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Top Stories from the European Commission - 23-27 March 2020

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Daily News 26 / 03 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 26 Mar 2020 Coronavirus: President von der Leyen declares Commission will stop at nothing to save lives

President Ursula von der Leyen gave a speech at the European Parlia...


Joint Statement by President von der Leyen and President Michel following the G20 Leaders' videoconference

 

European Commission Statement Brussels, 26 Mar 2020 Today, Thursday, 26 March 2020, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, partic...


Coronavirus: Commission issues guidance to ensure essential freight keeps moving by air

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 Mar 2020 The European Commission calls on EU Member States to support air cargo operations during the coronavirus crisis.


Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the European coordinated response to the COVID-19 outbreak

European Commission Speech Brussels, 25 Mar 2020

Dear President,


Coronavirus: harmonised standards for medical devices to respond to urgent needs

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 Yesterday, the Commission adopted decisions on harmonised standards which will allow manufacturers to place on the market high performing devices to protect patients, health care professionals and citizens in general.


Q & A: The EU Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 1. Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan for Human Rights and Democracy (Action Plan)

Why does the EU propose a new Action Plan?

The EU is founded on the...


Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set out the priorities and way ahead on Human rights and Democracy, adopting a Joint Communication and the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for 2020-2024.


Daily News 25 / 03 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 COLLEGE MEETING: Human Rights and Democracy: striving for dignity and equality around the world

Today, the European Commission and the High Representative set ...


State aid: Commission approves UK schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 The European Commission has approved two separate UK State aid schemes to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the context of the coronavirus ou...


Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Tachosil by Johnson & Johnson

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Tachosil by Johnson & Johnson, under the EU Merger Regulation...


State aid: Commission approves €1.3 billion Danish scheme to compensate self-employed for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a DKK 10 billion (approximately €1.3 billion) Danish scheme that partially compensates the self-em...


Commission welcomes the green light to opening of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 European Commission welcomes today's decision by the Council to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, subject to final endorsement by the European Council members.


Coronavirus: Commission issues guidelines to protect critical European assets and technology in current crisis

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 The European Commission today issued guidelines to ensure a strong EU-wide approach to foreign investment screening in a time of public health crisis and related economic vulnerability.


Coronavirus: Commission stands ready to continue supporting EU's agri-food sector

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 Following the outbreak of coronavirus, the European Union's agri-food sector is showing its resilience and continues to provide Europeans with high quality and safe food.


State aid: Commission approves Italian State guarantee scheme to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 Mar 2020 The European Commission has approved the Italian State guarantee supporting a debt moratorium from banks to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected b...


State aid: Commission approves German guarantee measure to further support economy in coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 The European Commission has approved today another German State aid scheme to support the German economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme ...


Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 In the eight days since our last meeting, the seriousness of the outbreak has become clear to all of our citizens.

Europe is now the centre of this pandemic.


State aid: Commission approves €20 billion Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 The European Commission has found two Spanish guarantee schemes for companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with ...


State aid: Commission approves German direct grant scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 The European Commission has found a German scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rules. The scheme wa...


Antitrust: Commission prolongs the validity of block exemption for liner shipping consortia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 The European Commission has prolonged for another four years the regulation outlining the conditions under which liner shipping consortia can provide joint serv...


State aid: Commission approves €300 million Luxembourg scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 The European Commission has found Luxembourg's €300 million scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU State aid rul...


Daily News 24 / 03/ 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 Coronavirus: La Commission publie des orientations pratiques pour garantir la continuité de la circulation des marchandises sur tout le territoire de l'UE au mo...


Coronavirus: Commission bid to ensure supply of personal protective equipment for the EU proves successful

European Commission Press release Brussels, 24 Mar 2020 The joint procurement of personal protective equipment launched by the European Commission to address the coronavirus crisis has proven successful.


Investment Plan: European Investment Bank provides maiden financing to in'li to speed up construction of affordable housing in Île-de-France

European Commission Press release Paris, 23 Mar 2020 €250 million EIB loan to subsidiary of Action Logement focused on affordable housing in Île-de-France under the Investment Plan


Daily News 23 / 03 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 23 Mar 2020 EU mobilises emergency aid for Croatia after earthquake

As President von der Leyen reiterated in her phone call with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic y...


The EU's outermost regions: strengthened partnership bears fruit

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 Mar 2020 Today the European Commission adopted a report on progress made under the 2017 Strategic Partnership with the EU's outermost regions, which strengthened the cooperation between the EU outermost regions, the respective Member States and the European Commission.


Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure continuous flow of goods across EU via green lanes

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 Mar 2020 Today, the Commission issued new practical advice on how to implement its Guidelines for border management, in order to keep freight moving across the EU during the current pandemic.


State aid: Commission approves state support for €250 million Latvian subsidised loan scheme and loan guarantee scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 Mar 2020 The European Commission has found Latvian loan guarantee scheme and subsidised loan scheme for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU ...


State aid: Commission approves German measures to support economy in Coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 Mar 2020 The European Commission has approved two German State aid schemes to support the German economy in the context of the Coronavirus outbreak. The schemes were app...


State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 Mar 2020 The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, such as ventilators, and personal...


State aid: Commission approves €3 billion Portuguese guarantee schemes for SMEs and midcaps affected by Coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 Mar 2020 The European Commission has found four Portuguese guarantee schemes for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and midcaps affected by the Coronavirus outbre...


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