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Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS)
The EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) is a cornerstone of the EU's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. It is the world's first major carbon market and remains the biggest one.

Coronavirus Global Response
The European Union and its partners hosted an international pledging marathon starting on 4 May 2020 and running until the end of May. The aim is to gather significant funding to ensure the collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus.

COVID-19 Data Portal
The COVID-19 Data Portal was launched in April 2020 to bring together relevant datasets for sharing and analysis in an effort to accelerate coronavirus research. It enables researchers to upload, access and analyse COVID-19 related reference data and specialist datasets as part of the wider European COVID-19 Data Platform.

EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement
The European Union and Vietnam signed a Trade Agreement and an Investment Protection Agreement on 30 June 2019. Once in force, the agreements will provide opportunities to increase trade and support jobs and growth on both sides, through: Eliminating 99% of all tariffs; Reducing regulatory barriers and overlapping red tape; Ensuring protection of geographical indications; Opening up services and public procurement markets; Making sure the agreed rules are enforceable

RescEU - EU Civil Protection Mechanism
The overall objective of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism is to strengthen cooperation between the EU Member States and 6 Participating States in the field of civil protection, with a view to improve prevention, preparedness and response to disasters. When the scale of an emergency overwhelms the response capabilities of a country, it can request assistance via the Mechanism. Through the Mechanism, the European Commission plays a key role in coordinating the response to disasters in Europe and beyond and contributes to at least 75% of the transport and/or operational costs of deployments.

EU passenger rights
Have you experienced delays and cancellations? As an air, rail, ship or bus passenger, you have rights when travelling in the EU. Information on Air passenger rights - Rail passenger rights - Bus and coach passenger rights - Ship passenger rights -Your can also download the "Your Passenger Rights" app to your smartphone ( Google Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone)

Enhanced European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot
The Enhanced EIC pilot supports top-class innovators, entrepreneurs, small companies and scientists with bright ideas and the ambition to scale up internationally. It brings together the parts of Horizon 2020 that provide funding, advice and networking opportunities for those at cutting edge of innovation.

EU Circular Economy Action Plan
The European Commission has adopted a new Circular Economy Action Plan - one of the main blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s new agenda for sustainable growth. The new Action Plan announces initiatives along the entire life cycle of products, targeting for example their design, promoting circular economy processes, fostering sustainable consumption, and aiming to ensure that the resources used are kept in the EU economy for as long as possible. It introduces legislative and non-legislative measures targeting areas where action at the EU level brings real added value.

European Institute for Gender Equality
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an autonomous body of the European Union, established to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality.

LIFE Programme - EU financing for the environment and climate action
The LIFE programme is the EU's funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The current funding period 2014-2020 has a budget of EUR 3.4 billion.

EASME - Executive Agency for SMEs
The Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has been set-up by the European Commission to manage on its behalf several EU programmes in the fields of SME support & innovation, environment, climate action, energy and maritime affairs.

Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP)
The EU's GSP removes import duties from products coming into the EU market from vulnerable developing countries. This helps developing countries to alleviate poverty and create jobs based on international values and principles, including labour and human rights.

BlueInvest platform
The BlueInvest platform supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups in the blue economy.

Cybersecurity of 5G networks - EU Toolbox of risk mitigating measures
The objectives of this toolbox are to identify a possible common set of measures which are able to mitigate the main cybersecurity risks of 5G networks, and to provide guidance for the selection of measures which should be prioritised in mitigation plans at national and at Union level. It does this in order to create a robust framework of measures with a view to ensure an adequate level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU and coordinated approaches among Member States.

DiscoverEU travel pass
DiscoverEU is an initiative of the European Union that gives you the opportunity to discover Europe through learning experiences. Travelling predominantly by rail (there are exceptions to allow those living on islands or in remote areas), you will discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its variety of cities and towns. Young people can apply during the two application rounds which take place each year. Successful applicants are awarded with a travel pass.

European Green Deal
Becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. To achieve this, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal, the most ambitious package of measures that should enable European citizens and businesses to benefit from sustainable green transition. Measures accompanied with an initial roadmap of key policies range from ambitiously cutting emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe's natural environment. Supported by investments in green technologies, sustainable solutions and new businesses, the Commission says the Green Deal can be a new EU growth strategy. Involvement and commitment of the public and of all stakeholders is crucial to its success.

New Deal for Consumers
The "New Deal for Consumers" initiative aimed at strengthening enforcement of EU consumer law in light of a growing risk of EU-wide infringements and at modernising EU consumer protection rules in view of market developments. The Commission adopted it on the 11 April 2018.

EU Presidency
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the EU Member States every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but the position is held by a national government. The presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions. The current presidency (as of January 2020) is held by Croatia.

EU Water Legislation - Fitness Check
The fitness check is a comprehensive policy evaluation of: the Water Framework Directive (WFD); the Environmental Quality Standards Directive (EQSD); the Groundwater Directive (GWD); the Floods Directive (FD). It assesses whether the Directives are fit for purpose by examining their performance against 5 criteria set out in the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda: effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, relevance and EU added value.

Due diligence ready!
The 'Due diligence ready!' online portal contains information, tools and training materials to guide your company in conducting due diligence on its minerals and metals supply chain. It is available in 7 languages.

European Youth Portal - Information and opportunities for young people across Europe
The European Youth Portal offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It provides information around eight main themes, covers 35 countries and is available in 28 languages.

Erasmus+ student exchange programme
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for mobility and transnational cooperation in the areas of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The current programme, as well as its successor, coming into effect in 2021, have a key role in making the European Education Area a reality by 2025. Erasmus+ aims to facilitate access to the programme for participants from all backgrounds, with a particular focus on reaching out to people with social, economic, physical or geographic disadvantages.

Wine market observatory
The EU's wine market observatory brings short-term analysis and greater transparency to an important sector for EU agriculture. The EU is the biggest wine producer in the world, representing 65% of global production and 70% of exports. The observatory covers all types of wine - red, white, rosé - as well as wines protected under the geographical indication schemes: protected designation of origin (PDO) and protected geographical indication (PGI).

.eu top-level domain
The .eu top-level domain gives Europe its own Internet identity. It aims to boost the visibility of the European Union on the Internet, increase users' choice of domain names and promote the development of electronic commerce.

European Labour Authority
The European Labour Authority (ELA) ensures that EU rules on labour mobility and social security coordination are enforced in a fair and effective way and makes it easier for citizens and businesses to reap the benefits of the internal market.