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#NextGenerationEU – Europe’s moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation

#NextGenerationEU – Europe’s moment: Repair and prepare for the next generation

Today (27 May), the European Commission has put forward its proposal for a major recovery plan. To ensure the recovery is sustainable, even, inclusive and fair for all member states, the European Commission is proposing to create a new recovery instrument, Next Generation EU, embedded within a powerful, modern and revamped long-term EU budget. The Commission […]

| May 27, 2020

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#BalticSeaFishStocks remain in crisis – NGOs call for closures of #Herring and #Cod stocks

#BalticSeaFishStocks remain in crisis – NGOs call for closures of #Herring and #Cod stocks

Responding to today’s (29 May) publication of annual scientific advice for EU fishing limits for 2021 in the Baltic Sea by ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea), which finds important Baltic fish populations remain in a state of crisis, and the entire Baltic Sea ecosystem in very poor health [1], a group […]

| May 29, 2020
EU budget for recovery: An enhanced #InvestEU Programme and Strategic Investment Facility

EU budget for recovery: An enhanced #InvestEU Programme and Strategic Investment Facility

As announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 27 May 2020, the Commission is enhancing the proposal for the InvestEU Programme and creating a new Strategic Investment Facility within it to kick-start the EU economy. The enhanced InvestEU programme, thanks to Next Generation EU, will provide crucial support to companies and ensure a […]

| May 29, 2020
#Israel – EU condemns three-fold increase in the number of demolished structures in the occupied West Bank

#Israel – EU condemns three-fold increase in the number of demolished structures in the occupied West Bank

The EU missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah have noted with concern that Israeli authorities have continued to carry out demolitions of Palestinian structures in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2020. These demolitions, including of EU and EU member states-funded structures, have resulted in the displacement of Palestinians and negatively affected Palestinian communities. […]

| May 29, 2020
How the EU fails on #money-laundering

How the EU fails on #money-laundering

EU member states undoubtedly sighed in relief when the European Commission announced a €1.85 trillion economic recovery package to help the bloc through the coronavirus-induced economic slump in the coming years. As Commission president Ursula von der Leyen rightly argued, the package should be “Europe’s moment” – which makes the fact that this moment of triumph is […]

| May 29, 2020
EU budget for recovery: The Solvency Support Instrument

EU budget for recovery: The Solvency Support Instrument

As announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 27 May, the Commission is proposing a new Solvency Support Instrument to help kick-start the European economy and overcome the severe socio-economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The Solvency Support Instrument, which builds on the existing European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), will mobilize […]

| May 29, 2020
Fresh concerns raised over #COVID-19 disinformation

Fresh concerns raised over #COVID-19 disinformation

Fresh concern has been raised about the spread of disinformation and propaganda during the COVID-19 crisis. Russia and China, in particular, have come under the spotlight for allegedly disseminating “fake news” about the pandemic. The issue was the focus of an online debate on Thursday organised by the European Foundation for Democracy, in cooperation with […]

| May 29, 2020
Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain receive €279m after #NaturalDisasters in 2019

Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain receive €279m after #NaturalDisasters in 2019

On Thursday (28 May), Budgets Committee Members approved €279 million in EU aid following extreme weather events in Austria, Italy, Portugal and Spain in 2019. The draft report by rapporteur José Manuel Fernandes, (EPP, PT), who recommended that the assistance be approved, was adopted by 38 votes in favour, none against and without abstentions. The €279m from the […]

| May 29, 2020
Commission approves €32 million Danish scheme to compensate media companies for damage caused by decrease in advertising revenues due to #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves €32 million Danish scheme to compensate media companies for damage caused by decrease in advertising revenues due to #Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved under EU state aid rules a DKK 240 million (approximately €32m) Danish scheme to partially compensate media companies for the loss in advertising revenues suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme will be open to all Danish media companies irrespective of the type of media outlet (printed media or […]

| May 29, 2020
Commission approves support for electricity production in Spanish non-peninsular territories

Commission approves support for electricity production in Spanish non-peninsular territories

