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Top Stories from the European Commission - 5-9 October 2020

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Joint Statement following the videoconference between Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

European Commission Statement Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 Due to the constraints and precautions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece, and Ursula von der Leyen, President o...


Daily News 08 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 Coronavirus : la Commission approuve un troisième contrat pour l'accès à un vaccin potentiel
La Commission européenne a approuv&eacu...


Coronavirus: Commission signs a joint procurement contract with Gilead for the supply of Remdesivir

European Commission Press release Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 The Commission has signed a joint procurement framework contract with the pharmaceutical company Gilead for the supply of up to 500,000 treatment courses of Veklury, the brand name for Remdesivir, and the opportunity to increase supply beyond the 500,000 treatment courses.


Poland: EIB provides additional support to chemical company PCC Rokita

European Commission Press release Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 PCC Rokita SA signed an annex to the loan agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB), under which the Bank has granted the company additional financing for €22.5 million, increasing the loan granted to PCC Rokita at the beginning of last year from €45 million to €67.5 million.


Visit to Ethiopia by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner Janez Lenarcic to strengthen EU-Africa Partnership

European Commission Press release Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic are on an official visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 8-9 October 2020.


Speech by Commissioner Reynders for the visit to the European Public Prosecutor's Office

European Commission Speech Luxembourg, 08 Oct 2020 Madame la Chef du Parquet européen, mesdames et messieurs les procureurs, c'est un plaisir et un honneur d'être ici aujourd'hui avec vous, avec le ...


Speech by President von der Leyen at the Empress Theophano Prize award ceremony

European Commission Speech Brussels, 08 Oct 2020
It is an honour to receive this prize as Pre...


Press speaking points – Commissioner Dalli - EU Roma strategic framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation

European Commission Speech Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 Today we regret that the progress which the Commission set out to achieve was not attained.
Why is this?
There are various reasons, but one of the main reason...


Press speaking points – Vice-President Jourová - EU Roma strategic framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation

European Commission Speech Brussels, 07 Oct 2020
Good morning everyone.
I want to be blunt.
Over the last ten years we have not done enough to support the Roma population in the EU.
The Roma are Europe's l...


Statement by Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager on the Commission decision to accept commitments by Broadcom to ensure competition in chipset markets for modems and set-top boxes

European Commission Statement Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 *Check against delivery *
Today, the Commission has adopted a decision, making binding the commitments offered by Broadcom in the context of the Commission's in...


Antitrust: Commission accepts commitments by Broadcom to ensure competition in chipset markets for modems and set-top boxes

European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 The European Commission has made commitments offered by Broadcom legally binding under EU antitrust rules.


Daily News 07 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 La Commission européenne va émettre des obligations sociales EU SURE d'un montant maximal de 100 milliards d'euros
La Commission européenne...


EU backs MMI's Robotic System for Microsurgery

European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 MMI SpA, an Italian company dedicated to improving clinical outcomes for patients undergoing microsurgery, has signed a financing agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) granting access to up to €15 million.


European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds

European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 Today, the European Commission announces that it will issue its forthcoming EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds.


Questions and Answers: European Commission to issue EU SURE bonds of up to €100 billion as social bonds

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 What is the objective of the Social Bond Framework?
The EU SURE Social Bond Framework is a document which will enable the Commission to issue its SURE bonds wor...


Coronavirus: the Commission approves third contract to ensure access to a potential vaccine

European Commission Press release Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 Today, the European Commission approved a third contract with a pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.


Commission launches new 10-year plan to support Roma in the EU

European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 The European Commission has today adopted a new 10-year plan, including a proposal for a Council Recommendation, to support Roma in the EU


Joint statement following the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit, 6 October 2020

European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of Ukraine, and Josep Borrell, Vice-President of the European Commission on be...


Readout of the college meeting and press conference by Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi on the Enlargement Package 2020 and the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans

European Commission Read-out Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Thank you very much.
As you heard, the Commission has now accomplished the renewal of the Enlargement policy of the Commission and the European Union by providi...


State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in Southern Italy

European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 The European Commission has approved a €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies operating in regions of Southern Italy affected by the coronavirus ...


Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the ECOFIN press conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Ladies and Gentlemen, lieber Olaf,
The Coronavirus continues to affect all our lives and our economies, with many cities and regions again stepping up restricti...


Speech by Vice- President Maroš Šefcovic at the Joint debate on European Council meetings of 1-2 October and of 15-16 October 2020, European Parliament Plenary, 6 October

European Commission Speech Brussels, 06 Oct 2020
Thank you, President Sassoli, Honourable Members,
Let me address this House today on behalf of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
As you are well...


