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Euro with miniature figurines
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The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of almost €200 billion for 2025, reinforced by €72 billion raised under the post-COVID recovery plan, NextGenerationEU. It is meant to finance EU priorities and help tackle current and future challenges.

Biodiversity Belgium - Beekeeping
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The EU has approved a law on nature restoration that will help put measures in place to restore at least 20% of the EU’s land and sea areas by 2030, and all ecosystems in need of restoration by 2050. The new law will reduce the impact of climate change and the effects of natural disasters.

Train travel
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A new EU law will help build a reliable, seamless, and high-quality transport network in Europe. Improvements will be made gradually until 2050. For example, Porto and Vigo will get a new high-speed connection, while the travel time by train between Copenhagen and Hamburg will be cut by almost half.

Biodiversity - Sea turtles
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Out of 288 applications, three citizen science initiatives won for their achievements in: agricultural biodiversity and seed preservation; the use of digital technologies to develop personalised approaches for mental health problems; and for transformative knowledge that addresses marine pollution.

Ursula von der Leyen giving a speech at Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin
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At the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin, the EU signed agreements worth €1.4 billion with partner banks to attract investments in Ukraine from the private sector. It also agreed to further support measures for Ukraine to ensure the country can defend itself against Russia.

Men in blue shirt voting
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EU citizens cast their vote in the European elections on 6-9 June 2024. The European Parliament has published a projection for the composition of the new Parliament, based on final and provisional results in 26 countries and pre-electoral data for one.

Cows lying in hay in a stable
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Even though the EU has among the highest standards of food safety in the world, there is still much work to be done. The importance of ensuring that food stays safe at every stage of the food chain cannot be understated. That is why every year we commemorate World Food Safety Day on this day.

Biodiversity Belgium - Landscapes
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On 5 June, we celebrate World Environment Day. The EU has placed the environment at the forefront of its agenda with EU policies designed to protect the environment and biodiversity, safeguard human health, and promote the transition to a circular economy. Find out more.

Participation of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, in the Brussels European Council
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Apply by June 30 for the 2024 Lorenzo Natali Prize, the EU’s flagship journalism award. Submit your story on any of the following: climate, environment and energy, digital, gender equality, human development, migration, peace and governance, sustainable growth and jobs, and youth.

Energy bills and couples 
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EU countries have today adopted the right-to-repair directive which promotes the repair of broken or defective goods. The new law will make it easier for consumers to seek repair instead of replacement and repair services will become more accessible, transparent and attractive.

the silent monument, croatia, winner of 2024 European Heritage award
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The winners of the 2024 European Heritage Awards have been announced: some 26 heritage achievements from 18 countries, from Ireland to Croatia, were awarded Europe’s top honour in the field. The Public Choice Award winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in October in Bucharest.

The municipal cleaning service of Maia in Portugal
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The Council of the EU has approved a raft of new measures to strengthen Europe's net-zero technology manufacturing industry. This is the last step in the decision-making process on the so-called 'net-zero industry act', which will boost the industrial use of green technologies in the EU.

View of foreign affairs council - roundtable, 27 May 2024
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The EU has set up a new sanctions’ regime against those responsible for serious human rights violations and repression of democratic opposition in Russia. One entity and 19 persons are subject to an asset freeze under the new regime, which was prompted by the death of Alexei Navalny in February.

Walter Baier, Sandro Gozi, Ursula von der Leyen, Terry Reintke and Nicolas Schmit debating Europe in the European Parliament
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Re-watch the debate between the lead candidates for the European Commission presidency in the European Parliament. Walter Baier, Sandro Gozi, Ursula von der Leyen, Terry Reintke and Nicolas Schmit debated EU challenges such as economy and jobs, climate and environment, and migration.

Right to vote
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Ahead of the European elections in June, the EU has approved conclusions that underline the need to protect electoral processes from foreign interference. The conclusions call on EU countries to step up action to monitor attempts by foreign actors to interfere in the EU's democratic process.

Crowd of smiling people with rainbow flags
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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.