Call to address Human Rights in Egypt

The following statement has been issued by Maria Arena, Chair of Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Isabel Santos, Chair of the delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries and Mounir Satouri, Foreign Affairs Committee’s (AFET) standing rapporteur on Egypt;. “We condemn in the strongest terms the sentence of 15 years’ imprisonment issued on Monday…

The best pommes frites in the world

It’s a great Belgian tradition but surprisingly many restaurants here haven’t quite mastered the art of cooking the perfect frite. Step forward Le Rendez-vous des Artistes. It takes the quality of its “French fries” very seriously indeed. So much so that its owners have installed an authentic chip fryer in the kitchen of the restaurant…

Latest developments in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Martin Banks interviews Olivier Védrine Chief Editor of the Russian Monitor about Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also speaks about the case of Alexei Anatolievich Navalny, a Russian politician and anti-corruption activist who came to international prominence by organising demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, Russian President Putin, and…

The Brussels stage makes a comeback

Brussels performing arts, which have remained in the wings in recent months due to the health crisis, are now more ready than ever to get back on stage. From theatre to dance to jazz, all disciplines are heading back to the stage, to the delight of an audience eager to discover something new. These last…

EU Consumer Policy

The European Commission has launched an EU wide open public consultation on the new European consumer policy for the next period, the so-called ‘the New Consumer Agenda’. The public consultation will provide valuable insight for the setting up the New Consumer Agenda that the European Commission intends to adopt by the end of 2020. Didier Reynders,…

SURE provides financial support to 16 Member States

The European Commission has presented a proposal to the council for a decision  to grant €5.9 billion in financial support to Portugal under the SURE instrument.  This follows  Monday’s proposals  to the Council for decisions to grant financial support of €81.4 billion to 15 Member States under the SURE instrument. Including Portugal, the Commission is now proposing…

COVID-19 vaccine

The European Commission says it has 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 and Johnson on 13 August and the signature of an Advance Purchase Agreement with AstraZeneca on 14 August. The envisaged contract with CureVac would…

The EU and COVID-19, what we have learned so far

When life returns to the EU institutions and work restarts after the holiday season, it should be highlighted that the summer was not wasted, writes László Andor. The European Council adopted critical, innovative and to some extent revolutionary decisions to create an effective fiscal capacity against the recession that has been triggered by the COVID-19…

Rail Investment in the Kraków-Zakopane corridor

The European Commission has approved an investment of over €234 million from the  cohesion fund to upgrade almost 117km of the Skawina-Zakopane railway line in Southern Poland.  The project will improve the quality, efficiency and safety of railway transport between the towns of Skawina and Zakopane, and more generally on the Kraków-Zakopane corridor. Commissioner for…

ECA to Audit Commission’s SME strategy

SMEs are vital to the EU’s economy. Supporting their development both within the single market and outside the EU is thus a key element of the Union’s overall competitiveness strategy.  The European Court of Auditors is starting an audit to assess the coherence of the EU’s SME internationalisation strategy and the effectiveness of measures taken…