for the adoption of the single currency by non-euro member states published by the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

New EU rules and guidance for a fairer online economy
The Commission publishes today a set of resources to help traders, online platforms and search engines get the most out of the new Platform to Business rules, which apply from this Sunday, 12 July. In addition, three progress reports prepared by the expert group for the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy are published for feedback.

Visa liberalisation: Commission reports on the continued fulfilment of requirements by the Western Balkans and Eastern Partnership countries

President Charles Michel presents his proposal for the MFF and the recovery package

EU Justice Scoreboard 2020
Today, the European Commission published the 2020 EU Justice Scoreboard - a comparative overview of the efficiency, quality and independence of justice systems in all EU Member States. This year's scoreboard shows a continued improvement in the efficiency of justice systems in a large number of Member States.

Parliament adopts major reform of road transport sector
Parliament backs revised rules to improve drivers’ working conditions and stop distortion of competition in road transport. MEPs endorsed all three legal acts without any amendments, as adopted by EU ministers in April 2020.

Powering a climate-neutral economy: Commission sets out plans for the energy system of the future and clean hydrogen
The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy.

Summer 2020 Economic Forecast: An even deeper recession with wider divergences
The EU economy will experience a deep recession this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, despite the swift and comprehensive policy response at both EU and national levels.

Coronavirus: Commission adopts new exceptional support measures for the wine sector

Protecting European Consumers: follow-up action on dangerous product alerts increased significantly in 2019
The European Commission published its latest report on the Commission's system to prevent or restrict the selling of dangerous products on the market, the so-called ‘Rapid Alert System'.

Commission and EIB provide CureVac with a €75 million financing for vaccine development and expansion of manufacturing

Single Market Scoreboard 2020: Member States need to do more to ensure the good functioning of the EU Single Market

Next six months crucial for the EU, says von der Leyen at the start of the German Presidency of the Council of the EU

Boosting the EU's green recovery: Commission invests €1 billion in innovative clean technology projects
The Commission is launching today the first call for proposals under the Innovation Fund, one of the world's largest programmes for the demonstration of innovative low-carbon technologies, financed by revenues from the auction of emission allowances from the EU's Emissions Trading System.

European Commission revamps its ‘Have Your Say' portal
The European Commission has launched a revamped version of the ‘Have Your Say' portal. This online platform invites all citizens, (including businesses and non-governmental organisations), to share their views on Commission initiatives at key stages in the legislative process.

July infringements package: key decisions

Investment Plan for Europe exceeds €500 billion investment target ahead of time
The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group have delivered on their pledge to mobilise €500 billion in investment under the Investment Plan for Europe.

Commission presents European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
Today the Commission presents the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience. It sets ambitious, quantitative objectives for upskilling (improving existing skills) and reskilling (training in new skills) to be achieved within the next 5 years.

Commission launches Youth Employment Support: a bridge to jobs for the next generation
Today the European Commission is taking action to give young people all possible opportunities to develop their full potential to shape the future of the EU and thrive in the green and digital transitions.

Republic of Korea- EU leaders' video conference meeting
EU and Republic of Korea leaders discussed how to foster global cooperation in the post-Covid recovery phase and reaffirmed their commitment to overcoming this challenge by working together including in the G20 and the United Nations system.

Council agrees to start lifting travel restrictions for residents of some third countries

Main results of the video conference of agriculture and fisheries ministers
Agriculture and fisheries ministers exchanged views on the progress achieved on the common agricultural policy reform and the road ahead. They also discussed the fishing opportunities for 2021.

Coronavirus Global Response: EIB and Commission pledge additional €4.9 billion
The ‘Global Goal: Unite for our Future' pledging summit organised by the European Commission and Global Citizen mobilised €6.15 billion in additional funding to help develop and ensure equitable access to coronavirus vaccines, tests and treatments.

Green Deal: Commission and regions launch the European Just Transition Platform

Air pollution: Most EU Member States not on track to reduce air pollution and its related health impacts by 2030
The assessment of Member States' first programmes of measures to control air emissions finds that the implementation of the new European clean air rules needs improvement. Member States need to step up efforts across all sectors to make sure their citizens can breathe clean air, preventing respiratory diseases and premature death caused by breathing polluted air.

More protection for our seas and oceans is needed, report finds
The Commission adopted a report on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) which reveals that, while the EU's framework for marine environmental protection is one of the most comprehensive and ambitious worldwide, persistent challenges remain, such as excess nutrients, underwater noise, plastic litter, and other types of pollution as well as unsustainable fishing.

Sudan Partnership Conference: EU mobilises more support for Sudan's transition

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU energy sector: Council adopts conclusions

Commission report: EU data protection rules empower citizens and are fit for the digital age
Today, just over two years after its entry into application, the European Commission published an evaluation report on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The report shows the GDPR has met most of its objectives, in particular by offering citizens a strong set of enforceable rights and by creating a new European system of governance and enforcement.

EU budget 2021: An annual budget focused on European recovery
The Commission has today proposed an EU budget of €166.7 billion for 2021, to be complemented by €211 billion in grants and approximately €133 billion in loans under Next Generation EU. Together, the annual budget and Next Generation EU will mobilise significant investments in 2021 to address the immediate economic and social damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, kick-start a sustainable recovery and protect and create jobs.

Victims' rights: new strategy to empower victims

European Union signs aviation agreement with the Republic of Korea