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Top Stories from the European Commission - 18-22 January 2021

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State aid: Commission approves €325 million public support to provide schools in Italy with very high internet speeds

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 Jan 2021 The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €325 million of public support to connect 12,000 schools in Italy to very high-speed intern...


Daily News 21 / 01 / 2021

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 21 Jan 2021 Climate Diplomacy: EVP Timmermans and HR/VP Borrell welcome the U.S. return to the Paris Agreement and engage with Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry
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Commission welcomes agreement on additional financial support for the most deprived under REACT-EU

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 Jan 2021 The European Parliament and the Council have agreed to the Commission's proposal to provide more funds to support the most deprived in Europe in the recovery phase.


Joint Statement by Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on the United States re-joining the Paris Agreement

European Commission Statement Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 The European Union welcomes the decision by President Biden for the United States to re-join the Paris Agreement on climate change. We are looking forward to ha...


Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Sassoli and Prime Minister Costa on the EU's political priorities under the Portuguese Presidency

European Commission Statement Brussels, 21 Jan 2021 Thank you very much dear António,
We are very much looking forward to the Portuguese Presidency and it is going to be a pleasure to work together. The ta...


Antitrust: Commission fines Valve and five publishers of PC video games € 7.8 million for "geo-blocking" practices

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 The European Commission has fined Valve, owner of the online PC gaming platform "Steam", and the five publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, K...


Daily News 20 / 01 / 2021

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 President von der Leyen on the inauguration of the new President of the United States
This morning, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Ley...


Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the presentation of the programme of activities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU

European Commission Speech Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 Merci, Messieurs les Présidents,
Cher Premier ministre, cher António,
Mesdames et Messieurs les Députés,
J'ai eu le privilège...


Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the inauguration of the new President of the United States and the current political situation

European Commission Speech Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 President Sassoli! Président Michel! Honourable Members!
In all beginning there dwells a magic force. Jedem Anfang wohnt ein Zauber inne. I cannot help b...


EU-backing for Danish software provider Templafy

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 EIB signs €12 million (DKK 89.3 million) loan agreement with Danish software provider Templafy, backed by the Investment Plan for Europe.


State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 Jan 2021 The European Commission has approved a €1.9 billion (PLN 8.6 billion) Polish scheme to support companies operating in certain sectors affected by the coron...


Remarks by Commissioner Stella Kyriakides at the press conference on key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Today we stand before you with a message of unity, solidarity and coordination. This pandemic has tested our resilience as a Union like nothing before.


Remarks by Vice-President Margaritis Schinas at the press conference on key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 At the start of this new year, we have good reasons to be cautiously optimistic. With the first vaccinations now well under way, the end of the pandemic could be in sight, though not yet in reach.


Remarks by Commissioner McGuinness at the press conference on the fostering the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
Thank you for that overview Valdis.
As you have just laid out, we are living in a changed geopolitical context and a multip...


Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the press conference on the fostering the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Good afternoon. What we are presenting this afternoon has a clear and ambitious goal. We are working for more balanced cooperation with all global partners &nda...


Remarks by Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press conference on the fostering the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Good evening everyone
The pandemic has brought out many of Europe's strengths, which have helped us to weather the storm.
Our unique single market, our open eco...


College meeting: European Commission reorganises the "Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom" into the "Service for the EU-UK Agreements".

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 The conclusion of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on 24 December 2020 means that the very successful mandate of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom (UKTF) will come to an end. The UKTF will cease to exist on 1 March 2021.


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

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Ladies and gentlemen,
We have just concluded the first ECOFIN under the Portuguese Presidency. I would like to wish every success to João and his team in...


Speech by President von der Leyen to the Hydrogen Council

European Commission Speech Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Distinguished guests,
dear friends,

When the Hydrogen Council was launched in Davos, four years ago, it was the first global initiative of its kind. You ...


Daily News 19 / 01 / 2021

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 REUNION DU COLLEGE : la Commission définit des actions clés pour créer un front uni dans la lutte contre la COVID-19
Deux jours avant ...


Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to further prolong and adjust State aid Temporary Framework

European Commission Statement Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to prolong until 31 December 2021 and further adjust the scope of the...


EIB Group and BTV join forces to provide additional lending to SMEs and mid-caps

European Commission Press release Luxembourg, 19 Jan 2021 EIB Group synthetic securitisation will enable BTV to lend more than €400 million to small and mid-sized businesses in Austria and Germany in response to COVID-19.


State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the coronavirus ...


Commission sets out key actions for a united front to beat COVID-19

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Two days ahead of the meeting of European leaders on a coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Commission set out a number of actions needed to step up the fight against the pandemic.


Commission takes further steps to foster the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system

European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 The European Commission today presented a new strategy to stimulate the openness, strength and resilience of the EU's economic and financial system for the years to come.


Questions and Answers: Fostering the openness, strength and resilience of Europe's economic and financial system

European Commission Questions and answers Brussels, 19 Jan 2021 Why are you proposing this strategy now?
There has been a major shift in geopolitics over recent decades. The global economy is increasingly multipolar, a...


Remarks by Commissioner Gentiloni at the Eurogroup press conference

European Commission Speech Brussels, 18 Jan 2021 Thank you Paschal and a happy new year to everyone.
We had a very interesting discussion in very challenging times.
We are in an extraordinary situation because...


Opening remarks by Commissioner Ferreira at the joint press conference with Commissioner Gabriel on the launch of the New European Bauhaus

European Commission Speech Brussels, 18 Jan 2021
It is my pleasure to be here with Commissioner Gabriel
To launch the first phase of the New European Bauhaus.
This is a unique opportunity to be the desi...


Opening remarks by Commissioner Gabriel at the joint press conference with Commissioner Ferreira on the launch of the New European Bauhaus

European Commission Speech Brussels, 18 Jan 2021
Bonjour à toutes et à tous,
Rebondir après la pandémie et réussir la transformation durable et inclusive de nos soci&e...


State aid: Commission approves Greek public funding for construction and operation of North section of E65 motorway

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 Jan 2021 The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Greek public funding of €442 million for the construction of the North section of the Centr...


Statement from the President of the European Commission following the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday in Moscow

European Commission Statement Brussels, 18 Jan 2021 I condemn the detention of Alexei Navalny yesterday by the Russian authorities, upon his return to Russia. The Russian authorities must immediately release him ...


Daily News 18 / 01 / 2021

European Commission Daily news Brussels, 18 Jan 2021 Nouveau Bauhaus européen: la Commission lance la phase de conception
La Commission a lancé aujourd'hui la phase de conception de l'initiative rela...


New European Bauhaus: Commission launches design phase

European Commission Press release Brussels, 18 Jan 2021 Today, the Commission launched the design phase of the New European Bauhaus initiative, announced by President von der Leyen in her 2020 State of the Union address.


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