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Living and working in the European Union.

EU Digital COVID Certificate
An EU Digital COVID Certificate is a digital proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. The EU Digital COVID Certificate is designed to facilitate safe free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic. The certificate is being introduced in EU Member States. Countries can start issuing and using it already and it was to become available in all EU Member States as of 1 July 2021.

EU Parliament gives go-ahead to Covid certificate
EU states are set to accept the Digital COVID Certificate - proving vaccination, negative test result or recovery from a COVID infection - from 1 July, following Wednesday's green light from MEPs.

EU agrees new draft rules for highly skilled migrant workers
The European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional deal Tuesday on new rules for the entry and residence of highly skilled workers from outside the EU under the revised Blue Card Directive.

Road death rate in Europe falls to all-time low
An estimated 18,800 people were killed in a road crash last year, an unprecedented annual fall of 17% on 2019, preliminary figures from the EU Commission on road fatalities for 2020 showed Tuesday.

Lift-off for EU's EUR 28 bn Erasmus educational programme
The EU Commission adopted Thursday the first work programme of its Erasmus+ education programme, to fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects for 10 million Europeans of all ages.

Brussels sets out plan for EU coronavirus passport
The European Commission put forward a plan for a coronavirus passport Wednesday, a 'digital green certificate' to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus Digital Green Certificate
The European Commission proposed on 17 March to create a Digital Green Certificate to facilitate safe free movement inside the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Euro-Parliament declares EU an 'LGBTIQ Freedom Zone'
Responding to increased discrimination and attacks on the LGBTIQ community and backsliding on gay and lesbian rights in Poland and Hungary, MEPs on Thursday declared the EU an 'LGBTIQ Freedom Zone'.

Equal pay: pay transparency measures to ensure equal pay for equal work
The European Commission presented on 4 March a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work.

Brussels looks to close gap on equal pay
The Commission has presented a proposal on pay transparency to ensure that women and men in the EU get equal pay for equal work, including a right to know pay levels for workers doing the same work.

EU launches debate on ageing population
The European Commission presented Wednesday a green paper to launch a broad policy debate on the challenges and opportunities of Europe's ageing society, inviting the public to express its views.

MEPs vote for 'right to disconnect' from work
The European Parliament called Thursday for an EU law to define minimum requirements for remote working including a right to digitally disconnect from work without facing negative repercussions.

EU set to tighten up visa regime on external borders
The EU Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement Tuesday to make Europe's external borders more secure, approving a proposal to revise and upgrade the EU's Visa Information System.

EU steps up efforts to tackle gender pay gap
The EU Council called on the Commission and EU member states Thursday to make greater efforts to reduce the gender pay gap and gender gaps in care, and to combat gender stereotypes.

Brussels outlines plan for inclusion of migrants
A new plan on Integration and Inclusion for 2021-2027, unveiled by the EU Commission Tuesday, addresses barriers that hinder participation and inclusion of people with a migrant background in European society.

Action plan on Integration and Inclusion 2021-2027
The European Commission presented on 24 November an action plan on Integration and Inclusion for the period 2021-2027.

Brussels outlines EU's first-ever LGBTIQ strategy
The Commission presented Thursday an EU Strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) equality, aimed at combating homophobia and transphobia within the Union.

EU work-life balance directive comes into force
An EU Directive on work-life balance, which came into force Thursday, aims to increase the participation of women in the labour market and the take-up of parental leave and flexible working arrangements.

Cocaine seizures in Europe hit all-time high: EU drugs report
Seizures of cocaine are at record levels in Europe, with signs of an increase in the drug's availability, according to the European Drug Report released by the EU's drugs agency on Thursday.

MEPs vote to end daylight saving time from 2021
2021 could be the last year with a seasonal time change in the EU following the European Parliament's vote Tuesday to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn.

2019 Gender Equality report
On the occasion of this year's International Women's Day, the European Commission published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU.

MEPs vote to end biannual clock change in Europe
The last Sunday in March 2021 could mark the end of seasonal changes of time in the EU, following a vote Monday by the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee to end biannual clock changes.

States confirm update of EU's common visa policy
EU states confirmed a plan to modernise the EU's common visa policy Wednesday, adapting the rules to growing security concerns, the challenges of migration and new opportunities offered by technological developments.

Red tape cut for those who move to another EU Member State
From 16 February, bureaucratic procedures for citizens who need to present a public document to get married or start a job in the country they live in have been cut across the European Union.

Family law
Family law is the competence of EU countries, and EU rules apply only in cross-border cases. Overview of family matters - Divorce and separation - Children's wellbeing - Property of international couples (marriages and registered partnerships) - Successions and wills - Civil status documents