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…

Global Baku Forum

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan opened the 9th Global Baku Forum last week. We publish here in full the text of his address:- I welcome you all and wish to express gratitude for being with us today. The 9th Global Baku Forum opens today and I am sure that the discussions as always will be…

Minimum Wages for EU

Kim van Sparrentak

Negotiators from the European Parliament, Commission and Council  have reached an agreement on rules for minimum wages in the EU. The result of the trilogue negotiations is a big step forward to combat in-work poverty, the gender pay gap and wage inequality for workers all across the EU and the Greens/EFA Group welcome the results….

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…

EU’s Coronavirus Recovery Funds

The EPP Group says that EU Member States must use the EU’s Coronavirus Recovery Funds better.  The fact that billions of euros of the money has not yet been accessed is a great concern, EPP Group Vice-President, Siegfried Mureşan MEP, and Group spokesman on Budgets, Jose Manuel Fernandes MEP, have warned.  European Parliament Committees on Budgets and the Economy will this week endorse the first implementation report on the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), co-authored by Mureşan. ”Now that…

European Transport Workers Elect Officers

At ETF’s 6th Ordinary Congress in Budapest, Frank Moreels and Livia Spera were elected President and General Secretary of the European Transport Workers’ Federation. ETF delegates representing transport trade unions across Europe confirmed Frank Moreels as President and Livia Spera as General Secretary to run the Federation for the next five years. Before being re-elected…

EU Pledges €6.4 Billion for Syria

Investment in Syria

The international community has pledged close to €6.4 billion for 2022 and beyond during a conference on Syria organised by the European Union.  The funding will help people in Syria and the neighbouring countries hosting Syrian refugees. Out of this amount, over €4.8 billion were pledged by the EU, with over €3.1 billion coming from…

SCM Donates US$48 billion to Ukraine in 40 days

SCM

From 24 February 2022 to 4 April 2022, SCM businesses, the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, and FC Shakhtar donated about UAH 1.4 billion ($48 million) in aid to Ukraine and Ukrainian people. In particular, this amount includes humanitarian aid (food, medicines, essential items, evacuation, shelters, etc.), as well as support for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and…