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#Coronavirus – Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen

#Coronavirus – Boris Johnson moved to intensive care as symptoms worsen

| April 6, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street has said, writes the BBC. A spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and was receiving “excellent care”. Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputize “where necessary”, the spokesman […]

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Commission approves £50 billion UK ‘umbrella’ scheme to support the economy in the #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves £50 billion UK ‘umbrella’ scheme to support the economy in the #Coronavirus outbreak

| April 6, 2020

The European Commission has approved a £50 billion (approximately €57bn) “umbrella” UK scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and large corporates in the United Kingdom affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the state aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April 2020. Following […]

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Commission launches competition for aspiring young journalists

Commission launches competition for aspiring young journalists

| April 6, 2020

Today (6 April), the European Commission is launching the 2020 edition of the Youth4Regions competition for aspiring young journalists. Youth4Regions is a programme to help journalism students and young journalists discover what the EU is doing in their region. As of today, they can apply to participate in the eponymous competition, and based on their application, […]

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#Coronavirus – Chinese aid to the EU delivered to Italy

#Coronavirus – Chinese aid to the EU delivered to Italy

| April 6, 2020

The EU has put international co-operation at the forefront of its response to coronavirus. Following an agreement reached between President von der Leyen and Premier Li Keqiang last month, a donation of protective equipment from China to the European Union has now arrived in Rome, Italy. “We are grateful for China’s support and, as President […]

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#Coronavirus pandemic shows need for huge upgrade of IT power in Europe says #EPP

#Coronavirus pandemic shows need for huge upgrade of IT power in Europe says #EPP

| April 6, 2020

The EPP Group in the European Parliament has called for an EU data centre, a common data standard to collect data on infections, a “huge upgrade” of internet infrastructure and less bureaucracy for researchers. “The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to create an EU data centre for emergency response. We urgently have to set […]

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#Coronavirus – Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses

#Coronavirus – Commission and European Investment Fund (part of EIB Group) unlock €8 billion in finance for 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses

| April 6, 2020

  The European Commission has unlocked €1 billion from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) that will serve as a guarantee to the European Investment Fund (EIF), part of the European Investment Bank Group. This will allow the EIF to issue special guarantees to incentivize banks and other lenders to provide liquidity to at least […]

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MEPs set out key proposals for fisheries sector in #COVID-19 crisis

MEPs set out key proposals for fisheries sector in #COVID-19 crisis

| April 6, 2020

  Full document here With the impacts of COVID-19 already hitting the fisheries sector, particularly small scale and artisanal fisheries, GUE/NGL MEPs are demanding pressing action, beyond the insufficient proposal of the European Commission on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Further urgent actions are needed to protect incomes and assure food security, to […]

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