Commission 

 

Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful

The joint procurement of personal protective equipment launched by the European Commission to address the coronavirus crisis has proven successful. Producers made offers covering and in some cases even exceeding the quantities requested by the Member States that take part in the procurement, for every single item requested. The joint procurement covers masks type 2…

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Open Knowledge Foundation welcomes digital strategy

Commenting on the EU’s blueprint on shaping Europe’s digital future, published last week by the European Commission, Catherine Stihler chief executive of the Open Knowledge Foundation, said: “This long-awaited blueprint for Europe’s digital landscape is very welcome and a giant step forward for a fair, free and open future.”  “This is the greatest opportunity and…

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European Day for Victims of Crime

Today 22 February marks European Day for Victims of Crime. Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders issued the following statement: “This year marks the 30th anniversary of the European Day for Victims of Crime. Still, every year 75 million people across Europe continue to fall victims of crime. Only yesterday, we mourned the victims of yet another heinous act, this time…

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Council 

 

“Opening accession talks with North Macedonia a much-needed signal” -Schieder

After the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Andreas Schieder MEP (S&D, AT) said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate North Macedonia and all its citizens on this much-awaited decision. This is excellent news for the region and for…

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EU Budget Stand-Off

Council president Charles Michel, speaking after the failure of the EU summit to reach a deal on the next long term EU budge. said, “The last weeks and the last days, we have worked very hard in order to try to reach an agreement regarding the next European budget. Unfortunately, today we have observed that…

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Maggiar calls for EU Budget With Strong Focus on SMEs

Ahead of the extraordinary European Council on the next Multiannual Financial Framework, SMEunited President Alban Maggiar has “reminded” European leaders on the priorities ahead.  Maggiar says Europe will only be able to provide welfare to its people, if it invests in future competitiveness, based on a greener and digital economy.  Therefore, Maggiar urges the European…

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Parliament

 

“Opening accession talks with North Macedonia a much-needed signal” -Schieder

After the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Andreas Schieder MEP (S&D, AT) said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate North Macedonia and all its citizens on this much-awaited decision. This is excellent news for the region and for…

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MEPs call on Russia to Stop Suppressing Civil Society

David McAllister MEP Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and Maria Arena Chairwoman of the Human Rights Sub-committee of the European Parliament have issued a joint statement condemning the listing by the authorities in Russia of the European Endowment for Democracy as an “undesirable organisation”. “We strongly condemn the listing by the authorities in Russia of…

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CFP Needs to Include Angling

Anglers made the case at the European Parliament that a full recognition of the recreational fisheries sector in the Common Fisheries Policy is needed in order to properly manage public access to fish and to put in place a fair and sustainable management of fish stocks.MEP Niclas Herbst, new Chair of the Forum on Recreational…

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Regions

 

“Opening accession talks with North Macedonia a much-needed signal” -Schieder

After the Council’s decision to open accession negotiations, the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee Andreas Schieder MEP (S&D, AT) said: “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate North Macedonia and all its citizens on this much-awaited decision. This is excellent news for the region and for…

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“Integration Needs Integrity to Succeed” – Vladimir Krulj

The current public health crisis is causing EU member states to close their borders and distance contact with neighbouring countries. But Counter-intuitively, Dr Vladimir Krulj argues that we must not forget the long term objective of greater integration between the EU and its neighbours. The European Union is the “most successful experiment in international cooperation…

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More Delegation of Financial Authority to Cities – Greens

The European Green Party is supporting the call of Visegrad’s capital cities mayors to directly channel European cohesion funding to the municipal level. The “Pact of Free Cities” Alliance, composed of the leaders of Bratislava, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw, is spearheading a progressive future for their countries, but such a future requires European support. The…

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