Vaccination Programmes

The European Commission has approved a fifth contract with the European pharmaceutical company CureVac, which provides for the initial purchase of 225 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States, plus an option to request up to a further 180 million doses, to be supplied once a vaccine has proven to be safe and…

EU4 health Programme

To close gaps exposed by COVID-19 and ensure that health systems can face future threats to public health, an ambitious EU health programme is needed, say MEPs. On Friday, Parliament adopted its position on the Commission proposal to step up the EU’s action in the health sector significantly, through the so-called EU4 health programme with…

Getting People Into Jobs

The European Parliament has prolonged the successful cooperation programme Network of European public Employment Services (PES) for another seven years.  The Socialists and Democrats support the platform, which enables the exchange of best practices, setting benchmarks and mutual learning with the goal of becoming more effective and efficient. Manuel Pizarro, S&D MEP and author of…

Aid for EU Farmers

A package agreed by European Parliament and Council negotiators means 8 billion euros will be made accessible to European farmers in 2021 and 2022 to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are pleased that the support will be available to farmers next year”, says ECR shadow rapporteur Bert-Jan Ruissen MEP (NL). “These funds need…

Ukraine: MEPs call for results in fight against corruption and dismantled oligarchies

In a report adopted on Monday, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs have praised Ukraine’s progress on important reforms that bring the country further towards political association and economic integration with the EU. Ukraine has progressed in its commitments made in the Association Agreement (AA/DCFTA) with the European Union; particularly in the fields of agriculture, energy, banking, decentralisation, digital…

COVID Scams

Commissioner Didier Reynders was, on Friday, meeting the 11 online platforms participating in the dialogue on tackling online consumer scams related to the coronavirus pandemic, together with consumer protection authorities.  The purpose is to encourage platform operators to reinforce their preparedness to address new scams that could appear during the second wave of the pandemic and to prevent…

Eurogroup Takes Stock

The Eurogroup says it had a thorough discussion on the economic outlook in view of current COVID-19 developments.  On Tuesday, the Eurogroup was briefed by the Director of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), Dr. Andrea Ammon, on the ECDC’s analysis of the pandemic. The Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and…

Health Technology Research

The Commission has awarded some €508 million in grants to 75 projects to tackle cancer, brain-related diseases, infectious diseases, complex chronic conditions, antimicrobial resistance and other important areas of health research.  These projects are to receive money following the official signatures of grant agreements in the coming weeks.  They were short-listed after evaluation and will…

Safeguarding Taiwan’s democracy bolsters Taiwan-EU common values ​​and interests

On September 14, the same day of the EU-China leaders’ meeting, Nathalie Loiseau, Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Security and Defense, and Reinhard Bütikofer, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China, together with seven other prominent European political leaders, scholars, and experts, wrote to mainstream newspapers…

How will the US and the EU deal with China?

Joe Biden in the White House would remove the threat of a US-EU trade war from the table, and open up new areas for co-operation. But the US and EU would still disagree on many issues, particularly how best to deal with China, writes Sam Lowe. The EU’s trade relationship with the US has suffered…