New EU Vaccine Contract for BioNTech and Pfizer

The European Commission has signed a third contract with the pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer. It reserves an additional 1.8 billion doses on behalf of all EU Member States, between end 2021 to 2023. It will allow for the purchase of 900 million doses of the current vaccine and of a vaccine adapted to variants,…

EU Criticises Russian Government

EU Russia

The European Union deplores the publication of Measures in “Response to Unfriendly Actions of Foreign States”, following the unprecedented Decree signed by President Putin on 23 April. The EU considers the allegations of unfriendly actions as unfounded. This Decree is incompatible with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961 with regard to the duties…

Fighting Unfair Competition

Apple Unfair Competition Accusations

MEPs say that the antitrust case against Apple is more than just another example of unfair competition. They also say it is a reason to discuss a paradigm shift in the EU’s competition enforcement, which until now has often come too late. “It is long overdue for the Commission to take a very close look…

A House of Cards?

Russian Bear and House of Cards

The Presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament issued this joint statement on the imposition of restrictive measures on eight EU nationals by Russia. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s decision of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from entering the Russian territory. This includes the President of the…

European People’s Forum Calls for Better Citizen Consultation

Europe needs better consultation with the people

The first expert organisation that advised the EU institutions to use an online digital platform to engage as many citizens as possible during the Conference on the Future of Europe is now calling for the creation of a permanent mechanism of citizens consultation and participation. Europe’s People’s Forum, a network of professional citizen’s consultation partners in every member state, works to strengthen…

Road Safety in the EU

Road Safety in EU

Commenting on the data on road deaths in 2020 published by the European Commission, Antonio Avenoso, Executive Director of the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) said, “The EU has a new target for 2030 to reduce deaths and serious injuries by half.  If we are to succeed this time, we need to avoid the mistakes of…

European Space Programmes: how to capitalise on investment

European Space Programmes

The European Union has not done enough to harness the full potential of its space programmes, according to a special report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). While the satellite-based programmes Galileo and Copernicus in particular provide valuable services and data, more efforts are needed to capitalise on the significant investment made…

Statement by President von der Leyen on developments in the Vaccines Strategy

Ursula von der Leyen

“The COVID-19 pandemic remains a severe threat to people’s health and livelihoods. We are in a race against time. The faster we reach our target of having 70% of adults in the European Union vaccinated, the better chances we have of containing the virus.” “And the good news is: Vaccination is picking up speed across…

Need to Harmonise Customs Controls

Customs controls are still insufficiently harmonised across Member States to properly safeguard the EU’s financial interests, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA). Despite recent steps in the right direction, the EU rules are not designed well enough to ensure that Member States select imports for control in a uniform…

Supporting the Future of Syria

At the Brussels conference on “supporting the future of Syria”, co-chaired on Tuesday by the European Union and the United Nations, the international community pledged €5.3 billion for 2021 and beyond for Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting the largest Syrian refugee population. Of this amount, €3.7 billion were announced by the EU, with €1.12 billion coming from the European Commission and €2.6…