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Top Stories from the European Commission - 9-13 November 2020

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Speech by Commissioner Dalli: Union of Equality: LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025

European Commission Speech Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 This is a Strategy about Humanity, Humanity in all its diversity. The way we are born is not an ideology, the way we are born is nature, is biology, is science....


Speech by Vice-President Jourová: Union of Equality: LGBTIQ Equality Strategy 2020-2025

European Commission Speech Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 We are presenting you the first ever EU LGBTIQ Equality Strategy.
It is first of its kind and its main aim is to address inequality and discrimination faced by ...


Daily News 12 / 11 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 EU increases its contribution to COVAX to €500 million to secure COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries
The European Union has announced to...


EU trade agreements: delivering for Europe's businesses

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 The 4th Annual Report on the Implementation of the European Union's Trade Agreements in 2019 published today shows the benefits of our expanding global trade network.


Education and training: basic and digital skills essential for education, work and life

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 The European Commission published today its annual Education and Training Monitor. The Monitor analyses how education and training is evolving in the EU and its...


EU increases its contribution to COVAX to €500 million to secure COVID-19 vaccines for low and middle-income countries

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 The European Union has announced today it will contribute an additional €100 million in grant funding to support the COVAX Facility to secure access to the future COVID-19 vaccine in low and middle-income countries.


Team Europe: EU seals agreements to generate €10 billion in investment in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood and stimulate global recovery

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 The Commission took a major step forward in boosting investment in Africa and the EU Neighbourhood, helping to stimulate global recovery from the pandemic, by concluding ten financial guarantee agreements worth €990 million with partner financial institutions that complete the EFSD.


Union of Equality: The Commission presents its first-ever strategy on LGBTIQ equality in the EU

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 The European Commission presented today the first-ever EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, as announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union Address.


Read-out of the meeting between President von der Leyen, President Sassoli and Chancellor Merkel (rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU)

European Commission Read-out Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 Following yesterday's political agreement between the Parliament and the Council on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and on NextGenerationEU (NGEU), Pr...


Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on Building a European Health Union

European Commission Speech Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 The past year has taught us how crucially important health is for each and every one of us.


Daily News 11 / 11 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 COLLEGE MEETING: The first steps towards a European Health Union
Today, the European Commission is taking the first steps towards building the European Health U...


Questions and Answers on the agreement on the €1.8 trillion package to help build greener, more digital and more resilient Europe

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 How is this agreement different from the 21 July 2020 agreement?
The political agreement on 10 November between the European Parliament and the Council is based...


Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 Today, the European Commission is taking the first steps towards building the European Health Union announced by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address.


A European Health Union: Tackling health crises together - The role of EU agencies

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 A European Health Union: Tackling health crises together - The role of EU agencies
The role of EU agencies


Coronavirus: Commission approves contract with BioNTech-Pfizer alliance to ensure access to a potential vaccine

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 Today, the European Commission approved a fourth contract with pharmaceutical companies BioNTech and Pfizer, which provides for the initial purchase of 200 million doses on behalf of all EU Member States.


Questions and Answers: Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense human suffering and pushed health systems to their limits. The measures needed to contain the pandemic and save lives have a huge impact on people's livelihoods, their jobs and their freedoms.


A European Health Union: Tackling health crises together - Coronavirus impact and response

European Commission Factsheet Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 A European Health Union: Tackling health crises together - Coronavirus impact and response
Coronavirus impact and response


Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU underline importance of the European Health Data Space

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 Nov 2020 Today at the virtual High-Level Conference "Digital Health 2020 - EU on the Move", the Commission and Germany's Presidency of the Council of the EU announced their intention to work closely together on a secure and patient-oriented use of health data for Europe.


Europe is ready to engage, von der Leyen tells annual EU Ambassadors' Conference

European Commission News Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 Von der Leyen said that our commitment to our values and to our partners would remain 'as steadfast as ever'. In that regard, she particularly focused on the next chapter of the transatlantic alliance.


