FAST-CARE

Dombrovskis

The Commission has taken what it  calls “another important step” to help Member States, regional and local authorities and partners to address the consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine by adopting the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE)’. This is a new comprehensive package that extends the support already provided under CARE by offering further support and…

EU Candidate Status for Ukraine Agreed

von der Leyen

The European Commission has presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council.  Last Friday’s opinions are based on the Commission’s assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the EU agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and…

EU Takes the UK to Court for Breach of International Law

Northern Ireland Protocol

The European Commission has launched infringement proceedings against the United Kingdom for not complying with significant parts of the Protocol on Ireland / Northern Ireland.  Despite repeated calls on the UK government to implement the Protocol, it has failed to do so.  This is a clear breach of international law, says the EU. The aim…

Big Business Torpedoes Commission Draft Law on Human Rights Abuses

Human Rights abuses

The European Commission’s proposal on human rights obligations of companies bears damaging marks from a successful business campaign, a new report claims. A  report by lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE) and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) has, they say, “uncovered the astonishing extent to which pro-corporate voices…

ECA Publishes Report on EU’s SME Policies

small business

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are key to the EU’s economy. But they have not really benefited from EU action aimed at enhancing their competitiveness. That is the conclusion reached by the European Court of Auditors in a special report published today. EU funds stimulated SMEs’ willingness to invest, but their impact and effectiveness on…

Poland’s Recovery and Resilience Plan

Poland and EU

The European Commission has given a positive assessment of Poland’s recovery and resilience plan, an important step towards the EU disbursing €23.9 billion in grants and €11.5 billion in loans under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). This financing will support the implementation of the crucial investment and reform measures outlined in Poland’s recovery and…

Promoting the Circular Economy

Matteo Borsani

In an opinion proposed by the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change (CCMI) and adopted at May’s plenary session, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recommends that the European Commission and national governments, in consultation with all stakeholders inside the packaging industry, take the necessary steps throughout each product’s life cycle to increase the industry’s sustainability. Most…

Commission Reinforces Rules on Asset Recovery and Confiscation

EU Justice

The European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes.  The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures. While the Russian aggression on Ukraine is ongoing, it is paramount that…

EESC Support for REPowerEU Initiative

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)  has thrown its support behind the Commission’s “REPowerEU” initiative, stressing that energy security must be accompanied by urgent measures to protect vulnerable users, accelerate decarbonisation and diversify energy sources. Steps should also be taken to reduce demand for Russian gas which has brought about a significant increase in energy…

EESC Calls For Strengthening Schengen

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) says that with the threat of war at its doorstep, the Schengen area should be further strengthened through better police and judicial cooperation, with its internal borders kept open The war in Ukraine, which has caused an unprecedented flow of refugees to seek shelter in the EU, points to…