New EU law will protect environment and biodiversity

New EU law will protect environment and biodiversity

17 Jun 2024 03:21

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.

Winners of the 2024 EU Prize for Citizen Science

Winners of the 2024 EU Prize for Citizen Science

13 Jun 2024 05:52

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.

EU gives green light to develop sustainable European transport network

EU gives green light to develop sustainable European transport network

13 Jun 2024 04:22

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.

Putting new migration and asylum rules into practice over the next 2 years

Putting new migration and asylum rules into practice over the next 2 years

12 Jun 2024 06:07

The Commission has presented a plan and is now leading the work to implement the rules agreed in the Pact on Migration and Asylum. EU countries will have to design national implementation plans and ensure the new rules will be put into practice by June 2026.

EU steps up support for Ukraine

EU steps up support for Ukraine

11 Jun 2024 04:41

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.

Results of the 2024 European elections

Results of the 2024 European elections

10 Jun 2024 02:09

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.

Celebrating World Food Safety Day

Celebrating World Food Safety Day

07 Jun 2024 03:30

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.

EU celebrates World Environment Day

EU celebrates World Environment Day

05 Jun 2024 03:58

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.

Celebrating 50 years of Eurobarometer, the EU’s public opinion service

Celebrating 50 years of Eurobarometer, the EU’s public opinion service

03 Jun 2024 04:22

The public opinion polling service for the EU, Eurobarometer, is celebrating its 50th birthday. Set up in 1974 by the European Commission, Eurobarometer has been polling Europeans on EU matters as well as attitudes on political and social issues for 50 years.

Winners of 2024 European Heritage Awards announced

Winners of 2024 European Heritage Awards announced

30 May 2024 04:50

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.

EU adopts new rules to make repair easier and more appealing to consumers

EU adopts new rules to make repair easier and more appealing to consumers

30 May 2024 04:26

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.

Applications for 2024 Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism now open

Applications for 2024 Lorenzo Natali Prize for journalism now open

30 May 2024 04:14

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.

Time to take a splash: Europe’s bathing waters deemed ‘safe’ by new report

Time to take a splash: Europe’s bathing waters deemed ‘safe’ by new report

28 May 2024 05:54

To the delight of bathers around Europe, a new report rates the quality of 85.4% of bathing water sites in the EU as ‘excellent’, with only 1.5% rated as ‘poor’. The highest share of excellent bathing waters is found in Greece, Croatia, Cyprus and Austria.

EU gives final approval for net-zero industry act

EU gives final approval for net-zero industry act

28 May 2024 05:10

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.

EU sanctions human rights violators in Russia

EU sanctions human rights violators in Russia

28 May 2024 05:05

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.

EU reaffirms need to protect against foreign interference in elections

EU reaffirms need to protect against foreign interference in elections

24 May 2024 12:26

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.

Candidates for European Commission presidency debate future of Europe

Candidates for European Commission presidency debate future of Europe

24 May 2024 12:14

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.

EU gives go-ahead to use profits from frozen Russian assets for Ukraine’s benefit

EU gives go-ahead to use profits from frozen Russian assets for Ukraine’s benefit

24 May 2024 12:04

The EU has given the green light to use windfall profits from frozen Russian assets to support Ukraine’s self-defence and reconstruction. The profits will be used both to provide further military support to Ukraine and support the country’s reconstruction needs with EU programmes.

EU stands against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

EU stands against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

17 May 2024 03:00

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.

€1 billion to boost EU defence capabilities

€1 billion to boost EU defence capabilities

16 May 2024 05:07

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.

Winners announced: EU Gender Equality Champions in research and innovation

Winners announced: EU Gender Equality Champions in research and innovation

16 May 2024 04:17

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.

EU prepares for the 2024 wildfire season

EU prepares for the 2024 wildfire season

14 May 2024 04:57

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.

EU recommendation pushes for more opportunities to learn and study abroad

EU recommendation pushes for more opportunities to learn and study abroad

14 May 2024 04:48

A new EU recommendation encourages greater take-up of opportunities to learn, study or train abroad, both within the EU and in non-EU countries. At least 23% of graduates in higher education and 12% of vocational learners should have a learning experience abroad.

European Mental Health Week kicks off

European Mental Health Week kicks off

13 May 2024 05:20

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.

Stronger EU rules will reduce CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles

Stronger EU rules will reduce CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles

13 May 2024 04:07

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.

Survey shows young people are active and engaged in democratic life

Survey shows young people are active and engaged in democratic life

13 May 2024 03:46

Some 64% of young people say they intend to vote in the European elections in early June, according to a new survey. They were mainly active on topics of human rights, climate change and environment, health and wellbeing and equal rights.

EU approves new rules to strengthen the role of equality bodies

EU approves new rules to strengthen the role of equality bodies

07 May 2024 04:11

New EU rules will improve the effectiveness and guarantee the independence of equality bodies across the EU. These bodies promote equal treatment, combat discrimination and offer assistance to victims.

Protecting journalists and promoting media freedom: New rules enter into force

Protecting journalists and promoting media freedom: New rules enter into force

07 May 2024 03:56

Independent, fact-based journalism helps protect our democracies by exposing injustices, holding leaders to account and allowing citizens to make informed decisions.

EU calls for more action to support free and independent media

EU calls for more action to support free and independent media

07 May 2024 03:56

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 Organic awards 2024: Apply now to win

EU Organic awards 2024: Apply now to win

03 May 2024 02:57

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.