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Europe pulls sectors of civil, defence and space industries together to spur innovation

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The European Commission presented its action plan on synergies between civil, defence and space industries to further enhance Europe's technological edge and support its industrial base.

The Action Plan aims to exploit the disruptive potential of technologies at the interface between defence, space and civil uses, such as cloud, processors, cyber, quantum and artificial intelligence.  

"With the European Defence Fund we have a strong potential for synergies between innovation in space, defence and civil research & innovation,” said A Europe fit for the Digital Age Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager. “We need this for a number of critical technologies. The idea is for innovations to systematically reach multiple uses by design. And to tap into the huge innovation potential of researchers and start-ups."

Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said: "Making the most of the European Defence Fund and ensuring strong synergies between defence, space and civil technologies will generate disruptive innovations and allow Europe to remain a global standard setter. It will also reduce our dependencies in critical technologies and boost the industrial leadership we need to recover from the crisis."

Spin-offs and spin-ins

The main goals of the Action Plan are to develop synergies between different EU programmes, explore the possibility for spin-offs from high-end research for Europe’s citizens and to explore the use of civil industry to ‘spin-in’ to European defence projects.

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Renew Europe demands ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure the swift application of the Rule of Law regulation

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In the face of intensifying Rule of Law backsliding and corruption linked to EU funding in some member states, Renew Europe led a determined and successful campaign for an effective and comprehensive Rule of Law conditionality mechanism, now a ground-breaking and indispensable part of the EU budget 2021-2027, and the Next Generation EU Recovery instrument.

This mechanism must be fully applied since the 1st January 2021 by the European Commission. Renew Europe is committed to using all legal and political levers to ensure its swift application and therefore requests a debate with resolution on this issue during the March 1 plenary session of the Parliament, with the participation of the Commission. In response to reports of imminent legal challenges to this regulation by some EU member states, we are committed to do all the necessary steps in order to guarantee that the European Parliament defend the regulation. And we expect the Commission to do the same.

Dacian Cioloş, president of Renew Europe, said: "Renew Europe is and will continue to be at the forefront of defending the Rule of Law mechanism against any attempts to frustrate it by the opponents of liberal democracy. The application of the Rule of Law Regulation must be guaranteed from the date agreed by the co-legislators; we are determined that all necessary political and legal measures are taken by the Parliament to ensure this."

"We will request a debate with resolution of the European Parliament. The European Commission must come to explain its actions. As the guardian of the Treaties, we expect the Commission to take all steps to ensure that the Regulation is fully applicable."

Commenting on reports that the Regulation may be challenged in the CJEU, President Cioloş said:"If, as reported, the regulation is challenged in the next few days, Renew Europe will call for an accelerated procedure and will make sure the Parliament uses all the tools available and does whatever it takes to defend the Rule of Law in Europe and we expect the European Commission to do the same."

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President von der Leyen speaks in support of the Global Citizen campaign ‘A Recovery Plan for the World'

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On 23 February, President Ursula von der Leyen participated in the launch event of the Global Citizen campaign ‘A Recovery Plan for the World'. During her speech, the President highlighted the work that has been done over the last year together with international partners, while at the same time stressing that there is still a long road ahead: “Together, we achieved a lot. We created the ACT-Accelerator, and COVAX – the global facility to deliver affordable and equitable vaccines to the world. But let us be frank, much more is needed. More funding is needed. That is why as Team Europe we increased our contribution to COVAX last week bringing it to around €2.2 billion. And vaccine doses are needed now.”

The president also expressed support for President Macron's proposal “to donate vaccine doses that are necessary to vaccinate healthcare workers in Africa. Vaccines must reach all corners of the planet, as soon as possible.” And finally, President von der Leyen underlined the importance of the Global Health Summit that she will co-host in May with Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi: “It will be a moment to reflect on the lessons learned, but also to agree on a common preparedness blueprint, so that the world is never again caught off-guard. All must weigh in: governments and international organisations, scientists, businesses and civil society, philanthropic foundations and private citizens. Everyone needs to contribute.”

The full speech of President von der Leyen is available here and the video can be watched again here.

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Commission approves €26 million Irish aid scheme to compensate airport operators in context of coronavirus outbreak

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The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, a €26 million Irish aid scheme to compensate airport operators for the losses caused by the coronavirus outbreak and the travel restrictions imposed by Ireland to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The aid consists of three measures: (i) a damage compensation measure; (ii) an aid measure to support the airport operators up to a maximum of €1.8 million per beneficiary; and (iii) an aid measure to support the uncovered fixed costs of these companies.

The aid will take the form of direct grants. In case of support for the uncovered fixed costs, aid can also be granted in the form of guarantees and loans. The damage compensation measure will be open to operators of Irish airports that handled more than 1 million passengers in 2019. Under this measure, these operators can be compensated for the net losses suffered during the period between 1 April and 30 June 2020 as a result of the restrictive measures implemented by the Irish authorities in order to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The Commission assessed the first measure under Article 107(2)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and found that it will provide compensation for damage that is directly linked to the coronavirus outbreak. It also found that the measure is proportionate, as the compensation does not exceed what is necessary to make good the damage. With regard to the other two measures, the Commission found that they are in line with the conditions set out in the state aid Temporary Framework. In particular, the aid (i) will be granted no later than 31 December 2021 and (ii) will not exceed €1.8 million per beneficiary under the second measure and will not exceed €10 million per beneficiary under the third measure.

The Commission concluded that both measures are necessary, appropriate and proportionate to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy of a member state, in line with Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and the conditions set out in the Temporary Framework. On this basis, the Commission approved the three measures under EU State aid rules. More information on the Temporary Framework and other actions taken by the Commission to address the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic can be found here. The non-confidential version of the decision will be made available under the case number SA.59709 in the state aid register on the Commission's competition website once any confidentiality issues have been resolved.

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