Daily News 06 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 RÉUNION DU COLLÈGE : Paquet Elargissement - priorités de réformes pour les partenaires souhaitant rejoindre l'UE et plan &eacut...


European Commission announces support for the Venture Centre of Excellence programme

European Commission Press release Paris, 06 Oct 2020 EIT Health and EIF, with the strong commitment of the European Commission, announced the contribution of €150m from EFSI to the VCoE programme in Paris today, during the annual HealthTech Innovation Days (HTID®) event.


Key findings of the 2020 Report on Serbia

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
The parliamentary, provincial and municipal elections in Serbia initially foreseen for April were postponed following the outbreak of t...


Key findings of the 2020 Report on Kosovo

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
The reporting period was marked by early legislative elections, two changes of government an...


Western Balkans: An Economic and Investment Plan to support the economic recovery and convergence

European Commission Press release Brussels, 08 Oct 2020 Today, the Commission adopted a comprehensive Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, which aims to spur the long-term economic recovery of the region, support a green and digital transition, foster regional integration and convergence with the European Union.


Questions and Answers: Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Why is the Commission presenting an Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans?
The main aim of the Economic and Investment Plan is to spur the long-t...


EU/Iran: Commission launches two online platforms to support SMEs

European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 The European Commission has launched the Due Diligence Helpdesk and the 'Sanctions Tool', aiming to support economic operators, and in particular Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs), interested in doing legitimate trade with Iran. Both online platforms are free-of-charge.


EIF and Raiffeisenbank sign a €10 million guarantee agreement to support SMEs in the culture and creative sectors in Bulgaria

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 06 Oct 2020 The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Raiffeisenbank (Bulgaria) EAD have signed a guarantee agreement enabling the bank to increase its lending capacity to Bulgarian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and small public enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors by €10 million.


Ukraine: €10 million in humanitarian aid to withstand winter and coronavirus pandemic

European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 The European Commission has allocated additional €10 million in humanitarian aid to support the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine ahead of the upco...


Mandatory Transparency Register: promising progress in the negotiations

European Commission Statement Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 The negotiators of the European Commission, Parliament, and Council acknowledge positive steps and look forward to achieving further progress together.


EU-Ukraine Summit: EU provides €60 million to strengthen Ukraine's socio-economic resilience

European Commission Press release Brussels, 07 Oct 2020 In the margins of the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit in Brussels, Commissioner Várhelyi signed together with Ukrainian government counterparts three programmes worth €60 million in total to further boost the country's resilience and address the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Key findings of the 2020 Report on North Macedonia

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
North Macedonia continued to implement EU-related reforms throughout the reporting period. E...


Key findings of the 2020 Report on Turkey

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
Despite the lifting of the state of emergency in July 2018, the adverse impacts of the two-y...


Commission assesses and sets out reform priorities for the countries aiming to join the EU

European Commission Press release Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Today, the Commission adopted its Communication on EU enlargement policy and the 2020 Enlargement Package. The annual reports, assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey, are presented together with clearer and more precise recommendations and guidance.


Key findings of the 2020 Report on Albania

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
The political environment in Albania continued to be marked by intense polarisation. Parliamentary activities were affected by the opposition...


Key findings of the 2020 Report on Montenegro

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
The reporting period was marked by tensions and mistrust between political actors and low le...


Key findings on the 2020 Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina

European Commission Country insights Brussels, 06 Oct 2020 Political criteria
During most of the reporting period the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovi...


Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 05 Oct 2020 I would like to begin by thanking Paschal for the excellent cooperation in preparing the Eurogroup work programme which has been agreed today.
It's an ambitious...


Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Conserve Italia for participation in canned vegetables cartel

European Commission Press release Brussels, 05 Oct 2020 The European Commission has informed Conserve Italia Soc. coop. Agricola and its subsidiary Conserves France SA (together referred to as Conserve Italia) of its...


Daily News 05 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 05 Oct 2020 Eurogroup and Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) meetings on 5-6 October
Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis and Commissioner Gentiloni will repre...


Mergers: Commission takes note of General Court judgment in HeidelbergCement/Schwenk/Cemex Hungary/Cemex Croatia merger case

European Commission Press release Brussels, 05 Oct 2020 The European Commission takes note of the judgment of the General Court, which confirms the Commission's decision prohibiting the acquisition by HeidelbergCemen...


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