The European Commission has adopted a set of measures to increase the EU’s capacity to respond to both man-made and natural disasters. The boost to the EU’s disaster resilience comes in the wake of the current climate crisis, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the devastating earthquake in Türkiye.
At the 24th EU-Ukraine summit, leaders reiterated that the future of Ukraine lies in the EU. The EU is ready to support Ukraine’s initiative for just peace and the creation of an International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression in Ukraine.
The President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen travelled to Kyiv, Ukraine, for a College-to-Government meeting with the Government of Ukraine, together with 15 other members of the College of Commissioners, to exchange on the many areas of cooperation between the EU and Ukraine.
The Commission presents a Green Deal Industrial Plan to support the fast transition to climate neutrality, providing a more supportive environment for the scaling up of the EU's manufacturing capacity for the net-zero technologies and products required to meet Europe's ambitious climate targets.
Ukraine: Donor Coordination Platform in support of Ukraine's repair, recovery and reconstruction kick-starts work
The Multi-agency Donor Coordination Platform to support Ukraine's repair, recovery and reconstruction process has been launched. It will allow for close coordination among international donors and international financial organisations and will ensure that support is provided to Ukraine.
Commission sets out concrete actions for greater involvement of social partners at national and EU level
The Commission presents an initiative to further strengthen and promote social dialogue with concrete actions at national and EU level. The initiative empowers social dialogue to adapt to the changing world of work and new trends on the labour market.
The Commission is presenting 'A New Deal for Pollinators' to tackle the alarming decline in wild pollinating insects in Europe. The renewed initiative sets out actions to be taken by the EU and the Member States to reverse the decline of pollinators by 2030.
Parliament says the atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha, Irpin and many other Ukrainian towns reveal the brutality of the war and underscore the importance of coordinated international action to bring those accountable to justice under international law.
Europe's got talent. But talent needs to be nurtured, especially in regions that suffer from a shrinking labour force and by the departure of young people. For this the Commission launches a ‘Talent Booster Mechanism' to support EU regions by providing training, retention and attraction strategies.
Commission disburses first €3 billion to Ukraine of the up to €18 billion Macro-financial Assistance+ package
The Commission has disbursed a first instalment of €3 billion of the €18 billion Macro-financial Assistance+ package for Ukraine. With this financial support, Ukraine will be able to keep on paying wages and pensions and maintain essential public services and ensure macroeconomic stability.
The Foreign Subsidies Regulation (‘FSR') enters into force, covering all economic activities in the EU. This new set of rules will allow the EU to remain open to trade and investment, while ensuring a level playing field for all companies operating in the Single Market.
The Digital Decade policy programme 2030 is now a reality. The European Parliament, Member States and the Commission have set concrete objectives and targets in four key areas: digital skills; infrastructure (including connectivity); digitalisation of businesses; and online public services
On 1 January 2023, Sweden took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from Czechia. Security, competitiveness, green and energy transitions, democratic values and the rule of law – these are the priorities of the Presidency for the coming six months.
The EU celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Single Market. Since 1993, the Single Market has led to an unprecedented market integration between Member States' economies, serving as a driver for growth and competitiveness and supporting Europe's power globally.
Today, Croatia joins the Schengen area and its 400 million people. On 1 January 2023, Croatia will also become the 20th EU Member State to join the euro area.
Every year over 7000 people become victims of human trafficking in the EU. That figure can be expected to be much higher as many victims remain undetected. The Commission proposed to strengthen the rules that prevent and combat trafficking in human beings.
The EU joined the 195 countries participating in the UN Biodiversity conference COP15 in the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, which aims to protect and restore nature for current and future generations, ensure its sustainable use, and spur investments for a global economy.
On the first of two days of meetings, the European Council adopted conclusions on Ukraine/Russia, energy, economy, security, defence, Southern Neighbourhood and transatlantic relations. In addition, the status of candidate country was granted to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Digital Rights and Principles: Presidents of the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council sign European Declaration
The Declaration presents the EU’s commitment to a secure, safe, and sustainable digital transformation that puts people at the centre, in line with EU´s core values and fundamental rights. Shaped around six chapters, the text will guide policy makers and companies dealing with new technologies.
Security Union: Commission proposes new rules on Advance Passenger Information to facilitate external border management and increase internal security
The Commission is proposing new rules to strengthen the use of Advance Passenger Information (API) data. This proposal is one of the key actions identified in the EU Security Union Strategy. The EU continues its progress in strengthening its overall security architecture.