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Top Stories from the European Commission - 9-13 September 2019

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Erasmus+: EU boosts participation of African students and staff in 2019

Vaccination: European Commission and World Health Organization join forces to promote the benefits of vaccines


The European Commission and the World Health Organization (WHO) are co-hosting the world's first Global Vaccination Summit in Brussels. The aim is to accelerate global action to stop the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, and advocate against the spread of vaccine misinformation worldwide.

The European Union continues to lead the global fight against climate change


The European Commission adopted a Communication reaffirming the EU's commitment to accelerated climate ambition. The Commission recalls that the European Union has been at the forefront of global climate action, negotiating an inclusive international framework to respond to this challenge, while acting domestically with unity, speed and decisiveness.

The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more


President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission. The new Commission will reflect the priorities and ambitions set out in the Political Guidelines.

VAT Gap: EU countries lost €137 billion in VAT revenues in 2017


EU countries lost €137 billion in Value-Added Tax (VAT) revenues in 2017 according to a study released by the European Commission. The so-called 'VAT Gap' - or the overall difference between the expected VAT revenue and the amount actually collected - has reduced somewhat compared to previous years but remains very high.

Better outreach to citizens needed to improve effectiveness of European Commission's public consultations, say Auditors


The European Commission's framework for consulting the public during the development and evaluation of EU laws and policies is of a high standard, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. However, they recommend that the Commission improve the way it reaches out to citizens to promote greater participation.

European citizens' initiatives: Commission registers 3 new initiatives, and finds 1 inadmissible

Brexit 'no-deal' preparedness: Final Commission call to all EU citizens and businesses to prepare for the UK's withdrawal on 31 October 2019


With 8 weeks to go until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union on 31 October 2019, the Commission has – in its 6th Brexit preparedness Communication – reiterated its call on all stakeholders in the EU27 to prepare for a 'no-deal' scenario.

Milk, fruits and vegetables distributed to schoolchildren thanks to EU programme


With the start of a new school year, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme will resume in participating EU countries for 2019-2020.

July 2019 - Euro area unemployment at 7.5% - EU28 at 6.3%

Drought in Europe: Member States agree on support measures proposed by the Commission


Member States agreed to a series of support measures proposed by the Commission to ease the financial difficulties faced by farmers due to adverse weather conditions, and increase the availability of feed for animals.

Main results of the G7 summit


President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the G7 summit, where leaders discussed global challenges such as Iran, trade tensions, the fight against inequalities and climate change. They also discussed the global issue of the wildfires in the Amazon.

July 2019 - Annual inflation down to 1.0% in the euro area - Down to 1.4% in the EU

Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme


To ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, the Commission has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey. This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion.

EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes


The European Commission has announced the results of the call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.


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