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Crowd of smiling people with rainbow flags
  • News article

On International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the EU reaffirms homophobia, biphobia and transphobia have no place in the EU or anywhere in the world. Equality, freedom and justice must apply to everyone regardless of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.

Winners of the EU gender equality champions awards standing in a line
  • Press release

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain, have both won EU Sustainable Gender Equality Champions awards. The Gender Equality Champions newcomer award went to Ireland’s Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest.

Fire Blade 2022 - European Defence Agency helicopter exercise in Hungary
  • Press release

The Commission will support 54 joint European defence research and development projects with more than €1 billion from the European Defence Fund. The selected projects will support technological excellence in defence capabilities, like cyber defence, ground, air and naval combat and space.

Sweden: fighting forest fires
  • News article

To better protect our communities and the environment this summer, the EU has put together 556 firefighters from 12 countries that will stand ready to support local fire brigades in EU countries. It has also set up a fleet of 28 airplanes and 4 helicopters to tackle blazes in 10 Member States.

Solidarity with Ukraine - School buses and other humanitarian aid at the EU logistics hub in Romania
  • Press release

The EU has approved stricter CO2 emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles such as small trucks, buses and trailers. Stronger rules will further reduce CO2 emissions, introduce new emission reduction targets and help increase the share of zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles across the EU.

Demography in the EU, ages 12-18 - Poland
  • Press release

This week marks European Mental Health Week, an opportunity for everyone to work on better mental health for all. A particularly crucial endeavour when latest statistics show that suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people, after road accidents.

Organic agriculture in the Netherlands
  • Press release

Calling champions of organic food production in the EU, the EU Organic Awards 2024 would like to hear from you. The winner will be offered a platform to highlight excellence and innovation in the sector. The EU wants to increase organically farmed land to 25% by 2030.

The MCR (Master Control Room), of the TV studios of the European Commission in the Berlaymont Building
  • Press release

On this World Press Freedom Day, the EU honours the work and courage of journalists around the world in protecting our democracies. It also calls for more action to enhance editorial freedom, protect journalistic sources and improve the transparency of media ownership in the EU.

EU-New Zealand trade agreement - Wellington
  • Press release

EU businesses and farmers can take advantage of new export opportunities, now that the EU-New Zealand trade agreement has entered into force. The deal is expected to cut €140 million a year in duties for EU companies and includes unprecedented sustainability commitments.

Open Doors Day at the European Institutions
  • Press release

The EU institutions invite you to visit, take part in debates, live performances, games and other activities when they open their doors to the public on Saturday 4 May. The events are part of the EU’s Europe Day celebrations on 9 May, commemorating the signing of the Schuman Declaration in 1950.

Geothermal energy - 2008
  • Press release

The EU has approved a major reform of fiscal rules to achieve sound and sustainable public finances in all EU countries. The new rules encourage EU countries to engage in structural reforms and public investments that enhance sustainability and growth in several sectors, including energy security.

Domestic violence
  • Press release

The EU has adopted the first ever EU rules on combating violence against women and domestic violence. They call for stronger laws against cyberviolence, better assistance for victims, and steps to prevent rape. They also ban female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

Offshore energy - Portugal
  • News announcement

The EU has launched a €571 million call for proposals under the LIFE Programme, its flagship initiative for funding environmental and climate actions. Funding is available for projects that are focused on nature conservation, environmental protection, climate change or the clean energy transition.

The Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, Romania.
  • News article

The Commission has announced the winning European Heritage Label sites for 2023. Seven new historical sites across the EU have been recognised for their significant role in the history and culture of Europe and the development of the European Union.