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Latest news on the public health policy of the European Union.

Banking rules revised to help COVID recovery
The EU agreed to temporarily adapt its banking rules Wednesday in order to maximise the capacity of banks to lend money and support households and businesses to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

Importance of China to EU's COVID recovery underlined at summit
The importance of the EU's trading relationship with China for recovery from COVID-19 was underlined at a video conference summit Tuesday but Hong Kong and human rights was high on the agenda.

EU looks for joint breakthrough in coronavirus vaccine
The EU Commission presented Wednesday plans for a joint European approach to the development, manufacture and deployment of vaccines against COVID-19, and a permanent solution to the pandemic.

EU states agree interoperability solution for mobile tracing apps
EU states, with Commission support, agreed Tuesday a set of technical specifications for safe exchange of information between national contact tracing apps based on a decentralised architecture.

EU plans for relaunch of European tourism
The EU cranked up plans to relaunch tourism in Europe Monday with the launch of 'Re-open EU', an online platform with information on borders and available transport and tourism services in Member States.

Brussels looks to remove travel restrictions to EU on 1 July
The EU announced Thursday that it is making concrete preparations for the lifting of travel restrictions with countries whose health situation is similar to the EU's and for resuming visa operations.

EU asks online platforms to report on fake coronavirus news
The EU stepped up its campaign against online disinformation Wednesday, asking online platforms for monthly reports on action to promote authoritative content and limit fake information on the coronavirus.

EU grants EUR 314m to innovative companies to combat virus, support recovery
The EU Commission announced the award Monday of nearly EUR 166 million to companies set to combat the coronavirus pandemic, and another EUR 148 million to fund Europe's economic recovery plan.

EUR 2 billion to reinforce EU's crisis response capability
The EU Commission proposed Tuesday to give the EU the capability to react more swiftly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

rescEU and Humanitarian Aid under the new MFF
The Commission proposed on 2 June to give the European Union the tools to react more quickly when a serious cross-border emergency such as the coronavirus strikes and affects EU countries at the same time.

Brussels proposes EUR 750 bn Covid recovery package
EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen presented Wednesday a EUR 750 bn plan for economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis involving pooling of debt and unprecedented financial transfers.

EU, Japan strenthen ties to face COVID-19 crisis
EU and Japan leaders at a video conference Tuesday signalled close coordination in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing the importance of global solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism.

European Semester: The Spring Package
The European Commission proposed on 20 May country-specific recommendations (CSRs) providing economic policy guidance to all EU Member States in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, focused on the most urgent challenges brought about by the pandemic and on relaunching sustainable growth.

Brussels plots route to sustainable recovery
The EU Commission recast its economic policy guidance Wednesday towards recovery which achieves sustainable and inclusive growth while mitigating the socio-economic consequences of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: EU issues new call for EUR 122m research funding
The European Commission put out a call for expressions of interest for new funding of EUR 122 million Tuesday for urgently needed research into the coronavirus. The deadline for submission is 11 June.

Mobile tracing apps across the EU
The European Commission presented on 13 May a package of guidelines and recommendations to help EU Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions.

EU adds EUR 72m to fund 8 major coronavirus research projects
The EU is to increase to EUR 72m its funding for 8 large-scale European research projects aimed at developing treatments and diagnostics for the coronavirus, the Commission announced Tuesday.

More support for Europe's agricultural and food sectors
The European Commission published Monday its latest package of exceptional measures to support the agricultural and food sectors which are being most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Further support measures for agricultural and food sectors
The European Commission published on 4 May its latest package of exceptional measures to support the agricultural and food sectors most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus Global Response - Q&A
The European Union is joining forces with global partners to kick-start a pledging effort - the Coronavirus Global Response - starting on 4 May 2020.

Coronavirus Global Response
The European Union and its partners hosted an international pledging marathon starting on 4 May 2020 and running until the end of May. The aim is to gather significant funding to ensure the collaborative development and universal deployment of diagnostics, treatments and vaccines against coronavirus.

EU and global partners pledge EUR 7.4 bn to fund coronavirus vaccine
The EU joined with global partners Monday to pledge EUR 7.4 billion in funding for the development of fast and equitable access to safe, effective and affordable diagnostics and vaccines against coronavirus.

Coronavirus: measures to provide relief to Europe's transport sector
The Commission adopted Wednesday a package of measures to help companies in the aviation, rail, maritime and road sectors deal with the consequences of the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: banking package to facilitate bank lending
A new banking package, adopted Tuesday by the EU Commission, aims to ensure that banks can continue to lend money to support the economy and help mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus: Banking Package to facilitate bank lending
The European Commission adopted on 28 April a banking package to help facilitate bank lending to households and businesses throughout the European Union.