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Top Stories from the European Commission - 19-23 October 2020

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Speech by President von der Leyen at the closing session of the EU Green Week 2020

European Commission Speech Brussels, 22 Oct 2020 Dear Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
Dear Inger,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dea...


Daily News 22 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 22 Oct 2020 LIFE programme awards: EU recognises best nature, environment and climate action projects
As part of the Europe's biggest environmental event, the EU Green Week...


Coronavirus: first rescEU ventilators dispatched to Czechia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 Oct 2020 Following a request for assistance from Czechia, the EU is immediately sending a first batch of 30 ventilators from rescEU - the common European reserve of medi...


Poland: EIB and LBBW finance four wind farms near Poznan

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 Oct 2020 The European Investment Bank (EIB) and LBBW are providing PLN 184 million (approximately €42 million) each to finance the construction and operation of four wind farms in Poland's Wielkopolskie region.


EU mobilises international donors to support Rohingya refugees and countries in the region

European Commission Press release Brussels, 22 Oct 2020 Today the European Union, along with the United States, the United Kingdom and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees co-hosted the International Don...


Introductory remarks by Commissioner WOJCIECHOWSKI at the AGRIFISH press conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 Introductory remarks by Commissioner WOJCIECHOWSKI at the AGRIFISH press conference
(English Translation)
I would like to congratulate the Chair of the Council...


Opening remarks by Commissioner Hahn at the press conference on the first issuance of EU social bonds under SURE

European Commission Statement Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 I would like to thank my team for this excellent work during the last couple of months to prepare everything. So finally, it was a huge success and I will come ...


Discours de Michel Barnier en séance plénière du Parlement européen

European Commission Discours Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 Monsieur le Président, cher David,
Mesdames et Messieurs les députés,
Quelques mots, si vous me le permettez, en complément des prop...


Speech by Vice-President Šefcovic on behalf of President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 15 and 16 October 2020

European Commission Speech Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 Thank you Mr President,
Honourable Members,

I have the pleasure of addressing you today on behalf of the Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen who i...


Daily News 21 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 EU invests a further €144.5 million in world-class supercomputers for researchers and businesses
Today, the European High-Performance Computing Joint Under...


Eradicating human trafficking: Persistent risks call for strategic approach

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 Today, the Commission is presenting its Third Report on the progress made in the fight against human trafficking. Taking stock of measures taken since 2017, the...


Questions and Answers on the first emission of EU SURE social bonds

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 How exactly did the issuance work? What was the role of the investment banks in it?
On Tuesday, 20 October 2020, the European Commission carried out the inaugur...


European Commission issues first emission of EU SURE social bonds

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 Oct 2020 The European Commission issued a €17 billion inaugural social bond under the EU SURE instrument to help protect jobs and to keep people in work. The issuing consisted of two bonds, with €10 billion due for repayment in October 2030 and €7 billion due for repayment in 2040.


Joint read-out of the videoconference of Commission President von der Leyen and Italian Prime Minister Conte

European Commission Read-out Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 Today, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte met by videoconference.
Their discussion focuse...


Cyprus: Joint Statement by the High Representative Borrell and Commissioner Ferreira on the electoral process in the Turkish Cypriot community

European Commission Statement Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 The Turkish Cypriot community selected Mr. Ersin Tatar as its new leader. It is important now to see a constructive engagement with a view to reaching a compreh...


Daily News 20 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 Investor citizenship schemes: European Commission opens infringements against Cyprus and Malta for 'selling' EU citizenship
Today, the European Commission...


Press Statement by Commissioner Sinkevicius at the end of AGRIFISH Council

European Commission Speech Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 Today, EU Member States and the Commission have come to an agreement on the 2021 fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea.
These negotiations came at a very diff...


Investor citizenship schemes: European Commission opens infringements against Cyprus and Malta for "selling" EU citizenship

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 Today, the European Commission is launching infringement procedures against Cyprus and Malta by issuing letters of formal notice regarding their investor citize...


EU steps up support for Africa's Central Sahel countries

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 Today, the European Union, Denmark and Germany and the United Nations co-host a virtual Ministerial Roundtable on Africa's Central Sahel region, with the participation of donors and international organisations, as well as the countries concerned: Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.


EIB Group and Santander provide over €900 million to support Spanish SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 Oct 2020 The EIB Group is subscribing a total of €198 million of the securitisation issued by Santander to support SMEs and mid-caps affected by the COVID-19 crisis.


Statement by the European Commission following the fourth meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee

European Commission Statement Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 The fourth regular meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee on the implementation and application of the Withdrawal Agreement, co-chaired by Commission Vice-Preside...


College read-out on the 2021 Commission work programme by Vice-President Maroš Šefcovic

European Commission Read-out Brussels, 19 Oct 2020
Good afternoon,

Before moving to the 2021 Commission work programme, which I am here to present to you today, let me briefly mention the other points from tod...


Italy: €1 billion for SMEs and mid-caps from EIB Group and Alba Leasing

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 €1 billion in new financial resources will be made available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps thanks to an agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group and Alba Leasing.


Daily News 19 / 10 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 Agenda of today's College meeting
The weekly College of Commissioners will take place this afternoon. First, the College will adopt the Commission Work Program...


EU interoperability gateway for tracing and warning apps

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 EU interoperability gateway for tracing and warning apps EU interoperability gateway for tracing and warning apps EU interoperability gateway for tracing and wa...


Sanctions and Human Rights: towards a European framework to address human rights violations and abuses worldwide

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 The European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy have today put forward a Joint Proposal for a Council Regulation concerning implementation of restrictive measures (sanctions) against serious human rights violations and abuses worldwide.


2021 Commission work programme – from strategy to delivery

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 Today, the Commission adopted its 2021 work programme, designed to make Europe healthier, fairer and more prosperous, while accelerating its long-term transformation into a greener economy, fit for the digital age.


Speech by President von der Leyen at the annual meeting of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 President Dzau, dear Victor,
Distinguished Members of the National Academy of Medicine,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is an honour for me to address your prestigious...


Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway goes live, first contact tracing and warning apps linked to the system

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Oct 2020

To exploit the full potential of contact tracing and warning apps to break the chain of coronavirus infections across borders and save lives, the Commi...


Coronavirus: EU interoperability gateway for contact tracing and warning apps – Questions and Answers

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 Index

Using coronavirus tracing and warning apps
In case of a notification
EU interoperability gateway: contact tracing across borders
Privacy and security
App...


Team Europe: The European Union disburses €25 million to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis in The Gambia

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 Today, the European Union disbursed €25 million of budget support for the response to the coronavirus pandemic in The Gambia. As part of the Team Europe global package, these funds will catalyse further financial assistance from development partners.


New State of Nature report points to persisting pressures on Europe's nature

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Oct 2020 Today the European Commission published its latest assessment of the state of nature in the European Union. It provides a comprehensive overview of the situation of Europe's most vulnerable species and habitats protected under EU nature laws.


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