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…

Rule of Law

Renew Europe has reconfirmed its commitment to do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure that the European Parliament and the European Commission defend the Rule of Law conditionality regulation and ensure its long overdue application. At the initiative of Renew Europe, a resolution on the application of the Rule of Law conditionality mechanism has been tabled…

Mediterranean Migrants

“European countries are failing to protect refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean. Backsliding in the protection of the lives and rights of refugees and migrants is worsening and causing thousands of avoidable deaths each year”, said Dunja Mijatović, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while releasing a report. The…

Digital Development Targets

The Europe Commission has set out new targets as part of Europe’s Digital Decade 2030. Reaction to the announcement on Monday was swift with Vodafone Group External Affairs Group Director, Joakim Reiter telling this website, “Vodafone believes that the new Digital Decade 2030 targets set out by the European Commission today, combined with the €672.5…

Statement by President von der Leyen following her phone call with President of the United States Joe Biden

“I was glad to speak to President Biden this afternoon – the first of many exchanges and the start of a good personal partnership.” “As a symbol of this fresh start, President Biden and I agreed to suspend all our tariffs imposed in the context of the Airbus-Boeing disputes, both on aircraft and non-aircraft products,…

Step Forward in EU-US Trade Dispute

The EU and the U.S. have agreed to suspend all retaliatory tariffs on EU and U.S. exports imposed in the Airbus and Boeing disputes for a four-month period. The suspension allows both sides to focus on resolving this long-running dispute. It provides an important boost to EU exporters, since the U.S. had been authorised to…

EU Social Rights

Ahead of this week’s presentation of the European Commission’s Action Plan on how to implement the 2017 European Pillar of Social Rights, the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament issued a strong call for making social rights a reality for all Europeans by introducing binding targets. Iratxe García, S&D Group leader, said:“9 out of…

EU Partnership with the Mediterranean Neighbourhood

Commenting on the European Commission’s recent communication on its partnership with the Southern Neighbourhood countries, the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita said that he believes that the strategy lays the foundations for a new post-Covid-19 relationship between the European Union and Morocco, provided that Europeans do not take decisions affecting the southern shore of the Mediterranean without…

EU-Morocco Partnership

Morocco has been recognised as having tremendous potential to help to progress the EU’s New Green Deal strategy in Africa, through the country’s experience in the development of renewable energy projects, in partnership with EU suppliers. Earlier today, in the framework of regular consultations between EU and Morocco, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African…