President von der Leyen on the authorisation of the contract for vaccines with Pfizer and BioNTech

European Commission Statement Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 A safe and effective vaccine is our best chance to beat coronavirus and return to our normal lives.
In the past months, the European Commission has been working...


Statement by Executive Vice-President Vestager on Statement of Objections to Amazon for the use of non-public independent seller data and second investigation into its e-commerce business practices

European Commission Statement Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 *Check against delivery*

Today, the Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Amazon with the preliminary conclusion that Amazon illegally distort...


Joint Press Statement following the 5th EU-China High-Level People-to-People dialogue

European Commission Statement Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 Today the EU and China met online for the fifth edition of the EU-China High-Level People-to-People dialogue. Launched in 2012, the dialogue brings together dec...


Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Amazon for the use of non-public independent seller data and opens second investigation into its e-commerce business practices

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 The European Commission has informed Amazon of its preliminary view that it has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets. ...


Daily News 10 / 11 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 La Commission se félicite de l'accord sur la modernisation des contrôles des exportations de l'UE
La Commission se félicite de l'accord inte...


EU budget: European Commission welcomes agreement on €1.8 trillion package to help build greener, more digital and more resilient Europe

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 The European Commission has today welcomed the agreement between the European Parliament and EU Member States in the Council on Europe's next long-term budget and NextGenerationEU.


European Commission welcomes the European Court of Auditors' decision to sign off the EU accounts for 13th year in a row

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 The Commission has today welcomed the decision of the European Court of Auditors (ECA) to give the EU annual accounts a clean bill of health for the 13th year i...


Union for the Mediterranean Ministers highlight the importance of regional trade in economic recovery

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 The 42 member countries of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) convened today by videoconference for the 11th Trade Ministerial Conference to launch three new trade and investment initiatives.


Speech by President von der Leyen at the EU Ambassadors' Conference 2020

European Commission Speech Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 Ambassadors,
Dear friends,
The world is a very different place compared to when we met last September. A virus that did not even exist back then has disrupted a...


Western Balkans Summit in Sofia: Important steps taken to advance regional cooperation to boost socio-economic recovery and convergence with the EU

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 The European Commission welcomes the commitment expressed today at the summit in Sofia by the Western Balkan leaders to further strengthen regional cooperation as a way to advance on their European path.


Questions and answers: Launching the Pact for Skills

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 Why do we need a Pact for Skills?
The transitions to a green and digital economy, of the evolving global trade and supply chains, and the fast pace of demograph...


The Pact for Skills: mobilising all partners to invest in skills

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 Nov 2020 Commissioners Schmit and Breton have officially launched the Pact for Skills, a central element of the European Skills Agenda.


Team Europe: The European Union supports the Sahel's response to the coronavirus pandemic with €92 million

European Commission Press release Brussels, 12 Nov 2020 As part of its cooperation with the Sahel, the European Union announced today funding of €92 million to strengthen the response of Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad to the spread of the coronavirus.


Introductory Remarks by Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis at the Foreign Affairs Council Trade Press Conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 09 Nov 2020 Thank you Minister, honourable colleagues, first of all thank you for hosting this meeting today. We had a useful discussion on a number of pressing issues.


Daily News 09 / 11 / 2020

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 09 Nov 2020 Le fonds fiduciaire de l'UE pour l'Afrique mobilise 22,6 millions d'euros supplémentaires pour favoriser la stabilité et la sécurité...


Commission welcomes agreement on the modernisation of EU export controls

European Commission Press release Brussels, 09 Nov 2020 The Commission welcomes the agreement reached today by the European Parliament and the Council on its proposal for a modernisation of EU export controls on sensitive dual-use goods and technologies.


EU Trust Fund for Africa mobilises another €22.6 million to foster stability and security in the Sahel and Lake Chad region

European Commission Press release Brussels, 09 Nov 2020 The European Union has announced another €22.6 million for five new programmes under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) to foster st...


Boeing WTO case: The EU puts in place countermeasures against U.S. exports

European Commission Press release Brussels, 09 Nov 2020 The European Commission's regulation increasing tariffs on U.S. exports into the EU worth $4 billion will be published in the Official Journal of the EU.


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