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European Green Deal: Agreement reached on cleaner maritime fuels for shipping
The European Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on the FuelEU Maritime initiative. This measure will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the shipping sector by promoting the use of cleaner energy, and gradually decreasing fuel use over time, by 2% in 2025 to as much as 80% by 2050
Conclusions from the 23 March 2023 European Council
Following a discussion by EU leaders, the European Council has adopted conclusions on Ukraine after the latest developments in relation to Russia’s war of aggression. Also in discussion, were items including competitiveness, single market and the economy, energy, external relations and migration.
€7 billion raised in support of the people in Türkiye and Syria following the recent devastating earthquakes
A total of €7 billion were pledged by the international community at the International Donors' Conference ‘Together for the people in Türkiye and Syria'. These funds will be used to cover humanitarian needs, help the reconstruction of the affected regions, and support recovery in Türkiye and Syria.
Commission pays a further €1.5 billion in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine
The Commission has paid a second instalment of €1.5 billion under the up to €18 billion Macro-financial Assistance (MFA) ‘Plus' package for Ukraine. With this instrument, the EU seeks to help Ukraine cover its immediate funding needs, with stable, predictable and sizeable financial support in 2023.
Net-Zero Industry Act: Making the EU the home of clean technologies manufacturing and green jobs
As a part of the Green Deal Industrial Plan, the Commission has proposed the Net-Zero Industry Act to scale up manufacturing of clean technologies in the EU and make sure the EU is well equipped for the clean-energy transition, making our energy system more secure and sustainable.
Critical Raw Materials: ensuring secure and sustainable supply chains for EU's green and digital future
The Commission has proposed a comprehensive set of actions to ensure the EU's access to a secure, diversified, affordable and sustainable supply of critical raw materials that are indispensable for a wide set of sectors including the net zero industry, the digital industry, and aerospace sectors.
The EU in 2022: General report on the activities of the European Union
A year marked by Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine and the energy crisis, the general report on the activities of the EU outlines the progress made in 2022, including EU support to Ukraine and developments in the green and digital transitions ensuring a stronger, fairer, and greener Europe.
Managing migration: new initiatives to strengthen European integrated border management and expedite returns
The Commission has adopted a Communication that presents the strategic framework for European integrated border management for 5 years and a Recommendation to Member States on the mutual recognition of return decisions and expedite returns.
Commission proposes reform of the EU electricity market design to boost renewables, better protect consumers and enhance industrial competitiveness
The Commission has proposed to reform the EU's electricity market design to accelerate a surge in renewables and the phase-out of gas, making consumer bills less dependent on volatile fossil fuel prices, and better protecting consumers from future price spikes and potential market manipulation.
The Commission and the Swedish Council Presidency will host an International Donors' Conference in support of the people in Türkiye and Syria on 20 March
The EU calls on other international partners and global donors to show solidarity with the people in Türkiye and Syria following the devastating earthquake that struck both countries.
Stories that matter: applications for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize now open until 28 April
The Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, the EU's flagship journalism award, recognises and honours the work of reporters from around the world which shed a light on the most pressing global challenges. Journalists can submit written or multimedia work.
One year of granting immediate EU protection for people fleeing the war
A week after Ukraine was invaded, the Temporary Protection Directive was activated for those forced to flee their homes. More than 4 million have benefited from a full set of rights in the EU over the last year as a result.
Holding Russia accountable: International Centre for the Prosecution of Crimes of Aggression to coordinate the collection of evidence
Commission President welcomes agreement to set up International Centre for the Prosecution of the Crime of Aggression against Ukraine. This centre will coordinate the collection of evidence of Russia’s crimes, to be used for future trials.
Road safety: Commission proposes updated requirements for driving licences and better cross-border enforcement of road traffic rules
The Commission has presented proposals to modernise driving licence rules, including the introduction of a digital driving licence valid throughout the EU, and new provisions to facilitate the enforcement of traffic rules across borders. These new rules will improve safety for all road users.
EYE2023 competition: win a trip to Parliament’s youth event
On 9-10 June, thousands of young people from across the EU will take over the European Parliament in Strasbourg for the European Youth Event to discuss and share ideas on how to shape the future of Europe. Take part in the contest to win a trip to Strasbourg and join the Parliament’s event EYE2023.
A new way forward on the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland: political agreement in principle on the Windsor Framework
The European Commission and the Government of the United Kingdom reached a political agreement in principle on the Windsor Framework. This achievement allows putting forward definitive solutions that work for people and businesses in Northern Ireland and that protect the EU Single Market.
10th package of sanctions on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine: the EU includes additional 87 individuals and 34 entities to the EU’s sanctions list
The EU has imposed further restrictive measures in response to the continued Russian military aggression against Ukraine. The package targets individuals and entities contributing to the war, plus trade and financial sanctions, depriving the Russian economy of critical tech and industrial goods.
G7 Leaders’ Statement
On the one-year mark of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, G7 leaders issued a statement reaffirming their unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as it takes. The statement also expresses their solidarity and support to the people of Türkiye and Syria affected by the horrifying earthquakes.
One year of Ukrainian resistance: Statement by the Members of the European Council
One year ago, Putin’s Russia started its brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. The Ukrainian people have shown incredible strength in defending their homeland, showing resolve in defending democracy and freedom, and resilience in the face of hardship when confronted with Russia’s crimes.
EU gas consumption decreased by 19%
The EU consumption of natural gas has dropped by 19.3% in the period August 2022-January 2023, in line with EU efforts to save energy and reduce its dependency on Russian gas.