Commission 

 

Commission Work Programme 2021

The Commission on Monday adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age. It contains new legislative initiatives across all six headline ambitions of President von der Leyen’s political guidelines and follows her first state of the union…

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EP Resolution on Education

Voicing concerns over the damage inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s education systems, the S&D has publicly called on the European Council and Commission to develop and implement concrete solutions to bridge the educational gaps created between different member states. Members of the European Parliament will cast their votes on a resolution on the…

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Farm To Fork

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted the opinion “From Farm to Fork” at its September Plenary session, following the European Commission’s communication on the Farm to Fork Strategy – for a fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food system.  As an integral part of the European Green Deal, this is the first EU strategy claiming to encompass the…

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Council 

 

Good Food Good Farming

Responding to the conclusions of Monday’s meeting of Europe’s Agriculture Ministers Stanka Becheva, food and agriculture campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, commented:   “Europe needs a strategy to urgently combat the ecological, climate and farming crises – that is not what Ministers have served up today. They have backed away from the already moderate goals proposed…

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EP Resolution on Education

Voicing concerns over the damage inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s education systems, the S&D has publicly called on the European Council and Commission to develop and implement concrete solutions to bridge the educational gaps created between different member states. Members of the European Parliament will cast their votes on a resolution on the…

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Belarus Sanctions

The European Council has today (Friday 2nd October) imposed restrictive measures against 40 individuals identified as responsible for repression and intimidation against peaceful demonstrators, opposition members and journalists in the wake of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, as well as for misconduct of the electoral process. At present the former pPresident Alexander Lukashenko is not included in the…

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Parliament

 

Make EU Digital Leader

The EPP Group in the European parliament has called for an ambitious overhaul of European rules for digital services to make Europe a digital global leader.  The Digital Services Act (DSA), which the European Commission will propose later this year, should help consumers and businesses opt for digital solutions. Ahead of today’s parliamentary debate, Members…

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EP Resolution on Education

Voicing concerns over the damage inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic on Europe’s education systems, the S&D has publicly called on the European Council and Commission to develop and implement concrete solutions to bridge the educational gaps created between different member states. Members of the European Parliament will cast their votes on a resolution on the…

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EP Reaction to Terrorist Murder in France

The Renew group has joined in the grief of the family, relatives and students of the teacher Samuel Paty, who was cowardly murdered last Friday in Conflans-sainte-Honorine, France.  Renew Europe believes the fundamental values of Europe are once again at stake. This heinous attack recalls the urgent need for the EU to adapt its rules…

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Regions

 

New Migration and Asylum Pact

The Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) said it welcomes the long-awaited New Migration and Asylum Pact’s ambition towards a sustainable, effective and humane response to migration and asylum management through a more holistic and solidarity-based approach. It sees the decision to overhaul the much criticized Dublin regulation and introduce a broader and more flexible framework for…

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Leuven, European Capital of Innovation 2020

Leuven, Belgium, has been named the 2020 European Capital of Innovation for its use of innovation to improve residents’ lives. The €1 million cash prize, which every year recognises cities’ innovative solutions to social challenges that empower its citizenswas awarded to Leuven in a ceremony with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel during the EU Research and Innovation Days in…

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Impact of AirBnB on cities

The cities alliance engaged in regulating Short Term Holiday Rentals (STHR), met last week with the European Commission Executive Vice-President, Margrethe Vestager.  The mayors and representatives of cities want stronger regulations on the STHR market in order to counter the harmful impact of STHR on the housing market and make neighbourhoods more liveable. The rise…

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