Finland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan


The European Commission has disbursed €271 million to Finland in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country’s financial allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). The pre-financing payment will help kick-start the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in Finland’s recovery and resilience plan. The Commission will authorise further disbursements based…

EESC Argues to Predicate EU Funds on Respect for Rule of Law


Disbursement of EU funds, including the Recovery Fund, must be tied to respect for the rule of law in all Member States. Systematic deficiencies in the rule of law always undermine the implementation of EU-funded programmes, and the absence of a rapid and comprehensive EU response to this will jeopardise the EU’s credibility, warns the…

Cleaning up Our Water

Cleaning up our tap water

Drinking water across the EU will have to be monitored more closely for the potential presence of two endocrine disrupting compounds (beta-estradiol and nonylphenol) throughout the whole water supply chain. This comes after a decision by the EU on Wednesday. As required by EU rules in force since last year, the Commission established today a first ‘watch list’ of emerging compounds to…

Creative Europe Work Programme

Mariya Gabriel

The Commission has adopted its Creative Europe work programme, which will be followed by the launch of the relevant calls for proposals. With a budget of around €385 million, nearly €100 million more compared to 2021, Creative Europe strengthens its support to creative and cultural partners taking due account of the challenges resulting from the…

Titanium Dioxide Banned As Food Additive

Titanium Dioxide

 The European Commission has adopted a ban on the use of Titanium Dioxide as a food additive (E171). The ban will apply after a six-month transitory period. This means that, as from this summer, this additive should no longer be added to food products. Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, in charge of Health and Food Safety, said: “The safety of the…

Emergency Aid for Floods in Brazil

Floods in Brazil

The European Commission has allocated €1 million in emergency funds to respond to the consequences of floods in Brazil.  During the past two months, heavy rains affected several Brazilian municipalities, particularly in the states of Bahia and Minas Gerais, resulting in disastrous consequences for the population and the loss of houses, schools and vital infrastructures….

European Capitals of Diversity and Inclusion Award

Diversity and inclusion

This year, for the first time the European sets out to reward towns, cities and regions for their work in promoting inclusion and helping to fight discrimination with the European Capitals of Inclusion and Diversity Award.  The award, which is part of the Commission’s Union of Equality framework and was launched in the EU anti…

Croatia Benefits from EU Solidarity Fund

Elisa Ferreira

The Commission has adopted the financing decision awarding €319 million of EU solidarity fund (EUSF) support to Croatia following the devastating series of earthquakes that hit Sisak-Moslavina, Karlovac and Zagreb Counties in December 2020 and January 2021. This catastrophe came only a few months after the devastating earthquake that hit Zagreb and its surroundings in…

European Capitals of Culture

Novi Sad

Since 1 January 2022, three cities in Europe hold the title of European Capital of Culture for one year: Esch-sur-Alzette  (Luxembourg), Kaunas (Lithuania), and Novi Sad (Serbia). Holding the title of European Capital of Culture gives cities the chance to boost their image, put themselves on the world map, promote sustainable tourism and rethink their development through culture….

New Rules on Digital Contracts

Digital Contracts

New EU rules on digital content and on the sale of goods have entered into application. From now on, it will be easier for consumers and businesses to buy and sell digital content, digital services and goods and ‘smart goods’ across the EU. Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Justice, said: “2022 is starting off on a very positive note for…