The African Union and European Union Commissions engaged on their strategic partnership and reviewed progress on joint commitments agreed in their February Summit. This included discussions about development, peace and security, migration and the Global Gateway Africa-Europe Investment Package.
Economic policy coordination: Commission sets out guidance to help tackle the energy crisis and make Europe greener and more digital
The Commission has launched the 2023 European Semester cycle of economic policy coordination. The package draws upon the Autumn 2022 Economic Forecast which showed that after a strong first half of the year, the EU economy has now entered a much more challenging phase.
Violence Against Women: The European Union establishes an EU-wide helpline number and calls to end violence against women worldwide
The European Commission announced the EU-wide harmonised number for helplines for victims of violence against women – 116 016. Women who are victims of violence will be able to call the same number across the EU to get advice and support.
The Commission has proposed a Market Correction Mechanism to protect EU businesses and households from episodes of excessively high gas prices in the EU. This mechanism complements measures to reduce gas demand and ensure security of supply through diversification of energy supplies.
The Commission is calling on public and private entities in the EU and beyond to join forces and show solidarity, by donating in the coming months buses that are essential to bring Ukrainian children safely back to their schools.
In the joint statement the leaders reaffirm their steadfast support for Ukraine and offer full support for and assistance with Poland’s ongoing investigation.
Making Schengen stronger: Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia are ready to fully participate in the Schengen area
The Commission takes stock of Bulgaria, Romania, and Croatia´s strong record of achievements in the application of the Schengen rules and calls upon the Council to take the necessary decisions to allow the three Member States to fully participate in the Schengen area.
The Commission is stepping up support to help those most affected by the devastating effects of rising food insecurity globally. A new humanitarian aid package of €210 million will be provided in 15 countries to meet their growing needs.
Food security: the Commission addresses the availability and affordability of fertilisers in the EU and globally
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a global mineral fertiliser and energy crisis is now weighing on global food security and food prices. The European Commission therefore presented a Communication on ensuring availability and affordability of fertilisers.
Commission proposes new Euro 7 standards to reduce pollutant emissions from vehicles and improve air quality
The Commission presented a proposal to reduce air pollution from new motor vehicles sold in the EU to meet the European Green Deal's zero-pollution ambition, while keeping vehicles affordable for consumers and promoting Europe's competitiveness.
Military Mobility: EU proposes actions to allow armed forces to move faster and better across border
The Commission and the High Representative put forward an Action Plan on Military Mobility and a Joint Communication on an EU Cyber Defence policy as part of a European Security and Defence package to boost the EU's capacity to protect its citizens and infrastructure.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen signed five Memoranda of Understanding for a Forest Partnership with Guyana, Mongolia, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zambia. The partnership aims at reversing deforestation in supported countries.
The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out orientations for a simpler, more transparent and effective EU economic governance framework to strengthen debt sustainability and enhance sustainable and inclusive growth through investment and reforms.
Commission proposes stable and predictable support package for Ukraine for 2023 of up to €18 billion
The Commission has proposed an unprecedented support package of up to €18 billion to cover a significant part of Ukraine’s short-term funding needs for 2023. With this package, Ukraine will be able to keep on paying wages and pensions, maintain essential public services and restore infrastructure.
Commission invests €3 billion in innovative clean tech projects to deliver on REPowerEU and accelerate Europe's energy independence from Russian fossil fuels
The European Commission is launching the third call for large-scale projects under the EU Innovation Fund. With a budget of €3 billion, this 2022 call for large-scale projects will boost the deployment of industrial solutions to decarbonise Europe.
On 1 November, the EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) enters into force. The new Regulation puts an end to unfair practices by companies that act as gatekeepers in the online platform economy.
The Commission proposes stronger rules on ambient air, surface and groundwater pollutants, and treatment of urban wastewater. The new rules provide clear return on investment thanks to benefits in health, energy savings, food production, industry and biodiversity.
The Commission has adopted a legislative proposal to make instant payments in euro available to all citizens and businesses holding a bank account in the EU and in EEA countries. The proposal aims to ensure that instant payments in euro are affordable, secure, and processed without hindrance.
A Marshall plan for Ukraine: G7 Presidency and European Commission to invite experts to a conference on the reconstruction of the war-torn country
During the International Expert Conference on the Recovery, Reconstruction and Modernisation of Ukraine, EU leaders discussed how the international community can best help and support Ukraine with its reconstruction. This conference is another important step to face Russia's unprovoked aggression.
In the face of Russia’s weaponisation of energy, the EU remains united to protect its citizens and businesses. The Council agreed that efforts to reduce demand, to ensure security of supply, and to lower energy prices need to be accelerated and intensified.