European citizens are discussing the benefits and challenges of increasing energy efficiency in a newly formed group. This panel, made up of 150 randomly selected citizens from all 27 EU countries, will come up with recommendations that will shape future EU Green Deal policies.
The Commission is investing over €233 million in 12 new projects across Europe to support the implementation of the EU's environmental and climate ambitions. The funding will go to Bulgaria, Czechia, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Lithuania, Austria, Poland and Finland.
On 24 February, the EU is marking the two-year anniversary of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable aggression against Ukraine. The EU has been standing by Ukraine every step of the way.
The Council launched today the defensive maritime security operation to restore freedom of navigation in the Red Sea emphasizing international cooperation and adherence to maritime law.
The fight against child sexual abuse is a priority for the EU. While progress has been made to better protect children online, existing criminal law rules are no longer fit for purpose. The Commission has now proposed to update these laws to protect the victims.
The Council and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on the Net-Zero Industry Act (NZIA), a regulation aimed at strengthening Europe's manufacturing of net-zero technologies to meet climate goals. The NZIA seeks to boost industrial deployment of green technologies.
About 40% of cancer cases in the EU are preventable. Safe and effective vaccines exist and could save a lot of lives.
The Commission has therefore put forward new recommendations to support Member States in their efforts to prevent cancer through vaccination, as part of Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.
EU leaders have greenlighted an additional €64 billion for the EU budget, including €50 billion to support Ukraine until 2027.
Information for consumers on honey, fruit jams, fruit juices and dehydrated milk is set to be updated thanks to newly agreed EU rules. The current rules on the composition, labelling, and naming of these ‘breakfast’ foodstuffs will be revised to help us make more informed and healthier choices.
On 31 January, the European Commission will pay tribute to Jacques Delors in a ceremony at the Commission headquarters in Brussels. President von der Leyen and other high-level guests will commemorate this great European who shaped and greatly contributed to the European project.
The European Parliament and the Council have struck a deal on new rules for the effective treatment and monitoring of urban wastewater. The rules will see new standards applied to micropollutants that will protect human health and lead to cleaner rivers, lakes, groundwater and seas in Europe.
Amidst growing geopolitical tensions and profound technological shifts, the Commission has put forward proposals to strengthen the EU's economic security in the areas of trade and research. It will do so while ensuring the EU remains an open and attractive destination for business and investment.
The Council and the Parliament have reached an agreement to add forced marriage, illegal adoption and surrogacy as types of exploitation covered by the EU’s anti-trafficking law and criminalise them. The new rules will strengthen victims' support and assistance, and prevention.
Workers will be better represented in EU-based multinational companies thanks to new rules for so-called European Works Councils, which represent nearly 11.3 million EU employees on transnational issues. The new rules would give employees equal rights to request the creation of a new council.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). Since 2004, the EDPS safeguards the privacy of EU citizens and guides EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies so that they are exemplary in upholding data protection principles.
The cities of Bad Ischl in Austria, Bodø in Norway and Tartu in Estonia are 2024’s European Capitals of Culture. They are showcasing their cities through their own cultural programmes filled with events, exhibitions and projects with a European angle.
To build a better future, Europe must listen to its youth. Building on the achievements of the 2022 European Year of Youth, the Commission has announced several actions that give young people a greater say in the decisions that affect them.
On 1 January 1999, the euro emerged as the official currency for a coalition of nations, fostering greater economic integration and stability across Europe. Over the years, the euro has facilitated seamless cross-border transactions, bolstered trade, and solidified the EU's economic unity.
The Belgian presidency will work towards better protecting European citizens, strengthening our cooperation, and preparing our shared future. It will focus on six thematic areas, and will provide particular attention to maintaining our unwavering support to Ukraine.
A supercomputer that can make 314 million billion calculations per second has been inaugurated at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain. Owned by the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking, MareNostrum 5 is also the greenest supercomputer in Europe.
The Commission proposes to change the status of wolves from ‘strictly protected' to ‘protected' based on new data on increased populations and impacts in some European regions. To manage critical wolf concentrations more actively, local authorities need more flexibility, funding and guidance.
Today, the EU has reached a long-awaited agreement to revamp the European asylum and migration legislation. The new rules touch upon all stages of asylum and migration management, making it more effective and increasing the solidarity and cooperation among EU countries.
The Council has agreed to extend emergency measures adopted last year following Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine. These measures enhance solidarity between Member States, accelerate the deployment of renewable energy and protect EU citizens from excessively high energy prices.
The EU has imposed a 12th package of economic and individual sanctions on Russia in view of the country’s continued war of aggression against Ukraine. These sanctions, which include a ban on the purchase and import of diamonds from Russia, deliver a further blow to Putin’s ability to wage war.
Two new reports have been published showing that the EU is being successful in creating more forward-looking, resilient, robust and equitable health systems. At the same time, they also identify areas where further progress needs to be made, including on mental health.
At the EU summit in Brussels, leaders decided to open accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova. They also agreed to start negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina once the necessary conditions are met and granted Georgia candidate status.
The Commission has put forward solutions to ensure that 150 million European citizens who live in border regions in the European Union can access the services that they need in their daily lives.
The European Parliament has awarded the 2023 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Jina Mahsa Amini and the Woman, Life, Freedom movement in Iran. It serves as a tribute to all the brave and defiant women, men and young people in Iran who are fighting for their rights and pushing for change.
The Commission has put forward new measures to ensure transparency of foreign interest representation, strengthen electoral processes and ensure citizens and civil society organisations can participate in policymaking.
The Artificial Intelligence Act will ensure that artificial intelligence systems on the European market and used in the EU are safe, and respect fundamental rights and EU values. The law will also stimulate investment and innovation in Europe.