The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, the support granted by Spain to electricity generators for supplying electricity in the Spanish non-peninsular territories as a Service of General Economic Interest (SGEI). These territories include the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla. The main objective of the scheme is to guarantee […]

| May 29, 2020
#UnitedNations – High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell addresses the Security Council

#UnitedNations – High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell addresses the Security Council

On 28 May, EU High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell (pictured) addressed the UN Security Council on the EU’s role in the preservation of international peace and security at the invitation of Estonia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council this month. This was High Representative/Vice President Borrell’s first annual presentation to the UN […]

| May 29, 2020
EU budget for recovery: Commission proposes new Health Programme #EU4Health with a budget of €9.4 billion

EU budget for recovery: Commission proposes new Health Programme #EU4Health with a budget of €9.4 billion

The Commission has proposed a new, ambitious stand-alone health programme for the 2021-2027 period – the EU4Health Programme. EU4Health will make a significant contribution to the post-COVID-19 recovery by making the EU population healthier, improving the resilience of health systems, and promoting innovation in the health sector. It will fill the gaps revealed by the […]

| May 29, 2020
Johnson to go to Brussels next month for #Brexit talks

Johnson to go to Brussels next month for #Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resume Brexit talks in Brussels next month, The Times newspaper reported  on Thursday (28 May), write Sabahatjahan Contractor and Kanishka Singh. Britain’s negotiator with the European Union, David Frost, said Johnson will meet the presidents of the European Commission and Council to formally assess the state of the talks, […]

| May 29, 2020
UK can help companies prepare for #Brexit and #COVID-19 says Gove

UK can help companies prepare for #Brexit and #COVID-19 says Gove

The British government is working with businesses to help them prepare for the departure from the European Union even as it helps them cope with the coronavirus pandemic, cabinet office minister Michael Gove (pictured) said on Wednesday (27 May), writes Kate Holton. “We are not considering an implementation phase,” he told a parliamentary committee, adding […]

| May 29, 2020
England’s #COVID-19 test and trace system begins as adviser row rumbles on

England’s #COVID-19 test and trace system begins as adviser row rumbles on

Britain’s government faced questions over how closely people would abide by its new COVID-19 test and trace service on Thursday (28 May), as a row persisted over the prime minister’s closest adviser taking a long-distance journey during lockdown, writes Kylie MacLellan. Lawmakers from the governing Conservative Party continue to add their names to those calling […]

| May 29, 2020
Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with #EIB

Commission proposes a public loan facility to support green investments together with #EIB

  On 28 May, the European Commission presented its proposal for a public sector loan facility under the Just Transition Mechanism. The facility will be implemented with the involvement of the European Investment Bank and will encourage investments that support the transition towards a climate-neutral economy by public sector authorities to the benefit of coal- […]

| May 29, 2020
Creating a #SustainableFoodSystem – The EU’s strategy

Creating a #SustainableFoodSystem – The EU’s strategy

The EU’s food sustainability strategy aims to protect the environment and ensure healthy food for everyone, whilst ensuring farmers’ livelihoods. The food system, from production to consumption and waste, has a significant impact on the environment, health and food safety. With the Farm to Fork Strategy presented on 20 May 2020, the European Commission aims […]

| May 29, 2020
Workplace safety not in Commission’s top 40 priorities despite #Coronavirus says #ETUC

Workplace safety not in Commission’s top 40 priorities despite #Coronavirus says #ETUC

Trade unions are shocked and concerned that the European Commission still has no official plans to make workplaces safer in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to the ETUC. An updated work programme published by the Commission includes 43 new initiatives, including proposals ranging from airport charges to crypto assets and ‘better regulation’. But […]

| May 29, 2020
#EUBudget for recovery: Recovery and Resilience Facility

#EUBudget for recovery: Recovery and Resilience Facility

As announced by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on 27 May 2020, the centrepiece of the recovery plan will be a new Recovery and Resilience Facility. The aim of the facility will be to support investments and reforms essential to a lasting recovery, to improve the economic and social resilience of the member states, […]

| May 29, 2020

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